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:

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

AP is moving election test reports for the May 22 Georgia primary election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE-GEORGIA

ATLANTA — Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, including a cadre of former and current lawmakers and a business executive, who hope to secure their party's nomination will face off in a debate Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Atlanta. Developing.

ELECTION SECURITY-NO PAPER TRAIL

ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 892 words.

AP Photos GADG205-1019171547, GAJB303-0509181542, GAJB301-0509181539, GAJB302-0509181540, NYHK401-1019171546, NYHK402-1019171601.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular commercially fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.

RAPPER TI-ARRESTED

ATLANTA — A security guard said he felt threatened during an argument with the rapper T.I. that led to the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist's arrest outside his gated community near Atlanta. In a 10-minute phone call, the guard at Eagles Landing Country Club told a 911 dispatcher early Wednesday that a resident kept asking for his name and knocking on the guard shack door. The security guard acknowledged during the call he did not recognize the resident, who was identified as Clifford Harris, better known as T.I. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 714 words.

AP Photos NYET301-0128180149.

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— RAPPER TI ARRESTED — The latest developments.

GOVERNOR'S RACE-DEPORTATION BUS

CLARKSTON, Ga. — Georgia's Republican primary for governor is shaping up as a contest over who's toughest on illegal immigration, with campaigns featuring a "deportation bus" and tough talk about "criminal illegal aliens." By Ben Nadler and Kate Brumback. SENT: 850 words, photos

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CRAFTING HOLLYWOOD PROPS

An Alabama man helps craft props for superhero movies such as mega-hit "Avengers: Infinity War," such as Captain America's new, Wakandan shield. Most of Kenneth Spivey's prop work for Marvel films takes place in a undisclosed warehouse. It's near Pinewood Studios south of Atlanta, where principal photography for "Infinity War" took place. By Matt Wake, Al.com. SENT: 995 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COACH CHARGED-INTIMIDATION — Police in Georgia say six teens vandalized the homes of two people who accused a high school coach of sexual battery.

— COW TRAILER OVERTURNS — Authorities say drivers should steer clear of Interstate 75 near Kennesaw, where live cattle have been spilled onto the roadway.

— COMMENCEMENT REDO — Georgia State University has scheduled a second graduation ceremony for students whose original commencements were shortened by the threat of stormy weather.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Braves rookie Mike Soroka will face Cubs veteran lefty Jon Lester as Atlanta and Chicago play the decisive game of their three-game series on Thursday night. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

BBN--BRAVES-SOROKA DL

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have placed rookie right-hander Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain only hours before he was scheduled to start against the Chicago Cubs. The Braves recalled left-hander Max Fried from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Thursday night's game against Chicago. Fried is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in four games, all in relief, this season. He was 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA in nine games, including four starts, in 2017. SENT: 114 words.

BKL--WNBA POWER POLL

NEW YORK — The defending champion Minnesota Lynx begin the season atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll — again. The Lynx received nine first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Thursday. It's the second time in the three seasons that the AP has been doing the poll that the Lynx were the preseason No. 1. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 318 words.

AP Photos NY158-0830172309, NY159-1005170305.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

3 DOORS DOWN-GUITARIST-OVERDOSE

MOBILE, Ala. — A pain specialist faults prescriptions by an Alabama physician accused of federal crimes in the 2016 drug overdose death of a rock guitarist. Developing.

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CRAFTING HOLLYWOOD PROPS

An Alabama man helps craft props for superhero movies such as mega-hit "Avengers: Infinity War," such as Captain America's new, Wakandan shield. Most of Kenneth Spivey's prop work for Marvel films takes place in a undisclosed warehouse. It's near Pinewood Studios south of Atlanta, where principal photography for "Infinity War" took place. By Matt Wake, Al.com. SENT: 995 words.

IN BRIEF:

— EVANGELIST-CHILD SEX CHARGES — Authorities have filed additional charges against an Alabama youth evangelist accused of sexually abusing children.

— BABY ALLIGATOR — A baby alligator recovered from an Alabama neighborhood has been placed with the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bernhard Langer seeks his third straight win at the Regions Tradition, the first of the five PGA Tour Champions majors. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

THIBODAUX MASSACRE

NEW ORLEANS — A patch of ground in southern Louisiana is being surveyed to see if it may hold a mass grave from a Reconstruction-era racial massacre. A graduate student and a professor using ground-penetrating radar and limited coring will begin an initial survey Thursday in Thibodaux, where locals believe white mobs dumped the bodies of African-Americans they killed during a rampage more than 130 years ago. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 464 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos NYAG402-1113161751.

LOUISIANA DEMOCRATS

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's Democratic Party hosts its large annual fundraiser Friday, with an eye toward recruiting a deeper bench of candidates and proving that Gov. John Bel Edwards' capture of statewide office three years ago wasn't a fluke. Democrats in the state appear energized about campaigns this year and next, believing they've gained new entry points through voter frustration with Donald Trump's Republican presidency and by having a Democrat in Louisiana's top job. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 593 words.

