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AP-Deep South News Digest

July 13, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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.

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-CABINET TRAVEL

WASHINGTON — The government wasted at least $341,000 on travel by ousted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, including booking charter flights without considering cheaper scheduled airlines, an agency watchdog said Friday. The HHS inspector general’s long-awaited report chastised the department for flouting federal travel rules, which require officials to book trips in the most cost-efficient way for taxpayers. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 751 words.

AP Photos WX101-0615171425.

EMMETT TILL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen. Not long after that, Duke University scholar Timothy Tyson said, he turned over interview recordings and other research materials for his 2017 book on the 1955 case that shocked the nation and helped build momentum for the civil rights movement. By Jay Reeves and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 796 words.

AP Photos NYHK401-0321182120, NYHK402-0101550800, NYHK403-0207171611.

IN BRIEF:

— COIN FLIP ARREST — Heads, you’re under arrest. Tails, you’re free to go. Body camera video shows Georgia police officers laughing as they use a coin-flip app to decide whether to detain a woman during a traffic stop in April.

— STUDENT RAPE CHARGE — A Georgia State University student faces rape and aggravated sodomy charges for an alleged on-campus rape.

— IMMIGRATION DETAINEE DEATH — State and local investigators are looking into the death of a man who was held at a south Georgia immigration detention center. U

— RAINBOW GATHERING-KILLING — Authorities in Kentucky have used dental records to identify the woman killed after attending the massive “Rainbow Family” counterculture gathering in a Georgia forest. AP Photo.

— AFGHANISTAN-SOLDIER KILLED — U.S. military officials say a South Carolina soldier assigned to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah has been killed during combat in Afghanistan.

— TEEN STRANDED-OCEAN — A nighttime stroll on the beach turned a Louisiana teen’s holiday into the “worst vacation ever,” after he was swept out to by a rip tide off Georgia’s coast.

— DRUG CHARGES-SENTENCE — A Georgia man is headed back to prison after prosecutors say he was found with a quarter kilogram of meth just two months after he’d been released from prison.

SPORTS:

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — After losing six of their last eight, the Atlanta Braves open a weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Anibal Sanchez is expected to return from a hamstring injury to face Zack Godley. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. The eight games Friday include: Nets-Pacers, Knicks-Pelicans, Wizards-Mavericks, Spurs-Suns, Timberwolves-Nuggets, Magic-Thunder, Kings-Warriors, Hawks-Clippers. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Games start at 4 EST.

BKL--Fever-Dream.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream hosts the Indiana Fever in a WNBA game at McCamish Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the July 17 Alabama runoff election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The two Republicans vying for the position of lieutenant governor are locked in a bitter battle for the job that has limited responsibility except for one major element: The potential to succeed the governor. Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and state Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville swapped accusations in dueling campaign ads, and accused each other of unfair tactics, ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff. SENT: 134 words. Will be updated.

ROY MOORE-SACHA BARON COHEN

GADSDEN, Ala. — Defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore is talking about a defamation suit after discovering that he too was duped by actor Sacha Baron Cohen for his upcoming television series. In a statement posted on Facebook, Moore says he accepted an all-expenses trip to Washington in February after being told he’d receive an award for supporting Israel. He says he didn’t know Baron Cohen would mock Israel and scheme to humiliate him and other conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney. SENT: 244 words.

AP Photos NYDD201-0926170129.

EMMETT TILL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen. Not long after that, Duke University scholar Timothy Tyson said, he turned over interview recordings and other research materials for his 2017 book on the 1955 case that shocked the nation and helped build momentum for the civil rights movement. By Jay Reeves and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 796 words.

AP Photos NYHK401-0321182120, NYHK402-0101550800, NYHK403-0207171611

IN BRIEF:

— MANNING SCHOLARS — The University of Tennessee has four new Peyton Manning Scholars. Among them: Keri Burge of Madison, Alabama.

— OIL LEASE SALE — The federal government’s Aug. 15 oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico will offer slightly more acreage than officials originally announced.

SPORTS:

FBC-SWAC MEDIA DAY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference holds its annual media day on the heels of an announcement that the league title game isn’t going anywhere just yet — except back to Birmingham. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

WHOOPING CRANES

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They’re only 2 months old, but they dwarf the full-grown great egrets nearby. Their tall white parents bugle alarm at an ATV and people across the pond, and all four cranes move farther away. Across the state in New Orleans, a downy captive-bred brown chick scampers after a keeper whose white costume looks like a Halloween ghost. She bends over and uses a crane puppet-head to pick up an insect and pass it to the chick. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 794 words.

