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AP-Deep South News Digest

July 30, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BOBBI KRISTINA-SHELTER

ATLANTA — Singer Bobby Brown is hoping to build a shelter for domestic violence victims in honor of his late daughter amid allegations that he once hit his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Brown will receive a proclamation from City of South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards and other officials Monday in acknowledgement to build the Bobbi Kristina Brown Serenity House, a not-for-profit organization. Bobbi Kristina died at the age of 22 in 2015. She is also the daughter of Houston, who died in 2012. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 440 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SLAYING-GEORGIA BASE — Authorities are offering up to $20,000 in reward money for tips that help solve the slaying of woman at a military base in Georgia.

— KIDNAPPING-CRASH — Authorities say a woman who had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted escaped her attacker by locking herself inside a convenience store restroom in suburban Atlanta and crying for help.

— BURNED CAR-BODY — Officials are working to identify a body found in a burned car in central Georgia.

SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves, who snapped a four-game losing streak by salvaging the final game of a weekend series against the Dodgers, open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Monday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

SOC--MLS ALL-STARS-JUVENTUS

ATLANTA — The Major League Soccer All-Star Game is a chance for the American circuit to shine on a world stage. But it looks like MLS won’t be able to test its form against perhaps the biggest star of them all, Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently joined Juventus. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

FBN--FALCONS-RYAN

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Matt Ryan is looking to get back to his MVP form for the Atlanta Falcons, and all signs certainly point to what could be called a comeback season. Julio Jones is in camp, rookie Calvin Ridley joins the receiving corps and Steve Sarkisian is heading into his second season as offensive coordinator. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina utility told a federal judge on Monday that it played by the rules, so lawmakers should too, even if it means saddling customers with billions of dollars of debt from a failed nuclear project. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. wants the judge to stop a temporary 15 percent rate cut lawmakers passed, which would begin appearing on bills next week. The cut would be retroactive to April and reduce a residential customer’s monthly electricity bill by about $25 on average. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MOTORCYCLE HIT AND RUN — A man has been arrested in a fatal hit and run involving a motorcycle in South Carolina.

— DEPUTY FIRED — A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina has been fired following an internal investigation and five other deputies have been reprimanded.

— BURNED CAR-BODIES — Four men have been arrested and charged with murder after the bodies of two people were found in a burned vehicle last week in South Carolina.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA CHIEF JUSTICE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama firebrand Roy Moore fell short in his quest to become a U.S. senator, but one of his longtime allies could soon take over as the state’s chief justice. Like Moore, Justice Tom Parker sees state courts as a battleground for making abortion and same-sex marriage illegal again. Parker is now the Republican nominee in one of the nation’s most anticipated state races of November. He’s facing county Judge Bob Vance, who would become the only Democrat on Alabama’s Supreme Court. By Kim Chandler. Developing. AP Photos Planned.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

CAMPUS DOG ADOPTED

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — She’s been spotted strutting down fraternity row early in the morning and racing across the street to catch lunch at Newk’s. She was admired from afar as she lounged on golf carts near the University of Alabama student recreation center and sunned herself on the roof of the old Bryce building. Now, the Chihuahua mix named Lulu has found a home. By Stephanie Taylor, The Tuscaloosa News. An AP member exchange. SENT: 530 words. AP Photo Planned.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA NUCLEAR PLANT — Plans for completing an idled nuclear plant in northern Alabama are to be unveiled soon.

— CAR SHOOTING DEATH — A man has been found shot to death in his car and police in Alabama are investigating.

— MURDER MISTRIAL — A week-long trial for an Alabama teen accused of slaying a man in 2017 has ended in a mistrial.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MEDICAID AUDIT

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana health and legal officials have failed to properly manage a fund that pays for investigations and prosecutions of health care providers accused of bilking the state Medicaid program, according to an audit released Monday, the latest of several reports criticizing Medicaid oversight. The state’s health department and the attorney general’s office didn’t identify and deposit the required money into the Medicaid Fraud Fund, shortchanging the effort to combat fraud, the legislative auditor said in the report. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL SHOOTING-NEW ORLEANS — Police say that a shooting in New Orleans that killed three people and injured seven may be gang-related, and the reward for information has more than doubled to $25,000. AP Photos.

— BURNED BODIES-NEW ORLEANS — The bodies of two people have been found after police and firefighters responded to a brush fire in New Orleans.

— PRISON EMPLOYEE-DRUG ARREST — Prison officials in Louisiana have arrested an officer and charged him with trying to smuggle drugs into the prison where he worked.

SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-NEW RECEIVERS

METAIRIE, La. — Two new receivers are eager to influence the Saints’ passing game: free-agent acquisition Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre’Quan Smith. Meredith has rejoined his former receiver coach in Chicago, Curtis Johnson, as he comes back from an injury, while Smith has already stood out in team drills early in camp. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 5 p.m. ET

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BUS DRIVER-ASSAULT CHARGE

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — A judge wants to review surveillance video of what transpired on a school bus before proceeding in the criminal case against a fired bus driver accused of assaulting a special needs child. Judge Robert Krebs on Monday delayed prosecution of former middle school bus driver Antioinette Jane Raymond so he can watch the videos. Raymond was set to plead no contest to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and contributing to the delinquency, neglect or abuse of a child. SENT: 490 words.

SPORTS BETTING

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. By mid-August, Harrah’s Gulf Coast in Biloxi and Horseshoe Tunica, both in Mississippi, will begin taking on-premises sports bets. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 602 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—MEDICAL MARIJUANA-MISSISSIPPI — A Mississippi woman is asking for a state constitutional amendment to make medical marijuana available to patients with debilitating medical conditions.

— DOUBLE FATAL-MOTORCYCLE — Two men have died after their motorcycles were hit by a pickup truck in Mississippi.

— RIVER CRASH — A Mississippi woman has been killed after her car plunged off an interstate bridge and into the Pascagoula River.

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