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BC-Deep South News Digest

January 12, 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

GEORGIA GOVERNOR

ATLANTA _ Georgia’s new governor campaigned as a self-described “politically incorrect conservative” who sealed support among fellow Republicans with an endorsement from President Donald Trump and eked out a close November victory after lobbing a last-minute accusation that the state Democratic Party tried to hack the election. Now the question is whether Brian Kemp will be as partisan a governor as he was a candidate after he’s sworn into office Monday. By Russ Bynum and Ben Nadler. SENT: 863 words.

AP Photos GAJB301-1107180842, GAATH302-1211181341

MENTAL HEALTH-GEORGIA

MACON, Ga. _ There is a rising number of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with mental health disorders, but some Georgia parents are finding that mental health care is difficult to find. Georgia faces a severe shortage of mental health care providers, with only eight youth and adolescent psychiatrists for every 100,000 residents, The Telegraph reported. The figures come from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. SENT: 381 words.

CHIROPRACTOR SENTENCED

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ An Alabama-based chiropractor, who was accused in a scheme to conduct fraudulent physical examinations on prospective long haul truckers and submit false documents to federal transportation regulators, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. The Ledger-Enquirer reports Chief U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins of the Middle District of Alabama sentenced Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, of Columbus, Georgia, to 37 months on Thursday. Watkins says the 65-year-old physician, who practiced in Phenix City, had abused the trust placed in him by the U.S. Department of Transportation. SENT: 146 words. Will be updated.

FLU-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The flu is now widespread in Alabama — and it’s expected to increase, federal health officials reported. Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control, Al.com reported. SENT: 252 words.

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EXCHANGE-NEW CONVENIENCE STORE

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ It’s taken a few more months than originally anticipated, but the first and only convenience store in the Columbus Park Crossing development on the city’s north side is close to opening, bringing with it a tasty helping of country cooking. The Falcon store at 6597 Whittlesey Blvd., which cost just over $2 million to construct, is scheduled to open Jan. 17. The location is across from the new Academy Sports and Outdoors store and situated between a Dairy Queen and the new Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom restaurant. By Tony Adams. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

IN BRIEF:

_ BASKETBALL PLAYER DIES _ A Georgia high school basketball player has died after collapsing during a game.

_ TODDLER DEATH-PLEA _ The son of a North Georgia county commissioner has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular homicide and was sentenced to 14 years in the death of a 3-year-old boy he hit in a grocery store parking lot.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-GEORGIA-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. _ No. 11 Auburn tries to bounce back from a 15-point loss when Georgia visits Auburn Arena. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m. CT.

BKC--GEORGIA TECH-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse hosts Georgia Tech in the Carrier Dome, the Orange’s second home game in a four-day span. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 6 p.m. EST

BOB--WORLD CUP

KOENIGSSEE, Germany _ Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany teamed with Annika Drazek to win a World Cup women’s bobsled race Saturday, their third victory in four starts this season. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were second, their best finish of the season and the top World Cup finish so far in 2018-19 by any USA Bobsled and Skeleton sled. Germany took third in the sled driven by Stephanie Schneider and pushed by Ann-Christin Strack. SENT: 210 words.

AP Photos I-0112191328.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

$75K RECORD REQUEST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. _ One coastal South Carolina government wanted to charge a newspaper $75,000 for a public records request that other governments filled for free. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach used a Freedom of Information Act request to ask for all records on payments to settle lawsuits or threats to sue over the past five years. SENT: 353 words.

FLU-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The flu is now widespread in Alabama — and it’s expected to increase, federal health officials reported. Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control, Al.com reported. SENT: 252 words.

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EXCHANGE-MARTIN’S RETIREMENT

PICKENS, S.C. _ Dressed in a blue carpenter’s apron, former state Sen. Larry Martin glanced at the flat-screen television hanging on the wall of his spacious workshop. For 38 years, being a lawmaker was a major part of his life. The 61-year-old Republican from Pickens started in the House in 1979 and was elected to the Senate in 1992. By Tim Smith. The Greenville News.

IN BRIEF:

_ POTHOLE BLITZ _ The South Carolina Department of Transportation is sending its crews on a pothole blitz to repair roads across the state.

_ FEMALE SUPERVISOR _ The first woman to be elected Williamsburg County Supervisor has taken to oath of office.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Kyle Guy had 13 points, De’Andre Hunter scored 12 and No. 4 Virginia improved to 15-0 with a 63-43 victory over Clemson on Saturday. Clemson started the day with a national championship football parade and celebration just a few steps away at Death Valley. The basketball Tigers (10-6, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) had hoped to add to the good feelings with their first win over Virginia since 2012. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 468 words.

