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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 750 words.

AP Photos ALJR103, ALJR101, ALJR102.

COMMUTER TRAIN-WOMEN HIT

ATLANTA — Horrified subway riders rushed to save a woman who was pushed in front of a commuter train in Atlanta, but she was hit and seriously injured, witnesses said. A 28-year-old suspect was in custody after Sunday afternoon's chaos at the city's Midtown Station, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority said in a statement. SENT: 281 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CAPPUCCINO MAKER-DRUGS — Police say an Atlanta gas station store's cappuccino maker housed an unusual ingredient: drugs.

— GSU POLICE-SHOTS FIRED — Authorities say police at a Georgia university were fired upon and a search for the suspect is underway.

— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING — Authorities say a Georgia man has been fatally shot by officers responding to a domestic call.

— FATAL SHOOTING-WALMART — Authorities in Georgia say an argument between a woman and a male driver outside a Walmart in Snellville lead to a fatal shooting.

SPORTS

BBN--BRAVES-PIRATES

PITSBURGH — The Atlanta Braves, in a fight with Philadelphia for the top spot in the NL East, open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Monday night. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason college football poll for the third straight season, a feat done only one other time previously. Clemson is No. 2 behind the defending national champions then Georgia and Wisconsin. Ohio State is fifth. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

WOMAN KILLED-ALLIGATOR

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — An alligator attacked a woman who was walking her dog, pulling her underwater in a lagoon and killing her, authorities in South Carolina said. The attack happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sea Pines resort on Hilton Head Island, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Witnesses say the woman was pulled under the surface of the water by an alligator thought to be about 8 feet (2.5 meters) long. Developing.

WITH:

— WOMAN KILLED-ALLIGATOR-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

CIVIL WAR SITES-CHARLESTON

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The National Park Service plans to map and review Civil War battlefields in the Charleston area, where the first shots of the war were fired in 1861. It's been decades since the battlefields have been studied, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. The park service, interested in what preservation efforts are still possible, says those maps were inadequate and left out parts of the battles. SENT: 350 words.

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 750 words.

AP Photos ALJR103, ALJR101, ALJR102.

REPUBLICANS LEFT BEHIND

NEW YORK — The ranks of forgotten Republicans are growing. Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week's bid for a political comeback. Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. Others still serve, but with a muted voice. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,090 words. Note South Carolina angle.

AP Photos WX201, WX202.

IN BRIEF:

— DOG STARVED-EX BOYFRIEND — Authorities in South Carolina say a woman refused to feed her ex-boyfriend's dog for at least a month. SENT: 130 words.

— INDICTMENTS IN 39 SECONDS — The more than 900 indictments issued by a South Carolina grand jury in a single day have been thrown out.

— CHILD PREDATOR-PROBATION — A man who South Carolina authorities say wanted to enslave and eat a child has been sentenced to probation.

— CIVIL WAR SITES-CHARLESTON — The National Park Service plans to map and review Civil War battlefields in the Charleston area, where the first shots of the war were fired in 1861.

— ANIMAL ABUSE-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Authorities in South Carolina say a man beat a dog with a two-by-four in front of his small child and wife, who also was threatened.

SPORTS

FBC-COASTAL CAROLINA-COACH RETURNS

CONWAY, S.C. — Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia is back on the sidelines after missing the team's first year in the FBS Sun Belt Conference. Moglia, a former CEO of the Fortune 500 company TD Ameritrade, needed time off to deal with a bronchial condition. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 750 words.

AP Photos ALJR103, ALJR101, ALJR102.

IN BRIEF:

— DOG-FIGHTING RING-ALABAMA — More than a dozen dogs have been rescued from an apparent dog-fighting operation where Alabama authorities found 11 dog skulls.

— HIGH SCHOOL FIRE — More than 400 students are missing class this week after a fire damaged their high school in Alabama.

— CENSUS COUNT — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has created a new group to encourage participation in the 2020 Census as the state faces the possibility of losing a congressional seat.

— HIT-AND-RUN DEATH — A man has been charged with manslaughter in a hit and run in Alabama.

— APARTMENT SHOOTING DEATHS — Two men have died and a woman was hurt in a shooting in Alabama.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason college football poll for the third straight season, a feat done only one other time previously. Clemson is No. 2 behind the defending national champions then Georgia and Wisconsin. Ohio State is fifth. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos

FBC--T25-ALABAMA SECONDARY

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama has repeatedly delivered defensive backs — Nick Saban's most hands-on position — to the NFL, but now the Crimson Tide is replacing its top six DBs. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--TENNESSEE-GRADUATE TRANSFERS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has added players from some of the nation's most successful programs in an attempt to jump-start the Volunteers' return to Southeastern Conference contention. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 785 words.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA VOTING MACHINES

BATON ROUGE, La —BATON ROUGE — The two losing bidders seeking to replace Louisiana's voting machines proposed contracts that would cost tens of millions of dollars more than the company chosen to do the work. The financial proposals submitted by those contenders ranged from $115 million to nearly $160 million, far more than the $95 million proposal submitted by the company that won the award, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 550 words.

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 750 words.

AP Photos ALJR103, ALJR101, ALJR102.

IN BRIEF:

— UNINSURED RATE-LOUISIANA — A new study shows the number of Louisiana adults without health insurance has been cut in half since the state expanded its Medicaid program.

— OVERPASS SHOOTING — Authorities have identified a man who died after being found shot under an overpass near New Orleans

— MISSING MAN-WRECK — Investigators have confirmed the identity of a Louisiana man who died in a crash in Mississippi.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ARREST — After saying an officer became stuck in traffic while driving to the shooting in New Orleans' Central Business District, police have arrested one man in the killing.

— PRISON BRAWL — A Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate has been seriously hurt in a fight with another inmate.

— EX-SHERIFF-BOARD APPOINTMENT — The Louisiana governor has appointed a former sheriff who pleaded guilty to misusing funds and mistreating inmates to a state commission that oversees legal compliance of used car dealers.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason college football poll for the third straight season, a feat done only one other time previously. Clemson is No. 2 behind the defending national champions then Georgia and Wisconsin. Ohio State is fifth. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.

LOUISIANA MONROE-AD RESIGNS

MONROE, La. — Louisiana-Monroe athletic director Nick Floyd is resigning to attend to health matters. SENT: 130 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-TRANSPORTATION SPECIAL SESSION

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's lieutenant governor said Monday that he's ready to accept most of the transportation funding proposals championed by leaders of the state House. That makes an agreement more likely during a special session that Gov. Phil Bryant has said he wants to begin on Thursday. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 635 words.

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 750 words.

AP Photos ALJR103, ALJR101, ALJR102.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING MAN-WRECK — Investigators have confirmed the identity of a Louisiana man who died in a crash in Mississippi.

— MISSISSIPPI POWER CLOSURES — Mississippi Power says it is closing most of its customer service offices by October.

— HOSPITAL AFFILIATION — Mississippi's largest hospital says it has withdrawn its offer to affiliate with another hospital because its proposal hasn't been acted on despite several meetings over the past few months.

— BEAUVOIR DIRECTOR — The executive director of a historic home and museum in Mississippi has been fired.

— FATAL SHOOTING — Mississippi authorities have released the identity of a man who was fatally shot in West Point over the weekend.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama is No. 1 in the AP preseason college football poll for the third straight season, a feat done only one other time previously. Clemson is No. 2 behind the defending national champions then Georgia and Wisconsin. Ohio State is fifth. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-PATTERSON

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame. SENT: 235 words.

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