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BC-Deep South News Digest

March 1, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CONGRESSIONAL PILGRIMAGE-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Dozens of members of Congress are making a weekend-long civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama, visiting spots that were instrumental in the fight for equality decades ago. The mostly Democratic group made its first stop Friday at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, where four black girls died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing in 1963. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 252 words.

AP Photos ALJR101-0301191228, ALJR102-0301191316.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

ATLANTA _ A bill that would allow the production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil within Georgia has moved through a House committee. The House Regulated Industries Committee approved the Republican-sponsored measure Friday. The bill must be passed on the House floor by Thursday to survive. By Sanya Mansoor. SENT: 125 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ BURNED BODY-DUMPSTER _ Police say maintenance workers found a burned body near a dumpster at a Georgia park.

_ BURIED CHILDREN BODIES _ The deaths of two homeschooled children who were found buried in their father’s backyard in Guyton, Georgia, have inspired a bill to increase the scrutiny of public school withdrawal requests.

IN SPORTS:

SOC--MLS-PLAYERS TO WATCH

UNDATED _ With the MLS season beginning this weekend, here are nine players or duos to keep an eye on in 2019: — Josef Martinez and Pity Martinez, Atlanta United. Josef Martinez, the reigning Golden Boot winner, decided not to move overseas and instead signed a new deal to remain in Atlanta. He lost Miguel Almiron as his partner in goal scoring, but the addition of Pity Martinez from River Plate in Argentina will help keep Atlanta among the most potent offenses in the league. By Tim Booth. SENT: 599 words.

AP Photos GAATJ321-0228192005.

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 447 words.

AP Photos FLPS113-0225192100, VALL109-0226190852, VAROA-0226192031.

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 753 words.

AP Photos MSRS113-0227192028, KYJC109-0223191437, LALAF206-0223191108, GAATH332-0220191945, MSOXF329-0221191848.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

IN BRIEF:

_ TEACHER-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION _ A South Carolina woman says she was fired from her role as a teacher at a Baptist child development center for her same-sex relationship.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 447 words.

AP Photos FLPS113-0225192100, VALL109-0226190852, VAROA-0226192031.

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 753 words.

AP Photos MSRS113-0227192028, KYJC109-0223191437, LALAF206-0223191108, GAATH332-0220191945, MSOXF329-0221191848.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CONGRESSIONAL PILGRIMAGE-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Dozens of members of Congress are making a weekend-long civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama, visiting spots that were instrumental in the fight for equality decades ago. The mostly Democratic group made its first stop Friday at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, where four black girls died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing in 1963. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 252 words.

AP Photos ALJR101-0301191228, ALJR102-0301191316.

IN BRIEF:

_ EXPLOSIVES PLAN-ARREST _ An Alabama man is jailed on charges of trying to blow up his mother using a propane tank in a booby-trapped storage shed.

_ SCHOOL SHOOTING-ALABAMA _ Authorities say a security failure occurred before a shooting that injured a student at an Alabama high school this week.

_ JAIL CONTRABAND _ Authorities in Alabama say a woman being booked into the Etowah County Detention Center was found to have hidden drugs on her person.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 753 words.

AP Photos MSRS113-0227192028, KYJC109-0223191437, LALAF206-0223191108, GAATH332-0220191945, MSOXF329-0221191848.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MARDI GRAS-WALKING PARADES

NEW ORLEANS _ A floppy-eared pooch wearing a red crustacean costume rides in a wagon decorated like a shrimp boat, followed by another “boat” wagon occupied by a pug in a sailor hat. Behind them, on a leash, strolls a white maltese in a Wonder Woman costume alongside canines in fluffy purple, green and gold tutus. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 553 words.

AP Photos AX301-0228191954, AX303-0224191420, AX302-0228191956.

AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEPUTY FATAL _ A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy died when his truck went over a levee and into the Mississippi River.

_ BEDSORE DEATH _ An appeals court in Louisiana has upheld a 40-year prison sentence for a Baton Rouge woman who neglected to care for her elderly mother, who died covered in bedsores and waste.

_ JAZZ FEST-LINEUP _ Grammy Award winner PJ Morton has been added to the lineup of performers for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 753 words.

AP Photos MSRS113-0227192028, KYJC109-0223191437, LALAF206-0223191108, GAATH332-0220191945, MSOXF329-0221191848.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR 2019

JACKSON, Miss. _ A retired chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court says he has the best chance to win the governor’s race because he believes he will appeal to voters across party lines. Bill Waller Jr. of Jackson said he’s filing paperwork Friday to enter the Republican primary. It’s the last day for candidates to qualify for statewide, regional, legislative and county offices in Mississippi this year. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 576 words.

AP Photos NY109-0810161437.

MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS 2019

JACKSON, Miss. _ Qualifying closes Friday for Mississippi’s 2019 state elections. The top of the ticket could feature the most competitive governor’s race since 2013. Qualifying closes Friday for Mississippi’s 2019 state elections. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING.

IN BRIEF:

_ ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES _ A central Mississippi man faces animal cruelty charges after police say he shot an eight-month-old puppy.

_ SEVERE WEATHER-MISSISSIPPI _ The National Weather Service say straight-line winds and not a tornado caused storm damage in a central Mississippi town on Wednesday night.

_ COLD CASE-REWARD _ Officials in Tennessee have announced a $24,000 reward for information in a 1998 slaying of a convenience store clerk.

_ PUBLIC PARK SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS _ The city council of Tupelo, Mississippi, is considering a policy regulating surveillance camera use at area public parks.

_ DEPUTY FATAL _ A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy died when his truck went over a levee and into the Mississippi River.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK

Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week: GAME OF THE WEEKEND By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 753 words.

AP Photos MSRS113-0227192028, KYJC109-0223191437, LALAF206-0223191108, GAATH332-0220191945, MSOXF329-0221191848.

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