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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

La BARBIE-SENTENCING

ATLANTA — A Texas-born man who prosecutors say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel using ruthless violence to defeat rivals and secure control of drug trafficking routes was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Atlanta to serve nearly five decades in prison. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as "La Barbie" because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to serve 49 years and one month and was also ordered to forfeit $192 million, which prosecutors say is a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez was responsible for importing into the United States. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 770 words, photos.

PORT EXPANSION

SAVANNAH — The federal government said Monday it will spend an additional $34.7 million this year on deepening the shipping channel to Savannah's busy seaport, giving the project a substantial boost at a critical time. The money was included in an updated spending plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 450 words.

OBIT-DOROTHY COTTON

ATLANTA — Doroth Cotton, a civil rights pioneer who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told The Associated Press that Dorothy Cotton died Sunday. She was among a handful of women on the executive staff of the SCLC during the civil rights era, and she led the Atlanta-based civil rights group's Citizenship Education Program. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 580 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTHERN BAPTISTS-RACISM — Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are expelling a Georgia church that was accused of racial discrimination.

— OFF DUTY DEPUTY SHOOTING — Authorities in Georgia say a gunman and an innocent bystander were injured during a shootout with an off-duty deputy in a restaurant parking lot.

— STABBING DEATH — Authorities say a woman was stabbed to death in Georgia and that a man has been charged with murder.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

G-7 summit: Trump could be using advanced game theory negotiating techniques - or he's hopelessly adrift. By Charles Hankla. Georgia State University. http://theconversation.com/g-7-summit-trump-could-be-using-advanced-game-theory-negotiating-techniques-or-hes-hopelessly-adrift-97836 .

SPORTS:

FBN-FALCONS-NO JULIO

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons are being forced to open their mandatory minicamp without Julio Jones, one of their most important playmakers. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff says the team was informed Monday that Jones will not be present when the three-day minicamp opens on Tuesday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 130 words, photo.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-DOROTHY COTTON

ATLANTA — Doroth Cotton, a civil rights pioneer who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told The Associated Press that Dorothy Cotton died Sunday. She was among a handful of women on the executive staff of the SCLC during the civil rights era, and she led the Atlanta-based civil rights group's Citizenship Education Program. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 580 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— MARSHALL DIRECTOR-RETIREMENT — The director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is retiring.

— MONEY DISPUTE-SHOOTING — Authorities say an Alabama man is accused of shooting into an occupied vehicle and striking the driver.

— COUNTY OFFICIAL-SENTENCE — A onetime county official accused of taking about $750,000 in public funds in north Alabama is going to prison.

— OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS-PUBLISHER — The publisher of an Alabama newspaper is leaving for Missouri, to take over operations for a group of community newspapers.

— DOUBLE SHOOTING — Authorities say two people were shot to death at a park in Alabama and that a man has been charged in their killings

— CENSUS LAWSUITS-ALABAMA — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is defending Alabama's decisions to file a lawsuit challenging the longstanding practice of including immigrants living in the country illegally in U.S. Census counts used to determine congressional districts

— OFFICERS INJURED — Authorities say four police officers suffered minor injuries while breaking up a crowd in Mobile, Alabama

— LGBTQ LIASION — The mayor of Alabama's most populous city has hired its first LGBTQ liaison

SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA-AUBURN-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Auburn and defending national champion Florida play a deciding game in their best-of-three super regional, with the winner advancing to the College World Series. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Begins at 8 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-TAX SESSION

BATON ROUGE — Ahead of a third special session this year, Louisiana lawmakers are restarting talks about a possible sales tax deal that could lessen budget cuts that hit state services in three weeks. Senate President John Alario said House and Senate leaders, along with other lawmakers, were meeting Monday to try to broker a tax compromise. Alario said he expects additional meetings ahead of the special session opening next week. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 520 words.