AP Photos LAGH301-0621180948, LAGH302-0323180617, LAGH303-0323180745, LAGH304-0323180747, LAGH305-0621181105, LAGH306-0611181024, LAGH307-0611180853, LAGH308-0611181029, LAGH309-0611181039, LAGH310-0323180909, LAGH311-0611181039, LAGH312-0621181036, LAGH313-0621181003, LAGH314-0621180953, LAGH315-0621181104.

AP Video.

POLICE SHOOTING-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge prosecutors have ruled out criminal charges against several people who are suing over their arrests at protests after a deadly 2016 police shooting in Louisiana’s capital. A court filing shows the district attorney’s office notified plaintiff’s attorneys on Wednesday that it won’t prosecute five protesters and two journalists who were arrested on misdemeanor charges. They were among nearly 200 people arrested at protests after a white police officer shot and killed a black man, Alton Sterling, outside a convenience store in July 2016. SENT: 137 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos LABAT501-0705160000.

EMMETT TILL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen. Not long after that, Duke University scholar Timothy Tyson said, he turned over interview recordings and other research materials for his 2017 book on the 1955 case that shocked the nation and helped build momentum for the civil rights movement. By Jay Reeves and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 796 words.

AP Photos NYHK401-0321182120, NYHK402-0101550800, NYHK403-0207171611.

IN BRIEF:

— TEEN STRANDED-OCEAN — A nighttime stroll on the beach turned a Louisiana teen’s holiday into the “worst vacation ever,” after he was swept out to by a rip tide off Georgia’s coast.

— OIL LEASE SALE — The federal government’s Aug. 15 oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico will offer slightly more acreage than officials originally announced.

— PLANT EXPANSION — An industrial coatings facility in Louisiana says it plans to invest $2.5 million to expand.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-REPLACEMENT PARTS

METAIRIE, La. — Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton know very well they likely wouldn’t have wound up in New Orleans if the Pelicans hadn’t lost DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo in free agency. Randle and Payton are less accomplished, but younger and eager to see if playing alongside Anthony Davis helps them reach new plateaus. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. By 4 p.m. ET

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Play continues at the Las Vegas NBA summer league. The eight games Friday include: Nets-Pacers, Knicks-Pelicans, Wizards-Mavericks, Spurs-Suns, Timberwolves-Nuggets, Magic-Thunder, Kings-Warriors, Hawks-Clippers. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Games start at 4 EST.

FBC-SWAC MEDIA DAY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference holds its annual media day on the heels of an announcement that the league title game isn’t going anywhere just yet — except back to Birmingham. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MILITARY PLANE CRASH MEMORIAL

JACKSON, Miss. — A year after a U.S. Marine Corps plane broke into pieces high in the sky and slammed into a Mississippi soybean field, relatives and friends are keeping alive the memories of the 15 Marines and Navy corpsman who died in the crash. It’s an active form of memory — building, telling, hiking, running — to honor the New York-based crewmembers who flew the KC-130T military transport, as well as the special forces Marines they were carrying from North Carolina to California for training. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 883 words.

AP Photos MSRS101-0712181814, MSRS102-0712181758, MSGWD101-0716172234, MSJAD101-0712171700, MSAL101-0710171901, MSRS104-0711170851, MSRS103-0711170913.

WHOOPING CRANES

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They’re only 2 months old, but they dwarf the full-grown great egrets nearby. Their tall white parents bugle alarm at an ATV and people across the pond, and all four cranes move farther away. Across the state in New Orleans, a downy captive-bred brown chick scampers after a keeper whose white costume looks like a Halloween ghost. She bends over and uses a crane puppet-head to pick up an insect and pass it to the chick. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 794 words.

AP Photos LAGH301-0621180948, LAGH302-0323180617, LAGH303-0323180745, LAGH304-0323180747, LAGH305-0621181105, LAGH306-0611181024, LAGH307-0611180853, LAGH308-0611181029, LAGH309-0611181039, LAGH310-0323180909, LAGH311-0611181039, LAGH312-0621181036, LAGH313-0621181003, LAGH314-0621180953, LAGH315-0621181104.

AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI FUGITIVE-ARREST — Federal authorities say a Mississippi man wanted in the death of his wife has been arrested at a popular getaway spot along the Utah-Idaho state line.

— FEDERAL ROAD MONEY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has stopped funding for a city’s infrastructure projects until the city completes an overdue audit.

— CHILD SHOT — A Mississippi man accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated assault.

— OIL LEASE SALE — The federal government’s Aug. 15 oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico will offer slightly more acreage than officials originally announced.

IN SPORTS:

FBC-SWAC MEDIA DAY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference holds its annual media day on the heels of an announcement that the league title game isn’t going anywhere just yet — except back to Birmingham. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

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