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BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

March 19, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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)



ATLANTA _ The Georgia State Ethics Commission has chosen a former aide to House Speaker David Ralston to serve as its new director. News outlets reported the state ethics commission voted Monday to hire Douglas County Chief Assistant District Attorney David Emadi. SENT: 170 words.


_ WARM SPRINGS HOSPITAL-MEDICARE _ A Georgia hospital founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt has settled a payment dispute with the agency running Medicare.

_ FUEL TANK THREAT _ The Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, Council says two abandoned fuel tanks carrying about 5,000 gallons of gas and nestled near its coast could leak at any time, endangering its environment.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would provide tax credits and other incentives for professional sports teams who move to the Palmetto state. The proposed legislation comes after talks last week involving Gov. Henry McMaster, lawmakers and the ownership of the Carolina Panthers, who are considering moving their practice facility and offices to the state. By Christina L. Myers. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon committee meeting.,


_ WATER COMPANY-EMBEZZLE _ A South Carolina woman has been arrested and charged with stealing money from the water company where she worked.

_ HIT AND RUN ARREST _ A woman in South Carolina has been arrested and charged in a hit-and-run that killed two men last weekend.

_ FUEL TANK THREAT _ The Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, Council says two abandoned fuel tanks carrying about 5,000 gallons of gas and nestled near its coast could leak at any time, endangering its environment.

ALABAMA (All times Central)


_ TORNADO OUTBREAK _ The National Weather Service has confirmed a 16th tornado from an outbreak that left damage across Alabama last week.

_ PRISONERS-HUNGER STRIKE _ Less than a week after an Alabama inmate ended a hunger strike to protest the use of solitary confinement, eight more prisoners have begun hunger strikes of their own.

_ MISSING CHILD- DEAD _ An Alabama sheriff’s investigator says a man pretended to help search for the 11-year-old girl he’s accused of strangling.

_ FRAUD SCHEME _ A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors out of $3 million.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)


_ TOURIST WOUNDED-GUILTY PLEAS _ Two people have pleaded guilty in connection with gunfire that wounded a New Orleans tourist last September.

_ LSU-IMPROPER PAY _ The Louisiana legislative auditor says a state college gave more than $400,000 in salary and benefits to a worker who reportedly admitted to not doing his job for several years.

MISSMISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22 years, even as prosecutors couldn’t get a murder conviction against him to stick through five trials. Three convictions were tossed out, and two other juries couldn’t reach unanimous verdicts. By Jeff Amy and Mark Sherman. SENT: 960 words.

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JACKSON, Miss. _ A Catholic diocese in Mississippi is releasing names of clergy members it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Bishop Joseph Kopacz said the Diocese of Jackson is publishing the list Tuesday on its website. It’s part of the international reckoning of clergy abuse allegations that have shaken the Catholic church. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 410 words.


_ WORKPLACE DEATH _ The U.S. Department of Labor says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at a Mississippi manufacturing facility.


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