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BC-Deep South News Digest

August 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CONTRACT BRIBERY CHARGES

ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors say a top aide to former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed accepted bribes from a city vendor. In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors charged 49-year-old Katrina Taylor-Parks with conspiracy to commit bribery. Taylor-Parks served as deputy chief of staff for Reed. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 138 words. Will be updated.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

AMALIA, N.M. — For months, neighbors worried about a squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain, saying they brought their concerns to authorities long before sheriff’s officials found 11 hungry children on the lot, and then the remains of a small boy. Two men and three women also had been living at the compound, and were arrested following a raid Friday that came as officials searched for a missing Georgia boy with severe medical issues. By Morgan Lee and Mary Hudetz. SENT: 906 words, photos, videos. Eds.: Developing from court hearing for Siraj Ibn Wahhaj scheduled for 11 a.m. MDT.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-MONUMENTS

UNDATED — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists whose stated goal was to protect a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,063 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— PROJECT ROCKET — Is Amazon behind mysterious economic development project code-named ‘Project Rocket’ in Atlanta’s suburbs?

— SCOOTERS-SAFETY REGULATIONS — Motorized sharable scooters gaining popularity in Atlanta have City Council members considering safety regulations for them.

— MISSING JOGGER — Authorities say a jogger who went missing in woods near the Chattahoochee River was found safe when he returned home in the middle of the night.

— SOUTHWEST ATLANTA-NASHVILLE FLIGHTS — Southwest Airlines has begun nonstop flights from Atlanta to a Tennessee city.

— DRUG DEALING TWINS-ARREST — A pair of twin brothers in Georgia will be joining each other behind bars after prosecutors say they distributed cocaine.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves meet in the third game of a four-game set between teams chasing first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. The series got off to a rousing start Tuesday with a doubleheader split. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-POSITION BATTLES

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons released their first depth chart this week, revealing updates on position battles on the line when Atlanta plays at the Jets Friday night in their preseason opener. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 4 p.m.

BKL--DREAM SEASON

ATLANTA — Nicki Collen remembers facing the Atlanta Dream last season. “They laid down. There’s no other way to put it,” said Collen, a former assistant coach at Connecticut. Now that she’s coaching the Dream, it’s an entirely different story. With that dismal 2017 season firmly in the rear-view mirror, Atlanta is heading back to the playoffs as one of the league’s hottest teams, carrying high hopes of finally winning its first WNBA championship. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-MONUMENTS

UNDATED — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists whose stated goal was to protect a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,063 words, photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR-TARIFFS

COLUMBUS, S.C. — The Democratic candidate for governor in South Carolina is making a campaign issue out of a television plant closing because of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products. James Smith is heading to Fairfield County on Wednesday to link Gov. Henry McMaster, an enthusiastic Trump supporter, to the 126 jobs that will be lost at Element TV Company. It’s a risky strategy in a state that gave 55 percent of its votes to Trump in 2016. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated from 1:45 p.m. EDT event.

ISLAMIC GROUP ARREST

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina teenager pleaded guilty Wednesday to allegations that he tried to fight for the Islamic State group. Zakaryia Abdin pleaded guilty during a hearing in Charleston to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, according to federal court documents. The charge carries a possible 20-year prison sentence. Abdin, 19, was arrested at Charleston’s airport in March 2017 as he tried to board a plane for Jordan. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 427 words.

DRUNKEN DRIVING-WHITE GIRL

A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn’t arrest her because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” police said. Her eyes glassy and bloodshot, Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was slurring her words and a Breathalyzer showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.18 percent, according to police in Bluffton, South Carolina. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 350 words.

AP Photos NY113-0808181459.

IN BRIEF:

— SHOOTING-WAD OF CASH — Authorities say a man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a South Carolina woman after seeing a large roll of cash in her purse.

