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BC-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

April 6, 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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XGR--DID NOT PASS-2019

ATLANTA _ With new Republican Gov. Brian Kemp at the helm of the state, Georgia’s 2019 legislative session brought plenty of action. Several of Kemp’s main priorities — including teacher pay raises, a restrictive abortion ban and a Medicaid waiver authorization — translated into legislative action and were passed by the General Assembly. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 706 words.

AP Photos GAJB106-0402192010, GAJB107-0402192359.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Georgia Southern University’s new President Kyle Marrero is pledging to be a president for both Statesboro and Savannah campuses. Since the consolidation of Georgia Southern and the former Armstrong University, students haven’t understood the strengths of the combined university, Marrero said. That’s partly because the leadership has changed so often, he said. SENT: 277 words.

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MARTIAL ARTS FOR THE BLIND

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Martial arts instructor George Freeman said he believes everyone has the right to defend themselves. And he’s working to share that belief with others through a self-defense program for the blind at his martial arts studio in Savannah. “The community of blind people and those with low vision are not represented at most schools,” said Freeman. By Brittini Ray. The Savannah Morning News.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEADLY STANDOFF-VIGIL _ A community prayer vigil is happening Saturday in Georgia to honor Sandra White and her 16-year-old son, Arkeyvion White.

_ JUDICIAL NOMINEE-GEORGIA _ President Donald Trump picks former federal prosecutor for vacant judge’s position in Georgia.

_ VOLUNTEER POLICE MONITORS _ The Duluth Police Department is looking for residents to help with their Virtual Patrol program.

_ PHYSICIAN-DRUG SENTENCE _ A 69-year-old physician is heading to prison for illegally prescribing opioids at clinics in Georgia.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Miami’s Sandy Alcantara will looks for his second straight win to open the season as he makes his first career start against the Braves, who will have Kyle Wright on the mound as they try to extend their four-game winning streak. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m.

GLF--AUGUSTA WOMEN’S AMATUER

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Jennifer Kupcho has a one-shot lead as 30 women compete at the home of the Masters for the first time in the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. EDT.

GLF--MASTERS-KEY ANNIVERSARIES

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the Masters: 75 years ago (1944): Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts decided after the 1942 Masters to stop the tournament for the rest of World War II. According to the Augusta Chronicle, the club’s greenskeeper raised turkey and cattle on the grounds while the club was closed. Roberts said in his autobiography that the cattle destroyed several azalea and camellia bushes and ate the bark of several young trees. There were plenty of connections to the Masters. Jones was commissioned as a captain in the Army Air Corps, and his unit landed at Normandy a day after the D-Day invasion. Leading the Normandy invasion was Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later became a member at Augusta National during his two terms as U.S. president. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 810 words.

AP Photos NY150-0413691439, NY153-0410942200, NY151-0412091822, NY152-0413141908.

GLF--MASTERS-MAGNOLIA

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Tucked away on the far end of Augusta National is the toughest par 4 on the front nine. For this Masters, it has become a little tougher. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 803 words.

AP Photos NY155-0331100800, NY154-0411091441, NY156-0408951123.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-ERNEST ‘FRITZ’ HOLLINGS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 97. Family spokesman Andy Brack, who also served at times for Hollings as spokesman during his Senate career, said Hollings died at his home on the Isle of Palms early Saturday. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 1,108 words.

AP Photos NY112-0723101155, NY111-1116041718, NY110-1110660000, NY109-0720830000, NY108-0720830000, NY107-0420710000.

WITH: OBIT-ERNEST ‘FRITZ’ HOLLINGS-REACTION

WITH: ERNEST HOLLINGS-BIO BOX

COURT RULES

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Public defenders and prosecutors in South Carolina say they are close to a compromise on uniform rules allowing defendants time to prepare for trials but allowing prosecutors to move forward only when they are ready. Solicitors, the chief elected prosecutors, would still get to decide what cases are called and their order, but they would have to publish the list no later than 35 days before a court term starts, according to a bill being worked on in subcommittees in both the House and Senate. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 545 words.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

UNDATED _ It’s Bernie versus Beto in Iowa on a busy campaign weekend in the early nominating states. The two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are holding dueling events just days after Bernie Sanders won the campaign cash derby for the first quarter of the year. The Vermont senator raised more than $18 million in 41 days, while Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, reported $9.4 million in 18 days. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 295 words.

AP Photos NYSW110-0405190652, IASIO700-0404191759, NHCK108-0405191844, NYBM102-0404190923, NYSW107-0405191024, WX129-0124191919.

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STUDENT PROPOSAL-TRASH

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. _ When three fifth-grade students from Hilton Head Elementary School approached the Hilton Head Island Town Council in December, the audience sat up straighter to hear their case. Rosa Olivetti, Joshua Prada and Ethan Simpson presented what they said was a simple solution for litter on the beach: Secure and cover the trash cans so they can’t tip over and pollute the water. By Katherine Kokal, The Island Packet of Hilton Head.

IN BRIEF:

_ HORSESHOE CRAB MATING _ Wildlife researchers in South Carolina want to know where horseshoe crabs go when the mood strikes them.

_ BODY IN TRUNK _ Authorities say a 22-year-old missing man was found shot to death in his own trunk.

