BC-Deep South News Digest

August 23, 2019 - 7:26 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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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

FATAL FAMILY SHOOTING

ATLANTA _ A Georgia woman who is believed to have fatally shot her grown son and daughter before killing herself had bragged about her children on social media not long before the bodies were discovered. Marsha Edwards wrote on Instagram that she "could not ask for better children," just hours before she was found dead Wednesday at her town house in an upscale neighborhood outside Atlanta, area news outlets reported. Police also found the bodies of 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II and 20-year-old Erin Edwards. SENT: 250 words.

TRUMP-WOMEN

DES MOINES, Iowa _ President Donald Trump's presidential campaign is rallying female defenders of Trump to help with one of their toughest reelection challenges. Women voters are a problem for Trump, so female supporters are fanning out across important battlegrounds in a high-profile push to make the president’s case on the economy. They also will be recruiting women volunteers. Events are scheduled in 13 battleground states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Ohio. By Jill Colvin and Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 1,059 words, photos.

CLEAN AIR SETTLEMENT-SUPERMARKETS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Southeastern Grocers Inc. and its subsidiaries to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a DOJ news release. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PEN GUN-GUILTY PLEA _ A Georgia man faces a federal prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to carrying a homemade gun that was disguised as an ink pen.

_ SCHOOL CHILDREN SICKENED _ Authorities in Georgia say candy that is believed to have sickened several students at a middle school was not drug-infused.

_ MISSING REMAINS _ A missing Georgia man found dead is once again missing after his remains were shipped through FedEx and lost.

_ FOOTBALL GAME SHOOTING _ The mother of a 12-year-old shooting victim says her son is paralyzed and may never walk again.

SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-METS

NEW YORK _ Atlanta and New York open a three-game series at Citi Field, where the Mets have won 13 of their last 14 games while charging into the NL playoff picture. The NL East-leading Braves will start RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) against New York ace Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61). By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-PRESEASON FOLLIES

UNDATED _ Cam Newton hobbling to the locker room, the recipient of an unnecessary injury in an unnecessary game. A cash-grab in Canada, leading to what didn't even qualify as a glorified scrimmage on an 80-yard field. By Paul Newberry. SEN: 1,034 words.

AP Photos FBO114-0822192002, FBO115-0822192000, FBO113-0822192001, JGW117-0822192012, JGW131-0822192144, PXE120-0822192216.

GLF--TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA _ Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele were tied at 10-under par as the Tour Championship goes into the second round in the chase for $15 million. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--T25-WISCONSIN-CEPHUS

MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus was declared eligible to play Friday, a year after he was suspended in the fallout from a sexual assault allegation that resulted in his acquittal by a jury at trial. Cephus was suspended from the team in August 2018 after he was charged with second- and third-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors filed the counts after two women accused him of sexually assaulting both of them in his apartment that April when they were too drunk to consent. Cephus maintained the sex was consensual and one of his accusers arranged the encounter. SENT: 388 words.

AP Photos WIMAW102-0812190905, WIMAW101-0819191505.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SEX ABUSE-CITADEL

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ A student at The Citadel sued an ex-instructor who he says agreed not to discipline him in exchange for sex. Former Citadel Lt. Col. Kenneth Boes was charged last year with sexually assaulting the cadet, but prosecutors dropped those charges for reasons that aren't explained in online court records. Boes' lawyer on Friday described the cadet as a false victim and violent young man who wants to make a quick buck at the expense of a man with an impeccable reputation. SENT: 352 words.

CLEAN AIR SETTLEMENT-SUPERMARKETS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Southeastern Grocers Inc. and its subsidiaries to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a DOJ news release. SENT: 352 words.

CHILD WELFARE-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO _ The troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real: dangling exposed wires, open pill bottles near a sleeping baby and a kitchen strewn with dog feces and cockroaches. But the mock apartment — with a lifelike infant doll, candles emitting foul smells and plastic insects — is part of a new simulation lab to train workers who investigate child abuse claims across Illinois. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 1,151 words.

AP Photos ILAA104-0730191021, ILAA101-0730191009, ILAA105-0730191036, ILAA107-0730191037, ILAA106-0730191036, ILAA103-0730191012, ILAA108-0730191040, ILAA109-0730191043.

