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BC-Deep South News Digest

September 1, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



SAVANNAH, Ga. — With its time-capsule collection of Victorian mansions and antebellum churches overlooking oak-shaded squares, Savannah has long taken great pride — and built a nearly $3 billion tourism economy — from its standing as a National Historic Landmark, a designation awarded to America’s most prized treasures preserved from the past. And while nearly 2,000 historic homes and buildings survive in Savannah’s downtown landmark district, the National Park Service has found that decades of growth and modernization have steadily eroded the framework that ties them all together. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 847 words.

AP Photos SCRB101-0831181013.


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus is vying for a bigger role in Georgia’s TV and movie-making industry, and a new studio is part of the local effort. Flat Rock Studio is a state-of-the-art sound stage and production facility that has been set up by the W.C. Bradley Co., The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. SENT: 304 words.



VALDOSTA, Ga. — City residents lined up in a packed Mathis City Auditorium for their chance to wish Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress a happy retirement. City officials and members of the public gathered Tuesday to share their personal stories about the chief and celebrate his legacy. By Thomas Lynn, The Valdosta Daily Times.


— CHIEF JUSTICE-FIRST PITCH — Retirement is getting off to an exciting start for Georgia’s top judge.

— LABOR DAY-TRANSIT — Labor Day weekend is a busy time in Atlanta, and the city’s transit system says it’s ready to accommodate extra riders.



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons trimmed their roster for the regular season, keeping all six draft picks and three other rookie free agents. Strong performances in the preseason earned offensive lineman Matt Gono, linebacker Richard Dewey Jarvis and defensive lineman Justin Zimmer spots on the 52-player roster announced Saturday. SENT: 297 words.

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ATLANTA — After seeing their NL East lead over Philadelphia cut to two games, the Atlanta Braves will continue their weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night when Kevin Gausman faces Chris Archer. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


ATHENS, Ga. — No. 3 Georgia, coming off a loss to Alabama in last season’s national championship game, plays FCS opponent Austin Peay in its opening game on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.


ATLANTA — TaQuon Marshall is back at quarterback and Georgia Tech will debut its new 3-4 defense in the season opener against Alcorn State. By Matt Winkeljohn. UPCOMING. 700 words with photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m.


ATLANTA — No. 6 Washington opens the season against No. 9 Auburn in a game that could have ramifications all the way to December. Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing finishes and establish themselves as national championship contenders. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — South Carolina’s highest court has ruled a woman’s driving under the influence charge shouldn’t be dismissed because her car crashed a few feet outside the city whose officer detained her. Jennifer Lynn Alexander was found inside her still running car in a ditch on U.S. Highway 176 in July 2013 by a Goose Creek police officer. SENT: 400 wprds/



GREENVILLE, S.C. — The first time Jennifer Seymour saw Hubert Yarborough was in the ER as she was recovering from a near-fatal heroin overdose. It was a chilly day in January and Seymour had unwittingly injected a bad dose of fentanyl-laced heroin into her arm on the way to work and lost consciousness. By Liv Osby, The Greenville News.


— BUSINESS CERTIFICATION — South Carolina emergency officials are automating a system where local owners can register to return to their businesses after a disaster like a hurricane.



GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Dan Mullen Era begins at Florida when the Gators host lower-division and seemingly overmatched Charleston Southern, which is 0-19 against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Begins at 7:30 p.m.


CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson and its power-packed defensive line start the season against in-state FCS rival Furman on Saturday. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING, from 12:20 p.m. start.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina returns playmaking receiver Deebo Samuel to the lineup after most of last year lost to injury when it opens the season against Coastal Carolina on Saturday. UPCOMING, from noon start.


DARLINGTON, S.C. — It’s been a year since Denny Hamlin won a race in NASCAR’s top series and his streak of 12 consecutive years with at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins is in jeopardy. But they may be no better place for Hamlin to find success than Darlington Raceway, where he’s won twice and taken to the track like few other racers. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 4 p.m.

With CAR-NASCAR-Southern 500-Qualifying.


DARLINGTON, S.C. — Justin Allgaier looks to continue hit hot stretch in the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday. Allgaier has two wins, a second and two thirds in his past five starts and sits atop the points standings. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 3:30 p.m. start.


NEW YORK — Rest, injury, the WNBA playoffs and retirement have left the U.S. women’s basketball national team with a fresh look heading into training camp this week. Seven members from the 2016 Olympic team likely won’t be on the world cup roster, giving many younger players a chance to represent the U.S. later this month in Spain. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 598 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — A new album will throw a spotlight on the famed “Muscle Shoals sound” that made a north Alabama town one of the nation’s premier recording venues. Performers including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and country singers Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Willie Nelson have tracks on the upcoming “Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound.” SENT: 258 words.



