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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

VOTING MACHINES-REVIEW

ATLANTA — Georgia's Secretary of State, now running for governor, is pushing to replace the state's voting machines, a move his office said for years was unnecessary. Brian Kemp established the Secure, Accessible and Fair Elections Commission in April to study a replacement for Georgia's current electronic touchscreen system, which creates no paper records, after efforts to get replacements installed in time for this year's elections failed. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 291 words.

AP Photos NY108-0523180257.

IN BRIEF:

— BABY KILLED-GEORGIA — A 28-year-old man accused of killing a baby in Georgia has been arrested after being shot while trying to flee a SWAT team in Florida.

— ARSENAL IN CAR — Police say a Georgia man who had been living out of his car at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City was hiding a small arsenal of guns and bullets in his vehicle.

— ATLANTA STREETCAR — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will assume ownership and day-to-day operations of the Atlanta Streetcar from the City of Atlanta on July 1.

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EXCHANGE-ACTIVIST-HISTORIC HOUSE

DALLAS — The 1930 Craftsman-style bungalow looks like any other on the block of this Fair Park neighborhood. Its white clapboard is perhaps brighter, more intact, its yard more manicured, but it is no less humble than any other home along Warren Avenue. Architecturally unimportant, its significance stems from what happened inside. By Robert Wilonsky, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 908 words.

AP Photos TXDAM101-0523181442, TXDAM102-0531181205, TXDAM103-0531181203, TXDAM104-0531181205.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — Mike Foltynewicz and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves go for a series victory against the San Diego Padres, who will use several relievers, starting with lefty Matt Strahm. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 12:40 p.m. PT.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA PRIMARY-ROBY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Two years after suggesting Donald Trump step aside from the GOP ticket because of his lewd comments about women, US Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has been forced into a Republican primary runoff in a race where Trump loyalty has become a central issue. Roby faces Bobby Bright who previously represented the district as a Democrat but is now running as a Republican and emphasizing his 2016 vote for Trump. "That hurt her bad. Trump is strong here," retired railroad worker Robert Cobb said of Roby's 2016 criticism suggesting that Trump step aside from the GOP. By Kim Chandler and Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 600 words. AP Photo.

TRUMP-JOHNSON

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump commuted the sentence Wednesday of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West in a recent visit to the White House. "BEST NEWS EVER!!!!" was the Twitter response from Kardashian West. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 958 words.

AP Photos NYET314-0530182102.

With: TRUMP-JOHNSON-THE LATEST — The latest developments involving the sentence commutation of Alice Marie Johnson.

PRIMARY RDP

LOS ANGELES — Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall. There was an especially big sigh of relief from the GOP Wednesday after the party avoided being entirely shut out of California's November election of a new governor. Republicans had feared that Democrats would win both of the governor's spots in California's unique top-two primary system. With no one to support at the top of the state ticket, the concern was that GOP voters would sit the election out, giving Democrats a big advantage in House races across the state that could help swing control of Congress. By Steve Peoples and Michael R. Blood. SENT: 1,011 words.

AP Photos CAJC103-0605182212, CAJC104-0605182211, CAJC107-0605182125, CAGB117-0605182145, CARP202-0605180850, CAANR322-0605182213, MTHEL321-0605182043, NMJL110-0605182045, SDSIO322-0605182229, NMJL105-0604181924, NJJC110-0605180900, NJJC105-0605180729.

PRIMARY RDP-THINGS TO KNOW

Eight states cast midterm primary ballots Tuesday, with implications for control of the House and Senate and for several governors' races. Votes are being tallied in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 945 words.

AP Photos NMJL110-0605182045, SDSIO322-0605182229, ALBD111-0605182159, NJJC108-0605180901.

SCI--SLOWER HURRICANES

WASHINGTON — Tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did last year, a new study found. This isn't about how powerful a storm's winds are, just how fast it chugs along. Storms in the last few years — before 2017's Harvey — were moving about 10 percent slower globally than in the late 1940s and 1950s, according to a study published in Nature Wednesday. Storms worldwide in 2016 moved about 1.25 mph (2 kph) slower than 60 some years ago. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 499 words.

AP Photos NY891-0901171743.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA SHERIFF-FOOD FUNDS — An Alabama sheriff who was criticized for making money from the county jail's food program has been defeated in a primary election.

— STORAGE UNIT-DEAD MAN — Police in Alabama have found a dead man and a missing woman in a storage unit.

— BABY KILLED-GEORGIA — A 28-year-old man accused of killing a baby in Georgia has been arrested after being shot while trying to flee a SWAT team in Florida.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

JENA 6-LAW GRAD

NEW ORLEANS — A man who faced an attempted murder charge as a teenager in a case that sparked the "Jena 6" civil rights protest in central Louisiana in 2006 has graduated from law school. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports Theo Shaw addressed classmates at Sunday's graduation ceremony at the University of Washington in Seattle. He spoke about his internship with the Innocence Project New Orleans, which works to exonerate the unjustly convicted. And he said he and his fellow future lawyers have a responsibility to fight injustice. SENT: 361 words.

