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BC-Deep South News Digest

March 30, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



ATLANTA _ Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the U.S. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 777 words.

AP Photos GAATJ901-0322191506, GAATJ902-0322191623.


ATLANTA _ Georgia lawmakers are putting off proposed rules for electric scooters, which have filled streets and sidewalks in Atlanta, Athens and other cities. Legislation being considered in the General Assembly would have regulated electric scooters statewide, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 214 words.



ATLANTA _ The pain hit one morning when Dr. Darria Long Gillespie tried to get out of bed. Her hands and feet were swollen and aching. At the time, she was in residency for emergency medicine at Yale. She had to see patients, but had trouble walking or standing for long periods of time. Long Gillespie was eventually diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis that would require biweekly injections of medication to control the symptoms. The moment marked a turning point in her life. “When I was told that my health has to be this way, I knew every other woman was hearing it but may not have the resources to not take no for an answer,” she said. Now the married mother of two, who weaned herself from the arthritis medication in 2011, has become a fierce advocate for women’s health, particularly mothers — who she believes are increasingly in peril. By Nedra Rhone. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


_ WOMEN’S SHELTER-FOR SALE _ A women’s shelter that just opened in south Georgia could be forced to close now that the property is being offered for sale.



PHILADELPHIA _ Bryce Harper tries for his first hit with the Philadelphia Phillies when they play the Atlanta Braves. By Aaron Bracy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-CREW. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, SC _ A few coastal South Carolina school districts missed more than two weeks of school because of flooding from Hurricane Florence. With time running out in the school year, they have turned to the Legislature to forgive some of those days. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 395 words.



HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. _ When three fifth-grade students from Hilton Head Elementary School approached the Hilton Head Island Town Council in December, the audience sat up straighter to hear their case. Rosa Olivetti, Joshua Prada and Ethan Simpson presented what they said was a simple solution for litter on the beach: Secure and cover the trash cans so they can’t tip over and pollute the water. By Katherine Kokal. The Island Packet.


_ LOTTERY GIFT _ What a gift! A Charleston woman was given a $3 lottery ticket and it has paid off, winning her $100,000.

_ HUMAN REMAINS _ The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after human remains were found in Greenville.

_ MISSING STUDENT-DEATH _ The University of South Carolina has confirmed the death of a student. News outlets report 21-year-old Samantha Josephson was reported missing after last being seen Friday about 2 a.m., getting into a car outside a bar in the city’s 5 Points area.

_ BICYCLISTS KILLED _ The Kansas Highway Patrol says two bicyclists have been killed after being hit from behind by a vehicle in south-central Kansas.



GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Baylor, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, takes on fourth-seeded South Carolina in the Greensboro Regional semifinals. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from expected 2 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama could be the latest state to consider an abortion ban as supporters hope to spark legal challenges to revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican from Decatur, said she plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would make it a felony to perform an abortion in Alabama at any stage of pregnancy. The only exemption would be for the health of the mother. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 553 words.


WASHINGTON _ Death row inmates Patrick Murphy and Domineque Ray each turned to courts recently with a similar plea: Halt my execution if the state won’t let a spiritual adviser of my faith accompany me into the execution chamber. Both cases wound up at the Supreme Court. And while the justices overrode a lower court and allowed Ray’s execution to go forward in Alabama in February, they gave Murphy, a Texas inmate, a temporary reprieve Thursday night. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 781 words.

AP Photos WX201-1004182228, WX202-0327191552, WX203-1109181711.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Scientists are sending additional sensors to south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with aims of solving the mystery of what caused a spate of recent earthquakes. Five earthquakes have been detected in the region within a three-week span. SENT: 341 words.



FAYETTE, Ala. _ Karla Swindle has a saying: Angels walk among us. Sometimes they are unseen and have wings, and sometimes they pant and lick our faces. It’s something she’s repeated often over the past 12 days as she’s watched two of her pets _ which she considers family _ form the sweetest of bonds. Her rescue dog, Zip, has taken on the role of father and protector of a 12-day-old newborn horse (foal) who was orphaned shortly after birth. By Carol Robinson. al.com.


_ DISTEMPER OUTBREAK _ An outbreak of canine distemper inside an animal shelter in Alabama has necessitated the shelter’s temporary closure.

_ DRIVER LICENSE-SATURDAYS _ Three state driver license offices will now be open on Saturdays. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says offices in Birmingham, Mobile and Opelika will open on Saturdays beginning April 6.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Auburn has already beaten Kansas and North Carolina on its NCAA Tournament journey. Now, the hot-shooting Tigers set their sights on another member of college basketball royalty in No. 2 seed Kentucky. At stake: A spot in the Final Four, a destination the Wildcats know quite well but the Tigers have never been. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m. CT.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ Kentucky got PJ Washington back just in time, Duke hung on without Cam Reddish, and Auburn’s thrill from a huge win was tempered by a potentially serious injury to Chuma Okeke. The injury questions piled up in NCAA Sweet 16 games in the East and Midwest regions, all with the potential to affect who earns the final two spots in the Final Four on Sunday. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 649 words.

