BC-Deep South News Digest

August 21, 2019 - 7:02 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SHOOTING-UNIVERSITY BLOCK PARTY

ATLANTA _ The first day of fall semester brought fear to Clark Atlanta University, where students worried about their safety the day after gunshots were fired into a crowd of 200 people outside the school's library. Four students were wounded by gunfire after an argument broke out between two groups at a block party shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Atlanta police said. The injured women were all expected to recover. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 602 words.

AP Photos AX101-0821191009, AX102-0821191009, NY108-0211091212.

STRANGER THINGS-BUSINESSES

PALMETTO, Ga. _ Soon after Netflix released "Stranger Things," fans of all ages came into Bradley's Big Buy grocery store in Palmetto, Georgia, dressed like characters from the show, and wandered toward the Eggo waffles aisle, cameras in hand. They sought out the exact spot where "Stranger Things" star Millie Bobby Brown filmed a scene as the character Eleven, and they're still coming three years later, even after the store changed its name and became part of the Piggly Wiggly franchise. By andrea Smith. SENT: 830 words.

AP Photos GAAS101-0801190058, GAAS102-0801190058, GAAS104-0801190858, GAAS103-0801190058.

EXECUTION-SERIAL KILLER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ It wasn't hard for Daytona Beach police to figure out who killed John Hardy Roberts in March 1994: Gary Ray Bowles left a probation document at the scene and also was caught on an ATM camera trying to withdraw money from Roberts' account. He later confessed. What proved more difficult was capturing him, something they were unable to do until after five other men in three states had been slain. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 795 words.

AP Photos MH201-0705190823.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL THREATS-ARMED STUDENT _ A 17-year-old Georgia boy is accused of bringing a loaded 9mm gun on his school bus and to his high school, which was subsequently locked down amid threats.

_ FUGITIVE-KILLING _ Authorities say a convicted robber from Alabama who left his Georgia work-release program and allegedly killed a man in Florida has killed himself.

_ WOMAN FOUND-KIDNAPPING _ Police in Georgia say they rescued a woman who was kidnapped, then drugged and assaulted over a two-day span.

_ NIGHTCLUB BEATING _ Two Georgia women have been accused of beating a third woman to the point where she may lose sight in her eye.

_ WOMAN SCAMMED-$162K LOSS _ Police say a 63-year-old Lincoln woman was sweet-talked out of $162,000 by someone she met on social media.

_ BRIDGE COLLAPSE-CARS AIRBORNE _ Authorities say two motorists have been injured when their cars went airborne over a collapsed bridge span near the Florida-Georgia Line.

_ DEADLY JUMP _ A Georgia woman who authorities say was fatally struck while trying to jump on the hood of a moving semitruck in South Carolina has been identified. News outlets report 19-year-old Maliyah Smith of East Point, Georgia was hit Tuesday.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING _ A Georgia woman is dead and two other people are recovering after a shooting in Fulton County.

IN SPORTS

BBN--MARLINS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Julio Teheran will try to rebound from the shortest start of his career when the Atlanta Braves face the Miami Marlins seeking their fourth straight win. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m. EDT.

BBN--BRAVES-MCCANN IL

ATLANTA _ The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain. Catcher Alex Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the team's game against the Miami Marlins. SENT: 127 words.

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA _ Justin Thomas has a two-shot lead, and the Tour Championship hasn't even started. If that seems difficult to fathom, consider that someone could win this week without having the lowest 72-hole score. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 916 words.

AP Photos GAATJ103-0821190930, GAATJ102-0821191212, GAATJ101-0821191015, GAATJ107-0821191055.

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP-NOTEBOOK

ATLANTA _ The PGA Tour wanted a format that eliminated two winners on Sunday at East Lake — the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. The new system means whoever has the lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup. In the eyes of some players, that might not be enough. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,092 words.

AP Photos GAATJ103-0821190930, GAATJ102-0821191212.

FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-CEPHUS

MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus returned to practice Wednesday, though he is not eligible to play in games yet at least in part because he lacks credits after he was expelled this spring amid sexual assault allegations. Coach Paul Chryst told reporters at practice that Cephus didn't get a "ton of reps" but it as "great having him out here." By Todd Richmond. SENT: 473 words.

AP Photos WIMAW101-0819191505.

FBC--OBIT-JOE SZOMBATHY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Former Syracuse wide receiver Joe Szombathy, who went on to serve in the school's athletic department for more than four decades, has died. The school said Szombathy, a native of Gainesville, Georgia, died Aug. 14 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 87. SENT: 212 words.

