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AP-Deep South News Digest

August 30, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

TOP STORIES:

ATLANTA-CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had no legal authority to award more than $500,000 in bonuses given to city staffers last year before he left office, according to a report by Atlanta City Hall’s independent officer and ethics officer. The report to city officials Wednesday agreed with the findings of a separate internal investigation that the bonuses and other cash payouts to staff from Reed and his aides violate the gratuities clause of the Georgia constitution, which prohibits extra payments to public employees without a clear benefit to taxpayers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 399 words.

WITH: ATLANTA-CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION-THE LATEST

RUSSIA HACKING-ACCUSED LEAKER

ATLANTA — A former government contractor who leaked a classified report on Russian hacking is now thanking President Donald Trump for tweeting about her case, after she once called him a “soulless ginger orangutan.” In a Thursday telephone interview from a Georgia jail, Reality Winner told “CBS This Morning” that Trump’s tweet was a “breath of fresh air” and it made her laugh. Trump tweeted Aug. 24 that Winner’s crime is “small potatoes” compared with “what Hillary Clinton did.” Trump closed the tweet by blasting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “So unfair Jeff, Double Standard.” SENT: 348 words.

AP Photos GAAUG201-0823180000.

EXTRA

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

—Meet Haiti’s founding father, whose black revolution was too radical for Thomas Jefferson. By Julia Gaffield, Georgia State University

http://theconversation.com/meet-haitis-founding-father-whose-black-revolution-was-too-radical-for-thomas-jefferson-101963

IN BRIEF:

— TODDLER KILLED-MOTHER ARRESTED — Authorities say a Georgia woman has admitted to fatally shooting her 2-year-old daughter.

— POLICE CHIEF-NORTHEAST GEORGIA — A northeast Georgia city is searching for a new police chief after its chief recently resigned.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Making up a rained-out game, the Atlanta Braves host the Chicago Cubs in a match-up of first-place teams — and possible playoff preview. Mike Foltynewicz, who has a 1.38 ERA in five August starts for the Braves, faces Chicago’s Mike Montgomery, who is coming off the DL. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m. EDT.

FBN--DOLPHINS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — The Miami Dolphins hope to solve their search for a backup quarterback and the Atlanta Falcons will seek answers to their final roster spots when the teams meet in their final preseason game on Thursday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKN --HAWKS-ROBINSON

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have signed forward Thomas Robinson, who last appeared in the NBA in the 2016-17 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 27-year-old Robinson spent last season in Russia. SENT: 136 words.

FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 1

No games in the opening week of the 2018 college football season have quite the pizazz of last year’s meeting between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State. But there still are enough interesting matchups to whet the appetite of fans starving for more football ever since the end of Alabama’s thrilling College Football Playoff championship game overtime triumph over Georgia . By Steve Megargee. SENT: 897 words.

AP Photos NY156-0810182220, NY154-1125172043, NY155-0328181546, NY157-0916171619, NY158-0716181520.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 6 Washington in Atlanta. Auburn opens the season as one of the SEC’s highest-regarded teams, but the Tigers’ schedule is absolutely brutal, starting with the neutral site game against the Huskies. The game features an elite quarterback matchup with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Washington’s Jake Browning. It’s also an opportunity for the Pac-12 to gain some momentum with a big win after going 1-8 in bowl games last year. By The Associated Press. SENT: 578 words.

AP Photos NYSH510-0816181027, NY902-0806182042, NY150-0716181737, NYDD202-0109180259.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 1: GAME OF THE WEEK By The Associated Press. SENT: 424 words.

AP Photos NY187-0718181932.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

BOEING-SOUTH CAROLINA-SENATORS

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly two dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on Boeing Co. to negotiate with a union now representing some employees at a South Carolina plant. On Wednesday, 23 Senate Democrats penned a letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, asking the company to recognize the International Association of Machinists, as the company has at its facilities in the state of Washington. By Meg Kinnard.

IN BRIEF:

— HOT CAR DEATH-GRANDMOTHER CHARGED — Police say they charged a 64-year-old woman with the death of her grandson in a hot car after discovering inconsistencies in her story that she collapsed from a medical issue.

— HOT VEHICLE DEATH — Authorities say they will not charge the father of a 2-year-old boy who died after walking out of his South Carolina home and locking himself in a hot car.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-NFL FRONT

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell is tired of the talk, no matter how deserved it may be for the Tigers’ fearsome front four. Ferrell is among the quartet of starters with end Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence who are all projected as high-round NFL draft picks next spring. They’ve been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and hear crazy predictions about 100 sacks and multiple shutouts ahead for No. 2 Clemson. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 689 words.

AP Photos NY163-1104172152, NY163-0923172117, NY167-0816180942

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-BELK TRANSFER

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina says highly touted freshman defensive lineman Josh Belk has been declared eligible to play immediately and doesn’t have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules. Belk graduated from high school in December and enrolled at rival Clemson. He later told Tigers coach Dabo Swinney that circumstances changed in his life and asked to leave. SENT: 144 words.

FBC--FLORIDA-FRANKS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks insists he has nothing to prove. Coaches, teammates and close to 90,000 fans at Florida Field on Saturday probably would disagree. By Mark Long. SENT: 543 words.