AP Photos MOJR159-0329192007, MOJR191-0329192133.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



NEW ORLEANS _ The mayor of New Orleans plans an apology to Italian Americans for what’s considered the nation’s most deadly lynching — violence in which 11 Italian immigrants were killed after acquittals in a police chief’s murder. “This has been a longstanding wound,” said Michael Santo of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy. The lynching in 1891 and responses to it prompted Italy to close its embassy in the U.S., followed by a reciprocal U.S. Embassy closing in Italy, he said. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 771 words.

AP Photos NY110-0130161313.


NEW ORLEANS _ Owners of a newly completed south Louisiana pipeline say they expect the transport of crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James to begin Monday. Energy Transfer and Phillips 66 Partners said in a news release that construction was recently completed. Environmentalists and some landowners fought the project in state and federal courts, challenging permits and the methods by which private land was obtained, through a process known as expropriation, to facilitate construction. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 393 words.


NEW ORLEANS _ The City of New Orleans is suing several oil and gas companies over coastal erosion. Mayor Latoya Cantrell on Friday announced the lawsuit, which alleges that pipeline work has caused massive damage to Louisiana’s wetlands and “threatened the safety of our people.” SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.


JACKSON, Miss. _ A trial is finally set to begin Monday in a $1 billion-plus lawsuit by the state of Mississippi against its largest private electrical utility, more than a decade after it was filed. Attorney General Jim Hood is suing Entergy Mississippi, claiming the company deliberately sold overpriced power to customers from 1998 to 2009. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 750 words.



BATON ROUGE, La. _ Don’t expect the prophecy of the Sankofa children to be fulfilled when Antoine Mitchell releases his first issue of “Sankofa’s Eymbrace” on March 31. That would be like if Luke Skywalker defeated the Dark Side in the first-ever “Star Wars” movie or Frodo Baggins destroyed the One Ring in the first chapter of “The Lord of the Rings.” By Robin Miller. The Advocate.


HOUMA, La. _ There is a fresh, new band in town, a family outfit that plays a lively mix of jazz and rock called the Dugouts. The band features brothers Vinny Kreamer (piano) and Kenny Kreamer (saxophone), along with their uncle Ken Broussard (drums) and his son Hayden Broussard (bass), all from Houma. By Scott Yoshonis. The Courier.


_ MUSIC-THE ROLLING STONES _ The Rolling Stones are postponing their latest tour so Mick Jagger can receive medical treatment. By Mesfin Fekadu.

AP Photos NY107-1022171907.

_ DISASTER DESIGNATION _ U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated two Louisiana parishes as “primary natural disaster areas” due to excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 1 through Dec. 12.

_ SHEBA TURK-UNO _ Television news anchor and author Sheba Turk will be going back to school this May.

_ SONGS OF SURVIVORS _ Louisiana veterans can learn about songwriting at two workshops scheduled in April that are aimed at helping veterans tell their stories and find healing through music.



NEW ORLEANS _ Newman’s boys’ basketball team now has a new coach with a familiar face. News outlets report Randy Livingston returns to his alma mater where his No. 50 jersey was retired in 2013. He replaces Jimmy Tillette, who recently retired after a 45-year coaching career that included taking over the Greenies’ program in 2013. SENT: 528 words.

AP Photos NY115-0606060932.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ Two candidates for Mississippi lieutenant governor say a $1,500 teacher pay raise approved by legislators is too low. Republican Delbert Hosemann and Democrat Jay Hughes spoke to hundreds of teachers Saturday at a Mississippi Professional Educators conference in Jackson. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 400 words.


JACKSON, Miss. _ A trial is finally set to begin Monday in a $1 billion-plus lawsuit by the state of Mississippi against its largest private electrical utility, more than a decade after it was filed. Attorney General Jim Hood is suing Entergy Mississippi, claiming the company deliberately sold overpriced power to customers from 1998 to 2009. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 750 words.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Scientists are sending additional sensors to south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle with aims of solving the mystery of what caused a spate of recent earthquakes. Five earthquakes have been detected in the region within a three-week span. SENT: 341 words.



HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ At 6 a.m. Easter Sunday, a team of 12-15 volunteers will unload a 40-foot container and set up coffee bars, kids’ areas, audio-visual equipment and curtains to recreate Hattiesburg’s Venture Church at a Gulfport high school. It will be the launch of one of Hattiesburg’s biggest churches on the Coast. By Ellen Ciurczak. The Hattiesburg American.


TUPELO, Miss. _ Frank Spain was a puzzle maker. He may have never sat down to whittle jigsaw pieces and maneuver them into place, but each item of his vast collection of artifacts, collectibles and findings make up the greater picture of who he was and what he loved. By W. Derek Russell. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


_ NEW CITY _ Gluckstadt receives judge’s permission to become a city.



BILOXI, Miss. _Second-round action of the PGA Tour Champions’ Rapiscan Systems Classic. Kevin Sutherland and Marco Dawson are tied for the lead after shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 p.m. CT.


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