CULLMAN, Ala. — Living and working in Cullman was always in the cards for Zac Smith, even if he had to start his own business to do so. Smith, the CEO of AGCOR Steel, grew up in the Welti area, and attended Cullman City Schools before going on to play football for the University of North Alabama for three years. He then spent a semester at Wallace State Community College before attending the University of Alabama for a degree in corporate finance. By Tyler Hanes, The Cullman Times.


— SOUTH ALABAMA-NAME CHANGE — The University of South Alabama in Mobile is changing the name of its hospital.



TROY, Ala. — No. 22 Boise State and Troy open in a matchup of Group of Five conference teams coming off 11-win seasons. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5 p.m. CT.


ATLANTA — No. 6 Washington opens the season against No. 9 Auburn in a game that could have ramifications all the way to December. Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing finishes and establish themselves as national championship contenders. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Whether Nick Saban’s choice of quarterback turns out to be Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa, top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama begins the season as heavy favorites against Louisville, which is launching the post-Lamar Jackson era. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. — Another losing bidder for Louisiana’s voting machine replacement work is calling for a new selection process and the cancellation of the current contract award. Hart InterCivic sent a letter to the Office of State Procurement supporting the protest filed by a second vendor spurned for the voting machine contract. Hart said the evaluation was “flawed and lacked the fundamental transparency that Louisiana voters deserve.” By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 431 words.

AP Photos LAGH501-1108161355.


NEW ORLEANS — A man in a wheelchair has joined the all-male New Orleans dance crew called the 610 Stompers. Jason Homer tried out for the group that describes itself as ordinary men with “extraordinary moves.” SENT: 248 words.



SHREVEPORT, La. — The first rule of improvisation — or improv — is to say ‘yes’ and accept with every situation thrown the actor’s way. Rita Davis isn’t an actor but finds the rule of agreement applies when tending to her husband, Travis. By Tiana Kennell, Shreveport Times.


NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans rapper Renetta “Magnolia Shorty” Lowe co-stars in the current No. 1 song in the country, even though she died nearly eight years ago in a notorious double homicide. Samples of Shorty’s voice are woven into “In My Feelings,” the omnipresent single by superstar Canadian rapper Drake. By Keith Spera, The New Orleans Advocate.


— LIFE PLUS FORTY SENTENCE — The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office says a suspect convicted in the killing of one man and the attempted killing of that victim’s teenage nephew has been handed a life sentence — plus 40 years.

— AMERICAN IDOL-LOUISIANA — If singing is your thing, prepare for the spotlight — ‘American Idol’ is coming to Shreveport.

— NEW COLLEGE CAMPUS — A north Louisiana community college is building an $8 million campus to anchor a planned technology park.



ARLINGTON, Texas — Malik Rosier and the Miami Hurricanes had quite a breakout in coach Mark Richt’s second season with a 10-0 start. The finish wasn’t all that good. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 850 words.


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas opens its season against Nicholls State, a school from the Football Championship Subdivision. The Jayhawks are heavily favored to give coach David Beaty just his fourth win as he begins his fourth season. By Jordan Wolf. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CT.


FORT WORTH, Texas — No. 16 TCU goes for its 17th consecutive home-opening win. The Horned Frogs, who played in the Big 12 title game last season, play against Southern. The last two SWAC teams that opened in Fort Worth left with lopsided shutout losses. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts 11 a.m. CT.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



OXFORD, Miss. — Oxford High School student Addison Murphey will experience the nation’s capital up close beginning next week. Murphey, a junior at OHS, is one of 30 students from across the United States that will serve as a page for a U.S. Senator in the upcoming legislative session. By Donica Phifer, The Oxford Eagle.


BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — The future of NASA and space exploration begins in Mississippi, officials say, and with NASA’s goal to return to the moon in 2019, Stennis Space Center is at the heart of the program. “Man may go to the moon (again) one day, but they’re going to have to pass through Hancock County to get there,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. By Lici Beveridge, The Hattiesburg American


— FATAL SHOOTING-FATHER SON — A Mississippi man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his son has been denied bond.

— INTERSTATE 269-EARLY DRIVERS — Mississippi’s newest interstate highway is not ready quite yet, and drivers should stay off. That’s the message the Mississippi Department of Transportation is sending about Interstate 269 in DeSoto County.

— FATAL FIRE INVESTIGATION — Investigators aren’t sure what caused a fatal house fire that killed a young man and critically injured two others in the Mississippi Delta.

— GIRLFRIEND DEATH — A south Mississippi man acquitted of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend still faces a civil lawsuit.



HOUSTON — Texas Tech and Mississippi open their seasons at NRG Stadium, where the Houston Texans play, with both teams promising improved defenses in 2018. By Kristie Rieken. Starts at 11 a.m. CT.


STARKVILLE, Miss. — Joe Moorhead coaches his first game at Mississippi State when the 18th-ranked Bulldogs host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. Mississippi State will be playing without starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who was suspended for one game. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. kickoff.


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