AP Photos SCRS114-0112191332, SCRS105-0112190810, SCRS113-0112191330, SCRS112-0112191330, SCRS116-0112191354.

FBC--CLEMSON CELEBRATION

CLEMSON, S.C. _ All-American Christian Wilkins tossed doughnuts and showed off a victory cigar. On a chilly, overcast morning, Clemson celebrated its second national football title in three seasons Saturday before thousands of roaring fans. Spectators stood seven or eight deep along the parade route. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 612 words.

AP Photos SCRS112-0111191947, SCRS108-0111191920, SCRS109-0111191920, SCRS110-0111191920, SCRS106-0111192009, SCRS105-0111192002.

BKC--TEAMMATE ASSAULT-AKRON

AKRON, Ohio _ A college basketball player accused of repeatedly punching a teammate at practice, knocking out some teeth and leaving him unconscious, has been charged with misdemeanor assault in Ohio. The Akron Beacon Journal reports University of Akron redshirt sophomore center Khadim Gueye pleaded not guilty after being arrested this week for the allegedly unprovoked Dec. 16 attack witnessed by coaches and teammates. SENT: 148 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FLU-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The flu is now widespread in Alabama — and it’s expected to increase, federal health officials reported. Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control, Al.com reported. SENT: 252 words.

CHIROPRACTOR SENTENCED

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ An Alabama-based chiropractor, who was accused in a scheme to conduct fraudulent physical examinations on prospective long haul truckers and submit false documents to federal transportation regulators, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. The Ledger-Enquirer reports Chief U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins of the Middle District of Alabama sentenced Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, of Columbus, Georgia, to 37 months on Thursday. Watkins says the 65-year-old physician, who practiced in Phenix City, had abused the trust placed in him by the U.S. Department of Transportation. SENT: 146 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-COOKBOOK REPRINTED

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ More than 66 years have passed since Martha Bozeman tested recipes and helped proofread “Chew Chew: Favorite Recipes from Columbus, Miss.” She still remembers, however, working on the Junior Auxiliary fundraiser with her close friend, Wade Puckett, and other committee members who gathered around tables at the homes of Mary Alice McKellar or Mary Nesossis to work on the project with pencil and paper. The result was a compilation of more than 250 handwritten recipes from local cooks _ and a peek into the culinary past. By Jan Swoope. The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALABAMA INAUGURATION-COAST _ Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is beginning her inaugural festivities with a celebration at the coast headlined by country music star Neal McCoy.

_ RENO NEWSPAPER-NEW EDITOR _ The Reno Gazette-Journal’s investigations editor has been named its top editor.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-KITCHENS

CLEVELAND _ Freddie Kitchens had something on his coaching resume no other candidate could match. He made Baker Mayfield a better quarterback. Kitchens, who helped Mayfield turn his rookie season into a record-breaking one during an impressive eight-game stint as the Browns offensive coordinator, was named Cleveland’s 17th full-time coach on Saturday, capping a remarkable personal rise up the coaching ranks. By Tom Withers. SENT: 792 words.

AP Photos NY164-1104181945, NY162-1209182113, NY163-1209181951.

FBC--ALABAMA-RAY ARRESTED

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Alabama defensive lineman LaBryan Ray has been arrested on a public intoxication charge. Tuscaloosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson says Ray was arrested Friday at about 7 p.m. after refusing to leave an establishment at Midtown Village. Security detained him until police arrived. SENT: 153 words.

BKH--PAUL NEWBERRY-MAORI DAVENPORT

Maori Davenport had to go to court just to get back on the court. How ridiculous it’s come to that for the Alabama prep basketball star. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,066 words.

AP Photos NY189-0226141655.

BKC--T25-GEORGIA-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. _ No. 11 Auburn tries to bounce back from a 15-point loss when Georgia visits Auburn Arena. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m. CT.

BKC--TEXAS A&M-ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Texas A&M seeks its first Southeastern Conference victory on a trip to Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum. By Cody Estremera. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts 2:30 p.m. CT

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HOSPITAL RENOVATION

SHREVEPORT, La. _ A Louisiana health care system has formally announced the launch of a $43 million project to renovate its medical center in Shreveport. CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System on Thursday said the 24-month expansion project at Highland Medical Center begins this month, KTBS-TV reported. During construction, all hospital departments will remain open. SENT: 271 words.

