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AP-Deep South News Digest

November 20, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up this evening 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA CONGRESS

ATLANTA — The Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia has filed an official request for a recount with state election officials. Carolyn Bourdeaux says the razor-thin margin in the Atlanta-area race for the 7th District seat deserves a second count. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

Q&A-STEVE MARTIN-MARTIN SHORT

LOS ANGELES — Steve Martin and Martin Short are back on the road again for their new tour “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t .” The two comedy legends spoke to The Associated Press recently about the tour, which kicks off its 2019 leg on Jan. 12 in Atlanta, their friendship and when they knew that roasting each other was OK. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,070 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— CAR STOLEN-CHILD INSIDE— A woman says her car was stolen at an Atlanta-area gas station while her child and dog were inside. Sydni Anglin tells news outlets her 3-year-old daughter and pet weren’t hurt and they’ve all been reunited.

— FATAL SHOOTING-GEORGIA— Police in Georgia say a 14-year-old girl has been fatally shot at an apartment complex.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Authorities in Alabama say a man suspected in the slaying of his girlfriend shot himself when confronted by law enforcement.

— VETERAN-SLAYING— A U.S. Army veteran has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 slaying of his girlfriend.

— POLICE SHOOTING — Police in Georgia say a DeKalb County police officer has shot and seriously wounded a man who refused to drop a weapon.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-DEFENDING THE SAINTS

ATLANTA — Talk about a mismatch. The New Orleans Saints look unstoppable on offense, while the Falcons have struggled to stop anyone. Does Atlanta have any chance of turning things around when the longtime rivals meet on Thanksgiving night. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released at about 7:15 p.m.

FBC--RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS

Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia Tech are playing for more than pride this week. And while they don’t need any additional motivation when squaring off against their rivals, it wouldn’t bother them in the least if they could spoil the championship hopes of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Georgia, respectively. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--GEORGIA TECH-TURNAROUND

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech already has saved its season, improving to 7-4 after a 1-3 start. Now quarterback TaQuon Marshall and the Yellow Jackets can make the season special if they can beat No. 5 Georgia in their annual state rivalry game. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by 6 p.m.

BKC--CAYMAN ISLAND CLASSIC-THE LATEST

The Latest on each game as eight teams meet in the Cayman Island Classic. Teams: Akron Zips (MAC), Boise State Broncos (MW), No. 19 Clemson Tigers (ACC), Creighton Bluejays (Big East), Georgia Bulldogs (SEC) Georgia State Panthers (Sun Belt), Illinois State Redbirds (MVC), St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A 10). UPCOMING: 150-word updates on each of four games.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA — A pair of former top officials at a South Carolina utility who cost ratepayers billions in a failed nuclear project say their bosses knew the project was doomed but lied and covered up information. The officials testified Tuesday at the Public Service Commission’s hearings on where South Carolina Electric & Gas rates should be set after charging customers for years for two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer plant that were never finished. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-STEYER

COLUMBIA — California billionaire Tom Steyer made another move Tuesday toward launching a potential 2020 presidential bid with an announcement that he’s planning to return to early-voting South Carolina next month for an event in Charleston. In a news release, the wealthy investor said that he plans to talk about the importance of equal voting. That’s one of what he calls the five fundamental rights for which Democrats should advocate ahead of the next presidential election and that “should be at the core” of the party’s platform. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 380 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— HOSPITAL PURCHASES — The Medical University of South Carolina board has agreed to buy four hospitals in the state.

— GOOD SAMARITAN-BABY — Police in South Carolina say a woman lied when she told authorities an unknown woman handed her a newborn and fled.

SPORTS:

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released at about 7:15 p.m.

FBC--RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS

Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia Tech are playing for more than pride this week. And while they don’t need any additional motivation when squaring off against their rivals, it wouldn’t bother them in the least if they could spoil the championship hopes of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Georgia, respectively. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-CLOSING THE GAP

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has not only lost four in a row to Clemson, the Gamecocks have not been competitive against their instate rivals. This matchup is about more than bragging rights, South Carolina is looking to close the gap between the Gamecocks and the second-ranked Tigers. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 650 words.

