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AP-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

June 10, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Transportation says that so far this year, 111 pedestrians have been killed on state roads -- an increase of 16 percent from this time last year. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were struck and killed around the state. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that transportation experts are trying to pinpoint what’s fueling the increase and come up with solutions. UPCOMING: 400 words.



BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A nearly century-old anchor separated from its ship finally has a resting place at the Georgia Ports Authority’s office next to Mary Ross Waterfront Park thanks to a prospective Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America Troop 248. In 1922, the anchor held the four-masted schooner Woodstopton while a tugboat assisted it in approaching the port of Darien. The anchor cable snapped, and the anchor itself sank into Doboy Sound between Sapelo and Wolf islands in McIntosh County. By Taylor Cooper. The Brunswick News. AP Photo.


— BURT REYNOLDS-FILM FESTIVAL — Organizers of a film festival say they’re bringing Burt Reynolds to south Georgia.



LOS ANGELES — Ross Stripling, winner of his last four starts, takes the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series finale against the Atlanta Braves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 1 p.m. PT.

— BKL--DREAM-STORM. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



UNDATED — The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service. The Army typically likes to put its facilities away from population centers because there is space to train in rural areas and operations won’t disrupt the public. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 827 words, photo.



MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Even while Brian Stafford was lying on a stretcher in an Air Evac helicopter, heading to Vanderbilt Hospital to be treated for extensive burns, he never lost faith nor the desire to one day return to being a firefighter. Stafford had severe burns to 40 percent of his body — low back, head, ears, left wrist and right hand. He sustained the injuries while battling a fire the morning of May 21, 2008. By Tom Smith, TimesDaily.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It’s a rare break at the nurses’ station, only a few minutes before her next call, but Brittany James’ voice fills with emotion as she explains why she decided to devote her life to becoming a caregiver. She doesn’t talk about salary, or hours, or opportunities. She talks about the last moments of her grandmother’s life. “I watched the hospice nurse literally care for her up until the point she passed,” James said. “It meant a lot to be part of that, even at a young age. It inspired me to be that nurse, that person who helps other people. By Brad Harper, The Montgomery Advertiser.


— POLICE SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Immunity hearing scheduled for officer charged with murder

— FATHER KILLED-SON CHARGED — Authorities say an Alabama man accused in the shooting death of his father has been arrested



GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Top-seeded and defending national champion Florida looks to return to the College World Series for the fourth consecutive year when it hosts Auburn in the second game of a best-of-three super regional. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Begins at noon EDT.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)


BATON ROUGE — Immediately after Louisiana’s latest special session collapsed without a budget-balancing tax deal, the blame game began. Legislative leaders, rank-and-file lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards engaged in chastising each other and their chosen targets. No one talked publicly about how to reach a compromise or how to improve areas of obvious lacking leadership before coming back for another special session later this month. Maybe that’s part of the problem. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.



MINDEN, La. — Dan Strange lives with his wife Susan and dog Sissy in a large, secluded home in north Minden, complete with a pond, a guest house, and a treehouse in progress. He maintains his property, mows his church’s grass, and helps Susan supervise the medical plan for the local housing authority. Also, Dan Strange owns over 2,500 uniquely branded bricks. By Caleb Daniel. Minden Press-Herald.


HOUMA, La. — Crawfish were what’s for dinner in Louisiana long before the Cajuns, often associated with the savory crustacean, arrived in the mid-1700s. The Houma Indians are mentioned in French documents as early as 1682, and the new settlers said the native tribe used a red crawfish as its symbol. By Andrea Mujica. Houma Today.


— INMATE LABOR — Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to allow state prisoners to do construction work at the state Capitol complex and the corrections department’s headquarters.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi Supreme Court decision about guns in courthouses provided different perspectives from several justices, including a history lesson about gun rights from Justice Leslie B. King, the only African-American currently serving on the state’s high court. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words at 4 p.m.


MCCOMB, Miss. — The McComb School District says it’s the first in the state to provide mental health counseling to students through a telehealth program with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It’s making a difference for children with problems including depression, eating disorders and attempted suicide, the district’s four school nurses told the McComb Enterprise-Journal. SENT: 300 words.



COLUMBUS, Miss. — A recent festival in Columbus called Island Paddle Fest drew participants from several states, but nobody paddled farther than Roberto Vazquez Ferie. Although he lives in Memphis now, Vazquez Ferie’s journey began almost a quarter-century ago, when he, along with his father and seven other men, fashioned a raft out of the roof of an old minivan and set off in a desperate, dangerous bid to escape Fidel Castro’s Cuba. By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.


TUPELO, Miss. — American Reformed Baptist theologian John Piper observed, “There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and the disobedient.” Brent and Mary Cameron Wilemon of Starkville are zealous goers whose life goal is to live and work in Southeast Asia as missionaries. By David Pannell. The Daily Journal.


— CHUNKY RIVER CLEANUP — Volunteers will be working to preserve the beauty of a river in eastern Mississippi.

— HUMANE SOCIETY DIRECTOR QUITS — The director of the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society has resigned after less than a year.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Vanderbilt Commodores, who stayed alive with a walk-off home run, play the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday with the winner advancing to the College World Series. By Terry McCormick. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. ET.


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