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BC-Deep South News Digest

January 6, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GEORGIA STUDENTS-DYSLEXIA

ATLANTA _ A state Senate committee is recommending that Georgia take steps to help students who have dyslexia. The committee recently submitted its final report to the Legislature. Starting in August, the committee heard testimony from parents of children with dyslexia, teachers who work with dyslexic students and education experts. SENT: 490 words.

RAIL TO TRAIL

GADSDEN, Ala. _ A group of community leaders hopes to convert an old railroad line into a pedestrian trail in northeast Alabama. The city council in Gadsden recently agreed to purchase a stretch of railroad line from The Alabama Great Southern Railroad Co. The trail could eventually run from Alabama City to nearly the Coosa River. SENT: 350 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-DISCOVERING THEY’RE SISTERS

ATLANTA _ For nearly three decades, Janine Dzyubanny thought she knew her life story. She could easily recount the information in the adoption file her parents allowed her to read at age 16. Abandoned on the streets of South Korea as a baby, she had been taken in by an orphanage in Seoul and quickly adopted by her family in New Jersey. By Nedra Rhone. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--HEAT-HAWKS

ATLANTA _ Josh Richardson and the Heat go for their four win in six games as Miami visits State Farm Arena. John Collins and the rebuilding Hawks have dropped three straight, but Atlanta has two wins over the Heat. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 650 words with photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ No. 2 Notre Dame, the defending national champion, visits Georgia Tech on Sunday in a matchup of teams coming off wins in their ACC openers. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CONVERSE COLLEGE-DOCTORATE

SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ Converse College this fall will welcome its first doctoral students. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Changes approved the school’s request to become a doctoral degree-granting institution. SENT: 560 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-ADOPTED TRACK STAR

WADAMALAW ISLAND, S.C. _ When Bella Thornley was 19 months old, she wobbled off of a plane in Washington, D.C., and saw George Thornley standing across the terminal. The little girl excitedly called him “Papa,” even though it was her first time seeing him in person. By Derrek Asberry. The Post and Courier of Charleston.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP-PREVIEW

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty has won five national championships since 2009 and two of the last three. Only a last-second loss to Clemson has prevented three Crimson Tide titles in a row. The top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Tigers play for the College Football Playoff national title Monday night and the winner will become the first 15-0 FBS champ. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos, by 4:30 p.m.

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-RUNNING GAME

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ As much attention as quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence get for Alabama and Clemson, both teams in the CFP title game have dangerous running games too. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m. PST

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-WALK-ONS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Donovan Mosley is getting ready for his final college game, still clinging to hope that this will be the one when he finally makes it to the field. Over four years as a walk-on at Alabama, Mosley has put in all the work without actually playing in a game _ the most striking example of the sacrifice that some players are willing to endure for a chance to live out their dreams. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST

FBC--NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON-RENFRO

SAN JOSE, California _ Hunter Renfrow’s not even sure he’d believe his story if he read it somewhere: The smallish, walk-on receiver overlooked by nearly everyone becomes the biggest man on campus with his catch to win a national championship. Renfrow’s even marrying the homecoming queen. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 700 words by 3 p.m.

BKW--T25-ALBAMA-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 23 South Carolina opens its home Southeastern Conference schedule against Alabama on Sunday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

GAS TAX

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _Alabama lawmakers could debate a possible gasoline tax increase to fund road and bridge construction when they return to Montgomery in March. Citing congested and neglected roadways and crumbling bridges, legislative leaders said a gas tax measure to improve infrastructure will be a major topic of the 2019 session. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 555 words.

RAIL TO TRAIL

GADSDEN, Ala. _ A group of community leaders hopes to convert an old railroad line into a pedestrian trail in northeast Alabama. The city council in Gadsden recently agreed to purchase a stretch of railroad line from The Alabama Great Southern Railroad Co. The trail could eventually run from Alabama City to nearly the Coosa River. SENT: 350 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-KIDNEY DONOR

PASCAGOULA, Miss. _ Workers at Wayne Lee’s Grocery and Market in Pascagoula take pride in the store’s small-town feel. One of them said she felt so connected to her customers, she offered to donate her kidney to a woman suffering from kidney failure. It’s a life-changing moment the Drummond family said they’ll never forget. By Joyce Phillippe. WLOX.

EXCHANGE-LYNCHING VICTIMS-QUILTS

WASHINGTON _ Willie Perkins. Zachariah Graham. Cornelius Robinson and Will Thompson. Names are the only heirlooms still left from the four, who were all lynched at various times in Alabama’s history, and they are four of the thousands of people lynched nationwide who Lynda Tredway hopes to memorialize with her quilting project. By Andrew J. Yawn. Montgomery Advertiser.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP-PREVIEW

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty has won five national championships since 2009 and two of the last three. Only a last-second loss to Clemson has prevented three Crimson Tide titles in a row. The top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Tigers play for the College Football Playoff national title Monday night and the winner will become the first 15-0 FBS champ. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos, by 4:30 p.m.

