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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

April 11, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ATLANTA _ A federal lawsuit says women with psychiatric disabilities are held in solitary confinement in unacceptable conditions at a Georgia jail and are denied treatment that is provided to men with psychiatric disabilities. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Fulton County Sheriff Theodore Jackson and four jail officials. By Kate Brumback. Developing.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAL CANNABIS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Members of a South Carolina Senate hear public testimony on a proposal that would allow the medicinal use of marijuana for patients with terminal, debilitating medical conditions. While the bill missed a critical crossover deadline, lawmakers opened up their full committee meeting to hear public testimony which is typically reserved for only subcommittee meetings. By Christina L. Myers. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOSPITAL SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA _ The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Department says a gunman and a health systems police officer have been wounded in a shooting at a Clinton hospital.

_ AUTISTIC STUDENT-DRAGGING LAWSUIT _ A teacher and teaching assistant at a South Carolina school are accused of dragging an autistic student down a hallway and shoving his head into his chest.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY _ A man convicted of the sword-and-dagger stabbing death of a pastor is set to become the second person executed in Alabama this year, barring a last-minute stay. Forty-six-year-old Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to receive a chemical injection Thursday evening for the 1991 slaying of pastor Bill Lynn. The 57-year-old pastor was killed in a robbery while preparing Christmas gifts for his grandchildren at home. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 518 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ GRASS CUTTING KILLING _ Jurors have convicted an Alabama man of killing his brother-in-law in a dispute that began over grass cutting.

_ CHEROKEE TRIBAL INSCRIPTIONS INTERPRETED _ Archaeologists and Cherokee scholars have finally interpreted Cherokee tribal inscriptions written in an Alabama cave hundreds of years ago.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FIRES-BLACK CHURCHES

OPELOUSAS, La. _ A federal prosecutor says authorities have arrested a person in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana. U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced late Wednesday that the suspect is in state custody, and said federal agents stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims of “these despicable acts.” A Thursday news conference at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is planned. By Melinda Deslatte and Kevin McGill. SENT: 500 words, photos. Developing.

JUVENILES-LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

BATON ROUGE, La. _ The man at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case about sentencing for juvenile offenders is up for parole. A three-member board will hear the case of Henry Montgomery on Thursday. The 72-year-old Montgomery was convicted of the 1963 killing a sheriff’s deputy and sentenced to life without parole. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that such mandatory sentences for juvenile offenders was unconstitutional. In 2016, the court decided in Montgomery’s case to make their decision retroactive. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 554 words, photo.

Eds.: Will be updated after hearing.

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE _ Now that Louisiana’s governor and legislative leaders have settled on updated state income projections, the haggling begins over how to spend the newly available millions. Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Legislature are sifting through a list of competing requests for new dollars, with college leaders, early childhood education advocates and agency chiefs among those vying for the cash. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 647 words, photos.

LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE

BATON ROUGE _ Now that Louisiana’s governor and legislative leaders have settled on updated state income projections, the haggling begins over how to spend the newly available millions. Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Legislature are sifting through a long list of competing requests for new dollars, with college leaders, early childhood education advocates and agency chiefs among those vying for the cash. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

_ DELGADO CHANCELLOR _ Delgado Community College has a new leader with a familiar face.

_ GEORGETOWN-SLAVERY _ Georgetown University students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school’s debts, an effort that would create one of the first reparations funds at a major U.S. institution. The fund would go toward projects in underprivileged communities where some descendants live, like Maringouin, Louisiana.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

POLITICIAN-BLACKFACE SKIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ A white candidate for Mississippi attorney general took part in a college skit in the late 1970s in which other cast memberswore blackface, a yearbook photo shows. By Emily Wagster Pettus. Developing.

SCHOOL TAKEVERS-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi’s state Board of Education again will consider taking local school districts into a statewide district aimed at improving academic performance. By Jeff Amy. Eds.: Will be updated following 11:30 a.m. meeting.

POLICE OFFICER-RECORDS QUESTIONED

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. _ A Mississippi board is reviewing a police officer’s professional certification after WMC-TV raised questions about his conduct in Arkansas. The television station reports Roderick Brown Jr. was fired in 2017 in Forrest City, Arkansas, because an investigation showed he tried to extort sex from women while on duty. He’s now a Holly Springs police sergeant. A termination letter from Forrest City says body camera recordings supported a woman’s claim that Brown sought sex in exchange for leniency. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRISON EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION _ A Mississippi prison is setting up a notification system after a convicted murderer escaped last summer.

_ COURTHOUSE COMPLAINTS _ A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Lauderdale County resident who accused county supervisors of neglecting an aging courthouse by spending funding elsewhere.

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