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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

October 7, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Georgia general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia General Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia General Election Testing

TOP STORIES:

PEOPLE-KATT WILLIAMS-ARREST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Comedian Katt Williams has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a hired driver during an argument about taking him and his dog from the Portland, Oregon, airport to a performance in the city. Williams, who was in jail Sunday, came to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ’N Out” comedy improv show Friday night. Williams has been charged with assault in the fourth degree, and an arraignment is scheduled for Monday. He also was arrested for an out-of-state warrant from Georgia. SENT: 375 words.

SAVANNAH AIRPORT

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah/Hilton Head International airport is getting a $7.6 million grant to upgrade the facility near Georgia’s coast. The Savannah Airport Commission recently voted to accept the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for a terminal apron expansion project. The money was part of recent $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states awarded by the FAA. SENT: 325 words.

AIRPORT CONTRACTS-REED

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found that two law firm partners — both close associates of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — had financial interests that experts say could have disqualified the law firm from defending the city against claims that some airport contracts were awarded unfairly. The AJC’s investigation found that Paul Hastings partners William K. Whitner and Dennis Ellis fought legal challenges to lucrative airport contracts on the city’s behalf, according to hundreds of legal invoices obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-GREEK RESTAURANT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The busiest little place on Jesse Jewell Parkway, Alpha Gyro Grill, celebrated its one-year anniversary in September by giving out free dessert to everyone who stopped in. For the regulars at Alpha, a sample is no surprise — the owners of Gainesville’s bustling Greek restaurant, husband-and-wife team Christos Nicolaou and Sally Griffin and former Atlanta restaurant manager George Giannoulas, have established themselves as a local favorite with dedicated followers. Its only problem is one also covering the rest of downtown Gainesville: parking. By Layne Saliba.

IN BRIEF:

— OBIT-SCOTT WILSON — Scott Wilson, who played the murderer Robert Hickock in 1967′s “In Cold Blood” and was a series regular on “The Walking Dead,” has died. He was 76. AP PHOTO.

— HOTEL ROBBERIES — Police have arrested two women, saying they were robbing men of expensive watches at Atlanta hotels.

— BOAT STORAGE FIRE — Nearly 90 boats have burned in a massive blaze at a north Georgia boat storage facility.

— MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS — Four people have been arrested after a series of shootings that a police chief says turned an east Georgia town into a “war zone.”

— POLICE DRONES — A Georgia police department is getting ready to put its first drones on duty.

— VICTIMS VISITORS’ DAY — Georgia’s parole board is inviting crime victims to speak with parole staff at an event in north Georgia later this month.

SPORTS

FBN--FALCONS-STEELERS

PITTSBURGH — The Atlanta Falcons (1-3) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1) on Sunday. The Steelers have never lost to Atlanta at home but have dropped three consecutive games at Heinz Field. Game begins at 1 p.m. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKN--PRESEASON RDP

The NBA preseason continues with five games on the schedule, including: — Hawks-Thunder, 3 p.m. — Tulsa, OK; Rockets-Spurs, 4 p.m.; Bucks-Timberwolves, 8 p.m. — Ames, IA; Jazz-Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. UPCOMING: 800 words. Games start at 3 p.m. Developing

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll. After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant movement throughout the AP Top 25 , except in the first four spots. By Ralph Russo: SENT: 568 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 South Carolina general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-SC_South Carolina General Election Testing / AP-SC_South Carolina General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

FLOOD MAPS

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county is getting new flood maps for the first time in 14 years, but it’s possible they’re already out of date. The Post and Courier reports Charleston County’s new flood maps won’t include data from floods of 2015, 2016 or 2017, meaning some areas that went underwater during those events won’t be designated as high risk. SENT: 495 words.

SAVANNAH AIRPORT

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah/Hilton Head International airport is getting a $7.6 million grant to upgrade the facility near Georgia’s coast. The Savannah Airport Commission recently voted to accept the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for a terminal apron expansion project. The money was part of recent $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states awarded by the FAA. SENT: 325 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-FLOODED CHURCH

NICHOLS, S.C. — Craig Graham spent part of a recent Saturday morning on his hands and knees behind the sanctuary in Nichols Baptist Church, taking up flooring that congregants had worked to place about 18 months ago after Hurricane Matthew. Elsewhere in the church four dehumidifiers hummed, several fans ran and the voices of other volunteers rang out. On the church’s front steps was a pile of carpet that had, until Hurricane Florence, been on the floor in the sanctuary. By Matthew Robertson. Florence Morning News.

