BC-Deep South News Digest

May 08, 2019 - 7:48 pm

Good evening! 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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ Opponents of a Georgia law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected vow to take their fight from the state Capitol to the courthouse. Signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, the measure is one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and would effectively ban the procedure around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 783 words.

AP Photos GAATJ301-0507191448, GAATJ114-0507190954, GAATJ102-0507190922, GAATJ104-0507190922, GAATJ123-0507191100, GAATJ103-0507190922, GAATJ118-0507191018, GAATJ121-0507190919, GAATJ110-0507190832, GAATJ117-0507190925, GAATJ122-0507190957.

GEORGIA MAYOR-BLACK JOB CANDIDATE

ATLANTA _ A councilman in a mostly white north Georgia town who drew nationwide scorn for his comments on interracial marriage says he's considering stepping down from his position. City Council member Jim Cleveland said he is praying about the decision, though some townspeople have urged him to stay on the council in Hoschton (HOOSH-ton), he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 581 words.

AP Photos GAATJ163-0506191240, GAATJ158-0506191247, GAATJ152-0506191241, GAATJ162-0506191305.

UBER LYFT-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Demonstrations took place in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as some European locations like London. But they did not seem to cause much disruption and many riders were still able to hail a car with ease. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 459 words.

AP Photos NYML101-0508190719, NYML102-0508190719, NYML104-0508190842, NYML104-0508190938.

UBER DRIVERS-TENSIONS

NEW YORK _ The executives at Uber are working hard to design a future where the company earns billions of dollars by allowing riders to summon fully automated robotaxis. Until then, they must rely on an army of human drivers — nearly 4 million across the globe — to keep the business humming. The challenge is to figure out how to make their drivers happy while also making money, and right now the company is losing on both fronts as it heads into its initial public offering on Friday — the largest technology IPO of the year. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 1,152 words.

AP Photos CAER301-0508190446, CAER304-0508191217, NYMA251-0503191853, NYMA252-0503191851.

MISSISSIPPI LOTTERY

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president. Thomas N. "Tom" Shaheen, 66, begins June 1 and will oversee operations as Mississippi prepares to join most other states in offering scratch-off tickets and other games of chance. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 407 words.

AP Photos MSRS101-0507191615, MSRS102-0507191617, MSRS103-0507191622, MSRS104-0507191623.

IN BRIEF:

_ CAMPUS SHOOTING-SAVANNAH STATE _ Georgia authorities have identified a 25-year-old man arrested in connection with gunfire that wounded a student at Savannah State University.

_ WATERFALL-FATAL FALL _ A Georgia teenager is dead after slipping and falling in the gorge below a waterfall in Alabama.

_ METH IN LEGO BOX _Three Georgia women bought a box of Legos while visiting a South Carolina consignment shop, only to find that the box was actually filled with about $40,000 worth of methamphetamine.

_ FILM-JOHN LEWIS DOCUMENTARY _ CNN Films is developing a documentary on civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Robert Lewis.

AP Photos NYET301-0103191508, NYET302-0224192253, NYET303-0223180224.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-DODGERS

LOS ANGELES _ Clayton Kershaw starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who go for their 10th straight home win against Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves in the series finale. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 10 p.m.

SOC--MLS-TORONTO-ATLANTA UNITED

ATLANTA _ After a tough start to the season, reigning champion Atlanta United goes for its third straight victory when it hosts Toronto FC in a match between the last two MLS Cup winners. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

ATH--SPRINTER INJURED-JAVELIN

ATHENS, Ga. _ A Georgia track athlete was expected to make a full recovery after being impaled by a javelin during practice. Freshman sprinter Elija Godwin was injured Tuesday when he and his fellow sprinters were doing backward sprints at the university's track. According to school statement, Godwin backed into a javelin that was implanted in the ground, causing the rear part of the spear to pierce his back. SENT: 239 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-HATE CRIMES

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Some South Carolina lawmakers are optimistic the state will join nearly the rest of the country and pass a hate crimes bill. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a proposal that would make it a felony for someone to assault, intimidate or threaten a person because of their race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or homelessness. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 358 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-SOLAR ENERGY _ A long debated proposal in South Carolina to expand solar energy has passed its biggest hurdle.