FBN--NFL PRESEASON RDP

UNDATED _ The Raiders' worldwide tour gets started in the preseason when they play a "home" exhibition against Green Bay in Canada. The Raiders will be the first team to play games in three countries in one season; they also will play a "home" game in the regular season in London against Chicago on Oct. 6. By The Associated Press. SENT: 1,338 words.

AP Photos NY174-0816190142, NY173-0821191539.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CHARLESTON FERRY

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Population growth and crowded highways have paved the way for a passenger ferry service in the Charleston area that's expected to begin in October. The Daniel Island Ferry is expected to carry up to 49 passengers from a Wando River dock near Children's Park on Daniel Island to the Charleston Peninsula, The Post and Courier reported. There also will be stops at the Charleston Maritime Center and Joe Riley Waterfront Park. SENT: 515 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD-CAR DEATH _ A South Carolina woman charged with murder for the death of her teenage daughter in a hot car has resigned from her post as a public school teacher.

_ SPECIAL ELECTION _ Voters in South Carolina have filled a vacant state House seat.

_ CHILD DEATH _ A South Carolina woman will spend life behind bars after a jury found her guilty of killing her boyfriend's 3-year-old daughter in December 2017.

_ JAILER-INMATE RELATIONSHIP _ South Carolina Department of Corrections police say a jailer has admitted to being in an "inappropriate romantic relationship" with an inmate under her supervision.

_ DEADLY JUMP _ A Georgia woman who authorities say was fatally struck while trying to jump on the hood of a moving semitruck in South Carolina has been identified.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TOLL BRIDGE

MOBILE, Ala. _ A Mobile planning organization delayed a key vote on a controversial toll bridge amid pushback over the cost to commuters and families. Mobile Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on Wednesday voted to delay a decision on whether to include the project in the region's transportation plan. The bridge must be in the plan to qualify for federal funding. The group will meet again in October after a state toll bridge authority meets. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

CHINESE DRYWALL-SETTLEMENT

NEW ORLEANS _ A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents. The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Tuesday. It comes nearly eight years after a major settlement in another case involving a different Chinese company, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and in the wake of other settlements with various homebuilders, equipment suppliers and installers who used the material. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 297 words.

AP Photos VANOV301-0526091029.

IN BRIEF:

_ MUSIC-ALABAMA _ Southern rock band Alabama says it is postponing the remainder of its 50th anniversary tour as lead singer Randy Owen battles health complications. By Katie Campione.

AP Photos CAPM108-0408170127.

_ AUTO SUPPLIER-JOBS _ A Japanese automotive supplier plans to build a more than $60 million plant that will hire about 200 people in north Alabama.

_ CHIEF DEPUTY-ARREST _ A west Alabama chief deputy who worked for a sheriff who pleaded guilty to federal crimes last month is now charged with theft and other crimes, authorities said Wednesday.

_ FUGITIVE-KILLING _ Authorities say a convicted robber from Alabama who left his Georgia work-release program and allegedly killed a man in Florida has killed himself.

_ LAWYER-JURY TAMPERING _ An Alabama lawyer has been sentenced to four months in jail for trying to influence a potential juror in a civil case.

_ FATAL BOAT CRASH _ Two more people face criminal charges in connection with a fatal July 4 boat crash on Smith Lake.

_ OIL LEASE SALE _ Oil and gas companies made $159.4 million in high bids Wednesday for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, down from sales in March and a year ago.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AUBURN'S PRINCE

AUBURN, Ala. _ Prince Tega Wanogho came to Alabama wanting to be the next LeBron James. He became Auburn's left tackle instead. By John Zenor. SENT: 713 words.

AP Photos NY166-1228182016.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LATINO CITIZEN JAILED

NEW ORLEANS _ A Honduran-born U.S. citizen says in a federal lawsuit that he was illegally held in a Louisiana jail for days because a sheriff's office wrongly suspected he was in the country illegally. Lawyers for the New Orleans-based American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit Wednesday in Baton Rouge on behalf of Ramon Torres. It says Torres was jailed on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Ascension Parish on Aug. 31, 2018, after he refused a breath test. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 370 words.

LSU-ARMED INTRUDER

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander is encouraging the college community to continue reporting anything suspicious even though a previous report of a man with a gun turned out to be a false alarm. On Tuesday, someone in Coates Hall saw a man with a gun and reported it. LSU police locked down the campus and conducted a room-by-room search of the building before declaring an all-clear. SENT: 268 words.

