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BC-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

May 11, 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ABORTION BANS-STATES

UNDATED _ If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,084 words.

AP Photos NYAG602-0320181640, GAATJ301-0507191322.

EARLY LEARNING

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Parents in west Georgia and east Alabama now have a new resource to help their babies and toddlers learn before they enter school. The new program being offered is the first of its kind in both states, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. SENT: 507 words.

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ROOFTOP BEEHIVES

ROME, Ga. _ Rome beekeepers Andi Beyer and Monica Sheppard may have found an ideal location to help the proliferation of pollinators in downtown Rome. Beyer and Sheppard, working with Hawthorn Suites Hotel owner Ira Levy, established three new hives on the roof of the hotel downtown. By Doug Walker, The Rome News-Tribune. SENT: 403 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GRAVE MARKERS _ Local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution are preparing to mark the Augusta grave sites of two Revolutionary War officers.

_ SAVANNAH-RIDE PROGRAM _ The City of Savannah starts a new on-demand ride service through an app called Downtowner.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-DIAMONDBACKS. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

POLICE ACADEMY

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ In South Carolina, all police officers are certified and trained at one central academy. But with the demand for officers on the rise, the academy is changing how it operates to get new officers into squad cars and in the community faster. Police departments across the state send their new officers to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. They spend 12 weeks at the Columbia campus for a basic training program, learning about the law, firearms, tactics to remain safe, strategies for keeping the peace and order and deescalating problems. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 620 words.

AP Photos NYPS215-0418161843.

FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA

LAS VEGAS _ Nevada’s U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured a site north of Las Vegas where the federal government is storing weapons-grade plutonium secretly shipped from South Carolina last year. Aides said the Friday visit to the Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site and briefings with Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen were closed to the media and public. National Nuclear Security Administration head Lisa Gordon-Hagerty also made the trip. SENT: 650 words.

AP Photos LA503-0218970826, LA502-0321970826.

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EXCHANGE-FRATERNITY REUNION

CLEMSON _ Bobby Ballentine did not plan on joining a fraternity when he was walking with his roommate on the Clemson College campus in the spring of 1961. He went past a fraternity recruitment event being held by Kappa Delta Chi. It was the first official rush for the newly founded group, and Ballentine was invited in by Bob Newton, one of the original brothers. That ended up shaping the entire course of his life. By Mollie R. Simon, The Greenville News. SENT: 820 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TOURISM PUSH _ Tourism officials in one of South Carolina’s lesser known places want its residents to share stories about why it’s a great place to be.

_ ENDING RECIDIVISM _ A program to prevent former inmates from returning to prison has launched in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

_ CHEROKEE SCHOOLS-SUPERINTENDENT _The Cherokee County School District board of trustees has narrowed its superintendent search to three finalists.

IN SPORTS:

HKN--HURRICANES-BRUINS PREVIEW

BOSTON _ The Carolina Hurricanes prepare for Sunday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. The Bruins won the opener 5-2. By Jimmy Golen. Developing from 1:30 p.m. practice.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-SCHOOL BOARD

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Saying the state has a broken system of education governance, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Republican Alabama Senate leader are seeking to replace the elected state school board with a new commission appointed by the governor. The proposed constitutional amendment would be a massive overhaul of how public education is governed in the state and end Alabama’s status as one of only a few states with an elected state school board. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 573 words.

ABORTION BANS-STATES

UNDATED _ If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,084 words.

AP Photos NYAG602-0320181640, GAATJ301-0507191322.

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ An Alabama inmate’s attorney has asked the governor to halt his Thursday lethal injection. Michael Brandon Samra was 19 when he participated in the 1997 slayings of four people, including two children. SENT: 482 words.

EARLY LEARNING

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Parents in west Georgia and east Alabama now have a new resource to help their babies and toddlers learn before they enter school. The new program being offered is the first of its kind in both states, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. SENT: 507 words.

BEARD WINNER

OXFORD, Miss. _ A Mississippi chef has won a major culinary award after five previous nominations, a victory that the chef describes as “just an incredible feeling.” The James Beard Foundation on Monday named Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford as its 2019 winner for best chef in the foundation’s South region. SENT: 269 words.

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ALABAMA ZOO ELEPHANT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ An elephant who has spent nearly a decade at the Birmingham Zoo is headed off to breed. Callee, an 18-year-old African elephant, is leaving the Trails of Africa exhibit after eight years to join a breeding herd at another zoo and start a family of his own. The move is expected sometime this summer, and zoo officials have not yet released where Callee is going or an exact date of the move. By Ivana Hrynkiw, al.com. SENT: 351 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEADLY TWISTER-AID _ The government says hundreds of people have sought federal aid since a tornado killed nearly two dozen people in east Alabama this spring.

_ MEASLES CASE _ Alabama health officials say subsequent testing shows an Alabama infant did not have measles.

