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GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

DANGEROUS DEER

ROME, Ga. — Police in north Georgia have responded to multiple reports of motorists colliding with deer in recent days — and state wildlife officials say the danger will escalate through the fall. Rome police recently investigated three reports of deer crashing into moving cars within a two-day span, The Rome News-Tribune reported. UPCOMING: About 250 words.

IMMIGRATION-CHILD SEPARATION

ATLANTA — The separation of children from their immigrant parents along the border has drawn international attention this year, but similar separations also take place far away from the border. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that in Georgia when a parent is deported or detained, their children may be placed in foster care if there's no other relative to take care of them.

CUMBERLAND ISLAND-QUARTER

ATLANTA — The U.S. Mint last week released a new quarter into circulation honoring Cumberland Island National Seashore. It's the most recent of the mint's "America the Beautiful Quarters Program" that features designs depicting national parks and other significant sites around the country. The Cumberland Island 25-cent piece shows a snowy egret about to take flight amid the island's celebrated salt marshes. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 300 words.

POINTS OF LIGHT

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — President Donald Trump may have ridiculed former President George H.W. Bush's "thousand points of light" this summer but the concept is still going strong three decades later. More than 6,000 daily Points of Light awards have given to individuals. The Points of Light foundation promotes volunteerism in 37 countries. Atlanta-based Points of Light bills itself as the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. By David Sharp. SENT: 650 words. With AP photo.

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING-SHELTER

DALLAS — The need for long-term and specialized care to treat child sex-trafficking victims is increasing as the focus across the U.S. shifts from punishment to treatment. A residential facility in Texas opened recently amid a makeshift response nationwide to a growing population of child sex-trafficking victims. Cecilia Roberts went to such a facility in Georgia. She says as a child all she needed was "peace, and a little bit of attention and love." By Jamie Stengle and Emily Schmall. SENT: 850 words. With AP photos.

IN BRIEF:

— LABOR DAY-GEORGIA BEACH — Officials at Georgia's largest public beach are urging visitors to stay safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.

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EXCHANGE-HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER

NEWNAN, Ga. — For more than four decades, Barbara Tumperi has placed the needs of others above her own. The 80-year-old woman married and raised children — a daughter and two sons — as the family moved around the country. By Melanie Ruberti.

http://times-herald.com/news/2018/08/hospital-volunteer-serves-patients-families-for-nearly-40-years

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

DECOMPOSED BODY-FUNERAL HOME

GREENWOOD, S.C. — The husband of a South Carolina woman whose body authorities said was left inside a funeral home to rot for almost three years said he can't stop thinking about how poorly she was treated in death. A grand jury indicted two men — Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings — with desecration of human remains after prosecutors said they left Mary Alice Pitts Moore in unrefrigerated rooms under blankets and surrounded by air fresheners for nearly three years at First Family Funeral Home's locations first in Greenwood and later in Spartanburg. UPCOMING: About 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

—OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING— South Carolina law officials say there has been an officer-involved shooting in Clio.

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EXCHANGE-YOUNG HERO

SUMTER, S.C. — Superheroes come in all sizes and ages, such as the 4-year-old who ran "really really fast" to get help for his 90-year-old great-grandmother after she fell during a walk. Hazel Wilson fell and hit her head while she and Carson Aycock were coming back from a walk to Memorial Park on West Hampton Avenue from the Wesmark Servicenter on West Liberty Street. By Adrienne Sarvis. The Sumter Item.

http://www.theitem.com/stories/superhero-sumter-boy-saves-great-grandmother,313571

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

A hurricane watch remains in effects for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 p.m. EDT advisory that the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

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CONSTRUCTION WORK STRUGGLE

Construction firms in Alabama are having trouble filing hourly craft positions. Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America's survey suggest that 75 percent of companies said they are having a hard time filling positions, Al.com reported. The struggle for companies comes at a time when construction industry job openings in recent months have been at their highest since 2000. SENT: About 250 words.

NEIL ARMSTRONG MOVIE-AUTHOR

AUBURN, Ala. — An Alabama author who struck up a relationship with Neil Armstrong nearly two decades ago is behind a new movie about the first person to walk on the moon. The biography "First Man" by retired Auburn University professor emeritus James Hansen has been made into a movie of the same name. SENT: About 350 words.

