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BC-Deep South News Digest

March 23, 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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-SESSION NEARS END

ATLANTA _ Georgia’s legislative session is almost over. Friday was legislative day 35 of 40. With just a few days left, lawmakers are working quickly to push through high-profile bills. By Sanya Mansoor and Ben Nadler. SENT: 737 words.

AP Photos NYDK701-0301191150.

ALABAMA TORNADO-GEORGIA HOSPITAL

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Officials at a Georgia trauma center are reviewing a day this month that began as a slower-than-usual Sunday and ended in one of its busiest days. Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown received more than 20 patients as a result of the March 3 tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia. SENT: 406 words.

TEACHER STRIKES-POLITICS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren’t why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn’t even had a teacher strike. But as in other GOP strongholds this spring, lawmakers who have spent years clashing with public schools by slashing budgets, ratcheting up testing and cheerleading private schools are blinking in the face of election pressure as much as picket lines. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 822 words.

AP Photos TXEG202-0311190206, TXEG203-0310192347, TXEG205-0310192358, TXEG206-0311190033, TXEG204-0311190618, TXEG201-0311190045.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-BRASELTON ICE CREAM SHOP

BRASELTON, Ga. _ Sporting a pink and baby blue manicure almost as colorful as her shop, Debi Yorke scoops homemade ice cream out of tubs each and every day at Juke N Jive Creamery in Braselton. The ice cream shop, tucked behind Jeffrey’s Sports Grill just off Old Winder Highway, serves 50 different flavors of ice cream _ regular and “adult” _ each made in-house by Yorke and her husband, Russ, owners of the business. By Layne Saliba, The Gainesville Times.

IN BRIEF:

_ GEORGIA BRIDGE-SUICIDE PREVENTION _ A community in coastal Georgia is asking state officials to help stop people from jumping to their deaths from a towering suspension bridge.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--76ERS-HAWKS

ATLANTA _ After snapping Utah’s five-game winning streak on Thursday night, the Atlanta Hawks will face another hot team when the Philadelphia 76ers bring a six-game winning streak to Atlanta on Saturday night.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TEACHER STRIKES-POLITICS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren’t why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn’t even had a teacher strike. But as in other GOP strongholds this spring, lawmakers who have spent years clashing with public schools by slashing budgets, ratcheting up testing and cheerleading private schools are blinking in the face of election pressure as much as picket lines. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 822 words.

AP Photos TXEG202-0311190206, TXEG203-0310192347, TXEG205-0310192358, TXEG206-0311190033, TXEG204-0311190618, TXEG201-0311190045.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-WAR MONUMENT

GREEENWOOD, S.C. _ Despite years of legal wrangling, the question of jail time and even anonymous “Unabomber letters” sent in the aftermath, three of the men behind a Heritage Act-defying plan to desegregate an Uptown Greenwood war memorial still can find nothing to regret. “We’re just standing up for those who lost their lives in an honorable way, so when you look at that monument, you remember it’s just about a person who sacrificed their life, so we can be here talking about it today,” said Dale Kittles, a member of the American Legion Post 20 executive committee and among a group of five who sued the state in bid to list the city’s fallen World War I soldiers alphabetically instead of by race. By Adam Benson. The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER ARRESTED _ A Summerville police lieutenant has been arrested after authorities say he forced his way into a woman’s home.

_ REMAINS FOUND _ Decomposed human remains have been found behind an old bottling plant not far from downtown Spartanburg.

IN SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-CLEMSON-MISSISSIPPI ST PREVIEW

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State’s NCAA Tournament opener was the typical No. 1 seed vs. No. 16 seed romp. The Bulldogs scored 37 points in the first quarter, 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan attempted her first career 3-pointer (she missed) and everyone more or less enjoyed the 103-46 victory over Southern. McCowan and coach Vic Schaefer laughed about that wayward 3-pointer in the aftermath of Friday’s game. But a few minutes later, the coach’s demeanor turned more serious. By David Brandt. SENT: 681 words.

AP Photos MSRS216-0322192151, MSRS218-0322192126, MSRS112-0322191712, MSRS106-0322191807, MSRS103-0322191827, MSRS203-0322192035.

