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BC-Deep South News Digest THURSDAY

November 22, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RAILROAD HISTORY-ATLANTA

ATLANTA — A newly restored steam locomotive that chased a stolen train in the American Civil War is helping to tell the story of how railroads fueled Atlanta’s growth since its earliest days. The Atlanta History Center is using many railroad artifacts, a new exhibit hall and museum theater to show how railroads forged Atlanta into one of the South’s most important transportation and business hubs. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 750 words. AP Photo AX201.

OBIT-MAC COLLINS

ATLANTA — Georgians are remembering Mac Collins, a truck driver-turned-lawmaker who helped build Georgia’s Republican Party. A Sunday funeral is scheduled in his hometown of Jackson for Collins. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m.

WHITE SUPREMACIST MONUMENT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina mayor knows that state law won’t allow him to take down a monument to a white supremacist killed during a Reconstructionist era riot. Instead, Mayor Bob Pettit is fighting to put up memorials for the eight black men who were also killed. Mayor Bob Pettit of North Augusta has lived in the city since 1991. But he never paid much attention to the obelisk of Thomas Meriwether or the history behind it. Meriwether was killed during the Hamburg Massacre of 1876, which was launched by white supremacists seeking to seize local political control from blacks and carpetbaggers. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

PASSENGER ARREST — A man who passengers say made anti-Semitic statements aboard a Delta Air Lines flight has been arrested.

JUVENILE DETAINEE SHOOTING — State officials are investigating after shootings involving a 15-year-old detainee and officers transporting him.

GARAGE CRASH — A 12-year-old Georgia boy is dead after a car left a road and smashed into a garage.

JEKYLL ISLAND TRAFFIC — The authority that runs Georgia’s Jekyll Island will set aside a dedicated entrance lane for residents and visitors with annual passes.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-GEORGIA — Two disaster recovery centers in Georgia are closing Monday, but officials say residents affected by Hurricane Michael can visit others that are still open if they need assistance.

FLEEING MURDERER — A man who fled an Atlanta courthouse before a jury could convict him of murder has been captured seven months later.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints ride an NFL-high, nine-game winning streak into their Thanksgiving night divisional clash with NFC South rival Atlanta in the Superdome. The increasingly desperate Falcons trail first-place New Orleans by five games in the standings with six to go. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 8:20 p.m. ET

FBC--T25-GEORGIA TECH-GEORGIA OFFENSE

ATLANTA — Defense may be in short supply when No. 5 Georgia, coming off its second-most total yards in school history, plays Georgia Tech, which has its triple-option offense on a roll. Neither coach seems to think it’ll be possible to slow down the other team in Saturday’s state rivalry game. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 575 words, file photos by 1 p.m. SOU EDITING

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

No. 19 Syracuse’s visit to Boston College shapes up as the best matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s final week before the championship game. SENT: 400 words, photos

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Auburn’s a huge underdog on the road against No. 1 Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl, but it’s hard to totally discount the Tigers since they’ve won three of the past eight games in the series, including 26-14 last season. Vanderbilt travels to face Tennessee in a game where both teams need the win to become bowl eligible. SENT: 575 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

WHITE SUPREMACIST MONUMENT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina mayor knows that state law won’t allow him to take down a monument to a white supremacist killed during a Reconstructionist era riot. Instead, Mayor Bob Pettit is fighting to put up memorials for the eight black men who were also killed. Mayor Bob Pettit of North Augusta has lived in the city since 1991. But he never paid much attention to the obelisk of Thomas Meriwether or the history behind it. Meriwether was killed during the Hamburg Massacre of 1876, which was launched by white supremacists seeking to seize local political control from blacks and carpetbaggers. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos.

GOVERNMENT BUILDING-RELIGIOUS SERVICES

EDISTO BEACH, S.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice says a South Carolina beach town’s ban on religious services at its civic center is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Federal officials filed a statement of interest Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston supporting Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island in its federal lawsuit against the town. The Department of Justice said the town can’t ban constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment and that it’s illegally discriminating against religious viewpoints. SENT: 400 words.

LIGHTHOUSES-SEA LEVEL RISE

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of concern, like the water, is rising. New Jersey’s East Point Lighthouse has been lighting up Delaware Bay for the better part of two centuries. But those same waters that the lighthouse helped illuminate might bring about its demise. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

DEPUTY INJURED-SOUTH CAROLINA — Authorities say a deputy responding to a family fight in South Carolina was shot at and ended up with a shotgun pellet or bullet fragment in the eye.

FALLING DEATH — A South Carolina man may have been dangling from a third-story apartment window as much as two hours before falling to his death.

SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT-DUI CHARGE — A South Carolina school district’s superintendent has been placed on paid leave following her arrest for driving under the influence.

SPORTS:

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

No. 19 Syracuse’s visit to Boston College shapes up as the best matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s final week before the championship game. SENT: 400 words, photos

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Auburn’s a huge underdog on the road against No. 1 Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl, but it’s hard to totally discount the Tigers since they’ve won three of the past eight games in the series, including 26-14 last season. Vanderbilt travels to face Tennessee in a game where both teams need the win to become bowl eligible. SENT: 575 words, photos

BKW--T25-CLEMSON-TENNESSEE

BIMINI, Bahamas - No. 11 Tennessee puts its undefeated record at stake when it faces Clemson in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam. UPCOMING: 150 words. The game starts at 3 p.m.

