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BC-Deep South News Digest

October 13, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Georgia general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia General Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already been recovered. Crews with dogs went door-to-door in Mexico Beach and pushed aside debris to get inside badly damage structures in a second wave of searches after what they said was an initial, “hasty” search of the area. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,055 words.

AP Photos FLGH102-1013181224, FLDG103-1013180826, FLDG102-1013180850, FLGH101-1013181110, FLDG104-1013181137, FLGH103-1013181227, FLDG132-1012181835, FLDG101-1013180810, FLDG136-1012181808, FLPET509-1012180000, FLDG141-1012181848, FLPET507-1012180000, FLDG140-1012181833, FLPET508-1012180000, FLPET504-1012180000, FLPET505-1012180000, FLDG130-1012181933, FLDG129-1012181911, FLDG126-1012181822, FLPET506-1012180000, FLGH117-1012181053.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA

FOREST PARK, Ga. — Matrice Peavy is thrilled to see a young staffer for Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee on her front stoop, and the 46-year-old mom assures the canvasser that she wants to help Stacey Abrams win. “She’s for all the people ... and she loves her family,” Peavy says, summarizing what she’s heard on television ads from the Atlanta lawyer and former legislative leader vying to become the first black female governor in American history. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,221 words.

AP Photos WX103-0523180717, WX102-1008181131, WX104-0726182336.

ATLANTA AIRPORT

ATLANTA — The incoming general manager of the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta says the process of awarding contracts must be as transparent as possible. John Selden made the comments about the city-run airport amid an ongoing investigation at Atlanta City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. A federal probe has reached into airport contracting, including a 2016 subpoena seeking documents related to construction and concessions contracts at Atlanta’s airport. SENT: 322 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES

GA-EXCHANGE-DALTON BOY-SHARK TANK

DALTON, Ga. — After reaching a deal with one of the investors on the TV show “Shark Tank,” Tripp Phillips, 12, says his next goal is to strike a deal with a major toy construction block manufacturer to get his product Le-Glue into every package they sell. And the people who gathered Wednesday night in downtown Dalton to celebrate Tripp’s success with a watch party say they think he will do that. By Charles Oliver, The Daily Citizen-News.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW POLICE TRAINING CENTER — A Georgia county has approved the purchase of a vacant property that will become a new training center to help handle the needs of its growing police department.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--HAWKS-MOVES

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have waived three players as they move toward setting their roster for the regular season. Forward Thomas Robinson and guards R.J. Hunter and C.J. Anderson were let go by the rebuilding team, which opens the season next Wednesday at New York. SENT: 97 words.

AP Photos AAA101-1012182014.

BKN--NBA-PLAYER TECHNOLOGY

Data is pored over by coaches and staff of the Orlando Magic on a regular basis. They’ll dissect how far a player runs during practice, how quickly that player accelerates and decelerates, how his performance changes as the workout goes along, biometric measurements like his heartbeat or when his workload is particularly heavy. The charts and graphs are detailed and precise. By Tim Reynolds.

AP Photos NY116-1001180113, NY115-1001182311, NY117-1002180011.

FBC--DUKE-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — Duke will try to rebound from its first loss when it faces high-scoring Georgia Tech on Saturday in a key game for each team’s ACC Coastal Division hopes. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 12:20 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 South Carolina general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-SC_South Carolina General Election Testing / AP-SC_South Carolina General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already been recovered. Crews with dogs went door-to-door in Mexico Beach and pushed aside debris to get inside badly damage structures in a second wave of searches after what they said was an initial, “hasty” search of the area. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,055 words.

AP Photos FLGH102-1013181224, FLDG103-1013180826, FLDG102-1013180850, FLGH101-1013181110, FLDG104-1013181137, FLGH103-1013181227, FLDG132-1012181835, FLDG101-1013180810, FLDG136-1012181808, FLPET509-1012180000, FLDG141-1012181848, FLPET507-1012180000, FLDG140-1012181833, FLPET508-1012180000, FLPET504-1012180000, FLPET505-1012180000, FLDG130-1012181933, FLDG129-1012181911, FLDG126-1012181822, FLPET506-1012180000, FLGH117-1012181053.

