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AP-Deep South News Digest

November 21, 2018

Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up this evening in the Deep South. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to:

The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org

The South Carolina AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau at 334-262-5947 or apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau at 504-523-3931 or nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau at 601-948-5897 or jkme@ap.org

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. Administrative Correspondent Rebecca Santana can be reached at 504-523-3931 or rsantana@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA CONGRESS

ATLANTA — A recount has been ordered to begin Wednesday in Georgia after certified results show Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall leading his Democratic challenger by only a few hundred votes. Carolyn Bourdeaux had submitted the recount request Tuesday to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, saying the razor-thin margin in the race for the Atlanta-area 7th District seat deserves a second count. By Ben Nadler.

AP Photos NYJK214-1220171312.

Q&A-STEVE MARTIN-MARTIN SHORT

LOS ANGELES — Steve Martin and Martin Short are back on the road again for their new tour “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t .” The two comedy legends spoke to The Associated Press recently about the tour, which kicks off its 2019 leg on Jan. 12 in Atlanta, their friendship and when they knew that roasting each other was OK. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,070 words.

AP Photo NYET165.

IN BRIEF:

— PLANE BOARDING ATTEMPT-CHILD — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy got through airport security in Atlanta without a boarding pass and tried to make it on a plane.

— CAR STOLEN-CHILD INSIDE— A woman says her car was stolen at an Atlanta-area gas station while her child and dog were inside. Sydni Anglin tells news outlets her 3-year-old daughter and pet weren’t hurt and they’ve all been reunited.

— FATAL SHOOTING-GEORGIA— Police in Georgia say a 14-year-old girl has been fatally shot at an apartment complex.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Authorities in Alabama say a man suspected in the slaying of his girlfriend shot himself when confronted by law enforcement.

— VETERAN-SLAYING— A U.S. Army veteran has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 slaying of his girlfriend.

— POLICE SHOOTING — Police in Georgia say a DeKalb County police officer has shot and seriously wounded a man who refused to drop a weapon.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-DEFENDING THE SAINTS

ATLANTA — Talk about a mismatch. The New Orleans Saints have been unstoppable. The Atlanta Falcons have struggled to stop anyone. It all adds up to a Thanksgiving night game that could get out of hand quickly. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 796 words.

AP Photos LAGH140-1118181821, LALAF202-1118181743, GAMS137-1118181515, GAMS132-1118181503, LALAF204-1118181705, GAMS145-1118181545, LALAF201-1118181655.

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released at about 7:15 p.m.

FBC--T25-RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS

AUBURN, Ala. — Things haven’t gone the way Auburn hoped this season. After going from the top 10 to unranked, the Tigers have a chance to appease restless fans: Play the spoiler and upset their biggest rival, No. 1 Alabama. By John Zenor. SENT: 835 words.

AP Photos NY192-1006180000, NY191-1103181708, NY190-0908181904.

FBC--GEORGIA TECH-TURNAROUND

ATLANTA — Following an ugly loss to Clemson on Sept. 22, Georgia Tech was 1-3 with three straight losses and appeared bound for a second straight losing season. “The sky was falling after that game,” coach Paul Johnson recalled on Tuesday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 660 words.

AP Photos NY192-1006180000.

BKC--CAYMAN ISLANDS CLASSIC-THE LATEST

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After weeks of dry presentations, two former top officials at a South Carolina utility who cost ratepayers billions in a failed nuclear project emotionally told regulators their warning signs to their bosses were ignored and they were asked to lie. “Their ego, greed and lack of integrity have cost ratepayers, stockholders and employees billions of dollars,” top accountant Carlette Walker said of executives with her former employer South Carolina Electric & Gas. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 607 words.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-STEYER

COLUMBIA — California billionaire Tom Steyer made another move Tuesday toward launching a potential 2020 presidential bid with an announcement that he’s planning to return to early-voting South Carolina next month for an event in Charleston. In a news release, the wealthy investor said that he plans to talk about the importance of equal voting. That’s one of what he calls the five fundamental rights for which Democrats should advocate ahead of the next presidential election and that “should be at the core” of the party’s platform. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 380 words.