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE-HIGHWAY DELAYS — Hurricane Florence may be gone, but temporary dams are still causing traffic snarls on a South Carolina highway.

— PLASTIC BAG BAN — Plastic bags will soon become scarce in another part of South Carolina.

SPORTS

FBN--GIANTS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian McCaffrey, C.J. Anderson and the Panthers No. 1-running game will look to take advantage of the New York Giants’ 29th-ranked run defense when the two teams meet in an NFC showdown. by Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EDT

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Alabama general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-AL_Alabama General Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

MILITARY-SCHOOLS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The poor reputation of schools in Alabama’s capital city is creating friction with the city’s Air Force base. Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of Air University and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, says the state of schools in the community is putting a strain on his job, with airmen arriving on base alone and faculty members showing reluctance to accept positions at the highly regarded base. More than 56 percent of airmen in last year’s Air War College came to Montgomery without their families, he said, with schools being the No. 1 reason given in surveys to find out why they spent the time apart. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-BATTLING BREAST CANCER

PRICEVILLE, Ala. — Pink lights illuminate the walkway leading to Traci DeWeese’s front door where a pink wreath hangs. The 45-year-old Priceville woman — known for her caring and giving spirit — installed the lights a week after undergoing her first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. “I was never a pink person. I am a fan of pink now, though,” DeWeese said, pointing to pink paintings, a pink necklace and a gray blanket with pink lettering. “One of my friends even gave me a pink superhero cape. Cancer is not going to be what gets me. I’m stronger than that. Yes, I’m a survivor, but I’m also a warrior. I’m a fighter.” By Catherine Godbey.

EXCHANGE-AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Delicate lace curtains fall over each window of a two-story, olive green house on the corner of Paul W. Bryant Drive and Lurleen Wallace Boulevard. The curtains are whispers of the history encased in and around the Murphy-Collins House. But nestled inside, awaiting visitors, sits much more. The historic bungalow structure is home to the Murphy African-American Museum. Inside its walls are exhibits that serve as visual narrations of the importance of African-Americans’ history and contributions to Tuscaloosa, the state and, on an even grander scale, society. By Kelcey Sexton.

IN BRIEF:

— COUNTY BUILDING — A north Alabama county is spending $3.3 million on a former supermarket to create a service center for residents.

— SMOKING RESTRICTIONS — Anti-smoking advocates say they hope to strengthen smoking restrictions across northwest Alabama after Sheffield passed a tighter ordinance.

— PAROLE BOARD-PROSECUTOR — Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey is criticizing the state parole board, saying violent offenders are being released at an “alarming rate.”

— FOX BITES — State health officials say a woman in south Alabama was bitten by a rabid raccoon and another woman was bitten by a fox.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT

NEW ORLEANS — They are three judges on a conservative appeals court, nominated by conservative Republican presidents — two by Ronald Reagan and one by George W. Bush. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that means they are in accord on all matters. One of them took the other two to task for their recent ruling on a Louisiana abortion clinic law. “It is apparent that when abortion comes on stage it shadows the role of settled judicial rules,” Reagan nominee Patrick Higginbotham said in his recent dissent attached to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 600 words, moved in advance.

WATER EMERGENCY

CLAYTON, La. — A Louisiana mayor says the town stopped paying its water system contractor because it can’t afford the bills. However, some residents of Clayton tell KNOE-TV that they question that explanation after Gov. John Bel Edwards declared an emergency Friday. They question whether Mayor Josephine Washington and aldermen are working well together. Edwards directed state officials to sign an emergency contract with the operator, JCP Management. That contract will cost more than $5,200 a month. SENT: 400 words.

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EXCHANGE-SIBLINGS CONNECTED

BATON ROUGE, La. — Adopted as a toddler from a children’s home in Latvia, Baton Rouge’s Brandon Gautreau always wondered about his birth family. But, separated by an ocean and language, he didn’t hold out much hope of ever finding out about them. Then, his mother, Trisha Gautreau, started typing names into Facebook’s search bar. Now, Brandon, 25, has not only learned about his relatives, but he has traveled across the world to meet them. By George Morris. The Advocate.

