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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory, ADVISORY

January 23, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

DIVIDED CEMETERIES

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Long divided by race, East Porterdale and Riverview Cemetery remain physically separated by the abandoned, polluted expanse of Columbus’ old farmers market. One local group hopes to transform the derelict market, fenced in and locked up since 2017, into a park-like space that bridges the historic cemeteries. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER SHOOTING-ATLANTA _ The FBI says an officer shot and killed a man wanted on an armed robbery charge in Atlanta.

_ PHARMACIST PLEADS GUILTY-FRAUD _ Georgia prosecutors say a pharmacist charged in a scheme to exploit elderly and disabled adults in Albany and Macon has pleaded guilty.

_ DEAD-MISSING TEEN _ Police say a teenager reported missing from an Alabama city has been found dead in Georgia.

_ SUPER BOWL CALL-ATLANTA BILLBOARDS _ The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying “Saints got robbed” and “NFL bleaux it.”

AP Photos GAJB102, GAJB101.

_ FACEBOOK LIVE-SEX ASSAULT _ Atlanta police are investigating the apparent sexual assault of woman that was livestreamed on Facebook.

SPORTS:

FBN--SUPER BOWL PREPARATIONS

ATLANTA _ As if the road closures surrounding Mercedes-Benz Stadium were not convincing signs that the countdown to Super Bowl 53 has started in Atlanta, one look inside the facility drives the point home. The end zones and sidelines already are painted with the Patriots and Rams names and colors. That work was done less than 24 hours after New England beat Kansas City in the AFC championship game and the Los Angeles Rams beat New Orleans in the NFC game on Sunday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 570 words.

AP Photos NY153, GAJB101-102

FBN--RAMS-SAINTS-PLAYOFF LAWSUIT

NEW ORLEANS _ In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders asked a judge on Tuesday to order the NFL commissioner to reverse the results of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl, or schedule a do-over. Their lawsuit, filed in state court, says Commissioner Roger Goodell should implement a league rule governing “extraordinarily unfair acts.” Remedies include reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game — in its entirety or from the point when the act occurred. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 390 words.

AP Photo GAJB102

SUPER BOWL-IN THE MIX

UNDATED _ Build it and the Super Bowl will come. While that’s not exactly how the sites of the NFL’s championship extravaganza are determined, it sure doesn’t hurt to have a brand new, billion-dollar facility in your city. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,030 words.

AP Photos NY153, NY154.

FBN--PATRIOTS-STILL GRONK

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. _ Rob Gronkowski gave a vintage performance in the AFC championship, coming up with big catches down the stretch to help secure New England’s win over the Chiefs. But after considering retirement after last season’s Super Bowl loss, his future beyond the Super Bowl matchup with the Rams is again an open question following an underwhelming regular-season beset by nagging injuries. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST

BBN--BRAVES-MARKAKIS

ATLANTA _ All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis took a significant pay cut to remain with the Atlanta Braves, even coming off one of the best seasons of his career. Markakis and the Braves agreed Tuesday to a deal that is worth a guaranteed $6 million and includes a club option for 2020. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 780 words.

AP Photo NYSH503

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TIGER

SAN DIEGO — Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life. Even one involving Tiger Woods. With respect to Brooks Koepka and his two majors, or Francesco Molinari with his claret jug and 5-0 mark in the Ryder Cup, no moment last year captivated golf as much as Woods finishing off his improbable comeback by winning the final PGA Tour event of the season at the Tour Championship. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 930 words.

AP Photos NYSH505-506

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

GUBERNATORIAL POWERS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ When South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster gives his annual State of the State address to lawmakers on Wednesday, he’ll be laying out a vision for the coming year in a state where his office notably holds little unilateral power. Thus, his ability to persuade South Carolina legislators will be necessary to secure that his proposals ever see the light of day. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 790 words.

AP Photos SCSR109, SCSR115

CONFEDERATE FLAG-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The last Confederate flag to fly at the South Carolina Statehouse has quietly been put on display at a museum, ending a three-year saga over what to do with the rebel banner, which was removed after nine black church members were killed in a racist attack on a Charleston church. On Nov. 26, Confederate Relic Room staff put the nylon flag into a $1,400 viewing case that hangs between two offices amid a display of other historical South Carolina flags, museum Executive Director Allen Roberson said after a budget presentation to lawmakers on Tuesday. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 500 words.

AP Photos NYHK204, NYHK202

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE

EXCHANGE-VIETNAM VETERANS-REUNION

SAN ANTONIO _ The last time these soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, were together, they were tromping through the jungles of Vietnam on enemy patrol. The San Antonio Express-News reports they were the core group of 37 men whom 2nd Lt. Perry Dotson led for four harrowing months in 1970. By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,130 words as an AP Member Exchange.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIERY SCHOOL BUS CRASH _ Firefighters say a South Carolina school bus driver has rescued 34 children in a fiery car crash.

