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BC-Deep South News Digest

March 18, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GEORGIA-ABORTION LAW

ATLANTA _ Abortion rights activists chanted “shame” as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. By Sanya Mansoor and Ben Nadler. SENT: 550 words.

AP Photos.

ST. PATRICK’S-SAVANNAH

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ A Savannah, Georgia, official says new rules are needed to crackdown on littering during the city’s sprawling St. Patrick’s Day celebration. City officials told reporters at a news conference Monday that workers and volunteers collected 183 tons (166 metric tons) of trash after thousands gathered in Savannah over the weekend for the South’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and related festivities. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

VOTING RIGHTS-KANSAS

SALT LAKE CITY _ A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas law that required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights, Kansas faces an uphill battle to resurrect the law once championed by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who led President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission. SENT: 690 words.

AP Photo.

#GIRLS TOO

NEW YORK _ The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, plastic toys and dolls, oils and crystals, a glitter-filled wand. By Maryclaire Dale and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 2,190 words.

AP Photos.

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_ #GIRLS TOO-ABRIDGED. SENT: 980 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOMESTIC SLAYING _ Police in Georgia have charged a teen with murder in the death of his mother.

_ EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY-CHANCELLOR _ The chancellor of East Carolina university has announced plans to resign after about three years on the job.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

OFFSHORE DRILLING

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The federal government says preparatory work for offshore drilling shouldn’t be halted while a lawsuit challenging the practice moves through the courts. Attorneys for the Trump administration say in court papers filed Monday that a judge should deny a preliminary injunction request filed by coastal municipalities suing the government. By Meg Kinnard. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ OVERDUE PLANE SEARCH _ Officials in North Carolina say a pilot has been found dead after a single-engine plane disappeared from radar during a flight from Tennessee to South Carolina.

_ ELECTION 2020-LINDSEY GRAHEAM-PENCE _ Vice President Mike Pence is making a trip to South Carolina to help kickoff U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bid for a fourth term.

_ MLB PLAYER_FATAL CRASH _ A South Carolina man killed in a car crash last week has been identified as a former Major League Baseball player who was a member of the Seattle Mariners during its inaugural season.

_ PRISON BEATINGS-LAWSUIT _ Two former inmates who say they were severely beaten at an overcrowded South Carolina jail are suing the sheriff’s office.

SPORTS:

NCAA-THINGS TO KNOW

UNDATED _ The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds. Putting three teams in the Final Four is a different matter. By Noah Trister. SENT: 900 words.

AP Photos.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

COLD CASE ARREST

DOTHAN, Ala. _ A DNA match found through genealogy testing led to the arrest of a truck-driving preacher in the killings of two teen girls who were found shot to death in a car trunk nearly 20 years ago, authorities said Monday. Coley McCraney, 45, of Dothan is charged with rape and capital murder in the 1999 deaths of 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, officials told a news conference. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 600 words.

AP Photos.

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_ COLD CASE ARREST-THE LATEST.

VOTING RIGHTS-KANSAS

SALT LAKE CITY _ A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas law that required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights, Kansas faces an uphill battle to resurrect the law once championed by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who led President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission. SENT: 690 words.

AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOAT FISHING DEATH _ An Alabama man has died when the fishing boat he was in capsized.

_ OBIT-ANDRE WILLIAMS _ Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, has died at 82.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-NON-UNANIMOUS JURIES

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court will consider overturning a criminal conviction by a 10-2 jury vote in Louisiana. The justice acted Monday, four months after Louisiana voters amended the state constitution to prohibit non-unanimous verdicts in criminal cases. SENT: 290 words.

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. _ The two Republican candidates vying to be Louisiana governor, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, speak about the state’s business climate at an event in coordination with the national Republican Governor’s Association. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. event.

IN BRIEF:

_ GOP OFFICIAL-ARREST _ The Louisiana Republican Party’s executive director faces multiple charges in New Orleans’ municipal court following a weekend incident that took place hours after his wedding.

_ LSU MATCH DAY _ The number of Louisiana State University Health New Orleans medical graduates choosing to go into primary care has risen to more than half.

_ DEPUTY CHARGED-PLEA _ A former Louisiana sheriff’s deputy has been released from federal custody after he pleaded guilty to federal drug charges last year.

_ OPELOUSAS MAYOR ARRESTED _ A Louisiana judge delayed the trial of a former Opelousas mayor indicted on charges of malfeasance, theft of public funds, public records tampering and forgery.

_ CIVIL WAR FLAG _ An American flag that a Maine regiment brought into battles in Louisiana and Texas during the Civil War has returned to its home state.

_ TOUGALOO PRESIDENT _ A Mississippi college is naming a community college leader as its next president.

SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS _ The Mavericks host the New Orleans Pelicans in a matchup of lottery-bound teams gearing up for eventful summers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.

_ SAINTS-EASTON _ The New Orleans Saints and former Minnesota Vikings interior offensive lineman Nick Easton have agreed on a four-year contract.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ATLANTA _ Abortion rights activists chanted “shame” as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. By Sanya Mansoor and Ben Nadler. SENT: 550 words.

AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN _ A new law says Mississippi can borrow money to build a long-term care facility for children with complex medical conditions.

_ SPECIAL ELECTIONS _ Two new members have joined the Mississippi House of Representatives.

_ MISSISSIPPI JAIL DEATHS _ Mississippi state police are investigating the deaths of two inmates in separate jails.

_ TOUGALOO PRESIDENT _ A Mississippi college is naming a community college leader as its next president.

_ BOYFRIEND KILLED _ A Mississippi woman has been arrested and charged with killing her boyfriend.

_ STATUTORY RAPE-LAWSUIT _ A Mississippi county has agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a wrongful arrest lawsuit brought by a man who was accused of statutory rape.

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