EXCHANGE-RUGBY PLAYER

HOUMA, La. — Plenty of high school students from the area head to Mexico for their senior trips at the end of each school year. But for one local teen, his experience in Mexico over this past summer didn’t feature relaxing on a beach in Cozumel or Cancun. By Kelly Mcelroy. Houma Courier.

IN BRIEF:

— PRINCIPAL KILLED — A south Louisiana man has been arrested in connection with the death of a retired principal.

— STEROIDS CHARGES — A northwest Louisiana school board member, a fourth-grade teacher and the teacher’s husband face federal steroids charges.

— BRIDGE-EXPLOSIVE DEVICE — Investigators continue to look into how an explosive device ended up on an interstate bridge in northwest Louisiana.

— LOUISIANA SCHOOLS HONORED — Six Louisiana public schools are 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, a federal designation to honor schools that are high-performing or that have closed achievement gaps.

SPORTS

FBN--SAINTS-BREES-LONGETIVTY

NEW ORLEANS — When Peyton Manning eclipsed Brett Favre to become the NFL’s all-time yards passing leader, the end was in sight. With Drew Brees primed to surpass both marks as soon as Monday night against Washington, the Saints’ star QB is matching the production of his prime. His current form suggests he’ll smash the yardage record by thousands of yards. By Brett Martel. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll. After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant movement throughout the AP Top 25 , except in the first four spots. By Ralph Russo: SENT: 568 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 6 Mississippi general election on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-MS_Mississippi General Election Testing / AP-MS_Mississippi General Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. — If a debate in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race to fill out the unexpired term of the retired Thad Cochran had gone off as planned last Thursday at Millsaps College in Jackson, you might be reading more about the event in this space. But the debate fell apart after appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she wouldn’t be there. Then top Democratic challenger and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy said he wasn’t coming if Hyde-Smith wasn’t there. Pretty soon, Mississippi Public Broadcasting dropped plans to broadcast the event if only Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel and Democratic candidate Tobey Bernard Bartee were coming. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 600 words, moved in advance.

PONZI SCHEME-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — A lawyer trying to recover money for investors in a collapsed Ponzi scheme is suing three people who sold the investments, demanding they return millions of dollars in commissions. The lawsuits were filed last week by Allyson Mills, the receiver who’s trying to collect assets in the $100-million-plus Madison Timber Ponzi scheme, which sold bogus rights to cut timber, promising high rates of interest. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-WRITER SYMPOSIUM

COLUMBUS, Miss. — It’s been 93 years since Eudora Welty enrolled at what is now Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Each year, the school honors the Mississippi writer with a weekend of Welty. By W. Derek Russell.

EXCHANGE-COOKBOOK PROJECT

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Laurin Stamm served as the food editor of the Vicksburg Post for more than 50 years. Stamm was not a chef by trade she was a journalist. Nevertheless, when then city editor Charlie Faulk gave her the assignment to write a food story, Stamm did her job, and as she acknowledged in the introduction of her cookbook, “From the Kitchen of the Cypress House,” which was published following her retirement in 2011, the rest is history. By Terri Cowart.

IN BRIEF:

— JAIL-CARBON MONOXIDE — At least two inmates at a south Mississippi jail were taken to hospitals after carbon monoxide was discovered there.

— HIT AND RUN-CAPITAL MURDER — A Mississippi Gulf Coast man has been charged with capital murder in a hit-and-run incident.

— STATE WORKER-EMBEZZLEMENT — Attorney General Jim Hood says a former worker for the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System has been sentenced to prison for illegally taking nearly $64,000.

— EMBEZZLEMENT VIDEO — A video shows that a Columbus city councilman improperly obtained hundreds of dollars of merchandise from a store.

SPORTS

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Notre Dame moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated Press college football poll. After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant movement throughout the AP Top 25 , except in the first four spots. By Ralph Russo: SENT: 568 words.

FBC--T25-FLORIDA-DARING DAN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jump pass. Double pass. Rocker step. Throwback pass. And that’s apparently just a glimpse into Dan Mullen’s playbook. The first-year Florida coach has turned to a little trickery to help the 22nd-ranked Gators mask their offensive deficiencies. “Daring Dan” is perfect on the season, too. By Mark Long. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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