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BC-Deep South News Digest

August 1, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


ATLANTA — Georgia State Sen. David Shafer is conceding the Republican race for lieutenant governor to Geoff Duncan. News outlets report Shafer wrote in an email to supporters Wednesday that he doesn’t plan to seek a recount. According to unofficial election results, Shafer trailed Duncan by less than 1 percentage point — 1,597 votes across the state. While his campaign said he picked up about 100 votes from the counting of provisional ballots over the weekend, he was still far short of overcoming the deficit. SENT: 116 words. Will be updated.


ATLANTA — A central Georgia county is tearing down an old, empty prison that was home to Georgia’s first electric chair and was linked to an infamous lynching. The two-story brick building that anchored the Georgia State Prison Farm in Milledgeville is being torn down by Baldwin County, to the outrage of some locals and history buffs. By Brinley Hineman. SENT: 623 words.

AP Photos AX101-0801181048, AX102-0801181048.


— BUSINESS EXECUTIVE SHOT — A horse farm that belonged to an Atlanta lawyer convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of his wife is being auctioned off.

— NAKED MAN-PARK — A Georgia father said he had to hold a naked man at gunpoint to protect his family.

— TEXTING-TODDLER KILLED — Police in west Georgia say a father was texting when he ran over his toddler son twice in his driveway.

— EX-OFFICER SENTENCED — A former Georgia police officer has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to extort and rob drug dealers.

— GEORGIA GOVERNOR-CAMPAIGN LINKS — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign says that he will remove links to social media accounts promoting his campaign for governor from an official state app. AP Photo GAAUG220.

— OBAMA ENDORSEMENTS — The race for Georgia governor now pits an Obama-backed progressive Democrat against a Trump-backed conservative Republican.

— HISTORIC MANSION-FIRE — The back of a historic 1929 mansion in Georgia has been gutted by a fire.

— APPEALS COURT CONFIRMATION — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a Georgia Supreme Court justice to serve on a federal appeals court. The court hears appeals from federal courts in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

— MOST WANTED — A man accused of a double homicide in southwestern Michigan has been captured in Georgia about a month after authorities announced he was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted.



ATLANTA — Anibal Sanchez, who has a 1.64 ERA in three career games against Miami, will start for Atlanta as the Braves try to complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins on Wednesday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Vic Beasley had a season to mostly forget last year. Now that the Atlanta Falcons have put him back full-time at defensive end, he’s looking to regain the form that made him the NFL sacks leader two years ago. By George Henry. SENT: 594 words.

AP Photos NY176-0727181444.


ATLANTA — A crowd of some 70,000 is expected in soccer-mad Atlanta for the MLS All-Star Game, which matches the best players from the American-based league against Italian powerhouse Juventus. But some of the biggest names are missing, including Cristiano Ronaldo. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. — A longtime fixture in South Carolina’s Democratic political circles announced Wednesday that he’s getting a campaign boost from one of the party’s top dogs. In an email to supporters, Dick Harpootlian said that he is being supported by former Vice President Joe Biden in his special election quest for a state Senate seat in the Columbia area. Harpootlian released a 60-second ad — which the campaign says is running on radio stations, but online is accompanied by video and images — in which Biden asks voters to support his bid. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 401 words.

AP Photos NYAG308-0629181940.


— NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA — A federal judge in South Carolina is considering whether she’ll grant a power company’s request to keep its customers on the hook for a multibillion-dollar nuclear project failure.

— DOUBLE FATAL-MOTORCYCLE — Two people have died in a motorcycle wreck near the South Carolina coast. .

— FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS — No one was hurt when several cars on a freight train derailed in South Carolina.

— CHURCH VANDALISM-TEENS CHARGED — Four teens have been arrested after sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina say someone carved the words “Hail Satan” on a porch floor.

— ISLAND SHOOTING DEATH — Police say a man shot and killed on a South Carolina island was a victim of a home invasion.

— COLLEGE-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION — South Carolina’s public College of Charleston is resuming affirmative action practices in its admission process after stopping roughly two years ago.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera may have figured out the only way to avoid injuries to key players in training camp. “Not practice,” Rivera said after Wednesday’s practice. By Steve Reed. SENT: 675 words.

AP Photos SCCB102-0730181132, SCCB104-0730181136, SCCB103-0730181135.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



NEW YORK — Five teenagers have been selected National Student Poets, a program that will have them serve as ambassadors at everything from literary readings to community service. The poets include Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, from Burlington, Vermont, and Heather Laurel Jensen of Mesa, Arizona. National Student Poets, founded in 2011, is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Each poet will receive a $5,000 “academic award.” SENT: 250 words. Note Alabama angle.

AP Photo NYET300.


— ETHICS COMMISSION — The Alabama Ethics Commission says a retiring member of the House of Representatives can work as House Speaker Mac McCutcheon’s chief of staff without violating the “revolving door” provision of state ethics law.

— POLICE SHOOTING-ALABAMA — A judge has denied a request for a new judge, prosecution team and trial location in the case of a police officer facing murder charges.

— CHASE-SUSPECT JUMPS — Authorities say a high-speed chase through several south Alabama counties ended with a suspect dead after he jumped off a bridge over a river delta.

— APPEALS COURT CONFIRMATION — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a Georgia Supreme Court justice to serve on a federal appeals court. The court hears appeals from federal courts in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

— FALSE BREAK-IN — An Alabama woman who really wanted a deputy to unlock her car is being locked up herself.

