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AP-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

August 11, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A Georgia city has decided to ban the Confederate battle flag from its annual parade, which began as a tribute to Civil War veterans. Alpharetta Assistant City Manager James Drinkard says the “divisive nature” of the flag was among reasons it was seen as inappropriate for a city-sponsored event. The parade was held Aug. 4 in Alpharetta. Now, William Lathem, a leader in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says his group will try and bring the flag back in next year’s parade. Information from WABE Radio. SENT: 300 words.



VALDOSTA, Ga. — The Historic Lowndes County Courthouse square was flooded with residents as music filled the air and the smell of ribs, chicken and pulled pork wafted through streets Aug. 4 for the 24th Annual 100 Black Men Barbecue. The 100 Black Men is a mentoring group founded in the 1960s to help direct youth in a positive direction in life, according to members. By Jason A. Smith. The Valdosta Daily Times.


— DISNEY FILM-SAVANNAH — Producers of upcoming Disney movie are looking for extras for scenes being filmed in Savannah.

— SAVANNAH — A Georgia police force has added 17 new officers and is touting 11 promotions.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



ST MATTHEWS, S.C. — South Carolina’s chief justice is allowing a judge to hold court wherever he wants in Calhoun County while the 105-year-old courthouse is being renovated. Renovations at the courthouse are likely to continue through 2018 requiring some adjustments to court schedules, Chief Justice Don Beatty wrote in an order earlier this month. Information from Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.



GREENVILLE, S.C. — It was around this time 50 years ago that Wilburn Fulbright took up the shears and went to work on his first customer at the Dunean Barber Shop. Fulbright, 26 years old at the time, won’t hazard a guess at how many heads of hair he’s cut since then. By my estimation, it must have been somewhere in the neighborhood of 125,000. By Ron Barnett. The Greenville News.


— SOUTH CAROLINA MEASLES — South Carolina health officials say they have confirmed the first case of measles in the state in 11 years.

— GIRLFRIEND KILLED A man who prosecutors say took a cab to his girlfriend’s home and waiting for her children to go to school before forcing his way inside and killing her has been sentenced to life in prison.

— LAWSUIT-POLICE DOG ATTACK — A man is suing a sheriff’s office in South Carolina, saying a police dog attacked him while he was on the ground handcuffed.

— INTERSTATE 26 FUTURE — South Carolina transportation officials want to hear any solutions to remove congestion from Interstate 26 in the Charleston area.



CLEMSON, S.C. — Kelly Bryant is a senior who led Clemson to an Atlantic Coast Conference title and the College Football Playoff last season. Trevor Lawrence is a strong-armed, long-haired freshman who reminds players, coaches and fans of the Tigers national championship passer Deshaun Watson. Who’ll win the quarterback job has been the top topic of Clemson football camp so far. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOOMING: 600 words, file photos by 3 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As Alabama students adjust to a new school year, their schools could soon put up “In God We Trust” displays. Over the summer the state allowed such displays on public property. Al.com reports that the motto could soon become more common in Alabama schools. Legal challenges are expected to follow. Information from Al.com. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m.


ATHENS, Ala. — A county at the heart of Alabama’s cotton industry is getting a new gin for the first time in generations. Associated Growers Cooperative is building a more than $7.2 million gin in Limestone County, located along the Tennessee line in north Alabama. The facility’s assistant manager, Billy Stickler, says the complex is the first new cotton gin constructed in Limestone in 60 years. SENT: 250 words.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Jordan Creel, freshly graduated and newly hired physical therapist, starts working on a patient. He works her leg one way, then the other, keeping up a conversation about the comfort level — specifically how much pain — each move brings. Creel, still the same low-key, aw-shucks person he’s always seemed to be, doesn’t steer any talk toward himself. Nor should he. By A. Stacy Long. Montgomery Advertiser.


— DEMOCRATIC PARTY— Nancy Worley has been re-elected as chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, narrowly defeating a challenger who was backed by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones. The party’s executive committee on Saturday voted 101-89 for Worley over Montgomery attorney Peck Fox.

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— SOFT DRINK STRIKE — Union members say they and an Alabama soft drink distributor are supposed to meet Monday with a federal mediator in hopes of resolving a strike.

— PADDLEFISH PROTECTION — The state is suspending the commercial paddlefish season on the Alabama River to protect the species.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



NEW ORLEANS — Inspired after meeting jazz great Louis Armstrong at a show in Japan in 1964, trumpeter Yoshio Toyama and his wife Keiko packed up to move to the United States so they could learn traditional jazz in its birthplace, New Orleans. The lessons took: Singing with a gravelly voice like Armstrong and playing the trumpet in Armstrong’s style, Toyama is now revered in New Orleans’ music circles. And the man known as the “Japanese Satchmo” found out just how much the community loves him during what could his band’s final gig in his adopted hometown. By Jay Reeves. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photo.


