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AP-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

July 9, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):


— RAINBOW GATHERING KILLING — Authorities in Kentucky say a Florida man has confessed to killing a woman he met at the massive “Rainbow Family” counterculture gathering in a Georgia forest

— TODDLER SHOOTS SELF — Authorities in Georgia say a 4-year-old boy shot and killed himself

— POLICE LIP SYNC — A lip sync battle among police departments has swept social media in the U.S., with a Georgia force answering the call


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

Trump’s new plan to consolidate federal food safety efforts won’t work. Here’s why. By Timothy D. Lytton. Georgia State University.


ALABAMA (All Times Central)


— CHURCH GUN ARREST — An Alabama man who authorities say took over a church pulpit during worship and talked about his pending divorce was tackled by congregation members and arrested after allegedly trying to pull out a gun

— PUPPY MILL — Authorities say dozens of dogs were rescued from a reported puppy mill in the same Alabama city where a dog left in a hot car for hours died last week

— TEEN KILLED — A 16-year-old Alabama girl has been killed in what police say was an apparent drive-by shooting

— SHOT IN HEAD — An Alabama man has died two days after he was found shot in the head

— DOG DUMPING — An Alabama woman who police say illegally dumped a dead dog has been charged with littering

— FLOATING COCAINE — A floating bale of cocaine has been recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida

— BURGLARY-TWO KILLED — Two people are dead after what authorities are describing as a burglary attempt and shooting in central Alabama

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)


— REFINERY DEATH — The body of a contract worker at a Louisiana recovery has been recovered days after a fatal fall

— HOOKAH LOUNGE SHOOTING — Authorities say a security guard at a Louisiana hookah lounge shot and killed a man and wounded two others following a fight at the business

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



SARDIS, Miss. — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday about whether a Mississippi prosecutor should be thrown off a case in which a man is accused of killing a woman by setting her on fire. The defense attorney for the suspect says District Attorney John Champion sought false testimony from an unrelated defendant in exchange for leniency. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


— OBIT-TOPAZI — The man credited with helping to “get the lights back on in 11 days” and rebuild Mississippi’s Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has died at the age of 68

— MAN DROWNS — A 30-year-old man has been found dead at a Mississippi beach


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The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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