Good morning! 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 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

AP is moving election test reports for the May 22 Georgia primary 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 These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Primary Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

POOR PEOPLE-BAIL

ATLANTA — A federal appeals court in Atlanta is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a closely watched case that deals with whether it's unconstitutional to jail people for minor offenses when they are too poor to post bail. By Kate Brumback. Developing.

EARNS-HOME DEPOT

ATLANTA — Home Depot reported strong first-quarter profits, though sales at comparable stores were dampened by inclement weather and revenue was weaker than expected. Shares fell 2.9 percent before the opening bell Tuesday. The Atlanta company earned $2.4 billion, or $2.08 per share, for the three months ended April 29. A year earlier the home improvement retailer earned $2.01 billion, or $1.67 per share. SENT: 425 words, photos.

MUSLIMS-JEWS-SOLIDARITY

DETROIT — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Among groups involved is the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, which brings together Jewish and Muslim women interested in learning about one another. Several dozen of the women traveled to Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee in April, visiting sites commemorating the Civil Rights movement. By Jeff Karoub and David Crary. SENT: 1,098 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SKYSCRAPER FIRE-ATLANTA — An early morning fire near the top of an Atlanta skyscraper forced more than a dozen residents to evacuate the tower.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. The combined company will have about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MUSLIMS-JEWS-SOLIDARITY

DETROIT — As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Among groups involved is the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, which brings together Jewish and Muslim women interested in learning about one another. Several dozen of the women traveled to Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee in April, visiting sites commemorating the Civil Rights movement. By Jeff Karoub and David Crary. SENT: 1,098 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. The combined company will have about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana state senators Tuesday debate whether to pass a state operating budget for next year that contains deep cuts across state agencies. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER-SEX CHARGES — A former police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to sexual battery after being accused of inappropriate physical contact with women under his command.

— MEN FATALLY SHOT — Police say two men have been shot and killed at an apartment complex in Louisiana.

— STATE PRISON-CAMP J — Officials have closed a Louisiana State Penitentiary housing unit that had been one of the most restrictive within the prison for more than 40 years.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

IN BRIEF:

— DEPUTY CLEARED — A jury in Mississippi has found no wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a teenage boy by a sheriff's deputy in 2017.

— GROCERY STORE — A grocery store is slated to open in the downtown area of a Mississippi city.

— BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. The combined company will have about 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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