A federal lawsuit alleges that a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy on school duty shocked a non-verbal, autistic 10th-grader with a stun gun, then left him lying in his own urine until an emergency crew arrived 13 minutes later. Attorney Garret DeReus (duh-ROOS) says Rosie Philips sued Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator on Aug. 1 under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He’s the only defendant. UPCOMING: 575 words.



BATON ROUGE, La. — Shortly after the Civil War, four Sisters of St. Joseph steamboated into Baton Rouge to run an orphanage. Within a month of their arrival, Mother Superior Louise des Agnes Goiffon and Sisters Albina Thollot, Alphonsus de Ligouri Coudray and Marie Manning established the co-ed St. Joseph’s Day School, which had 68 day students plus 12 orphans. The following year, the school’s name was changed to St. Joseph’s Academy for Young Ladies. Now, 150 years and almost 8,000 graduates later, the oldest high school in Baton Rouge is marking that milestone. By Pam Bordelon. The Advocate.


LAFAYETTE, La. — Gracie Babineaux needs no lectures on Cajun culture. Gracie and her sister, Julie, have played Cajun music across the United States and Europe as leaders of the Babineaux Sisters band. The Babineaux Sisters pay tribute to their exiled ancestors from Nova Scotia at the annual Acadian Culture Day Sunday at Vermilionville. By Herman Fuselier. Daily Advertiser.


— WALLET THEFT-FATAL BEATING— A man has been beaten to death in New Orleans after stealing another man’s wallet, and the wallet’s owner now faces a manslaughter charge. The New Orleans Advocate reports that 31-year Simon Morris was arrested in the death of a man identified only as Edwin.

MUSIC FESTIVAL-CHARLES NEVILLE — The memory of Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts.

— OFFICERS-RACIST POSTS — A Louisiana city is investigating whether two police officers made racist posts on Facebook, and has put both officers on administrative leave.

— HIGHWAY LAWS — Louisiana’s Highway Safety Commission is touting new laws that toughen DWI provisions and create new penalties to stem dangerous driving during floods.



METAIRIE, La. — Saints second-year safety Marcus Williams has learned that the defensive back cliche about forgetting a bad play and moving on to the next one doesn’t always apply. Yet the Saints are relying on Williams’ ability to recover psychologically from his botched tackle at the end of last season’s playoff loss at Minnesota. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 4:30 p.m. ET

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



GREENVILLE, Miss. — A city in the Mississippi Delta will wait a while before possibly letting people walk out of bars and restaurants with alcohol in to-go cups. UPCOMING: 400 words.


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JACKSON, Miss. — His dad was sitting in his favorite chair. Something had angered him and he was trying to settle down. Forty-five minutes later, he was dead at 63. Heart attack. His third. “I was right there when it happened — 17 years old,” Kurt Monaghan says. “That’s a lot to take in. I had been in college (at Hinds CC) for one week. After that, I had a ‘whatever’ attitude. Nothing really mattered anymore. Today, the 47-year-old Monaghan is happily married (Rachael) and has two daughters — Olivia, 13, and Addison, 7. Clarion Ledger readers voted Monaghan their favorite bartender in the Metro Jackson area. By Billy Watkins. The Clarion Ledger.


Sometimes in life, things come full circle at just the right time. That was the case with an unexpected litter of puppies that, through a series of events, would end up filling a void left by the death of a beloved pet. Gabbie Hodge Goss is a nursing student and avid dog lover. Just after she and her husband married, they decided to adopt a dog named Riggins, a 4 ½ year-old pitbull bulldog mix. In the following years, they raised the canine like he was their own child. By Mrudvi Bakshi. Picayune Item.


— JACKSON ZOO — Mississippi is demanding that the Jackson Zoo repay $350,000 in state bond money.

— FALSE TAX RETURNS — A central Mississippi woman is pleading guilty to filing false returns from her tax preparation business.

— BLEACHERS REPLACED — Days before the start of football season, a Mississippi high school is replacing some dangerous bleachers.

— DEPUTY REHIRED — A Mississippi Delta county has rehired a sheriff’s deputy previously accused of forcing another deputy to have sex with him.

— SOFT DRINK STRIKE — Union members say they and an Alabama soft drink distributor are supposed to meet Monday with a federal mediator in hopes of resolving a strike.


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