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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

August 6, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):


— BURNING CAR RESCUE — Body camera video shows police rescuing a trapped passenger from a fiery car crash in Atlanta.

— FATAL SHOOTING-CRASH — Police in Georgia say a fatal shooting led to a car crashing into a vacant home.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Bill Clinton is traveling to South Carolina to honor a former governor who served in his Cabinet. Clinton is scheduled to speak Monday at a reception to officially open the special collections of Dick Riley at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Riley chaired Clinton’s presidential campaign in South Carolina and served as Secretary of Education during all eight years of Clinton’s administration. By Meg Kinnard. Developing from 3 p.m. event.


— SHELTER-SEX ACT — A South Carolina man who was given shelter from the rain is accused of propositioning the homeowner’s 13-year-old daughter.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The birthplace of NASA’s rockets lies in the land of cotton, hundreds of miles from Cape Canaveral’s launch pads. From the first U.S. satellites and astronauts, to the Apollo moon shots, to the space shuttles and now NASA’s still-in-development Space Launch System, rocket history inundates Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville’s nickname, Rocket City, is thanks largely to Wernher von Braun and his team of fellow German-born rocketeers who settled here in the 1950s. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,063 words, photos. AP Video Planned.



GADSDEN, Ala. — “Rust sells,” Cookie Watson and Mary Mauldin agreed as they stood surrounded by a fair amount of rust and much more. The sisters-in-law started setting up their offerings for the World’s Largest Yard Sale, and already were getting customers days before the sale’s official kickoff on Thursday. The yard sale route stretches from Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, passing through six states and covering 690 miles. It lasted through Sunday. By Donna Thornton, The Gadsden Times.


— CONTINENTAL MOTORS-ALABAMA — A $75 million project is underway to transform Continental Motors’ operations in south Alabama.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



NEW ORLEANS — When poor people are charged with crimes, is it unconstitutional to make them wait for public defenders? The American Civil Liberties Union thinks so. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans scheduled arguments Monday in the ACLU’s challenge of the system New Orleans uses to legally represent poor defendants. The group sued in 2016 on behalf of three defendants who couldn’t afford a lawyer. They were put on a waiting list by the Orleans Public Defenders office, which cited excessive caseloads and budgetary problems. Developing.


— JAIL DIRECTOR-LAWSUIT PROTECTION — The head of the troubled New Orleans jail has asked a federal judge for protection from lawsuits.

— MOTORCYCLIST FALLS OFF BRIDGE — New Orleans police say a motorcyclist has fallen off a bridge and died.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — The new owner of a historic music venue in Bay St. Louis has big plans for the location The Sun-Herald reports that Rachel Dangermond is the new owner of 100 Men Hall. The 1922 blues hall was a center of African-American social life and entertainment. Such legendary artists as Etta James, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and James Brown performed there. SENT: 290 words.


— CREEK DEATH — Authorities say a man who jumped off a bridge into a creek in Mississippi has died.

— TEENAGER SLAIN — Authorities say an 18-year-old was gunned down at a back-to-school event in Collins.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to

The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The South Carolina AP Bureau: apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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