BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

July 30, 2019 - 2:25 pm

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Georgia's busy seaports announced another year of record growth Tuesday, though their chief executive warned business will suffer in the coming year if the U.S. doesn't resolve its trade war with China. The Georgia Ports Authority reported a record 37.5 million tons (34 million metric tons) of cargo moved through its ports in Savannah and Brunswick in the 2019 fiscal year that ended June 30. That's an increase of 4.2% over the previous fiscal year. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 586 words.

AP Photos AX102-0729190624, AX101-0729190623.


SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Georgia and South Carolina are committing an additional $1.29 million toward developing a port terminal on the Savannah River that would be jointly operated by the neighboring states. Port officials from each state approved the fiscal 2020 budget Tuesday. Most of the money will pay for a year of work on the environmental studies needed to earn a permit for the project in Jasper County, South Carolina. Other funding will go toward the design of the actual port terminal. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON _ Ken McNamee has an upfront view of the river of wealth cascading through Seattle these days. A private chef, McNamee prospects for clients at the tony country club where he spends part of his week preparing luxe meals. The parking lot is dotted with Ferraris and Porsches. The members include Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. By Christopher Rugaber.

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_ GAS STATION MACHETE ATTACK _ Cellphone video shows a man at a Georgia gas station being attacked by another driver with a machete.

_ FIREHOUSE SLAYING _ Authorities say a woman fleeing her husband drove to a Georgia fire station seeking help, but was gunned down in front of her children before she could leave her car.

_ LEGIONNAIRES-OUTBREAK _ The Georgia Department of Public Health says it's probable there are 55 more cases in the Legionaries' disease outbreak linked to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

_ STRANDED WHALES _ Authorities and beachgoers came together to protect and transport five pilot whales trapped in shallow water along Florida's western shore.

_ COUNTRY MUSIC LANDMARK-ATLANTA _ Thousands of petitioners are hoping to stop the demolition of a downtown Atlanta building where the first country hit song is believed to have been recorded.

AP Photos NYDD202-0719171639.

_ ELECTRIC BUSES-ATLANTA _ Atlanta's public transit operator has been awarded a $2.6 million grant to replace diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses.



WASHINGTON _ The Nationals look to continue to close the gap on the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves in the second game of their series. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. EDT.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ For the second straight year, Julio Jones will sit out the Atlanta Falcons' full preseason schedule. Jones said Tuesday he will be coaching the team's younger wide receivers in Thursday night's Hall of Fame game against the Denver Broncos in Canton, Ohio. By Charles Odum. SENT: 353 words.

AP Photos GAJB111-0725190931, GAJB102-0724191133.


DENVER _ From the moment he played his first pickup game on a steamy summer day in the three-stoplight town of Folkston, Georgia, Champ Bailey had a nose for the football. "I mean, he was greedy with the football," said Boss Bailey, his younger brother by 16 months who played with Champ in high school, college and the pros. "He wanted the ball in his hands. He never said, 'Nah, give it to somebody else." By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,298 words.

AP Photos NY360-0128141058, NY357-1003101612, NY358-1106111519, NY359-0112140800.


LAS VEGAS _ The sprint to the finish of the WNBA season gets underway Tuesday as teams return to action after the All-Star break. Las Vegas, Washington and Connecticut sit atop the standings, in part because they've been relatively healthy for most of the season. But A'ja Wilson has been sidelined with an ankle injury the last couple of games and is still probably at least a week away from returning for the Aces. Only 8 ½ games separate the first and last place teams right now with just a 3 ½ -game difference between first and eighth in the battle for playoff position. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 804 words.

AP Photos NY150-0726192348, NY151-0912182117.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. _ State law enforcement agents in South Carolina are closer to getting $2 million to replace a helicopter destroyed in a crash last month. A panel of lawmakers on Tuesday approved letting the State Law Enforcement Division buy a used helicopter similar to the two-passenger chopper that crashed June 26 while taking off for a drug mission in Summerville. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 217 words.

AP Photos SCPD101-0730191503.


SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Georgia and South Carolina are committing an additional $1.29 million toward developing a port terminal on the Savannah River that would be jointly operated by the neighboring states. Port officials from each state approved the fiscal 2020 budget Tuesday. Most of the money will pay for a year of work on the environmental studies needed to earn a permit for the project in Jasper County, South Carolina. Other funding will go toward the design of the actual port terminal. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.


_ CHILD KILLED-SHOOTING _ The police chief of a South Carolina city says a teen charged with fatally shooting an 11-year-old girl and wounding two other people did not act alone.

_ SC LOTTERY WINNER _ Someone picked the right numbers in South Carolina's Lucky for Life lotto game and will get $25,000 a year for the rest of their life.

