BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

July 02, 2019 - 11:56 am

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

DRIVER’S LICENSE-LAWSUIT

ATLANTA _ A new federal lawsuit accuses Georgia's Department of Driver Services of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants. The lawsuit says the department fails to issue licenses to some Puerto Rican applicants without giving them a chance for a hearing. It says the department also sometimes fails to return the original identification documents presented by Puerto Rican applicants. The lawsuit says it's unconstitutional to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other U.S. citizens. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 560 words.

SMOKING BAN-ATLANTA

ATLANTA _ Atlanta's city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants, bars and potentially inside one of the world's busiest airports. Council members approved the ban on Monday, and if signed by the mayor, it will take effect in January. It covers cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarettes. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been one of the few major U.S. hubs where people can still smoke inside designated rooms. SENT: 263 words.

LGBTQ RIGHTS-CORPORATIONS

NEW YORK _ More than 200 corporations have signed a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The brief was organized by a coalition of five LGBTQ rights groups. It's being submitted to the Supreme Court this week ahead of oral arguments this fall on three cases that may determine whether LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination by existing federal civil rights laws. Atlanta-based Coca Cola Co. is among the companies. By David Crary. SENT: 818 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-GEORGIA _ Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by police officers in a northeast Georgia college town.

_ OFFICER ACCUSED-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ Ex-Georgia police officer charged in on-duty sexual assault.

_ DELTA AIR LINES-OUTLOOK _ Delta Air Lines cites rising revenue while increasing its forecast of earnings per share for the second quarter. AP Photos.

_ FATAL DOMESTIC SHOOTING _ Authorities in Georgia say a man shot and killed his wife and then fatally shot himself as their children watched.

_ MAN DRAGGED-FATAL _ A woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run in suburban Detroit has surrendered in Georgia.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA-SENATE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A top Democratic National Committee official has raised $1.5 million in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Campaign officials tell The Associated Press that Jaime Harrison raised the money in the second quarter, which ended Sunday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is backing Harrison in the associate DNC chairman's effort to block Graham from a fourth term in 2020. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 343 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SLEEPING WOMAN KILLED _ Authorities say a driver being chased by police crashed his car into a South Carolina home killing a woman asleep in a basement.

_ USC PLAYER SHOT _ North Carolina police say former University of South Carolina quarterback Anthony Wright is recovering in the hospital from being shot in a domestic dispute.

_ PRISON SMUGGLING _ A woman has been arrested and accused of planting drugs for inmates to smuggle into prison.

_ SOCIAL MEDIA HARASSMENT _ A South Carolina woman has been arrested for allegedly sending more than 200 harassing messages via social media.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD-FIRE DEATH _ An Alabama woman has been charged with capital murder in the death of her 7-year-old stepson, who was found dead in a burning house over the weekend.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI MEAT LAW

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon." The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois-based Upton's Naturals Co., which makes vegan products and sells them in many states, including Mississippi. In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a law to keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar. It becomes law in October 2020. By Emily Wagster-Pettus. SENT: 487 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ EDWARDS-BILLS DONE _ Gov. John Bel Edwards has made decisions on every bill from this year's legislative session that reached his desk, signing all but six of them into law.

_ POLICE CHASE _ Louisiana State Police say a driver fleeing from authorities drove his car into a canal and sparked an hour-long standoff with police when he refused to move from the sinking vehicle.

_ DEPUTY PLEADS GUILTY _ A former Louisiana deputy accused of stalking and sexually assaulting women while on duty pleaded guilty to malfeasance.

_ GUARD KILLED-APPEAL _ The Louisiana state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Louisiana inmate who killed a guard during a 1999 escape attempt.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI MEAT LAW

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon." The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois-based Upton's Naturals Co., which makes vegan products and sells them in many states, including Mississippi. It was filed the same day Mississippi enacted a new law that bans plant-based products from being labeled as meat. By Emily Wagster-Pettus. SENT: 487 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ALLIGATOR HUNT _ A Mississippi man charged with killing his friend told deputies the two were hunting alligators when his gun jammed and he accidentally shot the other man.

_ FIREWORKS-PROTECTED BIRDS _ The Mississippi Gulf Coast Audubon Society is asking people to keep fireworks away from federally protected birds this Fourth of July holiday.

_ VICKSBURG-HEALTH COSTS _ A company that runs a health clinic for a Mississippi city says the clinic has helped cut the city's health care expenses.

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