AP Photos LABAT301-0820190000, LABAT302-0820190000.

CHINESE DRYWALL-SETTLEMENT

NEW ORLEANS _ A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents. The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Tuesday. It comes nearly eight years after a major settlement in another case involving a different Chinese company, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and in the wake of other settlements with various homebuilders, equipment suppliers and installers who used the material. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 297 words.

AP Photos VANOV301-0526091029.

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

BATON ROUGE, La. _ While efforts to rewrite Louisiana's constitution stalled with state lawmakers, advocates for a constitutional convention are trying to make new inroads for the movement, seeing opportunity with legislative term limits and statewide elections this fall. The push may face an important roadblock, however. Two of the three major candidates for governor, Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, are lukewarm at best to the idea. Only Republican contender Eddie Rispone is a full-throated backer of a constitutional convention. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 614 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR _ A powerful Louisiana business lobbying group wants a Republican for governor, but isn't choosing between the two major GOP contenders challenging Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.

_ KINDERGARTENER-COCAINE _ A 5-year-old boy unknowingly brought cocaine to a kindergarten in a New Orleans suburb, leading to the arrest of a man and a woman, police said Wednesday.

_ RAILROAD WORKER-DEATH _ Investigators say a Union Pacific worker has died after being pinned between two railway tanker cars in Southeast Texas.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-PROTESTERS _ Three women who were protesting the fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana have been sentenced to six months of probation and must perform community service.

_ SHERIFF RE-ELECTED _ A Louisiana sheriff has been re-elected to a third term after his only opponent in the race was disqualified.

_ BICYCLIST KILLED-ARREST _ Louisiana State Police say a man has been arrested in the death of a bicyclist who was hit by a car in April, while riding at night in dark clothes and without lights.

_ HOME BURNED-ARREST _ A Louisiana man accused of setting fire to a trailer owned by his former in-laws has been arrested more than a year after the blaze.

_ OIL LEASE SALE _ Oil and gas companies made $159.4 million in high bids Wednesday for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, down from sales in March and a year ago.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-MOVES

METAIRIE, La. _ The New Orleans Saints have added linebacker Will Compton and offensive lineman Fisayo Awolaja to their training camp roster. The additions, announced by coach Sean Payton on Wednesday, come after the club waived reserve long snapper Nick Moore and placed offensive tackle Chris Clark on injured reserve. SENT: 160 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ Two candidates competing for the Republican nomination for Mississippi governor were taking part in a televised debate Wednesday night, six days before a primary runoff. Hours before the debate, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood appeared in the Delta to talk about his proposal to reduce Mississippi’s 7 percent grocery tax. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 500 words by 8:15 p.m. With AP Photos.

MISSISSIPPI-SHERIFF RESIGNS

ABERDEEN, Miss. _ A northeast Mississippi sheriff who was unseated in a primary election earlier this month has resigned abruptly amid an investigation, while the Democrat who defeated him is running unopposed after a Republican dropped out of the race. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell resigned Tuesday, giving up the last few months of his term. Cantrell lost the Aug. 6 Democratic primary to Kevin Crook, who won a majority in a three-way field. On Wednesday, Republican Andy Hood dropped out, leaving Crook without opposition in the November general election. SENT: 249 words.

CHINESE DRYWALL-SETTLEMENT

NEW ORLEANS _ A proposed $248 million settlement has been filed in a decade-old federal court case over defective Chinese drywall blamed for damaging home appliances and sickening residents. The proposed settlement between property owners and Taishan Gypsum Co. was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Tuesday. It comes nearly eight years after a major settlement in another case involving a different Chinese company, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., and in the wake of other settlements with various homebuilders, equipment suppliers and installers who used the material. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 297 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ JACKPOT WINNER ROBBED _ A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to armed robbery after prosecutors said he followed a woman who won a $5,000 casino jackpot and robbed her at gunpoint.

_ WALMART-SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI _ A man accused of killing two people at a Mississippi Walmart and then setting part of it on fire is fighting extradition to the county where it happened.

_ AVID BOATS-EXPANSION _A new company has begun making boats in northeast Mississippi and hired 75 people.

_ DONKEY DEATH VERDICT _ A Mississippi woman whose loose donkey caused a fatal car crash has been ordered to pay more than $2 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

_ CIVILIAN DEFENSE AWARD _ A Mississippi man has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian honor.

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