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BC-Deep South News Digest

May 27, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HEAT WAVE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A scorching heatwave weeks before the start of summer is gripping the Deep South with several cities reporting the hottest temperatures ever recorded in May. High temperatures were at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) Sunday in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Fayetteville and Wilmington in North Carolina; Savannah and Macon in Georgia; and Gainesville, Florida. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SON DROWNS _ Authorities say a man has drowned on a Georgia lake trying to save his father who walked out of their boat after a nap because he mistakenly thought he was home.

_ RAILROAD-HIGHER SPEEDS _ A railroad company says its freight trains will soon begin traveling at faster speeds through southern Georgia and portions of eastern Alabama.

_LIBRARY-BOOK SALE _ A public library on the Georgia coast is $10,000 richer thanks to a few thousand used books sold during a three-day fundraiser.

SPORTS:

SEC-SANKEY

HOOVER, Ala. _ Southeastern Conference Commissioner discusses with The Associated Press the hot topics for the league’s spring meetings, ranging from the transfer portal to the NCAA working group looking at how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BBC-NCAA TOURNAMENT

OMAHA, Neb. _ Pac-12 champion UCLA won each of its series for the first time in program history, didn’t lose a midweek game and ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak. The Bruins (47-8) were rewarded for their remarkable consistency Monday with the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. By Eric Olsen. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

HEAT WAVE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A scorching heatwave weeks before the start of summer is gripping the Deep South with several cities reporting the hottest temperatures ever recorded in May. High temperatures were at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) Sunday in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Fayetteville and Wilmington in North Carolina; Savannah and Macon in Georgia; and Gainesville, Florida. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 400 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-AVOIDING SCAMS

GREENWOOD, S.C. _ A check for nearly $8,600 slipped out of the letter addressed to Mary Bradford. “Congratulations,” the bold, underlined header said. “We are pleased to inform you that you are one of our lucky winners!” By Damian Dominguez, The Index-Journal of Greenwood. SENT: 710 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILDREN KILLED _ Authorities say 6-year-old twin boys who weren’t wearing seatbelts have died in a South Carolina wreck where their mother was trying to pass on a two-lane road.

_ ELECTRIC CHARGING STATION _ A new electric vehicle charging station is up and running in Landrum. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports the charging station was funded by a grant from the South Carolina Energy Office.

_ TEACHER BILLBOARD _ A school district in South Carolina has spent more than $33,000 on billboards to tell its teachers they are appreciated.

SPORTS:

SEC-SANKEY

HOOVER, Ala. _ Southeastern Conference Commissioner discusses with The Associated Press the hot topics for the league’s spring meetings, ranging from the transfer portal to the NCAA working group looking at how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP DONOR-NUCLEAR POWER

WASHINGTON _ Real estate mogul Franklin Haney contributed $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and all he’s got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation. The contribution from Haney, a prolific political donor, came as he was seeking regulatory approval and financial support from the government for his long-shot bid to acquire the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Alabama. More than two years later, he still hasn’t closed the deal. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 970 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA _ Alabama is scheduled to execute Christopher Lee Price this week for his part in a 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor in Fayette County.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA _ Alabama lawmakers could make changes to medical marijuana legislation after the bill hit opposition in the House.

_ RAILROAD-HIGHER SPEEDS _ A railroad company says its freight trains will soon begin traveling at faster speeds through southern Georgia and portions of eastern Alabama.

_ BOATING ACCIDENT _ State authorities say a Huntsville man was killed after falling off a personal watercraft.

SPORTS: SEC-SANKEY

HOOVER, Ala. _ Southeastern Conference Commissioner discusses with The Associated Press the hot topics for the league’s spring meetings, ranging from the transfer portal to the NCAA working group looking at how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana’s state senators Monday unveil their $30 billion state operating budget proposal for next year, with new dollars slated for teacher raises, senior citizen centers and health care services. The proposal will be released in a Memorial Day hearing in the Senate Finance Committee, setting up the parameters of any disagreements the Senate and House have about crafting a final set of spending plans for the financial year that begins July 1. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MEDICAID-TAX RECORDS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ State senators Monday shelved the latest effort to give Louisiana’s legislative auditor access to income tax data to check Medicaid eligibility, in an ongoing fight that has developed since Gov. John Bel Edwards expanded the state’s Medicaid program to cover thousands more people. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 540 words.

BACKYARD BALD EAGLE RELEASE

METAIRIE _ A young bald eagle found soaked and stumping along a street in the Louisiana neighborhood where it hatched will be released Tuesday in the same area. The bird’s parents have nested for a couple of years in a tall live oak in a subdivision back yard in Metairie, a New Orleans suburb. A neighborhood resident brought the mottled brown eaglet to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Hospital on May 11, after making sure it needed help. Another neighbor has been collecting money for its care and posting health updates outside her home. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 570 words.

HISTORIC HOTEL REVAMP

SHREVEPORT, La. _ From a falling facade, to broken windows, the historic Arlington Hotel in Shreveport’s downtown has been vacant since 1990. But for the first time in decades, the old building will soon see new life. KTBS-TV reports the Metropolitan Planning Commission has voted to approve a special use permit for the Larsen Family LP to turn the former hotel into a distillery, French-style restaurant and a speak-easy bar. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_NEW ORLEANS HOUSE-FRENCH LANDMARK _ The French government has added a New Orleans house where the French painter Edgar Degas stayed briefly to a network of houses of famous French people.

_ SPANISH TRANSLATORS COURSES _ The University of New Orleans has announced a new non-degree program aimed at preparing students for careers as professional translators and interpreters of Spanish in both legal and health care fields.

_ MARIJUANA FIGHT _ Florida authorities say a Louisiana woman beat her wife with a bedpost, apparently upset her spouse put their marijuana through a washing machine.

SPORTS:

SEC-SANKEY

HOOVER, Ala. _ Southeastern Conference Commissioner discusses with The Associated Press the hot topics for the league’s spring meetings, ranging from the transfer portal to the NCAA working group looking at how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI CITIES-CAMERAS

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Some cities in Mississippi are putting up cameras that let police remotely watch what’s happening on the streets. Starkville and Greenville are among the places installing eyes in the sky. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GAUTIER-RECREATION _ A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast could develop a recreational area with an amphitheater, bike trails and other attractions.

_ MISSISSIPPI-LARGEMOUTH BASS _ Mississippi is stocking lakes and trying to build up a supply of largemouth bass that are popular for sports fishing.

_ MERIDIAN-CITY WORKERS _ A Mississippi mayor says some city council members are engaged in “foolishness” with an investigation about work conditions.

SPORTS:

SEC-SANKEY

HOOVER, Ala. _ Southeastern Conference Commissioner discusses with The Associated Press the hot topics for the league’s spring meetings, ranging from the transfer portal to the NCAA working group looking at how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BBC-NCAA TOURNAMENT

OMAHA, Neb. _ Pac-12 champion UCLA won each of its series for the first time in program history, didn’t lose a midweek game and ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak. The Bruins (47-8) were rewarded for their remarkable consistency Monday with the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. By Eric Olsen. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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