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BC-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

December 15, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HISTORICALLY BLACK SCHOOLS-GIVING

ATLANTA _ Historically black colleges and universities are seeing an upsurge in support and donations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that last fiscal year, Spelman raised a record $48 million in donations, more than triple the prior year’s total of $14.5 million. Other schools, such as Morehouse School of Medicine, have seen similar upticks in giving. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

GA-EXCHANGE-SHOP TOUR-WINE-CHEESE

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ It’s wetter, it’s colder, it’s darker these days in Georgia. Maybe it’s time for a trip to Europe. Or California. But you’ve been saving up for that new boat or hiding cash under your mattress to finally replace those kitchen counters you’ve grown to loathe, and you couldn’t even get the time off anyway. By Nick Bowman. The Gainesville Times.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOG DEATHS-INDICTMENT _ An Oglethorpe County grand jury has indicted a man with 16 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after 16 dogs were found dead in a home.

_ STOLEN VIOLIN _ A Georgia teacher is facing charges after surveillance video captured him stealing a violin from one of his students. WSB-TV reports police said the teacher confessed.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CELEBRATION BOWL

ATLANTA _ North Carolina A&T goes for its third Celebration Bowl victory in four years when the MEAC champions take on SWAC winner Alcorn State in the match-up of historically black colleges. By Matt Winkeljohn. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 12 noon EST.

BKC--T25-ARIZONA ST-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Georgia looks for its first signature win under new coach Tom Crean when it hosts No. 20 Arizona State. The Bulldogs have yet to beat a major-college opponent, while the Wildcats are coming off a close loss to Nevada. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.

BKC--T25-GEORGIA ST-KANSAS ST

MANHATTAN, Kan. _ Ater a tough road loss at Tulsa last weekend, Kansas State finally gets back on the court when Georgia State visits Bramlage Coliseum. By Avery Osen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. EST

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

PITTS RETIRES

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A retiring legislator appears to be benefiting from a last minute change to a bill concerning the state agency he has been offered a job as director. Republican Rep. Mike Pitts of Laurens said last weekend he planned to leave the Statehouse at the beginning of the year to run the state Conservation Bank. SENT: 384 words.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN

As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he’s too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be the biggest hurdle to launching another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, especially in an era when many in the party yearn for a new generation of leadership. He would be the oldest person to ever be elected president. By Thomas Beaumont, Meg Kinnard and Bill Barrow. SENT: 801 words.

AP Photos WX124-1213182031.

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EXCHANGE-NEW JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ When House Speaker Jay Lucas was deciding who should lead a special committee to address South Carolina’s multi-billion dollar nuclear power debacle last year, he looked for a lawmaker he could trust to act thoughtfully but decisively. He wanted someone who held the respect of other legislators, who had the work ethic to tackle a complex problem, the temperament to deal with the issue sensitively and the tenacity to confront some of the most influential companies in the state. By Jamie Lovegrove. The Post and Courier of Charleston.

IN BRIEF:

_ ABBEVILLE IMPROVEMENTS _ Improvements may soon be coming to Abbeville’s cobblestone square.

_ HEALTH OVERHAUL _ South Carolina’s top prosecutor is applauding a federal judge’s ruling that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--RADFORD-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson, which may be without star Marcquise Reed, tries to end a slide that has included losing three of its last four Saturday against a Radford team that already has wins over Texas and Notre Dame this season. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 600 words from 4 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

STUDENT SEX OFFENDERS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama education officials plan to create a model policy so that all public school systems are ready to monitor student sex offenders in two years. State Superintendent Eric Mackey says that each local education authority can use it as their own policy by the 2020-2021 school year. SENT: 317 words.

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AL-EXCHANGE-12 TWIN SETS-ELEMENTARY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Same last names. Same shoes. Sometimes the same faces. Eventually the dualities began to add up at Peter Crump Elementary School. A few weeks in to the school year, principal Randy Shaw heard the comment for the first time. By Andrew J. Yawn. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

_ SLAIN OFFICER’S SON _ One of Alabama’s newest police officers is the son of an officer who was shot to death while on duty more than a decade ago.

_ DECATUR SCHOOLS _ Substitute teachers in Decatur City Schools have received a 10 percent to 13 percent pay raise, and school officials hope the increase will help attract substitute employees.

_ TRUSTMARK-OVERDRAFT FEES _ Two women say in a lawsuit that a Mississippi-based bank is unfairly charging overdraft fees.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CAMELLIA BOWL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Georgia Southern is seeking its first 10-win FBS season in the Camellia Bowl against Eastern Michigan, which has rebounded from a two-win season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 4:30 p.m. CT.

FBC--MEMPHIS-HENDERSON

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Memphis will be playing the Birmingham Bowl without All-America running back Darrell Henderson. Henderson tweeted Wednesday that he’s bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but his post didn’t indicate whether he’d play in the Dec. 22 bowl game against Wake Forest (6-6). Memphis coach Mike Norvell has since clarified that the Tigers (8-5) won’t have Henderson for the bowl game. SENT: 162 words.

