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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

April 14, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEVERE WEATHER

Powerful storms that killed at least six people continued sweeping across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. SENT: 680 words. Will be updated.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA-SLAVERY

ATHENS, Ga. _ Civil rights leaders say the University of Georgia needs to do more to recognize the school’s history with slavery. Representatives of several activist groups recently delivered a letter outlining their concerns to University of Georgia President Jere Morehead’s office. The university drew protests for its handling of slave burials unearthed at a campus construction site in 2015. School administrators had decided to rebury the remains from more than 100 burials in a nearby cemetery. Information from The Athens Banner-Herald. SENT: 340 words.

ROAD FUNDING-STATES

LANSING, Mich. _ After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception, calling for tax increases to fix roads crumbling from years of low funding and deferred maintenance. In the past month alone, three GOP governors have signed fuel tax hikes, in Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas. Proposed increases are now before three legislatures fully or partly Republican-controlled, including a whopping 45-cent hike in Michigan. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

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POLICE PURSUITS

CORDELE, Ga. _ A push of a button will now let drivers know that a police chase is happening close by. Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said he’s been working and looking at this technology for about six months. He gave us a close look at the software that’s downloaded in every deputy’s car in Crisp County. No one died from a chase in 2018 or this year. Starting Wednesday, people who download the free app, will immediately get alerts. Hancock believes the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver and stop sticks are good, but they don’t apply to every situation and don’t always stop criminals. By Deneisha Pearson. WALB-TV.

IN BRIEF:

_ KENNESAW STATE-GROUNDBREAKING _ Kennesaw State University will host a groundbreaking ceremony next week to celebrate the start of construction on its $5 million science lab annex building.

_ ST. PATRICK’S-IMPACT _ Savannah festival tied St. Patrick’s Day parade reports 18% decline in sales.

_ VICTIMS VISITORS’ DAY _ The state parole board plans to meet with crime victims at an event in east Georgia later this month.

SPORTS:

GLF-MASTERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. _The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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_ GLF-Masters-The Latest. Real-time updates from the final round of the Masters.

_ GLF-Masters-Notebook.

GLF-MASTERS-TIM DAHLBERG

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Tim Dahlberg writes from the third round of the Masters. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BBN-METS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Mets ace Jacob deGrom tries to pitch New York to a four-game series win over the Braves and Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 700 words with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN

BLUFFTON, S.C. _ Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama’s presidency and political movement. He’s betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to return to the style and substance of that era — and that they’ll view him as the best option to lead the way back. By Thomas Beaumont and Julie Pace. SENT: 1,092 words. AP Photos.

HOLLINGS FUNERAL

CHARLESTON, SC _ Visitation is scheduled for Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate.

SEVERE WEATHER

Powerful storms that killed at least six people continued sweeping across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. SENT: 680 words. Will be updated.

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COFFEE ROAST

FLORENCE, S.C. _ An above-average coffee experience; that’s what Jeff Felten and Tommy Bolger set out to do when they started Batch Nine Coffee Co. “It’s kind of a personal thing that we believe that your coffee doesn’t have to be average,” Felten said. “It can be great.” By Lauren Owens, (Florence) Morning News.

IN BRIEF:

_ PUBLIC RECORDS LAWSUIT _ A Cornell University student is suing a South Carolina county, saying officials are violating the state’s Freedom of Information Act by charging excessive fees.

_ PLASTIC BAG BAN _ A bill to stop local governments in South Carolina from banning plastic bags and foam containers is on its way to the state Senate floor.

SPORTS

BKC-WOFFORD COACH

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Wofford didn’t look far before hiring associate head coach Jay McAuley to lead the program after longtime coach Mike Young left for Virginia Tech earlier this month. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 420 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

Powerful storms that killed at least six people continued sweeping across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. SENT: 680 words. Will be updated.

ROAD FUNDING-STATES

LANSING, Mich. _ After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception, calling for tax increases to fix roads crumbling from years of low funding and deferred maintenance. In the past month alone, three GOP governors have signed fuel tax hikes, in Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas. Proposed increases are now before three legislatures fully or partly Republican-controlled, including a whopping 45-cent hike in Michigan. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

MECHATRONICS-ALABAMA

OZARK, Ala. _ A new program in southeast Alabama is aimed at training workers for careers in industrial automation. The Dothan Eagle reports that mechatronics is one of the world’s largest high-tech manufacturing fields. It involves technologies such as robots, automated manufacturing equipment, and unmanned systems. Information from The Dothan Eagle. UPCOMING: 300 words.

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SPACE TOMATOES

Alabama students are learning about space through tomatoes by growing two kinds: one set of seeds that have been kept on Earth and another set that have been through the International Space Station. By Drew Taylor. The Tuscaloosa News.

IN BRIEF:

_ BEHAVIORAL HEALTH-ALABAMA _ The leader of an Alabama behavioral health provider says it experienced phenomenal growth in 2018.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

Powerful storms that killed at least six people continued sweeping across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. SENT: 680 words. Will be updated.

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE _ Beyond Louisiana’s never-ending budget arguments, some lower profile disputes over billboards and sales tax collection methods are churning in the legislative session, dividing lawmakers and creating conflicts with outside groups that hold sway at the state capitol. An AP news analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

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EXCHANGE-CRISIS TRAINING

JENNINGS, La. _ Girl Scout Faith Wold, 14, of Welsh squeezed and shoved, stuffing a clean gauze into a piece of bloody meat designed to mimic a life-threatening injury, during a life saving exercise. By the end of the afternoon, packing a wound, wrapping bandages, tightening a tourniquet, doing CPR and pulling victims to safety was something Wold and more than a dozen other Scouts could do after completing a crisis emergency training at Jennings Elementary School. Sheriff deputies, city police and firefighters also participated in the realistic training. By Doris Maricle. The American Press.

IN BRIEF:

_ CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL _ Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office is holding nine meetings across the state in April and May to help choose locations for a new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

Powerful storms that killed at least six people continued sweeping across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left more than 20 people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. SENT: 680 words. Will be updated.

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. _ People elected to the Mississippi House and Senate this year will be in charge of redrawing legislative districts in the coming term. It’s an important and inherently political task. And things could get ugly in the push-and-pull between the two major parties. An AP news analysis. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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MS-EXCHANGE-POKER DOGS MURAL

WEST POINT, Miss. _ Pet owners are paying $350 each to get their dogs and cats into murals in a Mississippi city, and have raised more than $20,000 for the city’s shelter and Main Street Association. By Slim Smith, The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

_ SAINTS-MALE DANCERS _ Three men have been chosen for the New Orleans Saints dance squad, up from one last year.

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