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BC-Deep South News Digest

April 9, 2019

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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES

THIRD ELECTION-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ Voters head to the polls for a third time to decide a northeast Georgia state House race. The results of the first two contests were thrown out by a judge because of illegal votes. By Ben Nadler. DEVELOPING.

STUDENT DEATH

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. _ A South Carolina university student who died while attending a fraternity event was drinking alcohol when she told her boyfriend she didn’t feel well, collapsed and died. A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report says Caroline Smith, a 20-year-old Furman University sophomore from Atlanta, was found by emergency workers early Saturday laying on the ground at a warehouse that hosts events. Deputies were told by her boyfriend that he was talking to her in the back room of the warehouse when she said she didn’t feel well, according to an incident report. She then “fell to the ground” and was unresponsive. SENT: 388 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GEORGIA SHOOTINGS _ A Georgia judge says arrest warrants for a man accused of killing four people and wounding another in two shootings are enough evidence to proceed in the case.

_ BOOSIE BADAZZ ARREST _ The rapper Boosie Badazz and a passenger were jailed on drug and gun charges after being pulled over south of Atlanta. AP Photos NYCD401-1216141001.

_ RESTAURANT REOPENS _ A historic Georgia restaurant has reopened months after a fire caused extensive damage.

_ INJURED TROOPER-CHARGES _ A man is accused of fleeing a traffic stop, leading Georgia authorities on a car chase, causing a crash and then fleeing on foot while carrying his child.

SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-ROCKIES

DENVER _ The Colorado Rockies try to halt a four-game skid on Tuesday night against Atlanta with German Marquez on the mound. The Braves will throw Max Fried. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time is 8:40 p.m. ET.

FBN--FALCONS-CLAYBORN RETURNS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Defensive end Adrian Clayborn is returning to the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year contract following one season with the New England Patriots. The 30-year-old Clayborn played for the Falcons from 2015-17 and is best known for setting a team record with six sacks against the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. SENT: 125 words.

BKW--GEORGIA TECH-FORTNER

ATLANTA _ Georgia Tech hired former Auburn and Purdue coach Nell Fortner on Tuesday to replace MaChelle Joseph as coach. Fortner, 60, also the former WNBA Indiana Fever coach, coached the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal. SENT: 429 words.

AP Photos NY160-0628161543, TXWAC201-0407180717.

GLF--MASTERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Rory McIlroy prepared for the final leg of the career Grand Slam by spending more time reading books than hitting golf balls. He wants to be a more complete person, and he has never started a year playing better. The Masters figures to be the biggest test. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

GLF--MASTERS-WOODS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Tiger Woods won his fourth green jacket at 29, and most everyone in golf figured more would follow. Fourteen years later, he’s still looking for No. 5 having overcome four back surgeries and a troubled personal life, and still very much the focus at the Masters. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GLF--MASTERS-CONNERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ One week after beginning the wildest, most improbable of rides to Augusta National, Corey Conners is probably still pinching himself. The 27-year-old Canadian went from a Monday qualifier at the Valero Texas Open to a spot in the Masters. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-CLOSE CALLS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Ed Sneedled by three shots with three holes left. Chad Campbell was in prime position on the 18th fairway in a playoff. Scott Hoch was 3 feet away from victory. That not only was their best chance to win the Masters, it was their only chance. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

Also:

_ GLF--MASTERS-NOTEBOOK _ By Jim Litke. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 7 p.m.

_ GLF--MASTERS-DECHAMBEAU _ Bryson DeChambeau has a meticulous Masters plan. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

_ GLF--GOLF GLANCE _ SENT: 500 words.

GLF--MASTERS-DECHAMBEAU

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Bryson DeChambeau seemed about as excited as a mad scientist gets as Masters week kicked off, which meant he stopped just short of jumping for joy. Not to worry. The jump might come Sunday for DeChambeau, assuming the planets align, the morning dew on the golf ball is at proper levels and putts don’t bounce off the flagstick. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 828 words.

