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BC-Deep South News Digest

December 5, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-SECRETARY OF STATE-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ The losing Democrat in Georgia’s runoff election for secretary of state says he wishes his Republican rival “every success” as the state’s new elections chief. Former congressman John Barrow conceded the race in a statement Wednesday. He was defeated in the Tuesday runoff by Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, who’ll take over as secretary of state in January. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 144 words. Will be updated.

ATLANTA CYBERATTACK-INDICTMENT

ATLANTA _ Two Iranian men face new federal charges in a ransomware attack that caused havoc for the city of Atlanta earlier this year. Federal prosecutors in Atlanta said the indictment returned Tuesday charges Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The two were already indicted last month in New Jersey in connection with a broad cybercrime and extortion scheme that included the Atlanta cyberattack. The Department of Justice has said the two men remained fugitives and were believed to be in Iran. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 465 words by 3 p.m.

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _Prosecutors must turn over evidence about a confrontation that sparked a fatal police shooting in an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, a judge ruled Wednesday. Jefferson County District Judge William A. Bell Jr. issued a brief order granting a request by Erron Brown, 20, for evidence in the attempted murder case against him. He is charged with shooting a teenager at the mall. SENT: 305 words, photos. The suspect, Erron Brown, was arrested last week near Atlanta. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 378 words.

WITH:

_ MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

ATLANTA POLICE-BODY CAMERAS

ATLANTA _ An audit has found Atlanta police officers failed to turn body cameras on and off at required times in more than half of cases. News outlets cite the auditors’ findings in Tuesday reports. Police Chief Erika Shields says she’s not happy with the audit’s results. Shields had asked the City Auditor’s Office for the review. Shields says her department has made a commitment to transparency. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MINISTER-CHILD RAPE _ Authorities are searching for a Georgia minister convicted of child rape and molestation who fled an Atlanta courthouse before his conviction was handed down.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-COLEMAN’S SWOON

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Tevin Coleman has 14 carries for 14 yards in the last two games for the struggling Atlanta Falcons. That’s not the way he wanted to build his resume as a possible free agent. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

BKN--WIZARDS-HAWKS

ATLANTA _ The Washington Wizards take on the Atlanta Hawks in a match-up of Southeast Division rivals at State Farm Arena. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. EST.

SOC--MLS MVP

ATLANTA _ Josef Martinez turned in the greatest scoring season in Major League Soccer history and led Atlanta United to the championship game. The Venezuelan will likely be rewarded with the league’s MVP award. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 2 p.m. EST announcement.

HKN--SEATTLE EXPANSION-WHAT’S NEXT

SEA ISLAND, Ga. _ After getting final approval for an expansion team that begins in 2021, Dave Tippett and the Seattle ownership group will now take the next steps to try to rival the early success of the Vegas Golden Knights. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

HOUSE COMMITTEE SHAKE-UP

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ House Speaker Jay Lucas is making a big change to one of the most powerful committees in the South Carolina Legislature. Rep. Brian White said Wednesday he is being removed as Ways and Means chairman because his Republican colleagues aren’t happy with his leadership. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 309 words.

WITH:

_ HOUSE COMMITTEE SHAKE-UP-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

IN BRIEF:

_ STARVING DOG ATE FOOT _ An animal shelter in South Carolina says it has rescued a starved Great Dane that ate one of his own feet to survive.

_ CHARTER SCHOOLS _ Erskine College has announced a major scholarship opportunity for eligible high school seniors at some charter schools across South Carolina.

_ OFF-CAMPUS SHOOTING _ Authorities say several middle school students have been involved in an off-campus shooting before school.

SPORTS:

BKC--SOUTH CAROLINA-WYOMING

LARAMIE, Wyoming _ South Carolina plays Wyoming at Arena-Auditorium in non-conference play Wednesday night. By Bob Moen. Game begins 7 p.m. MT.

BKW--T25-APPPALACHIAN ST-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 22 South Carolina looks to bounce back from its loss to No. 4 Baylor when it faces Appalachian State on Wednesday night. UPCOMING, 150 words from 7 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Prosecutors must turn over evidence about a confrontation that sparked a fatal police shooting in an Alabama shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, a judge ruled Wednesday. Jefferson County District Judge William A. Bell Jr. issued a brief order granting a request by Erron Brown, 20, for evidence in the attempted murder case against him. He is charged with shooting a teenager at the mall. SENT: 305 words, photos. The suspect, Erron Brown, was arrested last week near Atlanta. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 378 words.

