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AP-Deep South News Digest

September 11, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence’s size is “staggering,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,088 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— STABBING ATTACK — Police say a Georgia bus driver helped fight off a man who was stabbing a woman on the side of an Atlanta road.

SPORTS

FBC--GEORGIA TECH-BOUNCING BACK

ATLANTA — After losing a game it had no business losing, Georgia Tech looks to bounce back for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Pittsburgh. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GEORGIA TECH-BENSON

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech running back KirVonte Benson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Paul Johnson made the announcement Tuesday at his weekly news conference. SEMT” 140. By Paul Newberry.

AP Photos FLJB111-0908181415, FLJB118-0908181249, FLJB106-0908181233.

T25-GEORGIA-COMPETITION CONTINUES

ATHENS, Ga. — Three weeks into the season, Georgia’s competition for starting jobs and playing time is as intense as in preseason practice. Perhaps especially in weeks like this, when No. 3 Georgia (2-0) is heavily favored in Saturday night’s game against Middle Tennessee (1-1). SENT: 690. By Charles Odum.

AP Photos GAATH201-0809182146.

Also:

—GEORGIA FOOTBALL PREP POLL

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence’s size is “staggering,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-BARRIER ISLANDS

As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast with catastrophic power, the storm has become a reminder of how vulnerable North Carolina’s coast is. Vast amounts of new development now stand on the shifting sands of barrier islands there, amid the rising waters of climate change. SENT: 730 words. By Ben Finley.

AP Photos AX104-0911181242, GFX7531-0911181745, AX901-0910181847, AX103-0911181242, AX102-0911181238.

FLORENCE-COMPANY IMPACT

NEW YORK — Hurricanes almost always set off an orchestrated dance on Wall Street before they make landfall, with shares of property and casualty insurance companies dumped in favor of companies that sell construction supplies or portable generators. That routine began a week ago, though Hurricane Florence appears to be turning up the volume this time. The last time a hurricane of this size struck the middle of the East Coast, Texas Instruments had just introduced the first transistor radio. SENT: 625 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WILD HORSES

For many vacationers on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a trip there is not complete without at least catching a glimpse of the majestic wild horses that roam the islands. As Hurricane Florence approaches, many are expressing concern about how the horses will fare during the powerful Category 4 storm. The Facebook page of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund was peppered with comments from worried tourists and residents. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

— EVACUATIONS REVERSE TRAFFIC — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an order to evacuate the state’s coast that will reverse the flow of traffic on several highways to help those escaping Hurricane Florence.

— BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY-LAWSUIT. — A motorcyclist from South Carolina is filing a lawsuit which says the federal government was negligent in maintaining the Blue Ridge Parkway after his bike hit a bump, causing multiple injuries. The Charlotte Observer reports Dallas Fisher of Irmo is seeking $1.7 million to pay for his injuries and the impact of the September 2016 accident on his family. The lawsuit names the National Park Service and the Department of Interior.

— NAVAL HOSPITAL — Two companies have bid on the former Charleston Naval Hospital in South Carolina but officials aren’t saying how much the firms are willing to pay for the building that had a redevelopment deal fail.

SPORTS:

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-MOVING ON

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s return to the rankings and opportunity to make a splash in the Southeastern Conference fell apart against No. 3 Georgia last week. Now, the Gamecocks look to put that out of their minds and move forward. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 3 p.m.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-COMPETITION CONTINUES

ATHENS, Ga. — A runaway win at South Carolina or this week’s heavy favored role against Middle Tennessee State doesn’t change the fact that for a deep No. 3 Georgia team and such players as wide receiver Tyler Simmons, the competition never ends — for a starting job, playing time or even a spot on the traveling squad. By Charles Odum SENT: 550 words, file photos

— MONITORING FLORENCE-THE LATEST — The Latest on Hurricane Florence’s impact on college football (all times local): 2:15 p.m.

AP Photos NYDD201-0911181518, GFX7516-0909182153

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence’s size is “staggering,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MURDER SUSPECT FOUND DEAD — Police say a man suspected in the killing of his girlfriend in Alabama has been found dead in Mississippi.

— BIRMINGHAM-SCOOTERS — The city of Birmingham is impounding electric scooters that a rideshare company has left on sidewalks around the metro area as part of its business model.

— CASINO THEFT-ARREST — An Alabama casino worker is charged in the theft of nearly $200,000 that authorities say was taken from the gambling operation.