BKC--T25-AUBURN-UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ No. 8 Auburn plays UAB in the Mike Slive Invitational at Legacy Arena. By Nathan King. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 6:30 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TAX LAWSUIT

BATON ROUGE, La. _ The head of a powerful Louisiana business lobbying group is urging companies that operate in multiple states to pursue refunds for taxes paid under a 2015 law that has been declared unconstitutional. Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, said those companies should contact tax professionals to determine ways to seek the recovery if they paid taxes under the now-struck-down law. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 412 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-FAMED BAR

NEW ORLEANS _ When Alvin Babineaux walked through the doors at Pat O’Brien’s looking for a job on July 29, 1970, his 18th birthday, he didn’t know he’d still be there 48 years later. “I started icing up Hurricanes and worked behind the bar,” said 66-year-old Babineaux nostalgically. “I did all kinds of things from cleaning up the place, to handling supplies, to doing everything it took to make it work. I cleaned every mug, table and chair, mirror and wall, even the roof. I’ve worked everywhere, except the ladies’ room.” By Leslie T. Snadowsky. Biz New Orleans.

EXCHANGE- “GUARDIANS OF CHILDHOOD” SERIES

SHREVEPORT, La. _ It’s been decades in the making, but the mission is complete. Last month, William Joyce _ children’s author and illustrator _ concluded “The Guardians of Childhood series” with the release of the fifth installation, “Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning.” By Tiana Kennell. Shreveport Times.

IN BRIEF:

_ XAVIER-DISASTER BUSINESS _ Xavier University of Louisiana says it has received a $465,894 grant to help minority businesses better prepare for disasters and their aftermath.

_ WOMAN STABBED-STROLLER _ A Louisiana grand jury has indicted a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death as her 1-year-old son sat nearby in a stroller.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-BREES’ FOOTBALLS

METAIRIE, La. _ When Drew Brees became the NFL’s career leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record and blocked while he threw. His solution was an exhaustive process than involved the production of about 175 unique commemorative footballs and the enlisting Saints front office and public relations staff to help track down 99 receivers, 56 offensive linemen, 11 head or assistant coaches from his 18 pro seasons as well as others instrumental in his success. By Brett Martel. SENT: 667 words.

AP Photos NY189-1215180055, NY190-1209181813.

FBC--CURE BOWL

ORLANDO, Fla. _ Tulane tries for its fifth win in six games when the Green Wave face Louisiana-Lafayette in the Cure Bowl. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Games starts at 12:30 p.m.

FBC--NEW ORLEANS BOWL

NEW ORLEANS _ Sun Belt Conference champion Appalachian State meets Conference USA runner up Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday night. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 8 p.m..

BKC--LSU-ST MARY’S

LAS VEGAS _ LSU faces Saint Mary’s on Saturday night in the second game of the MGM Resorts Showcase. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY NAMESAKE

HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ Some students at the University of Southern Mississippi want to consider renaming the school’s main library, citing the namesake’s history of supporting segregration. Student Government Association Senator Jarrod Colley told a November meeting that he was concerned that the library was named for longtime President William McCain, who led the school when Clyde Kennard was denied admission. SENT: 450 words.

CHANCERY CLERK-AUDIT PROBLEMS

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. _ Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding that a southwest Mississippi official repay more than $200,000 to county government. State Auditor Shad White on Thursday released a report saying Lincoln County Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop needs to repay the money, The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reported. SENT: 414 words.

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MS-EXCHANGE-NEEDY CHILDREN-CHRISTMAS PARTY

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Glenda Buckhalter, community outreach coordinator for the city of Columbus, recently learned six homeless children she works with are not expecting anything for Christmas. The children’s mother is working a 15-hour per week job and was just evicted from her home. By Isabelle Altman. The Dispatch.

MS-EXCHANGE-SEWING BUSINESS

TUPELO, Miss. _ In 1984, Kathy Pizza started her small business with 100 yards of fabric and 100 yards of lace in a 700-square-foot house. “I thought I could teach the world to smock and do heirloom sewing, and create a business,” she said. By Dennis Seid. The Daily Journal.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRUSTMARK-OVERDRAFT FEES _ Two women say in a lawsuit that a Mississippi-based bank is unfairly charging overdraft fees.

_ CHRISTMAS PARADE-SEX OFFENDER _ Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade.

_ ROAD MONEY AUDITS _ A south Mississippi city is in line for millions of dollars in road money after it cleared up accounting problems.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-CINCINNATI-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 18 Mississippi State hosts Cincinnati in a nonconference game on Saturday night at Humphrey Coliseum. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

FBC--MEMPHIS-HENDERSON

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Memphis will be playing the Birmingham Bowl without All-America running back Darrell Henderson. Henderson tweeted Wednesday that he’s bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but his post didn’t indicate whether he’d play in the Dec. 22 bowl game against Wake Forest (6-6). Memphis coach Mike Norvell has since clarified that the Tigers (8-5) won’t have Henderson for the bowl game. SENT: 162 words.

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