_ SCE&G SUIT-ATTORNEY FEES _ The South Carolina attorney general has joined a private lawyer in asking a judge to reduce the $63 million attorneys are asking as their fee for settling a utility lawsuit.

_ JAIL-STAFFING SHORTAGE _ South Carolina's largest detention center is facing a serious staffing shortage and officials are looking to hire those looking for work.

_TEEN DUI CHARGE _ A 17-year-old girl faces a felony charge after a crash killed her friend and injured another in South Carolina's Greenville County.

_ LIVESTREAMING INMATES _ The South Carolina Department of Corrections says several inmates were able to livestream on Facebook using contraband cellphones inside their maximum security prison.

_ METH IN LEGO BOX _Three Georgia women bought a box of Legos while visiting a South Carolina consignment shop, only to find that the box was actually filled with about $40,000 worth of methamphetamine.

_ GUARD ARRESTED _ A South Carolina prison guard is accused of providing drugs to inmates.

_ XGR-MISSING STUDENT-DEATH _ A bill intended to improve safety for ride sharing services prompted by the killing of a college student in March is close to heading to the South Carolina governor's desk.

_ WOMEN SHOT _ Authorities say three children who flagged down police officers checking on a shooting led deputies to a man who shot two women and then himself in a South Carolina home.

_ FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA _Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry plan to visit a site where the federal government is handling weapons-grade plutonium shipped to the state from South Carolina.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--TAX EXEMPTIONS-PANTHERS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ With a proposal that would offer tax breaks to entice the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields to South Carolina going down to the wire, owner David Tepper said he is fine with leaving them in North Carolina if he can't get any public help. Tepper said his idea to build a new team headquarters and practice fields along with a larger sports complex that could also include a stadium for a MLS team in South Carolina must get economic incentives or it makes no sense. SENT: 396 words.

AP Photos NYCD303-0710181505.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A medical marijuana bill has stalled in the Alabama Senate under a filibuster threat. Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence delayed a vote on his bill Wednesday night. However, Melson says he believes he has the votes needed to eventually pass the legislation in the Senate. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

XGR-ABORTION-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A near total ban on abortion won approval Wednesday in an Alabama legislative committee, as lawmakers in multiple conservative states have begun passing bills aimed at overturning the Supreme Court decision that made the procedure legal. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 for the bill making it a felony to perform an abortion. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 671 words.

AP Photos ALMON101-0430191210, ALMON400-0430192057, ALMON401-0417191641.

MUSIC-ALABAMA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Country band Alabama is extending their 50th anniversary tour this year with 29 more shows, including a show with The Beach Boys and additional dates in Ontario, Canada. The Grammy-winning band embarked on a major arena and amphitheater tour this year to mark their anniversary. Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook formed the group in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music in the 1980s and '90s, scoring dozens of No. 1 hits, including "Mountain Music" and "Dixieland Delight." By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 280 words.

AP Photos NYET300-0408170127.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALLIGATOR KILLED _ An alligator that lived at a sanctuary in Baldwin County has been found shot to death.

_ COLD CASE ARREST _ A judge says he will consider whether to set bail for an Alabama truck driver and part-time preacher charged with killing two young women two decades ago.

_ WATERFALL-FATAL FALL _ A Georgia teenager is dead after slipping and falling in the gorge below a waterfall in Alabama.

_ XGR-CAPITOL STATUES _ Alabama lawmakers have voted to place statues of Rosa Parks and Helen Keller on the grounds of the state Capitol.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Scott McCarron didn't wait until the summer to heat up. McCarron has already collected nearly $1 million in winnings, two victories and six top-five finishes entering the Regions Tradition. The Tradition, which starts Thursday at Greystone Golf & Country Club, is the first of the PGA Tour Champions' five majors and is followed in two weeks by the Senior PGA Championship. SENT: 506 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-TAMPON TAX BREAK

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A proposal to exempt diapers and tampons from Louisiana's state sales tax stalled Wednesday in the Senate, amid concerns about the tax break's price tag. Sen. J.P. Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed to remove the 4.45 percent state sales tax from diapers and feminine hygiene products starting in 2021, if voters agreed to the constitutional change. Will be updated.

OREGON-NONUNANIMOUS VERDICTS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ After a jury convicted an Oregon man of having sex with a passed-out partygoer, one of the jurors left the courthouse and wept. Cash Spencer and three other jurors believed the defendant was innocent, but after a lunch break, one changed her mind. Hours later, another changed her vote to guilty, saying she had to take care of her children and didn't want to return the next day, according to Spencer. By andrew Selsky. SENT: 1,209 words.