ALABAMA (All times Central)



WASHINGTON _ If President Donald Trump putting race at the forefront of his re-election campaign rings familiar, that's because another White House hopeful did the same half a century ago — and saw the strategy resonate with many Americans. George Wallace was elected governor of Alabama as a Democrat in 1962 and vowed to safeguard "the great Anglo-Saxon Southland" while famously declaring, "I say, segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever." By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,060 words.

AP Photos WX102-0628680000.


UNDATED _ Alabama Department of Corrections is holding a memorial service for a K9 named Jake who became ill and died after detecting a narcotic during a contraband search earlier this month. Developing.


_ ELECTRIC BUSES-ATLANTA _ Atlanta's public transit operator has been awarded a $2.6 million grant to replace diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses.

_ CRASHES-MULTIPLE DEATHS _ Three people are dead and four are injured following a pair of collisions in southeastern Alabama.

_ FOSTER ABUSE CHARGES _ A former foster parent in Alabama has pleaded guilty to child abuse, sexual abuse and torture.

_ UNIVERSITY-TORNADO RECOVERY _ An Alabama university is demolishing a classroom building that was severely damaged by a tornado last year.

_ BOATERS RESCUED _ The U.S. Coast Guard says it has found four people who were stranded when their boat's battery died off the coast of Alabama.

_ DOGS KILL CATS _ A no-kill shelter in Ohio is taking in about 30 cats that survived a deadly dog attack at an Alabama shelter.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. _ The leader of Louisiana's state House Republicans has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham for governor, as the three-term congressman continues to stack up endorsements in the race from GOP officials. Alexandria state Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House GOP delegation, announced in a video that he's endorsing Abraham, rather than Republican contender Eddie Rispone. Abraham, a doctor from Richland Parish, and Rispone, a wealthy businessman from Baton Rouge, are running against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on the Oct. 12 ballot. SENT: 289 words.

AP Photos NYDD206-0318192124.



GALVESTON, Texas. _ This house might not look like much, says Kimber Fountain, as she stands in front of a faded white Victorian home, but it's a perfect example of part of Galveston's history. "Welcome to The Line," she says to a group of about 20 people, who have followed her here, to this stretch of mostly bulldozed space. The Houston Chronicle reports it was nearly sunset on a recent breezy Wednesday night, and Fountain was leading her new walking tour around what used to be Galveston's Red Light District. By Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 926 words. Pursuing AP photos.


_ DAUGHTER-DEATH _ Authorities say a Louisiana woman accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter tried to kill herself and is now on life support.

_ RETURNING MILITARY MEDALS _ Louisiana's treasury department will try to locate veterans and their families to return lost military medals, through its unclaimed property division.

_ SCHOOL CYBER ATTACKS _ With the school year beginning next week, a fourth Louisiana school district is assessing damage caused by hackers targeting its computer network.



UNDATED _ The past few weeks have been a blur to Zion Williamson. Picked No. 1 in the NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. Signed his first pro contract that could be worth as much as $45 million over the next four years. Went to summer league and got hurt after nine minutes. Considered playing for USA Basketball in China this summer. Landed a massive endorsement deal with Jordan Brand. Became very rich very quickly. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 674 words.

AP Photos NY153-0620192341, NY-0710192304.


METAIRIE, La. _ Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport wears new diamond studs in his nose and ears and speaks with an easy, confident manner about meeting the expectations of a first-round draft choice in his second pro season. If he does, he and veteran fellow end Cameron Jordan could combine to cause considerable concern for quarterbacks. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. By 4 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ It seemed that one by one, members of the only Kansas City Chiefs team to win the Super Bowl would get a phone call or a knock on the door letting them know they had become Hall of Famers. The quarterback, Len Dawson. The linebackers, Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier. Even the coach, Hank Stram. Eight in all from the team that beat the Vikings in Super Bowl IV were enshrined in Canton, Ohio. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 826 words.

AP Photos NY355-0722192108, NY354-0101681716, MOKAS201-1028182108, NY356-1010710800, NY904-0101651716.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



SOUTHAVEN, Miss. _ A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested Tuesday at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said. Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said the man, whom he did not name, shot a Southaven police officer, who was protected by a bulletproof vest and suffered minor injuries. The chief said a second Southaven officer shot the suspect, who was then taken for surgery to a hospital in neighboring Memphis, Tennessee. By Adrian Sainz. SENT: 594 words.

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JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi gubernatorial candidates have a deadline to file reports showing how much money they have collected and spent. They are filing by 5 p.m. Tuesday, a week before the party primaries. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 450 words by 7 p.m. AP Photos.


_ MISSISSIPPI-EX-SHERIFF SENTENCED _ A former Mississippi sheriff has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, weeks after he pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in stolen firearms and two counts of embezzlement.

_ RAISING CAMPAIGN MONEY _ A Mississippi man who was disqualified from running for a seat on the county board of supervisors is still campaigning and requesting funding.


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