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BC-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

November 17, 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 South Carolina 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



ATLANTA — Republican Brian Kemp praised Democrat Stacey Abrams as a tough opponent and asked Georgia voters to unite behind him as the state’s new governor Saturday, even as Abrams blamed Kemp for “gross mismanagement” of an election that she acknowledged she did not win. “I certainly appreciate Stacey Abrams’ tenacity, how hard she worked, the campaign she ran,” Kemp told reporters at a state Capitol news conference. “The fact of the matter is the election is now over and I’ve got to focus on governing this state.” By Bill Barrow and Russ Bynum. SENT: 1030 words.

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ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America’s first black woman governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious competitor and gently exit the stage. Instead, Abrams ended her campaign in an unapologetically indignant tone that established herself as a leading voting rights advocate. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1060 words.

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ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers ended their special legislative session Saturday with the state Senate giving final approval to $470 million in emergency aid and tax incentives to victims of Hurricane Michael while also passing a $40 million tax break for airlines. The Senate voted unanimously to approve the two hurricane relief bills, which had previously cleared the House. They include $69 million to help state and local agencies cover emergency response costs, $55 million to assist farmers suffering crop losses and $20 million for cleanup efforts on commercial timberland. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 460.


BYROMVILLE, Ga. — CSX Railroad says an evacuation has been lifted in a small Georgia town where 30 train cars derailed, including some that tumbled from an overpass onto a highway. It happened around 7 a.m. Saturday in Byromville, roughly 55 miles south of Macon. SENT: 130 words. UPDATE PLANNED.

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ATLANTA — Federal authorities say more guns have been seized at security checkpoints in Atlanta’s airport during 2018 than at any other airport in the nation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that nearly 300 firearms have been found this year at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. That means it has set a record even before the year ends. Atlanta’s airport has held the No. 1 spot in the nation for guns uncovered at checkpoints for the past two years. UPCOMING: 350 words.



COLUMBUS, Miss. — Randolph Russell did not come to the Columbus Rotary Club empty-handed Tuesday. The Georgia businessman and musician brought with him two boxes of his self-published book and a saxophone.

By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.


ATLANTA — Krystina Brown, 32, served on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf between 2009 and 2013. She wore a blue jersey on the flight deck, meaning she was among the plane handlers and tractor drivers that prepared the aircraft for missions.

By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


— CHASE-CAR FLIP — A police chase involving a stolen vehicle ended with an SUV flipping over on its roof in northwest Atlanta. WSB-TV reports that a Georgia State Patrol car was also damaged in the Friday morning crash.



ATHENS, Ga. — No. 5 Georgia will try to protect its hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff when it faces underdog UMass on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.


ATLANTA — Virginia still hopes to have a shot at playing in the ACC championship game when it takes the field against Georgia Tech, which has a three-game winning streak and the nation’s most prolific rushing attack. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. EST.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina prison officials say their re-entry programs can serve as an example to some of the ideas federal officials would like to implement to cut down on the number of people who end up back behind bars. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 600 words. AP Photo.


GREENVILLE, S.C. — Salaries for interim Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown and his command staff totaled $1.3 million, compared to $866,000 under the administration of suspended Sheriff Will Lewis. The changes in salaries reviewed by The Greenville News reflect a bigger command staff under Brown, raises for high-ranking officers and the fact that the chief deputy position was vacant under Lewis last year. SENT: 260 words.



CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston eighth-grader Noah Boudolf knows that he’s more than just a test score — but still, his test scores are off the charts. Noah received a standing ovation from parents and classmates during a recent award ceremony at Orange Grove Charter Middle School in West Ashley for what is believed to be a first-time achievement in his school’s history: He received a perfect score on every state standardized test he took during the last school year.

By Paul Bowers. The Post and Courier of Charleston.


— JAILHOUSE VOTERS— The elections director in Charleston County, South Carolina, says it’s part of an effort to reach potential voters in a county with historically poor voter participation: A jailhouse voter drive led to 13 inmates submitting absentee ballots in bulk this month. An unknown number may also have mailed ballots individually.

— REPORT CARDS POSTPONED — The revamped report cards for all of South Carolina’s schools are being delayed.

— SOUTH CAROLINA-DONATE LIFE — A 17-year-old who likely saved seven lives donating his organs after his death in a car crash will be the South Carolinian honored on a Rose Parade float on New Year’s Day.



CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson looks to finish a perfect ACC regular-season and go 11-0 for the second time in four years when it faces Duke on Saturday night. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING, from 7 p.m. start.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina tries to become bowl eligible and shake off a fourth-quarter collapse at Florida when it faces Chattanooga on Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 7:30 p.m. start

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new wave of black law enforcement officers and court officials elected in the midterms could help bring changes to the U.S. justice system. A Texas county elected 17 judges who are black women, and five counties in North Carolina elected African-American sheriffs for the first time. In Birmingham, Alabama, voters in the state’s most populous county elected a black district attorney and a black sheriff for the first time. The new Jefferson County sheriff, Mark Pettway, favors policies including more jailhouse education programs and decriminalization of marijuana. He says law enforcement must become smarter, not harder. A Justice Department report released in 2013 shows law enforcement agencies have become more racially and ethnically diverse. Yet the nation’s overall law enforcement community remains overwhelmingly white and male. Sent: 820 words. By Jay Reeves. AP Photo.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Joseph Bradley wasn’t surprised when his mom, Mary Bradley, announced he had been selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Games. He had already told her he was going to Abu Dhabi after all. Once his prediction came true, he told her he’d be bringing home the gold.

By Krista Johnson. Montgomery Advertiser.


— BANK ACQUISITON-BANK FIRST — A Mississippi bank’s assets will grow to more than $1 billion as it buys an Alabama bank.

— SOLAR FARM PROPOSAL — An energy project proposed for southeast Alabama could become the state’s largest solar farm.

— FLOODING STUDY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at solutions to the persistent problem of flooding in Jefferson County near downtown Birmingham.

— GULF STATE PARK-GOLF — The public golf course is closing for good at Alabama’s beachfront state park.



TUSCULOSSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama faces The Citadel and its triple option offense at Bryant-Denny Stadium. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 11 a.m. CT.


PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh tries to stay unbeaten on Saturday when the Panthers host North Alabama. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



Gov. John Bel Edwards rallied his core base of education union support with a preview of his 2019 re-election stump speech, urging the teachers and school workers to have a sense of purpose about the race for governor. DEVELOPING.



BATON ROUGE, La. — Lance Hughes got his love of sports from his dad. Not only did Samuel Hughes give him pointers, but he and his wife, Yvonne, never missed a game, from when Lance was 8 until he finished playing football at Southern University. “He motivated me and taught me what a real father should be like, even though he never knew who his was,” Lance Hughes said. “I just tried to mentor and do the same thing with my boys.”

By George Morris. The Advocate.


MARKSVILLE, La. — Stanley Celestine Jr. will have an advantage over his fellow school board members. He’ll likely know what students in the Avoyelles Parish School District are going through better than the rest. That’s because he was in their shoes, or at least their seats, less than two years ago.

By Leigh Guidry. The Daily Advertiser.


— MARDI GRAS-NEW KREWE — A new “krewe” has formed to help kick off New Orleans’ annual Carnival season.



BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 10 LSU (No. 7 CFP) closes out its home schedule against struggling Rice. The Tigers have their sights set on a New Year’s Day bowl and need to win their final two games to ensure that fate. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m.


NEW ORLEANS — The Denver Nuggets are off to a strong start as they visit the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are just a game above .500 but also are 6-1 at home. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 7 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — A high-profile woman helped Mike Espy make the argument Saturday that the Democratic man would be a better choice in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate runoff for the state’s women. Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m. AP Photo.



MERIDIAN, Miss. — Several decades ago, when Amy Lott was a child, she sat down at a piano at Annabelle Boyd’s home in Meridian and hit a note. It could’ve been an F sharp, or a B flat — she likely doesn’t remember — but that one note resonated from the old upright piano, moved through the young girl’s body, traveled through her nerves and landed deeply in her bones and heart.

By Bill Graham. The Meridian Star.


COLUMBUS, Miss. — Randolph Russell did not come to the Columbus Rotary Club empty-handed Tuesday. The Georgia businessman and musician brought with him two boxes of his self-published book and a saxophone.

By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.


— MURDER CONVICTION — A Mississippi Gulf Coast resident convicted of shooting a man sitting in his girlfriend’s car has been sentenced to two terms of life in prison without parole.

— FED-FARM INCOME — A report by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank says farm income is continuing to decline within its district, which includes Mississippi.



STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 25 Mississippi State hosts Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday. The Bulldogs have won five of the past six in the series. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 11 a.m. kickoff.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt Commodores host the Mississippi Rebels on Saturday night with both teams trying to finish the season on a winning note. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


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