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AP-Deep South News Digest

October 6, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

INTERNET ACCESS-RURAL GEORGIA

ATLANTA — Rural parts of Georgia need better internet access quickly, but internet companies won’t expand to rural areas if there’s too much red tape, state lawmakers say. Lobbyists say their companies are spending too much time negotiating with each city and county for access to roads to install broadband equipment, WABE Radio reported. SENT: 376 words.

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EXCHANGE-BIRTHING COWS-FAIR

PERRY, Ga. — Some of the biggest stars of this year’s Georgia National Fair arrived on the grounds Tuesday. They are six Holstein cows that will give birth in front of an audience at the fair’s newest addition, the Baby Barn. More cows will arrive later with the aim of having one live birth each day of the fair, which runs Thursday through Oct. 14. By Wayne Crenshaw, The Telegraph of Macon. SENT: 681 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COCAINE KINGPIN-GEORGIA — A Georgia man sent to prison for dealing cocaine in 1991 says he now works at a chicken plant and spends his time off telling teenagers: “You’re never going to win selling drugs.”

— VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE — The midterm elections are fast approaching and the deadline in Georgia to vote in those races is even closer.

— SQUIRREL CENSUS-CENTRAL PARK — It’s one of the enduring mysteries of life in New York City: Just how many squirrels live in Central Park? There could soon be an answer.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--NLDS-BRAVES-GAUSMAN’S CHALLENGE

ATLANTA — Kevin Gausman will be handed the challenge of trying to extend the Atlanta Braves’ season when he is expected to face Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler in Sunday’s Game 3 of the NLDS. The Dodgers lead the series 2-0 and can clinch a spot in the NLCS with a win. By Matt Winkeljohn. 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-VANDERBILT-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 2 Georgia will seek to continue its strong start when it plays SEC rival Vanderbilt on Saturday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

HISTORIC SCHOOL

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Community members in a South Carolina town are trying to save a school once designated for African-American children. The Post and Courier reports that a developer recently acquired the 4-acre (1 hectare 6187.4) lot where the last remaining African-American school in East Cooper stands. SENT: 128 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-FALLEN OFFICER-HELICOPTER PILOTS

YORK, S.C. — Special Agent Wayne Matthews has worked in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Aviation Unit for 20 years. But he had a bad feeling about the night York County Det. Mike Doty was shot and fatally wounded. Doty was shot early Jan. 16 and died the next day. Three other officers were shot and injured in what police described as an ambush after officers responded to a domestic violence call near York. By Hannah Smoot, The Herald of Rock Hill. SENT: 898 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA FLIGHTS — South Carolina’s capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida. The airline offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-BENTLEY

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley didn’t start against Missouri because of a knee injury sustained at Kentucky last weekend. With Bentley on the sideline, backup Michael Scarnecchia made his first college start. SENT: 127 words.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — No. 4 Clemson looks to improve to 5-0 and remain atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division when the Tigers visit Wake Forest, which hasn’t beaten a top-10 team since 1946. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 3:30 p.m. start.

FBC--MISSOURI-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Missouri tries to open the season 4-1 while South Carolina looks to get back on the winning track when the teams play Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from noon start.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CRIME STRATEGY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Federal prosecutors in Alabama praised the revival of a Department of Justice program that targets gun and gang violence. Local news outlets report the three U.S. attorneys, appointed by President Donald Trump, held a Friday news conference lauding the success of “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” They said it has led to a reduction in violent crime. SENT: 223 words.

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EXCHANGE-SOUTH AFRICAN TEENS VISIT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Racism, gang violence and restricted women’s rights were among the list of similarities that teenage members of BRAVE, a South Africa-based organization visiting Montgomery, noticed between their country and the American South. “I’ve seen a lot of similarities, I feel like our histories are the same,” said Audrey February, 19, of the Cape Town township Manenberg, which she said is riddled with gang violence at such a high rate that “no one is safe from it.” By Krista Johnson, The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 882 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS — Alabama’s governor has ordered flags on state property to be flown at half-staff Sunday to honor firefighters killed in the line of duty.

— PRISON ILLNESS OUTBREAK — State health officials say they are continuing to monitor an illness outbreak at a state prison that left one inmate dead.

— SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA FLIGHTS — South Carolina’s capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida. The airline offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Alabama has 77 straight wins over unranked opponents under coach Nick Saban, a major college football record the No. 1 Crimson Tide expects to continue when it travels to Arkansas on Saturday. The Razorbacks have lost four straight games under first-year coach Chad Morris. By Chip Souza. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Noon ET kickoff.

FBC--T25-AUBURN-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 8 Auburn travels to face Mississippi State on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. The Tigers and Bulldogs both need the win to stay in serious contention in the SEC’s Western Division. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

CAR--NASCAR-DOVER

DOVER, Del. — Ryan Blaney kept the party rolling from his first win this season long enough to stimulate business at his favorite bar. He soaked in the celebration from his checkered flag on the roval at Charlotte. Now he hopes to stamp himself a contender in the next round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Blaney, one of NASCAR’s blossoming young stars, earned an automatic spot in the second round when he zipped past Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. for the surprise win on the speedway and infield road course blend. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 932 words.

