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AP-Deep South News Digest

November 11, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION COVERAGE

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

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA GOVERNOR-ONE PRECINCT

ATLANTA — Some voters, most of them black, who showed up for Tuesday’s midterms at a southwest Atlanta precinct waited four hours to cast their ballots in a scene both festive and frustrating. For many, it was unlike any Election Day they had ever voted in, but echoed a long history of voter suppression in the South. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1035 words.

ELECTION 2018-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK — For much of the country, the 2018 midterm season is over. But unresolved races for governor in Georgia and Florida are raising major strategic questions for Democrats as they turn their attention to the upcoming battle for the White House. As in other states, Democrats in Florida and Georgia drew record turnout in last week’s election. The coalition of suburban women, young people and minorities delivered the House to Democrats for the first time in nearly a decade. But it wasn’t enough to score decisive victories in the closely watched races for governor in Georgia and Florida. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams hasn’t conceded her race while Andrew Gillum’s contest in Florida is undergoing a recount. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 940 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-TAI CHI-PARKINSON’S PATIENTS

NEWNAN — Tai chi is becoming a new favorite exercise among Parkinson’s patients like Larry Bergeson of Newnan.

“I’ve had two trial lessons,” he said. “Tai chi is great for learning movement and balance. As a person affected by Parkinson’s disease, both movement and balance become more difficult as the disease progresses.” Moved in advance. By Melanie Ruberti, the Newnan Times-Herald.

IN BRIEF:

— TAX DISPUTE — Fulton County officials head to court Tuesday to justify a 2017 freeze of most residential property values at the previous year’s levels.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-BROWNS

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons try to extend their winning streak to four games and stay in playoff contention as they visit the Cleveland Browns, who have dropped four straight after a promising start. Game time 1 p.m. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BKN--HAWKS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play the Atlanta Hawks in the second game of a back-to-back. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Begins 9:30 p.m. ET.

SOC-MLS-NYCFC-ATLANTA UNITED

ATLANTA — After winning a playoff game for the first time in franchise history, Atlanta United looks to finish off New York City FC in the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal before what is expected to be a record postseason crowd of more than 70,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 5:30 p.m. EST.

BKW--T25-WINTHROP-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 14 Georgia hosts Winthrop in a women’s college basketball game at Stegeman Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 2 p.m. EST.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ROOKERY RESTORATION

A foundation has granted $700,000 to the effort to save South Carolina’s Crab Bank, a greatly eroded island and bird breeding area in Charleston Harbor. The Post and Courier reports that the grant was needed by organizers hoping to complete a $1.4 million fundraising effort. SENT: 300 words

MEMBER EXCHANGES

EXCHANGE-DOCTOR WITH CANCER

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville surgeon said she has new insight into what breast cancer patients endure after being diagnosed with the disease herself. “You don’t really appreciate what patients go through when they’re diagnosed with cancer,” said Dr. Sharon Ben-Or. By Liv Osby. The Greenville News.

IN BRIEF:

— HOMECOMING SHOOTING — One man died and another was injured after they were shot after a homecoming party on a South Carolina college campus.

— FLU DEATH — South Carolina has seen its first flu-related death this season.

SPORTS

BKW--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-ALBAMA ST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — No. 10 South Carolina opens the season at Alabama State, a Southwestern Athletic Conference member. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m. CT.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SHIP CHRISTENING-SOTOMAYOR

MOBILE, Ala. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was on hand in Mobile to christen a U.S. Navy ship. Al.com reports that the USNS Puerto Rico was christened Saturday at the Austal USA shipyard, where it was built. Sotomayor broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow, a Navy tradition. The Puerto Rico was the 11th of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport ships to be built by Austal under a $1.9 billion contract. SENT: 210 words.

MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-LATE HUSBAND’S HOBBY

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Toybox Bistro is one of the most fun places to eat in Alabama. True to its name, the restaurant celebrates what everyone loves about childhood: playing with toys. Everywhere you look, you see trading cards under the glass table tops, Pez dispensers lined up on shelves, buckets of Legos to play with while you wait for your food to arrive. And adults love it just as much or more than the kids do.

