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BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

May 4, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GEORGIA TOLL LANES

ATLANTA _ State transportation officials are planning a series of public meetings as they prepare for new toll lanes on the perimeter that encircles Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Transportation plans seven public meetings to provide information on the proposed lanes on the “top end” of Interstate 285. They’re planned from the stretch from Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County to Henderson Road in DeKalb County. SENT: 350 words.

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EXCHANGE-HANDYMAN DOLLMAKER

MACON, Ga. _Before toymakers realized there was a market for black baby dolls, a black handyman in Macon was making them by hand. When he was not working on houses for white families in Macon during the late 1800s and early 1900s, Leo Moss was painting the faces of his friends and family on papier-mâché heads, coloring their skin with chimney soot or boot dye. Today, the dolls are rarities worth thousands of dollars. Moss never saw a penny of it. He died poor and it is said he is buried in a pauper’s grave in Illinois. By Laura Corley, The Telegraph. SENT: 480 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MINISTER SLAYING-COLD CASE _ Investigators are seeking new tips in the cold-case slaying of a Georgia minister who was fatally shot at his rural church nearly 23 years ago.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-MARLINS

MIAMI _ Right-hander Mike Soroka starts for Atlanta on Saturday against fellow righty Trevor Richards and Miami. Tensions ran high between the Braves and Marlins in the series opener Friday, a continuation of the feud that started last year. Game begins 6:10 p.m. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SPARTANBURG HOMELESS

SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ The City of Spartanburg has another tool in place to help address homelessness. City officials, United Way of the Piedmont, Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network and Catholic Charities of South Carolina unveiled the new day center pilot program for the city’s homeless population on Wednesday. SENT: 586 words.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is focusing his 2020 White House campaign on South Carolina this weekend while several other Democratic candidates are spending time in Iowa, another early-voting state. Biden is making his debut visit in the first-in-the-South primary state with a stop Saturday in Columbia, the capital, followed by a fundraiser, By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 219 words.

AP Photos IACN129-0501191824, MIPS104-0503191240, IACN113-0503191405, NHCS106-0423191108.

WITH: ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP-THE LATEST

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BUS ATTACK REMEMBERS

COLUMBIA _ David Lunn of Detroit remembers March 3, 1970, quite clearly. He was a senior at Spaulding High School in Lamar and one of six African American students attacked on a school bus by a mob of about 200 people. He recognized many of the attackers to be part of the Ku Klux Klan. He and other survivors of the attack were honored recently at an event in Columbia. By Shamira McCray, (Florence) Morning News. SENT: 832 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SLAIN GIRL-MOTHER _ Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against a 33-year-old man charged with killing a woman and her 8-year-old daughter.

IN SPORTS:

HKN--HURRICANES ADVANCE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The formerly last-place Carolina Hurricanes stormed back to knock out their division’s best team in seven games. Then they swept the second-best team. Maybe it’s time to rethink the significance of those Metropolitan Division standings. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words, photos.

GLF--WELLS FARGO

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jason Dufner begins the third-round of the Wells Fargo Championship atop the leaderboard with a one shot lead at Quail Hollow after matching his career-low score on the PGA Tour. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Upcoming: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-LOTTERY BILL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ After clearing the state Senate without a vote to spare, a proposal to establish a state lottery in Alabama faces an uncertain outlook in the House of Representatives. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 554 words.

CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER-HONORARY DEGREE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Autherine Lucy Foster, the first African-American student to attend the University of Alabama, received an honorary doctorate degree Friday from the university where her presence brought mobs of protesters in 1956. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Foster, 89 received the degree during graduation ceremonies. She enrolled at the all-white university in 1956. However, she was expelled three days later after her presence brought protests and threats against her life. SENT: 295 words.

AP Photos NY117-0504191726.

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EXCHANGE-MARDI GRAS-MOBILE

MOBILE, Ala. _ In Mobile, a pre-World War II warehouse is being considered as a venue for the city’s 2021 Mardi Gras season. The new venue will be needed once the Mobile Civic Center is torn down and replaced with a new, but undetermined, facility. The Civic Center, for decades, has been one of the city’s most popular spots for some of the largest and most elaborate balls during the annual Mardi Gras festivity. By John Sharp. al.com. SENT: 555 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-ABORTION BAN _ State senators are expected to debate Alabama’s proposed abortion ban next week.

_ OFFICER KILLED _ The wife of a Vestavia Hills police officer has been charged in his shooting death at an apartment complex in Gardendale.

