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AP-Deep South News Digest

July 21, 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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

AP is moving election test reports for the July 24 Georgia runoff election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-GA_Georgia Runoff Election Testing / AP-GA_Georgia Runoff Election Testing.



ATLANTA — Vice President Mike Pence is set to headline a rally in Georgia in support of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s bid for governor. The event is being held in Macon on Saturday afternoon. It comes just three days before Kemp’s runoff against fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Tuesday. SENT: 127 words. Will be updated.


ATHENS, Ga. — A century-old dam is being removed to clear a passage on the Middle Oconee River in Georgia. The Athens Banner-Herald reports the removal began this week clearing debris that had clogged the two breaches. It shoved hundreds of tons of rock into the Middle Oconee just above the dam to form a pad for large machines that move on tracks to roll out into the river. SENT: 391 words.


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A city in Georgia will soon be moving its inmates. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports after a unanimous vote by the City Council, Sandy Springs has approved a deal with the city of Smyrna to house its prisoners. The deal is effective Aug. 1 and runs through June 30, 2019. SENT: 229 words.



MUSELLA, Ga. — Down a rough dirt road on a farm near Byron are five old houses occupied by 25 men known to few in Middle Georgia, but they play an important role in the local economy. Without them, some say, the local peach growing industry couldn’t survive. By Wayne Crenshaw and Samantha Max. The Telegraph of Macon.


— STORM REPAIRS-GEORGIA COAST— Army Corps gets nearly $40M for repairs on Georgia coast.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)



LOXLEY, Ala. — A company will be building an air compressor plant in southern Alabama. Al.com reports that Kaishan Group is making an $11 million capital investment in the facility to open an estimated 62 jobs at the company. A groundbreaking was held this week for the plant that will serve as its U.S. corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant. SENT: 330 words.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Martha Skanes’ high school graduation ceremony was everything she could have hoped for. Five days before her July 4 birthday, Skanes was in Montgomery to don a white gown, matching cap, and a red, white and blue tassel. She took graduation photos, listened to a keynote speech from Brewbaker Middle School assistant principal Tara Pickett, and at the end, the now-70-year-old gladly received a diploma that took more than 50 years to achieve. By Andrew J. Yawn. Montgomery Advertiser.


— BIRMINGHAM AMNESTY — Birmingham is offering amnesty for those facing traffic tickets or misdemeanor court cases.

— SHELLFISH AREA CLOSED — The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in an area of Mobile Bay.

— FATAL SHOOTING-FETUS — An Alabama teen has been indicted in a shooting of a pregnant woman that led to the fetus’ death.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)



BILOXI, Miss. — Mississippi’s second pharmacy school is opening on the state’s Gulf Coast, with William Carey University beginning classes on Monday at its School of Pharmacy in Biloxi. For now, the 58 students will be meeting in temporary locations, awaiting the October scheduled opening of the $7 million, three-story pharmacy building. SENT: 392 words.



Ten miles from Louisiana’s receding shore, on an island that was on the verge of sinking away, new land is growing at a rate of 200 feet per day. A slurry of sand blasts from a 30-inch-wide pipe with the force of a firehose. In foaming sheets, it spreads across the beach of Whiskey Island, making it thicker and wider by the minute. Backhoes and bulldozers finish the job, sculpting the sand into something resembling the island’s younger self, before storms, oil spills and erosion took a heavy toll. By Tristan Baurick. NOLA.com ′ The Times-Picayune.


MONROE, La. — Isaiah Jones didn’t know that talking about his struggle to find a musical instrument could inspire people to help other students. Jones, 18, was active at Strauss Theatre when his director asked him to do an interview with the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana. He told Community Development Coordinator Danielle Kelley Tolbird about being in the band at Carroll High School and how he wished there was more funding for the arts. By Bonnie Bolden. The News-Star of Monroe.


— LIVINGSTON MEMOIR — A former Louisiana congressman has a memoir coming out this summer.

— LOUISIANA-TRUMP TARIFFS — Gov. John Bel Edwards is telling President Donald Trump that Louisiana will be harmed with his use of tariffs in trade disputes with other countries.

— TULANE BRAIN INSTITUTE — A Tulane University institute dedicated to brain science has received a pledge of $1 million to endow a research fund.



NEW ORLEANS — The University of New Orleans and baseball coach Blake Dean have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the program through the 2022 season. Further contract details were not released. SENT: 140 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)



BILOXI, Miss. — Mississippi’s second pharmacy school is opening on the state’s Gulf Coast, with William Carey University beginning classes on Monday at its School of Pharmacy in Biloxi. For now, the 58 students will be meeting in temporary locations, awaiting the October scheduled opening of the $7 million, three-story pharmacy building. SENT: 392 words.


OXFORD, Miss. — A conference at the University of Mississippi is focusing on what slavery meant in the life, imagination and writing of William Faulkner. The 45th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference runs Sunday through Thursday. Most activities are in Oxford. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.



PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Dulce Gonzalez was sure her beach wedding was ruined. Heavy storm clouds crept in to spoil the once-sunny day just before the ceremony was set to begin on a picturesque beach along the Mississippi coastline. Thunder boomed and lightning flashed as wind and rain whipped up white-tipped waves — and drove down her hopes. By Hannah Natanson. The Washington Post


VARDAMAN, Miss. — Jan Cook grew up following her father around the family farm. And he didn’t mind one bit. “She hung around me all the time,” Paul Cook said. Truth is, while his daughter might have liked to parlay her time with her dad into a profession, a female farming for a living just didn’t seem an option then. By Leslie Criss. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


—NONPROFIT-PAYING FORWARD— A Mississippi charity is donating to other nonprofit groups as it prepares to close down.

— HISTORIC HOME — Officials in a southwest Mississippi city say they’re trying to save a burned-out historic home built in 1818.

— WATER WOES — Supervisors in a north Mississippi county are freezing new development in a water association that’s the subject of complaints about discolored water.


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