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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

April 3, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ABORTION BAN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama is the latest Republican-leaning state seeking to enact a strict abortion ban as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Energized by new conservatives on the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in multiple states hope to ignite new legal battles that could prompt the justices to revisit Roe v. Wade. Alabama lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in jeopardy. That comes after Kentucky and Mississippi approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens as soon as the sixth week of pregnancy. Other states, including Georgia and South Carolina, could enact similar bans. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 510 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CAR HITS GIRL _ Police have arrested a man they say was driving the car that hit and seriously injured a 9-year-old girl playing in her front yard in suburban Atlanta.

_ REMAINS FOUND _ Human remains found last year in the City of LaGrange were recently identified as a missing man from the area.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

MISSING STUDENT-DEATH

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina lawmakers are expected to quickly debate and pass a law requiring Uber and Lyft drivers have illuminated signs on their cars. The legislation was filed four days after police said a University of South Carolina student was kidnapped and killer after getting into the wrong car while waiting for an Uber ride. By Jeffrey Collins.

ABORTION BAN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama is the latest Republican-leaning state seeking to enact a strict abortion ban as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Energized by new conservatives on the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in multiple states hope to ignite new legal battles that could prompt the justices to revisit Roe v. Wade. Alabama lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in jeopardy. That comes after Kentucky and Mississippi approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens as soon as the sixth week of pregnancy. Other states, including Georgia and South Carolina, could enact similar bans. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 510 words, photos.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION BAN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama is the latest Republican-leaning state seeking to enact a strict abortion ban as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Energized by new conservatives on the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in multiple states hope to ignite new legal battles that could prompt the justices to revisit Roe v. Wade. Alabama lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in jeopardy. That comes after Kentucky and Mississippi approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens as soon as the sixth week of pregnancy. Other states, including Georgia and South Carolina, could enact similar bans. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 510 words, photos.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

IN BRIEF:

_ ROUSES-HEADQUARTERS _ Rouses Markets, a grocery store chain with stores across the Gulf Coast, is moving its headquarters.

_ BOX CUTTER ATTACK _ Police in New Orleans say they plan to arrest two women after another woman was slashed with a box cutter.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CAO SALARY CUT

MERIDIAN, Miss. _ The Meridian City Council has voted to cut the salary of Chief Administrative Officer Richie McAlister to $0, citing his performance. Mayor Percy Bland says he will veto the action. The Meridian Star reports the order passed 3-2 following an executive session Tuesday. In a statement, Bland says the council’s actions “were not only political and personal, but also outside of their legislative authority.” SENT: 486 words.

ABORTION BAN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama is the latest Republican-leaning state seeking to enact a strict abortion ban as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Energized by new conservatives on the Supreme Court, abortion opponents in multiple states hope to ignite new legal battles that could prompt the justices to revisit Roe v. Wade. Alabama lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in jeopardy. That comes after Kentucky and Mississippi approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens as soon as the sixth week of pregnancy. Other states, including Georgia and South Carolina, could enact similar bans. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 510 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROUSES-HEADQUARTERS _ Rouses Markets, a grocery store chain with stores across the Gulf Coast, is moving its headquarters.

_ SPECIAL ELECTION _ A south Mississippi man has won election to the state House, but he may have to win two or three more elections before ever casting a vote.

_ SPEEDING VIDEO ARREST _ Police were quick to arrest a man who posted video of himself driving 180 mph on a suburban Mississippi road.

_ DOUBLE KILLING _ 3 people have been arrested and charged with murder after a Monday shooting that killed two people in north Mississippi.

_ BYSTANDER SHOT _ A north Mississippi woman has died after authorities say she was caught in the crossfire of a shooting.

_ JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, facing financial misconduct charges in Japan, says he will hold a news conference April 11.

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