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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

November 25, 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 South Carolina 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HURRICANE MICHAEL-CHILDREN OF THE STORM

UNDATED — When Tiffany Harris and her two children emerged from their hotel after Hurricane Michael roared past, her 3-year-old son pointed to a sea of fallen trees and shattered buildings. “It’s broken. It’s broken, Mommy, fix it,” she recalls her little boy Amari begging. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 800 words.

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GA-EXCHANGE-MASTER BAKER

BRASELTON, Ga. — Sergio Ramirez walks through the back doors of an old, now-unoccupied primary school, through the cafeteria and to the kitchen, every morning around 4 a.m. He’s there to do what he does best and what he says he fell in love with 30 years ago: Bake. As the master baker at Braselton Fine Bakery, which had its grand opening in October, Ramirez makes sure there’s fresh bread, pastries and cakes every morning. By Layne Saliba. The Gainesville Times.

IN BRIEF

— PEOPLE-KIM PORTER — Fireworks marked the end of the graveside service at the funeral of Kim Porter, the longtime former girlfriend of music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.

— CANNABIS-GEORGIA — Some Georgians who deal with chronic pain could legally use cannabis oil, but are afraid they could lose their jobs if employers find out.

— BODY-DOWNTOWN PARK — Authorities say a man has been found dead in a park near downtown Macon with a stab wound in his back.

— SKILLED TRADES TEACHING AWARD — Skilled trades teachers in Georgia and Louisiana are among 18 winners in a national contest.

SPORTS:

FBC--SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

Georgia and Alabama are bracing for another title game — this time for the SEC not the national championship. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

SOC--MLS-RED BULLS-ATLANTA UNITED

ATLANTA — Atlanta United hosts the New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final, a showdown between the two best teams in Major League Soccer during the regular season. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game begins at 5:18 p.m. EST.

BKN--HORNETS-HAWKS

ATLANTA — Kemba Walker and the Hornets try to move past a loss at Oklahoma City and beat the reeling Hawks. Atlanta has lost 10 straight and has the NBA’s worst record. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

IMPLANT FILES-PITCHING PAIN

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn’t fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, but a spinal-cord stimulator would cloak his pain, making him “good as new.” By Mitch Weiss And Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 5,500 words, AP photos.

— With: IMPLANT FILES-PITCHING PAIN-ABRIDGED; IMPLANT FILES-LEGAL HURDLES; IMPLANT FILES-COMPANIES; IMPLANT FILES-THE INVESTIGATION.

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LGBTQ COMMUNITY-SAFETY

CHARLESTON, S.C. — On a recent Sunday night, the blue lights atop K.J. Ivery’s police cruiser lit Charleston’s Ann Street. Ivery scanned the street’s familiar sights. The officer knows this street well. For the past two decades, Ann Street has stood as a celebrated bastion of LGBTQ culture here. A safe place. By Michael Majchrowicz. The Post and Courier of Charleston.

IN BRIEF:

— MALL SHOOTING SOUTH CAROLINA — Authorities say a man was shot in the arm in the parking lot of a South Carolina mall during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

SPORTS:

FBC--ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 2 Clemson is rolling into the ACC Championship at 12-0 while Coastal Division Pitt is looking to regroup after dropping its final regular-season game. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKC--ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — No. 14 Florida State faces defending national champion Villanova in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. No. 19 LSU plays Oklahoma State for third place. Memphis, Canisius, Charleston and UAB also play consolation round games. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words. Championship game begins 1 p.m. ET. Third-place game begins at 4 p.m. ET.

— With: BKC--ADVOCARE INVIATIONAL-THE LATEST

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA

HOOVER, Ala. — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding it was hurtful police initially portrayed his son as the shooter. Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., 21, was fatally shot by the officer responding to the Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl bystander. Hoover police initially said they thought Bradford, who was carrying a handgun, was responsible but later retracted that statement. They subsequently said it was unlikely that Bradford had done the shooting. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 680 words, AP phots.

EMPTY OFFICE SPACE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Cutbacks at major businesses and stagnant job growth are expected to create more than 1.1 million square feet of empty office space in downtown Birmingham by year’s end. Birmingham’s Central Business District is the largest office submarket in the metro area, with about 6 million square feet of office space, Al.com reported. SENT: 400 words.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-CHILDREN OF THE STORM

UNDATED — When Tiffany Harris and her two children emerged from their hotel after Hurricane Michael roared past, her 3-year-old son pointed to a sea of fallen trees and shattered buildings. “It’s broken. It’s broken, Mommy, fix it,” she recalls her little boy Amari begging. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 800 words, AP photos.