IN SPORTS:

TEN--CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki and No. 8 seed Madison Keys try to reach the finals of the Volvo Car Open on Saturday. UPCOMING, 150 words from 1 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA SENATE

LAS VEGAS _ Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is joining the Republican race to win back the Senate seat from Democrat Doug Jones in 2020. Tuberville is set to announce his candidacy Saturday, according to a person familiar with Tuberville’s decision. This person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss Tuberville’s plans and spoke on condition of anonymity. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 192 words.

ALABAMA AUTO INDUSTRY-LAYOFFS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ More than 300 workers will be laid off from three automotive suppliers in west Alabama, state officials said. Faurecia Seating intends to lay off 118 workers from its plant in Cottondale beginning May 31, the Alabama Department of Commerce announced recently. SENT: 222 words.

XGR--ETHICS BILL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama’s ethics chief and attorney general are opposing legislation that would make significant changes to the state ethics law, including allowing lobbyists to give limitless gifts to public officials. The bill by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, would eliminate the current ban on public officials receiving gifts of monetary value and instead replace it with a requirement to report everything that is given. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 599 words.

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EXCHANGE-INDOOR WATER PARK

FOLEY, Ala. _ An indoor water park, a 200-room resort hotel and conference center and an RV park are coming to the Gulf Coast, officials with OWA announced recently. The $100 million project in Foley is part of the second phase of the OWA development. Construction is slated to begin this summer. OWA is a project by the Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. By Leada Gore. al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ HISTORIC SITES-CLEANUPS _ A nonprofit group is organizing volunteers around Alabama to clean up four historic sites. The American Battlefield Trust says in a news release that the Saturday cleanups were being organized as part of the group’s national “Park Day” event.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, faces fifth-seeded Auburn in a contrast of styles for a spot in the NCAA Tournament championship games. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 6:09 p.m.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-SHINY PEARL

MINNEAPOLIS _ There is a sheen that always seems to glisten on Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. You see, he sweats. A lot. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 987 words.

AP Photos FF128-0405191150, FF119-0405191000, FF115-0405191123.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-THINGS TO KNOW

MINNEAPOLIS _ Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here. Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo. By John Marshall. SENT: 564 words.

AP Photos FF517-0405191448, FF195-0405191219, FF165-0405191137, FF117-0405191132.

CAR--INDYCAR-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Three-time winner Josef Newgarden leads the field into qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, where the pole sitter has won four times. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words. Qualifying starts at 3 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE-THINGS TO KNOW

BATON ROUGE, La. _ The brokering of a hard-fought tax deal to stabilize the budget hasn’t ended Louisiana’s financial feuds as lawmakers return Monday for their annual regular legislative session, facing new fights over spending. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republican leaders are again at odds over budget proposals — though the $1,000 teacher pay raise sought by the governor seems to have found widespread support. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 723 words.

AP Photos NYHK601-0312181750.

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EXCHANGE-SHELTER TRAVEL

LAFAYETTE, La. _ It’s not a panacea to ending euthanasia, but Acadiana pet shelters have been busy shipping animals up north and out west for adoption. Recently in Lafayette Parish, the nonprofit Acadiana Animal Aid shelter shipped a record 234 animals to no-kill shelters in the Northwest via the California-based plane service Wings of Rescue. By Laurence Reisman. The Daily Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

_ TULANE-DEAN _ Tulane University in New Orleans has announced that a leading scholar of Latin American literature will lead the university’s undergraduate college.

_ AYMOND’S NEW DUTIES _ New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Alexandria.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

JAIL VISIT CHANGES

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Starting April 15, a system that will end face-to-face contact between families and inmates at a Mississippi prison may also help those inmates see their families more often. The Commercial Dispatch reports four kiosks outside jail administrators’ offices at Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office will soon be the primary way inmates’ family members can talk to them, a system that jail personnel say will make visits more efficient. SENT: 145 words. Will be updated.

SCHOOL FUNDING PROBLEM

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ A city school district in northern Mississippi says it is losing money because of students being enrolled in the wrong place. The Commercial Dispatch reports that 32 students who live in the city of Columbus were improperly enrolled in Lowndes County schools. After county school officials discovered that the students live in the city, the 32 were transferred to city schools. But state funding will remain with the county school district. SENT: 144 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-LOVEBUG SEASON

JACKSON, Miss. _ Get out your protective gear. Put on your hair nets, face masks, bee suits, chain mail _ whatever you can think of. Lovebug season starts in April and word is they’re going to be worse than ever. “They’re so annoying. They’re terrible,” said Ellisville resident Katherine Parker. “When lovebug season is here, everything shuts down, except the carwash _ it’s busy. By Ellen Ciurczak. The Clarion Ledger.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-COORDINATOR MAKEOVER

OXFORD, Miss. _ Matt Luke guided Mississippi’s football program through the dark days of a two-year NCAA postseason ban. Now the Rebels believe the young coach — along with a few veteran coordinators — can push the program back in the Southeastern Conference’s elite. The Rebels have remade their coaching staff over the winter, paying more than $7 million over the next three years to offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez and defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre. The well-respected duo has more than two decades of Division I head coaching experience between them By David Brandt. SENT: 845 words.

AP Photos MSOXF501-0109192155, NY157-1020181201.

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