_ EARLY MORNING SHOOTING _ Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting death of a man at a home near the South Carolina coast.

_ SENATE PRIMARY _ Voters in one South Carolina county are picking a Republican candidate for a vacant state Senate seat.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-AUBURN-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 16 Auburn and South Carolina both look to bounce back from losses in their last games when they play Tuesday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 6:30 p.m. start.

BKC--CLEMSON-FLORIDA ST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Florida State (13-5) looks to shake off a three-game losing streak when the Seminoles host Clemson (11-6). Both teams are looking for just their second Atlantic Coast Conference win. The Seminoles have won three straight home games against the Tigers. Game starts at 7 p.m. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA-DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina has hired former NFL assistant John Scott Jr. as its defensive line coach. The school announced the hire Tuesday after his one-year, $435,000 contract was approved by university trustees. SENT: 130 words.

T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ The last time Tennessee reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 it lost to Vanderbilt the next day. Back at No. 1 for the first time in 11 years, the Vols face a similar situation. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 730 words.

AP Photo TNSM125.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

IN BRIEF:

_ MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA _ Prosecutors asked a judge to increase the bond for a man who opened fire in a crowded Alabama shopping mall.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED _ Law enforcement officials say a Georgia man was killed after being struck by a tractor trailer while walking on the interstate.

_ FAILING SCHOOLS_ Alabama education officials have released the 2019 list of schools labeled as “failing” because of low test scores.

_ COUNTY-FIRST 2019 KILLING _ Authorities say a man has been charged in an Alabama county’s first homicide of 2019.

_ SHOPLIFTING-BELK WORKERS STABBED _ Police say a shoplifting man stabbed two Belk employees in Alabama.

_ BUC-EE’S-ALABAMA _ A company known for its massive convenience stores has come to Alabama to open its first location outside of Texas.

_ DEAD-MISSING TEEN _ Police say a teenager reported missing from an Alabama city has been found dead in Georgia.

_ INTERSTATE SHUTDOWN-BIRMINGHAM _ Some streets through downtown Birmingham are clogged with traffic on the first day of a lengthy shutdown of Interstate 59/20.

_ MIDWIFE LICENSES _ The state of Alabama has issued its first licenses to out-of-hospital midwives since 1976.

SPORTS:

SENIOR BOWL

MOBILE, Ala. _ Gardner Minshew carved his own meandering path from walk-on to NFL prospect. He began as a walk-on at Troy, took a sharp left to junior college, bounced over to East Carolina, made a beeline toward Alabama and finally ended with one terrific final season at Washington State. “I kind of took the long way around,” Minshew said Tuesday. Whatever the route, the nomadic Minshew has landed in the Senior Bowl, along with quarterbacks like Duke’s Daniel Jones, West Virginia’s Will Grier and Missouri’s Drew Lock. By John Zenor. SENT: 630 words.

AP Photos ALBD101, ALBD107.

BKC--T25-AUBURN-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 16 Auburn and South Carolina both look to bounce back from losses in their last games when they play Tuesday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 6:30 p.m. start.

BKC--T25-MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ No. 20 Mississippi visits an Alabama team that just took new No. 1 Tennessee down to the wire. By Cody Estremera. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards officially kicked off his re-election bid Tuesday with an online video that not only touts his performance, but also warns he’ll be a target of multimillion-dollar attack campaigns. Edwards is seeking a second term as the only Democratic governor in the Deep South. He faces two Republican challengers on the Oct. 12 ballot: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, a long-time GOP donor. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 550 words.

AP Photo NYCD105.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LOUSIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana legislative and state agencies have updated sexual harassment policies to conform to a new law, and lawmakers said Tuesday they intend to track compliance and search for any gaps in the provisions. The state’s first government-wide policy against sexual harassment took effect this month, requiring agencies to enact policies that include a process for handling complaints, a ban against retaliation when someone files a complaint and mandatory annual prevention training. A legislative task force received its first update Tuesday on how agencies are responding to the new requirements. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 530 words.

FBN--RAMS-SAINTS-PLAYOFF LAWSUIT

NEW ORLEANS _ In the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders asked a judge on Tuesday to order the NFL commissioner to reverse the results of the NFC championship game that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl, or schedule a do-over. Their lawsuit, filed in state court, says Commissioner Roger Goodell should implement a league rule governing “extraordinarily unfair acts.” Remedies include reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game — in its entirety or from the point when the act occurred. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 390 words.

AP Photo GAJB102

CAMP MINDEN EXPLOSIVES

NEW ORLEANS _ The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility has dropped an appeal of his sentence. A codefendant’s sentencing appeal remains before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Former Explo Systems Inc. owner David Alan Smith and officer Keneth Lampkin were among five defendants who pleaded guilty in what a prosecutor called the nation’s worst-ever dumping of military explosives. All five were sentenced Nov. 29. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 460 words.