XGR-LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. — A divided Louisiana House sent the governor a $28 billion operating budget that contains steep cuts to education, public safety and social services programs. The document establishes the gaps lawmakers will debate filling in a special session on taxes that begins next week. Gov. John Bel Edwards didn't want the spending plan to reach his desk, but House lawmakers gave it final passage Thursday with a 61-37 vote. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 591 words.

XGR-HAZING PENALTIES

BATON ROUGE, La. — The parents of a college student who died in a drinking gantlet last year have persuaded lawmakers to toughen anti-hazing laws. House lawmakers late Wednesday gave final passage to two proposals that would make hazing resulting in death a felony; levy fines on organizations that knowingly allow hazing to occur; and require fraternities to report hazing to schools. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 397 words.

XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. — More people could soon be eligible for Louisiana's nascent medical marijuana program to treat their ailments, if Gov. John Bel Edwards agrees to bills that have received the backing of state lawmakers. Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James' proposal adds glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson's disease to the list of diseases and disorders eligible for medicinal-grade pot, which is expected to be available in Louisiana by late summer. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 400 words.

XGR-SCHOOL MONEY

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's public schools will divvy up $3.7 billion to pay for operations next year. House lawmakers voted 90-0 Thursday to give final passage to the financing formula for K-12 public schools. The Senate earlier had agreed to the spending plan with a unanimous vote. SENT: 207 words.

ELECTION SECURITY-NO PAPER TRAIL

ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 892 words.

AP Photos GADG205-1019171547, GAJB303-0509181542, GAJB301-0509181539, GAJB302-0509181540, NYHK401-1019171546, NYHK402-1019171601.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular commercially fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.

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LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-NEW ORLEANS HOSPITAL

NEW ORLEANS — When the doctors and nurses at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas found themselves inundated with victims of October's mass shooting at a country music festival there, their heroic efforts to save lives and stem the carnage relied heavily on expertise developed by a renowned New Orleans surgeon. The late Dr. Norman McSwain, who for years headed the trauma center at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, pioneered many of the techniques put to use in the chaotic hours after the shooting. By Chad Calder, The New Orleans Advocate. SENT: 860 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-LOUISIANA — A civil service board has scheduled a November hearing for a former police officer appealing his firing nearly two years after he shot and killed a black man during a videotaped struggle outside a Baton Rouge convenience store.

— XGR-RAISE THE AGE LAW — Louisiana's plans to raise the age of adult prosecution will be delayed slightly.

— PHONY RETURNS-PLEA — A Louisiana man is facing a possible prison sentence for his part in a scheme to file phony federal tax returns to get illegal refunds.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LAWSUIT — An applicant for one of Louisiana's nine medical marijuana pharmacy permits has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Pharmacy over its decision to pick the fourth-ranked choice for the license in the New Orleans region.

SPORTS:

RAC--HORSE RACING-SPORTS BETTING

Horse racing wants to bring new fans to the rail and track owners hope the Supreme Court's decision to lift the ban on sports betting provides an opportunity. Race tracks in many states will be among the first to allow sports gambling. Track owners believe this is an advantage since many racetracks already offer casino gambling with slot machines and table games — popularly known as racinos. By Gary Graves. SENT: 950 words, photos, graphics.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNIVERSITY ADMISSION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise their admission requirements. The College Board on Thursday acted preliminarily to increase the number of academic credits high school students would need for full admission. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 442 words.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular commercially fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.

3 DOORS DOWN-GUITARIST-OVERDOSE

MOBILE, Ala. — A pain specialist faults prescriptions by an Alabama physician accused of federal crimes in the 2016 drug overdose death of a rock guitarist. Developing.

SURGEON GENERAL-FLIGHT FIRST AID

JACKSON, Miss. — U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says he and two nurses worked as a team to give medical aid to someone aboard a Delta Air Lines jet. At a Thursday public discussion at a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, Adams shared some more details about assisting someone on the plane as he prepared to fly to Mississippi on Wednesday. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 137 words.

AP Photos NYSP101-0905171925.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the statement Thursday as part of its annual Status of Stocks report. The agency says six species are being removed from its list of overfished stocks, including popular commercially fished stocks of red snapper and New England flounder.

IN BRIEF:

— ESCAPED INMATE — A Mississippi sheriff's office says it is expanding its search for an escaped inmate and a woman who may have helped him escape.

— HIGHWAY REOPENS — Section of Mississippi Highway 178 has reopened after heavy rains caused it to partially collapse earlier this year.

— TEACHER BONUSES — Teachers in the Columbus Municipal School District soon may see bonuses partly based on their students' performance on state tests.

— CHILD MOLESTATION — Police say a Mississippi man has been accused of molesting three children under the age of 10.

— COLLEGE TUITION-MISSISSIPPI — Trustees of Mississippi's eight public universities are giving final approval for tuition increases next fall.

— COLLEGE APPLICATION — Mississippi State University has announced it will start accepting applications from a platform that over 1 million college applicants use each year to apply to more than 800 universities worldwide.

— CITY EMPLOYEES GUNS —Some government employees in the Mississippi city of Oxford can now carry guns.

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