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BC-Deep South News Digest

June 8, 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ATLANTA SIDEWALK LAWSUIT

ATLANTA — The poor condition of Atlanta’s sidewalks and crosswalks makes it difficult and sometimes impossible for disabled people to get around, according to a federal lawsuit that accuses the city of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit says Atlanta is responsible for a “systemic failure to maintain sidewalks that are equally accessible to persons with mobility impairments.” By Kate Brumback. SENT: 410 words.

GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE

ATLANTA — The Republican front runner in the race for Georgia governor says in a secretly recorded conversation that he pushed an education measure he considered “bad public policy” to deprive a political rival of campaign support. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

SUPREME COURT-OHIO VOTER ROLLS

CINCINNATI — Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state over the practice of flagging registered voters after they’ve missed one federal general election. Attorneys told the high court that at least six other states — Georgia, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — have similar practices. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. SENT: 1,315 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MILITARY PLANE CRASH — A Georgia highway has reopened to traffic more than a month after a military cargo plane crashed nose-first into the roadway, killing nine National Guard airmen.

— PATROL CAR DEATH — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says they are looking into the death of a woman who was being transported to jail by police and was found with seatbelt wrapped around her neck multiple times.

— DANCING DOCTOR — A doctor in suburban Atlanta accused of malpractice and shown in online videos dancing as she operated, has had her license suspended by the state Composite Medical Board.

— 3D YEARBOOK — A Georgia teacher has created a new type of yearbook for visually impaired students at a neighboring school.

— HOUSTON-DEMOCRAT CONVENTION — Houston has joined at least seven other cities seeking the 2020 Democratic National Convention with the City Council overwhelmingly backing a resolution that offers logistic services like office space and parking to the Democrats if the city is selected. Others expressing interest are: Atlanta; Denver; Milwaukee; New York City; San Francisco; Birmingham, Alabama; and Miami Beach, Florida.

SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES — Walker Buehler takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who return home to face former teammate Brandon McCarthy and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 7 p.m. PT.

— BKL--DREAM-ACES. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is appealing a federal judge’s order to make the state’s lethal injection procedures public and to unseal other court records about an aborted execution in the state. Chief District Judge Karon O. Bowdre on Thursday stayed her order to make the protocol and sealed hearing transcripts public as the Department of Corrections appeals. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE OFFICER-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — An Alabama police officer accused of domestic violence has been acquitted.

— SOLDIER’S REMAINS — The remains of a soldier killed during the Korean War have been returned to his family in the U.S.

— HOUSTON-DEMOCRAT CONVENTION — Houston has joined at least seven other cities seeking the 2020 Democratic National Convention with the City Council overwhelmingly backing a resolution that offers logistic services like office space and parking to the Democrats if the city is selected. Others expressing interest are: Atlanta; Denver; Milwaukee; New York City; San Francisco; Birmingham, Alabama; and Miami Beach, Florida.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA-MILLIONAIRE MATCHUP

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Casey Mize and Brady Singer expect to pitch under less stress than they did the last few weeks, maybe even months. Mize and Singer will take the mound Saturday for the first time since becoming first-round picks in the Major League Baseball draft. Mize was the top selection out of Auburn, taken by Detroit, and Florida’s Singer went 18th overall to Kansas City. By Mark Long.

AP Photos MSOXF201-0512180044, FLGAI201-0603180014.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-BREAST CANCER

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana lawmaker’s bout with breast cancer has spurred her to change how the disease is treated in the state. Rep. Julie Stokes says she wanted to get the word out about the different kinds of health care options available for those with breast cancer after being diagnosed last year. So she introduced bills to require that insurers cover breast cancer screenings after a woman has a bilateral mastectomy and for health coverage plans to cover digital breast tomosynthesis , a procedure that creates a 3D image of a breast. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 309 words.

AP Photos LAGH101-0524181234.

BLACK BEAR KILLED

GLENCOE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents used a man’s phone and GPS to track the six-mile path from the spot where a Louisiana black bear was killed to the spot where they found its bones and claws. Agents got a search warrant for 31-year-old Cody Charpentier’s home in Glencoe, his GPS device, and his and cellphone after getting tipped that he had killed a black bear in St. Mary Parish on Nov. 12, department spokesman Adam Einck said in a news release. SENT: 260 words.

OKLAHOMA-INCARCERATION RATE

OKLAHOMA CITY — A new report shows that Oklahoma has overtaken Louisiana as the state with highest incarceration rate in the U.S. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OVERDOSE DEATH-CHARGES — Two people have been indicted in New Orleans on second-degree murder charges in a Louisiana man’s heroin overdose death.

— FREE FISHING WEEKEND — This weekend will be the only time this year that it’s OK to fish without a license in Louisiana waters.

— RIG COUNT — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 1,062. At this time a year ago there were 927 active rigs.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI SENATE-PRIMARY

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi lawmaker who placed third in a U.S. Senate primary is endorsing one of the remaining candidates. State Rep. Omeria Scott of Laurel says Friday that she will support venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian. She says in a statement that Sherman offers “bold and powerful” ideas. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 131 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— SOLDIER’S REMAINS — The remains of solider killed during the Korean War have been returned to his family in the U.S.A legal advocacy organization has cautioned a Mississippi city against implementing regulations for food trucks

— FOOD TRUCK REGULATION — A legal advocacy organization has cautioned a Mississippi city against implementing regulations for food trucks.

— COLD BEER-MISSISSIPPI — A Mississippi town is ditching its ban on the sale of cold beer.

— WATER METER DISPUTE — A Mississippi city has approved a $631,000 contract for a new project that would install automated water meters following a heated argument by city officials.

— FREE FISHING WEEKEND —This weekend will be the only time this year that it’s OK to fish without a license in Louisiana waters.

SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA-MISSISSIPPI ST-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt Commodores, fresh off winning the Clemson Regional, hosts Mississippi State on Friday night in Game 1 of this Super Regional pitting fellow Southeastern Conference teams. UPCOMING: 150 words, linescore. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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