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BC-Deep South News Digest

November 10, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up this evening 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

ELECTION COVERAGE

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org after the election.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA VOTING ACCESS

ATLANTA — He aggressively deleted inactive voters from registration rolls, enforced an “exact match” policy that could have prevented thousands of Georgians from registering to vote and launched an investigation that disrupted a major voter registration drive. Now Republican Brian Kemp is declaring himself the victor in Georgia’s race for governor, a race so close that even marginal differences in voting and turnout could make the difference in determining whether the race goes to a runoff. By Russ Bynum and Christina A. Cassidy.

AP Photos GAATJ202-1107180135, GARH103-1109182205, GAATH405-1107180347.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-THE MEAT-SHED

EATONTON, Ga. — On a crisp late October morning, Drew Copeland and a team of helpers hung a hundred-pound buck from the ceiling of his shed and sliced open its torso. A pile of organs and blood spilled onto the cement floor. Copeland’s not afraid of grime and guts. Since he opened The Meat Shed in Eatonton five years ago, he’s butchered thousands of deer and hogs. Copeland often chops up 40 deer in a day during rifle season. Moved in advance. By Samantha Max, The Telegraph of Macon. SENT: 1,298 words.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AUBURN-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 5 Georgia is a two-touchdown favorite over Auburn, but the Deep South’s oldest rivalry has produced some wacky results over the years. The Bulldogs have already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game but they probably need to win out during the regular season to have a shot at getting back to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST. Auburn plays Georgia at Sanford Stadium.

FBC--MIAMI-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — Two ACC teams with similar records and quarterback situations meet when Miami visits Georgia Tech on Saturday night. Miami will start redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry while Georgia Tech redshirt freshman Tobias Oliver may play behind TaQuon Marshall. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, file photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

ELECTION COVERAGE

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-PELOSI-CUNNINGHAM

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s newest congressional Democrat is standing by his pledge not to support Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. Congressman-elect Joe Cunningham’s campaign confirms to The Associated Press that he is “a man of his word and will keep the promise he made to voters and will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker under any circumstance,” Cunningham spokesman Tyler Jones told The Associated Press. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 268 words.

AP Photos SCMS111-1107181912.

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EXCHANGE-HOUSE OF CARDS

GAFFNEY, S.C. — R.I.P. Frank Underwood. And Gaffney’s Oakland Cemetery has the gravestone to prove it. Underwood, the ruthless politician who rose from House Majority Whip to president of the United States through treachery, deception and murder in Netflix’s hit series House of Cards, now calls Oakland Cemetery his eternal resting place. Gaffney is Underwood’s hometown in the show. By Larry Hilliard, The Gafney Ledger. SENT: 312 words.

IN BRIEF:

— VETERANS DAY — South Carolina’s senior senator was part of a weekend Veterans Day celebration.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-BOSTON COLLEGE

BOSTON — No. 2 Clemson tries to clinch a fourth straight trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against No. 17 Boston College. The Eagles can take control of Atlantic Division with a victory and put the Tigers in a playoff bind. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 19 Florida tries to end a two-game skid when it hosts South Carolina. The Gamecocks, led by former Gators coach Will Muschamp, have won three of their last four by four points or less. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Begins at noon ET

BKC--CHARLESTON-W CAROLINA

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Grant Riller scored 28 points, Jarrell Brantley had 14 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot on the final play, and Charleston beat Western Carolina 77-74 on Saturday in the Catamounts’ home opener. After a timeout with 10 seconds left, WCU inbounded it, swung it around the 3-point arc and Matt Halvorsen’s 3-point attempt from the wing was blocked. SENT: 157 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

ELECTION COVERAGE

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Democrats’ disappointing performance in Tuesday’s election has reignited calls for changes within the state party. Democratic candidates were held to about 40 percent of the vote in statewide races. The losses reignited long simmering tensions with several 2018 candidates calling for new leadership or at least a new approach. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 128 words. Will be updated.

NUCLEAR PLANT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The businessman trying to buy a mothballed nuclear power plant from Tennessee Valley Authority has been given an extension to complete the $111 million purchase. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Franklin Haney signed an agreement on Nov. 14, 2016, that gave the former real estate developer two years to complete the purchase of the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in Alabama. TVA has now extended the deadline to Nov. 30. SENT: 328 words.

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EXCHANGE-BOILED PEANUTS

DOTHAN, Ala. — When Jay Marchman was a student at the University of Alabama, the Dothan native would bring bags of boiled peanuts from McNeill Farms back to Tuscaloosa with him. He had grown up eating the delicacies and assumed his friends liked them, too. “It was like pulling teeth to get people to eat them,” he says. By Michelle Matthews, al.com. SENT: 680 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BIRMINGHAM STADIUM — Work could begin by the end of the year on a new outdoor stadium in Birmingham.

