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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

May 9, 2019

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 Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Doctors who practice in rural communities and experts on rural health are gathering at an annual conference to go over challenges and successes. By Sudhin Thanawala. Developing.


_ WATERFALL-FATAL FALL _ Authorities have identified the Georgia teenager who died in a fall into a creek at an Alabama waterfall.

_ HIT-AND-RUN SHOOTING _ A Georgia woman is accused of fatally shooting a man who tried to leave the scene of a crash near Highway 85.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Thursday is the last day of session for the South Carolina Legislature. By Christina L. Myers. Developing.


COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Whether the Carolina Panthers get tax breaks to move their practice fields to South Carolina will go down to the wire. The South Carolina Senate has until 5 p.m. Thursday to vote on the proposal trying to get the Panthers to build a new team headquarters and practice facility 20 miles south of Charlotte. South Carolina’s governor has enthusiastically backed the proposal, but some senators question whether a billionaire NFL owner needs public help. By Jeffrey Collins. Developing.


LEXINGTON, S.C. _ Only eight South Carolina counties observe Confederate Memorial Day, which was made a state holiday in 2000. The State reports the holiday was started to honor the lives of those killed in the Civil War, fought by the South to uphold the institution of slavery. It’s celebrated on May 10. The participating counties are Allendale, Anderson, Cherokee, Colleton, Dillon, Lexington, McCormick and Oconee. SENT: 444 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The Alabama Senate is expected to debate a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony with almost no exceptions. By Kim Chandler. Developing.


_ WATERFALL-FATAL FALL _ Authorities have identified the Georgia teenager who died in a fall into a creek at an Alabama waterfall.

_ ALABAMA-TEACHER HONORED _ A native of Guatemala who mainly teaches Spanish-speaking students has been named Alabama’s teacher of the year.

_ HATCHET ATTACK-DOMESTIC _ An Alabama man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for hitting his wife in the head with a hatchet.

_ GRAY TRIGGERFISH SEASON _ The recreational fishing season for Gray Triggerfish is closing this weekend.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



BATON ROUGE _ The Louisiana House debates a $30 billion budget for next year that would raise teacher pay, boost health care spending and keep agencies free of cuts. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.


_ BLACK FEMALE BISHOP _ A former New Orleans attorney has become the fourth black female bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church and the first in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

_ LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR-TICKET _ Louisiana’s governor and lieutenant governor won’t be elected jointly, after the House rejected the idea.

_ TODDLER SHOT _ Authorities in Louisiana say a 41-year-old woman and 1-year-old girl have been wounded in a shooting outside of a New Orleans home.

_ GRAY TRIGGERFISH SEASON _ The recreational fishing season for Gray Triggerfish is closing this weekend.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



BILOXI, Miss. _ Two more people have been arrested after a Mississippi police officer was gunned down outside his police station. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says both men were arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of accessory after the fact in the capital murder case. Veteran Biloxi police Patrolman Robert McKeithen was shot several times in the back Sunday in the police station parking lot. Developing.


TOKYO _ A Japanese court has turned down an appeal from the lawyers of Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn over bail conditions that limit his contact with his wife. Kyodo News service reported Thursday the Tokyo District Court rejected the appeal filed earlier in the day. Deputy Chief Prosecutor Shin Kukimoto said Thursday that limiting his contact with Carole Ghosn was “an absolute necessity” because of risks of tampered evidence. Ghosn, charged with financial misconduct, says he is innocent. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 400 words, photos.


_ GRAY TRIGGERFISH SEASON _ The recreational fishing season for Gray Triggerfish is closing this weekend.

_ CAR THEFT _ A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing a car last year.


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The Atlanta AP Bureau: apatlanta@ap.org

The Columbia AP Bureau: apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau: apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau: nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau: jkme@ap.org

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