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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

October 2, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

IN BRIEF:

— PROJECT MANAGER CONTRACT — Some leaders are questioning a contract for a Texas firm to manage construction projects at Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Hawks’ arena.

— ALPACA CRASH — The journey of 21 alpacas from New York to Florida was disturbed when a car fleeing Georgia authorities crossed the state line into Florida and hit the animals’ trailer.

— TEACHER-SEX ASSAULT — A teacher and coach at a Georgia high school is accused of molesting a 13-year-old he met on a dating app.

— CONFEDERATE STREET NAME-ATLANTA — The city council of Georgia’s capital has voted to replace the word “Confederate” in two street names with the word “United.”

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

PROSECUTOR SPENDING

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A suspended South Carolina prosecutor is expected to appear in federal court related to the alleged misspending of public funds. An arraignment is set Tuesday for 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson in federal court in Columbia. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m. hearing.

AP Photo SCCOL202.

IN BRIEF:

— DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS — The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is again remembering victims of domestic violence with a ceremony at the Statehouse.

— DOMESTIC STABBING — A South Carolina man is accused of threatening his wife and stabbing her brother who came to her aid.

ALABAMA (All times Central):

TOP STORIES:

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY

UNDATED — Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. By Reese Dunklin And Justin Pritchard. SENT: 3,700 words.

AP Photos LABAT952, LABAT951, NY955, NY956, NY954.

— With:

— SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY-ABRIDGED. SENT: 1,010 words.

IN BRIEF:

— AMAZON-ALABAMA — Amazon is marking the start of work on a distribution center that will employ about 1,500 people near Birmingham.

— ACCIDENTAL SCHOOL SHOOTING — The U.S. Department of Justice says federal agents have arrested the father of a boy who brought a gun to school.

— PEDESTRIAN HIT AND RUN DEATH — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in northern Alabama.

— POLICE OFFICER SHOT-ALABAMA — A second suspect has been arrested in the wounding of an Alabama police officer last month.

LOUISIANA (All times Central):

TOP STORIES:

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY

UNDATED — Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. By Reese Dunklin And Justin Pritchard. SENT: 3,700 words.

AP Photos LABAT952, LABAT951, NY955, NY956, NY954.

IN BRIEF:

— BODY FOUND-BURNED — A Louisiana sheriff says someone used gasoline to burn the body of a woman found dead alongside a Cameron Parish road.

— GAS PUMP FIRE — A Louisiana man is accused of setting a New Orleans gas pump on fire with a lighter stolen from the gas station’s convenience store.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central):

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI POLICE KILLED-FUNERALS — Funerals are now scheduled for two police officers in Mississippi who were shot and killed last week.

— HIT-AND-RUN — Police in Mississippi say a driver crashed into a child waiting at a bus stop and fled the scene.

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

The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The Columbia AP Bureau: apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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