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AP-Deep South News Digest

June 9, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern):



ATLANTA — Georgia has asked vendors to stop collecting local sales tax on jet fuel, just months after the lieutenant governor effectively killed a broader sales tax exemption to punish Delta Air Lines for eliminating discount fares for National Rifle Association members. The Georgia Department of Revenue on June 1 asked vendors to stop collecting local sales tax on retail sales of jet fuel beginning July 1. It said the move was needed to ensure Georgia complies with federal law and Federal Aviation Administration policies on jet fuel sales. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 462 words.

AP Photos GAATJ301-0502181421, AX202-0307002339.


SAVANNAH, Ga. — Chatham County is No. 1 in the state again for the number of bald eagle nests found countywide, with a tally of 27 nests this year, wildlife officials say. That’s up from 22 last year, also a state high. SENT: 398 words.

AP Photos GAJB201-0608181226.



DALTON, Ga. — Dalton State College student Bryan Lopez is part of a school team that will, as part of its many duties, recruit students across the state line in Tennessee this fall. Lopez, 22, an aspiring dentist who came with his family from Guatemala when he was 12, will stress to his target audience — Hispanics — that this college is the place for them. By Eric Stirgus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 1,611 words.

AP Photos GAATJ606-0407181335, GAATJ605-0407181300, GAATJ604-0407181334, GAATJ603-0407181324, GAATJ602-0407181402, GAATJ601-0407181305.


— SALMONELLA-MELON — Georgia is now on the list of states impacted by a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon.

— POLICE CHIEF SEARCH — The search for a new police chief in Georgia’s oldest city has attracted dozens of applicants from the U.S. and abroad.

— HUMAN REMAINS — Authorities are working to identify human remains found in Georgia.



LOS ANGELES — Coming off his best outing of the season, Anibel Sanchez and the Atlanta Braves face Alex Wood and the Los Angeles Dodgers. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 6 p.m. PT.

SOC--MLS--ATLANTA UNITED-NEW YORK FC. UPCOMING: 150 words. Match starts at 12:30 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Bikesharing is coming to Montgomery. Al.com reports the Montgomery City Council earlier this week approved an ordinance paving the way for the program, following input from the Montgomery Bicycle Club. It lays out provisions for potential bikesharing vendors. SENT: 253 words.



MOBILE, Ala. — Raised in Prichard, Alabama, 26-year-old Cierra Glaude, says she never could imagine taking her passion for filmmaking from Alabama to television and film sets, working on large-budget projects. “Growing up in Mobile, or just as a young, gay, black girl in the South, I never knew that filmmaking could be a thing. I thought it was always going to be that I’d have to get a ‘good job’ and go to school and get an M.B.A.,” she says. By Jared Boyd. al.com.


— DOCTOR SENTENCED — An Alabama doctor has been sentenced to five years in prison in a health care fraud case.

— CHARGES DISMISSED — An Alabama judge has dismissed capital murder charges against two men accused of committing a 2017 fatal shooting.

— JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION — The U.S. Senate has confirmed an Alabama lawyer to serve as a district court judge for the Northern District of Alabama.



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Minkah Fitzpatrick finished his Alabama career as one of the most decorated players in program history. He added one more honor this week when he was named the state’s Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. “It’s an honor,” Fitzpatrick said. “I appreciate the sports writers of Alabama naming me the Amateur Athlete of the Year in Alabama. It’s an honor and a blessing. I always love my family at Alabama and I’m just thankful for the opportunity.” By Ben Jones, The Tuscaloosa News.

AP Photos FLWL103-0605181320, FLBA104-0606181005.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Auburn ace Casey Mize takes the mound for the first time since becoming the top pick in the major league baseball draft when the Tigers begin a best-of-three series against overall No. 1 seed Florida and fellow first-rounder Brady Singer in the NCAA baseball tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. Begins at 11 a.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana will end the food stamp program that provides aid to nearly one in five state residents by January, unless lawmakers add more money to next year’s budget for the social services agency. The Department of Children and Family Services is slated to take a cut of around $34 million in the budget passed by lawmakers in the final minutes of the just-ended special session. The agency says that will force it to shutter the food stamp program in 2019 because it won’t be able to pay for administration of the federally funded benefits. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 550 words.


