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July 7, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 TREE CLEARING

ATLANTA — Georgia road crews are in the midst of a statewide tree-clearing project which has drawn complaints. State lawmaker Jason Spencer, a Republican from Woodbine, says his constituents are upset about the bare and swamp-like land left behind on some interstates and state highways. Little notice was given about the project, he said. SENT: 345 words.

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EXCHANGE-RESTAURATEUR-REHABILITATION

ATLANTA — Columbus restaurateur Mark Jones is sitting in an Atlanta rehab hospital clinging to hope of a full recovery but balancing it against the reality of his situation. And that reality is a tough one. By Chuck Williams, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

IN BRIEF:

— RURAL SOLAR ARRAY — Plans to build a solar panel array capable of powering roughly 300 homes in rural Georgia have suffered a setback after dozens of residents opposed the idea.

— BOYFRIEND KILLED — A 50-year-old Georgia woman has been sentenced to life in prison for robbing and killing her former boyfriend in the driveway of his home in the North Carolina mountains.

— IRAN HOSTAGES-PLANE — A rocket-boosted military transport plane built to rescue 52 American hostages in Iran is making its way piece-by-piece to an upstate New York museum.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Trae Young tries to shake off his early summer league struggles and top draft picks Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III square off as the Las Vegas NBA summer league continues Saturday. Games Saturday include: Trail Blazers-Jazz, Heat-Pelicans, Thunder-Nets, Pistons-Grizzlies, Celtics-Nuggets, Spurs-Pacers, Knicks-Hawks, Suns-Kings, Bulls-Cavaliers, 76ers-Lakers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Games start at 3 p.m. EST

BBN--BRAVES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The NL Central-leading Brewers go for a sixth straight win when they host the Atlanta Braves. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 3:10 p.m. CT.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-UNION. UPCOMING: 150 words. Match starts at 7 p.m.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the July 17 Alabama runoff election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing / AP-AL_Alabama Runoff Election Testing.

TOP STORIES:

PLACES IN PERIL-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An old jail building, a historic school and a log church are among places in Alabama in need of being saved, historic preservationists say. The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Alabama Historical Commission recently listed the sites in its annual “Places in Peril” report. SENT: 292 words.

STOLEN ARTIFACTS

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. — The reward for information leading to the recovery of more 260 artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park decades ago has been increased from $15,000 to $20,000. Dr. Jim Knight, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Alabama, says several private citizens who hope to see the artifacts returned are offering the reward. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

BUSINESS COUNCIL OF ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Business Council of Alabama President Billy Canary has stepped down in the wake of a wave of a number of high-profile departures from the once-powerful organization. Canary announced Friday that he is leaving the BCA and has accepted a position as senior fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. BCA Chairman Perry Hand said Canary had provided exceptional service to the BCA over the last 15 years. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

BANK FRAUD SUSPECT-ARREST

ALEXANDRIA, La. — The legal problems for a man facing a felony bank fraud charge in connection with a highly touted Louisiana development project became more complicated after he showed up for his arraignment. The Town Talk of Alexandria reports that Roger Dale Boggs arrived for his arraignment in Alexandria on Friday without an attorney. He asked for a delay and a judge re-set the arraignment for July 23. SENT: 252 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-FAMILY CONNECTION-GENEALOGY SITE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Almost a year ago, Laura Barnes sat down to write what was perhaps the most important email she’s ever sent. “I don’t really know where to start, other than that I noticed we matched based on our DNA profile,” she began. “My name is Laura Kristi Barnes and 19 years ago, I was born and adopted. I’ve always known my biological mother, but never knew who my biological father was. Based on our DNA match, you could be my biological father.” By Stephanie Taylor, Tuscaloosa News.

IN BRIEF:

— SMALL PLANE CRASH — Five people have survived a small plane crash in Alabama.

— BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT-CAR CHARGERS — Alabama’s busiest airport is adding a new convenience for travelers with electric cars: vehicle chargers.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DIGITAL DRIVER’S LICENSE

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana residents can now carry their driver’s license on their smartphone. News outlets report a new phone app, created through a 2016 state law, offers a digital version of the Louisiana driver’s license, allowing motorists an option aside from carrying a physical license. SENT: 287 words.

