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BC-Deep South News Digest

December 6, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



MCDONOUGH, Ga. _ A police officer was shot and critically wounded Thursday morning in a dental clinic near Atlanta during an encounter with a suspect, who was killed, authorities said. The wounded Henry County officer was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after being shot around 8 a.m., police said. The hospital is among the main trauma centers for the Atlanta area.


_ OFFICER SHOT-GEORGIA-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.


_ COCA-COLA-NEW CHAIRMAN _ Coca-Cola President and CEO James Quincey will become company’s chairman in April.

_ BODY SLAMMED BABY _ Police in Georgia say a day care worker has body-slammed a toddler, bloodying the 16-month-old’s lip and shirt.

_ COMPANY LAYOFFS _ A Georgia biopharma company under scrutiny by the federal government says it will be laying off 240 people.



GREEN BAY, Wis. _ How fortunes have changed in less than two years for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. The participants in the NFC title game in January 2017 are floundering this season. The Packers have already fired head coach Mike McCarthy. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 863 words for WEEKEND USE.

AP Photos NY162-0122171908, NY161-1206181350.


ATLANTA _ Dick Cecil still has the championship trophy, tucked away somewhere in his home, a cherished prize that has been reduced to bits and pieces by the ravages of time. He’d like to get it fixed up, maybe give it a place of honor at Manuel’s Tavern, a famed Atlanta watering hole. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,269 words.

AP Photos GAJB202-1205181805, GAJB203-1205181306, NY181-0928681741, GAJB201-1205181304.


NEW YORK _ Julius Peppers, Von Miller and Vernon Davis are among the 32 nominees announced Thursday for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team is a finalist. All will be recognized and participate in NFL functions during Super Bowl week. The Man of the Year will be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press’ individual NFL awards are announced Feb. 2 in Atlanta. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 663 words.


ATLANTA _ Tata Martino will be celebrated for bringing instant MLS success to Atlanta. If he can add the MLS Cup championship to Atlanta United in his final game as coach, his status as a legend will be difficult for his successor to match. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 4 p.m.


ATLANTA _ Brian Kelly and Notre Dame are newcomers to the College Football Playoff while Alabama is making its fifth straight appearance, Clemson is in for the fourth straight year and Oklahoma has made three of four. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 8 p.m. Developing from 5:30 p.m. news conference.



SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)


_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SAME SEX _ Prosecutors in a South Carolina county are deciding whether they’ll seek direct indictments in domestic violence cases involving same-sex couples that were dismissed by judges.

_ COUNTRY MUSIC SCAM _ A South Carolina woman has lost $160,000 in a Twitter scam involving someone posing as a country music star.



ATLANTA _ Brian Kelly and Notre Dame are newcomers to the College Football Playoff while Alabama is making its fifth straight appearance, Clemson is in for the fourth straight year and Oklahoma has made three of four. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 8 p.m. Developing from 5:30 p.m. news conference.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MOBILE, Ala. _ Almost 30 priests, deacons and other men have been “credibly accused” of sexual misconduct in south Alabama dating back to 1950, the Roman Catholic Church said Thursday as it released their names. Statements released along with a letter from Archbishop Thomas Rodi Jr. show that of 29 men suspected of wrongdoing, 17 are dead and 12 others are prohibited from ministry. SENT: 323 words.


WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court seemed likely Thursday to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices expressed concern about upsetting the long-standing rule that provides an exception to the Constitution’s ban on trying someone twice for the same offense, even as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg described it as a “double whammy” for criminal defendants. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 812 words.

AP Photos NYAG310-1005181053.


ODENTON, Md. _ Gun-rights advocates like to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it’s a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in public. Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 759 words.

AP Photos ALJR101-1127180000, ILCHS201-1125181102.


_ ALABAMA PRISONS-MENTAL HEALTH _ Attorneys for inmates are asking a federal judge to find the Alabama prison system in contempt of a court order to boost prison mental health staffing

_ INJURED WORKER-AWARD _ A man permanently injured at an Alabama manufacturing plant in 2015 has been awarded $774,000.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Mike Locksley is thrilled to be home. The Washington native who spent two stints as a Maryland football assistant and also served as the Terrapins’ interim leader for six games in 2015 was introduced Thursday as the school’s full-time coach. SENT: 703 words.