— With BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURVIVORS

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Tom Garcia watched in terror as fingers of water pushed inland across the beach and began filling up his home. His wife handed him a drill and Garcia used screws to pin his front and back door shut. But soon the storm surge from Hurricane Michael was up to his chest. His dogs sat on his bed as it floated. He said it took all of his strength to hold his sliding door shut as the waters outside the glass rose higher than those flooding the house. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 929 words.

AP Photos FLDG118-1012181035, FLDG119-1012181051, FLDG120-1012181042, FLDG126-1012181823, FLDG126-1012181822, FLDG121-1012181317.

GOVERNOR’S RACE-BIDEN

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Vice President Joe Biden is returning to South Carolina this weekend to stump for the Democratic nominee for governor. On Saturday, state Rep. James Smith planned to appear at a fundraiser in Charleston with the former vice president, according to Smith’s campaign. Last month, Biden had been scheduled to join a fundraiser for Smith at the William Aiken House in Charleston, but that trip was canceled due to an unspecified scheduling conflict for Biden. SENT: 192 words.

AP Photos XAG103-1010181314.

DISABLED GROUP-LAWSUIT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A group that helps the disabled in South Carolina is suing the state Treasurer’s Officer saying the name of the agency’s savings program for people with disabilities is too similar. The group, founded in 1994, is named Able South Carolina. The savings program, established by a 2016 law, is South Carolina Able. SENT: 328 words.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There’s no set date for the state’s pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that’s not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. By Meg Kinnard.

AP Photos WX108-0629181940, WX109-0125180055, WX110-0723101155.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There were many calls for South Carolina’s Archie Parnell to end his congressional bid following his admission earlier this year that, decades ago, he had beaten his then-wife. Slowly, Parnell is clawing back support from his party ahead of the Nov. 6 race against U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman. Sean Carrigan, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson in the 2nd District, said that, as Parnell’s ex-wife has reportedly forgiven him, “we should not stand in the way of their healing.” He added Democrats running for Congress in South Carolina should win “because to not have them win would mean the alternative.” By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 716 words.

AP Photos SCSUM601-1012181501.

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EXCHANGE-COMMUNITY ICON

SUMTER, S.C. — A great friend and family man, good business man, tremendous University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan and a man who cared about everybody and loved his church are all descriptions friends used to detail the life of Van Hobbs. A longtime business owner and operator of the Gulf and BP full-service station at the corner of Liberty Street and Guignard Drive in Sumter, Hobbs passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 84. By Bruce Mills. The Sumter Item.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTH CAROLINA-ABORTION — South Carolina has paid a private law firm more than $17,000 so far to fight a lawsuit after Gov Henry McMaster ordered the state Medicaid plan to stop paying Planned Parenthood for services.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 22 Texas A&M looks to continue its rise under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher while South Carolina hopes for its first-ever win over the Aggies when the teams play Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 3:30 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Alabama general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-AL_Alabama General Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already been recovered. Crews with dogs went door-to-door in Mexico Beach and pushed aside debris to get inside badly damage structures in a second wave of searches after what they said was an initial, “hasty” search of the area. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,055 words.

AP Photos FLGH102-1013181224, FLDG103-1013180826, FLDG102-1013180850, FLGH101-1013181110, FLDG104-1013181137, FLGH103-1013181227, FLDG132-1012181835, FLDG101-1013180810, FLDG136-1012181808, FLPET509-1012180000, FLDG141-1012181848, FLPET507-1012180000, FLDG140-1012181833, FLPET508-1012180000, FLPET504-1012180000, FLPET505-1012180000, FLDG130-1012181933, FLDG129-1012181911, FLDG126-1012181822, FLPET506-1012180000, FLGH117-1012181053.

— With BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURVIVORS

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Tom Garcia watched in terror as fingers of water pushed inland across the beach and began filling up his home. His wife handed him a drill and Garcia used screws to pin his front and back door shut. But soon the storm surge from Hurricane Michael was up to his chest. His dogs sat on his bed as it floated. He said it took all of his strength to hold his sliding door shut as the waters outside the glass rose higher than those flooding the house. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 929 words.

