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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

MIDTERMS-BLACK WOMEN

JACKSON, Miss. — Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song. "The revolution done signed my name," they moaned, invoking the names of the ancestors whose strength has willed them to persevere: Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Aretha Franklin. Two were like them, daughters of Mississippi: Ella Jo Baker. Fannie Lou Hamer. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GEORGIA TRANSIT — Georgia's second-largest county has cleared two hurdles to joining MARTA — the public transportation system in neighboring Atlanta.

__ POLICE SHOOTING __ Authorities say a Georgia state trooper shot a man from Tennessee who fled a traffic stop and pointed a replica handgun at him.

SPORTS:

FALCONS-EAGLES FOLO

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles could end up playing a new position when Carson Wentz comes back if he keeps this up. Foles caught another pass in a clutch spot to spark a sputtering offense that looked out of sync and the defense picked up right where it left off last time it faced Atlanta. By Rob Maaddi.

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VANDERBILT-COCKRELL'S CANCER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell has been battling cancer for the last year. The Commodores announced Cockrell's health issues Friday on the athletic department's website.

BRAVES-DIAMONDBACKS

Dansby Swanson scored the go-ahead run on Yoshihisa Hirano's wild pitch in the 10th inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Thursday night. SENT: 600 words.

KAEPERNICK-NIKE AD

PHILADELPHIA — As Colin Kaepernick watched from the apparel giant's headquarters in Oregon, Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring the quarterback known for his social protests during the NFL season opener Thursday night. The spot highlighting the former 49ers quarterback locked in a grievance with the league aired during the first ad break in the third quarter of the Eagles-Falcons game, which started with no overt demonstrations by players during the national anthem. By Rob Maaddi.

AP Photos NYML103-0906180956, FX301-0905180947, FLWL101-0904181225. SENT: 800 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

MIAMI — Florence could cause dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda. Large swells were likely to start hitting the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Friday. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL SHOOTING — Officials have identified the man who was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds lying in a South Carolina street.

SPORTS:

T25-GEORGIA-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Georgia coach Kirby Smart has spent nearly as much time preparing the third-ranked Bulldogs for the big-game atmosphere at No. 24 South Carolina as for he has on the actual game plan. The game is the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools and will give the winner an early leg up in the Eastern Division. Smart's piped in loud music to mimic the raucous environment he is anticipating. He's also talked to players about proper mindset and focus when faced with such outside distractions. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 675 words, photos.

FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA ST-UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 19 UCF is determined to not let complacency creep into their game against heavy underdog South Carolina State. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. ET.

FBC--GEORGIA ST-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State was good enough to win its opener, and now coach Dave Doeren wants much more out of his team. Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott knows that feeling. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-DAK'S THIRD ACT

FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is looking for a bounce-back season that will lead the Dallas Cowboys to the playoffs after the quarterback's sensational rookie year was followed by a less-than-stellar encore. Dallas opens at Carolina on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MIDTERMS-BLACK WOMEN

JACKSON, Miss. — Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song. "The revolution done signed my name," they moaned, invoking the names of the ancestors whose strength has willed them to persevere: Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Aretha Franklin. Two were like them, daughters of Mississippi: Ella Jo Baker. Fannie Lou Hamer. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER

MIAMI — Florence could cause dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda. Large swells were likely to start hitting the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Friday. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 300.

IN BRIEF:

— DOCTOR-SEX ASSAULT — An Alabama doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients while his nurses watched has asked a judge to close the case from the public.

__ SARATOGA FATAL ACCIDENT — A two-vehicle collision in southern Wyoming has claimed the lives of two people. Police identified the victims as 47-year-old Donald Price of Saratoga and 71-year-old Christopher Leigh of Fairhope, Alabama.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-ARKANSAS ST-ALBABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Arkansas State doesn't have to look too hard for inspiration before facing what coach Blake Anderson calls "the best team on the planet." The Red Wolves face No. 1 Alabama Saturday a week after fellow Sun Belt Conference power Appalachian State pushed 13th-ranked Penn State into overtime. By John Zenor. SENT: 600 words, photos

SOUTH ALABAMA-OKLAHOMA STATE

STILLWATER, Okla. — On paper, it looks like Oklahoma State should not encounter much trouble when hosting South Alabama on Saturday. With a much more challenging contest looming the following week against No. 20 Boise State, it might be easy for the Cowboys to overlook the Jaguars. But Oklahoma State (1-0), which sits just outside the Top 25 poll following a dominating 58-17 victory over Missouri State in its opener, claims to be focused. The Cowboys are still adjusting to new quarterback Taylor Cornelius and adapting to the 4-2-5 defensive scheme of new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. By John Tranchina. SENT: 730 words.