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AL-EXCHANGE-SENIOR CENTER WII BOWLERS

DOTHAN, Ala. — To be good at Wii Bowling, you have to find the right spot in the lane. That sweet spot for Ruth Vives is slightly to the right of center. “Once you find your spot on there and you make several strikes from one spot, don’t keep moving around . . . the next time you get a split, don’t let that bother you, just keep going,” Vives said. By Peggy Ussery. The Dothan Eagle.

AL-EXCHANGE-SURGEON PROGRAM PIONEER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The golden hour. In photography, it’s the brief blip of time before sunset, when the sunlight grows soft and slightly pink before it fades to darkness. By Melissa Brown. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

SLEEPING WOMAN KILLED — Authorities say a woman asleep in her home has been killed after an impaired driver crashed into her bedroom.

BENTLEY LAWSUIT — A lawsuit filed against former Gov. Robert Bentley by his one-time law enforcement secretary will go to trial in March.

BROTHER KILLED — Authorities say an argument between two brothers has left one of them shot dead.

SPORTS:

FBC--SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

Georgia and Alabama are bracing for another title game — this time for the SEC not the national championship. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s public school teachers could soon benefit from the upcoming statewide election year and the state’s improved financial outlook. Widespread support seems to be coalescing around a proposal to give teachers a pay raise, without the walkouts that have happened in other states. But while the idea appears to have bipartisan support in the Louisiana Capitol, that doesn’t mean it won’t spur some disagreements. Differences are emerging ahead of the 2019 regular legislative session about the size of the salary bump and who should be included. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 750 words.

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EXCHANGE-NEW NORMAL

LAFAYETTE, La. — Few 14-year-old boys get teary-eyed and when talking about their moms. After four years of endless pain, hospital stays and close calls with death, Gunnar Lantier has good reason to get choked up about his mother, Lorrae Lantier. “I’m so thankful to have the parent that I do,” Gunnar said. “I owe her my life, several times over. By Herman Fuselier. The Daily Advertiser.

EXCHANGE-CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

MONROE, La. — Monroe’s best free Christmas light show will be even brighter this year. “We like to add to it every year to keep it fresh,” Dr. Dan Holt said. By Greg Hilburn. The News-Star of Monroe.

IN BRIEF:

— SHOOTING ARREST — Authorities say they have arrested a suspect who kidnapped and killed a man from the same Louisiana home where he beat a woman with an ax handle hours earlier.

— SEVERE STORMS — The National Weather service says severe storms are moving through parishes south of New Orleans.

— SKILLED TRADES TEACHING AWARD — Skilled trades teachers in Georgia and Louisiana are among 18 winners in a national contest.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, calling the Mississippi Republican an “outstanding person” the day before he planned to campaign with her ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election. Trump heads to Mississippi on Monday to campaign for Hyde-Smith — his second trip to the state on the senator’s behalf since October. SENT: 550 words, AP photos.

TRUMP

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump congratulated himself for falling oil prices. He chided the Federal Reserve over interest rates . He claimed Central American countries are trying to dump “certain people” into the United States. Trump’s Florida holiday stay was ending Sunday with a visit to his golf club for the fifth day in a row. His tweeting took no break. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 440 words, photos.

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. —A Mississippi state senator says he wants to find ways to remove burdens from the state’s voting process, particularly for people who cast absentee ballots. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 600 words.

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MS-EXCHANGE-SURRENDERING PETS

COLUMBUS, Miss. — It was a typical busy Wednesday at Best Friends Animal Hospital, which is probably why the veterinary staff was unaware of what was happening in its parking lot on Highway 45 in Columbus. About 10:30 that morning, a woman pulled into the parking lot close to the building’s south wall and tied a dog up to a metal bracket on the building. When the dog pulled free and jumped back into the car, the woman circled the parking lot, stopped and again tied the dog to the bracket before leaving. By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.

MS-EXCHANGE-LEGS AMPUTATED-NEW VAN

TUPELO, Miss. — Residents of east Tupelo have probably seen Chris Harbin rolling up and down the roads, especially last summer. But he hopes to be behind the wheel of a handicapped-accessible van before long. “The best Christmas gift ever would be to get the van,” Harbin said. By William Moore. The Daily Journal.

IN BRIEF:

— ZOO ANIMALS DIE — A zoo in Mississippi says two of its animals recently died from health problems caused by old age.

SPORTS:

BKC--MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois returns from the Maui Invitational to face Mississippi Valley State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

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