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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

December 16, 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 South Carolina 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):



ATHENS, Ga. _ At the dead end of a dirt road in northeast Georgia, one local community has created its own neighborhood known as Earthsong within the wilderness. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the sustainable living community is tucked away in between small roads behind Athens’ Georgia Square Mall. The land is used by the community’s nine residents as a garden, walking trail, library and elaborate homes – all made from the earth. Information from The Athens Banner-Herald. SENT: 350 words.



ATHENS, Ga. _ In a tree stand 16 feet above the leaf-covered ground of suburban Clarke County, Jennifer DeMoss peeked through the scope of a black crossbow, searching for a hoof or a fluffy white tail. As the setting sun slunk between the trees on a Wednesday evening in December, DeMoss knew she was running out of time. Soon, it would be too dark to see through her viewfinder. Hidden in head-to-toe camouflage, DeMoss tried not to make a sound. With each rustle of the wind or footstep of a scampering squirrel, her ears perked up, and she peered as far as she could through the corner of her eye. By Samantha Max, The Macon Telegraph. SENT: 1,800 words.


DECK COLLAPSE _ Authorities say at least six people were taken to metro Atlanta hospitals with broken bones and other injuries after a home’s back deck collapsed.

POLICE SHOOTING-GEORGIA _ Funeral arrangements have been announced for a metro Atlanta police officer gunned down after a traffic stop.



ATLANTA _ The Arizona Cardinals face the Atlanta Falcons in a match-up between two of the NFC’s worst teams. This is the home finale for the Falcons and certainly their best chance to get one more win. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EST.


NEW YORK _ The Brooklyn Nets look to extend their longest winning streak in nearly four years to five games when they host the Atlanta Hawks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m. EST

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



A South Carolina inmate is suing the state prisons department, accusing the agency of violating his religious freedoms by not allowing him to smoke marijuana. Media outlets report 41-year-old James Rose sued the South Carolina Department of Corrections on Monday. SENT: 200 words.



GREENWOOD, S.C. _ In the spirit of the man whose life they came to celebrate, the family and friends of Edward Lee Elmore, who had gathered at Mt. Olive Baptist Church for his funeral, did not dwell long on the controversial circumstances under which he spent more than half of his life in prison. Instead, they spoke about the man they said seemed incapable of holding a grudge and who smiled no matter his circumstances. Elmore died on Dec. 3 at the age of 59. By Aleks Gilbert. The Index-Journal of Greenwood. SENT: 550 words.


_POND BODY _ A coroner says an autopsy on a body pulled from a pond at a city park found no signs of trauma.

_ BRIDGE REPAIRS _ The South Carolina Department of Transportation says it will close a bridge between Greenville and Pickens for nearly a month for emergency repairs.


Women’s Basketball

BKW-T25-SOUTH CAROLINA-PURDUE. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



MOBILE, Ala. _ Construction work near a south Alabama jail is giving archaeologists an opportunity to learn more about Mobile’s past. Al.com reports that the work near the Mobile County Metro Jail is being done for a proposed Interstate 10 bridge, and archaeologists want to learn more about what’s at the site. It includes a cluster of nine buildings, most of which appear to have been bail bond offices. Information from al.com. SENT: 300 words.



Soaring enrollments, growing graduation classes and expansion into new buildings underscores the recent surge in popularity in online education in Alabama. But the rapid growth of so-called virtual schools is likely to soon encounter the harsh reality of a lack of access to high-speed and functioning internet in rural areas. By John Sharp. al.com. SENT: 1,900 words.


SHEFFIELD, Ala. _ Devon Allman said he certainly felt a vibe while recording tracks for the upcoming Allman-Betts Band album in the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where his late uncle Duane laid down tracks for the likes of Boz Skaggs, Ronnie Hawkins, Lulu and John Hammond. The band recently wrapped up a week-long session at the studio and anticipates releasing the album early next year. By Russ Corey. Times Daily. SENT: 1,100 words.


_DEADLY TRAIN COLLISION _ Authorities say two people are dead after a train crashed into a passenger vehicle on its tracks in Alabama.

_ SCHOOLS-ROCK CONCERTS _ High school students in one Alabama city are being introduced to a new tool for learning: Rock-and-roll.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BATON ROUGE _ By refusing to boost Louisiana’s income projections, House Republican leaders threaten to spoil Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ push to include a public school teacher pay raise in his budget proposal for next year. House Speaker Taylor Barras and House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry say they haven’t blocked the forecast changes to disrupt Edwards’ plans, but instead are taking a conservative philosophical stance. But if the intention isn’t political payback, the broader implications certainly can’t be something Barras and Henry are frowning about. The move potentially damages a promise the governor, who often clashes with the House GOP leadership, has been making to his teacher union base right as Edwards enters the year he’s seeking re-election to a second term. An AP News Analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 700 words.


BRUSLY, La. _ An attorney for a Louisiana teenager shown on video being slammed to the ground by police during an altercation at school says charges against two officers are a “slap on the wrist.” A grand jury in West Baton Rouge Parish indicted former Brusly police officer Dan Cipriano on a charge of simple battery Friday, local news outlets reported. Another former Brusly officer, Kip Dupre, was indicted on a charge of malfeasance in office. SENT: 290 words.



NEW ORLEANS _ Norris Sam Jr. can control most of his day. After more than 15 years making soufflé potatoes at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter, he knows how to trim the potatoes by hand into precise blocks. When he stacks the rectangles of spuds on the cutting board, each is exactly the same height and width as if they had been measured by a machine. By Todd A. Price. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. SENT: 690 words.


BATON ROUGE, La. _ Marcayah Carter was teased last school year when she started wearing glasses. Even though she could see better and she picked mint green frames — her favorite color — they laughed. But look who’s laughing now. By Emma Kennedy. The Advocate. SENT: 530 words.


_ HOLIDAY RIDESHARING _ Louisiana residents can get discounted rides home through the holidays in a partnership between the state highway safety commission and ridesharing company Lyft aimed at lessening drunken driving incidents.

_DEADLY TRAIN COLLISION _ Authorities say two people are dead after a train crashed into a passenger vehicle on its tracks in Alabama.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Running backs Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara figure to play a prominent role in Monday night’s game between the Panthers and Saints. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ The road to the Republican nomination for statewide offices in Mississippi runs through a few conservative communities. In a largely rural state of just under 3 million residents, Republican candidates’ strategy is usually to seek support in a short list of vote-rich counties and to pad out a winning margin with additional votes from counties with smaller populations. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.



HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ Andrew Wiest, Southern Miss history professor, briefly considered a full-time career as an artist, but only briefly. “When I was in high school, I looked at art, but I saw the salary was zero and up,” he said. “That future was not in line for me.” By Ellen Ciurczak. The Hattiesburg American. SENT: 1,100 words.


TUPELO, Miss. _ Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. By Ginna Parsons. The Daily Journal. SENT: 560 words.


_ FRATERNITY LEAVES HOUSE _ A University of Southern Mississippi fraternity chapter has left its house after university officials and the fraternity’s headquarters concluded the chapter had behavior problems.

_ ERODING CHURCH PURCHASE _ A Mississippi city is buying an abandoned church, saying it’s cheaper than fixing erosion problems in a bordering waterway.

_ LAND SALE-FARM BILL _ A southwest Mississippi group will be able to buy some land around a reservoir following Congress’ passage this week of the farm bill.



OXFORD, Miss. _ Chattanooga travels to Mississippi to take on the Rebels in a nonconference matchup. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CST.


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