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BC-Deep South News Digest

January 27, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LYNCHING VICTIMS-MARKER

DECATUR, Ga. _ Leaders of a Georgia county are planning a historical marker in remembrance of lynching victims. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DeKalb County commissioners recently approved placement of the marker near the Decatur town square. The Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative is sponsoring the marker. The Equal Justice Initiative says 592 Georgians were lynched from 1877 to 1950. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. UPCOMING: 350 words.

TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS

BILLINGS, Mont. — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,600 words.

_ WITH: TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS-GLANCE

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-SIGN PAINTER

ATLANTA _ Bread & Butterfly, Butcher & Brew, Cacao, Good Word Brewing, Hotel Clermont, the Pinewood in Decatur and the Mercury at Ponce City Market. Don’t forget all of Ford Fry’s places. Shaun Doty’s restaurants, too. What these establishments have in common: Chris Sturdivant has touched their doors, walls and windows with his paintbrush. At 33, Sturdivant has become the go-to guy for hand-painted signs around town. By Ligaya Figueras. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUPER BOWL-DRONE BAN _ Atlanta police are reminding the public that no drones are allowed around sites hosting events related to the Super Bowl.

_ RADIATION TESTING-HELICOPTER _ Federal authorities say Atlanta residents shouldn’t be alarmed if they see a helicopter flying low over the city.

_ TORNADO REPAIRS _ Crews begin $2 million in repairs in a southwest Georgia community devastated by tornadoes 2 years ago.

_ MUG OF CASH _ A Georgia woman gave away much more than intended when she donated a souvenir mug to charity.

SPORTS:

FBN--SUPER BOWL-THE TRENCHES

ATLANTA_ The Rams had the same offensive line starters for all 16 games and both playoff games, and nobody on the line has ever played in a Super Bowl. Their consistency has been a big key to everything Sean McVay does with the offense, and now they’re all being rewarded. The line has been just as dependable for the Patriots. Part of the reason Tom Brady was able to be so productive down the stretch of the regular season and through two games of the postseason is he’s been spending less tie on the ground. He hasn’t been sacked in the playoffs and has been hit just three times. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-SPORTS DYNASTIES

Sports fans love dynasties. Here are a few to compare with the New England Patriots. UPCOMING: 1,450 words, graphic by 6 p.m.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-TEAMS ARRIVE

ATLANTA _ The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots arrive in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. DEVELOPING

BKW--T25-NC STATE-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ No. 8 North Carolina State, the nation’s last unbeaten team, goes for its 20th win to extend the best start in program history as the Wolfpack face Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are trying for their third victory against a ranked team this season. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words with photos. Game starts at 2 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-OLD HOUSE DEMOLISHED

GREENWOOD, S.C. _ What happens when an ambitious plan to celebrate a city’s past meets present circumstances that stand in the way? For Greenwood city leaders and custodians of the Railroad Historical Center, the answer is bidding farewell to one noteworthy structure in an effort to make room for a new one. By Adam Benson. The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEACHERS-BACK PAY _ A small school district in South Carolina won’t give 94 teachers back pay after their salaries were frozen for a decade because of the Great Recession.

_ DELTA STATE DONATION _ A Mississippi university says a $4 million donation is the largest it has ever received.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LYNCHING VICTIMS-MARKER

DECATUR, Ga. _ Leaders of a Georgia county are planning a historical marker in remembrance of lynching victims. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DeKalb County commissioners recently approved placement of the marker near the Decatur town square. The Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative is sponsoring the marker. The Equal Justice Initiative says 592 Georgians were lynched from 1877 to 1950. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. UPCOMING: 350 words.

BOLL WEEVIL STATUES

ENTERPRISE, Ala. _ Giant replicas of boll weevils will soon invade a southeast Alabama town that celebrates the insect. The Dothan Eagle reports that colorfully decorated replicas of the bugs are part of a planned art exhibit in the southeast Alabama community of Enterprise. The project kicks off Thursday, when the first four boll weevils are to be unveiled. Those four replicas will represent the City of Enterprise, the Enterprise Police Department, the Enterprise Fire Department and the Enterprise Farmers Market. Information from The Dothan Eagle. UPCOMING: 300 words.

TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS

BILLINGS, Mont. — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,600 words.

_ WITH: TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS-GLANCE

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-MUSICAL-SCOTTSBORO BOYS

DECATUR, Ala. _ Beneath the marquee of the Princess Theatre in downtown Decatur, a stone’s throw from where the old Morgan County courthouse stood, the creative team responsible for bringing the story of the Scottsboro Boys to the Broadway stage gathered to announce the musical’s Alabama premier. “I love that all of these places _ the courthouse where the trials took place and the homes where witnesses stayed _ are within a five-block radius of where we are standing,” Susan Stroman, a five-time Tony Award winner and director and choreographer of “The Scottsboro Boys,” said Thursday. By Catherine Godbey. The Decatur Daily.