FBC--CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-RUNNING GAME

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ As much attention as quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence get for Alabama and Clemson, both teams in the CFP title game have dangerous running games too. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m. PST

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-WALK-ONS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Donovan Mosley is getting ready for his final college game, still clinging to hope that this will be the one when he finally makes it to the field. Over four years as a walk-on at Alabama, Mosley has put in all the work without actually playing in a game _ the most striking example of the sacrifice that some players are willing to endure for a chance

to live out their dreams. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. EST

FBC--NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-CLEMSON-RENFRO

SAN JOSE, California _ Hunter Renfrow’s not even sure he’d believe his story if he read it somewhere: The smallish, walk-on receiver overlooked by nearly everyone becomes the biggest man on campus with his catch to win a national championship. Renfrow’s even marrying the homecoming queen. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 700 words by 3 p.m.

BKW--T25-ALBAMA-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ No. 23 South Carolina opens its home Southeastern Conference schedule against Alabama on Sunday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ As Gov. John Bel Edwards launches his bid for a second term in office, the achievements he’ll be lauding as selling points will be the same areas that his challengers will use to criticize his time in office. An AP news analysis. By Melinda Deslatte. MOVED IN ADVANCE: 700 words.

STABBBING DEATH-AIR FORCE

SHREVEPORT, La. _ The Air Force says a court-martial is scheduled Monday for a Louisiana-based airman accused of stabbing his roommate to death in their quarters at an Air Force base in Guam. Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is charged with killing 20-year-old Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale on March 26 at Andersen Air Force Base. An Air Force panel will hear the case in a federal courtroom in Shreveport. SENT: 166 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-KIDS TRAIL

LAKE CHARLES, La. _ “I think we should turn at the green trees,” 3-year-old Eloise Forsyth told her dad, David, as she thoughtfully turned her park map upside down. “Yep, that’s the way to go.” Eloise spent a Saturday morning with her father and grandparents, Jerry and Danella Forsyth, guiding them down the new children’s trail at Sam Houston Jones State Park. By Crystal Stevenson. The Lake Charles American Press.

EXCHANGE-BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS

NEW ORLEANS _ Mallory Bonie is not new to motherhood. Her eldest daughter is now 7 years old. But when she gave birth to her second daughter Ahdelina, three months ago, she felt like she was relearning everything about caring for an infant. By Maria Clark. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune.

IN BRIEF:

_MENTAL ILLNESS-JOBS _ Louisiana’s Office of Behavioral Health is getting training and technical assistance to help people with serious mental illness find jobs.

_AGCENTER LIVESTOCK SHOW _ More than 2,400 young exhibitors from around Louisiana are expected to bring their beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, swine and poultry to the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show next month.

IN SPORTS:

_ BKW--T25-TEXAS A&M-LSU. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

JACKSON, Miss. _ Some Mississippi lawmakers could remain quiet during the election-year session, while others could seek attention with bills dealing with guns or abortion. An AP news analysis. By Emily Wagster Pettus. MOVED IN ADVANCE: 600 words.

MENNONITES-TORNADO REBUILDING

MERIDIAN, Miss. _ Mennonite volunteers are helping rebuild homes in a Mississippi community damaged in a 2018 tornado. SENT: 297 words. AP Photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-KIDNEY DONOR

PASCAGOULA, Miss. _ Workers at Wayne Lee’s Grocery and Market in Pascagoula take pride in the store’s small-town feel. One of them said she felt so connected to her customers, she offered to donate her kidney to a woman suffering from kidney failure. It’s a life-changing moment the Drummond family said they’ll never forget. By Joyce Phillippe. WLOX.

EXCHANGE-DUI DEATH

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. _ Lauren Norris never knew what hit her. Her neck snapped when a pickup truck slammed into the side of her car, shattering the frame. By Margaret Baker. The Sun Herald.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIRE DEATHS _ Mississippi saw a big jump in fire deaths in 2018, with the number of fatalities rising to 79 from 56 deaths in 2017.

_HISTORIC HOTEL-DEMOLITION _ The owner of a historic but dilapidated Mississippi Delta hotel is asking a court to block its demolition.

_ ADULTING 101 _ Can’t sew on a button or don’t know much about life insurance? One Mississippi city is offering Adulting 101 _ a series of classes about skills grown-ups should know but might never have learned.

_ LIBRARY REOPENS _ A public library is reopening in a Mississippi Delta town.

IN SPORTS:

BKW--T25-KENTUCKY-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ No. 7 Mississippi State hosts No. 16 Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference game on Sunday. Both teams have lost just one game this season. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts at 4 p.m.

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