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AP-Deep South News Digest

July 28, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



MACON, Ga. — Authorities say that so many drugs are being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for analysis that its staff can’t keep up with the workload. The Telegraph reports that for the past year, the lab has faced a growing backlog. That’s slowed down the testing process, and its effects are widespread. SENT: 145 words. Will be updated.



AUGUSTA, Ga. — Armed with hundreds of gun locks, Jack Logan stood post at a BP gas station near Augusta Mall for over an hour a Monday, distributing them to people who want to secure their weapons. Logan is the founder of Put Down the Guns Now Young People, a Greenville, S.C.-based organization focused on securing guns and preventing them from getting in the hands of children or those who might use them against others. By Sarah Leblanc, The Augusta Chronicle. SENT: 566 words.


— POLICE SHOOTING-BYSTANDER KILLED — A woman inside her home was killed after a shooting between a Savannah Police officer and another man.

— DEADLY WRECK — Four people are dead, including a 6-year-old boy, after an accident in Georgia’s Bartow County.

— SHOREBIRD BOOM — Conservation officials say shorebirds are having a big nesting year on one of Georgia’s barrier islands.



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons’ commitment to an offensive revival has led to new deals for quarterback Matt Ryan and left tackle Jake Matthews, a promise for a new deal for wide receiver Julio Jones next year, and the addition of right guard Brandon Fusco as a free agent. It’s a big commitment for an offense which struggled at times last year. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.


ATLANTA — Alex Wood, 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his last four starts, will try to pitch the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers to a third straight win over the struggling Atlanta Braves. Rookie Max Fried comes off the disabled list to pitch for Atlanta, which has dropped 12 of 17 and is 2 1/2 games back in the NL East. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 750 words with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


MINNEAPOLIS — Team Candace Parker takes on Team Elena Della Donne in the WNBA All-Star Game in Minnesota, the first time the Lynx have hosted the showcase event and the first time the league’s best players have been divided by captain picks rather than conference. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT.


ATLANTA — John Isner takes on Matthew Ebden of Australia in one semifinal match at the BB&T Atlanta Open and Ryan Harrison will meet Cameron Norrie of Britain in the other. UPCOMING: 300 words. First match starts at 3 p.m.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-IMPACT. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. — In the 12 muddled months since the abandonment of two South Carolina nuclear reactors that never produced a watt of power, only one thing seems certain: it will take a lot of litigation to untangle the mess. Courtrooms are where much of the saga some call South Carolina’s nuclear boondoggle will unfold. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 685 words.

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COLUMBIA, SC — In November, S.C. voters will vote on whether they want Gov. Henry McMaster or Democrat James Smith in the Governor’s Mansion over the next four years. Substantive issues divide two Columbians. Their love of dogs — whether McMaster’s Mac or Smith’s Cayman and Laffey — does not. But what does it say about McMaster that he has had a lifelong love of English bulldogs? Or that Smith has a goldendoodle — a mix of poodle and golden retriever — and ... well ... a mutt? By Tom Barton and Maayan Schechter, The State. SENT: 1,224 words.


— SOUTH CAROLINA-ABORTION— Planned Parenthood says it is suing to try to get a judge to overturn South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s order that it couldn’t provide services under the state Medicaid health plan.

— MOTHER-IN-LAW KILLED — Investigators say a man stabbed his mother-in-law to death in the basement of his South Carolina home after the two argued.

— AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM— A planned museum in South Carolina tracing African-American history in America from slavery to today has hired a woman who creates exhibits based on current events.

— MYSTERIOUS DEATH — A mother in South Carolina in renewing her $500 reward for anyone who might have information that her son didn’t jump off a bridge on his own or fall over accidentally.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams was screaming in pain and carted off the field Saturday with his right knee in a brace. Coach Ron Rivera didn’t elaborate on the injury after the team’s first full practice in pads but said Williams was returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, to be examined. By Steve Reed. SENT: 347 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says he is keeping an “open mind” on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Democratic senator told reporters Friday evening that he wants to do his “due diligence” on Kavanaugh’s work. He said he is also not worried about a flurry of advertising pressuring him to confirm Cavanaugh. SENT: 131 words. Will be updated.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A state representative says local airports in Alabama will benefit from more than $25.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said this week the grant will help 25 airports with improvements, new structures and safety advances. The Mobile Downtown Airport will receive the most with $7.08 million, while the Thomas C. Russell Field Airport in Alexander City will get the least with $94,500. SENT: 114 words. Will be updated.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Bryan Goza’s desk belies the serious nature of the work he does every day in Montgomery. Comic strips paper the walls of his standard-issue office cubicle, where an action figure perches beside a computer monitor. The panels weave narratives of good and evil, superheroes and villains — tidy narratives that, despite an occasional “To Be Continued” note, have a beginning, middle and end. By Melissa Brown, The Montgomery Advertiser.


