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BC-Deep South News Digest

September 30, 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



MACON, Ga. — A gun raffle for a southeast Middle Georgia high school soccer team has drawn criticism from former students. Some former students of Dodge County High School are bothered after learning through Facebook that 30 guns were being raffled in September to benefit the soccer team, the Telegraph of Macon reported. An organizer of the raffle said they are trying to raise money to help with uniforms and feed kids on out-of-town trips. SENT: 470 words.


SAVANNAH, Ga. — To read Juliette Gordon Low’s century-old letters from the comfort of a home computer explains the Digital Library of Georgia’s work as it builds an archive of historical works important to Georgia. On Feb. 9, 1908, Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, wrote about her visit to Princess Bamba Dhuleep Singh in Lahore, India (now Pakistan), whose great-grandfather “conquered the entire Punjab from the Indians,” Low wrote. By Ann Meyer, Savannah Morning News.



ATLANTA — Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals will try to take advantage of an Atlanta Falcons defense missing three starters when the teams meet on Sunday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — Atlanta battles for homefield in the postseason when the NL East champions take on the Phillies in the regular-season finale. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.


— HISTORIC HOME-POLICE — A historic home located next to a Savannah police precinct is being restored for use as living quarters for newly enlisted officers. SENT: 130 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina remains among the nation’s deadliest states for women, according to a new report. The Violence Policy Center looked at 2016 homicide data, which it said showed 48 women were murdered by men in South Carolina that year, a rate of nearly two women killed per 100,000 people. The Washington, D.C.-based organization said South Carolina ranks sixth among states for its rate of women killed by men. The state has been in the top 10 for that benchmark for the two decades the Violence Policy Center has compiled its annual study. SENT: 510 words.


ANDERSON, S.C. — On the first day of classes in August, art professor David Detrich told his intermediate sculpture students at Clemson University to create pieces around the theme “boundary.” There were no size or material limitations. By Mollie R. Simon. The Anderson Independent-Mail.


— WWI MEMORIAL CEREMONY — Local officials in a South Carolina city recognized a group of soldiers whose World War I service is seen as critical to helping win the war. SENT: 130 words.



CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 3 Clemson maintained its hold on the Atlantic Coast Conference and a College Football Playoff spot with its dramatic rally against Syracuse. It also showed how tenuous that grip might be when freshman starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence left the game with concussion-like symptoms and without Kelly Bryant as backup anymore. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 2 p.m.


CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR’s playoffs take a twisting turn on a hybrid new course at Charlotte Motor Speedway that combines the speedway with some left turns through the infield. Known as the roval, it has energized the NASCAR fan base prior to Sunday’s race but the drivers are struggling with the radical new layout. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. Race begins at 2 p.m. 900 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The next generation training aircraft will not be built in an Alabama county. The U.S. Air Force passed on a project to bring the making of the T-100 training jet to Macon County, Al.com reported . A partnership by Boeing and Saab won a $9.2 billion contract to produce at least 351 training jets for the U.S. Air Force. Officials say the billion-dollar project would have brought an estimated 750 direct jobs to Macon County. SENT: 310 words.


MOULTON, Ala. — When Jody Waldrop showed up for his first practice as a youth football coach in August, one of the first things he demanded was a coaches-only meeting. “He had a binder with six coaching tips,” said Chris Smith, who is head coach of the Moulton midget league football team for ages 8-10. “He wanted to tell us how to treat the kids, and the first thing on his list of coaching tips was keep God first in everything we do.” By Deangelo McDaniel, Decatur Daily.


TUSCUMBIA, Ala. — With a cast of four and a simple high school auditorium stage as its set, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” allows the audience to focus on the interaction of the actresses as they reminisce about their lives and perform hits from the 1950s and ’60s. Director David Hope said the off-Broadway play by Roger Bean has never been performed in the Shoals. By Russ Corey, Times Daily.


— UBER ALABAMA — The state of Alabama is getting $2 million a nationwide settlement involving Uber. SENT: 130 words.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La.— Reading through reams of data released over the last month about Louisiana can be a dizzying and depressing exercise. Statistics detail a state struggling with basic quality-of-life measures, mired in deep poverty and lagging the nation in employment and income. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT IN ADVANCE: 700 words.