BKW--NCAA-FLORIDA ST-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Dawn Staley talks about what South Carolina needs to do to earn a return trip to the Sweet 16 when the fourth-seeded Gamecocks face No. 5 seed Florida State in the second round on Sunday. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAID EXPANSION

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Republican leaders say Medicaid expansion is unlikely to become a reality unless lawmakers come up with a funding source. Alabama is one of 14 states that have not moved to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 124 words. Will be updated.

ALABAMA TORNADO-GEORGIA HOSPITAL

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Officials at a Georgia trauma center are reviewing a day this month that began as a slower-than-usual Sunday and ended in one of its busiest days. Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown received more than 20 patients as a result of the March 3 tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia. SENT: 406 words.

SUPERSONIC AIRLINER-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ An Alabama firm is partnering with a Colorado company to build a manufacturing facility that would produce supersonic aircraft. Hoar Program Management of Birmingham will help locate, plan, design and build the facility for Boom Supersonic, which is planning a supersonic commercial airliner for transoceanic routes, the news site Al.com reported. SENT: 295 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CBD-OIL-LATTES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Revelator Coffee Company began serving CBD oil-infused lattes in all four of its Birmingham locations on Monday, and has sold dozens of the drinks in the first two days. The coffee shop charges $1 to add three drops of CBD oil to a drink. It’s featured in the Golden Latte with Relyf CBD oil. By Greg Garrison, al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ FANTASY FESTIVAL _ A two-day festival celebrating all things medieval is being held in central Alabama this weekend.

_ MAZDA TOYOTA-HIRING _ Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. will begin hiring for the new $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville this fall.

IN SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-AUBURN-BYU

STANFORD, Calif. _ West Coast Conference champion BYU (25-6), a seventh seed, takes on No. 10 Auburn (22-9) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament - with the programs playing for the first time. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 12:30 p.m. PDT

BKW--NCAA-BETHUNE-COOKMAN-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Top-seeded Notre Dame (30-3) opens the defense of its national championship on its home court against Bethune-Cookman (21-10). By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 11 a.m. Eastern.

BKC--NCAA-GONZAGA-CLARKE’S CLIMB

SALT LAKE CITY _ Summers meant shopping for new clothes and shoes during Brandon Clarke’s high school years. Now a 6-foot-8 shot-blocking force for top-seeded Gonzaga, Clarke went through a growth spurt over a four-year period that had his parents blowing through money for new duds and kicks. By John Marshall. SENT: 657 words.

AP Photos UTJS145-0321191754, UTJS150-0321191839.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LHC GROUP-EXPANSION

LAFAYETTE, La. _ Home health company LHC Group is expanding its Lafayette headquarters. Local media report that Gov. John Bel Edwards and LHC Group Chief Executive Keith Myers announced the expansion Friday. SENT: 192 words.

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS _ Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary. Rainfall and some snowmelt spurred flooding in recent weeks that’s blamed in three deaths so far, with two men in Nebraska missing for more than a week. Thousands were forced from their homes in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, as water broke through or poured over levees in the region. The damage is estimated at $3 billion, and that figure is expected to rise. By Jim Salter. SENT: 585 words.

AP Photos NEOMA102-0322191023, NEOMA101-0322190932, NEOMA103-0322190934, NEOMA104-0322190939, NEOMA105-0322191050, CER302-0320190804.

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EXCHANGE-DEAD ALLIGATORS-SEAFLOOR

What happens when you drop a dead alligator in the darkest depths of the Gulf of Mexico? It’s not a question that has plagued many scientists, but it has plagued at least one – Craig McClain, a marine biologist and executive director of the Louisiana University Marine Consortium in Cocodrie. By Tristan Baurick. Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

EXCHANGE-MARCH DADNESS

PLAQUEMINE, La. _ Carlee Bell’s braids bounced on her head as she moved, a purple bow as big and loud as her 4-year-old personality trying in vain to hold them in place. She tugged on the sleeves of other kids attempting to elicit the same enthusiasm, and her puffer jacket swooshed as she threw her arms in the air over and over again. By Emma Kennedy. The Advocate.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAIL THEFT-PLEA _ A former postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing mail when she worked at a U.S. Post Office in Louisiana.