— UNDERAGE SOLICITATION — An Alabama man is accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sexual favors online.

— LIBRARY STABBINGS — Police in Alabama say two people were stabbed at a public library.

— MINE SAFETY-MEETINGS — The federal agency that oversees mining safety is holding public stakeholder meetings in six states, including West Virginia. Note Alabama angle.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derrick Henry has patiently waited for his chance to shine and now heading into his third NFL season the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner will have his chance. Henry isn’t sharing any specific goals for yards or touchdowns, but the Tennessee Titans running back made one thing clear: He is looking forward to a big season. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 673 words.

AP Photos NY167-0726181658.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. — More than 1 million Entergy Louisiana customers will see their utility bills drop this month after the debts have been paid from repairing damage done by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the company announced Wednesday. Residential customers will see monthly charges fall a few dollars per month, depending on where they live, according to estimates released by Entergy Louisiana. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 493 words.


SLIDELL, La. — A vehicle burglary suspect wearing an ankle monitor fled from police and was caught in a canal after allegedly breaking into more cars in a New Orleans suburb, authorities said Wednesday. Slidell police said a trained canine tracked down a 16-year-old juvenile and the suspect, Raikenzie Durgin, 22. SENT: 258 words.


BILOXI, Miss. — Legalized sports betting is now available in Mississippi. Mississippi became the fourth state in the nation Wednesday to offer sports wagering. The others are Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. SENT: 505 words.


— NEW ORLEANS-INTERSTATE SHOOTING — New Orleans police say a 2-year-old boy with a graze wound is one of three people hurt when someone in a vehicle on Interstate 10 opened fire on another moving car.

— NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM MONTH — It’s Museum Month in New Orleans.

— TROOPER SHOOTING-TRAFFIC STOP — A lawyer for the 19-year-old man shot by a Louisiana state trooper during a traffic stop says he was shot in the back, and shrapnel near his spine has left him without feeling in his feet.

— BABY DEATH-FATHER SOUGHT — Police are looking for the father of a 2-year-old Louisiana boy who died in May.

— COASTAL PROTECTION LAWSUITS — A national panel of judges has refused to merge more than 40 wetland damage lawsuits filed by six Louisiana parishes against oil and gas companies.

— TULANE FUND RAISING — Tulane University says it broke its previous fundraising record with more than $150 million donated during its 2017-2018 fiscal year.



METAIRIE, La. — Veteran receivers Brandon Tate and Michael Floyd joined practice at New Orleans Saints training camp on Wednesday, bolstering a receiver corps thinned by injuries and adding to the mix of players competing in the return game. New Orleans also has activated veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who began training camp on the physically unable to perform list. By Brett Martel. SENT: 587 words.

AP Photos LAGH107-0730180859.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)


PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Two likely candidates for Mississippi governor in 2019 exchanged verbal jabs Wednesday at one of the state’s biggest annual gatherings. Speaking at the Neshoba County Fair, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi is thriving under GOP leadership, while Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said the state economy is faltering as Republicans give tax cuts to out-of-state corporations. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 528 words.

AP Photos MSRS114-0801181302, MSRS113-0801181302, MSRS119-0801181356, MSRS111-0801181257, MSRS109-0801181226, MSRS104-0801181213, MSRS118-0801181353, MSRS102-0801180927, MSRS103-0801181007, MSRS117-0801181350, MSRS108-0801181220, MSRS105-0801181203, MSRS107-0801181214, MSRS104-0801181158.


BILOXI, Miss. — Legalized sports betting is now available in Mississippi. Mississippi became the fourth state in the nation Wednesday to offer sports wagering. The others are Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. SENT: 505 words.


— HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION — Republican Price Wallace of Mendenhall has won a special election runoff for a seat in the Mississippi House.

— ACCO BRANDS-EXPANSION — An Illinois-based office supply company will shift paperclip manufacturing from Wisconsin to Mississippi, investing nearly $1 million and adding 29 jobs.

— POULTRY FIRM-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS — A Mississippi poultry supplier will pay $3.75 million to Hispanic workers, ending an eight-year legal fight.

— HOSPITAL INSURER DISPUTE — Mississippi’s largest hospital system says it will continue accepting policies from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi patients, despite the lack of agreement on a new contract.

— HEALTH CARE REFORM-ENROLLMENT — A University of Southern Mississippi program that helped residents navigate the federal health insurance marketplace will end because of budget cuts.

— PLANT EXPANSION — A company that makes parts for vehicle, mining and construction companies says it will expand operations in Mississippi.

— SCHOOL BONDS — Opponents of a Mississippi school district’s effort to secure bonds to build a new high school have appealed to the state Supreme Court.

— INMATE DIES — An inmate serving four sentences has died in a Mississippi Prison.

— PLANT EXPANSION — A company that makes parts for vehicle, mining and construction companies says it will expand its operations in Mississippi.



LAS VEGAS — As revenue goes it barely registers on the books. The NBA probably gets more from the contract with its frozen daiquiri vendor than it does the new deal it inked with casino giant MGM Resorts International. With good reason. The deal announced with such fanfare Tuesday is arguably little more than a branding exercise — at least for now — and a chance to take baby steps into a sports betting partnership that would have been almost scandalous only a few years ago. By Tim Dahlberg.

AP Photos RPWP102-0801181132, RPWP103-0801181134, NYSB227-0730181558, NY178-0313180400, NYSB226-1015151652.


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