INMATE STABBED

SPRINGVILLE, Ala. — An inmate has been fatally stabbed at a state prison in Springville. Prison staff at St. Clair Correctional Facility found 29-year-old Terry Pettiway unresponsive and suffering from a stab wound. Pettiway was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He died from his injuries.

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EXCHANGE-CHILD CANCER RESEARCH GALA

DOTHAN, Ala. — Losing a child to cancer is something parents don't want to think about. However, three Wiregrass mothers know firsthand the pain their children felt, and the pain their family felt as their child lost a battle to childhood cancer. That's why Alicia Hayes, Marci Harrison, and Lindsey Rushing are joining forces to host the inaugural Golden Gala. By Michele W. Forehand.

https://www.dothaneagle.com/news/local/three-wiregrass-moms-join-to-host-golden-gala-fundraiser-for/article_cac23c6a-ab9f-11e8-83bd-ab0cff7cc5a8.html

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

A hurricane watch remains in effects for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 p.m. EDT advisory that the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

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VACATION RENTALS-NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans officials are taking a new look at the benefits and headaches of a vacation rental industry that has proliferated with the growth of online sites such as Airbnb. By Kevin McGill. UPCOMING: 825 words. AP Photo. With: BC-US--Vacation Rentals-New Orleans-Glance.

IN BRIEF:

— LSU OPERA DONATION —Louisiana State University's opera program has received a $4 million donation that will pay to renovate an on-campus recital hall that hosts more than 300 performances a year.

IN SPORTS:

SAINTS-GILLISLEE

METAIRIE, La. — Coach Sean Payton says the Saints have brought in veteran running back Mike Gillislee to add physicality to New Orleans running game. Payton says he sees Gillislee as a first- and second-down runner who has earned hard yards for his past teams. Gillislee is a five-year veteran who spent last season with New England.

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EXCHANGE-STAR WARS LANDSPEEDER

HOUMA, La. — Houma native and resident Mike Levron is building a working replica of a "Star Wars" Landspeeder for his son. "Funny thing is, I am not a Star Wars fan," he said. "I've never even seen the movies." By andrea Mujica.The Courier of Houma.

http://www.houmatoday.com/news/20180820/houma-dad-builds-his-son-star-wars-landspeeder

EXCHANGE-COMING HOME

NEW ORLEANS — Parking in downtown New Orleans, Troy Rhodes was struck by the adjustment he now faced. The 50-year-old knew after 15 years in prison, he'd have to adapt to the outside, he said. The end of the journey from Angola to New Orleans made that much clear. A federal judge had ordered Rhodes' release on May 31 and vacated his 2003 conviction and 149-year-sentence for armed robbery and attempted murder. His attorney drove him from Louisiana State Prison to New Orleans that Thursday, stopping first at her Central Business District office. She parked on the street. By Emily Lane. NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune.

https://www.nola.com/expo/news/erry-2018/08/f301eb85147323/coming-home-the-first-72-provi.html

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

A hurricane watch remains in effects for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 p.m. EDT advisory that the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

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IN BRIEF:

— ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE — Electric rates are going up in northeast Mississippi's largest city.

— COURTHOUSE CONSOLIDATION — One of Mississippi's 10 counties with two county seats is considering cutting back to one.

— OLE MISS CAMPUS EXPANSION — The University of Mississippi is moving into a former hospital it purchased as expansion space.

— JUKE JOINT — The contents of an iconic Mississippi Delta juke joint will be sold at auction Oct. 1, calling into question its future as a tourist attraction.

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EXCHANGE-ST PADDY'S PARADE

JACKSON, Miss. — They will march again in the Hal's St. Paddy's Parade — sparkly dresses, big hairdos and all. Parade founder Malcolm White and Jill Conner Browne, queen of the Sweet Potato Queens, said at a press conference Wednesday that her flamboyant crew will return for the event that draws thousands to Jackson every March. By Billy Watkins.

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/08/29/hals-st-paddys-parade-sweet-potato-queens-reuniting/1115263002/

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