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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

RAPPER TI-ARRESTED

ATLANTA — The rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta and was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault — but the artist's lawyer called it a wrongful arrest. Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said T.I. was arrested around 4:30 a.m. after he got into an argument with a security guard. Media reports say the Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, had lost his key and the guard wouldn't let him into the community. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 348 words.

AP Photos NYET301-0128180149.

WITH:

— RAPPER TI ARRESTED-THE LATEST — The latest developments.

MODERNIZING 911

ROSWELL, Ga. — High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone. A few months later, a woman in Michigan was able to send off short text messages to 911 dispatchers as her homicidal husband held their daughter hostage. She was able to convey enough information to help officers get to the scene and formulate a plan to stop the man without the family being harmed. The two cases show how that in this era of active shooters, police shootings and global terrorism, a patchwork of technology around the country can make the experience of calling 911 vastly different depending on where you live. By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1,162 words.

TRAVEL-ATLANTA-KING

ATLANTA — Two new sites in Montgomery, Alabama — a memorial to lynching victims and a museum — are attracting a lot of attention. Tourism officials are predicting thousands of visitors will come to see them in the next year. Many of those travelers heading to Alabama will drive or fly through Atlanta and might consider stopping there to see the city's Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historical Park. The Atlanta sites include his birthplace and childhood home, the church where he and his father preached, the center founded after his assassination and the tombs where King and his wife, Coretta, are buried. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 784 words.

AP Photos NYLS213-0429181438, NYLS214-0429181343, NYLS215-0429181343.

WITH:

— TRAVEL-ALABAMA-MONTGOMERY.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say a 13-year-old girl has died after her car and a school bus collided in a head-on crash northeast of Atlanta.

— MILITARY PLANE CRASH — Military plane wreckage removed from Georgia highway 2 weeks after a deadly crash that killed 9 airmen.

— GOVERNOR'S RACE-DEPORTATION BUS — In a GOP gubernatorial primary marked by over-the-top advertising, one candidate's "Deportation Bus" has drawn a worried response from a Georgia mayor.

— GEORGIA SOUTHERN PRESIDENT — President of Georgia Southern University leaving after two years in the job.

— FAKE DOCTOR-SENTENCE — A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in four states to more than six years in prison.

— EVACUATING CHILD KILLED — An 18-year-old Georgia woman has been charged in a September crash that killed three people, including a baby and mother who had evacuated from Hurricane Irma.

— GIRAFFE DEATH — A giraffe whose neck was caught in a metal railing at a zoo has died in Atlanta.

— HORSE SHOT TO DEATH — Sheriff's officials are searching for a suspect after a horse was shot to death in northwest Georgia.

— BURGER PLANT-HASTINGS — A Georgia company has moved its production of frozen beef patties to south-central Nebraska.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Chicago's Tyler Chatwood is scheduled to face Atlanta's Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday night when the Cubs and NL East-leading Braves continue their series at SunTrust Park. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

FBN--TITANS-WILLIAMS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Nick Williams. The Titans announced the deal Wednesday. SENT: 140 words.

FBC--OBIT-ANDY JOHNSON

ATHENS, Ga. — Andy Johnson, who starred as Georgia's quarterback before going on to play running back with the New England Patriots for nine seasons, has died after a long illness. He was 65. Georgia issued a statement saying Johnson died early Wednesday in Athens. SENT: 204 words.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRAVEL-ATLANTA-KING

ATLANTA — Two new sites in Montgomery, Alabama — a memorial to lynching victims and a museum — are attracting a lot of attention. Tourism officials are predicting thousands of visitors will come to see them in the next year. Many of those travelers heading to Alabama will drive or fly through Atlanta and might consider stopping there to see the city's Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historical Park. The Atlanta sites include his birthplace and childhood home, the church where he and his father preached, the center founded after his assassination and the tombs where King and his wife, Coretta, are buried. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 784 words.

AP Photos NYLS213-0429181438, NYLS214-0429181343, NYLS215-0429181343.

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— TRAVEL-ALABAMA-MONTGOMERY.

TRAVEL-HOMES-FITZGERALD HOUSE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As she sat in the house where "Great Gatsby" writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple. "I tried to imagine how maybe Scott would tell a joke and Zelda would laugh," said Farong Zhu, a Fulbright scholar from China who translated Zelda's only novel, "Save Me the Waltz," into Chinese. "Everything was very beautiful. I was so excited to be close to the Fitzgeralds, I couldn't sleep well the first night." By Beth J. Harpaz.

AP Photos NYLS216-0428181316, NYLS222-0510180819, NYLS217-0428181316, NYLS218-0428181258, NYLS219-0510180820, NYLS221-0510180819, NYLS220-0510180818.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE RECRUIT-MURDER CHARGE — A former police recruit in Alabama has been indicted in a fatal stabbing.

— FAKE DOCTOR-SENTENCE — A federal judge has sentenced a woman described as a fake doctor who worked in Alabama and three other states to more than six years in prison.