— RED SNAPPER-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper.

— OFFICER-MURDER CHARGE-ALABAMA — An Alabama city is refusing to comply with a subpoena for evidence regarding a Huntsville police officer indicted in the death of an armed man police say was suicidal.

SPORTS:

FBC--LOPSIDED REBELS

OXFORD, Miss. — Through two games, Mississippi has one of the nation’s most productive offenses. The Rebels also have a defense that’s among the nation’s worst. Coach Matt Luke is trying to find ways to fix the defensive problems with No. 1 Alabama coming to town on Saturday. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence’s size is “staggering,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

SCHOOL HAIR RULE-VIDEO

NEW ORLEANS — Parents of two New Orleans-area school girls have dismissed their lawsuit against a Catholic school over its policy forbidding hair extensions. Christ the King school rescinded the policy late last month amid accusations that it was discriminatory against black students. UPCOMING: 320 words. By Kevin Mcgill.

IN BRIEF:

— CHILD TRAFFICKING ARREST — Authorities in New Orleans have arrested a man accused of selling a 13-year-old girl for sex. The Advocate reports 26-year-old David Jones was booked into jail Friday on trafficking of children for sexual purposes and other offenses.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-LOUISIANA — Louisiana is sending nearly 100 emergency personnel to the Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-TEXAS — Texas preparing for possible tropical storm system that is headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, unrelated flash flood watch for Houston area until Tuesday night.

— CONFEDERATE FLAG-MISSISSIPPI — The mayor of a majority-black Mississippi town says he wants to know who keeps hoisting the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

— NICHOLLS ENROLLMENT — Southeast Louisiana-based Nicholls State University says it has brought in its largest freshman class in more than a decade.

— RED SNAPPER-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper.

— ENGINEERING GRANT — Entergy is giving $2 million to the engineering program at Southern University in Louisiana’s capital city.

— FATAL WRECK — Louisiana authorities say a police officer was driving down a highway in Montgomery when he lost control of his vehicle and caused a wreck, killing himself and another man.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI BUDGET

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers will hold a single day of public hearings next week to start the months-long process of writing a state budget. Hearings are set for Monday at the Woolfolk state office building, across the street from the state Capitol in downtown Jackson. State agencies have already submitted requests for the 2020 budget year, which begins July 1, 2019. By Emily Wagster-Pettus. Developing.

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence’s size is “staggering,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,075 words, photos, video.

WITH:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

MISSISSIPPI WRITERS TRAIL

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail. Now, with the dedication of a marker to the late author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writers trail. SENT: 320 words. By Rogelio V. Solis.

AP Photos MSRS105-0910181542, MSRS107-0910181539, MSRS104-0910181543, MSRS101-0910181553, MSRS102-0910181541, MSRS103-0910181639, MSRS109-0910181524.

IN BRIEF:

— MURDER SUSPECT FOUND DEAD — Police say a man suspected in the killing of his girlfriend in Alabama has been found dead in Mississippi.

— ILLEGAL DONATIONS-REPAYMENT DEMAND — Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding a chancery clerk pay the state nearly $39,000.

— POLICE DISPATCHER BEATING — Mississippi police say a man entered the Clarksdale Police Department and attacked an on-duty dispatcher, leaving her with a bleeding brain and broken arm.

— INVASIVE PLANT-LAKE — Officials say they’ll soon begin spraying herbicide to remove an invasive aquatic plant from one of Mississippi’s most popular lakes.

— CONSTRUCTION SITE EXPLOSION — An explosion at a central Mississippi construction site heavily damaged a building, although no one was injured.

— CONFEDERATE FLAG-MISSISSIPPI — The mayor of a majority-black Mississippi town says he wants to know who keeps hoisting the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem.

— SCHOOL BOND VOTE — Voters in one central Mississippi school district go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether the district will borrow $25 million.

— RED SNAPPER-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper.

SPORTS:

FBC--LOPSIDED REBELS

OXFORD, Miss. — Through two games, Mississippi has one of the nation’s most productive offenses. The Rebels also have a defense that’s among the nation’s worst. Coach Matt Luke is trying to find ways to fix the defensive problems with No. 1 Alabama coming to town on Saturday. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— ARKANSAS STATE-FREEZE— Former Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze was regretful as he reflected on the personal conduct that cost him his job at Ole Miss. Freeze spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday.

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