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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

May 16, 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 May 22 Georgia primary 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 These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

TRAVEL-ATLANTA-KING

ATLANTA — The memorial to lynching victims that just opened in Montgomery, Alabama, and a related museum are expected to attract thousands of visitors in the next year. Many of those travelers will fly or drive through Atlanta and might consider adding the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to their itinerary. King rose to fame as a pastor leading the Montgomery bus boycott, but his roots were in Atlanta. By Beth J. Harpaz. Developing.

WITH:

— Travel-Alabama-Montgomery.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say 19 students were being examined at a hospital as a precaution after their school bus and a vehicle collided northeast of Atlanta.

— GOVERNOR’S RACE-DEPORTATION BUS — In a GOP gubernatorial primary marked by over-the-top advertising, one candidate’s “Deportation Bus” has drawn a worried response from a Georgia mayor.

— FAKE DOCTOR-SENTENCE — A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in four states to more than six years in prison.

— EVACUATING CHILD KILLED — An 18-year-old Georgia woman has been charged in a September crash that killed three people, including a baby and mother who had evacuated from Hurricane Irma.

— GIRAFFE DEATH — A giraffe whose neck was caught in a metal railing at a zoo has died in Atlanta.

— HORSE SHOT TO DEATH — Sheriff’s officials are searching for a suspect after a horse was shot to death in northwest Georgia.

— BURGER PLANT-HASTINGS — A Georgia company has moved its production of frozen beef patties to south-central Nebraska.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRAVEL-ATLANTA-KING

ATLANTA — The memorial to lynching victims that just opened in Montgomery, Alabama, and a related museum are expected to attract thousands of visitors in the next year. Many of those travelers will fly or drive through Atlanta and might consider adding the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to their itinerary. King rose to fame as a pastor leading the Montgomery bus boycott, but his roots were in Atlanta. By Beth J. Harpaz. Developing.

WITH:

— Travel-Alabama-Montgomery.

IN BRIEF:

— FAKE DOCTOR-SENTENCE — A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in Alabama and three other states to more than six years in prison.

— MOM LOCKED IN TRUCK — Police in Alabama say a homeless man living in a moving truck had physically abused his mother and locked her in the back of the vehicle.

— INMATE-FATAL STABBING — An inmate has been fatally stabbed at an Alabama prison.

— LIFE SENTENCE-STABBING — A woman convicted of murder for stabbing a man over $15 has been sentenced to life in prison by an Alabama judge.

— SCHOOL BUSES — Officials say an Alabama school system has spent more than $3 million on 44 new buses that will run on liquid propane instead of diesel fuel.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are expected to give final passage Wednesday to bills expanding the state’s medical marijuana program, to offer medicinal cannabis to more people. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL GRADES — Louisiana lawmakers have decided to cushion the blow of an expected drop in public school letter grades later this year.

— COLLEGE BOUND — Louisiana education officials say 23,517 public high school students who graduated in 2017 enrolled in college in the fall.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— TAX EVASION — A Mississippi man had been sentenced for federal tax evasion.

— NATIONAL MONUMENT-MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi home of a slain civil rights leader is one step closer to becoming a national monument.

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The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

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