XGR-LEGISLATIVE BUDGET-NO CUTS

BATON ROUGE — As they weigh steep cuts across state services, Louisiana lawmakers have fully funded their own budget so legislative agencies are poised to escape reductions in three weeks, even as those agencies are sitting on tens of millions of dollars in unspent funds. Lawmakers passed an $85 million spending plan for the House, Senate and other legislative agencies in the fiscal year starting July 1, similar to the budget approved last year, while education, social service and public safety programs are on the chopping block. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 590 words, photos.

ORPHANED BEAR

VIDALIA — An orphaned baby Louisiana black bear is being nursed back to health by a nonprofit organization in Tennessee. The 16-month-old Louisiana black bear found in Concordia Parish is recuperating at the Appalachian Bear Rescue Center near Townsend in eastern Tennessee. The center named her Magnolia after Louisiana's official state flower, and will care for her until she is chubby and healthy enough to return home to the wild. SENT: 310 words.

BOULEVARD WIDENING

METAIRIE — A Louisiana parish council has ratified a contract for the preliminary design, surveys and traffic study necessary for a project to widen a boulevard from four to six lanes over the distance of more than a mile. The Jefferson Parish Council ratified the contact with Metairie-based Design Engineering Inc. last week in the project to widen Causeway Boulevard between Airline Drive and West Napoleon Avenue, news outlets reported. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BOOKS-SCALISE — Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who was shot and nearly killed during a Congressional baseball practice, apparently has a memoir coming this fall.

— CHEMICAL PLANT INCIDENT — A sulfuric acid release sent two contractors at an ExxonMobil chemical plant in Louisiana to the hospital.

— MARSHALL DIRECTOR-RETIREMENT — The director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is retiring.

— ELVIS CONTEST — In an Elvis Presley contest full of men with slicked-back hair and rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, a 19-year-old was chosen as being most like the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

— RESIDENT-UNCLAIMED MONEY — The state is returning $2.3 million from its Unclaimed Property Program to a north Louisiana resident.

— TECH COMPANY-NEW ORLEANS — A Texas-based company plans to open a technology center in New Orleans that will employ 350 people.

— BOAT CRASH-OIL SPILL — The U.S. Coast Guard says cleanup efforts are underway after a boat crashed into an oil platform near Breton Sound, spilling about 126 gallons of crude oil.

— FIGHT DEATH — Authorities say a man was killed during a fight near a river in Louisiana and that two men have been arrested

— GUNFIGHT CHARGE — Authorities say a man accused of shooting a victim in the middle of the street has been arrested in Louisiana

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HELICOPTER PILOT LAWSUIT

GREENWOOD, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed. Justices ruled 6-2 last week that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood against the defendants until after the three-year statute of limitations had expired by six months, The Greenwood Commonwealth reported. SENT: 377 words.

JACKSON AIRPORT

JACKSON, Miss. — Lawyers have billed taxpayers more than $400,000 so far in a power struggle over control of the airport in Mississippi's largest city. The federal court fight is an extension of a bitter legislative debate. People who say Jackson should maintain control of the airport have accused white suburban Republicans of unlawfully trying to steal an asset controlled by Democratic officials in the majority-black city. Republicans pushing for a new board say the airport should have a regional governing board because it serves a regional customer base. SENT: 439 words.

OBIT-DOROTHY COTTON

ATLANTA — Doroth Cotton, a civil rights pioneer who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told The Associated Press that Dorothy Cotton died Sunday. She was among a handful of women on the executive staff of the SCLC during the civil rights era, and she led the Atlanta-based civil rights group's Citizenship Education Program. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 580 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— MOTHER SLAIN — An investigator says a Mississippi man charged in the decapitation death of his own mother had been telling relatives that she was away on a cruise.

— ELVIS CONTEST — In an Elvis Presley contest full of men with slicked-back hair and rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, a 19-year-old was chosen as being most like the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

— HIT-AND-RUN DEATH — Authorities have identified an Arkansas woman who was killed in an apparent hit-and-run incident on a highway in Mississippi.

— POLICE SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI — A Mississippi woman says her husband was unarmed when he was shot to death by a sheriff's deputy.

— ARMED ROBBERIES-ARRESTS — Police say two men accused of robbing multiple businesses in Mississippi have been arrested

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