FBC_-INDIANA ST-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville faces FCS Indiana State in its home opener seeking improvement in all phases after getting shellacked by top-ranked Alabama. The unveiling of a $63 million stadium renovation might motivate the Cardinals to make it a happy housewarming. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 625 words, photos

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BODY IN BURNING CAR

NEW ORLEANS — A male exotic dancer and barber has admitted to shooting a 31-year-old woman and setting her car on fire with her body in the trunk, a Louisiana prosecutor said Friday. Thayon Samson, 33, pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and other charges in the death of Lindsay Nichols of Des Allemands, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, according to a news release from Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office. SENT: 450 words.

LA-CHILD'S DEATH-OVERTURNED CONVICTION

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of a man who prosecutors say lured a 12-year-old boy to his death in 2010 by sending text messages in which he pretended to be a teenage girl. The high court said Brian Douglas Horn's rights were violated when his lawyer conceded at the 2014 first-degree murder trial that Horn killed Justin Bloxom in DeSoto Parish. By Kevin Mcgill. SENT: 320 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER

MIAMI — Florence could cause dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence was expected to regain hurricane strength as it neared Bermuda. Large swells were likely to start hitting the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean on Friday. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

__ WI--Refinery Explosion-Wisconsin __ Contract workers are suing Husky Energy for injuries they received in an explosion at the company's oil refinery in northern Wisconsin this year. The seven men from Texas and Louisiana were among 36 injured in the April 26th explosion and fire at the state's only oil refinery.

SPORTS:

T25-SE LOUISIANA-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was not inclined to downplay inefficiencies in the passing game that, fortunately for the Tigers, were otherwise inconsequential in a lopsided, season-opening victory. "I made some bad throws. There were some drops," Burrow said this week after reviewing a 33-17 rout of Miami that shot LSU up the AP Poll from 25th to 11th. By Brett Martel.

AP Photos NY185-0902182347.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON — President Donald Trump is traveling to Mississippi Sept. 14 to campaign for a Republican seeking to finish the final two years of a U.S. Senate term. SENT: 450 words. By Emily Wagster Pettus.

MIDTERMS-BLACK WOMEN

JACKSON, Miss. — Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song. "The revolution done signed my name," they moaned, invoking the names of the ancestors whose strength has willed them to persevere: Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Aretha Franklin. Two were like them, daughters of Mississippi: Ella Jo Baker. Fannie Lou Hamer. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

__ CREDIT UPGRADE __ One of the nation's three main credit rating agencies is feeling a little more confident about Mississippi's financial picture. Standard & Poor's Financial Services on Friday removed its negative outlook on Mississippi's debt, instead raising the outlook to stable. Mississippi remains rated AA by Standard & Poor's.

__ HEALTH OVERHAUL-2019 PREMIUMS-MISSISSIPPI — Rates for Mississippians who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are projected to stay basically level next year.

__ SPORTS BETTING-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi officials say gamblers bet $9.8 million on sporting events from Aug. 1 through Labor Day. State Gaming Commission Director Allen Godfrey says that's the total amount bet in the first 34 days of wagering in Mississippi.

__ CREDIT UPGRADE __ One of the nation's three main credit rating agencies is feeling a little more confident about Mississippi's financial picture. Standard & Poor's Financial Services on Friday removed its negative outlook on Mississippi's debt, instead raising the outlook to stable. Mississippi remains rated AA by Standard & Poor's.

— POLICE SHOOTING — Police on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have released the identity of a man they shot last week.

— CITY TAX INCREASE-ROADWORK — A south Mississippi city is raising taxes to pay for more roadwork.

— JAIL CLOSURE-BUDGET CUTS — Officials say a Mississippi city facing a budget deficit of roughly $600,000 has decided to close its jail and lay off its jailers.

SPORTS:

FBC--S ILLINOIS-MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi's defense was a big concern heading into the season, but coach Matt Luke said last weekend's 47-27 win over Texas Tech was a step in the right direction. Now the Rebels try to keep the momentum against Southern Illinois on Saturday. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, photos

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-KANSAS ST

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Even after watching his understudy break records last week, there was never any question whether Nick Fitzgerald would be back at quarterback for Mississippi State. The question now is whether the Heisman Trophy contender can deal with a trip to Kansas State for his season debut. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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