_ TULANE-HONORARY DOCTORATES _ Apple CEO Tim Cook, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet (bah-KAY), actress Blythe Danner and U.S. Rep. John Lewis will receive honorary doctorates at Tulane University’s 2019 commencement May 18.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Steve Stricker took a two-stroke lead over David Toms into the third round of the Regions Tradition, a PGA Tour Champions major. UPCOMING: 500 words. Expected by 4 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-LOUISIANA TAXES

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana lawmakers shouldn’t be creating new tax break programs less than a year after reaching a tax compromise that ended nearly a decade of budget instability, said Gov. John Bel Edwards, suggesting he’d jettison any pricey exemptions that might reach his desk. “For the most part, it’s a conversation we should not be having,” the Democratic governor said Friday. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 399 words.

LSU-PUERTO RICO-SALVINIA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana State University is working with a private citizen and a university in Puerto Rico to control an invasive South American weed that can quickly form dense mats over waterways. Recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island in 2017, leaves Puerto Rico with few resources to fight giant salvinia, and it’s important to bring back freshwater habitat, LSU AgCenter entomologist Rodrigo Diaz said in a news release Friday. SENT: 324 words.

ABORTION BANS-STATES

UNDATED _ If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,084 words.

AP Photos NYAG602-0320181640, GAATJ301-0507191322.

JAMES BEARD WINNER

OXFORD, Miss. _ A Mississippi chef has won a major culinary award after five previous nominations, a victory that the chef describes as “just an incredible feeling.” The James Beard Foundation on Monday named Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford as its 2019 winner for best chef in the foundation’s South region. SENT: 269 words.

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EXCHANGE-CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

NEW ORLEANS _ Even before families step inside the huge new Louisiana Children’s Museum building slated to open in New Orleans City Park this summer, they’ll already have encountered some of the whimsical and playful exhibits that museum leaders hope will inspire and educate visitors of all ages. A carved stone labyrinth will stand on one side of the museum. In front of that entrance, families will step on a footbridge and wade through fog and mist generated by an interactive sculpture created by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. By Della Hasselle, The New Orleans Advocate. SENT: 1,130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TULANE-HONORARY DOCTORATES _ Apple CEO Tim Cook, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, actress Blythe Danner and U.S. Rep. John Lewis will receive honorary doctorates at Tulane University’s 2019 commencement May 18.

_ STATE PARKS-POOLS _ Louisiana’s state parks system is opening its public swimming pools later this month, to kick off Memorial Day weekend.

IN SPORTS:

FBN—SAINTS-ROOKIE CAMP

METAIRIE, La. _ Two of the New Orleans Saints’ top three draft choices play safety, and coaches were getting a first look at Florida’s Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Rutgers’ Saquan Hampton during rookie minicamp this weekend. While incumbent starting safeties Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams both remain on the club, their new understudies could be pressed into service sooner than later at a position where depth was thin heading into the draft. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words. By 3:30 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION BANS-STATES

UNDATED _ If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,084 words.

AP Photos NYAG602-0320181640, GAATJ301-0507191322.

JAMES BEARD WINNER

OXFORD, Miss. _ A Mississippi chef has won a major culinary award after five previous nominations, a victory that the chef describes as “just an incredible feeling.” The James Beard Foundation on Monday named Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford as its 2019 winner for best chef in the foundation’s South region. SENT: 269 words.

KRATOM BANS-MISSISSIPPI

TUPELO, Miss. _ Northeast Mississippi is leading the state in criminalizing the possession and sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product. A total of 28 counties and cities, all in that part of the state, have made possession or sale a misdemeanor, urged on by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and a Columbus-area anti-kratom group, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. SENT: 494 words.

LSU-PUERTO RICO-SALVINIA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana State University is working with a private citizen and a university in Puerto Rico to control an invasive South American weed that can quickly form dense mats over waterways. Recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island in 2017, leaves Puerto Rico with few resources to fight giant salvinia, and it’s important to bring back freshwater habitat, LSU AgCenter entomologist Rodrigo Diaz said in a news release Friday. SENT: 324 words.

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SNAKE SNAKE GO AWAY

JACKSON, Miss. _ Spring is here and snakes are on the move. Some people enjoy encounters with snakes while others would rather never see one at all, particularly near their home. A search on the internet will reveal products specifically formulated to repel snakes and there are plenty of home concoctions out there including placing mothballs around your house to keep snakes at bay. But don’t be surprised if they don’t work and you still find a snake slithering near your house. “There’s commercial snake repellents,” said herpetologist Terry Vandeventer with the Living Reptile Museum. “The No. 1 repellent in the South is mothballs. By Brian Broom, The Clarion Ledger. SENT: 752 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS-TRAVEL _ Commissioners of a Mississippi airport and five of the airport’s staff members are planning a 12-day trip in June to attend the International Paris Air Show, at public expense.

_ MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN COMMENCEMENT _ The Mississippi University for women is celebrating more than 400 graduates.

_ MILLSAPS COMMENCEMENT _ Two authors and a urologist are receiving honorary degrees from Millsaps College.

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