AP Photos MDPS105-1206181123, MDPS106-1206181152, MDPS104-1206181140, MDPS101-1206181139, MDPS102-1206181122, MDPS103-1206181141.


Kyler Murray is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback and fifth overall to win the award since it was established in 1998. Murray beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on 56 ballots submitted by AP college football poll voters and announced Thursday. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was third. By Eric Olson. SENT: 505 words.

AP Photos NY180-1201181557, NY179-0923180101, NY178-1201182139.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. _ U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham jumped into the Louisiana governor’s race Thursday, becoming the second Republican to announce he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the 2019 election and ensuring a fractured GOP field. The congressman’s decision comes a month after he won re-election to a third term in the U.S. House and only days after U.S. Sen. John Kennedy declared he wouldn’t run against Edwards. Abraham hopes his quick decision upon Kennedy’s exit will keep other possible Republican contenders away from the race and rally GOP support for him. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 666 words.

AP Photos NY109-0103172002.


NEW ORLEANS _ The New Orleans Inspector General says hundreds of free tickets to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival were given to officials in city departments last year in a possible violation of state ethics law. One official interviewed by investigators says departments have received free tickets to the festival since she started in city government in 1988. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.


_ INTERSTATE 12 UPGRADE _ Louisiana is receiving $25 million in federal transportation money to make improvements on Interstate 12 near the site of a four-person fatality earlier this year.

_ LOUISIANA APARTMENT KILLING _ Authorities say a 17-year-old who is a suspect in a Louisiana killing has been arrested in southwest Missouri.

_ FORMER GOV-CANCER _ Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says there’s “no escape” from the cancer that has spread throughout her body. AP Photos.

_ EX-DA-APPEAL _ Attorneys for a longtime New Orleans-area district attorney have asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent decision to uphold his conviction on multiple criminal counts.



METAIRIE, La. _ The New Orleans Saints defense of Week 14 appears vastly different than the opening day unit that yielded 48 points to Tampa Bay. As the Saints visit the Buccaneers this Sunday, they arrive with confidence surging on the heels of four straight games allowing 17 or fewer points. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



CANTON, Miss. _ A former police chief is among six people indicted on accusations that they tried to influence a 2017 election in a central Mississippi city by improperly helping people fill out absentee ballots and voting despite being disqualified, prosecutors said Thursday. Among those in the city of Canton who were indicted are alderwoman and former police chief Vickie McNeil and city employee and school board member Courtney Rainey. SENT: 413 words.


HONOLULU _ More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed nearly 400 sets of remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii after determining advances in forensic science and genealogical help from families could make identifications possible. They were all on the USS Oklahoma, which capsized during the attack, and had been buried as unknowns after the war. SENT: 1,253 words.

AP Photos FX401-0620180244, FX405-1204181612, FX406-1204181611, IAMAS401-0707180957, IAMAS402-0707181015, IAMAS403-0707181011, FX403-1203181247, FX402-1201171808, FX404-1203181249, PAWIC401-0609181137, PAWIC402-0609181116.


_ CONCERT-ASSAULT DEATH _ Police are searching for two people wanted for questioning in an assault that happened after a concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and led to a person’s death.

_ SHERIFF RETIRING _ A north Mississippi sheriff is stepping down, citing poor health.

_ HOUSE TRAILER-COLLAPSE _ A Mississippi man pinned under a house trailer that collapsed has died.

_ COMMUNITY COLLEGE-PRESIDENT _ A Mississippi community college is naming another college’s vice president as its president.

_ INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC WARNING _ A black Tupelo, Mississippi, worker has been rebuked by the city’s mayor for implying in an online post that a recently-elected U.S. senator is racist.

_ CITY BUDGET DEFICIT _ A Mississippi city is suspending its chief financial officer after officials said they were surprised to learn of a budget deficit.


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