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AP-Deep South News Digest - UPDATE

November 18, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

TOP STORIES:

AIR FORCE TRAINING CENTER-GEORGIA

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A former grocery store in Middle Georgia is now serving high-tech aircraft manufacturing for the military. The inside of the brick building — a former Publix store in Warner Robins — is full of gleaming new futuristic machinery. The facility is a satellite operation of Robins Air Force Base. SENT: 383 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

GA-EXCHANGE-VETERANS TRANSITION HOME

MACON, Ga. — Financial struggles following a divorce left Army Ranger Jason Cormier without a home and some uncertainty about if he would be able to finish college. The 34-year-old now credits a Macon transitional home for veterans with not only providing an affordable place to stay for the last year-and-a-half but also keeping him on track to graduate from Middle Georgia State University in May. Cormier is one of 22 people currently residing at Home Port Veterans Transition Home, a former motel situated on Harrison Road just off Eisenhower Parkway.

By Stanley Dunlap. The Macon Telegraph.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTION-2018-GEORGIA — Georgia has certified its Nov. 6 election results, finally ending a contentious race for governor. Democrat Stacey Abrams came within about 60,000 votes of becoming America’s first black woman governor but lost to Republican Brian Kemp. Abrams took to Twitter on Saturday to urge supporters not to boycott Georgia after a handful of actors suggested that because of what they view as an unfair election.

WITH:

— ELECTION-2018-GEORGIA-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

SPORTS:

FBN--COWBOYS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — In a matchup of disappointing teams, the Atlanta Falcons host the Dallas Cowboys in what could be an elimination game in the NFC playoff race. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EST.

BKW--T25-GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — No. 14 Georgia, coming off a loss at UCLA, will face state rival Georgia Tech on Sunday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 2 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

RHODES SCHOLARS

BOSTON — The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 21 women, the most ever in a single Rhodes class. Almost half of the 32 winners are also immigrants or first-generation Americans. And the organization says a Harvard student represents the first to be covered by an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Among them are students from Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. By Philip Marcelo and Deepti Hajela. Story moving nationally. SENT: 566 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-ADMINISTRATOR LEAVES

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Charlie Barrineau’s first job after finishing graduate school at the University of Georgia in 1999 was a roving administrator the Lower Savannah Council of Governments in Aiken. He was there for only a year. A blip on his resume, but a small reminder that he actually worked anywhere else besides the city that he has grown to love over a nearly 20-year career.

By Adam Benson. The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

IN BRIEF:

— CHARLESTON VETERANS HOSPITAL — A Charleston veterans’ hospital is preparing for growth.

— WILDLIFE OFFICER RETIRES — One of South Carolina’s first female wildlife officers is retiring.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MARYLAND-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Both No. 9 Maryland and No. 10 South Carolina get their first tests of the season on Sunday when they meet in a nonconference matchup.. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 600 words from 5:30 p.m. EST start.

BKC--SOUTH CAROLINA ST-OHIO ST

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State hosts South Carolina State from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. By Craig Merz. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m. EST.

BKC--WOFFORD-OKLAHOMA

NORMAN, Okla. — Wofford travels to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in a nonconference matchup. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts 1 p.m. Central

BKC--CHARLESTON CLASSIC

CHARLESTON, S.C. — No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 23 Purdue will play for the Charleston Classic title, the last of four games on the tournament’s final day Sunday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from four games starting at 11 a.m.

— With: BKC--CHARLESTON CLASSIC-THE LATEST

BKC--MYRTLE BEACH INVITATIONAL-THE LATEST

Latest from each game in the Myrtle Beach Invitational basketball tournament. Teams: Cal State Fullerton Titans (Big West), Monmouth Hawks (MAAC), Saint Joseph’s Hawks (A 10), UCF Knights (American), Valparaiso Crusaders (MVC), Wake Forest Demon Deacons (ACC), West Virginia Mountaineers (Big 12), WKU Hilltoppers (C-USA).

BKC--AIR FORCE RESERVE TIP-OFF

Michigan, Providence, South Carolina and George Washington compete in the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament

Also:

— BKC--CHARLESTON-OKLHOMA ST

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

RHODES SCHOLARS

BOSTON — The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 21 women, the most ever in a single Rhodes class. Almost half of the 32 winners are also immigrants or first-generation Americans. And the organization says a Harvard student represents the first to be covered by an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Among them are students from Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. By Philip Marcelo and Deepti Hajela. Story moving nationally. SENT: 566 words.

SCHOOL-BASED CLINICS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A nonprofit health care organization in Montgomery County wants to put clinics on Montgomery school campuses to provide medical and dental care. The plan would involve a partnership between Health Services Inc. and Montgomery Public Schools. The nonprofit’s CEO recently told the school board that the partnership would be at zero cost to the school system and would benefit students and staff. SENT: 280 words.

HOUSING COMPLEX-TUSCALOOSA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A new multi-unit housing project near the University of Alabama campus is one step closer to reality. The Tuscaloosa News reports that the city council recently approved its construction with a 5-1 vote. Uncommon Tuscaloosa is projected to be a seven-story development about a block-and-a-half west of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The structure is expected to contain 296 bedrooms in 132 units. SENT: 320 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

AL-EXCHANGE-QUILTS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Sharon Sewell remembers waking up in the middle of the night as Hurricane Michael was approaching landfall along the Gulf Coast last month. She felt like she needed to figure out a way to help those in the area she has been vacationing to since high school when one of her hobbies, quilting, came to mind. “I truly believe God told me to, I believe that with all my heart,” she said about the inner voice that at first said ‘quilt’, then said ‘lots of quilts’. By Krista Johnson. Montgomery Advertiser.

