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AP-Deep South News Digest

August 10, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GUN SAFETY-RUNNING FOR OFFICE

ATLANTA — Gun safety advocates from around the country are gathering in Atlanta to discuss strategies to end gun violence. More than 1,000 volunteer leaders of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have congregated at an Atlanta hotel for a two-day conference called Gun Sense University. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 132 words.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — At a remote New Mexico outpost, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and others who came to the area with him last year were by local authorities’ accounts “extremist of the Muslim belief” who trained youth to use fire arms and carry out future school shootings. Yet for the 40-year-old’s father, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, the son he knew before losing touch with him in the past year was not “radical.” He may have been “high-strung,” but the father never believed his son was extreme enough to kill anyone. By Stephen R. Groves and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,120 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— RAPPER-MUSEUM BOARD — Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has joined the board of an art museum in the city and he says he plans to help grow and diversify its audience.

— HOME ROBBERY — Authorities say two teens have been arrested after robbing a Georgia home twice in one day.

— GEORGIA EARTHQUAKE —The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has hit northwest Georgia.

SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Freddy Peralta pitches for the Brewers and Kevin Gausman makes his SunTrust Park debut as a Brave as NL contenders Milwaukee and Atlanta begin a three-game series. The Brewers are two games back in the Central Division. The Braves trail by one game in the East. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:35 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-JETS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sam Darnold is set to make his NFL debut when the New York Jets take on the Atlanta Falcons in the teams’ preseason opener. The No. 3 overall pick is behind both Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater on the depth chart, but Darnold has shown flashes in training camp of what made him so coveted in the draft. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game start 7:30 p.m. EDT.

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-RICARDO ALLEN

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — We’ve all griped about pompous, entitled athletes who don’t realize how good they have it, making millions to play a game. We’ve all been overwhelmed by the stories of scandals and cheats and scoundrels, mucking up sports for the rest of us. Then someone like Ricardo Allen comes along, and you’re reminded that there are still plenty of reasons to cheer. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

DEPUTY KILLED-TRAINING

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A deputy killed during training on a South Carolina lake last summer was tangled by the boat propeller after going overboard and drowned inches under the surface while pleading for his life, according to a lawsuit filed by the officer’s widow. Anderson County deputy Devin Hodges, a second officer, and a U S. Army Corps of Engineers instructor driving the boat were all thrown into Lake Hartwell during a dangerous maneuver called an emergency stop. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 480 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OPEN DOOR-DEATH — Authorities say a woman has been found dead by her roommate, who told police the door of their home was open.

— SNAPCHAT-KITTEN TORTURED — Two South Carolina teen boys are charged with trying to drown a kitten in a video posted to Snapchat.

— BACK PAY BEATING — A South Carolina restaurant owner is accused of beating an employee who asked about the pay he was owed.

— BODY BEHIND CHURCH — The body of a woman has been found behind a South Carolina church.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As Alabama Democrats head into what they hope will be a rebuilding year , some are arguing for new leadership. Peck Fox is challenging Nancy Worley for the chairmanship on the party. The executive committee meets Saturday in Montgomery to elect new officers. By Kim Chandler. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

— BOATING DEATH-INDICTMENT — A Birmingham-area man has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, who was beaten to death with a baseball bat.

— FORMER INVESTIGATOR-SEX ABUSE — A former Alabama sheriff’s investigator will avoid prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a middle school student.

— HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS-SUPERINTENDENT — An Alabama school system has named its interim superintendent to the position permanently while it’s also dealing with financial struggles.

— TRAFFICKING MINISTRY FOUNDER ARRESTED — The founder of an Alabama Christian ministry shelter that fights sex trafficking has been arrested in a drug raid.

— CLASSROOM CELLPHONE BAN — A school system in Alabama will no longer allow students to use cellphones in its high school and middle school classrooms.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

VOTING MACHINES

BATON ROUGE, La. — The cost of replacing Louisiana’s voting machines has jumped tens of millions of dollars higher than previously estimated. And the state hasn’t identified a way to pay for much of it. The winning bidder for the replacement work, Dominion Voting Systems, projected the installation of about 10,000 new machines will cost between $90 million and $95 million. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 139 words.

MONUMENTS’ MOTHERS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — On a glorious, late-spring day, Maya Little strode across the poplar-lined University of North Carolina quadrangle, past protesters and a uniformed officer. She stepped onto the base of the Confederate soldier statue that has stood there since 1913, and splashed it with a mixture of red ink and her own blood. The 25-year-old doctoral candidate was sending a message to Chancellor Carol Folt that the monument — nicknamed “Silent Sam” — was an affront to black students like her, “the celebration of an army that fought for our ancestors’ enslavement.” But Little was also speaking to the group responsible for erecting this memorial to “the Lost Cause” — the United Daughters of the Confederacy. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,916 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— RAPPER-PROBATION — A rapper accused of beating his girlfriend during a fight at a Louisiana hotel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor simple battery charge and been placed on a year of probation.

— 911 DIRECTOR FIRED — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has fired the city’s 911 system director.

— CRIMINAL JUSTICE OVERHAUL — State lawmakers have agreed to an $8.5 million spending plan for the first dollars saved by shrinking Louisiana’s prison population through sentencing law changes enacted last year.

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MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BLACK FARMERS-SOYBEAN LAWSUIT

PARCHMAN, Miss. — Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds. But as the plants began to grow, Hall, Grayer and other black farmers who bought certified seeds from Stine Seed salesman Kevin Cooper in 2017 noticed that they were shorter and less uniform than plants from other seeds. A bad yield followed. By Adrian Sainz. SENT: 828 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— FORESTRY COMMISSION-COLORADO WILDFIRES — Mississippi is sending 20 firefighters to help battle wildfires in Colorado.

— PRISON GUARD SUSPENDED — A correctional guard is on unpaid suspension after she was caught with a cellphone, marijuana, and spice upon reporting to work at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

— ARMED ROBBERY CONVICTION — The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed the armed robbery and burglary conviction of a man who was identified by a tattoo on his face.

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