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AP-Deep South News Digest

May 14, 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

AP is moving election test reports for the May 22 Georgia primary election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTRIC RATES-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Utility regulators face requests from Mississippi Power Co. for rate increases totaling $50 million, but the more important question may be what the utility’s relationship with the Mississippi Public Service Commission will be like after the multi-billion dollar Kemper debacle.

IN BRIEF:

— PLANE CRASH-ALABAMA — Authorities say a Georgia woman was killed in the crash of a small plane in Alabama over the weekend.

— DEPUTY SHOOTING-FATALITY — Authorities say one person is dead in a shooting in Georgia involving a sheriff’s deputy.

— POLICE SHOOTING — Authorities say a man wanted in South Carolina was shot by police in Georgia.

— TEENAGER DROWNS — Officials say a 14-year-old Georgia boy has drowned at Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTRIC RATES-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Utility regulators face requests from Mississippi Power Co. for rate increases totaling $50 million, but the more important question may be what the utility’s relationship with the Mississippi Public Service Commission will be like after the multi-billion dollar Kemper debacle.

IN BRIEF:

— PLANE CRASH-ALABAMA — Authorities say a Georgia woman was killed in the crash of a small plane in Alabama over the weekend.

— TEENAGER DROWNS — Officials say a 14-year-old Georgia boy has drowned at Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama.

— CAMPAIGN WORKER-SEX OFFENDER — A Democratic candidate for Alabama governor has called the arrest of a campaign worker accused of violating the state’s sex offender registration and notification act “politically motivated.”

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE OVERHAUL

BATON ROUGE, La. — Months after a rewrite of Louisiana’s criminal justice codes became law, a flurry of proposals to change the policies have emerged at a dizzying pace and have spurred a debate over whether such proposals would improve the laws or end up dismantling them. By Anthony Izaguirre. UPCOMING: 725 words.

LOUISIANA UNANIMOUS JURY

The Louisiana House is set to debate a proposal that would strike a Jim Crow-era law that allows divided juries to settle criminal cases. Eds.: Coverage on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING SWIMMER — Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a swimmer who went missing in Lake Ponchartrain.

— DEVELOPERS-AGREEMENT — New Orleans developers have an agreement to buy a water park and hotel in a Mississippi county, where they have purchased more than 20 properties.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTRIC RATES-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Utility regulators face requests from Mississippi Power Co. for rate increases totaling $50 million, but the more important question may be what the utility’s relationship with the Mississippi Public Service Commission will be like after the multi-billion dollar Kemper debacle.

VIDEO BIRTH-SOLDIER

A 25-year-old soldier delayed while trying to fly home to Mississippi from a Texas base still managed to see his wife give birth — via Facetime while stranded at an airport hundreds of miles away. Never mind the flight delay. He still got to see his baby girl’s arrival via the video connection over cellphone. Spec. Brooks Lindsey encountered the flight delay earlier this month while making a flight connection in Dallas en route home to Brandon, Mississippi, for the birth of his first child, The Washington Post reported. SENT: 375 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CREDIT UNION-AWARD — A Mississippi-based credit union and associated loan fund have been named the winner of The Wall Street Journal’s financial inclusion challenge.

— MONUMENT UNVEILING — The first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Mississippi will be unveiled at Camp Shelby.

— DEVELOPERS-AGREEMENT — New Orleans developers have an agreement to buy a water park and hotel in a Mississippi county, where they have purchased more than 20 properties.

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