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BC-Deep South News Digest

December 30, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SAVANNAH THEATERS

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Savannah has seen three local movie theaters close in recent months, decreasing the number of big screens in the city by more than 20. The Savannah Morning News reports that box office numbers are down nationwide. In Savannah, lawyer Charles “Bo” Bowen helped found the Savannah Film Alliance, a local industry group. He says the theaters that closed there recently are older ones, and they are less technologically advanced. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

ENDANGERED FISH

ANNISTON, Ala. _ Federal officials are putting a fish whose habitat is threatened by development in southern states on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday added the trispot darter fish to the list. Development along the Coosa River in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia threatens the fish’s water quality due to storm water runoff. SENT: 240 words.

NEW LAWS-GLANCE

New laws affecting everything from birth to marriage to death will be taking effect with the new year in some states. The laws include policies on contraception and abortion, assisted suicide and the minimum age to get married. Some states will be collecting new taxes on online sales. At least a half-dozen states will begin enforcing sales tax laws on some out-of-state retailers. Georgia, for example, will collect a 4 percent sales tax on online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia. SENT: 1,138 words.

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EXCHANGE-FOSTER PARENT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ Martha Coley sits in her living room sometimes, flipping through photo albums she keeps on a shelf below her TV. They’re albums filled with hundreds of photos of children she has known throughout her life, but they’re not just friends or acquaintances. They’re family. Coley, 82, has been fostering children in the area for 33 years and doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. The Gainesville Times.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. _ NFC South rivals Tampa Bay and Atlanta conclude disappointing seasons, with the Buccaneers missing the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year and the Falcons failing to qualify just two seasons after playing in the Super Bowl. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. ET.

BKC--MASSACHUSETTS-GEORIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Georgia wraps up its non-conference schedule when it hosts UMass at Stegeman Coliseum. By Blake Giles. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

COYOTE ATTACK

FORT MILL, S.C. _ A South Carolina man says some swift kicks and stomps saved him from a coyote attack. John Somjak says he was taking corn cobs to a wildlife camera he set up in the woods behind a friend’s home in Fort Mill when the coyote ran toward him around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Somjak says he was surprised at how aggressive the coyote was in a residential area. SENT: 290 words.

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EXCHANGE-SURGERY BREAK

GREENVILLE, S.C. _ Brayden Dame needed a break. Nine surgeries in a five-year span take a toll on a body, particularly one occupied by a smiling little girl whom fate has dealt some unfair cards. By Scott Keepfer. The Greenville News.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHRISTMAS TREES-ANIMAL HABITAT _ South Carolina wildlife officials are recommending people use their old, live Christmas trees to help animals.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--LIPSCOMB-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson looks to win its fourth in a row against Lipscomb on Sunday in the Tigers final game before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 3 p.m. start.

BKW--T25-FURMAN-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 25 South Carolina looks to win its fourth in a row when it takes on Furman on Sunday. UPCOMING, 150 words from 2 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ENDANGERED FISH

ANNISTON, Ala. _ Federal officials are putting a fish whose habitat is threatened by development in southern states on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday added the trispot darter fish to the list. Development along the Coosa River in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia threatens the fish’s water quality due to storm water runoff. SENT: 240 words.

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EXCHANGE-SOUL FOOD-CHEF

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Chef Carla Hall knows soul food. She’s been cooking it for her entire career. Now, her mission is to reclaim it. When she set out to trace the path of soul food throughout the South, that journey brought her to Alabama. In her cookbook “Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration,” released Oct. 23, her first step in reclaiming soul food is to define it. By Shauna Stuart. Al.com.

EXCHANGE-WATER WOES

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ For years, Newtown resident Anthony Tucker has been paying between $60-90 a month for water he doesn’t feel is safe to drink. To illustrate why, he reaches under his kitchen sink and pulls three bottles of water from the cabinet: One from 2016, one from 2017 and one from June 27 of this year. A pile of rust-colored sediment sits in the bottom of each. By Andrew J. Yawn. Montgomery Advertiser.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ The Louisiana Legislature has been shedding members at a high rate, with 15 percent of lawmakers leaving their elected positions without completing their terms in the last three years. Blame term limits or the heavy workload across a record number of legislative sessions. Blame partisanship or the general lack of enjoyment about having to repeatedly debate budget cuts and taxes. Whatever the reason, the reshuffling of House and Senate members continues, and it’s causing repeated special elections to keep the jobs filled. By Melinda Deslatte. Moved HFR on Friday for use Sunday.

