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AP-Deep South News Digest

December 3, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HOOVER, Ala. — An attorney is expected to release the results of a private autopsy conducted on a black man killed by a police officer responding to gunfire at an Alabama mall. Attorney Ben Crump scheduled a news conference Monday morning in Birmingham. A police officer fatally shot Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. after two people were wounded by gunfire in a crowded mall Thanksgiving night. Developing. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North America tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Venues include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

MUSIC-Q&A-HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hootie & the Blowfish are returning with a new tour and album 25 years after “Cracked Rear View” launched the South Carolina-based rock band. The four-piece band, led by Darius Rucker, broke out in 1994 with its 21-times platinum debut record, but hasn’t put out an album in a decade. To recognize its anniversary, the band will release a new album and tour 44 cities in 2019. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DOG DEATHS — Authorities say more than a dozen dogs were killed in a fire apparently caused by a heat lamp that was being used to keep the dogs warm.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HOOVER, Ala. —An attorney is expected to release the results of a private autopsy conducted on a black man killed by a police officer responding to gunfire at an Alabama mall. Attorney Ben Crump scheduled a news conference Monday morning in Birmingham. A police officer fatally shot Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. after two people were wounded by gunfire in a crowded mall Thanksgiving night. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— DECK COLLAPSE — Authorities in Alabama say nine people were injured when a deck collapsed during a house fire.

— CHRISTMAS TREE — The official state Christmas tree has arrived at the Alabama Capitol and will soon be aglow in lights.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

NEW ORLEANS — Here’s a fashion trend that’s good news, if you’re an alligator in Louisiana: Prices for skins are down to less than half what they were just five years ago, making for a slow wild harvest this year. Jeb Linscombe directs the state’s alligator program, and he estimates that only 18,000 were taken from the wild this year, from a population of nearly 2 million just in Louisiana. But he says “alligators are cannibalistic,” so “the population will control itself.” By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 468 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN — Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in Jackson.

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