AP Photo NYJK205.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE CHIEF STALKED — Authorities say the ex-husband of a police chief in South Carolina has been charged with stalking her.

— APARTMENT FALL — Authorities say a 19-year-old man has died after falling out of a third-story apartment window along the South Carolina coast.

— HOSPITAL PURCHASES — The Medical University of South Carolina board has agreed to buy four hospitals in the state.

— GOOD SAMARITAN-BABY — Police in South Carolina say a woman lied when she told authorities an unknown woman handed her a newborn and fled.

SPORTS:

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released at about 7:15 p.m.

FBC--T25-RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS

AUBURN, Ala. — Things haven’t gone the way Auburn hoped this season. After going from the top 10 to unranked, the Tigers have a chance to appease restless fans: Play the spoiler and upset their biggest rival, No. 1 Alabama. By John Zenor. SENT: 835 words.

AP Photos NY192-1006180000, NY191-1103181708, NY190-0908181904.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-CLOSING THE GAP

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s last trip to Clemson was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Two years later, the Gamecocks believe the gap with their highly ranked rival is closing. In 2016, overmatched South Carolina did about everything wrong and left Death Valley on the bad end of a 56-7 beatdown, one of the most lopsided losses in Palmetto State rivalry history . By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 675 words.

AP Photos SCSR102-1117182001, SCRS120-1117182256, SCSR105-1117182029.

BKC--CAYMAN ISLANDS CLASSIC-THE LATEST

BKC--CANCUN CHALLENGE-THE LATEST

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LICENSE LAWSUIT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal lawsuit is challenging Alabama’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who can’t pay traffic tickets, arguing it violates the Fourteenth Amendment by “punishing persons simply because they are poor.” The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit on Monday in Montgomery federal court on behalf of three Alabama residents who had their licenses suspended. The lawsuit states that nearly 23,000 Alabamians have suspended licenses because of the nonpayment of tickets. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 501 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ARREST-LEWD PHOTOS — An Alabama man is accused of sharing lewd pictures with a 13-year-old girl through a social media app where users can anonymously post secrets or share thoughts.

— ATTORNEY GENERAL-APPOINTMENT — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has named federal prosecutor A. Clark Morris to lead the office division that prosecutes public corruption and white collar crime cases.

— ALABAMA SHOOTINGS — Police say one person died and another person was injured in a shooting in Alabama.

— JUDICIAL ELECTIONS — A federal judge has finished hearing evidence in a trial challenging Alabama’s practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote.

— CRUISE SHIP DEATH — Two children of a 52-year-old Alabama woman who died on a cruise from Florida to Aruba say she was nervous about taking the trip.

— PRISON CONTRABAND-ARRESTS — Two people have been arrested as officials in Alabama try to prevent visitors from bringing illegal items into prisons.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Authorities in Alabama say a man suspected in the slaying of his girlfriend shot himself when confronted by law enforcement.

SPORTS:

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released at about 7:15 p.m.

FBC--T25-RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS

AUBURN, Ala. — Things haven’t gone the way Auburn hoped this season. After going from the top 10 to unranked, the Tigers have a chance to appease restless fans: Play the spoiler and upset their biggest rival, No. 1 Alabama. By John Zenor. SENT: 835 words.

AP Photos NY192-1006180000, NY191-1103181708, NY190-0908181904.

BKC--T25-MAUI INVITATIONAL

LAHAINA, Hawaii — The second day of the Maui Invitational kicks off with loser’s bracket games between Xavier and San Diego State, Iowa State and Illinois. The marquee games come later. By John Marshall. SENT: 129 words.

AP Photos HIMG127-1119181234.

— With:

— BKC--Maui Invitational-The Latest

BKC--SAMFORD-OHIO ST

Samford plays Ohio State at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. By Nicole Kraft. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--CANCUN CHALLENGE-THE LATEST

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EXONERATION ARGUMENTS

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans district attorney is ending efforts to prosecute a man who was freed last year after spending 36 years behind bars for a murder he insists he didn’t commit. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s decision Tuesday ends a long legal ordeal for 69-year-old John Floyd. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 137 words. Will be updated.