AP Photos FLDG118-1012181035, FLDG119-1012181051, FLDG120-1012181042, FLDG126-1012181823, FLDG126-1012181822, FLDG121-1012181317.

ABORTION AMENDMENT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama voters will decide whether to add anti-abortion language into the state constitution that would have the state recognize the “rights of unborn children” — language that could restrict abortion if the Supreme Court ever gives states more power to curtail access. The language does not limit access to abortion as long as Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a right to abortion, remains in place, but would become the state’s top legal guidance if Roe is altered or overturned. SENT: 497 words.

ALABAMA DEPUTIES-BODY CAMERAS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sheriff’s deputies in one of Alabama’s largest counties are now armed with body cameras. Jefferson County’s deputies are now wearing the equipment after nearly a year of testing and evaluating the technology, Al.com reported. SENT: 332 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE

AL-EXCHANGE-ALABAMA MARCHING BAND

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Saturdays during the fall semester at the University of Alabama are steeped in traditions. White tents populate the university’s Quad along the main drag through campus for tailgaters, flags and plastic shakers wave in the air, the school’s crimson color washes over the campus and “Roll Tides” abound. By Kirsten Fiscus. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

— HURRICANE MICHAEL-ALABAMA —President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster aid relief for four Alabama counties affected by Hurricane Michael.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MISSOURI-ALBAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tagovailoa leads No. 1 Alabama against Drew Lock and MIssouri. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-TENNESSEE-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 21 Auburn tries to rebound from another SEC loss while Tennessee is trying to snap a 15-game skid against Western Division teams. By Nathan King. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 12 p.m. ET

CAR--NASCAR-TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Times were already changing long before Jimmie Johnson strolled through a Las Vegas casino unnoticed, full firesuit and all. It was the start of NASCAR’s playoffs and the seven-time champion, wearing a flame-retardant billboard, was surprised that he failed to garner even a quizzical stare. Johnson had already lost Lowe’s, the only sponsor he’s had at NASCAR’s top level. Now he was just another face in the crowd even though the start of the playoffs were just days away and the most decorated driver of his generation was there to promote. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 991 words.

AP Photos NYDD225-0420182020, NYDD227-1117132041, NCCB101-1011181407, NCCB102-1011181401, NCCB105-1011181404, NYDD226-1118072026, NCCB104-1011181410, NCCB103-1011181405, NYDD224-0928182034.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Louisiana general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-LA_Louisiana General Election Testing / AP-LA_Louisiana General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

CENTENARY-OUTDOOR SCULPTURE

SHREVEPORT, La. — A sculptor from Iceland will be at a Louisiana college in the upcoming week to guide visitors through her outdoor sculpture series called Borders. Eleven pairs of life-sized androgynous human figures were installed around Centenary College in Shreveport in early October. They’ll remain through the school year. SENT: 350 words.

AP Photos LAHO101-1011182013, LAHO102-1011182013.

TAX BREAK REPORTING

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana state agencies aren’t filing all the paperwork required to track more than $1 billion in tax break programs, according to an audit that looked at whether departments followed the reporting requirements enacted by state lawmakers. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office found that 32 percent of the 78 tax incentive reports that agencies must submit to lawmakers by March 1 didn’t meet the law’s reporting requirements. SENT: 374 words.

PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY AWARDS

NEW ORLEANS — Two New Orleans jazz performers who grew up in Sweden and one who grew up in New Orleans are being honored by the Preservation Hall Foundation. The foundation plans to induct clarinetist Orange Kellin, multi-instrumentalist Lars Edegran and trombone player Lester Caliste as master practitioners on Wednesday. SENT: 360 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-TEEN RODEO CHAMPION-TUMOR

For the Dubois family, roping is a rite of passage. After all, it’s in their blood. Jeanne and her husband Shel got married in 1998 after meeting at her father’s western store in Carencro. Shel came in to buy a cowboy hat, and it was obvious from the start that they shared a passion. “His family owned a western store, too,” Jeanne says. “It was called Dubois’ and it was in Abbeville.” They tied the knot at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Scott before settling in the Church Point area. Almost immediately, the couple decided to try for a baby. But that came with unanticipated challenges. By Shari Puterman, The Advertiser.

