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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

March 3, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTRIC SCOOTERS AND BIKES

ATLANTA _ New laws being considered in the Georgia Capitol would regulate electric bikes and scooters in the state, which are also the focus of new rules in some local communities. One of the bills now in the General Assembly would ban users from parking the devices on sidewalks and in other places where they could obstruct pedestrians, cars and trucks. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 400 words.

LOCK AND DAM PLAN

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Those interested in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan for the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam are getting more time to comment on the project. The Augusta Chronicle reports the Corps is extending the time the City of Augusta has to respond by 30 days, to 4 p.m. April 16. That’s the deadline to submit comments on the plan to replace the structure with a rock weir that allows fish passage. SENT: 536 words.

CONCUSSION GRANT

AIKEN, S.C. _ The Kisner Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $15,000 to Aiken County Public Schools to conduct concussion tests on all county athletes. The Augusta Chronicle reports the $15,691 grant is in honor of David Massie, the brother of foundation board member Dr. Vaughan Massie, an orthopedic physician at Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute. The money will cover baseline tests for about 3,800 athletes in Aiken County. SENT: 350 words.

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EXCHANGE-FIRST FALLEN HALL DEPUTY

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ One photo on his grandfather’s mantel always drew the eye of a young Gary Entrekin. The photo is perhaps the only one of his great-grandfather William Jefferson Dorsey, who was likely the first Hall County deputy to die in the line of duty. By Nick Watson. The Gainesville Times. SENT: 570 words.

IN BRIEF:

_HANGING DEATH-TREE TRIMMER _ Metro Atlanta authorities say a man working as a tree trimmer is dead after he was found tangled in wires and dangling high in a tall tree.

_ TRAFFIC CHANGE-SAVANNAH _ A busy street that routes visitors into the historic heart of Georgia’s oldest city is undergoing a big change.

SPORTS:

BKN--HAWKS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls meet the Atlanta Hawks in a matchup between teams with two of the worst records in the Eastern Conference. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. EST.

BKC--BOSTON COLLEGE-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ Ky Bowman and Boston College go for their second straight win as the Eagles visit Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have lost nine of 10. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 550 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.

BKW--T25-KENTUCKY-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ No. 11 Kentucky looks to bounce back from a loss to Texas A&M when it takes on Georgia, which has a four-game winning streak. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon EST.

BKW--T25-FLORIDA ST-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ No. 22 Florida State tries to snap a two-game losing streak when it takes on Georgia Tech, which will play its second game since coach MaChelle Joseph was placed on leave. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon EST.

SOC--MLS-ALTANTA UNITED-DC UNITED. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CONCUSSION GRANT

AIKEN, S.C. _ The Kisner Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $15,000 to Aiken County Public Schools to conduct concussion tests on all county athletes. The Augusta Chronicle reports the $15,691 grant is in honor of David Massie, the brother of foundation board member Dr. Vaughan Massie, an orthopedic physician at Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute. The money will cover baseline tests for about 3,800 athletes in Aiken County. SENT: 350 words.

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EXCHANGE-SPECIAL HEART

GREENWOOD, S.C. _ Paisley Cunningham has a special heart — one the 4-year-old girl is quick to celebrate. She talks often about her heart-friends, and smiles wide with pride when she shows people what makes her heart so special. By Damian Dominguez. The Index-Journal of Greenwood. SENT: 760 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHARLESTON AIRPORT NAME _ One South Carolina lawmaker wants to name the Charleston International Airport for former U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings.

OBIT-CLOWN FOR CONGRESS _ A professional circus clown who ran for Congress last year has died in South Carolina.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 5 Mississippi State looks to win its second straight outright Southeastern Conference crown when it faces No. 14 South Carolina on Sunday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 2 p.m. EST start.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SELMA

SELMA, Ala. — Several Democratic White House hopefuls are gathering at one of America’s seminal civil rights sites on Sunday to pay homage to that legacy and highlight their own connections to the movement. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who already are in the 2020 race, and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who could soon join them, are scheduled to participate in events surrounding the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 510 words, photos. Will be updated.

_With ELECTION 2020-SELMA-THE LATEST

XGR-ISSUES TO WATCH-GLANCE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A gas tax increase, prison funding, and lottery are among the top issues before Alabama lawmakers in the legislative session that begins Tuesday. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 680 words.

ALABAMA FARM CENTER

CLANTON, Ala. _ A site in Chilton County has been chosen as the site for the new Alabama Farm Center. Plans call for the center to include a 5,000-seat air conditioned arena, 150,000-square-foot exhibition building, and a 400-stall horse barn. Backers of the center say it could host livestock shows, rodeos, dog shows, festivals and other events. Planners say the events could bring about 800,000 visitors to the area every year. Information from Al.com. SENT: 300 words.