— MOM LOCKED IN TRUCK — Police in Alabama say a homeless man living in a moving truck had physically abused his mother and locked her in the back of the vehicle.

— INMATE-FATAL STABBING — An inmate has been fatally stabbed at an Alabama prison.

— LIFE SENTENCE-STABBING — A woman convicted of murder for stabbing a man over $15 has been sentenced to life in prison by an Alabama judge.

— SCHOOL BUSES — Officials say an Alabama school system has spent more than $3 million on 44 new buses that will run on liquid propane instead of diesel fuel.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--CHAMPIONS TOUR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bernhard Langer is seeking his third straight Regions Tradition victory going into the first of the Champions Tour's five majors at Greystone Golf & Country Club. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

FBC--TEXAS-ALABAMA

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas and Alabama, which last met in 2010 Rose Bowl, will play each other in 2022 and 2023. Texas officials announced the agreement Wednesday. Alabama will travel to Texas in 2022 and the teams meet in Tuscaloosa the following year. The Longhorns will push a home-and-home series with Ohio State from those years back to 2025-2026. SENT: 143 words.

FBC--ESPN-SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

BRISTOL, Conn. — National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend. ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn't compete against the NFL. SENT: 146 words.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are expected to give final passage Wednesday to bills expanding the state's medical marijuana program, to offer medicinal cannabis to more people. By Melinda Deslatte. Developing.

XGR-HOSPITALITY WORKERS-HEALTH CLINIC

NEW ORLEANS — Restaurant and hotel employees in New Orleans are pushing for a free health clinic for workers in their industry. WDSU-TV reports that they're demanding that the city dedicate resources to create the full-service clinic for their industry. There are more than 88,000 people who work in the city's restaurants, hotels and attractions. Many say they don't have access to affordable health care. SENT: 236 words.

JAIL-SEXUAL HARASSMENT

NEW ORLEANS — A joint investigation by two New Orleans media outlets exposes allegations of sexual harassment at the city's long-troubled jail. WWL-TV and The New Orleans Advocate say the allegations come from six current and former employees of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. SENT: 119 words. Will be updated.

SCI--SCIENCE SAYS-GREEN-BLOODED LIZARD

WASHINGTON — For some lizards it's easy being green. It's in their blood. Six species of lizards in New Guinea bleed lime green thanks to evolution gone weird. It's unusual, but there are critters that bleed different colors of the rainbow besides red. The New Guinea lizards' blood — along with their tongues, muscles and bones — appear green because of incredibly large doses of a green bile pigment. The bile levels are higher than other animals, including people, could survive. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 554 words.

AP Photos NY798-0515181829, NY799-0515181829.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR-ABORTION-LOUISIANA — A bid to ban abortions after 15 weeks is expected to become law in Louisiana.

— XGR-LAWMAKERS-BAR FIGHT — Two Louisiana lawmakers got into a fistfight at a bar near the state Capitol in a dispute over legislation.

— XGR-TUITION PROGRAM CHANGES — Efforts to rework Louisiana's free college tuition program have fizzled in the legislative session.

— XGR-SCHOOL SAFETY-LOUISIANA — Two Louisiana lawmakers got into a fistfight at a bar near the state Capitol in a dispute over legislation.

— BATON ROUGE TRANSPORTATION — The plans for a 3-mile tram between Louisiana State University and downtown Baton Rouge have morphed into a 10-mile express bus route.

— SECRETARY OF STATE ELECTION — A Louisiana state lawmaker is running for the secretary of state's job in the fall election.

— HEROIN INDICTMENT — Authorities say nine men are accused of running a heroin ring in New Orleans, and eight of them are under arrest.

— XGR-SCHOOL GRADES — Louisiana lawmakers have decided to cushion the blow of an expected drop in public school letter grades later this year.

— COLLEGE BOUND — Louisiana education officials say 23,517 public high school students who graduated in 2017 enrolled in college in the fall.

— XGR-PIPELINE FIGHT — As a fight over a Louisiana pipeline rages, a proposal to stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around the equipment is heading to the governor's office.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--ESPN-SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

BRISTOL, Conn. — National champion Alabama will face Louisville in ABC's first Saturday Night Football game, and Miami plays LSU on Sunday night of the season-opening weekend. ESPN announced Wednesday its schedule for the first three weeks of Saturday night games. The Crimson Tide meets Louisville in Orlando, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. The next day Miami and LSU square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be the third straight season ABC airs a Sunday night game on Labor Day weekend, when college football doesn't compete against the NFL. SENT: 146 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

NATIONAL MONUMENT-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi home of a slain civil rights leader is one step closer to becoming a national monument. The U.S. House voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would establish the Medgar Evers National Monument in Jackson. The Senate must still vote on the measure filed by Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. SENT: 273 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ABORTION-LOUISIANA — A bid to ban abortions after 15 weeks is expected to become law in Louisiana. By Anthony Izaguirre.

— TAX EVASION — A Mississippi man had been sentenced for federal tax evasion.

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