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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

May 19, 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

STUDENT DEBT PLEDGE

A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist says he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College - an estimated $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement Sunday morning while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta. By Errin Haines Whack. Sent: 465 words. With AP photo.

ELECTION 2020 - JIMMY CARTER

ATLANTA _ The 2020 Democratic presidential campaign is signifying a renaissance of sorts for Jimmy Carter. Several of the candidates are making the trek to Plains, Georgia, to visit with the ex-president and get his advice. He’s not been a major player in Democratic politics for decades. But some see his family-run campaign after the Watergate scandal as a road map for toppling President Donald Trump. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1040 words. With AP photos.

ABORTION LAW - QUESTIONS

ATLANTA _ As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: Nothing yet. None of the laws has actually taken effect, and they will all almost definitely be blocked while legal challenges play out. For the time being, abortion remains legal nationwide. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 680 words. With AP photos.

GENDER NEUTRAL CLOTHING STORE

ATLANTA _ A Georgia woman has opened a gender-neutral children’s clothing store in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the children’s unisex clothing store is among the first of its kind. Mini Friday sells clothes for children between the ages of 24 months and 8 years. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. UPCOMING: 300 words.

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THE CHOO CHOO INSPECTOR

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. _ On any given week, Richmond Hill drivers can spot Zach Martin sitting near the railroad tracks off Ford Avenue. The 20-year-old is known in the community as “The Choo Choo Inspector,” and is often seen waving at trains as they go by. He’s also autistic. So when community members heard that he had never been to a birthday party, it was only right that they threw him a party on National Train Day earlier this month. By Brittini Ray, The Savannah Morning News.

IN BRIEF:

STATE GOP-CHAIRMAN _ Former state senator and executive director of the state Republican Party David Shafer has been elected chairman of the Georgia GOP.

ATLANTA COUNCIL CHAMBERS _ The Atlanta City Hall is renaming its council chambers after retired Superior Court Judge Marvin S. Arrington Sr.

SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Brandon Woodruff will try to help the Brewers salvage one win in their three-game series against Atlanta when he looks for his seventh win in Sunday’s final game of the series. Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to start for Atlanta. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:20 p.m.

OC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-RED BULLS. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 5 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

PLANTATION RENAMED

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ The College of Charleston has rebranded its 800-plus-acre former plantation to reaffirm its “commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.” The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously last month to support interim President Steve Osborne’s recommendation to rename Dixie Plantation as the College of Charleston at Stono Preserve. The Post and Courier reports Osborne said the college had discussed the name change for about a year and he fully supported the move. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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SLAVE CHILDREN’S FINGERPRINTS

CHARLESTON _ Part of Charleston’s dark past is in plain sight throughout the downtown area, but few people recognize it. Forever captured in brickwork are the fingerprints of former enslaved children. There aren’t many of them, but they are evident. By Warren L. Wise. The Post and Courier of Charleston.

IN BRIEF:

NEWSPAPER BUILDING SALE _ A newspaper in Anderson says it has put its building for sale and plans to get more modern office space closer to downtown.

FOUR DAY SCHOOLS _ A South Carolina school district is considering a four day school week to help recruit teachers.

ASPHALT JOBS _ Asphalt suppliers and paving contractors are working together to find more workers as South Carolina goes through a road construction boom.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION LAW - QUESTIONS

ATLANTA _ As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: Nothing yet. None of the laws has actually taken effect, and they will all almost definitely be blocked while legal challenges play out. For the time being, abortion remains legal nationwide. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 680 words. With AP photos.

MERCEDES-BENZ-PARKED CARS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ In recent weeks, parking lots of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been filling up across west and central Alabama. Officials with Daimler AG, the Germany-based company that owns Mercedes-Benz, aren’t disclosing much about the reasons for the thousands of vehicles being parked across the region. Information from The Tuscaloosa News. SENT: 300 words.

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EAST ALABAMA TRAILS PROJECT

OPELIKA, Ala. _ The idea for the Creekline Trails started with a dog. Rocky and Shealy Langley, who live in Opelika’s Pepperell Mill Village, often walk to the Pepperell Branch, where their dog loves playing in the water. “I grew up here in Opelika and did not have an awareness of our creek system growing up. I didn’t even know I was driving over them. But we started to seek them out as places for our dog to play,” Shealy said. “The more we saw, the more we realized, ‘Man, these are beautiful, and people need to see these. They need to enjoy them. How can we make that possible? How can we get access to them?’” she said. “And that’s kind of how the idea was born.” By Kara Coleman Fields, Opelika-Auburn News.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION LAW - QUESTIONS

ATLANTA _ As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: Nothing yet. None of the laws has actually taken effect, and they will all almost definitely be blocked while legal challenges play out. For the time being, abortion remains legal nationwide. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 680 words. With AP photos.

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE _ While abortion rights disputes cause controversy around the nation, they create little friction among Louisiana lawmakers, who regularly heap additional restrictions on the procedure and who appear poised to adopt a new round of limits this session. By Melinda Deslatte. An AP News Analysis. UPCOMING: 700 words.

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EXCHANGE-ARSON INVESTIGATOR

SHREVEPORT, La. _ When Janet Ward left an eight-year military career in the late ’90s to be with family in her hometown of Shreveport, the thought of working in public safety didn’t even cross her mind as something she’d do for her next career. But in a turn of events that changed. Now after having served 19 years on the Shreveport Fire Department, she has become the department’s first female fire arson investigator. By Emily Enfinger. The Times of Shreveport.

IN BRIEF:

GAS PRICES _ The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.93.

SPORTS:

NEW ORLEANS _ A person familiar with the situation says the Pelicans have hired Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans’ GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. By Brett Martel. SENT: 300 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION LAW - QUESTIONS

ATLANTA _ As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: Nothing yet. None of the laws has actually taken effect, and they will all almost definitely be blocked while legal challenges play out. For the time being, abortion remains legal nationwide. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 680 words. With AP photos.

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME

JACKSON, Miss. _ The latest political news out of Jackson. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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EXCHANGE-MOMS STAYING FIT

MERIDIAN, Miss. _ Most afternoons, after their children take a nap, a group of mothers in Meridian’s Broadmoor neighborhood meet for a walk or playdate. On a hot and sunny Wednesday afternoon, they meet at the corner of 11th Avenue and 63rd Street to start their one-mile loop. By Whitney Downard. The Meridian Star.

IN BRIEF:

INTERNS-SIGNING DAY _ A program in north Mississippi is treating student interns like star athletes.

BEACH SIDEWALK _ A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project.

OXFORD-DOWNTOWN PARKING _ A north Mississippi city will buy 118 new parking meters as it continues to try to manage parking demand in its downtown.

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