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AP-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

August 10, 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 South Carolina 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



TAOS, N.M. — At a remote New Mexico outpost, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and others who came to the area with him last year were by local authorities’ accounts “extremist of the Muslim belief” who trained youth to use fire arms and carry out future school shootings. Yet for the 40-year-old’s father, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, the son he knew before losing touch with him in the past year was not “radical.” He may have been “high-strung,” but the father never believed his son was extreme enough to kill anyone. By Stephen R. Groves and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,066 words, photos, video.


— RAPPER-MUSEUM BOARD — Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has joined the board of an art museum in the city and he says he plans to help grow and diversify its audience.

— HOME ROBBERY — Authorities say two teens have been arrested after robbing a Georgia home twice in one day.

— GEORGIA EARTHQUAKE —The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has hit northwest Georgia.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)


— SNAPCHAT-KITTEN TORTURED — Two South Carolina teen boys are charged with trying to drown a kitten in a video posted to Snapchat.

— BACK PAY BEATING — A South Carolina restaurant owner is accused of beating an employee who asked about the pay he was owed.

— BODY BEHIND CHURCH — The body of a woman has been found behind a South Carolina church.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As Alabama Democrats head into what they hope will be a rebuilding year , some are arguing for new leadership. Peck Fox is challenging Nancy Worley for the chairmanship on the party. The executive committee meets Saturday in Montgomery to elect new officers. By Kim Chandler. Developing.


— HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS-SUPERINTENDENT — An Alabama school system has named its interim superintendent to the position permanently while it’s also dealing with financial struggles.

— TRAFFICKING MINISTRY FOUNDER ARRESTED — The founder of an Alabama Christian ministry shelter that fights sex trafficking has been arrested in a drug raid.

— CLASSROOM CELLPHONE BAN — A school system in Alabama will no longer allow students to use cellphones in its high school and middle school classrooms.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s voting machine replacement project comes with a heftier price tag than previous estimates, nearing $100 million. The winning bidder was awarded the contract under a cloud of controversy. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Their numbers may be dwindling, but the United Daughters of the Confederacy still have some fight in them. Members of the 124-year-old memorial group are fighting in court to protect their monuments to the “Lost Cause.” Among their lawsuits: One filed in Louisiana after the Caddo Parish Commission adopted a resolution on Oct. 19 to remove a Confederate monument from its courthouse grounds.


— 911 DIRECTOR FIRED — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has fired the city’s 911 system director.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)


— FORESTRY COMMISSION-COLORADO WILDFIRES — Mississippi is sending 20 firefighters to help battle wildfires in Colorado.

— PRISON GUARD SUSPENDED — A correctional guard is on unpaid suspension after she was caught with a cellphone, marijuana, and spice upon reporting to work at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

— ARMED ROBBERY CONVICTION — The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed the armed robbery and burglary conviction of a man who was identified by a tattoo on his face.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to

The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The South Carolina AP Bureau: apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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