BC-Deep South News Digest

July 17, 2019 - 2:41 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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)

TOP STORIES:

BEACHED WHALES-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ A summer afternoon at the beach quickly became a scramble to save a pod of disoriented pilot whales, with vacationers joining lifeguards and state wildlife crews in the water trying to keep roughly 30 of the large marine mammals from beaching themselves on the Georgia coast. Officials were hopeful they had saved most of the short-fin pilot whales that swam perilously close to shore Tuesday on St. Simons Island, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of Savannah. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 504 words.

AP Photos GABRU102-0716192017, GABRU101-0716192016, GABRU103-0716192020.

FRATERNITY-PLEDGE-DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A Louisiana jury has convicted a former Louisiana State University student of negligent homicide in a fraternity pledge's drinking death during a hazing nearly two years ago. The Advocate reports the six jurors took less than an hour Wednesday to convict 21-year-old Matthew Naquin (NAH-kin) in the death of 18-year-old Max Gruver. SENT: 142 words. Will be updated.

MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-WEST TEXAS-NUCLEAR RESEARCH

ABILENE, Texas _ What's so dangerous about nuclear power? The Abilene Reporter-News reports when you ask the question on the street, a number of different answers come up. But the two most common ones are that there's concern about the waste products and safety. By Timothy Chipp, The Abilene Reporter-News. SENT: 687 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COURT AMNESTY _ People with outstanding traffic tickets or a missed court date will soon be able to get amnesty in the Georgia city of Dunwoody.

_ MISSING WOMAN-SEARCH _ Investigators have searched land in central Illinois for any remains of a woman who disappeared in Florida in 1992.

IN SPORTS

BBN--BRAVES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ The Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers play the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park. By Tom Kertscher. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. 1:10 CT start.

FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS

HOOVER, Ala. _ It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended. SENT: 154 words. Will be updated.

With:

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from the Southeastern Conference's annual media event

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-NOTEBOOK

FBC--ACC MEDIA DAYS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Reigning national champion Clemson has lost just twice to Atlantic Coast Conference teams in four seasons, including once in its Atlantic Division. The Tigers and their six hope-to-be division challengers open the league's preseason media days Wednesday. By Steve Reed. Sent: 150 words. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos by 6 p.m.

With:

_ FBC--ACC Media Days-The Latest. Real-time updates from the Atlantic Coast Conference's annual media event.

_ FBC--ACC Media Days-Notebook.

FBC--ACC MEDIA DAYS-RUNNING STRONG

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Boston College’s AJ Dillon and Travis Etienne from reigning national champion Clemson are back after ranking among the top 15 rushers in the Bowl Subdivision ranks. That could mean some big rushing production in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division this fall. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--CARDINALS-HARRISON RELEASED

TEMPE, Ariz. _ The Arizona Cardinals released tackle Desmond Harrison on Wednesday after police in North Carolina issued a warrant for his arrest on assault charges. The Greensboro Police Department says the alleged assault was reported on Tuesday. Police spokesman Ron Glenn says the investigation has just begun and no additional details are available, including when the alleged assault occurred. SENT: 158 words.

BKL--DREAM-SKY. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 11 a.m.

SOC--MLS-DYNAMO-ATLANTA UNITED. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts 7 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Crews are ready to start construction on a museum in South Carolina chronicling the history of African Americans built on the site where thousands of slaves first stepped on U.S. soil. The Charleston City Council on Tuesday approved $60 million in contracts to begin work on the International African American Museum. The museum is scheduled to open in 2021, more than 20 years after the idea was first proposed. SENT: 302 words.

ELECTION 2020-SANFORD

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His motivations were immediately greeted with skepticism from some political observers in South Carolina, who have watched Sanford plot a political comeback before and questioned whether he was merely seeking publicity. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 706 words.

AP Photos NYPS220-0712161201.

AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRUGGED HOSTAGE _ Authorities say a South Carolina man spiked his live-in girlfriend's soda with methamphetamine and muscle relaxers, leading her to black out and wake days later severely beaten and bruised.

IN SPORTS

FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS

HOOVER, Ala. _ It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended. SENT: 154 words. Will be updated.

With:

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from the Southeastern Conference's annual media event

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-NOTEBOOK

FBC--ACC MEDIA DAYS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Reigning national champion Clemson has lost just twice to Atlantic Coast Conference teams in four seasons, including once in its Atlantic Division. The Tigers and their six hope-to-be division challengers open the league's preseason media days Wednesday. By Steve Reed. Sent: 150 words. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos by 6 p.m.