BKC--CAYMAN ISLAND CLASSIC-THE LATEST

The Latest on each game as eight teams meet in the Cayman Island Classic. Teams: Akron Zips (MAC), Boise State Broncos (MW), No. 19 Clemson Tigers (ACC), Creighton Bluejays (Big East), Georgia Bulldogs (SEC) Georgia State Panthers (Sun Belt), Illinois State Redbirds (MVC), St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A 10). UPCOMING: 150-word updates on each of four games.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LICENSE LAWSUIT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal lawsuit is challenging Alabama’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who can’t pay traffic tickets, arguing it violates the Fourteenth Amendment by “punishing persons simply because they are poor.” The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit on Monday in Montgomery federal court on behalf of three Alabama residents who had their licenses suspended. The lawsuit states that nearly 23,000 Alabamians have suspended licenses because of the nonpayment of tickets. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 470 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ATTORNEY GENERAL-APPOINTMENT — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has named federal prosecutor A. Clark Morris to lead the office division that prosecutes public corruption and white collar crime cases.

— CRUISE SHIP DEATH — Two children of a 52-year-old Alabama woman who died on a cruise from Florida to Aruba say she was nervous about taking the trip.

— PRISON CONTRABAND-ARRESTS — Two people have been arrested as officials in Alabama try to prevent visitors from bringing illegal items into prisons.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Authorities in Alabama say a man suspected in the slaying of his girlfriend shot himself when confronted by law enforcement.

SPORTS:

FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS

For the third straight week, the top four in the College Football Rankings is likely to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The same four teams on top in three consecutive selection committee rankings would be a first for the CFP. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, with analysis and photos. Rankings released at about 7:15 p.m.

FBC--RIVALS-MOTIVATED SPOILERS

Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia Tech are playing for more than pride this week. And while they don’t need any additional motivation when squaring off against their rivals, it wouldn’t bother them in the least if they could spoil the championship hopes of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Georgia, respectively. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKC--MAUI INVITATIONAL

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Top-ranked Duke gets what could be its biggest test of the season, facing No. 8 Auburn in the Maui Invitational semifinals. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. First game starts at 2 p.m.

— With:

— BKC--Maui Invitational-The Latest

BKC--SAMFORD-OHIO ST

Samford plays Ohio State at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. By Nicole Kraft. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

WITNESS KILLED-DEATH PENALTY

NEW ORLEANS — Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say they will not seek the death penalty against five men charged in the 2012 slaying of a federal witness in a health care fraud scheme. Louis Age Jr., 69, and four others were indicted last year in connection with the shooting death of Milton Womack, 60. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 260 words.

COLD CASE MURDER

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s Supreme Court won’t hear arguments for a man sentenced two years ago to life in prison for killing his wife in 1962. The decision was made without comment and means Vail’s conviction stands. A state appeal court also refused to hear the case. DEVELOPING.

IN BRIEF:

— OIL SPILL BURN — The Coast Guard says it is investigating the cause and impact of a small oil spill in a Louisiana marsh.

— BOXER KILLED-ARRESTS — Two people have been arrested in the shooting death of a Louisiana boxer earlier this year.

— BASEBALL FIELD SHOOTING — Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man near a baseball field earlier this year.

— PASTOR-KATRINA FRAUD — A New Orleans minister has been convicted of stealing a $33,000 home repair grant after Hurricane Katrina.

SPORTS:

BKC--NICHOLLS ST-OLE MISS

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Nicholls State on Tuesday in a nonconference game at The Pavilion. UPCOMING: 550 words from 6 p.m. CT tipoff.

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Walmart is asking U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith to return a recent campaign contribution because of comments by the Mississippi Republican that dredged up strong emotions about the state’s history of racial violence. Hyde-Smith’s campaign did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press about whether it would refund the $2,000 contribution from the nation’s largest retailer. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 800 words.

AP Photos MSGUL102, MSVIC502, RPEMP101, MSRS105.

— With:

— ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI-THE LATEST.

COLD CASE MURDER

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s Supreme Court won’t hear arguments for a man sentenced two years ago to life in prison for killing his wife in 1962. The decision was made without comment and means Vail’s conviction stands. A state appeal court also refused to hear the case. DEVELOPING.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATION — The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program.

— PRIEST-ALLEGED SCAM — A Mississippi priest says he was an informant for the federal fraud investigation of another priest.

— EASTERN NEW MEXICO NEWS-PUBLISHER — The Eastern New Mexico News has announced that Editor David Stevens has been named publisher. The newspaper announced Sunday outgoing publisher Rob Langrell has accepted a job as publisher of The Sea Coast Echo in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, after three years as Eastern New Mexico News.

SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-EMPTY OFFENSE

According to statistics, Mississippi’s offense is among the most productive in the SEC in several categories. But some of those numbers feel empty with the Rebels mired in a four-game losing streak. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m. CT.

BKC--NICHOLLS ST-OLE MISS

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi hosts Nicholls State on Tuesday in a nonconference game at The Pavilion. UPCOMING: 550 words from 6 p.m. CT tipoff.

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