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BC-Deep South News Digest

May 28, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FELONS-VOTING RIGHTS-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Leon Brown is trusted enough to drive a tractor-trailer inside one of the nation’s busiest seaports more than six years after being released from prison. But he’s not allowed to vote in Georgia because of a law rooted in the years after the Civil War, when whites sought to keep blacks from the ballot box. With a criminal history dating back decades, 53-year-old Brown has more than three years left on probation after serving behind bars for theft and credit-card fraud. Enough time has passed that he qualifies for a federal government credential to deliver cargo to and from the Port of Savannah, but Brown can’t take part in elections. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1045 words.

AP Photos GASM105-0522191407, GASM104-0522191331, GASM102-0522191314, GASM103-0522191321.

ABORTION-NETFLIX

NEW YORK _ Though major studios have so far remained quiet on Georgia’s recently passed abortion law, Netflix on Tuesday said it will contest the legislation and “rethink our entire investment” in the state, should the law going into effect. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement that the streaming giant will work with the American Civil Liberties Union and others to fight the law in court. SENT: 420 words.

AP Photos NYET210-0507180141.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS-SCHOOLS

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ States are heatedly debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but schoolchildren using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse at all for lacking their shots. A majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in at least 10 states were allowed to enroll provisionally for the last school year, without any formal exemption, according to data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 27 states submitted information about the group, so the true size of the problem is unknown. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1065 words.

AP Photos OHPV101-0517190307, OHPV102-0517190306, OHPV103-0517190307, OHPV104-0517190307, GFX9927-0528191443.

CONGRESS-DISASTER AID

WASHINGTON _ Another conservative Republican has once again blocked efforts by House leaders to speed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to President Donald Trump’s desk. Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie objected to a request by Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop to pass the bill under special procedures requiring unanimous agreement among all lawmakers.

AP Photos DCAB102-0525190822, DCEV205-0522191140. Developing.

WITH: CONGRESS-DISASTER AID-THE LATEST

GLOBAL PAYMENTS-TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES

NEW YORK _ Global Payments will buy Total System Services in an all-stock deal valued at $21.5 billion, the third major acquisition in the payment technology sector this year. Traditional payment processors like Global Payments are consolidating as they compete increasingly with upstarts like PayPal and Square, which is led by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. SENT: 383 words.

AP Photos NYBZ252-0610150830

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL SHOOTING-GUN RANGE _ Police in Georgia say a man was fatally shot in an accident at an indoor gun range.

_LAKE DROWNING _ Sheriff’s officials in Georgia say a man drowned when he jumped into a lake to save his 64-year-old father who had accidentally fallen in.

SPORTS:

BBN--NATIONALS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Left-hander Max Fried will look to win his fourth straight start when the Atlanta Braves face Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals in the opener of a two-game series on Tuesday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS

WASHINGTON _ It was supposed to be different this time. But three months into his second presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is struggling with some of the same challenges that sank his last bid: doubts about his electability, worries about support from minority voters and an opponent with deep ties to the party establishment. By Steve Peoples, Juana Summers and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1252 words.

AP Photos WX201-0415192233, RPLR109-0525192045, RPLR108-0525192045, RPLR106-0525192043.

IN BRIEF:

_PRISON RIOT-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Prosecutors are still working on their review of an investigation of a riot at a South Carolina prison that left seven inmates dead.

_CARRIAGE TOURS SUSPENDED _ Officials in Charleston have suspended horse-drawn carriage tours for the second day in a row because of the heat.

_BRIDGE CLOSED-HEAT _ The extreme heat that’s been scorching the Deep South prompted the closure of a swinging bridge to a South Carolina beach town for several hours.

_SPECIAL ELECTION _ The special election in South Carolina to fill the Aiken County seat of Rep. Ronnie Young after he died in office will take place Oct. 1.

_FOUR WHEELER DEATHS _ Authorities say a teen and a 10-year-old girl have died after their four-wheeler collided with a car on a South Carolina road.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

THE ROUND HOUSE

OPELIKA, Ala. _ A man already sentenced to federal prison in a $2 million scam pleaded guilty Tuesday to an additional charge in state court, capping an odd saga that took in an entire Alabama town. Kyle Sandler, his hands cuffed and wearing a yellow jail uniform, stood before Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes trembling as he pleaded guilty to a state theft charge. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 370 words.

AP Photos NYSB125M-0528190546, NYSB125-0224191437.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Patients and parents urged a legislative committee to approve a medical marijuana bill that has stalled in the House of Representatives. The House Health Committee on Tuesday held a public hearing on the Senate-passed bill that would allow patients with certain medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_DRUGS ON BEACH _ Police in a coastal Alabama city are investigating after more than $1 million worth of marijuana and cocaine washed ashore.

SPORTS:

BART STARR

GREEN BAY, Wis. _ The son of legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr says the family is planning a private family funeral in Alabama to be followed in the future by a celebration of life in Green Bay. SENT: 150 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana state senators Tuesday narrowly scrapped a measure that would have shielded the identity of drug suppliers for executions, appearing to end debate over capital punishment for the legislative session. Republican Rep. Nicholas Muscarello of Hammond described his House-approved bill , which was backed by Attorney General Jeff Landry, as helping to restart long-stalled lethal injections in the state. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 620 words.

SPORTS BETTING-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana won’t be legalizing sports betting this legislative session. The House Appropriations Committee voted 14-6 Tuesday to shelve Republican Sen. Danny Martiny’s proposal to allow sports wagering in the state. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 130 words. Upcoming: About 450 words.

BACKYARD BALD EAGLE RELEASE

METAIRIE _ A bald eagle hatched this spring in a New Orleans suburb was released Tuesday in the same neighborhood after two weeks in Louisiana State University’s Wildlife Hospital. Dozens of neighbors who’ve watched over the eagle family cheered as the mottled brown bird hopped out of the cage in which it had traveled from Baton Rouge and launched itself into the air. By Gerald Herbert. With AP Photos. UPCOMING: About 380 words.

HALTER MARINE-MISSISSIPPI

PASCAGOULA, Miss. _ A shipbuilder is expanding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after receiving a $746 million contract to make a heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard. VT Halter Marine will invest $37.5 million at its Pascagoula shipyard and is expected to create 900 jobs the next five years, Mississippi officials said Tuesday. SENT: 290 words.

SAGGING PANTS-POLICE SHOOTING

SHREVEPORT _ A Louisiana man’s death during a police confrontation has sparked debate over police policy _ and the city of Shreveport’s law banning “saggy pants.” The Shreveport City Council was set Tuesday to debate repealing the law outlawing pants worn below the waistline with underwear exposed. The move comes after the Feb. 5 death of 31-year-old Anthony Childs. SENT: 130 words. To be updated after meeting, scheduled at 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING _ Officials in Louisiana plan to take the rare step of opening a massive spillway to divert some of the Mississippi River, swollen by months of flooding.

_VIOLENT WEEKEND _ Police say five people were killed and 12 others wounded in shootings in the New Orleans area over Memorial Day weekend.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

HALTER MARINE-MISSISSIPPI

PASCAGOULA, Miss. _ A shipbuilder is expanding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after receiving a $746 million contract to make a heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard. VT Halter Marine will invest $37.5 million at its Pascagoula shipyard and is expected to create 900 jobs the next five years, Mississippi officials said Tuesday. SENT: 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

_MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING _ Officials in Louisiana plan to take the rare step of opening a massive spillway to divert some of the Mississippi River, swollen by months of flooding.

_INTENTIONAL FIRES _ Fire officials in Vicksburg say three recent fires in the same neighborhood were intentionally set.

SPORTS:

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