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EXCHANGE-ADDICTED NO MORE

ALEXANDRIA, La. _ The Christmas tree is simple, clean, orderly_ much the way Brittney Metrejean aspires to live her life these days. It’s full but not overcrowded. It’s colorful but not clashing. By Jeff Matthews. The Town Talk.

EXCHANGE-OILFIELD CONTAMINATION

ST. GABRIEL, La. _ Wetland ecologist Scott Nesbit drove down a gravel oil field road in an all-terrain utility vehicle, zipping under a heavy forest canopy toward what he says is the source of it all. Nesbit’s target was a shuttered and overgrown former Shell Oil production facility near a T-intersection where the forest has given way to the sky, scrub and open marsh in the heart of the Spanish Lake basin. By David J. Mitchell. The Advocate.

IN BRIEF:

_ BATON ROUGE-BIKE SHARE _ A highly anticipated bike share program in Baton Rouge is closer to a reality.

_ HUMAN TRAFFICKING GRANT _ Louisiana is receiving a $1.2 million, three-year federal grant to assist child victims of human trafficking.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--EAGLES-SAINTS PREVIEW

NEW ORLEANS _ Sean Payton sounded dubious about the prospect of the Philadelphia Eagles somehow deriving extra motivation from a lopsided loss in New Orleans back in November. Yet the Saints coach does by the notion that the Eagles have played better heading into Sunday’s rematch in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. By 2 p.m.

BKN--PELICANS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The New Orleans Pelicans start a string of five straight road games with a matchup of Western Conference teams trying to avoid behind left behind in the playoff race at Minnesota, where the Timberwolves are trying to settle in under interim head coach Ryan Saunders. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--LSU-ARKANSAS. Upcoming: 600 words. Game starts at 5 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ANNEXATION DISPUTE

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. _ Supervisors in a north Mississippi county have voted to deepen their opposition to a sweeping annexation plan being pursued by one of the county’s cities. DeSoto County supervisors filed an objection Tuesday in DeSoto County Chancery Court opposing Olive Branch’s plans to take in 14,000 new residents in a 50-square mile area. The Olive Branch Board of Alderman voted unanimously on Nov. 20 to pursue annexation and the city filed its petition on Dec. 10. SENT: 548 words.

AIRPORT PASSENGER COUNTS

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Two northeast Mississippi airports saw notable increases in the number of passengers they served in 2018. Golden Triangle Regional Airport set a record for passenger traffic, with 48,717 passengers boarding planes last yearl, The Commercial Dispatch reported. That’s up 9 percent from 2017. At Tupelo Regional Airport, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the number of passengers boarding planes rose to 12,948, the most since 2009. SENT: 349 words.

FLU-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The flu is now widespread in Alabama — and it’s expected to increase, federal health officials reported. Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control, Al.com reported. SENT: 252 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-COOKBOOK REPRINTED

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ More than 66 years have passed since Martha Bozeman tested recipes and helped proofread “Chew Chew: Favorite Recipes from Columbus, Miss.” She still remembers, however, working on the Junior Auxiliary fundraiser with her close friend, Wade Puckett, and other committee members who gathered around tables at the homes of Mary Alice McKellar or Mary Nesossis to work on the project with pencil and paper. The result was a compilation of more than 250 handwritten recipes from local cooks _ and a peek into the culinary past. By Jan Swoope. The Dispatch.

EXCHANGE-JIM HENSON EXHIBIT

MERIDIAN, Miss. _ When famed puppeteer Jim Henson died unexpectedly in 1990, his imagination, creativity and influence didn’t die with him. Nearly 30 years later, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, a huge family of Muppets, and characters from Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal are still with us. By Bill Graham. The Meridian Star.

IN BRIEF:

_ CITY EMPLOYEES-DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS _ A Mississippi city’s former clerk and its current fire department chief are among a dozen past and present employees who have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

_ BILOXI-SHORT-TERM RENTALS _ A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is delaying a decision on whether to allow additional short-term rentals in a condominium complex.

_ VICKSBURG-CITY HALL ANNEX _ A Mississippi city is naming a building after its first African-American mayor who was elected three decades ago.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--MISSISSIPPI-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 14 Mississippi State tries to bounce back from a loss to South Carolina when it hosts rival Ole Miss on Saturday. The Rebels are one of the most surprising teams in the league after winning their first two league games. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 12 p.m. CT tipoff.

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