_ MISSING WOMAN-REMAINS _ A car pulled from water north of Saraland contained the remains of an adult woman who is believed to have been reported missing last year.

_ BOAT COLLISION _ An Alabama man is dead and another person injured after a three-boat collision on Lake Martin near The Ridge Marina.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL CLINIC-TERREBONNE

HOUMA, La. _ An in-house health clinic for teachers and students at a south Louisiana public school is being considered by Terrebonne Parish school officials. The proposed clinic would have a nurse practitioner on-site, as well as the potential for a dentist, among other health professionals, The Courier reported. The location has yet to be decided. SENT: 485 words.

MOSQUITOES-HELICOPTER

SLIDELL, La. _ A Louisiana parish is bringing in a helicopter from Mississippi to fight West Nile virus this year. A news release says the helicopter will drop anti-mosquito bacteria into a St. Tammany Parish neighborhood where one-fifth of the parish’s infected mosquito pools were found last year. Because mosquitoes are so small, groups of 50 or more of the same species are tested together for the virus. SENT: 320 words.

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EXCHANGE-DISCOVERY PLAYHOUSE

HOUMA, La. — Getting children to go somewhere educational can be a challenge, even when there is also fun involved. So, why not bring the education to them? That’s the idea behind Houma’s Kids in Motion Playhouse Discovery Mobile Museum, the brainchild and labor of love of Wendy Jeffcoat. Jeffcoat, a librarian at Lisa Park Elementary, took the first steps forward in 2009 after visiting T.R.E.E. House Museum — short for The Rapides Exploratory Educational House — in Alexandria. By Scott Yoshonis, The Courier. SENT: 488 words.

EXCHANGE-MARDI GRAS-MOBILE

MOBILE, Ala. _ In Mobile, a pre-World War II warehouse is being considered as a venue for the city’s 2021 Mardi Gras season. The new venue will be needed once the Mobile Civic Center is torn down and replaced with a new, but undetermined, facility. The Civic Center, for decades, has been one of the city’s most popular spots for some of the largest and most elaborate balls during the annual Mardi Gras festivity. By John Sharp, al.com. SENT: 555 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ JAZZ FEST _ It’s galoshes and mud boots ahead for fans of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as the two-week celebration of its 50th anniversary nears an end. The festival gates opened at 12:30 p.m. CDT Saturday after a line of thunderstorms hit the city around 11 a.m. when fans normally are let into the Fair Grounds Race Course, where the event is held.

IN SPORTS:

RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Game Winner is the tepid 9-2 favorite for the 145th Kentucky Derby, one of the top three choices saddled by Bob Baffert. A sixth victory would tie the trainer for the most wins ever. Rain is in the forecast. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 5:50 p.m. CDT.

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_ RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from Churchill Downs.

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MISSISSIPPI

TOP STORIES:

TORNADO-CIVIL WAR STATUE

VICKSBURG, Miss. _ A recent tornado in Mississippi damaged one of the monuments dedicated to Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Now, a group is trying to raise about $15,000 to repair the 111-year-old Rhode Island Memorial in the Vicksburg National Military Park. SENT: 422 words.

MOSQUITOES-HELICOPTER

SLIDELL, La. _ A Louisiana parish is bringing in a helicopter from Mississippi to fight West Nile virus this year. A news release says the helicopter will drop anti-mosquito bacteria into a St. Tammany Parish neighborhood where one-fifth of the parish’s infected mosquito pools were found last year. Because mosquitoes are so small, groups of 50 or more of the same species are tested together for the virus. SENT: 320 words.

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EXCHANGE-EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

MAYHEW, Miss. — Twins Kierra and Krystal Hayes, 17, do everything together. They started kindergarten together and now they will graduate high school together. But before they receive their high school diploma, the two will graduate with an associate’s degree from East Mississippi Community College. By Mary Pollitz, The Commercial Dispatch. SENT: 1,019 words.

IN BRIEF:

_CIVIL RIGHTS-CAMERA DONATION _ A photographer who captured iconic images of black students challenging segregation is donating his camera to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. AP Photos

_ MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE COMMENCEMENT _ A civil rights attorney is headlining graduation ceremonies at Mississippi Valley State University.

_ ALCORN STATE COMMENCEMENT _ Alcorn State University is awarding more than 400 diplomas to graduates as they hear from the head of Mississippi’s largest electrical utility.

_ JAZZ FEST _ It’s galoshes and mud boots ahead for fans of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as the two-week celebration of its 50th anniversary nears an end.

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