WITH:

_ MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

SUPREME COURT-DOUBLE JEOPARDY

WASHINGTON _ The Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. The Supreme Court is considering Gamble’s case Thursday. The outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. At issue is whether to overturn a court-created exception to the Constitution’s double-jeopardy bar that allows state and federal prosecutions for the same crime. The court’s ruling could be relevant if President Donald Trump were to pardon someone implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and a state wanted to prosecute that person. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 860 words, photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT-OFFICER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A retired Alabama police officer is one of two known surviving witnesses to the arrest of Rosa Parks aboard a racially segregated bus in 1955. Leroy Pierce is now 91, but back then he was a young officer with the Montgomery Police Department. He went to the bus where Parks was riding after hearing a radio call. Two other officers arrested her, sparking a yearlong bus boycott that became a starting point for the modern civil rights movement. Pierce says Parks’ arrest “went worldwide.” By Andrew J. Yawn, The Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COMPANY EXPANSION _ An Ohio-based lift truck manufacturer plans to move part of its operations to west Alabama next year as part of an expansion plan.

SPORTS:

FBC--AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR-FINALISTS

Quarterbacks Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins Jr. of Ohio State are the finalists for The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 250 words, photos

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TROOPER-SHOOTING

NEW ORLEANS _ Louisiana State Police say a federal law enforcement officer shot by a state trooper over the weekend faces an aggravated assault charge when he gets out of the hospital. Meanwhile, a lawyer for the officer tells New Orleans news outlets that he pulled his gun because he was being followed by a group of juveniles early Sunday. Elizabeth Carpenter says her client, 44-year-old Ronald Martin of Fort Knox, Kentucky, never heard a warning before being shot, and didn’t realize he was shot by a trooper until investigators came to the hospital. SENT: 133 words. Will be updated.

DELTA QUEEN

ST. LOUIS _ The historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday to help the riverboat that was sidelined a decade ago by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels. The new law includes an exemption that requires modifications of the wooden portions of the vessel. Both U.S. senators from Missouri _ Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt _ co-sponsored the bill. By Jim Salter. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SERGEANT SHOT _ New Orleans police say an off-duty sheriff’s office sergeant has been shot and injured during an attempted robbery.

_ SHERIFF’S OFFICE WORKER CHARGED _ A Louisiana sheriff’s office employee has admitted to attempting to smuggle drugs into jail for an inmate who planned to resell them and split the commission with her.

_ COMPLAINT-RACIAL HARASSMENT _ Advocates have filed a complaint in New Mexico on behalf of an African-American college student from New Orleans who says a convenience store employee called police on him for “being arrogant because he’s black.”

_ SAINTS GAYLE BENSON-LAYAWAY _ New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has paid off nearly $100,000 worth of layaway orders at a New Orleans Walmart.

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SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-FINAL STRETCH

METAIRIE, La. _ The Saints enter their final four games needing one victory to clinch a playoff berth and the NFC South. Whether they stay in the running for a coveted top-two seed hinges on how they respond to the end last week of their 10-game winning streak. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. By 6:15 p.m.

BKN--MAVERICKS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS _ The Dallas Mavericks seek a sixth victory in seven games as they visit the Pelicans on Wednesday night. New Orleans has lost six of eight. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 7 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI BUDGET

JACKSON, Miss. _Top Mississippi lawmakers are setting an early version of state budget recommendations for the coming year. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Wednesday and adopted a broad outline for a $6.1 billion spending plan. That’s about 1 percent smaller than the current budget. Leaders say they will decide later whether to consider pay raises for teachers and state government employees. Gov. Phil Bryant recommends a teacher pay raise. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.

DELTA QUEEN

ST. LOUIS _ The historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday to help the riverboat that was sidelined a decade ago by a federal law prohibiting overnight excursions on wooden vessels. The new law includes an exemption that requires modifications of the wooden portions of the vessel. Both U.S. senators from Missouri _ Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt _ co-sponsored the bill. By Jim Salter. SENT: 350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRAIN-VAN CRASH _ Officials are identifying two people who died when a train smashed into a van Tuesday in northern Mississippi.

_ TEEN SHOOTING _ A teenager charged as an adult in another’s slaying has pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and will likely spend a decade in Mississippi prison.

_ PRIEST-ALLEGED SCAM _ The Jackson Catholic Diocese has removed a priest from the ministry staff at a Starkville church.

_ POLICE CHASE-DEATH _ Two Florida women are accused of leading Mississippi authorities on a fatal car chase through several counties.

_ WATER ASSOCIATION CONFLICT _ Members of a south Mississippi water association have to start over again if they want to remove the group’s board.

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