AP Photo LAGH101

STABBING DEATH-AIR FORCE

SHREVEPORT -- A military jury in Louisiana has sentenced a 22-year-old airman to 35 years in prison for killing his roommate while they were deployed to Guam last year. The seven-officer court martial sentenced Isaiah Edwards on Tuesday in the death of 20-year-old Bradley Hale. Hale’s parents said they wanted more. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WILDLIFE AGENT SHOOTER-SENTENCE _ A Louisiana prosecutor says a woman who shot a wildlife agent will still serve 80 years in prison despite a sentence correction by the state Second Circuit Court of Appeal.

_ LOUISIANA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER _ Louisiana’s insurance commissioner has drawn a challenger from within his own party.

_ FATAL CRASH _ A 2-year-old and a teenager were among three people killed when a driver lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into a Louisiana bayou.

_ OFFICER SHOOTING-LAKE CHARLES _ A complaint released by Louisiana State Police says a man fatally shot by a city officer had pulled a gun on a clerk, then brought it out again and refused to follow the officer’s orders, starting a brief foot chase.

_ POLICE CHASE-LOUISIANA MAN _ Authorities say a Louisiana man led officers on a chase through several Mississippi counties after he fled from a traffic stop.

_ PHARMACY SHOOTING DEATH _ Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana say a pharmacist has shot and killed a man trying to rob the store.

_ COFFEE SHOP CLOSES _ A New Orleans coffee shop that has operated more than a century is closing, at least temporarily.

_ SUPER BOWL CALL-ATLANTA BILLBOARDS _ The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying “Saints got robbed” and “NFL bleaux it.” AP Photos GAJB102, GAJB101.

_ DELTA KAPPA EPSILON-CLOSURE _ Delta Kappa Epsilon says it has closed its nearly century-old chapter at Louisiana State University over violations of the fraternal organization’s alcohol and hazing policies.

SPORTS:

FBN--EXPANDING REVIEWS

NEW YORK _ The NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference. Two people with direct knowledge of the NFL’s plans tell The Associated Press that the league’s competition committee once again will look into including more plays for video review. The people, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not publicly announced such plans, stressed that the committee looks into the parameters of replay yearly. It has considered inclusion of what are considered judgment calls by officials in the past. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 510 words.

AP Photos NFC290-294

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

UNDATED _ Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got away with a flagrant foul (or two) by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak out of New Orleans with the NFC championship, right past the highway sign on the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain reading, “WE WERE ROBBED .” Yes, the Patriots won in Kansas City thanks to four critical calls going New England’s way in the fourth quarter, three of which were iffy: a replay reversal of Julian Edelman’s muffed punt , a phantom roughing-the-passer call on Chris Jones and Chris Hogan’s drive-sustaining one-handed catch with a little help from the ground. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos NFC292, AFC228, AFC214, NFC286, NFC287.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL CHOICE

JACKSON, Miss. _ It’s unclear whether Mississippi lawmakers will seek to expand charter schools or public subsidies for private schools, even as proponents press for action. Hundreds of students and parents gathered Tuesday outside the state Capitol to support using public money for options beyond traditional public schools. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 550 words.

AP Photos MSRS101-107

TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Transportation Commission has approved 163 projects to repair or replace crumbling roads and bridges. Commissioners voted Tuesday, months after lawmakers met in special session and authorized the state to issue $250 million in bonds to fund emergency repairs. SENT: 280 words.

JAPAN-GHOSN

TOKYO _ A Tokyo court rejected former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s latest request for bail on Tuesday, more than two months after his arrest. A statement from the Tokyo District Court announcing its decision gave no explanation for prolonging a detention of the 64-year-old star executive, which has drawn international scrutiny of Japan’s justice system. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 490 words.

AP Photos TKMY101, TKMY102.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIREFIGHTER CHARGED _ A volunteer firefighter in Mississippi is accused of causing a crash that killed one woman and injured another.

_ XGR-HUMAN TRAFFICKING-MINORS _ The Mississippi House is advancing a bill designed to protect children who are victims of sex trafficking.

_ XGR-RURAL INTERNET _ A measure to allow Mississippi electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet is taking another step forward.

_ WOMAN SHOT-HUSBAND ACCUSED _ Police say a man shot his estranged wife in the face in Mississippi.

_ POLICE CHASE-LOUISIANA MAN _ Authorities say a Louisiana man led officers on a chase through several Mississippi counties after he fled from a traffic stop.

_ MOBILE HOME DEATHS _ A woman and two children have died in a mobile home fire in northern Mississippi.

_ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING ARREST _ Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting death at a Mississippi nightclub last fall.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-KENTUCKY

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ No. 8 Kentucky hosts No. 22 Mississippi State in a matchup of 14-3 SEC teams. The Wildcats are playing their second of three ranked schools in a week. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ No. 20 Mississippi visits an Alabama team that just took new No. 1 Tennessee down to the wire. By Cody Estremera. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

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