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BC-Deep South News Digest

July 31, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DARKNET SUSPECT

ATLANTA — An Illinois man who worked as a spokesman for a “darknet” marketplace used for illegal online sales is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Atlanta. Ronald L. Wheeler III of Streamwood, Illinois, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.

MUSIC-JERMAINE DUPRI

ATLANTA — Rap mogul Jermaine Dupri will celebrate his groundbreaking record label So So Def with a multi-city anniversary concert tour. Dupri told The Associated Press on Monday that The So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y tour will feature himself, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz and J-Kwon. The 11-city tour starts Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. and ends in Los Angeles on Nov. 2. A show will also be held Oct. 21 in Atlanta, where Dupri was raised. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 320 words, photos.

ALABAMA NUCLEAR PLANT

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — A businessman says that he’s assembled a group of nuclear engineering and construction firms to finish building an idled nuclear plant in northern Alabama in the next five to six years. Former Chattanooga, Tennessee developer Franklin Haney’s company, Nuclear Development LLC, was the top bidder when the Tennessee Valley Authority auctioned the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in 2016. SENT: 300 words. Note Georgia angle.

IN BRIEF:

— IMMIGRATION-BOARD TERMS — An attorney for a Georgia city wants the attorney general to review whether members of the state’s immigration board are serving expired terms.

— POLICE SHOOTING-BYSTANDER KILLED — Georgia authorities: Bystander killed in shootout involving police was suspect’s grandmother.

— INTERSTATE CRASH-GEORGIA — State Patrol: 2 people dead, 4 injured after SUV crashes into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Georgia.

— ANIMAL SANCTUARY — A closed zoo that was formerly home to Georgia’s famous groundhog is getting a second chance.

— SNEEZING ATTACK-CRASH — A motorist told police that her sneezing attack was so severe that it caused her to crash her SUV into a minivan in Athens.

— FATAL TRAIN CRASH — Three women in a car struck by a train outside Atlanta have died, and a fourth remains hospitalized.

SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — The Braves will call up left-hander Kolby Allard to make his major league debut when Atlanta, only one-half game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East, faces Dan Straily and the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

SOC--MLS ALL-STAR GAME

ATLANTA — The MLS All-Star game is more than a chance to show off the league’s top players against a storied European club. It’s an opportunity for the still up-and-coming circuit to brag about a franchise that has become it most amazing success story. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

BKL--MYSTICS-DREAM

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

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SCANA-DOMINION MERGER

COLUMBIA — A meeting is underway where shareholders of South Carolina utility SCANA are expected to vote on whether to merge with Virginia-based Dominion Energy. SCANA suddenly needed a buyer after spending billions of dollars on a pair of reactors abandoned a year ago at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Dominion is offering more than $1 billion in rebates, but is also pushing against rate cuts a number of South Carolina lawmakers want to see offered. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 400 words, AP Photo NYSP402.

ALABAMA NUCLEAR PLANT

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — A businessman says that he’s assembled a group of nuclear engineering and construction firms to finish building an idled nuclear plant in northern Alabama in the next five to six years. Former Chattanooga, Tennessee developer Franklin Haney’s company, Nuclear Development LLC, was the top bidder when the Tennessee Valley Authority auctioned the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in 2016. SENT: 300 words. Note South Carolina angle.

IN BRIEF:

— DOGS MISTREATED — Two people have been arrested in South Carolina after police found nearly a dozen dogs on their property in poor condition.

— SHOOTING-BOWLING ALLEY SUED — The mother of a teen who was shot and killed outside a South Carolina bowling alley has sued the business, saying it failed to protect her son.

— ISLAND SHOOTING DEATH — A man has died after he was shot on a South Carolina island.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA NUCLEAR PLANT

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — A businessman says that he’s assembled a group of nuclear engineering and construction firms to finish building an idled nuclear plant in northern Alabama in the next five to six years. Former Chattanooga, Tennessee developer Franklin Haney’s company, Nuclear Development LLC, was the top bidder when the Tennessee Valley Authority auctioned the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in 2016. SENT: 300 words

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

GOAT ISLAND-DOG KILLED

OPELIKA, Ala. — A dog named Cletus died July 16 after being struck by a boat near Goat Island on Lake Martin, and now the Elmore County sheriff says the boat driver will be facing criminal charges - though it is not certain whether the charges will be designated as a misdemeanor or felony. By Keith Huffman, Opelika-Auburn News. SENT: 480 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FAMILY MEMBERS SLAIN — Police say a man killed his 10-year-old son and his sleeping 84-year-old mother before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life in northern Alabama.