AP Photos TXEG106-0326191515, TXEG107-0327190951.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-CROSSOVER DEADLINE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Time is running out for some bills to have an easier trip through the South Carolina Legislature. Wednesday is the crossover deadline. The requirement says a bill has to pass either the House or the Senate to be considered by the other chambers with less than a two-thirds vote. That is a high hurdle for any bill without broad bipartisan support. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 632 words.

RESTAURANT CLOSING

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ An acclaimed South Carolina restaurant that built its reputation by elevating simple Southern food is closing at the end of April, with the owner saying he’s ready for something new. Hominy Grill owner Robert Stehling, who won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef Southeast in 2008, announced the news Monday, the Post and Courier of Charleston reported . Stehling was the first of three Charleston chefs to win the prestigious prize in the span of three years, cementing the city’s reputation as a culinary destination. SENT: 365 words.

STUDENT DEATH

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. _ A South Carolina university student who died while attending a fraternity event was drinking alcohol when she told her boyfriend she didn’t feel well, collapsed and died. A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report says Caroline Smith, a 20-year-old Furman University sophomore from Atlanta, was found by emergency workers early Saturday laying on the ground at a warehouse that hosts events. Deputies were told by her boyfriend that he was talking to her in the back room of the warehouse when she said she didn’t feel well, according to an incident report. She then “fell to the ground” and was unresponsive. SENT: 388 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BEHEADED ALLIGATOR _ Wildlife officials say an alligator found in a South Carolina creek without its head or tail was legally killed but improperly disposed of by a professional with a permit to kill it.

_ WATER UTILITY-LAWSUIT THREAT _ A small drinking water utility in South Carolina is threatening to sue a county councilwoman for saying it sometimes provides muddy and sediment-filled water.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-GENERAL FUND-PRISONS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama lawmakers are set to vote on a budget that provides money for 500 additional correctional officers as the state seeks to stave off a federal lawsuit over prison violence. The House of Representatives on Tuesday will take up the general fund budget that includes funding for the Department of Corrections’ request for more officers. SENT: 133 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHAINED CHILD _ The mother of a 13-year-old boy found naked and chained at an Alabama home has been indicted on a charge of aggravated child abuse, along with two other family members.

_ BINGO RAIDS _ State authorities are raiding electronic bingo operations in Jefferson County.

_ CELL TOWER THIEVES _ It was going to be a towering theft. Three men are jailed in southwest Alabama on charges that they cut down a cellphone tower and tried to saw it up to sell for scrap.

_ HISTORIC HOTEL-FINANCING _ A real estate investor says it is loaning a hotel operator $3.4 million to buy a historic hotel in Selma

SPORTS:

FBC--ALABAMA-OKLAHOMA SERIES

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Alabama and Oklahoma have scheduled a home-and-home football series — but fans will have to wait awhile. The schools announced Tuesday that they’ll meet on Sept. 11, 2032 in Norman, Oklahoma. They’re scheduled to play again the following season in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Sept. 10. SENT: 154 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-FUNDRAISING

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards entered a three-month fundraising blackout for his reelection bid in a strong cash position, with the Democrat’s campaign saying Tuesday that he ended the latest donor solicitation period with more than $10 million in the bank. Edwards, the Deep South’s lone Democratic governor, will report raising more than $2.5 million in the fundraising quarter that ended April 5 when he files his report to the state ethics administration office, his campaign told The Associated Press. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 572 words.

AP Photos LAGH121-0408191259.

XGR-LOUISIANA BUDGET-HEALTH CARE

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana House lawmakers discuss the $15 billion health care budget proposed for next year, as Republicans criticize the continued increases in Medicaid spending. By Melinda Deslatte. DEVELOPING.

HOUSING DECLINE-ABRIDGED

NATCHEZ, Miss. _ In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. They lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them. By Jeff Donn and Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 842 words. Longer version also moving. SENT: 842 words. A longer version also moving.