— INMATE CHARGED — A state inmate is among those charged with conning another inmate’s family into paying a fake law firm to work on his case.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 18 Mississippi State plays No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Crimson Tide trying to match the school record with its 24th straight home win. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. ET

FBC--T25-AUBURN-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 5 Georgia is a two-touchdown favorite over Auburn, but the Deep South’s oldest rivalry has produced some wacky results over the years. The Bulldogs have already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game but they probably need to win out during the regular season to have a shot at getting back to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST. Auburn plays Georgia at Sanford Stadium.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

LAFAYETTE, La. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is adapting a program designed to keep athletes in school to ensure that academically accomplished lower-income students don’t drop out. The university says in a news release that its Louisiana Educate pilot program began this semester with 43 freshmen from New Orleans. SENT: 139 words. Will be updated.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-DNA TEST-BROTHERS

Two years of age separate brothers Curtis Cochran and Roy Gunter, but it took 63 years of life for the pair to meet. One brother wanted to answer questions about his family history, and one was taken by surprise when he was the answer. Both think their Ancestry.com DNA tests provided a solid return on investment. By Ashley Mott, The News-Star of Monroe. SENT: 1,099 words.

EXCHANGE-SOBRIETY-ARTISTS

NEW ORLEANS — Ivan Neville stores a remarkable snapshot, both festive and bleak, on his phone as a stark reminder of life before sobriety. The photo shows the New Orleans keyboardist and singer huddled with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Lenny Kravitz before a Rolling Stones concert at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium in August 1994. By Keith Spera, The New Orleans Advocate. SENT: 2,029 words.

IN BRIEF:

— LSU OAK GROVE CEREMONY — Louisiana State University is holding a rededication ceremony of its Memorial Oak Grove in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

— BATISTE-MUSEUM FUNDRAISER — Jon Batiste headlines event for New Orleans Jazz Museum.

SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-BRYANT

NEW ORLEANS — A person familiar with the situation says medical examinations and imaging have confirmed that Saints receiver Dez Bryant has a torn Achilles, ending his season before it had begun. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Saints have not announced details of the veteran receiver’s medical exam or updated Friday’s injury report. Bryant was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury. But the receiver made it clear on social media that he’d had a significant setback, calling his path to recovery the “ultimate test.” By Brett Martel. SENT: 152 words.

BKN--SUNS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans seek their fifth victory in six home games when they host Phoenix on Saturday night. The Suns have dropped nine of 10 overall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-LSU-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — No. 9 LSU tries to bounce back from last week’s shutout loss to Alabama when it travels to Fayetteville to face Arkansas on Saturday night. The Tigers have won two straight against the Razorbacks, who are on their way to missing a bowl game for the second straight season. By Kurt Voigt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT

BKC--SOUTHERN-BAYLOR

WACO, Texas — Baylor, upset by Texas Southern in its season opener, plays another SWAC team. The Bears host Southern. UPCOMING. 600 words. Game starts 5 p.m. CT.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI-VETERANS DAY

JACKSON, Miss. — The mother of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq has helped Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard lay a red, white and blue wreath to honor military veterans. Donna Bagwell of Pontotoc said it was a privilege to take part in the ceremony at the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 277 words.

AP Photos RPEP202-1109182329, RPEP201-1109182322.

TROOPER KILLED

CORINTH, Miss. — The suspect charged with capital murder in the shooting of an off-duty Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper has been released from jail. Attorneys for 43-year-old Troy Anthony Eaton, of Rienzi, say his client was released Friday shortly after Tippah County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth set bond at $200,000 and $100,000 on an attempted murder charge. SENT: 146 words. Will be updated.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-BUSINESSWOMAN’S JOURNEY

COLUMBUS, Miss. — In 1975, 18-year-old Jeanhee Kang arrived in the United States with $40 in her pocket and hope that she could make her dreams come true. “To get a visa to America from South Korea at the time was like winning the lottery,” Kang told the Columbus Rotary Club at its weekly meeting Oct. 30. “Poor people like me virtually had to sell (their) soul to get to it.” By Isabelle Altman, The Dispatch. SENT: 602 words.

EXCHANGE-TROOPER CALLS WAYWARD CAT

TUPELO, Miss. — Traveling across the country with her furry little friends, Ellie Gale made a pit stop in Tupelo in hopes of getting some rest before she hit the road again. The Tallahassee, Florida, resident didn’t plan to stay long, but car trouble added an extra two days. By Italiana Anderson, The Clarion Ledger. SENT: 563 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OXFORD FIRE CHIEF — A Mississippi city is hiring a longtime firefighter as its new fire chief.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 18 Mississippi State plays No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Crimson Tide trying to match the school record with its 24th straight home win. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m.

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M and Ole Miss both look to end two-game skids when the Rebels visit the Aggies. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m.

BKC--WESTERN MICHIGAN-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Western Michigan in a nonconference game on Saturday at The Pavilion. UPCOMING: 600 words from 3 p.m. CT tipoff.

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