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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

DUI-CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE

A congressional candidate from Georgia says he's ordering campaign signs and sending surrogates to meetings while he serves a jail sentence that could keep him locked up through Election Day. Democrat Steve Foster of Dalton said in a jailhouse phone call to The Associated Press he has no intention to quit the race after a judge sentenced him Aug. 14 to spend six months in jail for a misdemeanor drunken driving conviction. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 580 words.

IMMIGRATION-ATLANTA JAIL

Atlanta's mayor is taking steps to end the practice of holding detainees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the city's jail. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday signed an executive order to stop holding the federal agency's detainees under the current agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service. Bottoms said in a statement that the nation's immigration policies are "inhumane" and have led to the separation of hundreds of families along the U.S.-Mexico border. SENT: 250 words.

FRATERNITY PLEDGE DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two young men pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor hazing in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood alcohol level was more than six times the legal limit for driving. Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, and Ryan Matthew Isto, 19, of Butte, Montana, weren't immediately sentenced for their roles in the September 2017 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Georgia. SENT: 420 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DUI-CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE — "Look, I'm not withdrawing" says Georgia congressional candidate jailed for drunken driving.

— ATLANTA SCHOOLS-LONGER SUMMER — Summer break for Atlanta Public Schools students could be longer in coming years as officials are working to set calendars.

— FRATERNITY PLEDGE DEATH — Two young men have pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge from metro Atlanta whose blood alcohol level was more than six times the legal limit for driving.

— DELTA-ENGINE FAILURE — The National Transportation Safety Board says it's investigating report of an engine breakdown on a Delta Air Lines jet.

— CAR CRASH-DRUGS — Police say a man fleeing a traffic stop crashed and fled the scene on foot, leaving behind a child and backpack filled with drugs.

— TY DOLLA $IGN-DRUG CHARGES — Singer and rapper Ty Dolla $ign has been arrested on drug charges in Atlanta.

— EMPLOYEE-THEFT SENTENCE — A former employee of a Georgia law firm has been sentenced to three years in prison for attempting to steal $25,000 from his employer.

— ALABAMA FOOTBALL BURGLARY — Four Mississippi State University students won't go to jail after being accused of stealing memorabilia from the University of Alabama's football building.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA — Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles leads the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in a rematch of a divisional playoff game. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos developing from game starting at 8:20 p.m.

— Sidebars on merit.

BBN--BRAVES-DIAMONDBACKS. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-QBS

ATHENS, Ga. — Jake Fromm is Georgia's starting quarterback. There is no question about that. How much playing time, if any, does that leave for touted freshman Justin Fields? It looks like that will be decided on a week-to-week basis as the No. 3 Bulldogs prepare for their Southeastern Conference opener against South Carolina. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

BC-ARM WRESTLING-OVER THE TOP

ATLANTA — Arm wrestling is usually seem as nothing more than barroom hijinks, a simple way to settle who's the strongest guy at the table. It's also a serious sport for strongmen such as Geoff Hale, a geologist by day who takes on a whole new personna when he steps up into the pit as "Hale Raiser" — eyes bulging, veins popping, adrenaline flowing, insults flying. Hale and others are part of the World Armwrestling League, which hopes to take their sport over the top, and we don't mean in a Sylvester Stallone sort of way. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos, video by 3 p.m. EDT.

FBC--SEC This Week

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

STATEHOUSE CORRUPTION PROBE

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The former chairman of a powerful South Carolina legislative committee has been accused of lying to a grand jury investigating Statehouse corruption. Republican Jim Harrison was indicted last month on perjury charges, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TURTLE SMUGGLING PLEAS —Four men have pleaded guilty to taking part in an international wildlife smuggling operation that involved hiding rare turtles in candy wrappers or socks.

— FATAL SHOOTING — Officials say a shooting between a man and his on-again, off-again girlfriend left him wounded and her dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.

— STATEHOUSE CORRUPTION PROBE — The former chairman of a powerful South Carolina legislative committee is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating Statehouse corruption.

SPORTS:

FBC--SEC This Week

FBC--ACC This Week.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-ATLANTA JAIL

Atlanta's mayor is taking steps to end the practice of holding detainees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the city's jail. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday signed an executive order to stop holding the federal agency's detainees under the current agreement with the U.S. Marshals Service. Bottoms said in a statement that the nation's immigration policies are "inhumane" and have led to the separation of hundreds of families along the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision was hailed by the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA FOOTBALL BURGLARY — Four Mississippi State University students won't go to jail after being accused of stealing memorabilia from the University of Alabama's football building.

— MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NAME — A Minor League Baseball team in Alabama has changed its name to Rocket City Trash Pandas following months of brainstorming.

—STATE PATROL-MAN KILLED — Authorities have identified a man killed in a shooting by an Alabama state trooper.

— ALABAMA DROUGHT — A new federal assessment says drought is creeping back into Alabama.

— STUDENT-TEACHER SEX ABUSE — A former high school and middle school teacher in Louisiana is accused of sexually abusing a student.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-JACOBS AND WADDLE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Add Jaylen Waddle and Josh Jacobs to the list of No. 1 Alabama's dynamic playmakers. Both made big plays on offense and special teams in the opener. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1 p.m.

FBC--SEC This Week

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FRATERNITY PLEDGE DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two young men pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor hazing in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood alcohol level was more than six times the legal limit for driving. Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, and Ryan Matthew Isto, 19, of Butte, Montana, weren't immediately sentenced for their roles in the September 2017 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver. SENT: 420 words.

POOR BOY BAKERY

NEW ORLEANS — A beloved New Orleans neighborhood bakery, known in the city for loaves of bread used to make "poor boy" sandwiches, has closed. The New Orleans Advocate reports that a retail shop attached to the Alois J. Binder Bakery closed without fanfare several weeks ago. And deliveries of Binder's poor boy loaves to groceries abruptly stopped this week. The newspaper was unable to reach proprietors for comment. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SUPERINTENDENT-JOB FIGHT — The superintendent of a Louisiana school district has shown up for work despite the local school board's vote to terminate her contract.

— ALABAMA FOOTBALL BURGLARY — Four Mississippi State University students won't go to jail after being accused of stealing memorabilia from the University of Alabama's football building.

— FRATERNITY PLEDGE DEATH — Two young men have pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge from metro Atlanta whose blood alcohol level was more than six times the legal limit for driving.

— DOCTOR-GUILTY PLEA — A federal prosecutor in north Louisiana says a former resident physician at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport has pleaded guilty to forging prescriptions.

— SCHOOL HAIR RULE-VIDEO — More than 150 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard's 1020th Engineer Company, 527th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade are back home after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

— GUARD UNIT RETURNS — More than 150 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard's 1020th Engineer Company, 527th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade are back home after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

SPORTS:

FBN--BUCANNEERS-SAINTS, ADV

NEW ORLEANS — Saints defensive end remembers all too well the last time the Saints entered a season as a perceived playoff contender in 2014. It didn't go so well, marking the first of three straight sub-.500 seasons. So Jordan is trying to make sure New Orleans doesn't underestimate Tampa Bay in a home opener against a Buccaneers squad playing without its starting quarterback. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING. For weekend use. 750 words, photos

FBC--SEC This Week

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TEACHER PAY RAISE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's governor and lieutenant governor are saying they will support teacher pay raises in the 2019 legislative session, months before state elections. The Republicans expressed their support Thursday in a series of tweets. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to seek the governor's chair next year. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

SOFTWARE PROJECT

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Education has spent about $840,000 of federal money on a $5.5 million software project that it just scrapped, citing "intrinsic technical barriers." The Clarion Ledger reports the agency won't be able to recoup the money spent on a contract with the Public Consulting Group for the Mississippi IEP Data Accountability System. Education officials told the group last week to stop working to create a statewide online database for individualized education programs. SENT: 407 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FOOTBALL PLAYER COLLAPSES — A north Mississippi high school football player who died at an Aug. 24 game tested positive for cocaine, raising more questions about his death.

— ALABAMA FOOTBALL BURGLARY — Four Mississippi State University students won't go to jail after being accused of stealing memorabilia from the University of Alabama's football building.

— ESCAPE ATTEMPT — A man accused of murder faces new charges after he allegedly conspired with his girlfriend to escape from a northeast Mississippi jail.

— CHEMICAL FIRE — State officials are cleaning up after a truck carrying a chlorine-based chemical burned in southwest Mississippi.

— MAYOR RETIRES — A north Mississippi city will be getting a new mayor after its longtime chief executive retired.

— PASCAGOULA FINANCES — A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is laying off more workers amid budget woes.

— SOFTWARE PROJECT — The Mississippi Department of Education has spent about $840,000 of federal money on a $5.5 million software project that it just scrapped, citing "intrinsic technical barriers."

SPORTS:

FBC--SEC This Week

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