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AP-Deep South News Digest

November 24, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RADIO HYMNS-FORGOTTEN HISTORY

From a public hanging on Nashville’s Music Row to the days when a young and still unknown guitar player named Jimi Hendrix walked the city’s streets, a band is documenting Nashville’s forgotten history in songs and videos. Granville Automatic, which got its start in Atlanta and is now based in Nashville, recently released its album “Radio Hymns.” By Jeff Martin. SENT: 589 words.

AP Photos CAET188-1019161459, CAET189-1101161340.

ISLAND DEER HUNT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Bow hunters are taking aim at the deer living on islands in Lake Lanier. The lake’s annual deer hunt, regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is set for this weekend. SENT: 340 words.

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GA-EXCHANGE-WOMAN’S LUNG CANCER FIGHT

NEWNAN, Ga. — For most of her life, Pamela Smallwood of Newnan, 56, said she knew her chances were high for developing lung cancer. Her mom died from the disease at age 55; her dad passed away from lung cancer when he 50 years old. By Melanie Ruberti. The Newnan Times-Herald.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-GEORGIA TECH-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — With a showdown looming against top-ranked Alabama, No. 5 Georgia can’t afford to slip up when it closes the regular season against Georgia Tech. Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks, but the Bulldogs are a 17-point favorite. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 12 noon EST.

BKW--T25-GEORGIA-MARYLAND

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico — — The seventh-ranked Maryland Terrapins take on Georgia in a Big Ten-SEC matchup in the Puerto Rico Clasico tournament. UPCOMING: 250 words. Game starts at noon EST

SOC--MLS-NEW YORK-ATLANTA UNITED

ATLANTA — They were clearly the two best teams in Major League Soccer during the regular season. But their playoff showdown won’t get to wait until the title game. The New York Red Bulls take on Atlanta United in a two-game, Eastern Conference semifinal that begins Sunday night before another expected crowd of more than 70,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m. EST

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SENATOR HOSPITALIZED

LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — South Carolina state Sen. Greg Hembree is counting his blessings this holiday season, a few months after he was hospitalized following a broken blood vessel in his brain. Hembree recently sat down with The Sun News of Myrtle Beach at his Little River home to reflect on his recovery from a brain aneurysm. SENT: 325 words.

SECESSION REMEMBERED

ABBEVILLE, S.C. — The Sons of Confederate Veterans have put up a new memorial honoring the men who signed the document for South Carolina to leave the United States. The Confederate heritage group paid for the monument on private land in Abbeville on what is called Secession Hill after key speeches there led the state to decide to leave the Union after President Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860. SENT: 406 words.

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EXCHANGE-CHARLESTON-TROLLEYS

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Commuters fuming in Charleston-area traffic can only imagine what it would be like to have a network of transportation alternatives including passenger trains, trolleys and ferry boats. Until 80 years ago, there was just such a network, and it was how lots of people got around. An electric trolley line ran from the tip of the Charleston peninsula all the way to the Navy base in North Charleston, every half-hour and more frequently during rush hour. By David Slade, The Post and Courier of Charleston.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson looks to complete a 12-0 regular season and win its fifth straight over rival South Carolina when the team’s meet at Death Valley on Saturday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 7 p.m. start.

BKW--DRAKE-SOUTH CAROLINA. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

HOOVER, Ala. — Police in Alabama on Saturday were searching for a gunman whom they believe was responsible for shooting two teenagers at a shopping mall on Thanksgiving night. The incident began with a fight and shooting in suburban Birmingham at the Riverchase Galleria, a mall crowded with Black Friday bargain hunters. An 18-year-old was shot twice and a 12-year-old bystander was shot in the back. SENT: 466 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos NYJK510-1123181546, NYJK512-1123181546.

UNLICENSED DAY CARES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of unlicensed day cares is falling in Alabama. According to numbers from the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the number of day cares that claim a licensure exemption dropped from 953 to 838 over the last year, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. That equals a 12 percent reduction. SENT: 290 words.

AIRBNB-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama hosts who rent their homes through Airbnb in Tuscaloosa and Auburn are cashing in during college football weekends. New statistics from the hospitality company show that Lee County and Tuscaloosa County Airbnbs have raked in more than $1 million on football weekends this season. SENT: 233 words.

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AL-EXCHANGE-STRANDED IN FOREST

DECATUR, Ala. — It was on the second night, after 36 hours of eating briar leaves and drinking rainwater, when Rickie Gardner started losing hope. Listening to the yipping of coyotes, Gardner gazed up at the stars shining in Bankhead National Forest’s midnight sky. “I’ll be up there soon,” he thought. By Catherine Godbey, The Decatur Daily.

IN BRIEF:

— DENVER PEDESTRIAN FATAL — The wife of an Alabama judge was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Denver on Thanksgiving night.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AUBURN-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama hosts rival Auburn trying to keep alive its quest for a perfect season going into the SEC championship game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m.

BKC--NORTH ALABAMA-TROY

TROY, Ala. — Jordon Varnado scored 20 points with five assists, BJ Miller added 18 with three 3-pointers and Troy pulled ahead early to beat North Alabama 77-58 on Saturday. Alex Hicks had 13 points with eight rebounds and Darian Adams added 11 with three 3s for the Trojans (3-3), who held the Lions to 32 percent shooting and outscored them 36-16 in the paint.

