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:

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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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 These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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.

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Editors: The story POOR PEOPLE-BAIL, which appeared on this morning's news coverage advisory, will not move.

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE-GEORGIA

Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams, two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls looking to secure their party's nomination, face off in a debate Tuesday evening in Atlanta. Both candidates make their appeals to voters in advance of the May 22 primary elections. By Ben Nadler. UPCOMING: 300 words. With AP photos.

EARNS-HOME DEPOT

ATLANTA — Home Depot reported strong first-quarter profits, though sales at comparable stores were dampened by inclement weather and revenue was weaker than expected. Shares fell 2.9 percent before the opening bell Tuesday. The Atlanta company earned $2.4 billion, or $2.08 per share, for the three months ended April 29. A year earlier the home improvement retailer earned $2.01 billion, or $1.67 per share. SENT: 425 words, photos.

MUSLIMS-JEWS SOLIDARITY

DETROIT — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Muslims and Jews have dispatched members into mosques and synagogues to learn about each other's faiths, made a joint trip to tour civil rights sites in the South and formed partnerships involving CEOs of major corporations. Leaders of the groups said the challenging world events have provided impetus for the outreach efforts, including violence in Gaza, the Trump administration's moving of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the travel ban from mostly Muslim countries and deepening concern about hate crimes. By Jeff Karoub and David Crary. SENT: 1.098 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— FLORIDA DROWNING DEATH — A Georgia teen has drowned in Florida less than two weeks before he was to graduate high school.

— HOUSE FIRE DEATHS-GEORGIA — Officials say a 10-year-old boy and adult woman have died in a Georgia house fire.

— SKYSCRAPER FIRE-ATLANTA — An early morning fire near the top of an Atlanta skyscraper forced more than a dozen residents to evacuate the tower.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. The combined company will have about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

— TEEN STABBED-SENTENCE — A Georgia woman has been sentenced to serve two decades in prison for stabbing a teenage relative to death.

— STOCKBRIDGE-BOND RATINGS — A top credit rating agency says legislation that could split up the city of Stockbridge by creating a new city of Eagles Landing would hurt the credit of local governments in Georgia.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The surging Atlanta Braves, coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the National League, take on struggling Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs as they return to SunTrust Park for the start of a six-game homestand. Darvish is still seeking his first win with the Cubs and hasn't pitched since May 2 because of a bout with the flu. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:35 p.m. EDT.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

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GOVERNOR'S RACE-GRANT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An evangelist running against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is criticizing anti-violence grants the state gave to a support organization for gay and transgender individuals. Scott Dawson in a Tuesday press conference said Ivey "betrays our values" with the grants worth nearly $800,000 to Free2Be. Dawson is challenging Ivey in the Republican primary.

GOVERNORS-TRUMP-NOBEL

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and a group of fellow governors are backing President Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing what they called Trump's "transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula." In a letter this week to Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen, McMaster and six fellow governors wrote that Trump's "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas - and the rest of the world." By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 303 words.

AP Photos NYCD201-0205161907.

MUSLIMS-JEWS SOLIDARITY

DETROIT — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Muslims and Jews have dispatched members into mosques and synagogues to learn about each other's faiths, made a joint trip to tour civil rights sites in the South and formed partnerships involving CEOs of major corporations. Leaders of the groups said the challenging world events have provided impetus for the outreach efforts, including violence in Gaza, the Trump administration's moving of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the travel ban from mostly Muslim countries and deepening concern about hate crimes. By Jeff Karoub and David Crary. SENT: 1.098 words.

AP Photos NY771-0424181659, NY772-0424182258, NY773-0424181432, NY774-0424181436, NY775-0424181456, NY776-0424181250, NY777-0424181253, NY778-0424181255

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA PLANE CRASH — Federal investigators say a pilot mismanaged his fuel supply, leading to "fuel starvation" of both engines of a plane that crashed in Alabama, killing all six people aboard. Those who died were from Mississippi.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. The combined company will have about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

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XGR-LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. — A more than $28 billion Louisiana operating budget that would make steep cuts across government to protect health programs for the elderly and disabled won the backing Tuesday of a divided state Senate. Senators who voted for the budget proposal said they didn't support the deep reductions for the financial year that begins July 1 and thought they would devastate critical programs and services. But they said the spending plan demonstrates the need for lawmakers to pass taxes to replace some of the temporary taxes falling off the books in the upcoming year. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 572 words.

AP Photos RPMD102-0511181358, RPMD201-0514181609.

XGR-SPORTS BETTING-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. — Sports betting won't be coming to Louisiana, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing it. Sen. Danny Martiny chastised his colleagues Tuesday for spurning efforts this legislative session to legalize the activity in Louisiana. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 357 words.

XGR-UNANIMOUS JURIES

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Jim Crow-era law that lets divided juries decide criminal cases in Louisiana could be relegated to the history books in November. The state Senate on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that would bring Louisiana in line with nearly the rest of the nation in requiring that a jury reach a unanimous verdict before convicting a person. The proposal, once seen as a long shot, is now heading to a public vote. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 605 words.

XGR-EDWARDS VETOES

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed three bills that would have changed Louisiana's insurance laws, including two sought by the state's insurance commissioner. The Republican-sponsored measures are the first bills struck by the Democratic governor from this year's regular session. The vetoes were announced Tuesday. SENT: 185 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER-SEX CHARGES — A former police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to sexual battery after being accused of inappropriate physical contact with women under his command.

— MEN FATALLY SHOT — Police say two men have been shot and killed at an apartment complex in Louisiana.

— STATE PRISON-CAMP J — Officials have closed a Louisiana State Penitentiary housing unit that had been one of the most restrictive within the prison for more than 40 years.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

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GOVERNORS-TRUMP-NOBEL

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and a group of fellow governors are backing President Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing what they called Trump's "transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula." In a letter this week to Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen, McMaster and six fellow governors wrote that Trump's "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas - and the rest of the world." By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 303 words.

AP Photos NYCD201-0205161907.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA PLANE CRASH — Federal investigators say a pilot mismanaged his fuel supply, leading to "fuel starvation" of both engines of a plane on its way to Oxford, Mississippi, that crashed in Alabama, killing all six people aboard. Those who died were from Mississippi.

— MOTHER MURDER — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his mother.

— DEPUTY CLEARED — A jury in Mississippi has found no wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a teenage boy by a sheriff's deputy in 2017.

— POLICE BRUTALITY CLAIM — A police officer in Mississippi's capital city is on paid leave as officials investigate whether he unfairly attacked a teen.

— ANCIENT OAK-DAMAGE — A massive live oak tree that stood for seven centuries has split, sending around four tons (3,630 kilograms) of wood toppling onto a family home in Mississippi.

— GARBAGE CONTRACT — Several complaints have been filed against a Mississippi city for negotiating a contract in private that increases garbage collection prices.

— GROCERY STORE — A grocery store is slated to open in the downtown area of a Mississippi city.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. The combined company will have about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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