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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MLK MONUMENT-SAVANNAH

A developer is planning to install a monument honoring Martin Luther King Jr. as the centerpiece of a public waterfront park in Savannah. City officials say it will be the first monument to honor the civil rights leader in Savannah or Chatham County. The Savannah Morning News reports that the 8-foot-tall monument will feature a larger-than-life bust of King facing north toward the river. The site is near the $270 million Plant Riverside hotel complex being built on West River Street. SENT: 300 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-MOTHER-DISTRACTED DRIVING

ATLANTA — Mandi Sorohan said she wasn’t invited to the ceremony when then-Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the distracted-driving law named for her son in 2010. She wasn’t even sure the governor would sign the law until he did it. But Sorohan was there when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a tougher law that will effectively replace Georgia’s existing texting ban — formally known as the “Caleb Sorohan Act for Saving Lives by Preventing Texting While Driving.” By David Wickert, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers wrap up a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves before finishing a successful first half of the season with a week-long road trip. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:10 p.m. CT.

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. Games Sunday include: Timberwolves-Raptors, Hornets-Heat, Mavericks-Bucks, Jazz-Knicks, Kings-Clippers, Wizards-Spurs, Trail Blazers-Hawks, Warriors-Rockets, Grizzlies-Magic, Lakers-Bulls. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Games start at 3 EST

BKL--MERCURY-DREAM

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream hosts the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA game at McCamish Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game start at 3 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the July 17 Alabama runoff 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-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA BLUES PROJECT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Like the old Johnny Cash song, the Alabama Blues Project will soon have its own home of the blues — a permanent spot, just around the corner from heartache. The Tuscaloosa-based Alabama Blues Project has been migrating from one available space to another for the past two decades. The nonprofit organization provides blues music programs for children and adults. SENT: 400 words.

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EXCHANGE-STORE CLOSURE

MOBILE, Ala. — Zoghby’s Department Store has seen whole eras come and go. At the end of July, Raymond Zoghby will bring the last of them to an end. “We are closing down,” Zoghby said, meaning himself and his wife Rosalie. “Our children are all grown and are interested in other professions.” By Lawrence Specker. Al.com.

EXCHANGE-LAWN MOWER

LUSBY, Md. — With all the rain the Washington area had been getting, it seemed to Tania Castro as if the weeds were growing three inches a day. She had bought a house last year on half an acre in Lusby, Md., but now the lot felt impossibly large. A single mom of three kids, the youngest of whom has autism, Castro works 60 hours a week and hadn’t stayed on top of the mowing. By Tara Bahrampour. The Washington Post.

IN BRIEF:

— MURDER-SUICIDE-ALABAMA — Authorities say an Alabama man shot his wife and three children before setting their home on fire and fatally shot himself

— TUNNEL MAKEOVER — A tunnel that goes under the Mobile River is getting a makeover.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s chief auditor has locked his sights on Medicaid, bolstering his office’s review of the billions of dollars spent by the health program and rolling out report after report identifying problems with oversight of that spending. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera doesn’t like what his staff has found as it combs through reams of Medicaid data. He says the program “is being run kind of willy-nilly, loosey-goosey” without sufficiently tightened controls by the Louisiana Department of Health. That increased scrutiny has placed the health department in the awkward position of defending its management of a program that accounts for about 40 percent of the state operating budget as it touts its Medicaid expansion and increased spending on services. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

ESSENCE FESTIVAL-LEGENDARY LADIES

NEW ORLEANS — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate “Ladies First” and her 30 years in the trenches. Latifah was one of the headliners on the festival’s main stage Saturday and was joined — to the delight of the crowd — by hip-hop legends MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott and Monie Love as well as rapper Remy Ma and R&B singer Brandy. She also entertained the audience with her vocal skills, showcasing her love of jazz with a rendition of Phoebe Snow’s “Poetry Man,” which she dedicated to her mother, who died this year of a heart condition. By Stacey Plaisance and Chevel Johnson. SENT: 506 words, photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-FARM ANIMAL-BREWERIES

One recent, blistering afternoon, Grant Estrade dumped the contents of the five-gallon bucket into the ankle high grass. He was kind enough to put it in the shade. Not that his chickens - hundreds of them, seemingly emerging from everywhere - likely would have cared. They love the sticky, pungent, sawdust-like substance generously spilling from the bucket. By Bob Warren. NOLA.com ′ The Times-Picayune.

EXCHANGE-GARDENS-VETERANS AFFAIRS

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Raised garden beds at the Alexandria VA Hospital are providing recreation and therapy for the veterans who tend to them daily. The gardens are located outside the hospital’s nursing home and acute psychiatric units. They were planted in April, thanks in part to an outreach agreement between the Alexandria VA Health System and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a USDA agency. By Miranda Klein. The Town Talk.

IN BRIEF:

— FOOD-HOSPITALITY SYMPOSIUM — A symposium set for September in New Orleans will focus on the past, present and future of food and hospitality in America.

— DEER DISEASE — Mississippi and Louisiana wildlife officials have stopped killing deer to test for chronic wasting disease after no additional cases were found.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. —Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant readily acknowledges he’s in office today partly because he got a hand up from his mentor, Republican former Gov. Kirk Fordice. Now, Bryant could be shaping the state’s political future by reaching down and helping other politicians advance their careers. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MISSISSIPPI MEDICAID

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is still seeking federal permission to set a work requirement for able-bodied people covered by Medicaid. SENT: 315 words.

ESSENCE FESTIVAL-LEGENDARY LADIES

NEW ORLEANS — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate “Ladies First” and her 30 years in the trenches. Latifah was one of the headliners on the festival’s main stage Saturday and was joined — to the delight of the crowd — by hip-hop legends MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott and Monie Love as well as rapper Remy Ma and R&B singer Brandy. She also entertained the audience with her vocal skills, showcasing her love of jazz with a rendition of Phoebe Snow’s “Poetry Man,” which she dedicated to her mother, who died this year of a heart condition. By Stacey Plaisance and Chevel Johnson. SENT: 506 words, photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-BLUES MARKER

GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Furry Lewis plaque on Carrollton Avenue’s got the blues. Faded to near white, one side of the Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorating the Greenwood native’s blues career has deteriorated almost to the point of being unreadable. By Kathryn?Eastburn. The Greenwood Commonwealth.

EXCHANGE-PILOT-WOUNDED WARRIOR

COLUMBUS, Miss. — In June, Capt. Hunter Barnhill won one silver medal and two bronze medals in the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But as is usual with those games, the medals are often less impressive and always less important than the circumstances that led the competitors there. By Slim Smith. The Commercial Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

— AMITE COUNTY SCHOOLS — A county in southwestern Mississippi could increase property taxes to cover the school district budget.

— DEER DISEASE — Mississippi and Louisiana wildlife officials have stopped killing deer to test for chronic wasting disease after no additional cases were found.

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