EXCHANGE-MOVIE-ALABAMA

FAIRHOPE, Ala. _ Matthew Teague always heard that if he wanted to be a writer, he needed to live in New York City. Instead, he and his wife, Nicole, moved to Fairhope in 2003 and raised their two daughters, Molly and Evangeline, there. “I love the small-town feel,” he said in a recent phone interview. While living in Fairhope, Matthew has written as a correspondent for an impressive list of publications, including National Geographic, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently serving as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. By Michelle Matthews. Al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ BACK WAGES _ An Alabama company has paid $82,515 in back wages and fringe benefits to 17 employees following a federal investigation into labor law violations

_ FIREFIGHTER INJURED _ Police say an Alabama firefighter was seriously injured while fighting a house fire.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-AUBURN-MISSOURI. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SHOOTING

GONZALES, La. (AP) — A man suspected of killing his parents and three other people - including a girl he was dating - was arrested Sunday when he showed up at his grandmother’s house in Virginia, a sheriff there said. On Saturday, Dakota Theriot, 21, shot and killed three people — the woman believed to be his girlfriend, her brother and father — in Louisiana’s Livingston Parish before taking her father’s truck, driving to neighboring Ascension Parish, and shooting his parents, authorities said. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 560 words, photos.

WITH: LOUISIANA SHOOTING-THE LATEST

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE _ As he seeks re-election to a second term, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a delicate dance to do on taxes, one of the chief points of criticism from his Republican challengers. The Democratic incumbent said as a candidate in 2015 that he didn’t expect to raise taxes as governor to solve the state’s financial problems. Instead, he did just that. And now in describing his record, he’s trying to focus on last year and making some questionable claims that he somehow cut taxes with a sales tax renewal. GOP critics are seizing on taxes as weak point in Edwards’ talking points in the months-long campaign ahead of the Oct. 12 election. By Melinda Deslatte. An AP News Analysis. UPCOMING: 700 words.

TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS

BILLINGS, Mont. — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,600 words.

_ WITH: TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS-GLANCE

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-NEW ORLEANS’ OLDEST RESTAURANT

NEW ORLEANS _ During his first few weeks at Antoine’s, Rich Lee did his best to keep a low profile, taking some time to quietly observe the historic French Quarter restaurant in action. The first customers to meet the chef, however, were less subtle. By Ian Mcnulty. The New Orleans Advocate.

EXCHANGE-MOVIE-ALABAMA

FAIRHOPE, Ala. _ Matthew Teague always heard that if he wanted to be a writer, he needed to live in New York City. Instead, he and his wife, Nicole, moved to Fairhope in 2003 and raised their two daughters, Molly and Evangeline, there. “I love the small-town feel,” he said in a recent phone interview. While living in Fairhope, Matthew has written as a correspondent for an impressive list of publications, including National Geographic, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently serving as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. By Michelle Matthews. Al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY _ Louisiana’s capital city is looking for a new music director for its symphony, after its 20-year leader announced the 2019-20 season will be his last in the role.

_ LSU LAW-CENTENARY _ A private college in north Louisiana has a new agreement giving a law school boost for students who are interested in public interest careers.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. _ One man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a juvenile will get a new sentence, but larger changes to how Mississippi courts are handling such cases appear unlikely for now. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 600 words, moved in advance.

TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS

BILLINGS, Mont. — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration’s own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,600 words.

_ WITH: TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS-GLANCE

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-COSPLAY CLUB-ANIMALS-CALENDAR

TUPELO, Miss. _ The Socially Awkward Timelords are all about sewing and creative projects, and the group has done at least one project each year for the past three years to benefit a local charitable project or nonprofit organization. This year, the group put their heads together and _ combining their mutual love of costume design _ came up with a project to have fun with fabric while benefiting the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. By Cristina Carreon. The Daily Journal.

EXCHANGE-MOVIE-ALABAMA

FAIRHOPE, Ala. _ Matthew Teague always heard that if he wanted to be a writer, he needed to live in New York City. Instead, he and his wife, Nicole, moved to Fairhope in 2003 and raised their two daughters, Molly and Evangeline, there. “I love the small-town feel,” he said in a recent phone interview. While living in Fairhope, Matthew has written as a correspondent for an impressive list of publications, including National Geographic, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently serving as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University. By Michelle Matthews. Al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ NATCHEZ BLUFFS _ A city is working to protect a wall that stabilizes steep bluffs by the Mississippi River.

_ GULFPORT-FIRE STATION _ A Mississippi city is preparing to build a new main fire station, replacing one that was never meant for the role.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 7 Mississippi State hosts Mississippi in a Southeastern Conference game on Sunday. The Bulldogs are still undefeated in conference play. UPCOMING: 500 words from 2 p.m. CT tipoff.

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