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AP-Deep South News Digest,ADVISORY

August 29, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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):

TOP STORIES:

DOCTOR-OPIOID RING

ATLANTA — A highly respected former Georgia medical examiner who pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to prescribe opioids in exchange for sex is set to be sentenced Wednesday. Developing from 1 p.m. sentencing hearing.

AIRPORT HOMELESS

ATLANTA — The world’s busiest airport is seeking approval for a contract to relocate homeless people who camp overnight in its domestic terminal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is seeking Atlanta City Council approval for the $189,000, one-year contract with HOPE Atlanta. HOPE Atlanta used to focus on helping stranded travelers. HOPE Atlanta spokeswoman Beth Haynes says now it focuses on helping “unsheltered people” get back on their feet. SENT: 200 words.

NEW-MEXICO_COMPOUND

TAOS, N.M. — New Mexico judges are scheduled to make crucial decisions about child neglect and abuse charges against five defendants arrested at a compound in New Mexico where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old Georgia boy was retrieved. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CARDI B-CIVIL RIGHTS SKIT — Cardi B has apologized to the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. for portraying the civil rights leader’s wife, Coretta Scott King, in a comedy skit.

— WRITE-IN-DEMOCRATS — Newly-formed political advocacy group looks to field write-in candidates challenging unopposed Republicans.

— INMATE DEATH — Prison officials in Georgia are investigating an inmate death that they say appears to be a suicide.

IN SPORTS:

BBO--RAYS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The NL East-leading Braves will try to complete a two-game sweep after snapping Tampa Bay’s eight-game winning streak. Sean Newcomb pitches for Atlanta. Diego Castillo takes the mound for the Rays. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

FBN--ATLANTA PREVIEW

ATLANTA — There are times that come along in the NFL, when the confluence of bountiful drafts, stars in their prime and a still-manageable salary cap align to put a team in position to win a championship. For the Atlanta Falcons, that time is now. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

— With:

— BC-FBN--Falcons Preview Capsule. MOVED.

FBC--ACC-TV NETWORK

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men’s basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 1,000 words and photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos NY169-0107132350, NY168-0828181832.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

GARCETTI-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is returning to South Carolina as he continues to mull a 2020 presidential bid. The Charleston County Democratic Party said Wednesday Garcetti will give the keynote address at next month’s Blue Jam, an event that has become a showcase for national-level Democrats in this early-voting state. SENT: 330 words, photo.

COLD CASE KILLER-AUCTION

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Hundreds of items belonging to a man who killed seven people in South Carolina are on the auction block. A gun safe, power tools, furniture and office supplies belonging to Todd Kohlhepp are among the inventory in an online auction. SENT: 350 words, photo.

MCCAIN

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham says his close friend John McCain was “a man who had honor and always was willing to admit to his imperfection.” Graham adds, “There’s a little McCain in all of us.” McCain, the longtime Arizona senator, died Saturday after 13 months battling brain cancer. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, mixed laughter and tears on the Senate floor Tuesday as he remembered “Operation Maverick,” which he described as lessons in choosing “what’s right at your own expense.” By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— GOVERNOR’S BROTHER-LAWSUIT — The brother of South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has been hit with a $100,000 verdict in a lawsuit stemming from a 2014 assault on a waiter at a private club.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--ACC-TV NETWORK

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference is a year away from the launch of its own TV channel in partnership with ESPN. The league needs the ACC Network to provide a reliable revenue boost after falling behind its power-conference peers in recent years. Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC is reviewing options for the men’s basketball and football schedules to set up attractive matchups that could help get the channel off to a good start in 2019-20. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 1,000 words and photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos NY169-0107132350, NY168-0828181832.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

AMERICAN LEGION-WILKIE

MINNEAPOLIS —The new secretary of veterans affairs has pledged to the American Legion that he won’t privatize his agency’s health care services even as it increases options for veterans to seek care in the private sector. Robert Wilkie spoke at the American Legion’s 100th annual convention in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Calvin Boswell, a former Navy Seabee from Columbus, Mississippi, who served from 1980-2004, said he gets very good care at the VA hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. SENT: 605 words.

AP POLL-SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON — Does Brett Kavanaugh belong on the Supreme Court? It’s a question that may be consuming Washington, but one that elicits a shrug from many Americans. And there’s no nationwide consensus on whether the Senate should vote on his nomination before Election Day. By Kevin Freking and Emily Swanson. SENT: 780 words, photos, graphic.

