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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

GEORGIA LYNCHING

MARIETTA, Ga. — A ceremony will soon be held to rededicate a marker that commemorates a Georgia lynching. It has been 103 years since 20 men broke into a prison and hanged a Jewish man, Leo Frank, in Cobb County, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 311 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FILM PROJECTS-GEORGIA — Georgia officials say the past year was the busiest ever for movie and TV projects filmed in the state.

— NEW MEDICARE CARDS —Check your mailboxes Florida residents because your new Medicare card is coming soon. Federal health officials are mailing the new cards in geographic waves so Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also getting new cards along with 4.3 million Floridians.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Antonio Senzatela is expected to come off the disabled list and start for Colorado as the Rockies face Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Senzatela is returning from a shoulder injury. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

FBC--PICK SIX-REDSHIRT FRESHMEN

Southern California defensive tackle Jay Tufele and Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson are among the redshirt freshmen across college football who could make a major impact on the upcoming season. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 700 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

STATE UTILITY LEADERSHIP

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's state-owned utility is postponing this month's meeting during confusion over its leadership. Santee Cooper announced Friday it wouldn't be meeting on Monday as planned. The confusion comes amid a showdown between South Carolina's governor and state Senate leaders over who runs the utility, under fire since the failure of a nuclear construction project in which it was the minority owner. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTH CAROLINA VACCINATIONS — State health officials say the number of South Carolina parents opting not to vaccinate their children is on the rise.

— NAVY CHAPLAINS — A school for U.S. Navy chaplains is returning to Rhode Island from South Carolina.

— CONCERT-TURF CONCERNS — The University of South Carolina is preparing for damage control after a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert next week at the school's football stadium just days before the Gamecocks' home opener.

— CLEMSON MOVE-IN — First-year students are getting ready for the fall semester at Clemson University this weekend. 

— VETERAN LEGAL CLINIC — South Carolina's top prosecutor is offering veterans, reservists and active-duty service members a way to get some legal assistance at no cost.

— NEW MEDICARE CARDS —Check your mailboxes Florida residents because your new Medicare card is coming soon. Federal health officials are mailing the new cards in geographic waves so Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also getting new cards along with 4.3 million Floridians.

IN SPORTS:

FBC-SOUTH CAROLINA-RUNNING GAME

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has not done much on the ground in Will Muschamp's first two seasons as coach. Muschamp has seen signs that could change this fall. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words, by 3 p.m.

FBC--EAST CAROLINA PREVIEW

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Scottie Montgomery hopes this is the year things get turned back around at East Carolina. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words, photos

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

STUDYING OYSTERS

AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn University marine scientist has received a USDA grant to study oysters. Bill Walton landed a $456,646 federal grant to help ensure that farmed oysters are safe to eat, the Opelika-Auburn News reported . The grant will fund a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm's geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters. SENT: 402 words.

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

HOMEWOOD, Ala. — A pedestrian bridge connecting Homewood, Birmingham and Mountain Brook could be open by mid-2019. Homewood City Councilor Jennifer Andress, who is spearheading the project, says adding a pedestrian bridge, separate from the two-lane vehicular bridge over U.S. 280, will improve safety for walkers, runners and cyclists who regularly traverse the area. SENT: 582 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FOX ATTACKS — Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes.

— NEW MEDICARE CARDS —Check your mailboxes Florida residents because your new Medicare card is coming soon. Federal health officials are mailing the new cards in geographic waves so Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are also getting new cards along with 4.3 million Floridians.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CEMETERY REOPENS

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. — A cemetery damaged by the 2016 flooding in southwestern Louisiana is finally reopening. The Plainview Cemetery in Denham Springs reopened Monday. The Advocate newspaper reports that 74 cemeteries were damaged during the August 2016 flooding. The Plainview Cemetery, which sits a little less than half a mile from the Amite River, was one of the most severely damaged. The bloated river flooded the cemetery and carried off burial vaults. SENT: 367 words.

STUDYING OYSTERS

AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn University marine scientist has received a USDA grant to study oysters. Bill Walton landed a $456,646 federal grant to help ensure that farmed oysters are safe to eat, the Opelika-Auburn News reported . The grant will fund a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm's geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters. SENT: 402 words.

IN BRIEF:

— LOUISIANA TEACHER PAY — Louisiana's education superintendent says salaries for public school teachers need to be raised.

— MCNEESE STATE-POLICE CHIEF — McNeese State University has named a new chief of police to oversee campus security.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MENTAL HEALTH ORDERS

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court says the state Department of Mental Health can't refuse a judge's order committing patients, even if the department disagrees that a state mental hospital is the right place for a patient. UPCOMING: 300 words.

STUDYING OYSTERS

AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn University marine scientist has received a USDA grant to study oysters. Bill Walton landed a $456,646 federal grant to help ensure that farmed oysters are safe to eat, the Opelika-Auburn News reported . The grant will fund a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm's geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters. SENT: 402 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI BOOK FESTIVAL — Award-winning authors Jesmyn Ward and Salman Rushdie are headlining the fourth Mississippi Book Festival.

— AIRPORT TRAFFIC-NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI — A regional airport in Mississippi has reached an eight-year high for the number of passengers boarding flights.

— OKTIBBEHA STORM SHELTER — A county in north Mississippi has started construction of a community storm shelter.

IN SPORTS:

FBC-SOUTHERN MISS PREVIEWS

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Mississippi faces the daunting task of replacing its star running back, top two receivers and multiple talented defensive players. From an outside perspective, it looks like the Golden Eagles might be in for a rebuilding year. Third-year coach Jay Hopson isn't buying that argument, saying Southern Miss can compete in Conference USA this season. By David Brandt. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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