BANK FRAUD SUSPECT-ARREST

ALEXANDRIA, La. — The legal problems for a man facing a felony bank fraud charge in connection with a highly touted Louisiana development project became more complicated after he showed up for his arraignment. The Town Talk of Alexandria reports that Roger Dale Boggs arrived for his arraignment in Alexandria on Friday without an attorney. He asked for a delay and a judge re-set the arraignment for July 23. SENT: 252 words.

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EXCHANGE-CAREER OPTIONS-RURAL STUDENTS

MONROE, La. — “Can we keep the hard hats?” asked Frederick Threats. The senior at General Trass High School had just completed a tour of the Graphic Packaging paper mill in West Monroe. He came back with questions about how much the mill pays to start and a desire to investigate careers in technology and engineering. By Bonnie Bolden, The News-Star of Monroe.

EXCHANGE-ALTON STERLING-MOTHER

BATON ROUGE, La. — Andricka Williams still nervously laughs at the thought of herself as an activist for social justice. “I guess I am,” she said one day in mid-June, chuckling at the thought. By Grace Toohey, The Baton Rouge Advocate.

IN BRIEF:

— DO NOT TOSS — A New Orleans-area community now has a “Do Not Toss” ordinance that will let residents put themselves on a list to avoid having newspaper circulars and similar materials thrown on their lawns.

— DEER DISEASE — Mississippi and Louisiana wildlife officials have stopped killing deer to test for chronic wasting disease after no additional cases were found.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP

LAS VEGAS — Trae Young tries to shake off his early summer league struggles and top draft picks Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III square off as the Las Vegas NBA summer league continues Saturday. Games Saturday include: Trail Blazers-Jazz, Heat-Pelicans, Thunder-Nets, Pistons-Grizzlies, Celtics-Nuggets, Spurs-Pacers, Knicks-Hawks, Suns-Kings, Bulls-Cavaliers, 76ers-Lakers. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Games start at 3 p.m. EST

BKN--WARRIORS-COUSINS

LAS VEGAS — DeMarcus Cousins signed his contract to join the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors for this coming season, one in which he’ll make $5.3 million. He isn’t sure when his surgically repaired Achilles will allow him to start playing with his new team, but he can already see what might happen when he returns to form. He says the potential is scary, and the rest of the NBA likely agrees. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DRUG OVERDOSE SENTENCES

BYRAM, Miss. — Mississippi anti-drug officials have handed off prosecution of a suspected drug dealer to federal officials in hopes of punishing him more harshly in connection with heroin overdose deaths. The move comes after a bill to mandate harsher punishments in state law failed earlier this year in Mississippi’s Legislature. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 617 words.

WATER SUPPLY SWITCH

SALTILLO, Miss. — A northeast Mississippi city and its residents will pay more to drink water drawn from the Tombigbee River after complaints about the quality of well water. Saltillo aldermen voted 3-2 Thursday night to make the switch, projected to cost $114,000. That could translate into a $5 monthly increase for citizens, but many of 200 people who came to a public meeting supported the move. SENT: 320 words.

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EXCHANGE-NAVAL ACADEMY-GUNSHOT WOUND

MERIDIAN, Miss. — Sherrod Miller eagerly anticipated checking each passing month off his calendar. For the proud father, it meant his son, Miles, was one month closer to enrolling in college. Miles Miller committed to play basketball at the United States Naval Academy, and his well-attended March signing ceremony was a fitting celebration for the standout basketball player with the 4.5 grade-point average. By Elton Hayes, The Meridian Star.

EXCHANGE-RACIAL DIVIDE-MAYOR

NATCHEZ, Miss. — Half a century ago, a Natchez icon prepared to make his indelible mark on this city. July marks the 50th anniversary of former Natchez Mayor Tony Byrne taking office, which he would hold for the next two-plus decades. By David Hamilton, The Natchez Democrat.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSISSIPPI FUGITIVE-SIGHTINGS — Federal authorities say a Mississippi man sought in the killing of his wife has been seen recently in southern Wyoming and northern Utah.

— MISSISSIPPI-RED SNAPPER — Mississippi’s recreational fishing season for red snapper will close in territorial waters on Sunday.

— DAY CARE-MOLESTATION CHARGES — A Mississippi man is facing multiple charges after investigators say he molested children in a home day care run by his wife.

— MANSLAUGHTER SENTENCE — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2014 shooting death of his girlfriend.

— DEER DISEASE — Mississippi and Louisiana wildlife officials have stopped killing deer to test for chronic wasting disease after no additional cases were found.

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