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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

February 15, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



ATLANTA _ The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage says he didn’t talk about his British citizenship before because he didn’t want to get deported. The Grammy-nominated artist, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America” for a Friday broadcast. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.


_ UNLICENSED LANDFILL FIRE _ An unlicensed landfill just south of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has been burning for nearly five months, sending sulfur-scented smoke throughout the area.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)


_ LANDFILL STENCH _ Sanitation officials are warning residents of a South Carolina town to hold their noses.

_ TANKER TRUCK CRASH _ A crash involving a tanker truck has claimed the life of a motorist in the Greenville area.

_ SOUTH CAROLINA-DENVER FLIGHTS _ A South Carolina airport is adding nonstop flights to Denver.

_ BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE _ The school district of Charleston County, South Carolina, says a shortage of school bus drivers has left some students chronically late.

ALABAMA (All times Central)


_ BIRMINGHAM-CONVICTED MAYOR _ A plan to honor a former Alabama mayor who went to prison for bribery is sparking disagreement in Birmingham.

_ MOBILE RIVER BRIDGE _ A toll of at least $3 will help finance a new, $2 billion bridge that will cross the Mobile River and Mobile Bay on Alabama’s coast.

_ INMATE DEATH _ The sheriff’s office of Jefferson County, Alabama, is investigating the death of a 60-year-old inmate at the Bessemer City Jail.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



BATON ROUGE _ As the deadline hits for Louisiana candidates to turn in their latest campaign fundraising reports, all eyes are on Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, who hasn’t yet offered a glimpse into how much cash he has for the race. Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards and wealthy Republican challenger Eddie Rispone released information about their campaign bank accounts weeks ago, while Abraham has stayed silent, suggesting his report will show a fairly small amount of money raised. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING.


BATON ROUGE _ Louisiana House lawmakers receive an update Friday about efforts to comply with a law expected to give thousands of convicted felons the right to vote on March 1. Supporters of the new law say state officials have done too little to announce the restoration of voting rights and are making the sign up process too complicated. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING.


_ CHURCH VOLUNTEER-SEXUAL BATTERY _ A Louisiana volunteer religion teacher is accused of sexual battery and indecent behavior with children.

_ GUILTY PLEA WITHDRAWAL-DENIED _ A man’s effort to take back his guilty plea to charges related to a 2016 shooting that left a Louisiana law officer severely wounded has been denied in federal court.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)


_ FATAL SHOOTING _ A convicted felon is accused of offering to pay $5,000 for the killing of a Mississippi man later found shot to death.


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The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The Columbia AP Bureau: apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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