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AP-Deep South News Digest

September 16, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 15. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Florence’s strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday. SENT 894 words

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES— A look at the death toll from storm. SENT: 311 ords

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 875 words words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe’s. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws. SENT: 638 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. SENT: 703 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

SAVANNAH ARENA

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Savannah is moving ahead with its plans for a $140 million arena. City officials recently approved a construction management contract for the new facility. Information from The Savannah Morning News. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-OLD GARAGE-NEW USE

MACON, Ga. — A nearly 95-year-old building that has been used mostly to repair vehicles over the years, and was featured in a movie as a bus station, will soon reopen with a new use. The building, which sat vacant for at least the past 15 years, will become the new home for Adams ADR, an alternative dispute resolution firm that handles arbitration and mediation, said its founder, attorney Brian Adams.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER SHOOTING_GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in north Georgia.

— GOLF CARTS-ISLAND — Local officials say golf carts are posing a hazard on the main roads of Georgia’s most populous barrier island.

SPORTS

BBN--NATIONALS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Sean Newcomb will try to win his second straight start and pitch the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves to a three-game series win. Washington starter Tanner Roark has allowed 11 runs and 20 hits in 9 2/3 innings of his last two starts. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 750 words with photos. Game starts at 1:35 p.m.

FBN--PANTHERS-FALCONS

ATLANTA — The banged-up Atlanta Falcons are missing three key starters as they look to avoid an 0-2 start, hosting the Carolina Panthers in a game between NFC South rivals. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 15. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Florence’s strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday. SENT 894 words

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES— A look at the death toll from storm. SENT: 311 ords

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 875 words words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe’s. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws. SENT: 638 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. SENT: 703 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

ALADDIN-BLIND LEAD

When Riley Crawford was auditioning for the role of Jasmine, she’d already memorized most of her lines. The 14-year-old leading lady, however, has never seen the script. By St. Claire Donaghy. The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

IN BRIEF:

— MOLD LAWSUIT — A lawyer has asked a judge not to dismiss a lawsuit filed by courthouse employees who say they got sick from mold exposure.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 15. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Florence’s strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday. SENT 894 words

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES— A look at the death toll from storm. SENT: 311 ords

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 875 words words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe’s. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws. SENT: 638 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. SENT: 703 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

CHURCH BOMBING

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —The four girls killed when a bomb placed by Ku Klux Klan members ripped through a Birmingham church in 1963 were remembered in a Saturday memorial service on the 55th anniversary of the deadly attack. SENT: 374 words.

FIRE RESCUE GRANT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Montgomery Fire/Rescue has received $3.5 million federal grant to hire more firefighters after experiencing a shortage in staffing. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering the grant after the fire and rescue spent more than $2 million beyond its budget in overtime. The department will receive the grant over the next three years to help fill 33 positions. SENT: 350 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-911 PENTAGON SURVIVOR

HARTSELLE, Ala. — Robert Dotson had plenty of reasons to be sad Tuesday, but he would not. At some point, however, he would think about the helpless moment he felt while in the courtyard at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, after terrorists crashed a domestic airliner into the western side of the building.

By Deangelo McDaniel. The Decatur Daily.

EXCHANGE-KOREAN COMMUNITY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rachel Jang thought it was strange at first that so many people in Montgomery spoke Korean, shopped in Korean stores, ate at Korean restaurants. It wasn’t like that in Huntsville or Birmingham, where she got through high school as an exchange student by following around one friend who spoke a little Korean. Now she doesn’t want to leave. By Brad Harper. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

— CENSUS LAWSUIT — The federal government has until mid-November to respond to Alabama’s lawsuit seeking to exclude immigrants living in the country illegally from U.S. Census counts.

— ATV ACCIDENT— A man was killed Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-LSU-BURROW’S MOMENT

AUBURN, Ala. — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow demonstrated he can come through in big moments and huge games in a potentially pivotal win over Auburn. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 15. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Florence’s strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday. SENT 894 words

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES— A look at the death toll from storm. SENT: 311 ords

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 875 words words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe’s. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws. SENT: 638 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. SENT: 703 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — Moving on from disputes about finances, Louisiana’s higher education leaders are tangling over admissions policies, with a public clash over the subject breaking out between the president of the state’s flagship university and a member of the top college policy-making board. At issue is LSU’s move to a “holistic admission” process that doesn’t solely rely on standardized test scores and grade point averages for admission. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

SOLDIER INDICTED-CHEMICAL WEAPON

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A former military police officer says damage from a chlorine bomb he investigated scarred his lungs so badly he cannot find work. He’s going to tell a judge about it when the former soldier who set off the weapon is sentenced this month. Joshua Farbro was the lead investigator when unscheduled explosions went off in a training area outside Fort Polk on April 12, 2017. UPCOMING: 580 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE--SONGWRITING COMPETITION

LAFAYETTE, La. — Song inspiration can emerge from the most unexpected places. Brewster Durbin, a senior at Lafayette High School, came across a friend’s Instagram post about a GoFundMe campaign. The father of Durbin’s friend had just been diagnosed with cancer. The family asked for help to pay for medical treatments. By Herman Fuselier. The Advertiser of Lafayette.