AP Photos ORCM103-0429191538, ORPOR501-0503190751, FX502-0412190414, ORCM101-0429191538.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA _ Lawmakers jettisoned the latest regulations Louisiana's agriculture commissioner enacted for the state's medical marijuana growers, nullifying the requirements.

_ CONVICTED PROSECUTOR _ A former Louisiana prosecutor who had prostate cancer surgery last month is again asking to delay his four-year federal sentence for corruption.

_ ARRESTED AFTER CAB RIDE _ Police say a man who eluded law enforcement for several days went from Mississippi to Louisiana, was briefly captured there and escaped — and then returned to Mississippi in a cab and did not pay the driver.

_ XGR-HEMP-LOUISIANA _ Lawmakers have broadened a proposal to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Louisiana to also create a regulatory framework for CBD product sales.

_ PRISON ADDICTION IMPLANT-FDA APPROVAL _ Some Louisiana inmates struggling with opioid addictions may soon find themselves sporting addiction fighting implants that haven't yet been approved by federal regulators.

_ EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT-LOUISIANA _ Louisiana won't become the latest state to ratify the long-stalled Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

_ GOVERNOR'S OFFICE-TRESPASSING _ The man accused of breaking into the Louisiana Governor's Mansion has been released from jail on $32,000 bail.

_ AMAZON-CLOUD COMPUTING DEGREE _ Louisiana's community college system is creating a new, two-year associate degree in cloud computing, in coordination with Amazon Web Services.

_ FISHING TACKLE BURGLARIES _ A Louisiana sheriff's office says three men are accused of breaking into fishing camps and stealing rods, reels and other fishing tackle.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-NELSON

METAIRIE, La. _ The New Orleans Pelicans' new basketball operations chief says he has hired Aaron Nelson to oversee injury prevention, rehabilitation, performance and recovery programs for the club. Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin, who announced the hiring Wednesday, says Nelson has been named Vice President of Player Care and Performance. SENT: 169 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR 2019

JACKSON, Miss. _ A former Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice has collected more than $580,000 in his run for governor. Republican Bill Waller Jr. raised the money in two months from more than 700 donors, his campaign said in a news release Wednesday. The campaign said it exceeded its fundraising goal. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 363 words.

OFFICER KILLED-MISSISSIPPI

GULFPORT, Miss. _ A 19-year-old man accused of killing a Mississippi police officer walked up behind him in the police station parking lot and shot him several times in the back, according to a sworn statement filed by a sheriff's investigator. The statement is included in court records in the case of Darian (DEHR-uhn) Atkinson of Biloxi, the Sun Herald reported Wednesday. He is charged with capital murder in the death of 57-year-old Biloxi Police Patrolman Robert McKeithen (muh-KEETH-en) on Sunday. SENT: 497 words.

AP Photos MSGUL202-0507191951, RPJM101-0507190137, RPJM201-0507191843, RPJM202-0507191843, MSGUL201-0507191952, JX503-0506191831.

MISSISSIPPI LOTTERY

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president. Thomas N. "Tom" Shaheen, 66, begins June 1 and will oversee operations as Mississippi prepares to join most other states in offering scratch-off tickets and other games of chance. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 407 words.

AP Photos MSRS101-0507191615, MSRS102-0507191617, MSRS103-0507191622, MSRS104-0507191623.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARRESTED AFTER CAB RIDE _ Police say a man who eluded law enforcement for several days went from Mississippi to Louisiana, was briefly captured there and escaped — and then returned to Mississippi in a cab and did not pay the driver.

_ SCHOOL BOND VOTE-BROOKHAVEN _ Voters are giving permission to a south Mississippi school district to borrow $8 million for improvements to security and facilities.

_ SCHOOL BOND VOTE-MARSHALL COUNTY _ Voters have endorsed a $9 million bond issue for a northern Mississippi school district.

_ SMALL PLANE CRASHES-MISSISSIPPI _ A sheriff says a pilot was killed when a small plane crashed in the rural Mississippi Delta.

_ LEE COUNTY-VOTING _ A Mississippi county is investing in new ballot-counting equipment in hopes of making elections run more smoothly.

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