AL-EXCHANGE-STUDENTS BUILD TINY HOUSE

AUBURN, Ala. — Tiny houses have been trending for some time, and Auburn High School students have an educational opportunity to build a small, mobile home of their own. “I just started this program last year as a part-time teacher, so it was the inaugural year of our construction program,” building construction teacher Jessica Bowlin said. “We built a shed, and we kind of wanted to take it one step further. We’re knocking out three-classes’ curriculum with one project, and hopefully, we sell it to recoup the cost for the next one.” By Timothy Noordermeer. Opelika Auburn News.

IN BRIEF:

— HAIL STORM-COSTS — A north Alabama county is still paying bills from a hail storm that caused extensive damage earlier this year.

— MOVING CITY HALL — An east Alabama city is looking for a new location for city hall. The city of Anniston is moving out of its current building to make way for a new federal courthouse.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards may not be directly backing a candidate in the Louisiana secretary of state’s race, but the Democratic governor also isn’t hiding his disdain for the Republican working in the interim job and running for the elected position. Edwards has accused interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin of grandstanding and misusing his position to advance his political campaign. The two offices have traded barbs over voting machines and voting rights in the months since Ardoin entered the secretary of state’s race. The disagreements, in both instances prompted by Ardoin’s accusations against Edwards, could help Ardoin rally interest and support from the GOP base that he needs to show up at the polls for his Dec. 8 runoff election against Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup. An AP News Analysis. 700 words. By Melinda Deslatte. MOVED IN ADVANCE: 700 words.

COLLEGES-MEN’S RIGHTS

WASHINGTON — Federal education officials are investigating complaints by men’s rights activists who claim that university programs and groups for women amount to discrimination against men. Over the past year, the Education Department has opened investigations into Yale, Princeton, the University of Southern California, and Tulane University to determine whether their women’s programs violate Title IX. That’s a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 762 words, photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-EXCHANGE STUDENT-FOOTBALL TEAM

HOUMA, La. — When back-up high school linebackers get into varsity football games during blowouts it usually doesn’t generate much excitement from the starters watching from the sidelines. Unless that linebacker is Terrebonne High junior Florian Thorak. By Kelly Mcelroy. Houma Today.

EXCHANGE-AMBASSADORS PROGRAM-AIRPORT

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Melissa Myers had a bit of a wait before her friend Kim Bravo arrived at Alexandria International Airport from Jacksonville, Florida. That was OK. She had the time to make a new friend — Michael, a resident at the Louisiana Special Education Center and a participant in the airport’s new ambassadors program. By Jeff Matthews. The Town Talk.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER DIES — A Louisiana police officer injured in an on-duty accident in September has died.

— AGRICULTURE DISASTER AID — Farmers in three Louisiana parishes could be eligible for federal disaster loans because of excessive rain and flooding between April and June.

SPORTS:

FBN--EAGLES-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles are desperate to avoid falling two games below .500 when they visit the surging Saints on Sunday. New Orleans is riding an NFL-high eight game winning streak. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 4:25 p.m. ET

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

RHODES SCHOLARS

BOSTON — The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 21 women, the most ever in a single Rhodes class. Almost half of the 32 winners are also immigrants or first-generation Americans. And the organization says a Harvard student represents the first to be covered by an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Among them are students from Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. By Philip Marcelo and Deepti Hajela. Story moving nationally. SENT: 566 words.

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s Public Defender Task Force is gone. How the Legislature reacts next year to the task force’s final report will determine whether it’s forgotten. The group conducted an extensive study of how Mississippi provides lawyers to criminal defendants who can’t afford their own, detailing a rickety county-by-county system where low pay may incentivize public defenders in many counties to skimp on work, at the same time that defenders may fear fighting hard for their clients because that might upset judges who appoint them. By Jeff Amy. MOVED IN ADVANCE: 640 words.

INMATE DEATH-HOMICIDE-ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The autopsy on an Illinois prison inmate who died in May concluded that his death was a homicide. The inmate died weeks after an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center. Sixty-five-year-old Larry Earvin died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen. The Associated Press received the autopsy report from a Freedom of Information request. The death certificate indicates that Earvin was born in an unknown Mississippi city. By John O’Connor. SENT: 745 words, photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

MS-EXCHANGE-HISTORIC COOKBOOKS

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Recently, four women visited the McCain Library and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi. They weren’t doing research on some arcane subject or looking for data on some aspect of Southern living. No. They were on the hunt for recipes. The archives is home to thousands of cookbooks from around Mississippi and the nation. The ladies certainly found their recipes, but what they may not have known is that cookbooks can offer a lot more information than how to bake a cake or cook a roast. They can tell us about our history. By Ellen Ciurczak. The Hattiesburg American.

MS-EXCHANGE-HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MANAGER

NETTLETON, Miss. — New homeowners Angela Holmes and Ashley Fells looked with wonder at their newly built homes, which stood out starkly clean amid the mud and puddles of water that had accumulated following severe storms and tornadoes in northeast Mississippi last week. In Nettleton, Chris Partin, recently appointed construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Mississippi, helped welcome the two women to their new homes, which stood side by side just east of downtown. By Cristina Carreon. The Daily Journal.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI HOUSE-RUNOFFS — Mississippi election officials have certified that two special races for the state House are headed to runoffs.

— TRUCK THEFT SENTENCE — A Tennessee man has been ordered to pay nearly $218,000 to cover the cost of merchandise he and four other stole from commercial trucks.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-COPPIN ST-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 6 Mississippi State hosts Coppin State in a nonconference game on Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. UPCOMING: 500 words from 2 p.m. CT.

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