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BC-Deep South News Digest

May 26, 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

HEAT WAVE-DEEP SOUTH

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ The unofficial start of summer feels more like its blistering peak in parts of the Deep South, where temperatures at or near 100 degrees are setting heat records during the Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Sunday for about 20 counties in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. Weather service meteorologist Emily McGraw in Charleston, South Carolina, said a heat index of 105 degrees was forecast in those areas. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 300 words.

OPIOID INTERVENTION PROGRAM

MARIETTA, Ga. _ The Marietta Police Department has announced a new intervention program as deaths from opioid overdoses in Cobb County appear to be declining. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the new program will create an alert system where police are notified when someone is revived using medication, like naloxone, that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. SENT: About 310 words.

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SHERIFF DEPLOYS DRONE

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. _ The Houston County Sheriff’s Office has debuted its latest law-enforcement tool, an Inspire 1 drone. Sheriff Cullen Talton said he thinks the drone has all sorts of benefits like finding missing children and fleeing suspects from traffic stops. “I want to assure the public it will not be used for spying, but only for law enforcement purposes,” Talton said. By Becky Purser, The Macon Telegraph. SENT: 460 words.

IN BRIEF:

_DROWNING-LAKE LANIER _ Authorities say two people have drowned in unrelated incidents on Lake Lanier over the busy Memorial Day weekend.

_ SCHOOL CRUISE-THEFT _ A Georgia woman has been sentenced to jail for stealing money from high school students who thought they were paying for a senior class cruise.

SPORTS:

BBN-BRAVES-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS _ Atlanta and St. Louis wrap up their three-game series at Busch Stadium. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. EDT.

BBC--ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

DURHAM, N.C. _ North Carolina and Georgia Tech meet in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. The Yellow Jackets took two of three in the regular-season series. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from noon EDT start.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

PRISONER KILLED

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina prison inmate William Tillman has been convicted twice of murder and now faces another murder charge for the killing of his cellmate last month. Authorities are releasing few details about the latest slaying, but authorities say there is an obvious link between the first two killings _ a man angry over homosexual advances by someone he was living with. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.

HEAT WAVE-DEEP SOUTH

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ The unofficial start of summer feels more like its blistering peak in parts of the Deep South, where temperatures at or near 100 degrees are setting heat records during the Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Sunday for about 20 counties in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. Weather service meteorologist Emily McGraw in Charleston, South Carolina, said a heat index of 105 degrees was forecast in those areas. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 300 words.

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TURQUOISE TABLES

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. _ The turquoise picnic table sits year-round in the front yard of Meredith Repik’s North Charleston home. The table is there for a reason. It’s there to be seen. And it’s there to be used. Since the first day Repik planted the table in her front yard two years ago, it has stood out to neighbors and passersby, who are welcome to stop by the table on a whim to share a cup of coffee, glass of wine or quick conversation. The table stands out, in part, because of its color: It’s a Sherwin Williams shade called Nifty-Turquoise that thousands of people, mostly women, around the country and world have painted their own tables to join the Turquoise Table movement. “The whole idea is to get people out of their homes and into their community,” Repik said. By Amanda Hancock, The Post and Courier. SENT: 860 words.

IN BRIEF:

_POLICE SHOOTING _ Authorities say a man who charged police officers with a knife at a South Carolina motel has been shot.

_BODY FOUND _ Authorities are investigating after a body was discovered near a rural road in western South Carolina.

_ SHERIFF HONORED _ The sheriff in York County has been named the 2019 Sheriff of the Year in South Carolina.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-BRAMBLETT

AUBURN, Ala. — Rod Bramblett, the longtime radio announcer for Auburn football and basketball games, and his wife were killed in a two-vehicle accident. He was 53. Bramblett died Saturday night at UAB Hospital in Birmingham from a head injury, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said Sunday. Paula Bramblett, who worked in Auburn’s Information Technology Department. died in the emergency room at East Alabama Medical Center from internal injuries, “All of us in the Auburn family are devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett,” athletic director Allen Greene said. SENT: 400 words.

HEAT WAVE-DEEP SOUTH

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ The unofficial start of summer feels more like its blistering peak in parts of the Deep South, where temperatures at or near 100 degrees are setting heat records during the Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Sunday for about 20 counties in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina. Weather service meteorologist Emily McGraw in Charleston, South Carolina, said a heat index of 105 degrees was forecast in those areas. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 300 words.

