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BC-Deep South News Digest

March 29, 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

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The Jackson AP Bureau at 601-948-5897 or jkme@ap.org

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FREEWAY STANDOFF-GEORGIA

ATLANTA — A freeway standoff with an armed man brought traffic on an Atlanta-area freeway to a standstill Friday until he was apparently taken into custody. Video from a TV news helicopter showed police pulling the man from a car, apparently ending the confrontation that played out in the middle of Interstate 75. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 330 words.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-GEORGIA

ATLANTA — A bill that would allow the in-state production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil has passed the Georgia Senate, just two days after the proposal was limited significantly in committee. The Senate voted 44-8 to pass the measure, which grants a sharply reduced number of licenses to grow and sell the product than the original proposal. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_UNLICENSED LANDFILL FIRE _ A man who owns an unlicensed landfill south of Atlanta has been given two more months to extinguish the flames at the site.

_ CITY OFFICIAL-FALST STATEMENTS _ A city worker in Warner Robins, Georgia, is accused of falsely reporting crimes and lying to authorities during a criminal investigation into allegations that he made against another worker.

SPORTS:

BKN--BLAZERS-HAWKS

ATLANTA _ Damian Lillard and Portland are third in the Western Conference and riding a five-game winning streak as they visit State Farm Arena. Trae Young and the rebuilding Hawks have won three in a row. The Trail Blazers are third in the Western Conference. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PAUL NEWBERRY-LOSERS BRACKET

ATLANTA — The first time they took the court together, Trae Young threw up a lob and, somehow, John Collins knew right where the ball would be. What followed was a thunderous dunk that hardly anybody else saw. It was merely a summer workout, held on Atlanta’s practice court shortly after Young was drafted by the Hawks. Yet it was a sign of the instant bond these talented youngsters would have — and make the Hawks one of the most intriguing story lines in the NBA losers’ bracket. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,100 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

POLICE INDICTMENTS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Seven law enforcement officers in South Carolina have been charged with taking bribes to falsify immigration documents, conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute and protecting drug trafficking. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

XGR-ABUSE-MANDATED REPORTING

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would require doctors, nurses or other medical professionals to report a child showing symptoms of withdrawal from drug or alcohol exposure while in the womb. Medical professionals already must report abuse. The new measure would require them to submit a report to the Department of Social Services if they find that a child less than a year old is medically affected by prenatal substance abuse or withdrawal. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

_XGR-TAX EXEMPTIONS-PANTHERS _ A bill offering the Carolina Panthers about $120 million in tax breaks to move its team headquarters and practice facility to South Carolina has slowed down.

_ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIGHT _ Residents of Walterboro, South Carolina, came together this week to honor a fifth grader who died from injuries she suffered in a fight at her elementary school.

_ CITY SUES NONPROFIT _ A South Carolina city is suing a nonprofit over nearly $23 million city leaders say is owed taxpayers.

_ RUN OVER DEPUTY _ A North Carolina sheriff says one of his detectives was directing traffic on Interstate 95 near St. Pauls when he was run over by a car and severely injured.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-DIMITRI POLIZOS _ Funeral services for Alabama state Rep. Dimitri Polizos have been finalized.

_ S-TOWN LAWSUIT _ A lawsuit is moving forward against the creators of the popular “S-Town” podcast by the estate of the Alabama man at the center of the show.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-AUBURN-N CAROLINA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Top-seeded North Carolina has cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Now, the Tar Heels must get past red-hot Auburn _ fresh off its upset of Kansas _ to reach the Midwest Region finale. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 6:29 p.m.

NCAA-TIPPING OFF

UNDATED _ Duke got by a giant Tacko to reach the Sweet 16. Waiting for the Blue Devils in Washington will be a familiar foe. Five days after escaping Central Florida and 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, the Blue Devils play fellow ACC-er Virginia Tech on Friday. By John Marshall. SENT: 920 words. AP Photos.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

FILM TAX BREAKS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A new study shows that Louisiana taxpayers are losing roughly two-thirds of the money they put into the state’s film tax credit program. Preliminary figures unveiled Thursday show that for every dollar spent on the tax credit programs, state and local governments get about 36 cents back in tax revenue. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_PRIEST-CHILD MOLESTATION _ A former priest in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to a child molestation charge.

_ PORCH SHOOTING DEATH _ A New Orleans teen has been charged in the death of a man who was shot and wounded nearly three months ago.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-LSU-MICHIGAN ST

WASHINGTON _ Two of the country’s best college point guards match up when No. 2 seed Michigan State and Cassius Winston take on No. 3 LSU and Tremont Waters in the Sweet 16 at the East Region on Friday night. By Stephen Whyno. Game starts at 7:09 p.m. ET. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos

NCAA-TIPPING OFF

UNDATED _ Duke got by a giant Tacko to reach the Sweet 16. Waiting for the Blue Devils in Washington will be a familiar foe. Five days after escaping Central Florida and 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, the Blue Devils play fellow ACC-er Virginia Tech on Friday. By John Marshall. SENT: 920 words.

AP Photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

XGR-MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

JACKSON, Miss.— The Mississippi Legislature ended its 2019 session Friday. During their nearly three months at the Capitol, lawmakers approved a $1,500 pay raise for teachers and enacted laws that could help expand broadband to rural areas and could help protect children who are victims of human trafficking. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.

XGR-PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE

JACKSON, Miss. _ A provision to increase funding by $2 million for private school attendance by Mississippi students with special education needs has survived despite a last-ditch attempt to block it. The controversy dominated the last day of the 2019 legislative session on Friday. House members blocked the bill from advancing twice before enough Republicans changed their votes to let it advance. The Republican governor promises to sign the bill. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ EX-OFFICER-RAPE _ A former law enforcement officer in Mississippi who’s accused of raping a 6-year-old was charged more than a decade ago with child molestation.

_BRIDGE CLOSURES _ The Mississippi Department of Transportation is closing 27 more local bridges that county officials did not close after inspectors found the structures to be unsafe.

_ STOLEN PUPPY _ A 22-year-old Mississippi woman faces charges for allegedly stealing a 7-month-old pit bull puppy outside its owner’s home.

_ MCCOMB-RECREATION _ A city in southwestern Mississippi is working toward buying a baseball field next to a community center.

_VACCINE EXEMPTION _ Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is being asked whether it’s constitutional to eliminate a provision allowing parents and guardians of schoolchildren to exempt them from immunizations for religious reasons.

SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-ARIZONA ST-MISSISSIPPI ST

PORTLAND, Ore. Top-seeded Mississippi State has won 10 straight games going into Friday night’s round of 16 game against No. 5 Arizona State. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. PST.

NCAA-WOMEN’s TIPPING OFF

ALBANY, N.Y. _ There will be plenty of star power and Pac-12 teams on display when the women’s Sweet 16 tips off on Friday night with four games. Napheesa Collier and UConn will get things started when they face UCLA. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 720 words.

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-PRO DAY

OXFORD, Miss. _ Mississippi receiver D.K. Metcalf wowed scouts with his strength and speed at the NFL combine. He’ll be among the high-profile prospects _ including receiver A.J. Brown and left tackle Greg Little _ who are expected to be at the school’s pro day on Friday. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

GLF-PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

BILOXI, Miss. _ First-round action from the Rapiscan Systems Classic at Fallen Oak. The defending champion is Steve Stricker. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 p.m.

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