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EXCHANGE-STUDENTS HELP TEACHER-FLOOD

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. _ Sometimes coming to the aid of someone in distress is just the right thing to do. Other times, it’s out of sheer love and respect. Then there are times when it’s a combination of the two. By Lisa Singleton-Rickman. TimesDaily. SENT: 670 words.

EXCHANGE-TEEN-RUN RESTAURANT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ They weren’t going to rush this order. It’s been almost six months since That’s My Dog restaurant owner Charles Lee announced plans for an offshoot called That’s My Dog Jr., a place operated entirely by the teenagers in his north Montgomery youth center. They’ve gone through hundreds of applications from kids hoping to join the job training program and work in the restaurant. By Brad Harper. Montgomery Advertiser. SENT: 770 words.

IN BRIEF:

_COAL PLANT-CLOSURE COSTS _ Alabama Power says its customers will repay about $740 million in costs related to one of its coal-burning power plants that’s scheduled to close in April.

_JUSTICE PORTRAIT-ALABAMA _ One of the most prominent judges in Alabama’s history is getting a new portrait.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CAR HITS CROWD-NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS — Police suspect a driver was impaired when he killed two people and injured seven others, most of them riding bikes, on a busy New Orleans thoroughfare as large crowds gathered in the city for Mardi Gras. Police spokesman Andy Cunningham said in statement Sunday morning that authorities are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test, but they believe the suspect was impaired at the time of the deadly crash Saturday evening. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: 630 words.

_With CAR HITS CROWD-NEW ORLEANS-THE LATEST

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ After years of fights over budget cuts, Louisiana’s lawmakers have an unfamiliar problem this year, how to spend the new and increased cash expected to arrive in the state treasury. And that also is prompting bickering. By Melinda Deslatte. An AP News Analysis. UPCOMING: 700 words.

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EXCHANGE-STUDENTS MAKE PROSTHETICS

SLIDELL, La. _ Taylor Authement and Ethan Groom leaned over the 3-D printers, studying the shapes slowly coming to life before their eyes. The printers whirred on a table inside Molly Graham’s internet business class at Northshore High School, their robotic arms tirelessly working through an 11-hour process that would result in the creation of hands from a spool of plastic-like fiber called PLA filament. By Bob Warren. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. SENT: 580 words.

EXCHANGE-FOUGHT DEPRESSION-NOW GATORS

BRANDON, Miss. _ Her life seemed to be one that most people wish for. Ashley Jones had a nice home in Brandon where she and her husband lived with their two young children. Her husband, Chad Jones, had a job as an attorney. But five years ago, it felt like there was no hope. Ashley Jones battled depression and that led her on a journey which changed her life. “What put me in the depression was a miscarriage,” Jones said. “I was in depression for three months without even knowing it.” By Brian Broom. The Clarion Ledger. SENT: 1,000 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ADDICTION TREATMENT-RATING SYSTEM _ Louisiana will be part of a national pilot project to create a rating system to judge the quality of the state’s addiction treatment programs.

_ HOT AIR BALLOON FEST _ A hot air balloon festival is coming to southwest Louisiana -- with the first night an alcohol-free “Church Night” and a beer festival the second afternoon.

_ BOSSIER CITY OUTDOOR MARKET _ Bossier City is launching an outdoor market on Mardi Gras.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi this year will have its biggest shake-up of statewide offices in a generation, no matter who wins in November. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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EXCHANGE-FOUGHT DEPRESSION-NOW GATORS

BRANDON, Miss. _ Her life seemed to be one that most people wish for. Ashley Jones had a nice home in Brandon where she and her husband lived with their two young children. Her husband, Chad Jones, had a job as an attorney. But five years ago it felt like there was no hope. Ashley Jones battled depression and that led her on a journey which changed her life. “What put me in the depression was a miscarriage,” Jones said. “I was in depression for three months without even knowing it. By Brian Broom. The Clarion Ledger. SENT: 1,000 words.

EXCHANGE-COMMUNITY POLICING

HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ Christine Lane had gotten tired of the crime in her Dabbs Street neighborhood, especially after one day in October, when a police officer pursued a suspect through her yard. “I had never seen it like that,” she said. “Somebody had run into our yard. By Ellen Ciurczak. The Hattiesburg American. SENT: 580 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEW SCHOOL-OLD NAME _ A new elementary school in a north Mississippi city will bear a historic name.

_LAKE BODY _ Authorities say the body of a missing man has been found in a lake in Tupelo.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 5 Mississippi State looks to win its second straight outright Southeastern Conference crown when it faces No. 14 South Carolina on Sunday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 2 p.m. EST start.

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