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BC-Deep South News Digest

February 12, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UNSOLVED MASS LYNCHING-GEORGIA

ATLANTA_A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s order to unseal the transcripts in grand jury proceedings in the brazen lynching of two black couples in rural Georgia more than 70 years ago. By Kate Brumback SENT: 734 words.

OPEN RECORDS-ATLANTA

ATLANTA_ Georgia’s attorney general says he plans to prosecute a former spokeswoman for the Atlanta mayor’s office who’s accused of violating the state’s open records law. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 340 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ INFANT HURT-ARRETS _ Officials say a baby was brought to a Georgia hospital with broken bones and that two people have been arrested.

_ MIDDLE SCHOOL LAPTOPS _ Middle school students in Atlanta will be getting a laptop computer and wireless access through a program to provide access to digital resources.

_ ATTORNEY-MOTHER KILLED _ The U.S. Marshals Service is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of a disbarred Georgia attorney believed to have killed his mother.

_ APARTMENT FIRE-GEORGIA _ More than 30 people have been forced from their home in an apartment fire near Atlanta.

_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL _ A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.

SPORTS:

GEORGIA-EWARDS COMMITMENT

ATLANTA _ Georgia landed a rare top national recruit on Monday when Anthony Edwards, a shooting guard from Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta, picked the Bulldogs. Edwards, whose nickname is “Ant Man,” made the announcement at his school. SENT: 400 words.

FALCONS-SUTTON

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has joined the Atlanta Falcons as a senior assistant. Sutton was fired by the Chiefs two days after a crushing 37-31 loss in the AFC championship game, when Kansas City failed to stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on what turned out to be the only possession of overtime. SENT: 170 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORT

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina continues to rank near the bottom in the nation when it comes to protecting female victims of domestic violence, according to a report that has led state lawmakers to call for more action. A report by the state Domestic Violence Advisory Committee said South Carolina “ranks as the nation’s sixth-worst state” among rates of women murdered by men. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 540 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEPUTY SHOOTING _ A South Carolina sheriff says a deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a rifle.

_ BIRD HOUSE FIRE _ Fire officials say most of the exotic birds survived when a blaze started at a bird breeding business on the South Carolina coast.

_ WOMAN-AIRPORT CANCELLATIONS _ Authorities in South Carolina say a scantily clad woman shut down a regional airport for hours, resulting in flight cancellations.

_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL _ A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.

_ APARTMENT DEATHS_ A South Carolina county has committed $150,000 to help residents ousted from their homes at a public housing complex due to deadly gas leaks.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-UCONN

HARTFORD, Conn. _ UConn and South Carolina face off in each team’s final non-conference matchup of the regular season Monday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-SEC SUPREMENCY

This week could determine who rules the SEC, at least for now. The top four teams in the conference will square off. The marquee matchup will be unbeaten No. 1 Tennessee at No. 5 Kentucky, which also hosts LSU in a game of one-loss schools. The first-place Vols also have a rematch with fourth-place South Carolina to begin a challenging stretch run. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 675 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

US STEEL-TRUMP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala _ U.S. Steel Corp. will restart construction on an idled manufacturing facility in Alabama, and it gave some of the credit to President Donald Trump’s trade policies in an announcement Monday. Trump’s “strong trade actions” are partly responsible for the resumption of work on an advanced plant near Birmingham, the Pittsburgh-based company said in a statement. SENT: 320 words.

ALABAMA PRISONS-MENTAL HEALTH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. A federal judge on Monday said Alabama has been “deliberately indifferent” about monitoring the mental health of state inmates placed in the isolation of segregation cells. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the ruling days after attorneys for inmates said the suicide rate in state prisons has reached a crisis level. SENT: 350 words

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE DEATH _ An Alabama inmate convicted of killing his grandmother has been found hanged in his cell.

_ POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED _ A police sergeant in Alabama has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.

_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL _ A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.

SPORTS:

_ BKW--T25-BKW—KENTUCKY-ALABAMA. .Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration makes one last-ditch attempt Monday to boost Louisiana’s income forecast ahead of the release of the governor’s budget proposal this month. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 563 words

BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE _ A veteran police leader from New Orleans has arrived in Baltimore, tasked with reforming a troubled force while reducing one of the country’s highest violent crime rates. Monday is Michael Harrison’s first day leading the Baltimore Police Department as acting commissioner. By David McFadden. SENT: 690 words

MISSISSIPPI RIVER-FLOODING LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ The state of Mississippi is suing the federal government for at least $25 million, claiming a federal dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land. The suit was filed Monday in the Court of Federal Claims by Mississippi officials on behalf of three school districts. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 659 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MIGRATING BATS _ Swarms of bats have recently taken up residence at several schools in Louisiana.

_ BULLET THROUGH WALL _ Authorities in Louisiana say a 19-year-old man was killed by a bullet that penetrated a wall of his mother’s house.

_ TOSS THE BEADS-BACK _ What to do with all those beads from parades during Carnival season around New Orleans? Unwanted beads can be tossed at a big truck at the end of parades.

_ GRANT-NEW ORLEANS INMATES _ Officials say a $2 million grant has been given to New Orleans to help reduce the number of people held in the city’s jails.

_ BAT ASSAULT _ Authorities in Louisiana say a man hit a woman with a baseball bat for not monitoring his “video machine.”

_ GROCERY STORE-BORDER WALL AD _ A grocery store chain is facing criticism after it sent out a weekly ad to stores in Arkansas and Louisiana that included the message: “Heaven has a wall.”

_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL _ A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.

_ COLD CASE ARREST_ Authorities in Louisiana say a 61-year-old man is accused of stabbing an 81-year-old man to death in June 2016.

SPORTS:

SAINTS-RIZZI

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he’s hired Darren Rizzi as special teams coordinator. Rizzi, whose hiring was announced Monday, fills a vacancy that opened when former coordinator Bradford Banta was fired after this season, his second on the job. SENT: 170 words.

BKC--T25-SEC SUPREMENCY

This week could determine who rules the SEC, at least for now. The top four teams in the conference will square off. The marquee matchup will be unbeaten No. 1 Tennessee at No. 5 Kentucky, which also hosts LSU in a game of one-loss schools. The first-place Vols also have a rematch with fourth-place South Carolina to begin a challenging stretch run. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 675 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that if he’s elected governor, he wants the state to expand Medicaid, put more money into early childhood education and reduce taxes on groceries. By Emily Wagster Pettus SENT: 647 words With AP photos

MISSISSIPPI RIVER-FLOODING LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ The state of Mississippi is suing the federal government for at least $25 million, claiming a federal dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land. The suit was filed Monday in the Court of Federal Claims by Mississippi officials on behalf of three school districts. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 659 words

IN BRIEF:

_ TUBERCULOSIS-MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL _ A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at a Mississippi high school.

_ FATAL SHOOTING _ The sheriff of Harrison County, Mississippi, says a man has fatally shot a 2-year-old boy and a man during an altercation.

_ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING _ Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting death at a Mississippi nightclub.

_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL _ A South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.

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