AP Photos MSRS501-0219190356, MSRS502-0219190356, MSRS503-0219190351, MSRS504-0219190353, MSRS506-0219190350, MSRS507-0219190833, MSRS508-0219190851, MSRS509-0219190827, MDPS401-0224191223, MDPS402-0225191103, MDPS403-0225191026, MDPS404-0221190655, MDPS405-0225191124, MDPS406-0225191135, GFX9525-0409191209.

HOUSING DECLINE-LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS _ One tenant catches rats in spring-loaded traps. Another tries to open her oven door — and it comes off in her hands. So goes another day at Peace Lake Towers. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 572 words.

AP Photos RPKM101-0329190947.

WHOOPING CRANES-SPY EGGS

NEW ORLEANS _ Scientists are using fake eggs to spy on whooping cranes in hopes of learning why some chicks die in the egg, while others hatch. Data gathered by the spy eggs could help biologists in Louisiana and Canada preserve the endangered long-legged birds, which have made a tenuous rebound after dwindling almost to extinction in the 1940s. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 707 words.

AP Photos LAGH102-0306180639, LAGH103-0306180750, LAGH101-0306181337, LAGH104-0306180954.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOOSIE BADAZZ ARREST _ The rapper Boosie Badazz and a passenger were jailed on drug and gun charges after being pulled over south of Atlanta. AP Photos NYCD401-1216141001.

_ PIZZA DELIVERY DEATH _ A state judge will consider new trials for two men convicted of killing a Louisiana high school student.

_ DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL-ABUSE _ The Louisiana Department of Health says a Lake Charles school for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities failed to protect its residents from sexual assault and physical abuse.

_ DEADLY ROBBERY-GUILTY PLEAS _ New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office says two stepbrothers have pleaded guilty in a 2015 robbery that led to the death of a third suspect.

SPORTS:

BKN--WARRIORS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS _ The Golden State Warriors close out another successful regular season with what is effectively a playoff tune-up for players not being rested. The New Orleans Pelicans close out a disappointing campaign with what could be their last game with six-time All-Star Anthony Davis on the roster. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 7 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL 2019

JACKSON, Miss. _ Republican Andy Taggart says he is running for Mississippi attorney general because he wants to fight a “crusade” against illegal drugs. By Emily Wagster Pettus. DEVELOPING.

SCHOOL FINANCES-MISSISSIPPI

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ A northeast Mississippi school district is looking at spending cuts after burning through $13 million in savings in the last four years. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Lowndes County school district has been overspending revenue since at least 2014. SENT:

HOUSING DECLINE-ABRIDGED

NATCHEZ, Miss. _ In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. They lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them. By Jeff Donn and Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 842 words. Longer version also moving.

AP Photos MSRS501-0219190356, MSRS502-0219190356, MSRS503-0219190351, MSRS504-0219190353, MSRS506-0219190350, MSRS507-0219190833, MSRS508-0219190851, MSRS509-0219190827, MDPS401-0224191223, MDPS402-0225191103, MDPS403-0225191026, MDPS404-0221190655, MDPS405-0225191124, MDPS406-0225191135, GFX9525-0409191209.

HOUSING DECLINE-MISSISSIPPI

NATCHEZ, Miss. _ The subsidized apartments that house some of Mississippi’s poorest residents have failed 10% of health and safety inspections. An Associated Press analysis of federal housing data shows that’s the second-highest rate in the country since 1999. Only Louisiana fared worse. By The Associated Press. SENT: 128 words.

AP Photos MSRS501-0219191556, MSRS502-0219191556, MSRS503-0219191551, MSRS504-0219191553, MSRS506-0219191550, MSRS507-0219192033, MSRS508-0219192051, MSRS509-0219192027.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI FUGITIVE _ Officials are still looking for a Mississippi man who ran away from a state trooper Sunday night.

_ INMATE DEATH _ A judge is ordering that a Mississippi man accused of strangling his cellmate undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

_ POLICE CAR RAMMED _ A Mississippi man is accused of leading police on a car chase and then ramming into a Prentiss police car.

_ UNSTABLE BUILDING _ Officials in one Mississippi city are closely watching a downtown building, fearing collapse.

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