COLD CASE KILLING

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s Supreme Court won’t hear arguments for a man sentenced two years ago to life in prison for killing his first wife in 1962. Monday’s rejection lets stand the second-degree murder conviction of William Felix Vail, who said Mary Horton Vail fell out of his boat and drowned. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 492 words.

WITNESS KILLED-DEATH PENALTY

NEW ORLEANS — Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say they will not seek the death penalty against five men charged in the 2012 slaying of a federal witness in a health care fraud scheme. Louis Age Jr., 69, and four others were indicted last year in connection with the shooting death of Milton Womack, 60. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ABORTION-LOUISIANA — Louisiana’s law banning abortions after 15 weeks remains on hold after a federal judge struck down a similar prohibition in neighboring Mississippi.

— DELIVERY DRIVER DEATH — Shreveport police have arrested a 13-year-old accused in the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver earlier this month.

— OIL SPILL BURN — The Coast Guard says it is investigating the cause and impact of a small oil spill in a Louisiana marsh.

— BOXER KILLED-ARRESTS — Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a Louisiana boxer earlier this year.

— BASEBALL FIELD SHOOTING — Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man near a baseball field earlier this year.

— PASTOR-KATRINA FRAUD — A New Orleans minister has been convicted of stealing a $33,000 home repair grant after Hurricane Katrina.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-DEFENDING THE SAINTS

ATLANTA — Talk about a mismatch. The New Orleans Saints have been unstoppable. The Atlanta Falcons have struggled to stop anyone. It all adds up to a Thanksgiving night game that could get out of hand quickly. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 796 words.

AP Photos LAGH140-1118181821, LALAF202-1118181743, GAMS137-1118181515, GAMS132-1118181503, LALAF204-1118181705, GAMS145-1118181545, LALAF201-1118181655.

BKC--NICHOLLS ST-OLE MISS

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Nicholls State on Tuesday in a nonconference game at The Pavilion. UPCOMING: 550 words from 6 p.m. CT tipoff.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — President Donald Trump is defending a Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi who praised one of her own supporters by saying she would attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her — a remark that has stirred strong emotions in a state with a history of racially motivated lynchings. Trump said at the White House on Tuesday that Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is “a tremendous woman” who loves the people of Mississippi and the U.S. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 895 words.

AP Photos MSGUL102-1116180921, MSVIC502-1116181426, RPEMP101-1112181924, MSRS105-1115181258.

— With:

— ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI-THE LATEST.

COLD CASE KILLING

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s Supreme Court won’t hear arguments for a man sentenced two years ago to life in prison for killing his first wife in 1962. Monday’s rejection lets stand the second-degree murder conviction of William Felix Vail, who said Mary Horton Vail fell out of his boat and drowned. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 492 words.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, one of the most restrictive in the United States. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled that the law “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 531 words.

With:

— ABORTION-LOUISIANA

IN BRIEF:

— SOLDIER-SHOOTING DEATH — An Army soldier has been arrested in the shooting death of another soldier in Colorado.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATION — The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program.

— PRIEST-ALLEGED SCAM — A Mississippi priest says he was an informant for the federal fraud investigation of another priest.

— EASTERN NEW MEXICO NEWS-PUBLISHER — The Eastern New Mexico News has announced that Editor David Stevens has been named publisher. The newspaper announced Sunday outgoing publisher Rob Langrell has accepted a job as publisher of The Sea Coast Echo in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, after three years as Eastern New Mexico News.

SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-EMPTY OFFENSE

A glimpse at the statistics gives the impression that Mississippi’s offense has been a dominant force this season. A deeper look shows that’s not necessarily the case. By David Brandt. SENT: 572 words.

AP Photos TNMH109-1117181918, TNMH108-1117181914, TNMH104-1117181854, TNMH121-1117182136.

BKC--NICHOLLS ST-OLE MISS

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Nicholls State on Tuesday in a nonconference game at The Pavilion. UPCOMING: 550 words from 6 p.m. CT tipoff.

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