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AP-Deep South News Digest

December 3, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A forensic examination shows a black man was shot three times in the back side of his body when an Alabama police officer mistook him for the shooter after gunfire erupted at a crowded shopping mall. The family’s attorney said the results are “devastating” to the family of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. At an emotional news conference, Emantic Bradford Sr. angrily jabbed his finger at the TV cameras as he addressed the unnamed officer, saying “you’re a coward!” By Jay Reeves. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

BOIL WATER

ATLANTA— An advisory to boil water before consuming was issued in Atlanta following a problem at a pumping station. Local news outlets report that parts of the city lost water service, or experienced low water pressure Monday morning. SENT 130 words: Upcoming 300 words

IN BRIEF:

— SEVERE STORMS-GEORGIA — Navy spokesman: Suspected tornado left 5 with minor injuries, tossed at least 2 vehicles into the water and damaged a couple of small buildings at a submarine base on the coast of Georgia.

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North America tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Venues include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

— TEXAS-ADJUSTANT GENERAL — An Iraq War veteran with more than 30 years of military service has been named the first female Adjutant General of Texas. She previously served in the Army National Guard in Georgia.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-QUINN’S CRISIS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Coach Dan Quinn says the reeling Falcons are facing the biggest challenge in his time with the team after four straight losses dropped the team to 4-8. The biggest surprise is the collapse of the once-potent offense. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--WARRIORS-HAWKS

ATLANTA — The Golden State Warriors, who have lost six of their last nine games, look to turn things around against the Atlanta Hawks, one of the NBA’s worst teams. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKC_TEXAS SOUTHERN-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — Nicolas Claxton and Georgia try to improve to 5-3 as Texas Southern visits Stegeman Colisem. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--NHL MEETINGS

SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The NHL Board of Governors opens its annual December meeting with updates on collective bargaining talks and other topics before considering Seattle expansion. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photo by 7:30 p.m. EST.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

BASEBALL BAT DEATH

INMAN, S.C. — A sheriff in South Carolina says a man called 911 to say he killed a woman with a baseball bat and he would turn himself in after he smoked crack. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said 63-year-old William Tommie Smith’s brother called deputies and led them to his brother immediately after the Sunday morning killing. Authorities say the Inman home where 55-year-old Brenda Tanner was killed burned down several hours later in a suspicious fire. SENT: 300 words.

MUSIC-Q&A-HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hootie & the Blowfish are returning with a new tour and album 25 years after “Cracked Rear View” launched the South Carolina-based rock band. The four-piece band, led by Darius Rucker, broke out in 1994 with its 21-times platinum debut record, but hasn’t put out an album in a decade. To recognize its anniversary, the band will release a new album and tour 44 cities in 2019. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DOG DEATHS — Authorities say more than a dozen dogs were killed in a fire apparently caused by a heat lamp that was being used to keep the dogs warm.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A forensic examination shows a black man was shot three times in the back side of his body when an Alabama police officer mistook him for the shooter after gunfire erupted at a crowded shopping mall. The family’s attorney said the results are “devastating” to the family of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. At an emotional news conference, Emantic Bradford Sr. angrily jabbed his finger at the TV cameras as he addressed the unnamed officer, saying “you’re a coward!” By Jay Reeves. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

INMATE KILLED

ATMORE, Ala. — An Alabama inmate has been stabbed to death and several others have been injured at a prison. The prison system said that Vaquerro Kinjuan Armstrong was fatally stabbed Sunday at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. SENT: 228 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DECK COLLAPSE — Authorities in Alabama say nine people were injured when a deck collapsed during a house fire.

— CHRISTMAS TREE — The official state Christmas tree has arrived at the Alabama Capitol and will soon be aglow in lights.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-HEISMAN-TAGOVAILOA

Damien Harris thinks Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the best player in college football, and scoffs at the notion that he needs a so-called Heisman moment to prove it. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With: Glance

FBC--HEISMAN-FINALISTS

NEW YORK — Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will meet in the College Football Playoff and likely before that as they are expected to be among the Heisman Trophy finalists. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Finalists to be announced by 6:45 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. — Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy ended months of speculation about the Louisiana governor’s race by deciding he won’t run against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in 2019. The shocking announcement Monday removes a formidable opponent from the race and leaves Republicans scrambling without a well-known contender as they try to unseat the Deep South’s only Democratic governor. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 741 words, photos.

FATAL CARJACKING-PASTOR’S WIFE

NEW ORLEANS — Three teens have been arrested after a New Orleans pastor’s wife was run over and killed by her own car during a carjacking. They were arrested Saturday in 49-year-old Jeannot Franco Plessy’s death, news outlets reported. Authorities said Plessy was pulled from a car and thrown to the ground while stopped in front of her daughter’s home Nov. 27. As her son-in-law tried to stop the carjacking, the teens reversed the vehicle, running over Plessy. SENT: 402 words.

UNFASHIONABLE ALLIGATORS

NEW ORLEANS — Here’s a fashion trend that’s good news, if you’re an alligator in Louisiana: Prices for skins are down to less than half what they were just five years ago, making for a slow wild harvest this year. Jeb Linscombe directs the state’s alligator program, and he estimates that only 18,000 were taken from the wild this year, from a population of nearly 2 million just in Louisiana. But he says “alligators are cannibalistic,” so “the population will control itself.” By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 468 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—INMATE DIES— An official says an inmate being held at the New Orleans jail for attempted murder has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

—BUDDY GUY— Blues legend Buddy Guy will be honored in his Louisiana hometown this weekend.

SPORTS:

BKN--CLIPPERS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans try to climb back above .500 when they host the Clippers on Monday night. Los Angeles fell at Dallas on Sunday after winning its previous four. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 8 p.m. ET

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

MISSISSIPPI-STATE RETIREES

The Mississippi attorney general has issued a legal opinion saying it’s ok for some retired state employees to serve in the state Legislature while simultaneously receiving state pension benefits SENT: 469 words

IN BRIEF:

— FATHER DIES-SON CHARGED — A Mississippi man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his father.

— DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN — Police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash in Jackson.

—AUDIT DEMAND— The Mississippi auditor is demanding payment of $673,000 from the estate of a longtime county official who died in August.

—BUDDY GUY— Blues legend Buddy Guy will be honored in his Louisiana hometown this weekend.

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