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AP-Deep South News Digest

May 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

AP is moving election test reports for the May 22 Georgia primary election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing.



BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Georgia county has launched an adoption program for “barn cats,” many of whom have lived around area barns with farm animals such as goats and horses. The aim is to match some of them with human companions. SENT: 350 words.


— ARMY-TOP TANKERS — Four soldiers based in Georgia have won the title of the Army’s ‘best tank crew’.



MIAMI — Marlins opening day starter Jose Urena tries for the ninth time to earn his first victory of the year when he faces the Braves’ Sean Newcomb in their series finale Sunday. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. ET. Photos.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox faces former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb in the June 5 Democratic primary. Maddox, best known for the rebuilding effort in Tuscaloosa after the city was struck by tornadoes in 2011, is proposing a state lottery to fund education and wants expand the state’s Medicaid program. While it has been 20 years since Alabama elected a Democrat as governor, Maddox said he believes people are growing tired of the stagnation and scandals under GOP leadership. By Kim Chandler. 700 words, photo.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A woman from central Alabama has been awarded teacher of the year. Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Zestlan Simmons would receive the top honor for 2018-2019 this week, Al.com reported . She teaches advanced placement English at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in the Montgomery school system. SENT: 290 words.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



NEW ORLEANS — It was like any other big meeting you might see at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans: the attire was “business casual” and the conversations involved packaging, marketing, entrepreneurship, investment and growth in what is, literally, a budding industry. But there were no free samples at the product booths and there were explicit warnings in the convention program that use of the featured product was strictly prohibited; a sensible stricture given that — even when the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo NEXT is in town — recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Louisiana. But, will that always be the case? By Kevin McGill. UPCOMING: 700 words.


NEW ORLEANS — One used to deal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. Another grew up in Chicago with two drug-addicted parents. A third survived the tough streets of New York and Washington, D.C., where he once stared down the barrel of a gun. All three young black men became board-certified doctors. In an interview with The Associated Press, Pierre Johnson, Maxime Madhere and Joe Semien Jr. said they knew the odds were stacked against them when they entered Xavier University of Louisiana in 1998 with hopes of becoming doctors. Black men make up a small percentage of doctors in America, and they knew getting through college and medical school wouldn’t be easy. By Chevel Johnson. SENT: 729 words, photos.


— NATIONAL GUARD MEMORIAL — The Louisiana National Guard has unveiled a memorial at one of its armories to honor four soldiers killed in Iraq

— NEW ORLEANS TRICENTENNIAL ART — The New Orleans Museum of Art plans to celebrate the city’s tricentennial with an exhibition of seven contemporary projects that focus on forgotten or marginalized history

— FERRY TERMINAL GRANT — The federal government is giving the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority $2.4 million to modernize the ferry terminal on the west bank of New Orleans

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — Voters in central Mississippi’s 3rd District are choosing a new member of Congress for the first time in a decade. Party primaries are June 5 and if a runoff is needed to choose the Republican nominee, it will be June 26. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.



It began with a heart attack in the Pentagon parking lot in pre-dawn darkness. Air Force Col. Bruce Hollywood was on his way to work and found himself on the ground, thinking: “This is where it ends.” Later, as he lay in the ambulance racing to Walter Reed Army Hospital, two regrets popped into his head. One was that he wouldn’t be able to help his son with his college applications. The other was that he never thanked the Japanese woman who gave birth to him, then gave him up for adoption in 1960. By Kathryn Tolbert, The Washington Post. SENT: 1372 words.


— BUILDING GRANT — Officials in an east Mississippi community hope a grant for an elevator will clear the way for more of an old factory building to be reused

— HISTORIC HOME DEMOLITION — A southwest Mississippi town is giving permission to the demolition of a historic home.

— SHOPPING CENTER EXPANSION — Officials in an east Mississippi city are considering granting tax incentives to a shopping center expansion, even though it’s smaller than once planned.

— PERFECT ATTENDANCE — A student who’s about to graduate from a Mississippi high school is celebrating 13 years of perfect attendance.


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