With:

_ FBC--ACC Media Days-The Latest. Real-time updates from the Atlantic Coast Conference's annual media event.

_ FBC--ACC Media Days-Notebook.

FBC--ACC MEDIA DAYS-RUNNING STRONG

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Boston College’s AJ Dillon and Travis Etienne from reigning national champion Clemson are back after ranking among the top 15 rushers in the Bowl Subdivision ranks. That could mean some big rushing production in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division this fall. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 5 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama Republican Roy Moore has raised less than $17,000 so far in his newest U.S. Senate race. Moore this week reported raising $16,693 since announcing his candidacy four weeks ago and trails almost all other candidates in fundraising. SENT: 142 words. Will be updated.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-HOUSING MARKET

NEW YORK _ The persistently slow housing market has Debra Goodwin creating cooking videos to try to sell a house. Glenn Phillips finds himself explaining to sellers the reasons why they might have to take a loss on their homes. Real estate agents have developed new strategies as they contend with a housing market that still hasn't fully recovered from the crash that began in 2006. For many, revenue is flat because of a shortage of homes in the low-to-middle market, while higher-priced homes languish because they're too expensive for many buyers. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 959 words.

AP Photos ILAA201-0716191640, ILAA202-0716191643.

IN BRIEF:

_ DAUGHTERS ABUSED _ An Alabama woman is being accused of starving and physically abusing her 13 and 11-year-old daughters.

_ JUDGE-ETHICS CHARGE _ An Alabama judge has resigned amid judicial ethics charges that accuse him of having an affair with an attorney who was handling cases in his court.

_ COUPLE SLAIN _ Prosecutors say they're seeking the death penalty against two people indicted on capital murder charges in the slaying of an Alabama couple.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ Former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person has avoided prison in a bribery scandal that has touched some of the biggest schools in college basketball. Person was sentenced on Wednesday to 200 hours of community service during the two years the Probation Department will supervise him. Judge Loretta A. Preska said "no purpose would be served by incarceration." By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 596 words.

AP Photos NYSW102-0717191119, NYSW101-0717191119, NYSW103-0717191120

FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS

HOOVER, Ala. _ It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended. SENT: 154 words. Will be updated.

With:

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from the Southeastern Conference's annual media event

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-NOTEBOOK

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FRATERNITY-PLEDGE-DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A Louisiana jury has convicted a former Louisiana State University student of negligent homicide in a fraternity pledge's drinking death during a hazing nearly two years ago. The Advocate reports the six jurors took less than an hour Wednesday to convict 21-year-old Matthew Naquin (NAH-kin) in the death of 18-year-old Max Gruver. SENT: 142 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ PINAL COUNTY-AMBER ALERT _ Arizona authorities say an Amber Alert issued for two young boys taken from state Department of Child Safety custody was canceled after they "were found safe" in Louisiana where their parents were taken into custody.

_ PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED _ Louisiana authorities are investigating the shooting death of a pregnant woman at an apartment complex in Minden.

IN SPORTS

FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS

HOOVER, Ala. _ It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended. SENT: 154 words. Will be updated.

With:

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from the Southeastern Conference's annual media event

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-NOTEBOOK

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PANHANDLING-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is asking 16 cities in the state to eliminate local laws that penalize panhandling. The organization says in a news release Wednesday that the request is part of a national effort that includes work by the National Law Center of Homelessness & Poverty. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 375 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI CANDIDATE-WOMEN _ A Democratic man running for office in Mississippi says he wasn't criticizing all women — just one — when he said being county supervisor is "a man's job."

_ CAMERAS IN PARKS _ Three parks in a Mississippi city will soon be outfitted with security cameras.

_ EDIBLE BUST _ Police in Mississippi say they've confiscated several baggies filled with marijuana-infused snacks at a "dispensary party."

IN SPORTS

FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS

HOOVER, Ala. _ It's Alabama's turn at Southeastern Conference media days. Nick Saban takes the stage Wednesday with his team once again favored to repeat as SEC champion. But the Crimson Tide also wants to atone for how last season ended. SENT: 154 words. Will be updated.

With:

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-THE LATEST. Real-time updates from the Southeastern Conference's annual media event

_ FBC--SEC MEDIA DAYS-NOTEBOOK

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