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AP-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

September 23, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS

LANSING, Mich. — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor’s race in November. One reason he’s not: President Donald Trump. By Dave Eggert and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,097 words.

With:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS GLANCE.

TROPICAL WEATHER

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Major flooding remained a threat in parts of the Carolinas on Sunday, more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. In South Carolina, more evacuations were expected as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast. By Gary D. Robertson, Martha Waggoner and Alan Suderman. SENT: 566 words.

WEST GEORGIA JOBS

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Colorado-based company says it plans to create 600 jobs in Columbus over the next five years. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Global Callcenter Solutions will occupy temporary space in downtown Columbus before locating in a former 46,000-square-foot Winn-Dixie supermarket structure. Clients of the Pueblo, Colorado-based firm include cable television and broadband service firms. SENT: 336 words.

SON OF THE SOUTH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The cinematic story of the son of a Klansman becoming a leading student figure in the civil rights movement is moving ahead, with filming planned in Montgomery. “Son of the South” will begin shooting in November. The movie will be based on Alabama native Bob Zellner’s story and his book, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Information from The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated to about 300 words.

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EXCHANGE-GOURMET SCHOOL LUNCHES

MACON, Ga. — The scent of fresh-baked biscuits filled the kitchen at Stratford Academy on a September morning. While one cafeteria helper loaded trays of bacon into the oven for the upcoming breakfast break, two others chopped up piles of squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts. In the Stratford cafeteria, students can choose from more than just pizza and peanut butter sandwiches. The school’s lunch menu features gourmet offerings like grilled chicken saltimbocca, brown sugar-glazed carrots, a full salad bar and a deli sandwich station. By Samantha Max. The Macon Telegraph.

IN BRIEF:

SPORTS

FBN-SAINTS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — Drew Brees leads the New Orleans Saints against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in a matchup of NFC South rivals off to 1-1 starts on Sunday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BBN-PHILIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Anibal Sanchez starts for the Atlanta Braves as the NL East champions take it easy against the Phillies a day after winning their first division title since 2013. Aaron Nola pitches for Philadelphia. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

GLF-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA — A year after Tiger Woods was still recovering from a fourth back surgery, he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship in a bid for his first victory in more than five years. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GLF-PAUL NEWBERRY-TIGER WOODS

ATLANTA — Welcome to Throwback Sunday. We sure needed this. Tiger Woods is atop the leaderboard heading to the final round of the Tour Championship, showing just how important he is to a game that, despite an influx of talented young players in recent years, just didn’t seem the same while he was battling injuries, age and personal demons. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Major flooding remained a threat in parts of the Carolinas on Sunday, more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. In South Carolina, more evacuations were expected as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast. By Gary D. Robertson, Martha Waggoner and Alan Suderman. SENT: 566 words.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS

LANSING, Mich. — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor’s race in November. One reason he’s not: President Donald Trump. By Dave Eggert and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,097 words.

With:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS GLANCE.

SON OF THE SOUTH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The cinematic story of the son of a Klansman becoming a leading student figure in the civil rights movement is moving ahead, with filming planned in Montgomery. “Son of the South” will begin shooting in November. The movie will be based on Alabama native Bob Zellner’s story and his book, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Information from The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated to about 300 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SINGLE MOTHER-TWO DEGREES

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Heaven Lee didn’t like talking when she first came to Greenwood. “I felt as though what I had to say didn’t matter,” Lee said. She even had a jacket that she could pull up to cover her mouth. Nevertheless, she spoke at her graduation from Piedmont Technical College this summer and shared some very personal information. By Aleks Gilbert. The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

SPORTS

FBN-BENGALS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers look to bounce back from a tough loss on the road at Atlanta when they host Andy Dalton and the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

POLICE OFFICER SHOT-ALABAMA

SELMA, Ala. — An Alabama police chief said Sunday that one of his officers was hospitalized and was expected to survive after being shot while on patrol. Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier did not immediately release the name of the officer who was wounded before dawn Sunday. SENT: 250 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Major flooding remained a threat in parts of the Carolinas on Sunday, more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. In South Carolina, more evacuations were expected as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast. By Gary D. Robertson, Martha Waggoner and Alan Suderman. SENT: 566 words.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS

LANSING, Mich. — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor’s race in November. One reason he’s not: President Donald Trump. By Dave Eggert and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,097 words.

With:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS GLANCE.

SON OF THE SOUTH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The cinematic story of the son of a Klansman becoming a leading student figure in the civil rights movement is moving ahead, with filming planned in Montgomery. “Son of the South” will begin shooting in November. The movie will be based on Alabama native Bob Zellner’s story and his book, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Information from The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated to about 300 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-HIGH SCHOOL AGRICULTURE PROGRAM

REHOBETH, Ala. — What once started out as a small garden behind the agriculture building at Rehobeth High School has grown — just like the seedlings that were planted there — in an effort across grade levels to serve the community. Brad Willis, agriscience teacher at the high school, said the effort to teach children where their food originates started about eight years ago in one of his classes. Without any equipment except for an old, rusted tiller and a few seeds, Willis and his students helped the agriculture department grow, one plant at a time. By Kayla Rutledge. The Dothan Eagle.

EXCHANGE-50 YEARS WORKING-PLANT

DECATUR, Ala. — When Richard Jones, a graduate of Tennessee Valley High in Lawrence County, was hired at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, his plan was to work at the Decatur plant for a year to save up money for college. He celebrated 50 years of employment on Wednesday at the same red-brick plant on 19th Avenue Southeast — purchased by Hyosung USA in late 2006. By Marian Accardi. The Decatur Daily.

IN BRIEF:

— PRISON SEMINARY — Fourteen Alabama prisoners have earned theological degrees under a new seminary program.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Major flooding remained a threat in parts of the Carolinas on Sunday, more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. In South Carolina, more evacuations were expected as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast. By Gary D. Robertson, Martha Waggoner and Alan Suderman. SENT: 566 words.

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — In the past, news that Louisiana had a budget surplus was cheered as a sign of conservative forecasting and sound money management, giving the state the ability to sock away savings and address a backlog of construction needs. In the 2018 toxic and divisive atmosphere of the Louisiana Capitol, word that the state closed the books with an excess of $300 million-plus in cash is provoking criticism and partisan financial disputes. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

ARMSTRONG-NEW TERMINAL DELAY

NEW ORLEANS — Instead of opening before Mardi Gras, the new $1 billion terminal at New Orleans’ international airport won’t open until after the Jazz and Heritage Festival. News agencies report that a consultant told the city’s Aviation Board on Thursday that the three-month delay is needed to replace nearly a half-mile of sewer pipe. Chris Spann said shifting soil displaced the original main sewer line. It’s the third delay for opening the terminal, which will replace the current one. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated to about 185 words.

ARTS CENTER-NEW DIRECTOR

LAFAYETTE, La. — A Lafayette native has been tapped to head the Acadiana Center for the Arts, an organization dedicated to fostering arts and culture in the region. The Daily Advertiser reports the center announced on its website that Samuel Oliver would be the center’s new executive director. SENT: 250 words.

SON OF THE SOUTH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The cinematic story of the son of a Klansman becoming a leading student figure in the civil rights movement is moving ahead, with filming planned in Montgomery. “Son of the South” will begin shooting in November. The movie will be based on Alabama native Bob Zellner’s story and his book, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Information from The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated to about 300 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-ALZHEIMER’S JOURNAL-BOOK

LAFAYETTE, La. — Paula Sarver’s mother no longer speaks, but she still has her words in journals dating as far back as 1980. The first mention of the “dreaded A-word” — Alzheimer’s — comes in a 2000 journal. By Leigh Guidry. The Advertiser of Lafayette.

EXCHANGE-MORTAR AND MEDIC UNITS

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. — Army National Guard Reserve soldiers from throughout Louisiana braved record-high temperatures in July and donned combat gear and battled in the woods as they took part in simulated military exercises as part of the eXportable Combat Training Capability program, known simply as XCTC, at Camp Shelby just outside of Hattiesburg, Miss. The 21-day XCTC training program involved members of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, who took part in various activities designed to develop platoon proficiency in coordination with First Army, their term for the regular U.S. Army. By Jim Smilie. Town Talk.

