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BC-Deep South News Digest

May 5, 2019

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 Columbia 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 2020-PETE BUTTIGIEG

PLANES, Ga. _ Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Glezman, have joined the large crowd attending former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class in Plains, Georgia. At Carter’s invitation Buttigieg stood and read from the Bible as part of the lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church. Carter said he knew Buttigieg from a Habitat for Humanity project in Indiana where the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, volunteered. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 227 words, photos.

BURN CENTER-AUGUSTA

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ A major burn center in Georgia will soon get even larger. Doctors Hospital in Augusta is embarking on a $75 million expansion of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. Hospital officials say it will double the number of patient rooms as well as build a six-level, 550-space parking deck. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the project is the largest investment at the hospital since it was built in 1973. Information from The Augusta Chronicle. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_PRESERVATION MONTH _ A group that advocates for saving historic homes and places in Georgia plans events throughout the state in May to celebrate National Preservation Month.

_ COMMENCEMENT-STACEY ABRAMS _ In Mississippi, Tougaloo College graduates are hearing from a national political star with Mississippi roots.

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GA--EXCHANGE-GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S MANSION

ATLANTA _ There’s a new family at the Governor’s Mansion and they’re trying to make it feel like home. But as Brian Kemp’s staff makes some changes to the 18-acre estate on West Paces Ferry, it has made some preservationists uneasy.

By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN SPORTS:

_ BBN--BRAVES-MARLINS. Upcoming: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m.

_ SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-SPORTING KC. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 9 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Democrat Joe Biden’s visit to a South Carolina church Sunday is part of his 2020 presidential campaign’s outreach to black voters, who play a pivotal role in the early-voting state’s primary. The former vice president is wrapping up a two-day stop in South Carolina by attending services in West Columbia. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is holding a town hall in North Charleston, where African Americans account for nearly half the population. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 238 words.

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_ ELECTION 2020 CAMPAIGN RDP-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

POLICE SHOOTING INVESTIGATIONS

CHARLESTON _ An elected prosecutor in South Carolina has created a written plan on how police shootings and other use of force investigations will be handled. The plan by Solicitor Scarlett Wilson requires an independent investigation which must either finish its case in 60 days or ask for an extension. SENT: 430 words.

COMIC BOOKS-DONATION

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Thor are all together at last. The University of South Carolina Libraries, in a press release, says it has received a gift of more than 180,000 comic books and related materials from lifelong collector Gary Lee Watson. Now known as one of the largest comic book collections in the U.S., the collection includes a variety of materials including: 143,000 unique comic books, 20,000 magazines, 15,000 paperbacks and much more. SENT: 444 words.

BURN CENTER-AUGUSTA

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ A major burn center in Georgia will soon get even larger. Doctors Hospital in Augusta is embarking on a $75 million expansion of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. Hospital officials say it will double the number of patient rooms as well as build a six-level, 550-space parking deck. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the project is the largest investment at the hospital since it was built in 1973. Information from The Augusta Chronicle. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

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AIRCRAFT TRAINING FACILITY

CROSS HILL _ What happens when an entrepreneur gets bored in retirement? For Cross Hill’s Bob Butler, the solution is to develop an aviation training facility that’s the first of its kind in America. By Adam Benson, The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

IN BRIEF:

_WET SOUTH CAROLINA _ It’s now official. South Carolina’s record for most rainfall in a year has been broken.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HURRICANE RELIEF-METHODISTS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ United Methodist relief efforts for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts will get a boost from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. A $4.6 million UMCOR grant for the Alabama-West Florida Conference will help launch and fund the first two years of a phased four-year recovery program in response to Hurricane Michael, which made landfall at the Florida Panhandle last October. The conference plans to provide at least 375 households with disaster case management services. SENT: 390 words.

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AL-EXCHANGE-MONTGOMERY’S OLDEST CHURCH

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The bells chime 9 a.m. and a woman who had been waiting on the steps to Montgomery’s oldest church rises to her feet. But she doesn’t go inside the sanctuary. Few people do anymore. Instead she joins a line with others, a few who slept in their cars, a few who sat on the street. A young mother pulls two children along by the hand. They walk past the front entrance to the church built in 1847 and file into a nearby building for free food, clothing, counseling and help paying bills. By Brad Harper. Montgomery Advertiser.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE _ The wish lists at the Louisiana Capitol are long, as the state climbs out of years of budget gaps into a place of increased revenue. And with the election year, lawmakers are looking for ways to use the newfound cash to help their politicking. By Melinda Deslatte. An AP News Analysis. UPCOMING: 700 words.

JAZZ FEST FOUNDATION-50 YEARS

NEW ORLEANS _ This year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrates 50 years of spotlighting Louisiana’s culture and musical traditions. And, as such, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation _ which owns the festival _ is marking that milestone as well. Profits from the festival go to the foundation for a range of annual programming, including free after-school music classes for students and four free festivals held throughout the years. By Chevel Johnson. SENT: 471 words.

DIANA ROSS-AIRPORT SECURITY

NEW ORLEANS _ Diana Ross says she feels “violated” by an airport screener who touched her between her legs after she performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Motown legend says she blames the Transportation Security Administration for an “over the top!!” screening at the New Orleans airport. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos.

Eds.: Note language in final paragraph.

LSU-BEACH WHEELCHAIR

BATON ROUGE _ Louisiana State University engineering students have designed and made a motorized wheelchair with three fat wheels so a 23-year-old woman can go to the beach with her family. Cheslyn Simpson has a genetic disease called Friedreich’s ataxia. In 2017, her speech therapists suggested she write an essay asking for help through LSU’s senior capstone design program. That’s a two-course program in which teams of students work on an assigned project. There were 46 teams this year. UPCOMING: About 300 words.

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LA-EXCHANGE-MEMORY FIELD TRIPS

LAFAYETTE, La. — It’s sometimes difficult for Juris East, 86, to remember day-to-day occurrences because he suffers from advanced dementia. But a recent trip to Tigue Moore Field at Russo Park, home of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team, transported him to a different time. Wearing a jersey, eye black and a contagious smile, East threw a baseball on the field to fellow residents and staff at Magnolia Estates. By Megan Wyatt. The Advocate

IN BRIEF:

_ TOM BENSON-SCHOOL NAME _ The Jefferson Parish School Board will consider a measure to rename a Louisiana school after the late Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson.

_ GAS PRICES _ The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.97. The lowest average is $2.45 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

MISSISSIPPI

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME

JACKSON, Miss. _ It’s the hardest job that few people are thinking about in Mississippi’s crowded election year. Candidates for two open public service commissioner posts will just have settled into their offices in the Woolfolk State Office Building overlooking Mississippi’s capitol when they will be asked to decide the future of the Mississippi Power Co. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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MS-EXCHANGE-LESSONS FROM CHICKENS

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Children at Overstreet Elementary School have a coop of new responsibilities outside the school. VIVA Fifth Grade Art Teacher Niki Mulrooney proposed the idea of a chicken coop to the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees, to marry chickens with standards upheld by the Mississippi Department of Education. By Briana Rucker. The Starkville Daily News.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL BOND VOTE-BROOKHAVEN _ Voters will decide whether a south Mississippi school district will borrow $8 million to pay for improvements to security and facilities.

_ COMMENCEMENT-STACEY ABRAMS _ Tougaloo College’s 150 graduates are hearing from a national political star with Mississippi roots.

_ BELHAVEN COMMENCEMENT _ A global Baptist figure and the mayor of Jackson are saluting graduates of Belhaven University.

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