LED BULBS-MONTGOMERY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Montgomery may soon be shining a little brighter, with plans to install thousands of new streetlights in the coming months. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Alabama Power is footing the bill for the project. The utility started installing lights last week with plans to overhaul the city’s streetlight system and make it more energy efficient. SENT: About 180 words.

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SELMA SLAYING-PODCAST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. put out the call to clergy members to descend on Selma after Bloody Sunday, Jim Reeb knew he had to go, despite his wife’s plea to stay. An attack by a white mob left Reeb seriously injured, and he died two days later. President Lyndon B. Johnson evoked Reeb’s his death when revealing a draft of the Voting Rights Act in Congress. Yet for all his notoriety at the time, those put on trial were acquitted, no one was ever punished and Reeb has been largely forgotten. Now, in the National Public Radio true crime podcast “White Lies,′ two University of Alabama professors — Andrew Beck Grace and Chip Brantley — explore Reeb’s murder, the conspiracies surrounding the case, and the city of Selma itself in an attempt to set straight the historical record. By Brian Edwards, Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 760 words.

IN BRIEF:

_BOATING CRASH-TEEN KILLED _ Authorities say a 12-year-old Alabama boy has been killed in a boating crash in Cullman County during the busy Memorial Day weekend.

SPORTS:

OBIT-BRAMBLETT

AUBURN, Ala. — Rod Bramblett, the longtime radio announcer for Auburn football and basketball games, and his wife were killed in a two-vehicle accident. SENT: 400 words.

BBC--SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

HOOVER, Ala. _ Top-seeded Vanderbilt and defending champion Mississippi meet in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m. CDT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HUMAN TRAFICKING-PROSTUTION

BOSTON — Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. States need to add resources into support trafficking victims, educate the public and train law enforcement if the numbers of prosecutions and convictions are to improve, officials and experts say. In at least a dozen states, attorneys general are not even authorized to pursue human trafficking charges. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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EXCHANGE-HEART WALL AND MORE

ALEXANDRIA, La. _ The original Heart Wall in downtown Alexandria became one of the most popular pieces of art in the city. And when artist Liz Cornett decided to paint it, she never expected that it would have such a positive impact on the community. By Melinda Martinez, Alexandria Town Talk.

EXCHANGE-CANCER CENTER

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ The Medical Center of South Arkansas of El Dorado plans to start construction next month on a $3.5 million cancer center. The cancer center building is part of a $15 million investment in El Dorado health care, an outlay that began last year with renovations at the 166-bed hospital, said CEO Scott Street. McInnis Brothers Construction Inc. of Minden, Louisiana, is the contractor. By Mark Friedman, Arkansas Business.

IN BRIEF:

_COLLEGE ENROLLMENT _ Louisiana officials say a record number of last year’s public high school graduates enrolled in college immediately following graduation.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. _ Political discussions about water policy in Mississippi have long focused on concerns about how to control flooding and let people earn a living without creating environmental harm. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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VANCLEAVE’S 2ND BLACK VALEDICTORIAN

VANCLEAVE, Miss. _ The school year is over, but it’s just the beginning for Vancleave High School valedictorian Khadeejah Franklin. Not only did she leave Vancleave at the top of her class and with a full-ride scholarship to Ole Miss, she’s also the second-ever black valedictorian at Vancleave High School. By Britnee Davis, The Sun Herald.

IN BRIEF:

_ CASINO REVENUES _ Casino revenues were flat in Mississippi in April, as gambling halls along the Mississippi River won more from bettors, while those along the Gulf Coast won less.

_ BOYS STATE-MISSISSIPPI _ Some 400 Mississippi teenagers are learning about government and hearing directly from state politicians during American Legion Boys State.

_ SCHOOL CLOSURE-MISSISSIPPI _ Students are saying goodbye forever to one Mississippi Gulf Coast elementary school.

_ STARKVILLE ANNEXATION _ An African American elected official in north Mississippi says he thinks a city’s annexation plan could diminish black political power.

SPORTS:

BBC--SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

HOOVER, Ala. _ Top-seeded Vanderbilt and defending champion Mississippi meet in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2 p.m. CDT.

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