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BC-Deep South News Digest

December 22, 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 Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

GEORGIA NUCLEAR PLANT

ATLANTA _ Georgia regulators want more money to pay outside consultants to help keep track of the Plant Vogtle nuclear project. The Georgia Public Service Commission’s staff is requesting an unprecedented additional $3.6 million for 2019. That’s up from the existing $1.1 million in independent contractor monitoring funds, WABE Radio reported. SENT: 412 words.

MISS AMERICA-STATE LEADERS

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The Miss America Organization has chosen new leadership groups for the pageant in three states and reinstated the leadership in a fourth. The parent organization of the nearly 100-year-old pageant awarded new state licenses Saturday to groups in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Tennessee, and reinstated the Florida leadership. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 306 words.

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GA-EXCHANGE-ATLANTA UNITED BARBER

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ Sitting outside Inman Perk Coffee on the downtown Gainesville square, Felix Zuñiga scrolled through his Instagram messages, all the way to the beginning of his conversations with former Atlanta United forward Yamil Asad in early 2017. That’s when Zuñiga first went out on a limb, sending a bit of a fan message to a Major League Soccer player about cutting his hair. By Layne Saliba, The Gainesville Times.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ Nicolas Claxton had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Teshaun Hightower added 12 points, and Georgia beat Georgia Tech 70-59 on Saturday. The Bulldogs (7-4) never trailed as they won for the fourth time in five games. Rayshaun Hammonds, Georgia’s leading scorer, played just a few seconds of final 15 minutes because of foul trouble and an apparent knee injury sustained in the game. By George Henry. SENT: 517 words.

BKC--T25-SAVANNAH ST-IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points, Jordan Bohannon had 18 on six 3s and No. 23 Iowa blew past Savannah State 110-64 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory. Tyler Cook scored 16 points in 17 minutes for the Hawkeyes (10-2). They played without center Luka Garza, who recently tweaked his ankle, an injury that isn’t expected to be serious. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 321 words.

AP Photos IACN102-1222181213, IACN101-1222181215, IACN109-1222181301, IACN108-1222181310, IACN111-1222181340.

BKC--GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ Jose Alvarado and Georgia Tech go for their second straight victory as Georgia visits McCamish Pavilion. Rayshaun Hammonds and the Bulldogs are trying for their second straight win, too. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 12 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

UNION WORKERS FIRED

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Some vocal members of the country’s largest aerospace union were fired from a Boeing plant in South Carolina, a move the union says it sees as retaliation for its having made inroads in the state after several organization attempts. In interviews with The Associated Press, a terminated Boeing employee and officials with the International Association of Machinists say Boeing Co. created a hostile environment following a vote this spring to form a collective bargaining unit among some of the workers. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 798 words.

AP Photos NYSH101-0331171855.

CONFEDERATE FLAG-ICE CREAM SHOP

ORANGEBURG, S.C. _ The lawyer for a South Carolina restaurant owner who wants to get rid of a Confederate flag in front of his business says it is a historical display in an area only zoned for businesses. The Sons of Confederate Veterans were given a small piece of land in front of Edisto River Creamery in Orangeburg by the building’s previous owner. SENT: 381 words.

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EXCHANGE-HUGS FROM HEAVEN

EASLEY, S.C. _ After Codie Sheppard delivered a stillborn son last Dec. 19, her 6-year-old mourned the baby brother he had been anxiously awaiting. Sheppard and her husband, David, found lots of compassion and support through a bereavement program that provides handprints and pictures of the baby and other keepsakes to help families cope with the loss. By Liv Osby, The Greenville News.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAYOR’S SALARY _ The winner of the 2019 mayor’s race in North Charleston will make $193,880 a year.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CFP-NOTRE DAME-STOPPING CLEMSON

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Notre Dame All-American cornerback Julian Love already knows all about Clemson. Blame his roommate. Love’s roomie is Troy Pride Jr., another cornerback for the Fighting Irish, who will play Clemson on Dec. 29 in a playoff semifinal in Arlington, Texas. Pride is from Greer, South Carolina, a 50-mile drive from Clemson. By John Fineran. SENT: 784 words.

AP Photos NY150-1202180115, NY151-1104180039.

BKC--SOUTH CAROLINA ST-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI _ Cincinnati (10-2) tries to build upon its 29-point win over UCLA when it faces South Carolina State (2-12). By Joe Kay. Tip-off 2 p.m.

