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BC-Deep South News Digest

January 5, 2019

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

MILITARY BASES-CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER

ATLANTA _ There are fears that groundwater near Georgia military bases could remain contaminated from a toxic firefighting foam used for decades by the U.S. Air Force. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that recent tests at Georgia’s three air bases show extensive environmental contamination of groundwater. SENT: 125 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-NEW YEAR’S-MATERNITY NURSES

MACON, Ga. _ At 6:50 p.m. on a Monday, Stephanie Matheney swipes her nurse’s badge at the clock-in station and prepares for a long night ahead. The labor and delivery nurse expects her 12-hour overnight shift at the Family Ties Birthing Center at the Coliseum Medical Centers to be just like any other: unpredictable. No expecting mothers have scheduled an induction, and Matheney doesn’t know if she’ll have the chance to help deliver a baby before she leaves in the morning. By Samantha Max, The Macon Telegraph.

IN BRIEF:

_ OVERTURNED TUGBOAT _ A tugboat is still floating on its side near Jekyll Island more than two weeks after the vessel capsized on the Georgia coast.

_ RESTAURANT FIRE _ A popular Savannah restaurant housed in one of the city’s 18th century mansions plans to partially reopen soon after a fire caused extensive damage to the historic building over the holidays.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-GEORGIA-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ No. 3 Tennessee seeks its eighth consecutive victory as it hosts Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.

BKC--WAKE FOREST-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ Two teams picked to finish near the bottom of the ACC open their conference schedules on Saturday when Wake Forest visits Georgia Tech. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m.

BOB--WORLD CUP

ALTENBERG, Germany _ Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany drove to her second World Cup bobsled win of the season Saturday, rallying in the second heat to take the victory. Jamanka and Annika Drazek finished their two runs in 1 minute, 57.25 seconds. Canadians Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski were second, 0.31 seconds back, while Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza were another 0.08 seconds off the pace in third. SENT: 210 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The 2019 legislative session in South Carolina will start with a promise to overhaul the education system in South Carolina and about an extra $1 billion to spend. It will also start with new faces leading key committees in the House and new rules in the Senate that leaders think will help maintain the uniqueness of the body whose roots go back 300 years to the South Carolina Royal Council while making the modern chamber run more efficiently. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 1,049 words.

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EXCHANGE-JET SKI RESCUE-CROCS

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. _ An 81-year old man was on a New Year’s Eve jet ski ride when he got stuck near Skull Creek off Hilton Head Island, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard. Joe Patton said he left his Hilton Head home to take a sunset cruise around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. He said he frequently takes circular rides on his jet ski around Skull Creek near Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. By Katherine Kokal. The Island Packet of Hilton Head.

IN BRIEF:

_ AUTO AUCTION CLOSING _ After a quarter century in business, a South Carolina institution is shutting its doors. Tom Limehouse, owner of Summerville Auto Auction, on the western edge of a Charleston suburb, said it will host its last sale Tuesday evening.

_ LOTTERY WINNER _ A South Carolina man has won $125,000 in the South Carolina Education Lottery. Bobby Bridges, of Kings Mountain, bought a scratch-off ticket from 7-Eleven in Blacksburg, South Carolina, on New Year’s Eve.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ With very different leadership styles, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have produced similar results. The one connection between their programs is Thad Turnipseed, who has worked with both coaches on structuring their organizations. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos, by 5 p.m.

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON

SAN JOSE, California _ Handing over a team with national title goals to a freshman quarterback with a popular, successful returning senior already in charge is a tricky move loaded with landmines that could easily implode a team. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made it work and the second-ranked Tigers are a win away from a second national title in three seasons. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 700 words by 3 p.m.

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-PAUL NEWBERRY

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Nick Saban is a defensive genius. Yet his true greatness is reflected in his willingness to accept a wide-open offensive style that has carried Alabama to a brink of another national title. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry., UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. EST.

FBC—CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-DRAFT

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Quality defensive linemen are just about the toughest find in football. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson belie conventional wisdom _ which helps explain why the Crimson Tide and Tigers are playing in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season and third time in the national championship game. As many as 10 edge rushers and interior defensive linemen who will be at Levi’s Stadium for Monday night’s national championship are likely to be selected in the NFL draft this year. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 875 words, photos

BKC--T25-CLEMSON-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. _ No. 1 Duke’s talented freshmen play their first Atlantic Coast Conference game when the Blue Devils host Clemson. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 8 p.m. start.

