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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

May 17, 2018

Good morning! 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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 These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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:

ELECTION SECURITY-NO PAPER TRAIL

As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries cybersecurity experts. By Christina A. Cassidy. Developing.

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 7:00 p.m. in Atlanta. Developing.

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.

RAPPER TI-ARRESTED

A lawyer for rapper T.I. says the Grammy-winning hip hop artist never got to tell his side of the story to police who arrested him after a pre-dawn attempt this week to enter his gated community near Atlanta. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 611 words.

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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:

— 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.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

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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.

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, photos.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. — More people in Louisiana could soon be eligible for medical marijuana 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 by late summer. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— 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.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— 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.

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