— INDICTMENTS IN 39 SECONDS — Defense lawyers are challenging indictments issued by a South Carolina grand jury that reviewed more than 900 cases in a single day.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CORRUPTION CHARGES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker, a lobbyist and a medical company executive have pleaded not guilty in federal court to bribery related charges. State Rep. Randy Davis of Daphne, former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors and G. Ford Gilbert of California entered not guilty pleas Wednesday morning. SENT: 123 words. Will be updated.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-MONUMENTS

UNDATED — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists whose stated goal was to protect a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,063 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— KLAN INCIDENT-STUDENT SUSPENDED — An Alabama high school student has been suspended after allegedly doctoring a photograph to make it appear classmates were wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods.

— COMPANY EXPANSION — An Alabama company that produces ergonomic furniture for workplaces says its $2 million expansion will create at least eight new jobs.

— TEEN’S BODY IN DITCH — Police in Montgomery say a body found in the ditch line of a city street is that of a 16-year-old boy.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--ALABAMA QBS-SABAN

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban addresses reporters after practice, a few days after two-year starting quarterback Jalen Hurts aired complaints about his treatment. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 6 p.m. CT.

FBC--AWARD HOPEFULS

Stanford running back Bryce Love’s decision to return for his senior year instantly made him a preseason front-runner for some of college football’s top individual awards. Love won the Doak Walker Award as college football’s top running back and was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year as he rushed for 2,118 yards. He’s an obvious candidate for both awards again this year, even though he will have a tough time matching his production from last season. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 881 words.

AP Photos NY150-1202170137, NY151-1228170305, NY152-1118172019.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE OVERHAUL

BATON ROUGE, La. — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is attacking Louisiana’s criminal justice overhaul in a letter to President Donald Trump that comes with pointed timing. Kennedy sent the missive a day ahead of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Thursday meeting with the president about the criminal sentencing law changes that Edwards has championed. Kennedy says the changes are “failing the law-abiding public in Louisiana” and jeopardizing public safety. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 137 words. Will be updated.

STATE OFFICIAL-FIRING LAWSUIT

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal jury has rebuffed claims that Louisiana’s former alcohol and tobacco control commissioner unfairly fired one of his workers when he led the state agency. The jury unanimously decided Monday that ex-commissioner Troy Hebert did not defame or retaliate against former agent Brette Tingle when he fired him in August 2015. SENT: 242 words.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-MONUMENTS

UNDATED — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists whose stated goal was to protect a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,063 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— XAVIER-STUDENTS-KEVIN HART — Three Xavier University of Louisiana students are among a group receiving scholarships thanks to actor and comedian Kevin Hart’s “Help From the Hart Charity.”

— ABA PRESIDENT-ELECT — A New Orleans lawyer is now president-elect of the American Bar Association.

— ORLEANS JUDGES-FEES-BAIL — Two federal judges have now ruled that judges in state district criminal court in New Orleans have conflicts of interest in the way fines and fees are collected.

— CAMP MINDEN EXPLOSIVES — Sentencing has been postponed three months for men who pleaded guilty in a case involving a huge explosion in 2012 at a site owned by the Louisiana National Guard.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-OKAFOR

NEW ORLEANS — Two people familiar with the situation say free-agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. They say the contract includes a team option in Year 2. By Brett Martel. SENT: 170 words.

AP Photos NY171-0109180118.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-MONUMENTS

UNDATED — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. The vehicle plowed into a crowd protesting a gathering of white supremacists whose stated goal was to protect a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,063 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MURDER ACCESSORY SENTENCE — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for helping dispose of the body of a woman who was killed.

— MURDER BAIL — A Mississippi district attorney says a judge has released people accused of murder and other violent crimes without notifying prosecutors.

— TRUCK DEATHS — 2 truck drivers are dead after a head-on collision in southwest Mississippi.

— NATIONAL GUARD TUITION — Mississippi State University is guaranteeing free tuition for Mississippi National Guard members studying full time for an undergraduate degree.

— RAILROAD SALE — Mississippi’s Grenada Railroad is changing hands, as a new Florida company acquires rights from former owner Iowa Pacific Holdings.

— SCHOOL BONDS — Residents in Mississippi’s capital city are overwhelmingly approving a $65 million bond referendum that supporters say will provide funds to make repairs to the Jackson school district’s aging facilities.

— NATCHEZ TRACE GRANT — A charitable group is paying to improve some hiking-path bridges near the Natchez Trace Parkway in central Mississippi.

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