— BIRMINGHAM STABBING — An Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison after his conviction earlier this year in the stabbing death of his longtime girlfriend.

— INTERNET SERVICE-COOPERATIVES — Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton is calling for high-speed internet to reach residents in all parts of the state. Presley has said that Alabama has fast internet speeds at low prices provided by electrical cooperatives, even in very rural areas. He says that if it can be done in Alabama, it can be done in Mississippi.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEAD ZONE-GULF OF MEXICO

Scientists say this year’s “dead zone” off Louisiana’s coast is surprisingly small but may have caused a fish kill reported July 26. The report Tuesday says the area with too little oxygen to support marine life is the fourth-smallest ever mapped, but also extends much higher than usual above the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. It says winds are the most likely reason for the small size, mixing oxygen into shallow water and heaping up oxygen-depleted water in other areas. By Janet McConnaughey. UPCOMING: About 500 words.

NEW LAWS-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s hazing penalties will toughen, the marriage waiting period will shorten and the types of records shielded from public view will grow, as more than 430 new laws take effect Wednesday. Lawmakers passed the measures during the regular legislative session that ended in May, and they were signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards. With the start of August, legislators are requiring schools to give parents information about flu causes, symptoms and vaccines. They’ve lifted the ban on switchblade knives. And they’ve prohibited tying up pets during a hurricane or a flood; violators will face fines. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 650 words.

OCEAN TRASH ART

NEW ORLEANS — Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There’s a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water bottles. The artwork, part of a project called Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, is the creation of Angela Haseltine Pozzi, who started making the pieces after seeing plastic heaped by the waves onto Oregon’s southern coast. Pozzi was in the town of Bandon, where her grandparents had lived, mourning her first husband’s death. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 720 words.

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TRAVEL-NEW ORLEANS CEMETERY

NEW ORLEANS — If you’ve heard about New Orleans’ famous cemeteries with their above-ground tombs, chances are you’ve heard about the gravesite of the so-called voodoo queen. Her name was Marie Laveau and she is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. But visitors looking to visit her grave need to know a couple of things. By Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 840 words.

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TRAVEL-SOUND OF FROGS

MARRERO, La. — It was 93 degrees and humid when I set out on a 4-mile stroll through a Louisiana swamp. Crazy, you say? But let me tell you what I found there, in the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. A symphony of frogs. A 700-year-old tree. And a verdant landscape of dripping moss and neon green that seemed to melt with the heat into the woods and wetlands. By Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 930 words, photos.

FLOOD CONTROL-OYSTER INDUSTRY

BILOXI, Miss. — Oyster fishermen are alarmed about a Mississippi flood control project and say it could harm their industry, if it becomes reality. The One Lake Project is aimed at preventing a flood like the one that devastated metro Jackson in 1979. But critics say that damming the Pearl River to create the new lake could threaten the oyster industry, as well as endangered species. Supporters of the project say there is no evidence that will happen. SENT: 480 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BODY IN CARPET — Two Mississippi men have been sentenced for their role in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in New Orleans last fall.

— COACH-SEX ABUSE — Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana say a former gymnastics coach faces 11 new charges of sex abuse. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the St.

— MARIJUANA-BUS — A Louisiana police dog sniffed out more than 25 pounds of marijuana at a Greyhound bus terminal.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FLOOD CONTROL-OYSTER INDUSTRY

BILOXI, Miss. — Oyster fishermen are alarmed about a Mississippi flood control project and say it could harm their industry, if it becomes reality. The One Lake Project is aimed at preventing a flood like the one that devastated metro Jackson in 1979. But critics say that damming the Pearl River to create the new lake could threaten the oyster industry, as well as endangered species. Supporters of the project say there is no evidence that will happen. SENT: 480 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BODY IN CARPET — Two Mississippi men have been sentenced for their role in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in New Orleans last fall.

— INTERNET SERVICE-COOPERATIVES — Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton is calling for high-speed internet to reach residents in all parts of the state.

— TRAIN DEATH — Officials say a man wearing earphones while listening to music has been struck and killed by a passenger train in Mississippi.

— HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION — Two Republicans are competing in a runoff election for a seat in the Mississippi House.

— KILLING-GUILTY PLEA — A woman accused of murder has pleaded guilty to manslaughter two days before she was scheduled for trial.

— SNEEZING ATTACK-CRASH — A motorist told police that her sneezing attack was so severe that it caused her to crash her SUV into a minivan in Athens. Note Mississippi angle.

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