— WWI MEMORIAL —A south Alabama county has a new monument to troops who died fighting in World War I.

— MOBILE SHIP CHANNEL —The government is considering a plan to enlarge the ship channel through Mobile Bay.

— SEA TURTLES-MISSISSIPPI — Several critically endangered sea turtles are getting another chance at life after being caught by fishermen and then brought back to health by marine specialists.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



NEW ORLEANS — Delgado Community College is expanding. Its new campus in Avondale will open in August. The campus will house a number of Delgado training programs geared at preparing students for jobs in industries based on the Mississippi River and in Jefferson Parish west of the Huey P. Long Bridge. SENT: 309 words.


PALMETTO, La. — A small Louisiana town is trying to figure out what to do after no one volunteered to run for police chief. KATC-TV reports that the police chief in Palmetto, a village of about 170 people, moved away so he can’t run for re-election. SENT: 145 words. Will be updated.



Martha Spencer clings to the tall yellow leg of the oil rig, her speargun tucked close to her torso, the waves smashing violently against her. The seas are rough today, a sunny and otherwise pleasant Friday in June. But a heavy breeze moving across the Gulf has brought choppy waters, with swells of up to 5 feet — far from ideal diving conditions. By Helen Freund, The New Orleans Advocate. SENT: 1,540 words.


SHREVEPORT, La. — In humble neighborhoods, gated communities, along dusty streets and four-lane interstates, Willie Thomas Jr., 59, and Cedric Thomas, 41, look for trouble. They find it. They fix it. The father-son duo, both of Elm Grove, are troubleshooters for AEP SWEPCO. By Maggie Martin, The Shreveport Times. SENT: 870 words.


— FRAUD SENTENCE — A woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing money from the Louisiana law firm she once worked for has been sentenced to a year and 10 months in prison.

— SEA TURTLES-MISSISSIPPI — Several critically endangered sea turtles are getting another chance at life after being caught by fishermen and then brought back to health by marine specialists.

— STATE PARKS-CABINS REOPEN — Rental cabins at three Louisiana state parks are available for reservations for the first time since they were closed by the 2016 floods.

— OLD CHARITY HOSPITAL — Three groups have until Aug. 20 to describe what they would do with the old Charity Hospital building if they’re chosen to renovate the century-old landmark that has stood vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.



METAIRIE, La. — Saints training camp has opened with uncertainty over who’ll join the pass rush from the edge opposite All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. Alex Okafor, who is coming off an Achilles injury last season, first-round draft choice Marcus Davenport and 2017 draft pick Trey Hendrickson are the leading candidates. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. By 5 p.m. ET

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)




BUDE, Miss. — Summit’s Donald Broussard backed his 16-foot SunCatcher pontoon off the trailer and into the black water of Okhissa Lake, swinging it around carefully to glide into the floating dock. Nearby, the women sprayed sunscreen and hung floaties on the children, and the boys threw rocks into the duckweed. Onboard, they had grocery bags, a propane grill and not one fishing pole. By Adam Northam, The Daily Leader. SENT: 1,553 words.


CORINTH, Miss. — When empty, the B&B Concrete trucks with white cabs and yellow spinning drums weigh 30,000 pounds. With a full load of water, sand, coarse aggregate and cement mixing together, they reach 60,000. Over smooth highways, it’s a comfortable ride. Driving over Mississippi’s backroads is much bumpier. When Junior McGaha turned off Corinth Road 512 on a July morning, the unfinished chicken house in need of fresh concrete sat uphill a few hundred yards away. A winding path of mud-soaked rocks led to the work site. By Dillon Mullan, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. SENT: 1,221 words.


— BROOKHAVEN SCHOOLS — A school district in Mississippi is borrowing money to make up for a shortfall in local tax collections.

— GREENVILLE CITY WORKERS — One Mississippi city is changing the way is pays most of its government employees who work overtime.

— SEA TURTLES-MISSISSIPPI — Several critically endangered sea turtles are getting another chance at life after being caught by fishermen and then brought back to health by marine specialists.


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