BKC--SOUTH CAROLINA-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. _ South Carolina and Florida open Southeastern Conference play, with the Gamecocks having lost four of its last five and the Gators having won three straight for the first time all season. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words. Begins at 7 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MARDI GRAS-KICKOFF

NEW ORLEANS _ As the rest of America winds down from the parties, overeating and merriment of Christmas and New Year’s, New Orleans keeps the party going. Mardi Gras season officially kicks off Sunday. Jan. 6 is often referred to as Epiphany, Twelfth Night or Three Kings’ Day and commemorates the day the Bible says the three wise men reached the baby Jesus. For weeks, the city is taken over by elaborate parades and people stuffing their faces with sugary king cake. The party culminates on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on March 5. Here’s a look at some of the things to expect this Mardi Gras season: By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 699 words.

AP Photos NYCD601-0226170011

TUSCALOOSA-STUDENT HOUSING

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ The mayor is asking city leaders in Tuscaloosa to slow down action on any large-scale apartment complexes meant to provide housing for college students. The Tuscaloosa News reports Mayor Walt Maddox is urging leaders to table any votes on projects that would include 200 bedrooms or more. SENT: 145 words. Will be updated.

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ After Chronic Wasting Disease struck deer in nearby states, Alabama is expanding its efforts to monitor the state’s deer herd. Al.com reports that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is increasing Chronic Wasting Disease sampling surveillance efforts in northwest Alabama. SENT: 96 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-SYRIA NATIVE-JOURNALIST

SELMA, Ala. _ Despite a long career in journalism, Karim Shamsi-Basha has never let himself become jaded about the news – or about much of anything else, really. “Who says news has to be negative?” he asks, pointing to Oprah as an example of someone whose wealth and fame is based on spreading good news. By Michelle Matthews. al.com.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHUTDOWN-WHOOPING CRANE FEST _ An environmental group says it will help fund an event celebrating whooping cranes at a federal refuge in Alabama during the partial government shutdown.

_ TVA-NUCLEAR PLANT _ A federal judge has turned down a request for an expedited hearing on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s decision not to sell its unfinished Bellefonte nuclear power plant to a developer.

_ SCRAPYARD FIRE-CHASE _ A man who led police on a chase through parts of Alabama and Mississippi earlier this week has been charged with 11 more felonies in Mississippi.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ With very different leadership styles, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have produced similar results. The one connection between their programs is Thad Turnipseed, who has worked with both coaches on structuring their organizations. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos, by 5 p.m.

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON

SAN JOSE, California _ Handing over a team with national title goals to a freshman quarterback with a popular, successful returning senior already in charge is a tricky move loaded with landmines that could easily implode a team. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made it work and the second-ranked Tigers are a win away from a second national title in three seasons. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 700 words by 3 p.m.

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-PAUL NEWBERRY

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Nick Saban is a defensive genius. Yet his true greatness is reflected in his willingness to accept a wide-open offensive style that has carried Alabama to a brink of another national title. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry., UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. EST.

FBC—CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-DRAFT

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Quality defensive linemen are just about the toughest find in football. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson belie conventional wisdom _ which helps explain why the Crimson Tide and Tigers are playing in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season and third time in the national championship game. As many as 10 edge rushers and interior defensive linemen who will be at Levi’s Stadium for Monday night’s national championship are likely to be selected in the NFL draft this year. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 875 words, photos

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-TAGOVAILOA

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa said his sprained ankle is feeling good two days before the Crimson Tide play Clemson for the national championship. “I can only say we’re continuing to get better,” Tagovailoa said at media day on Saturday. “It’s trying to maintain the feeling of it feeling good. Just one more game then I can rest.” SENT: 145 words.

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FBC--WEST VIRGINIA-BROWN

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ West Virginia has hired Troy’s Neal Brown on a six-year, $19.05 million contract to coach the Mountaineers. Brown replaces Dana Holgorsen, who left West Virginia to become Houston’s coach. SENT: 177 words.

AP Photos NY188-0901182305, NY189-1001170231.

BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-ALBAMA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ No. 13 Kentucky opens Southeastern Conference play against Alabama at Coleman Coliseum. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 12 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MARDI GRAS-KICKOFF

NEW ORLEANS _ As the rest of America winds down from the parties, overeating and merriment of Christmas and New Year’s, New Orleans keeps the party going. Mardi Gras season officially kicks off Sunday. Jan. 6 is often referred to as Epiphany, Twelfth Night or Three Kings’ Day and commemorates the day the Bible says the three wise men reached the baby Jesus. For weeks, the city is taken over by elaborate parades and people stuffing their faces with sugary king cake. The party culminates on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on March 5. Here’s a look at some of the things to expect this Mardi Gras season: By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 699 words.