_ OIL ASSOCIATION-FEMALE CHAIR _ One of Louisiana’s major oil and gas lobbying groups has elected its first female chair.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-MARYLAND-LSU

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ Tremont Waters drove by three defenders and scooped in a banking layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give third-seeded LSU a 69-67 victory over sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Maryland’s Eric Ayala got off a final shot from midcourt, but it didn’t reach the rim. By Mark Long. SENT: 463 words.

AP Photos JVA101-0323191237, JVA104-0323191217, JVA106-0323191223, JVA109-0323191225, JVA107-0323191234.

RAC--LOUISIANA DERBY

NEW ORLEANS _ War of Will is the morning-line favorite among 11 horses slated to run the $1 million Louisiana Derby on Saturday evening. The winner of the 1 1/8-mile race is likely to qualify for the Kentucky Derby on May 3. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Post time 6:13 p.m. EDT

BKW--NCAA-SOUTHERN-MISSISSIPPI STATE

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 1 seed Mississippi State plays No. 16 Southern in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Friday. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from approx. 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-DRIVER LICENSE BLUES-MISSISSIPPI

PEARL, Miss. _ Getting a new driver’s license in Mississippi can be a multiday ordeal with long lines at Department of Public Safety stations that are short-staffed. “It’s just a mess, having to wait in line like this,” said 18-year-old Stuart Allen of Raymond, who was back at a station outside Pearl last week for his fifth time. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 886 words.

AP Photos MSEP202-0312190804, MSRS105-0319191748, MSEP201-0312190925, MSRS101-0319192236, MSRS102-0319192142, MSRS103-0319192216, MSRS104-0319192142.

CITY FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ A northeast Mississippi city could run out of cash by Sept. 30. Accountant Mike Crowder told Columbus city council members on Tuesday that the city will be more than $300,000 in debt by the end of the budget year if current spending continues, the Commercial Dispatch reported. SENT: 451 words.

CANDIDATE-RESIDENCY QUALIFICATIONS

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Republican Party says a man who filed to run for Public Service Commission won’t be on the party primary ballot because he doesn’t meet residency qualifications. Party spokeswoman Nicole Webb says the state Executive Committee voted Thursday to not certify Perry Parker of Sumrall for the ballot. SENT: 305 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-FIRST RESPONDERS-FOUNDATION

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. _ Four-year-old Avery Moak slips on an oversized blue T-shirt inspired by her Uncle Zach’s life and death. She’s still too young to understand what it says on the back: “Warriors are not the ones who always win, but the ones that always fight.” By Donna Campbell. The Daily Leader.

EXCHANGE-DANCING WITH KING FEST

TUPELO, Miss. _ A local festival that honors the music and impact of Elvis Presley is stretching its legs. Dancing with the King, now in its sixth year of service to Northeast Mississippi, raising money for dance education scholarships, is adding a singing element to its lineup. By W. Derek Russell. Daily Journal

IN BRIEF:

_ MUW-BUILDING DEMOLITION _ The Mississippi University for Women is a step closer to demolishing two vacant dormitory buildings.

_ CASINO REVENUES _ The hot streak continues for Mississippi casinos, with gambling halls statewide posting another revenue increase in February.

_ RELIGIOUS ITEMS REMOVED _ Officials in a northeast Mississippi school district are telling teachers to remove crosses, scripture and other religious items after a complaint.

IN SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-SOUTHERN-MISSISSIPPI STATE

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 1 seed Mississippi State plays No. 16 Southern in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Friday. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from approx. 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

BKW--NCAA-CLEMSON-MISSISSIPPI ST PREVIEW

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State’s NCAA Tournament opener was the typical No. 1 seed vs. No. 16 seed romp. The Bulldogs scored 37 points in the first quarter, 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan attempted her first career 3-pointer (she missed) and everyone more or less enjoyed the 103-46 victory over Southern. McCowan and coach Vic Schaefer laughed about that wayward 3-pointer in the aftermath of Friday’s game. But a few minutes later, the coach’s demeanor turned more serious. By David Brandt. SENT: 681 words.

AP Photos MSRS216-0322192151, MSRS218-0322192126, MSRS112-0322191712, MSRS106-0322191807, MSRS103-0322191827, MSRS203-0322192035.

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