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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

MUSIC-B-52s

NEW YORK — The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. But they also may celebrate it next year. That is, if they haven't already hit the milestone. There's no fuzzy math here — it's a just matter of which date adequately represents the origin of the band, which began in Athens, Georgia. By John Carucci. SENT: 478 words, photos, videos.

IN BRIEF:

— UNDERWATER LAKE BITE — Authorities say a Georgia man is accused of biting a 14-year-old girl's buttocks while swimming underwater at Lake Lanier on the Fourth of July.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the July 17 Alabama runoff 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 These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

HOT CAR-DOG DEATH

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama woman who police say left a dog in a hot car for as long as seven hours was charged with felony animal cruelty, police said Friday. Stephanie Shae Thomas, 34, of Trussville was released on $25,000 bond early Friday after spending a few hours in custody, Jefferson County jail records showed. Police had to break a window to get to the dog, which had been left in the car outside a Walmart in Trussville on July 4. Video shot by a bystander showed officers unsuccessfully trying to revive the animal. SENT: 212 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ALABAMA EARTHQUAKE — No damage is being reported after a minor earthquake rattled northwest Alabama.

— MACHETE ATTACK-ARREST — Montgomery police say a disagreement over beer led to a man being assaulted with a machete.

— ALABAMA FOX ATTACKS — Alabama officials say two people have been bitten by a fox in a city.

IN SPORTS:

SEC-TOP ATHLETES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Florida swimmer Caeleb Dressel and South Carolina basketball player A'ja Wilson have been named the Southeastern Conference athletes of the year for 2017-18. SEC athletic directors voted on Dressel as male athlete of the year and Wilson as female athlete of the year. SENT: 137 words.

AP Photos CTNLD501-0520181817.

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION-MARYLAND

RALEIGH, N.C. — Maryland has joined the list of schools to receive a grand jury subpoena seeking records in the ongoing federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school released two subpoenas to The Associated Press and other media outlets Friday in response to public records requests. That follows North Carolina State's release in March of a similar subpoena seeking communication records between school officials and its former coaching staff, and ex-Wolfpack guard Dennis Smith Jr. and his representatives. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 541 words.

AP Photos NY167-0325182243, NY166-0326102134.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

AFRICAN-AMERICAN-HISTORIC PLACES

NEW ORLEANS — Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location central to the slave trade and civil rights locations in Birmingham, a preservation group announced Friday. The money from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is part of an effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve and promote African-American historic places. By Rebecca Santana.

AP Photos LAGH204-1111041008, LAGH201-1031131003, LAGH202-1210171251, LAGH203-1216021022.

With: African-American-Historic Places-List.

OIL SPILL SETTLEMENT

NEW ORLEANS — A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the U.S. government to settle a lawsuit over a 2016 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The May 11, 2016, spill of nearly 2,000 barrels (317974.6 liters) occurred about 97 miles (156 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast.

TROOPER-GUILTY PLEA

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A former Louisiana state trooper has pleaded guilty to committing malfeasance in office by putting false information on traffic tickets he wrote during overtime shifts. Jimmy Allen Rogers was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $2,500 in restitution. The Advocate reports that he pleaded guilty Thursday in state court in Lake Charles. UPCOMING: 230 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GIRL SHOT — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl has died after an apparent accidental shooting in Louisiana.

IN SPORTS:

SEC-TOP ATHLETES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Florida swimmer Caeleb Dressel and South Carolina basketball player A'ja Wilson have been named the Southeastern Conference athletes of the year for 2017-18. SEC athletic directors voted on Dressel as male athlete of the year and Wilson as female athlete of the year. SENT: 137 words.

AP Photos CTNLD501-0520181817.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

JACKSON, Miss. — Gov. Phil Bryant says he's looking at calling Mississippi lawmakers back for a special session in August to earmark money for transportation. Bryant says Friday he still wants to compile money from tax collection on internet sales, newly legalized sports betting and a state lottery to increase spending. By Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 134 words. Will be updated.

MISSISSIPPI AUDITOR

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday named an attorney who leads a conservative legal group to be the new state auditor. Shad White, 32, has been Mississippi Justice Institute director since December. He has also been involved in Republican politics for years, including working as a policy adviser in 2011 for then-Lt. Gov. Bryant and running Bryant's campaign for a second term as governor in 2015. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 502 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICIAL THREATS — A northeast Mississippi man who was already jailed now faces five felony charges for threatening city and county officials.

— FOOD SERVICE EMBEZZLEMENT — A Mississippi man who worked for a food contractor is charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from his employer.

— HOSPITAL LEASE TALKS — A Mississippi Delta city and county may lease their jointly-owned hospital to outside managers after it lost money last year and fired its CEO.

— MISSISSIPPI-OFFICER FIRED — A hearing has been postponed on whether charges can move forward against a former Jackson police officer accused of assaulting a high school student.

— SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH-ATTORNEY GENERAL — Mississippi's second-largest school district is seeking legal guidance on hiring its next superintendent.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--DODGERS-GINN

Right-hander J.T. Ginn says he will not sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will instead attend Mississippi State. The 19-year-old from Brandon High School in Mississippi was selected with the 30th overall pick in last month's amateur draft, which has a slot value of $2,275,800. By The Associated Press. SENT: 182 words.

AP Photos MSJAD201-0222181548, MSJAD204-0222181542, MSJAD203-0222181548.

SEC-TOP ATHLETES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Florida swimmer Caeleb Dressel and South Carolina basketball player A'ja Wilson have been named the Southeastern Conference athletes of the year for 2017-18. SEC athletic directors voted on Dressel as male athlete of the year and Wilson as female athlete of the year. SENT: 137 words.

AP Photos CTNLD501-0520181817.

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