BKW--T25-ETSU-SOUTH CAROLINA. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 9 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LIGHTHOUSES-SEA LEVEL RISE

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of concern, like the water, is rising. New Jersey’s East Point Lighthouse has been lighting up Delaware Bay for the better part of two centuries. But those same waters that the lighthouse helped illuminate might bring about its demise. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.

CITY LAYOFFS

SELMA, Ala. — The treasurer of a city in Alabama’s Black Belt is suing to be reinstated to her position, even as city officials continue to wrangle with a budget crisis that sparked 68 layoffs. Local news outlets report Selma Treasurer Ronita Wade, placed on leave three times since 2017 by Mayor Darrio Melton, sued Melton and the Selma City Council on Tuesday in Dallas County Circuit Court demanding reinstatement. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

ELUSIVE SUSPECT — Police say a north Alabama man accused of trying to kill an Alabama state trooper has escaped police four times in the last month.

MOTHER-SON KILLING — A north Alabama man has been charged with killing his 79-year-old mother.

RED TIDE-ALABAMA — The Alabama Department of Health says that red tide has been found in water samples taken near Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

ELECTION CERTIFICATION — Alabama’s state elections results will be certified next week.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-IRON BOWL-DEFENDING TUA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Deshaun Davis can’t believe some of what he’s seeing out of this Tua Tagovailoa-led Alabama offense. The Auburn linebacker and defensive leader’s film sessions, which started shortly after last Saturday night’s game, illustrate both the challenge of facing Tagovailoa and the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s stylistic transformation. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 1 p.m.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Auburn’s a huge underdog on the road against No. 1 Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl, but it’s hard to totally discount the Tigers since they’ve won three of the past eight games in the series, including 26-14 last season. Vanderbilt travels to face Tennessee in a game where both teams need the win to become bowl eligible. SENT: 575 words, photos

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HORSE FARM BOMBING

BENTON, LA. — A northwest Louisiana farmhand has been sentenced to 105 years for trying to kill his bosses by putting a bomb in a crawl space under their bed because the husband hadn’t saved his horse. News agencies report that Bossier Parish Judge Parker Self told 56-year-old Douglas Holley, “I’m going to remove you from normal society.” Holley was convicted in August on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of making or possessing a bomb and one of aggravated arson. Neither Holley nor horse farm owners Robert and Tracy Hewlett made a statement at Tuesday’s sentencing. Tracy Hewlett told The Associated Press in December 2015 that they, their three small dogs and a cat all escaped unharmed. She said, “We think it was our Christmas miracle.” Information from KTBS-TV and The Times. UPCOMING: 400 words.

LIGHTHOUSES-SEA LEVEL RISE

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of concern, like the water, is rising. New Jersey’s East Point Lighthouse has been lighting up Delaware Bay for the better part of two centuries. But those same waters that the lighthouse helped illuminate might bring about its demise. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

URINALYSIS KICKBACKS — A doctor who co-owned a Louisiana pain management clinic has pleaded guilty in a scheme to get about $336,000 in health care kickbacks.

HEROIN SENTENCE — A 33-year-old Louisiana man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for being part of a heroin ring.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-SAINTS

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints ride an NFL-high, nine-game winning streak into their Thanksgiving night divisional clash with NFC South rival Atlanta in the Superdome. The increasingly desperate Falcons trail first-place New Orleans by five games in the standings with six to go. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 8:20 p.m. ET

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Auburn’s a huge underdog on the road against No. 1 Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl, but it’s hard to totally discount the Tigers since they’ve won three of the past eight games in the series, including 26-14 last season. Vanderbilt travels to face Tennessee in a game where both teams need the win to become bowl eligible. SENT: 575 words, photos

BKC--ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Defending national champion Villanova, No. 14 Florida State and 19th-ranked LSU highlight play on the opening day of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World. Memphis, Canisius, Charleston, UAB and Oklahoma State are also in the eight-team field. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— With: BKC--ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL-THE LATEST

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TEACHER PAY RAISE-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — The $50 million proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant for teacher pay raises over the next two years would boost overall teacher salaries by just under 3 percent, the Mississippi Department of Education says. Teacher groups remain wary of the proposal, saying it still feels like an election-year ploy for teacher votes. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

PAWN SHOP SHOOTING-MENTAL ILLNESS — A man shot in a confrontation at a Mississippi Gulf Coast pawn shop had recently spent two weeks in a hospital being treated for mental illness.

FOOTBALL SPONSORSHIP ENDED — Mississippi State University and the company that owns its sports broadcast rights have ended a sponsorship by a trucking company led by a man pardoned of cyberstalking.

HOMELAND SECURITY — A Mississippi Department of Public Safety employee is being promoted to run the state’s Office of Homeland Security.

COURT OF APPEALS-CHIEF JUDGE — Judge Kenny Griffis Jr. will become the next chief judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — No. 22 Mississippi State travels to face Mississippi in the Egg Bowl on Thursday night. The Bulldogs are trying for their eighth win of the season while the Rebels are trying to snap a four-game losing streak. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

Auburn’s a huge underdog on the road against No. 1 Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl, but it’s hard to totally discount the Tigers since they’ve won three of the past eight games in the series, including 26-14 last season. Vanderbilt travels to face Tennessee in a game where both teams need the win to become bowl eligible. SENT: 575 words, photos

BKW--T25-MISSISSIPPI-UCONN

ST THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Second-ranked UConn takes on Mississippi in a nonconference matchup in the Virgin Islands. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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