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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

GULFPORT, Miss. —Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall. People rushed to fill sandbags while red no-swimming flags flew along the shore where waves were kicked up. Some schools called off classes, and homeowners worried that their yards could soon be submerged under seawater. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 937 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

CONGRESS-ELECTION SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,103 words.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW MEXICO-COMPOUND — Five former residents of a ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico where a 3-year-old boy's body was found last month have made their first appearance in federal court on firearms-related charges.

— UNIVERSITY STUDENT-GUN — Police say a student found with a gun at a suburban Atlanta college appeared to be mentally unstable.

— RENASANT ACQUISITION — A Mississippi bank is buying a Georgia bank for $453 million in cash and stock.

— FATAL WRECK — Authorities have identified three people who have died in a wrong-way crash in Georgia.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence has formed far out over the Atlantic, where it doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

SPORTS:

BBO--RED SOX-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Rick Porcello goes for his 16th victory as the Boston Red Sox try for their second straight win over the Braves. Sean Newcomb pitches for Atlanta and has a 12.15 ERA with 29 hits allowed in his last three home starts. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 800 words with photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-SARKISIAN

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — It's been eight months since the Atlanta Falcons' season ended on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line in Philadelphia. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian says he's moved on from his questionable play call, but there's a better way to change the narrative — start fast and build a big lead Thursday night against the Eagles. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words with photos by 5 p.m.

BKL--MYSTICS-DREAM

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream return home to face Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics in the decisive Game 5 of the WNBA semifinals, with both teams looking to stay on track for their first championship. Washington forced the series to the limit after Delle Donne returned from a knee injury. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

STUDENT TOSSED

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A judge has dismissed portions of a federal lawsuit filed by a deputy who was fired after he was videotaped tossing a South Carolina high school student across a classroom when she refused to give him her cellphone. U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis ruled late last month that Ben Fields' claims against the Richland County Sheriff's Department and Richland Two School District should be dismissed. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 455 words.

CONGRESS-ELECTION SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,103 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTHERN SUBDIVISIONS-PLANTATION NAMES — Developers of a planned subdivision in South Carolina decided to drop the name "Plantation" from the community after meeting with residents.

— LAKE DROWNING — A 47-year-old Easley man has died in a Labor Day drowning on South Carolina's Lake Keowee.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence has formed far out over the Atlantic, where it doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

GULFPORT, Miss. —Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall. People rushed to fill sandbags while red no-swimming flags flew along the shore where waves were kicked up. Some schools called off classes, and homeowners worried that their yards could soon be submerged under seawater. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 937 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

CONGRESS-ELECTION SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby is among those who has problems with the bill. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,103 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CYCLIST KILLED — State troopers say a cyclist was killed in north Alabama after he was struck by a police car.

— ROOMMATE SLAYING — An Alabama man who reported his roommate missing this month is now charged in the roommate's death.

— HOLIDAY TRAFFIC DEATHS — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says four people died on highways over the Labor Day weekend. Among those killed: 79-year-old Mervyn Epsman of Warrior, Alabama.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence has formed far out over the Atlantic, where it doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AUBURN'S RUNNING GAME

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers can celebrate an opening win over a Top 10 opponent, but it's clear they have some work to do, especially in the running game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

GULFPORT, Miss. —Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall. People rushed to fill sandbags while red no-swimming flags flew along the shore where waves were kicked up. Some schools called off classes, and homeowners worried that their yards could soon be submerged under seawater. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 937 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

LOUISIANA FILM TRAIL

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana's new film trail runs from New Orleans and Elvis Presley's "King Creole" to northwest Louisiana's "Bonnie and Clyde" museum, by way of the home for "Steel Magnolias." ''People love to take their pictures at a place where a movie was," said Doug Bourgeois, assistant secretary over tourism in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. People attending the Essence Festival in July even asked where to find the nonexistent Bourbon Street zip line, shown in the comedy "Girls Trip," he said Friday. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 655 words.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's top banking regulator has joined colleagues in a dozen other states asking Congress to clear the way for banks to do business with the marijuana industry. SENT: 370 words.

CONGRESS-ELECTION SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby is among those who has problems with the bill. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,103 words.

IN BRIEF:

— LSU ADMISSIONS — Louisiana State University is relaxing a longstanding policy of automatically rejecting applicants who score too low on standardized college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT.

— UMPIRE ASSAULT — A police officer in Louisiana is accused of attacking an umpire at a University of Louisiana at Monroe softball game.

— BEIGNET SHOP-PARK LEASE — City Park has announced that it would reopen the bidding process on a space housing a popular New Orleans beignet and coffee shop.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence has formed far out over the Atlantic, where it doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

GULFPORT, Miss. —Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall. People rushed to fill sandbags while red no-swimming flags flew along the shore where waves were kicked up. Some schools called off classes, and homeowners worried that their yards could soon be submerged under seawater. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 937 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI HOUSE — A longtime lawmaker is retiring from the 122-member Mississippi House.

— HOLIDAY TRAFFIC DEATHS — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says four people died on highways over the Labor Day weekend.

— CHURCH VOTE-MISSISSIPPI — Congregants at a Mississippi church could vote on whether to leave the Presbyterian Church USA and join another Presbyterian denomination that many consider more conservative.

— HISTORIC BUILDING-FIRE — The owners of an historic southwest Mississippi building gutted by fire are trying to determine if they can salvage it.

— UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT SEARCHES — Mississippi university trustees are beginning searches for new presidents at the Mississippi University for Women and Alcorn State University.

— RENASANT ACQUISITION — A Mississippi bank is buying a Georgia bank for $453 million in cash and stock.

— TRIPLE SLAYING — Mississippi police say a man has killed his wife and her father before fatally shooting himself.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE — Hurricane Florence has formed far out over the Atlantic, where it doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-FITZGERALD

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald talks with the media for the time since being suspended for last weekend's season opener against Stephen F. Austin. Fitzgerald is expected to start on Saturday against Kansas State. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 8 p.m. CT.

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