BAYOU CHANNEL MARKERS

LAKE CHARLES, La. _ A Louisiana boating education club has organized a private-public partnership to put up channel markers along a bayou where water often hides cypress stumps and knees. Since Contraband Bayou isn’t usable for commercial navigation, the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers can’t install markers, Ben Garber of the Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron told local news outlets. His group spent about a year surveying the bayou and getting permits from the Coast Guard and Corps, he told The American Press. SENT: 260 words.

NEW LAWS-GLANCE

New laws affecting everything from birth to marriage to death will be taking effect with the new year in some states. The laws include policies on contraception and abortion, assisted suicide and the minimum age to get married. Some states will be collecting new taxes on online sales. A Louisiana constitutional amendment, approved by voters, will require unanimous juries in order to convict people of serious felony crimes. It reverses a Jim Crow-era practice that had allowed as few as 10 members of a 12-person jury to convict defendants in cases not involving death sentences. SENT: 1,138 words.

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EXCHANGE-BOY SCOUT-VETERANS’ GRAVESITES

GONZALES, La. _ A cemetery in Gonzales that dates back to the 1840s is the final resting place of veterans who served in almost every major U.S. conflict from the Civil War to the Iraq War. A bench and a marker at the Cornerview Road site now memorialize their service thanks to the efforts of Joseph Lambert, a Gonzales Boy Scout who did the research about the veterans interred there. By Ellyn Couvillion. The Advocate.

EXCHANGE-SHREVEPORT ARTIST

SHREVEPORT, La. _ Bruce Allen will need a while to pack up his office _ a corner room in the Turner Art Center at Centenary College. He’s collected many memories and memorabilia since the 1980s, and the space has become a personal museum reflecting his extensive career and decorated life in the arts. “It’s stuff I’ve saved over the years from all sorts of different things,” Allen said. “I’ve been here for so long I kind of dread having to clean everything out of here.” By Tiana Kennell. The Shreveport Times

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS _ The New Orleans Saints aim for a franchise record 14-win regular season while trying to stay healthy for the playoffs when they host reeling Carolina. Rookie Kyle Allen makes his first career start for the Panthers. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 1 p.m. ET

BKW--T25-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 8 Mississippi State hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in the Bulldogs’ final nonconference game before the SEC schedule starts in January. UPCOMING: 400 words from 2 p.m. CT tipoff.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME

JACKSON, Miss. _ As the current Congress sputters to an end, there’s one accomplishment that Mississippi’s Republican members are looking back on with pride _ higher defense spending. By Jeff Amy. 600 words, released in advance.

FAMILY FEUD-FIRES

MONTICELLO, Miss. _ A southwest Mississippi sheriff says a family feud appears to have spurred multiple shooting incidents and two fires over the last week. No one’s been reported injured, but Lawrence County Sheriff Lessie Butler tells The Daily Leader of Brookhaven that he fears violence will lead to someone dying. The problem, Butler says, is that no one will tell his deputies who’s responsible. SENT: 275 words.

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EXCHANGE-DESEGREGATION-FIGHT

TUPELO, Miss. _ Whether his audience is a large group or a single listener, Julian Prince speaks with precision and passion, especially if the subject is the desegregation of Mississippi schools. It’s no surprise. By Leslie Criss. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

EXCHANGE-STEER WRESTLING

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Will Lummus, 26, doesn’t second guess jumping off a running horse to wrestle a 600 pound steer to the ground. If he did, he wouldn’t be the third placed steer wrestler in the world. By Mary Pollitz. The Commercial Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

_ FUGITIVE ARREST _ A southwest Mississippi man has been arrested for shooting a homeowner after a year of eluding police

_ MISSISSIPPI KILLINGS-JAMIE FOXX _ An Academy Award-winning actor is among those calling for an end to violence in a southwest Mississippi city.

_ OLYMPIAN HONORED _ Officials recently unveiled a highway sign on Mississippi 25 in Rankin County honoring sprinter Tori Bowie (BOO’-wee).

IN SPORTS:

BKW--T25-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 8 Mississippi State hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in the Bulldogs’ final nonconference game before the SEC schedule starts in January. UPCOMING: 400 words from 2 p.m. CT tipoff.

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