LSU BOARD APPOINTMENTS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards has named six members to LSU's governing board, giving the Democratic governor majority control of the panel with his appointees. The Advocate reports that Edwards has chosen nine of 15 members of the LSU Board of Supervisors. SENT: 208 words.

SCI-SLOWER HURRICANES

WASHINGTON — Tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did last year, a new study found. This isn't about how powerful a storm's winds are, just how fast it chugs along. Storms in the last few years — before 2017's Harvey — were moving about 10 percent slower globally than in the late 1940s and 1950s, according to a study published in Nature Wednesday. Storms worldwide in 2016 moved about 1.25 mph (2 kph) slower than 60 some years ago. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 499 words.

AP Photos NY891-0901171743.

XGR-EDWARDS VETOES

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed a bill to allow independent Louisiana gas stations to sue larger gas station companies over unfair pricing. The measure was sponsored by House GOP leader Lance Harris, who owns Leebo's Stores, a chain of nine gas stations in the Alexandria area that could have benefited from the legislation Edwards vetoed. SENT: 398 words.

HARVEY-RAINFALL-REPORT

HOUSTON — A new report on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey says the U.S. has never experienced the amount of rainfall across such a vast area as that brought by Harvey when it struck Texas. The report released this week by the Harris County Flood Control District says more rain fell over a five-day period, and on such a broad area, than at any time since records have been kept. SENT: 143 words. Will be updated.

JUNG HOTEL MEMORABILIA BUYBACK

NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans hotel wants to buy back flatware, ashtrays, postcards and other items kept as memorabilia from a half-century or more ago. The Jung Hotel said it will pay $8 for flatware with the old Jung Hotel logo, $4 for ashtrays, and $3 for paper items such as napkins, postcards or programs from the many conventions, proms and Mardi Gras balls held there. Prices will be negotiated on the spot for items such as pens, clocks and swizzle sticks, according to a news release Tuesday. SENT: 170 words.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR-PROSTITUTION-FINES — Louisiana is ramping up the fines for people convicted of soliciting prostitutes.

— FIRST RESPONDERS SWIMMING LESSONS — A New Orleans foundation and YMCA are offering free swimming lessons for first responders.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI PRIMARY-ROUNDUP

A Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and a Republican primary for U.S. House are headed to June 26 runoffs in Mississippi. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 450 words.

PRIMARY RDP

LOS ANGELES — Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall. There was an especially big sigh of relief from the GOP Wednesday after the party avoided being entirely shut out of California's November election of a new governor. Republicans had feared that Democrats would win both of the governor's spots in California's unique top-two primary system. With no one to support at the top of the state ticket, the concern was that GOP voters would sit the election out, giving Democrats a big advantage in House races across the state that could help swing control of Congress. By Steve Peoples and Michael R. Blood. SENT: 1,011 words.

AP Photos CAJC103-0605182212, CAJC104-0605182211, CAJC107-0605182125, CAGB117-0605182145, CARP202-0605180850, CAANR322-0605182213, MTHEL321-0605182043, NMJL110-0605182045, SDSIO322-0605182229, NMJL105-0604181924, NJJC110-0605180900, NJJC105-0605180729.

PRIMARY RDP-THINGS TO KNOW

Eight states cast midterm primary ballots Tuesday, with implications for control of the House and Senate and for several governors' races. Votes are being tallied in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 945 words.

AP Photos NMJL110-0605182045, SDSIO322-0605182229, ALBD111-0605182159, NJJC108-0605180901.

SCI-SLOWER HURRICANES

WASHINGTON — Tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did last year, a new study found. This isn't about how powerful a storm's winds are, just how fast it chugs along. Storms in the last few years — before 2017's Harvey — were moving about 10 percent slower globally than in the late 1940s and 1950s, according to a study published in Nature Wednesday. Storms worldwide in 2016 moved about 1.25 mph (2 kph) slower than 60 some years ago. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 499 words.

AP Photos NY891-0901171743.

BUDGET CUT LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court has heard arguments in a lawsuit that questions the governor's power to make midyear state budget cuts. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the suit in 2017 on behalf of two Democratic lawmakers. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 134 words. Will be updated.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

JACKSON, Miss. — Seven groups seeking to open eight charter schools in Mississippi have moved forward to the next phase in the application process. The state's Charter School Authorizer Board on Monday voted to accept those applications as complete and eligible. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 392 words.

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Representatives of a British insurance company and the University of Mississippi again say no private data of British citizens was ever transferred to the American university, this time under oath. By Jeff Amy. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— FURNITURE ACQUISITION — A producer of upholstered motion furniture that has several facilities in Mississippi has agreed to acquire Fusion Furniture Inc.

— UTILITY RATE INCREASE — Officials in a Mississippi city have increased how much customers of its water and sewer systems will pay for the services.

— SEWER AGREEMENT — A city council in Mississippi has voted to enter an agreement to avoid litigation by updating its sewer system at a cost of more than $120 million over the next 20 years.

— ARNOLD LINE WATER — Officials say a case has been reopened regarding a water utility that has received more than 30 informal complaints accusing it of requiring bills or account numbers to make payments.

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