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON-BARBECUE

HOUSTON — Most Houstonians associate the stretch of San Felipe between River Oaks and the Memorial area with the ritzy mansions, restaurants and shopping centers that line this prosperous thoroughfare often used as an alternate east-west route when traffic clogs Westheimer and Interstate 10. What many Houstonians don’t realize, however, is that the full extent of the path taken by this street represents one of the earliest thoroughfares that connected the state’s most famous colony — San Felipe de Austin, near present-day Sealy — and the port city of Harrisburg (precursor to the city of Houston). The Houston Chronicle reports the eastern movement of cotton and the westward immigration of German immigrants along the San Felipe Trail would eventually lay the foundation for the two predominant styles of Texas barbecue. By J.C. Reid. Houston Chronicle.

IN BRIEF:

— LOUISIANA FLOODING — Louisiana residents with 2016 flooding damage who took a survey expressing interest in the state’s homeowner aid program have only days remaining to complete applications for assistance.

SPORTS

FBN-SAINTS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — Drew Brees leads the New Orleans Saints against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in a matchup of NFC South rivals off to 1-1 starts on Sunday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Major flooding remained a threat in parts of the Carolinas on Sunday, more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall. In South Carolina, more evacuations were expected as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast. By Gary D. Robertson, Martha Waggoner and Alan Suderman. SENT: 566 words.

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. — Just about the least welcome news at a budget hearing last week before Mississippi lawmakers was the demand by the state’s public pension system that lawmakers budget higher pension contributions. But what lawmakers may not have heard, unless they were listening carefully, is things are likely to get worse. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MISSISSIPPI PRISONS-STRESS MANAGEMENT

GREENWOOD, Miss. — A Mississippi couple with business connections to The Trump Organization says yoga could relieve stress in prisons. Dinesh and Parveen Chawla propose teaching yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to Mississippi inmates. They say the classes could help inmates control anger, and that could help keep people from later returning to prison. They talked about the idea last week at a Greenwood Rotary Club meeting. SENT: 437 words.

SON OF THE SOUTH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The cinematic story of the son of a Klansman becoming a leading student figure in the civil rights movement is moving ahead, with filming planned in Montgomery. “Son of the South” will begin shooting in November. The movie will be based on Alabama native Bob Zellner’s story and his book, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.” Information from The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated to about 300 words.

ARMSTRONG-NEW TERMINAL DELAY

NEW ORLEANS — Instead of opening before Mardi Gras, the new $1 billion terminal at New Orleans’ international airport won’t open until after the Jazz and Heritage Festival. News agencies report that a consultant told the city’s Aviation Board on Thursday that the three-month delay is needed to replace nearly a half-mile of sewer pipe. Chris Spann said shifting soil displaced the original main sewer line. It’s the third delay for opening the terminal, which will replace the current one. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated to about 185 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-COLD CASE FACE

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Advances in technology have allowed Starkville police to put a face on a cold-case suspect. A DNA sample from a rape and double homicide in 1990 was sent to a private lab that generated mug shots of what the suspect might have looked like 28 years ago and what he might look like today. By William Moore. The Daily Journal.

EXCHANGE-COLUMBUS CRIME LAB

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Austin Shepherd had been with the Columbus Police Department as a crime scene investigator not quite four years in 2007 when he and a police investigator went to then Chief Joseph St. John and pitched the idea of starting a local crime lab. With the chief’s blessing, Shepherd moved into an office near the municipal complex. By Isabelle Altman. The Dispatch.

EXCHANGE-HOUSTON-BARBECUE

HOUSTON — Most Houstonians associate the stretch of San Felipe between River Oaks and the Memorial area with the ritzy mansions, restaurants and shopping centers that line this prosperous thoroughfare often used as an alternate east-west route when traffic clogs Westheimer and Interstate 10. What many Houstonians don’t realize, however, is that the full extent of the path taken by this street represents one of the earliest thoroughfares that connected the state’s most famous colony — San Felipe de Austin, near present-day Sealy — and the port city of Harrisburg (precursor to the city of Houston). The Houston Chronicle reports the eastern movement of cotton and the westward immigration of German immigrants along the San Felipe Trail would eventually lay the foundation for the two predominant styles of Texas barbecue. By J.C. Reid. Houston Chronicle.

IN BRIEF:

— COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT — A Mississippi community college is resuming its search for president after a fire prompted the current president to stay another year.

SPORTS

FBC-KENTUCKY’S ROLL

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. is answering every challenge with a punishing rushing performance. That and a relentless defense has unbeaten Kentucky off to its best start in a decade, and the Wildcats believe they can get even better. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 550 words and photos by 3 p.m.

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