AP Photos NYCD601-0226170011.

JUDGE TO RETIRE

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A seat on the state district court in Baton Rouge will soon become vacant. Judge Todd Hernandez, who has served on the 19th Judicial District Court since 2001, is hanging up his black robe at the end of March. SENT: 111 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-DISC GOLF PRO FAMILY

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Baton Rouge teen Silas Schultz is so good at disc golf that he took home a 2018 Jeep Renegade by winning a tournament in November. He’d enjoy the prize more if he were old enough to drive it. But he’s not complaining. Silas, 15, is now a professional disc golfer _ yes, there is such a thing _ and not the only one in his family. By George Morris. The Advocate.

EXCHANGE-HOLIDAY-ADOPTION

DUSON, La. _ A Houston man celebrated the last weekend of 2018 with family he never knew he had. Earl Luckett, 54, made his way to Southwest Louisiana for the party, the culmination of months of searching. By Leigh Guidry. The Daily Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILDHOOD EDUCATION GRANT _ Louisiana is receiving a nearly $8 million grant to improve early childhood education in the state.

_ SHIP AGROUND _ The Coast Guard says a ship loaded with coal that had run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River has been moved and the river partially reopened.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-CAVALIERS. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

FBN--DOLPHINS COACHING SEARCH

MIAMI _ New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the third candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job. He met Saturday with the Dolphins, who earlier interviewed New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Miami is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, fired Monday after three seasons. SENT: 151 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MARDI GRAS-KICKOFF

NEW ORLEANS _ As the rest of America winds down from the parties, overeating and merriment of Christmas and New Year’s, New Orleans keeps the party going. Mardi Gras season officially kicks off Sunday. Jan. 6 is often referred to as Epiphany, Twelfth Night or Three Kings’ Day and commemorates the day the Bible says the three wise men reached the baby Jesus. For weeks, the city is taken over by elaborate parades and people stuffing their faces with sugary king cake. The party culminates on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on March 5. Here’s a look at some of the things to expect this Mardi Gras season: By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 699 words.

AP Photos NYCD601-0226170011

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ After Chronic Wasting Disease struck deer in nearby states, Alabama is expanding its efforts to monitor the state’s deer herd. Al.com reports that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is increasing Chronic Wasting Disease sampling surveillance efforts in northwest Alabama. SENT: 96 words. Will be updated.

LAWYER’S OFFICE SHOOTING

GREENWOOD, Miss. _ A civil lawsuit filed by a Mississippi lawyer who was the target of what investigators called a failed murder-for-hire plot has been settled. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports both sides won’t say whether money changed hands in the settlement between the lawyer, Lee Abraham, and the oncologist accused of targeting him for death, Dr. Arnold Smith. SENT: 149 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-TAEKWONDO TEACHER

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ There is a figurative river of energy that flows through the building on 14th Avenue North in Columbus _ sometimes wild and unrestrained, but always powerful and filled with potential. For centuries, man has sought to harness the raw power of real rivers to channel it in useful ways. Engineers now use it to produce electricity and promote commerce. By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.

EXCHANGE-JEWELRY STORE

TUPELO, Miss. _ Way-Fil Jewelry recently celebrated its 70th year, but current owner Patti Thompson, who bought the business in 1985, has been a part of it for almost 40 years. Way-Fil Jewelry got its start in Macon by entrepreneurs Wayne Hunter and Filmore McGuire. The two gave the store its moniker by combining the first three letters of their given names. By Dennis Seid. The Daily Journal.

IN BRIEF:

_ HAWK IN STORE _ A north Mississippi store was shut down for 90 minutes after an unexpected shopper swooped in for some bargains.

_ SCRAPYARD FIRE-CHASE _ A man who led police on chase through parts of Alabama and Mississippi earlier this week has been charged with 11 more felonies in Mississippi.

_ FLU-MISSISSIPPI _ The Mississippi State Department of Health says more cases of flu are being reported around the state.

_ FEMALE EMPLOYEES-SECRET CAMERA _ The owner of a north Mississippi staffing company has been arrested after police said he secretly filmed female employees.

_ SHIP AGROUND _ The Coast Guard says a ship loaded with coal that had run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River has been moved and the river partially reopened.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--MISSISSIPPI-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Vanderbilt Commodores open Southeastern Conference play Saturday night hosting Mississippi and coach Kermit Davis. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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