By Michelle Matthews. al.com.

AL-EXCHANGE-DOWNTOWN HARTSELLE

HARTSELLE, Ala. — Downtown Hartselle is going through its most significant transformation in more than two decades, with changes that include a restaurant expanding its seating capacity from 30 to 240 and the opening of a brick-oven pizzeria that will serve homemade Italian food. It’s a shift from plans in the early 1980s when the goal was to turn Hartselle into the best antique district in the South, city officials said.

By Deangelo McDaniel. The Decatur Daily.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA DRIVER LICENSES — Alabama’s growing population means state driver licenses will get an additional digit.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-ALBAMA ST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — No. 10 South Carolina opens the season at Alabama State, a Southwestern Athletic Conference member. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m. CT.

BKC--APPALACHIAN ST-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama hosts Appalachian State after winning its season opener. By Marq Burnett. UPCOMING: 500 words. Games starts 6 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s latest election offers some lessons for politicians and their consultants: Money doesn’t always determine the outcome, bipartisanship can win races and voters really like those stickers proving they went to the polls. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY-SHOOTING

A grand jury has charged the wife of a sheriff’s deputy in his killing. Local media reports a Jefferson Parish grand jury Thursday charged Shantel Parria with second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, Troy Smith, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office sergeant. Parria pleaded not guilty on Friday. Smith suffered a single gunshot to the head. His wife called 911 on June 17 and told operators that her husband shot himself in their house. He died at a hospital June 24. SENT: 250 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CAJUN MEMES

NEW IBERIA, La. — Spaine Edler never expected to be known for his humorous depictions of south Louisiana culture. But it seems only natural since his father wrote, illustrated and published children’s books under the moniker the Louisiana Crawfish-Man.

By Megan Wyatt. The Daily Advertiser.

EXCHANGE-STUDENTS-TUBAS

NEW ORLEANS — Brass musicians have sustained New Orleans culture for generations, and the Preservation Hall Foundation aspires to maintain that culture through a new program that offers instruments to the city’s underserved youth. The foundation’s Sousafund program is designed to help young students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged to obtain basses and tubas to use in school music programs. The program was established in March after Ben Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, had his sousaphone stolen.

By Wilborn P. Nobles III. NOLA.com ′ The Times-Picayune

IN BRIEF:

— MATERNAL HEALTH-TULANE — A Tulane researcher is looking at pregnancy-associated mortality in the U.S. and Louisiana.

SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-BENGALS. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EST

BKC--T25-FLORIDA ST-TULANE

NEW ORLEANS — No. 17 Florida State, coming off a convincing victory over Florida, aims to improve to 2-0 at Tulane on Sunday night. The game marks the season opener for the Green Wave. By Brett Martel. UPCOMNIG: 650 words, photos. Tip-off 7 p.m. ET

BKC--SE LOUISIANA-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska hosts Southeastern Louisiana five days after blowing out Mississippi Valley State by 69 points in its opener. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 4 p.m. EST.

MISSISSIPPI

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. — Candidates in a U.S. Senate runoff in Mississippi are competing with college football, Thanksgiving turkey and the mad dash of holiday bargain hunting as they try to hold voters’ attention. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy are on the ballot Nov. 27, and the winner gets the final two years of a six-year term. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-JACKED CHEF

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Last month, Andre Rush was in Belgium accepting a peace award. On Nov. 1, he was sitting outside Helen’s Kitchen in Columbus, musing with his old classmate Kabir Karriem about life at Lee High School, where they both were members of the last graduating class in 1992. Both played football — the aptly named Rush was a running back and Karriem played on the defensive line. They also took a class together called industrial art, but neither could remember “what that class was even about.”

By Zack Plair. The Dispatch

IN BRIEF:

— FROZEN FOODS EXPANSION — Ajinomoto Foods to expand in Oakland, Mississippi.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-HARTFORD-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 18 Mississippi State hosts Hartford in a nonconference game on Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos from 4 p.m. CT tipoff.

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