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LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HISTORIC CHURCH CLOSES

NEW ORLEANS — A historic New Orleans church dating back to 1906 to minister to Norwegian sailors and eventually became an important venue for jazz performances is closing. Local media reports the Scandinavian Jazz Church will end operations by Dec. 31 and the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer has not been disclosed. SENT: 290 words.

SCHOOL EMPLOYEES-PAYMENT

BATON ROUGE, La. — School employees in the Baton Rouge area are one step closer to getting an extra $500 dollars in an upcoming paycheck. The Advocate reported the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board gave preliminary approval Thursday to give its roughly 5,000 full-time employees the extra money. SENT: 312 words.

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EXCHANGE-INCLUSIVE HAIR POLICIES

NEW ORLEANS — Dreadlocks, afros and braids are among the hairstyles cemented within black culture, but students often find themselves battling schools for autonomy over these hairstyles. With this in mind, students at Xavier University of Louisiana are pushing for the acceptance of all hair styles, looking to address society’s preconceptions of people of color based on their hair. This year’s Mister and Miss Xavier collaborated with the university’s Student Government Association to launch an “I am not my hair” movement online, which saw students sharing photos of their hairstyles and the stories they experienced due to their hair. By Wilborn P. Nobles III, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. SENT: 1,082 words.

EXCHANGE-OPELOUSAS MASSACRE

OPELOUSAS, La. — St. Landry Parish now has its first symbols of the Opelousas Massacre, a little-known racial clash in 1868 that claimed dozens of African-American lives. On conflict’s 150th anniversary, archivist and genealogist Marie Marcel gave certificates to current member of families who survived the event. Red ribbons adorned the certificates, symbolic of the ribbons their ancestors used to survive. By Herman Fuselier, The Advertiser. SENT: 638 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OPERA HOUSE TO REOPEN — A historic opera house in southwestern Louisiana will soon be reopening.

— SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA FLIGHTS — South Carolina’s capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida. The airline offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-LSU-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 5 LSU tries to stay unbeaten and add another road win to its resume when it plays at 22nd-ranked Florida, which is honoring Tim Tebow during the game. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins at 3:30 p.m. ET

FBC--LOUISIANA MONROE-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Louisiana-Monroe in a nonconference game on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels are trying for a 4-0 record against nonconference competition this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 3 p.m. CT kickoff

FBC--TULANE-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI — The Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 American Athletic) try to extend their best start since 2012 when they host Tulane (2-3, 1-0). Game starts at noon.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

QUESTIONABLE PERFORMANCE

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — A high school band’s halftime performance depicting police being held at gunpoint is fueling anger in a Mississippi city dealing with the recent killings of two officers. Pictures of the Forest Hill High School band’s performance that circulated on social media Saturday show students dressed as medical personnel holding SWAT team members at gunpoint as the band played. SENT: 127 words. Will be updated.

OLE MISS JOURNALISM-RACIST COMMENT

JACKSON, Miss. — After a Facebook post by a prominent University of Mississippi donor was denounced as racist, some professors say the university should rename its journalism school for an African-American journalist who crusaded against lynching. Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born a slave in Mississippi in 1862. She went on to become an investigative reporter in nearby Memphis, Tennessee, and denounced racial violence. She helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and pushed for women’s right to vote. Wells-Barnett died in 1931 in Chicago. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 577 words.

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EXCHANGE-CHILDREN’S MAGIC CARPET

COLUMBUS, Miss. — A “magic carpet” that once helped children take flights of imagination is about to be in the spotlight again. For decades, the colorful carpet was the centerpiece of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library’s Story Hour Room. Now in its new home at the Stephen D. Lee Home, the custom needlepoint rug made by dozens of local volunteers during the 1970s will welcome little ones once again: Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to a Special Story Hour Celebration with Mother Goose at the Lee Home from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. “The library reconfigured the Children’s Section, which put the rug out of the public’s view,” explained Stephen D. Lee Foundation President Eulalie Davis. When the library offered the Lee Home the rug, the Foundation board unanimously accepted the gift with the belief that the rug itself was an important part of the history of Columbus, and that it tells that history in an entertaining way for children, added Davis. By Jan Swoope, The Commercial Dispatch. SENT: 1,271 words.

EXCHANGE-MUSICIAN-UNITED NATIONS

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Amy Lott’s musical adventures have taken some twists and turns over the years, but she found herself performing at the United Nations last week with a choir of young people accompanying her music. A Meridian native, Lott, now of Philadelphia, was selected to participate as part of PeaceDay365′s activities following the U.N.’s official Peace Day set on Sept. 21. Lott not only performed, but also participated in a panel discussion where she discussed her own story and views. By William B. Carroll, The Neshoba Democrat. SENT: 919 words.

IN BRIEF:

— VOTER REGISTRATION-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi residents are facing a deadline if they want to cast ballots in the federal midterm election.

— SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA FLIGHTS — South Carolina’s capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida. The airline offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--LOUISIANA MONROE-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Louisiana-Monroe in a nonconference game on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels are trying for a 4-0 record against nonconference competition this season. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 3 p.m. CT kickoff

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