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BC-Deep South News Digest

December 4, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-SECRETARY OF STATE-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. — It’s Election Day in Georgia — again — giving voters one more chance to choose who will respond to demands to change the state’s elections infrastructure. Tuesday’s runoff will decide whether a Republican or a Democrat will run future elections after the contentious gubernatorial contest between Gov.-elect Brian Kemp and challenger Stacey Abrams. Kemp remained secretary of state until after the general election, infuriating Democrats who called it a conflict of interest and accused him of suppressing minority votes. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 720 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE OFFICER-INCEST — A police officer is charged with criminal counts, including incest, in two Georgia counties.

— SNAPCHAT-TEEN LURED — Authorities in Georgia say a 25-year-old man used Snapchat to try to entice a 13-year-old boy into sex.

SPORTS:

BKC--GEORGIA ST-ALABAMA

TUSCULOOSA, Ala. — Alabama hosts preseason Sun Belt Conference favorite Georgia State at Coleman Coliseum. By Marq Burnett. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

FBC--AP ALL-ACC

No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards. The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference. Five Tigers made the first team, and four were unanimous selections. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt was a unanimous pick for the second straight year. Running back Travis Etienne was the offensive player of the year. SENT: 800 words, photos

FBC--COACHES’ ALL-SEC TEAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team selected by SEC coaches. Georgia had seven players selected on the team. Missouri and South Carolina each had five all-SEC selections. SENT: 150 words.

AP Photos NY158-1006181501.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ESCAPED INMATE KILLED

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a South Carolina jail was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked open the backdoor of her home. Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says the inmate was one of two prisoners who beat up two guards early Tuesday morning in a planned escape from the county jail. Clark says the woman who killed the inmate has a concealed weapons permit and was home alone. By Jeffrey Collins. Developing.

SOUTH CAROLINA-TARIFFS

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina is positioned to keep adding new jobs and increasing wages in 2019, but tariffs backed by President Donald Trump could hamper that growth, two University of South Carolina economists said. The import taxes backed by the president against China and, to a lesser extent, Mexico create volatility, especially in the automotive market which is the backbone of South Carolina’s manufacturing economy, Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen said in their report presented Tuesday at the university’s annual Economic Outlook Conference. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 400 words.

SCHOOL-SHOOTING SCARE

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dozens of police offices rushed to a South Carolina elementary school Tuesday after 911 dispatchers heard gunshots and someone pulled an alarm reporting a shooting on campus. But it turns out the gunfire was actually blanks being fired as part of a historical re-enactment, deputies and officials at Delmae Heights Elementary School in Florence said. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 310 words.

ELECTION 2020-BLOOMBERG

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two deep-pocketed Democrats are set to travel to early presidential primary states, stoking further speculation about whether they will soon launch bids for the White House. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, is set to visit three towns in Iowa on Tuesday, while billionaire investor and activist Tom Steyer will host a town hall in Charleston, South Carolina. By Juana Summers and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 757 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— RESCUED ANIMALS-JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN — A North Carolina animal rescue group says a donkey and an emu who’ve bonded with each other can stay together, thanks to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the villainous Negan on TV’s “The Walking Dead.”

— I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN — A Pittsburgh librarian who advocates for immigrants and refugees and a librarian from rural North Carolina who helps patrons navigate the Internet are among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-WOFFORD-KANSAS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas tries to remain unbeaten when the Jayhawks welcome Wofford to Allen Fieldhouse. By Jordan Wolf. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT

BKC--T25-FURMAN-ELON

ELON, N.C. — No. 25 Furman plays its first game as a Top 25 team when the Paladins visit Elon in a Southern Conference matchup. By John Brasier. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--ST PETER’S-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Tigers play host to St. Peter’s plays at Littlejohn Coliseum in a nonconference matchup. UPCOMING: 400 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

FBC--AP ALL-ACC

No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards. The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference. Five Tigers made the first team, and four were unanimous selections. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt was a unanimous pick for the second straight year. Running back Travis Etienne was the offensive player of the year. SENT: 800 words, photos

FBC--COACHES’ ALL-SEC TEAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team selected by SEC coaches. Georgia had seven players selected on the team. Missouri and South Carolina each had five all-SEC selections. SENT: 150 words.

AP Photos NY158-1006181501.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An attorney is challenging the charge against a man jailed in a Thanksgiving day shooting that took place just before police killed another man at an Alabama mall. Defense lawyer Charles Salvagio said Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, is not guilty of shooting and wounding 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson of Birmingham, but he declined to elaborate. The lawyer said Tuesday he may hold a news conference soon about the case. Brown was arrested last week near Atlanta and is jailed in Birmingham. No court dates are scheduled. SENT: 278 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA-TORNADOES CONFIRMED — The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Alabama last weekend.

— OBIT-GILES PERKINS — Giles Perkins, a lawyer and political consultant who helped guide U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign to victory last year, has died.

— POLICE STANDOFF — A man was found dead inside a north Alabama home after a standoff with Tuscumbia police.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-UNC ASHEVILLE-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 8 Auburn, which leads the nation in scoring margin, faces a 1-6 UNC Asheville team at Auburn Arena. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

BKC--GEORGIA ST-ALABAMA

TUSCULOOSA, Ala. — Alabama hosts preseason Sun Belt Conference favorite Georgia State at Coleman Coliseum. By Marq Burnett. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

FBC--COACHES’ ALL-SEC TEAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team selected by SEC coaches. Georgia had seven players selected on the team. Missouri and South Carolina each had five all-SEC selections. SENT: 150 words.

AP Photos NY158-1006181501.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. — By sidestepping the Louisiana governor’s race, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy denied Republicans a popular, high-profile candidate to pit against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards, renewing speculation about whether the GOP can rally around one main contender in 2019. The list of Republicans considering a challenge to Edwards shortened in recent weeks, as most seemed willing to step aside for Kennedy, a popular figure in Louisiana with impressive fundraising prowess. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 669 words.

AP Photos NYJK109-1005181426, NYJK111-1004181721, NYJK110-0619181506.

WATER BOARD EMPLOYEES

NEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans official says two high-level Sewerage and Water Board employees had “bailed” and were missing in action during issues that prompted a major boil water advisory. News outlets quote board Executive Director Ghassan Korban as saying during a City Council meeting Monday that the employees didn’t communicate and weren’t responsive during a power outage last month. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL OVERDOSE-SOBER HOME — Authorities say a man fatally overdosed while staying in a Louisiana sober-living home and three of his housemates have been arrested.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-MCNEESE ST-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 22 Mississippi State hosts McNeese State on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs are coming off a road win against Dayton. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. tipoff.

FBC--COACHES’ ALL-SEC TEAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team selected by SEC coaches. Georgia had seven players selected on the team. Missouri and South Carolina each had five all-SEC selections. SENT: 150 words.

AP Photos NY158-1006181501.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI MEDICAID — Mississippi’s Medicaid program will soon start covering more doctors’ office visits for its recipients.

— FIREFIGHTER-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT — A white firefighter is suing the majority black executive board of a Mississippi city for discrimination.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-MCNEESE ST-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 22 Mississippi State hosts McNeese State on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs are coming off a road win against Dayton. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. tipoff.

FBC--COACHES’ ALL-SEC TEAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference champion Alabama has a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team selected by SEC coaches. Georgia had seven players selected on the team. Missouri and South Carolina each had five all-SEC selections. SENT: 150 words.

AP Photos NY158-1006181501.

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