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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

May 14, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SERGEANT-MURDER _ A Georgia police sergeant has been charged with murder in the death of a Columbus woman found dead from a single gunshot wound.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama lawmakers are headed toward a vote on a proposal to outlaw most abortions that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. The GOP-dominated Alabama Senate is expected to vote Tuesday evening on the bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 711 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CUB SCOUT-SEX ABUSE _ A Cub Scout volunteer has admitted to sexually abusing a child at a scouting event at a Methodist church in Trussville, Alabama.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-TEXAS

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court is about to again take up the issue of whether and how states can cut off federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. A federal district judge blocked Texas’ effort to stop Planned Parenthood funding in 2017. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the district judge didn’t follow proper legal standards. Now, the full appeals court has agreed to re-hear the case. Arguments are set for Tuesday with 16 judges expected to participate. No immediate ruling is expected. The outcome could also affect Planned Parenthood in Louisiana and Mississippi. By Kevin McGill. Developing.

Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. Arguments scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CDT.

IN BRIEF:

_ LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-TRUMP VISIT _ Gov. John Bel Edwards is promoting President Donald Trump’s visit to southwest Louisiana with a new regional TV ad that calls the visit a sign the state’s economy is thriving.

_ FELONS-JURY DUTY _ Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to make more convicted felons eligible for jury duty.

_ GENERIC DRUGS-LAWSUIT-LOUISIANA _ The attorney general of Louisiana has joined a federal lawsuit that alleges drug manufacturers conspired to inflate pricing, reduce competition and restrain the trade of generic drugs.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-TEXAS

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court is about to again take up the issue of whether and how states can cut off federal Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. A federal district judge blocked Texas’ effort to stop Planned Parenthood funding in 2017. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the district judge didn’t follow proper legal standards. Now, the full appeals court has agreed to re-hear the case. Arguments are set for Tuesday with 16 judges expected to participate. No immediate ruling is expected. The outcome could also affect Planned Parenthood in Louisiana and Mississippi. By Kevin McGill. Developing.

Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. Arguments scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CDT.

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