EXCHANGE-BEES-HOTEL

BATON ROUGE, La. — At the Hotel Indigo in downtown Baton Rouge, a subtle garden grows in homemade planters on an otherwise industrial roof. It boasts plenty of herbs, banana peppers, tomatoes and strawberries. But the biggest buzz about the whole production lives and works inside a small wooden box next to those planters: a hive of bees. By Emma Discher, The Advocate.

IN BRIEF:

— TAX BREAK REPORTING — A new audit says Louisiana state agencies aren’t filing all the paperwork required to track more than $1 billion in tax break programs.

— TEACHERS-TUITION PROGRAM — Louisiana teachers can get state grants to cover tuition at regionally accredited colleges and universities.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 2 Georgia plays its highest-ranked opponent yet when the Bulldogs visit No. 13 LSU on Saturday. The Tigers are trying to rebound from their first loss of the season at Florida last weekend. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 3:30 p.m. ET

FBN--OBIT-TAYLOR

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers has died at 83. The team says he died unexpectedly Saturday at a hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. SENT: 153 words.

AP Photos NYDD215-1122620858, NYDD216-1213620800, OHCAN201-0928091843.

BKN--PELICANS-MOVES

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have waived guard Jarrett Jack and forward Garlon Green. Jack had signed with New Orleans a week before training camp and averaged 3.3 points and two assists in three preseason games. SENT: 151 words.

BKN--NBA-PLAYER TECHNOLOGY

Data is pored over by coaches and staff of the Orlando Magic on a regular basis. They’ll dissect how far a player runs during practice, how quickly that player accelerates and decelerates, how his performance changes as the workout goes along, biometric measurements like his heartbeat or when his workload is particularly heavy. The charts and graphs are detailed and precise. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 886 words.

AP Photos NY116-1001180113, NY115-1001182311, NY117-1002180011.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Mississippi general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-MS_Mississippi General Election Testing / AP-MS_Mississippi General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal agency says a Mississippi landlord will have to pay a settlement to an interracial couple after he evicted them from an RV park because of their skin color. The Department of Housing and Urban Development reached the settlement Tuesday but did not disclose the amount, The Clarion Ledger reported. In April, the agency charged Gene Baker of Belden with violating the Fair Housing Act. SENT: 301 words.

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EXCHANGE-EMERGENCY LANDING

QUITMAN, Miss. — Just above the lettering on her Ford Explorer’s right sideview mirror, which read “OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR,” Sandra Smith of Quitman spotted a single-engine aircraft zooming in. “I thought ... that plane’s flying awfully low,” Smith said. By Dave Bohrer, The Meridian Star.

EXCHANGE-NEWS ANCHOR FIGHTS CANCER

JACKSON, Miss. — Fox 40 anchor Mike Sands is determined to beat his cancer, one way or the other. The journey navigating the treatment for his relatively rare myxoid liposarcoma took another turn recently when he had surgery to remove a growth in the top of his mouth. By Tyler Cleveland, The Clarion Ledger.

IN BRIEF:

— FEDERAL JUDGE-INACTIVE — A federal judge in Mississippi will be moving from partial to full retirement in January.

— NEW AIRLINE-JACKSON — Frontier Airlines begins serving Mississippi’s largest airport on Saturday.

— SECURITIES SETTLEMENT — Mississippi will get nearly $500,000 in a settlement involving a company that was selling unregistered securities.

— WORKER TRAINING GRANT — A Mississippi community college has received a $1.1 million grant to start an advanced manufacturing technology program.

— FATAL CRASH-TRUCK DRIVER CHARGED — State police say a tractor-trailer driver is facing charges following a crash in Pennsylvania that killed three people, including a toddler, and injured seven others.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas will try to snap a five-game losing streak on Saturday night when they face Mississippi in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium. The Rebels have the nation’s seventh-ranked offense and will be trying to end a four-game skid to the Hogs. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

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