BATON ROUGE, La. — Candidates running against Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin are objecting to a letter he wrote elderly participants in an absentee voting program, saying the letter sought to promote Ardoin at state taxpayer expense as the November election nears. Ardoin’s campaign spokesman dismissed the criticism, saying the Sept. 20 letter sent by the Republican elections chief to people over the age of 65 who are allowed to vote absentee by mail educates the voters about their rights. SENT: 510 words.


NEW ORLEANS — The National World War II Museum has a veteran of the war in the Pacific as its new board chairman. C. Paul Hilliard, 93, is the first World War II veteran to be appointed board chairman for the museum, which opened in 2000, the museum said Monday. SENT: 340 words.


INDEPENDENCE, La. — One trumpeter drove in from Houston to rehearse before a game. A drummer drives from Baton Rouge twice a week. The director leads the entire band for no pay. These are a few examples of the level of dedication to be found among members of the newly formed Thundercat Community Marching Band in Independence. The community band, open to all interested musicians, meets at Independence High School band hall from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and performs at Independence High football games. By Connor Raborn. The Daily Star.


John Curtis Christian freshman Rachel Pizzolato has done more in her life than most 14-year-olds -- or even many adults. Whether she’s competing in gymnastics championships or national science fairs, Rachel joked on Sept. 14 that she never has time to rest. She says a lack of sleep hasn’t hindered her in beauty pageants, either. The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public this month announced Rachel was among the top 300 competitors in the Broadcom MASTERS, which the organizations describe as the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students. By Wilborn P. Nobles III. NOLA.com ′ The Times-Picayune.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints will face Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a game at MetLife Stadium. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3:25 p.m.


The NBA preseason continues with five games on the schedule, including: Miami at San Antonio, 4 p.m.; Charlotte at Boston, 5 p.m.; New Orleans at Chicago, 6 p.m.; Denver vs L.A. Lakers at San Diego. 8:30 p.m.; Sydney Kings vs L.A. Clippers in Honolulu, 8:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — Candidates in a U.S. Senate special election in Mississippi are promoting endorsements they’re receiving from other politicians. But a University of Mississippi political science professor, Marvin King, says most endorsements are unlikely to sway an election. “There are just too many factors at play to say that endorsements are going to be decisive, but there’s no doubt that some people look at them,” King said. “They put endorsements in the basket of all things they look at when deciding on a candidate.” An AP News Analysis. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT IN ADVANCE: 680 words.


BATESVILLE, Miss. — Closing arguments were under way Sunday in the retrial of a man accused of burning a Mississippi woman alive in 2014. Twenty-nine-year-old defendant Quinton Tellis is accused in the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. UPCOMING: About 350 words.


BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — A candlelight prayer vigil is planned for two police officers shot and killed in Mississippi. The Sunday evening memorial service for 35-year-old Officer James White and 31-year-old Cpl. Zach Moak is being held outside the Brookhaven Police Department where the men worked. The officers’ patrol units also are parked at the site. SENT: 130 words. WILL BE UPDATED.


JACKSON, Miss. — Brothers Henry and Jon Wiener had separate childhood dreams. Henry wanted to produce documentary films. He played with the family video recorder, producing movies for his friends and family. By Tyler Cleveland, Clarion Ledger.


STARKVILLE, Miss. — Whenever he feels he needs to, Starkville High School offensive lineman Derwin Ferguson visits East Sand Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He goes to the far reaches of Starkville to share an experience or to talk through something. When he makes the trip, he goes to the cemetery to talk to his mother and father. By Brett Hudson, Commercial Dispatch.


— TROOPER KILLED — Mississippi officials say a state trooper was shot and killed while off-duty, and the suspect has been arrested. SENT: 130 words.

— MISSISSIPPI POLICE SHOOTING — A Mississippi city may be nearing a settlement with heirs of a man killed in 2015 police shooting. SENT: 130 words.

— MOSS POINT BUDGET — A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is increasing water rates in the new budget year. SENT: 120 words.

— VICKSBURG PARK — A Mississippi city is changing plans for a downtown site after finding it was too expensive to build a farmers’ market with a pavilion. SENT: 130 words.


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