IN BRIEF:

— SEA TURTLE NEST DISTURBED — Police investigating the disturbance of protected sea turtle eggs on an Alabama beach have released video showing a woman they want to locate.

— CHARGES DROPPED-SELF DEFENSE — Charges have been dropped against an Alabama man accused of killing a 4 year-old girl on self-defense grounds.

— SHORT-TERM RENTAL TAXES — Airbnb will start collecting another lodging tax in an Alabama city within the next month.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

After a quiet offseason in college football, the final month leading up to kickoff was dominated by scandals. As lousy as off-the-field issues can be in the sport, and the topics were unsettling in August, the games rarely disappoint and are the reason fans tolerate the bad news. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 824 words.

AP Photos NYDD202-0109180259, NYDD205-1203170150, NYDD204-1112170034.

FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos NY169-0107132350, NY168-0828181832.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

LSU HOSPITALS

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration says that after months of negotiations, a deal is done to transfer oversight of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana to a new manager. The administration was planning to announce more details Wednesday about the contract terms that have been reached to shift day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe hospitals to southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: About 500 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-DISASTER RECOVERY

NEW YORK — As small business owners in Hawaii and California clean up following Hurricane Lane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can devastate businesses in divergent ways — a hurricane might tear the roof off one restaurant, flood another and leave a third with little damage. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,336 words.

AP Photos TXDP101-0824181350, NYBZ386-0823182336, TXDP102-0824181346, NYBZ388-0829171550, TXDP103-0824181349, NYBZ387-0731180236.

IN BRIEF:

— CONFIRMATION-US ATTORNEY — A defense lawyer has been confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

— SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA BLACKOUT — Police in southwest Louisiana are warning residents that dozens of people have been quickly knocked out by synthetic marijuana.

— FEDERAL JUDGESHIP-ASHE — A New Orleans lawyer has won Senate confirmation to be the newest judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

— THEFT ARREST — A Louisiana woman is accused of obtaining an inmate’s power of attorney and taking more than $13,000 out of his bank account.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--NORTHWESTERN ST-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Coach Jimbo Fisher is preparing to make his debut at Texas A&M when the Aggies host Northwestern State in their opener on Thursday in the only tuneup before hosting second-ranked Clemson next Saturday. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING.

FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos NY169-0107132350, NY168-0828181832.

FBC--WAKE FOREST-TULANE

NEW ORLEANS — Wake Forest is trying to weather the early season suspension of its presumed starting quarterback, while Tulane is brimming with optimism after showing steady progress during coach Willie Fritz’s first two years. Both squads will learn more about where they stand when they open their seasons against one another at Tulane on Thursday night. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 500 words.

FBN--SAINTS PREVIEW

NEW ORLEANS — A large banner affixed to wall facing the New Orleans Saints’ practice fields reads: “Prove them right.” That says all anyone needs to know about the expectations surrounding the Saints, who rode a youth movement to within one play of last season’s NFC title game. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBN--NFC SOUTH PREVIEW

Three of four NFC South teams made the playoffs last season. The Saints went farthest — falling one play short of reaching the NFC title game — and are a popular pick to repeat as the winner of what looks like one of the tougher divisions in the NFL this season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR--GULF OIL SPILL-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers are sending the governor a plan to divide nearly $700 million from an oil spill settlement, with most of the money going to coastal counties. Representatives on Wednesday passed the same bill that senators passed Tuesday night. The House vote was 99 in favor and 10 opposed. By Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy. SENT: 131 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—GULF OIL SPILL-MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi House is debating a plan to divide up a multimillion-dollar oil spill settlement, with most of it going to coastal counties.

—CITY-EMPLOYEE TURNOVER — A southwest Mississippi city is firing four top employees and hiring replacements.

—PRISONER DEATHS — A 13th inmate has died in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections this month

—POLICE CHIEF SUSPENDED — The police chief in a Mississippi college town was suspended after hitting his brother.

—MISSISSIPPI HEALTH OFFICER — The head of the Mississippi State Department of Health is planning to retire, saying she wants to spend more time with her family after a 34-year career in state government.

— POLICE SHOOTINGS-TASK FORCE — A meeting of a task force set to vote on whether the city of Jackson should identify officers involved in fatal shootings erupted in chaos Monday as activists demanded more community representation.

— MAYORAL CONTEST — A judge says he won’t dismiss a losing candidate’s challenge to a mayoral election in northeast Mississippi.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC-THE ALABAMA EFFECT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference. As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC’s other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league’s highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos NY169-0107132350, NY168-0828181832.

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