AP Photos NY172-0414181916.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 6 Washington in Atlanta. Auburn opens the season as one of the SEC’s highest-regarded teams, but the Tigers’ schedule is absolutely brutal, starting with the neutral site game against the Huskies. The game features an elite quarterback matchup with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Washington’s Jake Browning. It’s also an opportunity for the Pac-12 to gain some momentum with a big win after going 1-8 in bowl games last year. By The Associated Press. SENT: 578 words.

AP Photos NYSH510-0816181027, NY902-0806182042, NY150-0716181737, NYDD202-0109180259.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 1: GAME OF THE WEEK By The Associated Press. SENT: 424 words.

AP Photos NY187-0718181932.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— SENTENCE UPHELD — An Alabama appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of 19-year-old man accused of fatally beating a man with a baseball bat.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--ALABAMA-LINEBACKER ATTRITION

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Alabama coach Nick Saban knows the perception that his program can just pump out new players when others go down, even if he chose a different four-letter word. Regardless, the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s linebackers must prove they can overcome heavy attrition for the second straight year. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

FBC--FIVE THINGS TO KNOW FOR WEEK 1

No games in the opening week of the 2018 college football season have quite the pizazz of last year’s meeting between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State. But there still are enough interesting matchups to whet the appetite of fans starving for more football ever since the end of Alabama’s thrilling College Football Playoff championship game overtime triumph over Georgia . By Steve Megargee. SENT: 897 words.

AP Photos NY156-0810182220, NY154-1125172043, NY155-0328181546, NY157-0916171619, NY158-0716181520.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 6 Washington in Atlanta. Auburn opens the season as one of the SEC’s highest-regarded teams, but the Tigers’ schedule is absolutely brutal, starting with the neutral site game against the Huskies. The game features an elite quarterback matchup with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Washington’s Jake Browning. It’s also an opportunity for the Pac-12 to gain some momentum with a big win after going 1-8 in bowl games last year. By The Associated Press. SENT: 578 words.

AP Photos NYSH510-0816181027, NY902-0806182042, NY150-0716181737, NYDD202-0109180259.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BRAD PITT-MAKE IT RIGHT

NEW ORLEANS — An attorney plans to sue actor Brad Pitt’s foundation over the degradation of homes built in an area of New Orleans that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. The forthcoming lawsuit against Pitt’s Make It Right foundation will be filed on behalf of some Lower Ninth Ward residents, who attorney Ron Austin told WWL-TV have reported sicknesses, headaches, and infrastructural issues. SENT: 678 words.

AP Photos NYAG402-1201081421.

IN BRIEF:

— SUPREME COURT-LGBT RIGHTS-LOUISIANA — Louisiana’s attorney general joined 15 other Republican leaders asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers based on their gender identity.

— INTERNATIONAL FENTANYL RING PROBE — United States and Chinese officials say a joint investigation into a fentanyl ring has dismantled an international supplier.

— LANDLORD SUED — A New Orleans landlord is accused of sexually harassing tenants and only renting to young, thin, white women.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--RAMS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The Los Angeles Rams visit the New Orleans Saints in the final preseason contest for each team. Coaches will be focused less on starters than on players trying to make the squad, and in this case, not giving away too much in advance of their scheduled regular season rematch. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 7 p.m.

FBC--NORTHWESTERN STATE-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jimbo Fisher makes his debut at Texas A&M as the Aggies host FCS school Northwestern State in their opener. By Kristie Rieken. Kickoff 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-LSU-UNPROVEN BACKFIELD.

BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 25 LSU will learn a lot about its unproven running game right away. Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are the top two in the running back rotation after playing sparingly behind Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams last season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. By 2:30 p.m.

FBC--WAKE FOREST-TULANE

NEW ORLEANS — Wake Forest visits Tulane on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. The Demon Deacons are trying to improve on last season’s eight-victory campaign, while Tulane seeks an early statement victory over a power conference school. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 11 p.m.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 6 Washington in Atlanta. Auburn opens the season as one of the SEC’s highest-regarded teams, but the Tigers’ schedule is absolutely brutal, starting with the neutral site game against the Huskies. The game features an elite quarterback matchup with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Washington’s Jake Browning. It’s also an opportunity for the Pac-12 to gain some momentum with a big win after going 1-8 in bowl games last year. By The Associated Press. SENT: 578 words.

AP Photos NYSH510-0816181027, NY902-0806182042, NY150-0716181737, NYDD202-0109180259.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH-FATALITIES — Two north Mississippi residents are dead after their car hit a school bus.

— WEST NILE-MISSISSIPPI — A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is trying to reduce mosquito bites under Friday night lights.

— FATAL SHOOTING-IMMIGRATION — His fatal shooting of another man was ruled self-defense, but Mississippi police say the man was living in the country illegally and will be reported to immigration authorities.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 6 Washington in Atlanta. Auburn opens the season as one of the SEC’s highest-regarded teams, but the Tigers’ schedule is absolutely brutal, starting with the neutral site game against the Huskies. The game features an elite quarterback matchup with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Washington’s Jake Browning. It’s also an opportunity for the Pac-12 to gain some momentum with a big win after going 1-8 in bowl games last year. By The Associated Press. SENT: 578 words.

AP Photos NYSH510-0816181027, NY902-0806182042, NY150-0716181737, NYDD202-0109180259.

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