BKC--CLEMSON-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Clemson looks to extend its two-game winning streak over rival South Carolina when the teams play Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 2 p.m.

BKC-USC UPSTATE-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina State looks to follow its upset win against No. 7 Auburn by beating USC Upstate on Saturday. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 385 words.

T25-SAVANNAH ST-IOWA

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points, Jordan Bohannon had 18 on six 3s and No. 23 Iowa blew past Savannah State 110-64 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory. Tyler Cook scored 16 points in 17 minutes for the Hawkeyes (10-2). They played without center Luka Garza, who recently tweaked his ankle, an injury that isn’t expected to be serious. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 321 words.

AP Photos IACN102-1222181213, IACN101-1222181215, IACN109-1222181301, IACN108-1222181310, IACN111-1222181340.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA UNIVERSITIES-RESEARCH

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The University of Alabama and Auburn University have both been classified as top doctoral research institutions nationally. The Carnegie Foundation has recognized the schools with its “Very High Research Activity” status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. SENT: 285 words.

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AL-EXCHANGE-DECADES SINCE HIGH SCHOOL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Sometimes, there are eight of them, Alice Tyson said about the group of women who walked across Sidney Lanier High’s graduation stage together 70 years ago and still manage to meet monthly. Other times there are less. Attendance at each meeting is unpredictable _ because of illness, transportation and other unforeseen issues that being 88 years old can bring. By Krista Johnson. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELIMINATING FERAL HOGS _ Feral hogs have become a problem in Dothan’s Eastgate Park, so city officials have hired a company to take control.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--BIRMINGHAM BOWL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Memphis faces Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field without its offensive coordinator and All-America running back Darrell Henderson. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 11 a.m. CT.

FBC--MEMPHIS-POLLARD-NCAA RECORD

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The Memphis Tigers’ Tony Pollard has tied the NCAA record with his seventh career kickoff return for a touchdown. The junior scored on a 97-yard run-back in the second quarter against Wake Forest on Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl. That matched the career mark shared by Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, Houston’s Tyron Carrier and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. SENT: 147 words.

FBC--DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL

MOBILE, Ala. _ Troy is playing for a third-straight 10-win season while Buffalo is trying to win its first bowl game in program history when the5- two teams play in the Dollar General Bowl. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6 p.m. kickoff.

BKC--T25-MURRAY ST-AUBURN

No. 7 Auburn tries to rebound from a loss to North Carolina State when Murray State visits Auburn Arena. By Justin Lee. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--ALABAMA ST-CAMPBELL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Chris Clemons made six 3-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Campbell hold off Alabama State 70-69 on Saturday in the St. Pete Shootout. Campbell was ahead 68-52 with 5:56 left but didn’t score again until Clemons’ floater with just over a minute left for a five-point lead. Reginald Gee answered with a 3-pointer and after Clemons missed a 3, Gee made 1 of 2 free throws with 26 seconds left. SENT: 210 words.

BKC--JACKSONVILLE STATE-WEST VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Wesley Harris scored a career-high 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead West Virginia over Jacksonville State 74-72 on Saturday. Despite a sloppy shooting performance in the first half (13 of 34), the Mountaineers (7-4) got out to as much as a nine-point lead over the Gamecocks. However, Jacksonville State (7-5) reduced its deficit and even took the lead with under five minutes to go. By John Lowe. SENT: 324 words.

BKC--TULANE-ALABAMA A&M

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Brandon Miller scored all of his 19 points in the second half and Alabama A&M rallied to beat Tulane 67-59 in the third-place game of the Boardwalk Battle on Saturday for the Bulldogs’ first victory this season to end an 11-game losing streak. After Tulane went on a 13-0 run to take a 55-48 lead, the Bulldogs responded with an 11-0 run to go up by four with 4:26 remaining. Tulane was within two with 1:31 left but Miller and Tre Todd made consecutive baskets before Miller added two free throws to finish a game-ending 6-0 run. SENT: 185 words.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOD PANTRIES

LAFAYETTE, La. _ A Louisiana Medicaid provider is giving about $21,000 worth of commercial refrigerators to community colleges so they can add perishable products to charitable food pantries for students. “We know access to food - and to nutritional food - can be hard to come by,” said Aaron Lambert, president and CEO of Healthy Blue Louisiana. SENT: 349 words.

