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BC-Deep South News Digest

December 4, 2018

Good morning! 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A Republican state lawmaker and a former Democratic congressman face a runoff election in Georgia for secretary of state, an office at the center of a debate over access to the polls and election security. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 482 words, photos.


— POLICE OFFICER-INCEST — A police officer is charged with criminal counts, including incest, in two Georgia counties.

— SNAPCHAT-TEEN LURED — Authorities in Georgia say a 25-year-old man used Snapchat to try to entice a 13-year-old boy into sex.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



DES MOINES, Iowa — Two deep-pocketed Democrats are set to travel to early presidential primary states, stoking further speculation about whether they will soon launch bids for the White House. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, is set to visit three towns in Iowa on Tuesday, while billionaire investor and activist Tom Steyer will host a town hall in Charleston, South Carolina. By Juana Summers and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 757 words, photos.


— I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN — A Pittsburgh librarian who advocates for immigrants and refugees and a librarian from rural North Carolina who helps patrons navigate the Internet are among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)


— ALABAMA-TORNADOES CONFIRMED — The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Alabama last weekend.

— OBIT-GILES PERKINS — Giles Perkins, a lawyer and political consultant who helped guide U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign to victory last year, has died.

— POLICE STANDOFF — A man was found dead inside a north Alabama home after a standoff with Tuscumbia police.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. —By sidestepping the Louisiana governor’s race, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy denied Republicans a popular, high-profile candidate to pit against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards, renewing speculation about whether the GOP can rally around one main contender in 2019. The list of Republicans considering a challenge to Edwards shortened in recent weeks, as most seemed willing to step aside for Kennedy, a popular figure in Louisiana with impressive fundraising prowess. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 669 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)


— FIREFIGHTER-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT — A white firefighter is suing the majority black executive board of a Mississippi city for discrimination.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to

The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The South Carolina AP Bureau: apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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