Related topics

BC-Deep South News Digest

July 15, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

AP is moving election test reports for the July 24 Georgia runoff election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia Runoff Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Runoff Election Testing.



ATLANTA — The two Republicans vying for Georgia governor continued to imply their opponent can’t be trusted in a heated debate. Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle squared off Sunday at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Kemp assailed Cagle over a secret recording released last month in which Cagle can be heard saying he pushed a bill he considered “bad public policy” for political gain. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 130 words.


MACON, Ga. — Miles of central Georgia trails and some of Macon’s most prominent historic landmarks can now be toured online on Google Maps. Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David says anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual journey to the top of the mounds and get 360-degree views of the places they’re walking. SENT: 438 words.



GAINESVILLE, Ga. — For many students, the things learned during the school year can be easily forgotten during the summer months away. That’s why the Steps-to-College program, which provides summer enrichment courses for English-learning local high school students, was developed. By Joshua Silavent, The Times.


— SPEEDER ENFORCEMENT— Georgia joins Alabama and three other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning Monday

— FARMERS MARKETS-SNAP — Two members of Congress seek answers on fate of program that allows low-income people to make purchases at farmers markets

— SOUTH CAROLINA FATAL CRASH — Authorities are investigating what caused a South Carolina man to drive his pickup truck into a ravine in a single-vehicle fatal accident



ATLANTA — Patrick Corbin will start for Arizona as the Diamondbacks try to complete a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Julio Teheran is Atlanta’s scheduled starter. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:35 p.m.


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream hosts the Washington Mystics in a WNBA game at McCamish Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m. EDT.

SOC--MLS-Sounders-Atlanta United

ATLANTA — Atlanta United host Seattle Sounders in an MLS game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 2 p.m. EDT.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the July 17 Alabama runoff election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing.



TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — Two Alabama mission teams have returned back to the state after being stranded in Haiti for days amid a government spike in fuel prices. News outlets report that the Faith Community Church team in Trussville and group members from First Baptist Church in Russellville arrived back in Alabama this week. The groups of nearly 50 students and chaperones had been in a secure compound since July 7. The State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs advised American citizens against traveling. The incident caused the closure of the airport in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and the stoppage of many flights to and from the U.S. Information from Al.com. SENT: 271 words.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The soil came up easily at the lynching site. Scoop after scoop of deep brown earth dug carefully with a trowel and then gently poured into gallon-size glass jars etched with a name — John Henry James — and a date — July 12, 1898. Sacred ground, once forgotten, now reclaimed. By Joe Heim, The Washington Post.


DOTHAN, Ala. — Most people know him as Michael Whittaker, a retired postmaster in Ozark, but on the Appalachian Trail fellow hikers simply call him “Swimmer.” The Appalachian Trail is estimated to be about 2,200 miles long. The route, which begins and ends in Georgia and Maine, navigates hikers through 12 states and typically takes roughly five to seven months to complete. By Kayla Rutledge, The Dothan Eagle.


— SEA TURTLE-FOUND DEAD — An endangered sea turtle has been found dead on an Alabama beach with a beach chair string tangled around its neck

— SPEEDER ENFORCEMENT— Georgia joins Alabama and three other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning Monday

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



NEW ORLEANS — The case of Neilson Rizzuto, set to be released this month after serving roughly 17 months for drunkenly plowing a pickup truck into New Orleans parade crowd, brings a new wrinkle to arguments over last year’s criminal justice reform law and provides fresh fuel for debate over what exactly constitutes justice when substance abuse — in this case alcohol abuse — is involved. An AP News Analysis. By Kevin McGill. UPCOMING: 650 words.


LAKE CHARLES, La. — Several groups are getting together to expand a popular fishing spot created five years ago in a southwest Louisiana lake. Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana says they and other groups will be adding 2,000 tons of limestone or crushed concrete next to the Brad Vincent reef in the middle of Calcasieu Lake. SENT: 180 words.



NEW ORLEANS — Of the 7.6 billion people alive in the world, four have walked on the moon. About the same number practice acupuncture on penguins. One of them is in New Orleans. By Nick Reimann and Chad Calder, The New Orleans Advocate.


BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Lake Charles high school senior Robert Papion travels 150 miles round-trip each day to go to school. Papion attends T.M. Landry College Prep in Breaux Bridge, a year-round private school that the academically gifted student said offers an educational experience unlike any other. By Marlisa Harding, The Lake Charles American Press.


— GAS PRICES — The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.94

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — End-of-the year revenue collections suggest Mississippi’s lawmakers could have a little extra money to spend when they return for their election-year session in January 2019. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.


STARKVILLE, Miss. — “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” proclaims the title of a song on AC/DC’s landmark album “Back in Black.” But one Mississippi State University professor, despite being a fan of the band, says his research shows otherwise. Biology Professor Brandon Barton tells the Starkville Daily News that after 15 hours or more of harsh sounds like hard rock or city noise, ladybugs ate fewer aphids. SENT: 283 words.



MERIDIAN, Miss. — After completing their residencies, four doctors with ties to Meridian have taken positions at local hospitals and will pursue their careers in East Mississippi. Caleb Dulaney, a West Lauderdale graduate, will join the ranks of doctors at Anderson’s Cancer Center after completing a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. By Whitney Downard, The Meridian Star.


TUPELO, Miss. — Like most origin stories, this one starts off with the mild mannered becoming something far greater. For Rush Holcomb of Fulton and Terry Comer of Fawn Grove, it was a barn loft that acted as their radioactive spider bite . their dose of gamma radiation . their swim in a puddle of ooze. Pick your (super-power-inducing) poison. It’s what made them, them. By Adam Armour, Itawamba County Times.


— POLICE SHOOTING LAWSUIT-MISSISSIPPI — An appeals court will hear arguments in September as a Mississippi family tries to revive a $35 million wrongful death lawsuit over a police shooting.

— MCCOMB-CITY GOVERNMENT — Top government employees in one Mississippi city are being told they might lose their jobs.

— HISTORIC BUILDING DEMOLITION — A Mississippi Delta city plans to seek state permission to knock down a historic building to replace a park that will be the site for a new federal courthouse.

— RESTAURANT TAX-EXPIRATION — Leaders of a northeast Mississippi tourism group are planning cuts after lawmakers didn’t renew a $2-million-a-year local restaurant tax.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to

The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

Update hourly