DERIDDER, La. — Digital magic will make a century-old Gothic jail in west Louisiana the setting for a Hollywood horror movie filmed across the state in New Orleans. Beauregard Parish Tourist Commission Director Lori Darbonne tells The American Press that the “Gothic Hanging Jail” in DeRidder will set the tone for “Eli,” starring Max Martini. SENT: 305 words.

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NEW ORLEANS — Louis DiVincenti has almost no memory of the first few weeks, just the steady beeps and chirps that managed to pierce the fog as he lay in a hospital bed at University Medical Center. He had arrived at UMC’s new Burn Center on March 10, even before it officially opened, after being electrocuted by power lines at work. The accident caused burns on 40 percent of his body and would soon claim two of the toes on his right foot. By Chad Calder, The Advocate.


NEW ORLEANS — A global search for a Vietnam Veteran nicknamed “Louisiana” came to a bittersweet end recently. A group of veterans who had started searching for their Army buddy in May with only a nickname and a single photograph to go by learned “Louisiana,” whose actual name was Harold Thomas, died from a heart attack in 2015 at age 65.By Maria Clark, The Times-Picayune/Nola.com.


— XGR-TEACHERS-ADOPTION LEAVE — Louisiana’s public school teachers will be allowed paid leaves of absence for up to 30 days after adopting a child.

— TUNNEL REPLACEMENT — Louisiana is receiving a $45 million federal grant to help build a fixed, four-lane bridge that will replace a tunnel and movable bridge in the southeastern end of the state.

— FOUR STABBINGS — New Orleans police say four people have been wounded in stabbings over a 24-hour period.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi voters will not see a debate between two candidates before the Republican primary runoff in a congressional race. Michael Guest of Brandon and Whit Hughes of Madison emerged from a six-person primary Tuesday in central Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District. Guest, who is the district attorney in Madison and Rankin counties, received 45 percent of the vote, and Hughes, who is a former deputy director of the state economic development agency, received 22 percent. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 309 words.

AP Photos JX112-0605181000, JX119-0605180735.


LONG BEACH, Miss. — A national organization says the mayor of a coastal Mississippi city violated the constitution when he led high school students in a prayer last month. The Freedom From Religion Foundation makes the accusation in a letter to Long Beach Mayor George Bass. SENT: 247 words.


VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Margaritaville Resort is just days away from opening in Vicksburg and reservations are already being taken, said the hotel’s management team. Kenny Glavan, the regional hotel manager over the project, told a crowd at the Vicksburg Kiwanis Club that the hotel will open June 20, The Vicksburg Post reports. SENT: 301 words.



OXFORD, Miss. — For 83 years, elders of the Higginbottom family held onto one secret - their patriarch, Elwood Higginbottom, was lynched in Lafayette County after killing a white man, Glen D. Roberts, in self-defense. The events of Sept. 17, 1935, played in the back of his family’s mind for years after they fled from Oxford to Memphis, but no one ever spoke about it, according to Elwood’s granddaughter, Delois Wright. By Anna Gibbs, The Oxford Eagle.


HATTIESBURG, Miss. — When Debra Freeman’s daughter didn’t return home after work one Thursday night, she didn’t worry. On Wednesday, Angela told her mother she was spending Thursday night with a friend. The women worked different shifts so only had an hour or two together. Angela gave her mother cash for her car payment. They talked and laughed a while before Angela left for work. By Lici Beveridge, The Hattiesburg American.


— OXFORD-BLACK HISTORY — A grant will help a small Mississippi museum that focuses on the local African-American culture.

— MOTHER AND DAUGHTER KILLED — Authorities in Mississippi say a man has been charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and his stepdaughter.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Mississippi State Bulldogs need one more victory to advance to the College World Series with Game 2 with the Vanderbilt Commodores trying Saturday night to force this Super Regional to a third game. By Terry McCormick. UPCOMING: 350-600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


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