TWO BOOKS TWO CITIES

NEW ORLEANS _ Novels by two Tulane University professors have been chosen for next year’s One Book, One City reading and discussion programs in New Orleans and Philadelphia. A Tulane news release says One Book, One Philadelphia chose Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” while One Book, One New Orleans will feature the novel “Vengeance” by Zachary Lazar. SENT: 119 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-DRAGON CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

MANDEVILLE, La. _ Dragons, it seems, have far more fans than the Grinch. One neighbor’s outrage over Diana Rowland’s Christmas dragons display in her front yard has not proved to be widely shared on social media or by other residents in the Mandeville-area neighborhood. By Sara Pagones, The New Orleans Advocate.

EXCHANGE-ELF ON SHELF

LAFAYETTE, La. _ Santa Claus is extremely busy this time of year, but thanks to a wildly popular book and toy set, the big man has elves on shelves everywhere to watch for good or bad behavior. The latest recruit to Santa’s Louisiana team is Tabasceaux, a magical agriculture elf who loves all things sugar cane. By Leigh Guidry, The Daily Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUPERDOME AUDIT _ The Louisiana agency that oversees the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center in New Orleans has seen a boost in local hotel tax collections.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--HAWAII BOWL

HONOLULU _ Hawaii will be seeking its seventh bowl victory in 12 appearances when it faces Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday. The Bulldogs are in a bowl game for the 11th time overall and looking to cap their fifth consecutive season with a bowl win. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m.

BKC--TULANE-ALABAMA A&M

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Brandon Miller scored all of his 19 points in the second half and Alabama A&M rallied to beat Tulane 67-59 in the third-place game of the Boardwalk Battle on Saturday for the Bulldogs’ first victory this season to end an 11-game losing streak. After Tulane went on a 13-0 run to take a 55-48 lead, the Bulldogs responded with an 11-0 run to go up by four with 4:26 remaining. Tulane was within two with 1:31 left but Miller and Tre Todd made consecutive baskets before Miller added two free throws to finish a game-ending 6-0 run. SENT: 185 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

RESEARCH DEER KILLED

JACKSON, Miss. _ Two deer that were a part of a Mississippi State University and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks study are dead and poaching is suspected to be the cause. The Clarion Ledger reports Steve Demarais of the MSU Deer Lab says one of the animals was found shot about a month ago. A second buck was found dead recently. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

TWO BOOKS TWO CITIES

NEW ORLEANS _ Novels by two Tulane professors have been chosen for next year’s “One Book, One City” reading programs in New Orleans and Philadelphia. One Book, One Philadelphia chose Jesmyn Ward’s novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” while One Book, One New Orleans will feature the novel “Vengeance” by Zachary Lazar. SENT: 119 words. Will be updated.

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MS-EXCHANGE-CHRISTMAS STORY LEG LAMP

CANTON, Miss. _ As high school sweethearts in 1980, Clark and Rai Smith vowed to one day own the home at the corner of E. Center and Lyon streets in Canton. “We loved the porch,” Rai recalls, “and the grass was immaculate. I could picture red ribbons all across the front of it at Christmas.” By Billy Watkins, The Clarion-Ledger.

MS-EXCHANGE-COLUMBUS NATIVE-GRAMMYS

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ When the 61st Grammy Award nominations were revealed with fanfare on the morning of Dec. 7, Chase McGill had other things on his mind, like scouring the tree line for a big buck. “It wasn’t even on my radar,” the Columbus native, 31, told The Dispatch Dec. 12 from his home near Nashville, Tennessee. “I was actually in the deer stand and felt my phone keep on vibrating, and I try not to mess with my phone too much in the woods.” By Jan Swoope, The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

_ HATTIESBURG-BOND RATING _ A Mississippi city is receiving some good financial news. Hattiesburg once again has a bond rating after two years of being without one.

_ OXFORD-DOWNTOWN PARKING _ A downtown parking garage could be finished during next football season in the city that’s home to the University of Mississippi.

_ LATE LAWMAKER-HIGHWAY _ A section of highway in northern Mississippi is being dedicated to a state representative who died in 2015.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-WRIGHT ST-MISSISSIPPI ST

JACKSON, Miss. _ No. 17 Mississippi State faces Wright State in a nonconference game at the Mississippi Coliseum. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7 p.m. tipoff.

BKC--T25-GRAMBLING ST-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. _ No. 16 Wisconsin returns from a break for finals to face Grambling State. Upcoming: 600 words, photos. Game starts 11 a.m. CT.

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