BKW--T25-UAB-TENNESSEE

BIMINI, Bahamas - No. 11 Tennessee and UAB put their unbeaten records on the line when they meet in the Junkanoo Jam’s Junkanoo Division championship game. Tennessee beat Clemson and UAB defeated Oklahoma in first-round action. UPCOMING: 150 words. The game starts at 2 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CHASING THE GATOR-COOKBOOK

NEW ORLEANS — Despite the title — “Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking” — there are no alligator entries in the New Orleans chef’s new cookbook unless you count the photo of Toups’ back and the alligator tattoo emblazoned across it. But there is an array of dishes that exemplify the Cajun cooking that Toups grew up on in south Louisiana as well as the special flair he brings to them and to life in general. Toups, who has two restaurants in New Orleans, laces his book with colorful stories of growing up in Cajun country — a region settled by French settlers evicted by the British from Canada. It’s a region strong on hunting and fishing traditions and where family and friends gather over a crawfish boil or to slaughter and eat a pig (a process called a boucherie). By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 777 words.

AP Photos LAGH205-1113181338, LAGH204-1113181349, LAGH203-1113181348, LAGH201-1113181308.

NEW ORLEANS HOMELESS

NEW ORLEANS — The homeless in New Orleans are getting a bit of help from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 Families Fund. The fund is providing a $5 million grant to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans to help the homeless in south Louisiana, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported. SENT: 447 words.

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EXCHANGE-GULF COAST OYSTERS

MONROE, La. — The oyster dressing is safe this year. Since the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, 4 billion to 8.3 billion subtidal oysters were estimated to be lost across the Gulf coast. Many states are struggling. By Bonnie Bolden, The News-Star of Monroe

EXCHANGE-TABASCO FLAVOR LAB

The McIlhenny Co. has held tight to its traditions since Tabasco was first launched 150 years ago. So tightly that family members are directly involved, including the CEO helping pick the seeds that go to the farms in Central and South America that grow the peppers for Tabasco sauce. By Dan Boudreaux, The Advocate.

IN BRIEF:

— OIL INDUSTRY CHANGE — The head of one of Louisiana’s most influential lobbying groups, representing the oil and gas industry, is leaving his job at the end of the year.

— COURTHOUSE APARTMENTS — An old federal courthouse and two other vacant buildings in south Louisiana will be sold for $1.4 million and redeveloped as apartments and commercial space under a deal signed this week.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-LSU-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No. 8 LSU looks for its 10th win and a chance to play in a New Year’s day bowl game when the Tigers visit Texas A&M. The Tigers have won every meeting against the Aggies since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012. By Kristie Rieken. 750 words. Photos.

FBC--NAVY-TULANE

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane can virtually assure itself of its first bowl berth in five seasons if it can beat Navy on Saturday. The Midshipmen are coming off a victory that snapped a seven-game slide. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Kickoff noon ET.

FBC--SOUTHERN-GRAMBLING ST

NEW ORLEANS — Southern University plays Grambling State play out their annual rivalry in the Bayou Classic with a lot at stake in the Superdome. The winner moves on to the SWAC Championship game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Kickoff at 5 p.m. EST

BKN--PELICANS-WIZARDS

WASHINGTON — The struggling Washington Wizards host the New Orleans Pelicans. Starts at 8 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKC--EMERALD CLASSIC

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Ole Miss faces Cincinnati in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic. Baylor and George Mason meet in the third-place game. By Bill Kaczor. UPCOMING: 500 words. Games start at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

— With: BKC--EMERALD CLASSIC-THE LATEST

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Voters in Mississippi’s largest county waited in a long line for Saturday’s deadline to cast absentee ballots in a U.S. Senate runoff between an appointed Republican woman who is endorsed by President Donald Trump and a Democratic challenger who is seeking to become the first African-American senator from the state since Reconstruction. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 450 words.

ELECTION 2018-COURT OF APPEALS

JACKSON, Miss. — David McCarty and Deborah McDonald came close on Nov. 6 to winning seats of Mississippi’s Court of Appeals. But each fell just short of majority, meaning residents in much of western Mississippi will vote Tuesday in two runoffs for the intermediate appeals court, which hears cases assigned by the state Supreme Court. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 554 words.

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EXCHANGE-GULF COAST OYSTERS

MONROE, La. — The oyster dressing is safe this year. Since the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, 4 billion to 8.3 billion subtidal oysters were estimated to be lost across the Gulf coast. Many states are struggling. By Bonnie Bolden, The News-Star of Monroe

MS-EXCHANGE-MSU FOOTBALL-AIRBNB

CRAWFORD, Miss. — Bob “Pop” Taylor started using Airbnb for an upstairs apartment above his barn in 2014 as an alternative to renting to college students. Taylor, who is retired from working sales, said he moved into the bottom floor of the barn which he turned into his home, complete with a game room and bar area. But the upstairs sat empty, and he didn’t want to deal with college students always around the house. By Alex Holloway, The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

— MALL SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI — A suspect is in custody after a shooting at a south Mississippi mall.

— OFFICER-FATAL WRECK — A 23-year-old Philadelphia police officer responding to a call for help from Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies has died after her patrol car hit a light pole and flipped several times.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--EMERALD CLASSIC

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Ole Miss faces Cincinnati in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic. Baylor and George Mason meet in the third-place game. By Bill Kaczor. UPCOMING: 500 words. Games start at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET.

— With: BKC--EMERALD CLASSIC-THE LATEST

BKW--T25-JACKSON ST-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 6 Mississippi State hosts Jackson State in nonconference play at Humphrey Coliseum. UPCOMING: 500 words from 2 p.m. tipoff.

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