EXCHANGE-LUNG TRANSPLANT-RECOVERY

HOUMA, La. — After receiving his second double lung transplant last year, just getting out of a chair took a lot out of Paul Thibodeaux. His weight fell to 108 pounds and he was on oxygen 24 hours a day with 12-percent lung function. By Dan Copp. The Courier of Houma.

IN BRIEF:

— MOSQUITOES-OLD TIRES — A Louisiana parish is getting a $605,000 federal grant to shred old tires that hold standing water and breed mosquitoes that spread disease.

— AIR FORCE BAND-BOSSIER — An Air Force band based in Texas will be holding workshops for Louisiana students and performing in Louisiana schools.

SPORTS

FBN--BROWNS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The Browns try again Sunday to capture a first victory since 2016 when they visit the New Orleans Saints. Cleveland looks closer to breaking through after tying Pittsburgh in Week 1, while New Orleans looks vulnerable coming off a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 1 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-LSU-BURROW’S MOMENT

AUBURN, Ala. — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow demonstrated he can come through in big moments and huge games in a potentially pivotal win over Auburn. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm’s death toll climbed to 15. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM — Florence’s strong winds may be dropping, but heavy rain and floodwaters are bringing wet misery to much of North and South Carolina. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope in the aftermath of the powerful storm that made landfall as a hurricane on Friday. SENT 894 words

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES— A look at the death toll from storm. SENT: 311 ords

TROPICAL WEATHER-FLOOD INSURANCE — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. SENT: 875 words words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE SUPPLIERS — Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe’s. And many other hardware and building supply outlets. Not surprisingly, these companies plan for storms such as Hurricane Florence all year. Much like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplies are pre-positioned and trucks loaded and ready to go with everything from batteries to gas cans to tarps to chainsaws. SENT: 638 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES — Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. SENT: 703 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

TRIPLE SHOOTING

JACKSON, MISS. — Jackson police are investigating a shooting that left three people dead. Developing.

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. — The second-ranking leader in the Mississippi House, Republican Greg Snowden, says he believes the Legislature is more transparent in its operations now than it has been in a long time. Some prominent lawmakers disagree with that. And one key example of public accountability is changing: The Joint Legislative Budget Committee is holding only a single day of hearings to question a few state agency leaders about their spending requests. The committee used to hold several days of budget hearings each September, and members often asked tough questions of many agency directors about how tax dollars are being used. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.

GULF COAST MALL

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. — A new developer is taking over a plan to build a large shopping center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Local news outlets report that Rise Partners has taken over development in D’Iberville with plans to begin construction next summer. The new company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says it plans stores, restaurants, offices and hotels on a site at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110. The state has granted a sales tax rebate worth $96 million to the project. UPCOMING: 250 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-ITALIAN VILLA HOUSE

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — When Daniel Mann was getting ready to marry his wife Dorothy in September 2004 there was one big problem — Hurricane Ivan. The Category 3 storm had hit Alabama where many relatives lived and the damage done had guests wondering if they could attend the wedding. The bright spot in the chaos was the 1925 neo-classical, revival-style Crawford House on Hattiesburg’s Court Street where the Manns had planned their ceremony and reception. By Ellen Ciurczak. The Hattiesburg American.

EXCHANGE-SORORITY COACHES

MADISON, Miss. — Sorority rush. Movies have been made about the experience, exposes written and anonymous blogs are devoted to the behind the scene escapades that happen at college campuses nationwide. But what happens before Bid Week? A niche market of sorority coaches, if you will, has sprung up across the country to help sorority hopefuls. And business is booming. By Sarah Fowler. The Clarion Ledger.

IN BRIEF:

— UNIVERSITY POLICE CHIEF FIRED — Mississippi Valley State University has fired its police chief after he had worked for the university for 18 years.

— TUNICA COUNTY FIREFIGHTING — The fire district that protects Tunica County’s casinos is again at risk of having its number of firefighters cut in half.

— VICKSBURG HOSPITAL DEMOLITION — Work is supposed to start this month on tearing down an abandoned hospital.

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