IN BRIEF:

_ RACIST VIDEOS-CATHOLIC SCHOOL _ A private Catholic high school is South Carolina has unveiled a new slogan after a student was accused of making racist videos and threatening his school.

_ KICKBALL GAME-MAYOR-UMPIRE _ A disagreement during a kickball game between the mayor of a South Carolina town and an umpire led to a city official asking that the umpire be assigned elsewhere.

_ ROBBERY-HIGH FIVE _ Authorities say a would-be robber laughed, dropped his knife and high-fived a South Carolina drugstore employee after she told him they didn't have any money or a specific brand of painkillers.

AP Photos NY125-0823192129.

_ AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM _ North Charleston is giving $1 million to a new African American history museum in South Carolina and is asking the museum to include the city's story.

SPORTS

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-PRESEASON FOLLIES

UNDATED _ Cam Newton hobbling to the locker room, the recipient of an unnecessary injury in an unnecessary game. A cash-grab in Canada, leading to what didn't even qualify as a glorified scrimmage on an 80-yard field. By Paul Newberry. SEN: 1,034 words.

AP Photos FBO114-0822192002, FBO115-0822192000, FBO113-0822192001, JGW117-0822192012, JGW131-0822192144, PXE120-0822192216.

FBN--BROWNS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. _ The Baker Mayfield-led Cleveland Browns visit Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for what figures to be the final preseason action for starters on both teams, which are hoping to end long playoff droughts this year. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-FEASTER'S SWITCH

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ When ex-Clemson running back Tavien Feaster put on his South Carolina jersey for the first time at a photo shoot during the summer, he took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. "All right," he told himself. "I'm here. Let's go." By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 686 words.

AP Photos NY158-0929181753.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TOLL BRIDGE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday that officials will continue to look at ways to eliminate, or at least reduce, tolls of up to $6 on a proposed Mobile bridge. The proposed $2.1 billion toll bridge across Mobile Bay and the Mobile River has been met with opposition from people who say the tolls would hurt working families and small businesses. Ivey has asked the state toll bridge authority to meet on Oct. 7 so people could propose alternate funding possibilities. SENT: 296 words.

AP Photos NY122-0304191902.

IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST DETAINED

GADSDEN, Ala. _ The detention of an immigrant rights activist and his son sparked protests Friday in Alabama. More than 20 protesters circled the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden chanting for the release of Marcos and Juan Baltazar. SENT: 234 words.

CLEAN AIR SETTLEMENT-SUPERMARKETS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Southeastern Grocers Inc. and its subsidiaries to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a DOJ news release. SENT: 352 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TOLL BRIDGE _ Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says officials will continue to look at ways to eliminate, or at least reduce, tolls of up to $6 on a proposed Mobile bridge.

_ NEW HOSPITAL _ Plans have been announced for the replacement of an Alabama hospital. University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital officials said this week that a new hospital will be built in McCalla to replace the Medical West Hospital in Bessemer, which was built in 1964.

_ SICK MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS _ Seven Alabama middle school students were hospitalized for heat distress symptoms after participating in an outdoor gym class.

_ HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CRASH-ALABAMA _ An Alabama interstate was shut down in both directions for several hours and a nearby high school closed for the day as a precaution after a crash involving a semitrailer carrying hazardous materials.

_ PRISON CONSTRUCTION _ Alabama is inching forward with a plan to build three new prisons.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-TUA PART II

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Tua Tagovailoa has been studying men from the Bible, including Joseph, Moses and David. The Alabama quarterback believes he can draw from their successes and failures and the fact that they each had some of both. Tagovailoa can relate to their experiences after an almost too-good-to-be-true start to his college career. By John Zenor. SENT: 812 words.

AP Photos NY152-0107192351, NY166-0803191612.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

KATHLEEN BLANCO FUNERAL

LAFAYETTE, La. _ Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region. A public visitation for the state's only female governor is taking place Friday at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette. A prayer service will follow in the evening. SENT: 132 words.

AP Photos LAMD120-0822191318, LAMD116-0822191236, LAMD118-0822191253, LAMD111-0822190447, LAMD110-0822191012, NYCD501-0917051710.

DEA AGENT CHARGED

NEW ORLEANS _ After more than four days of testimony, prosecutors rested their federal case against a former federal agent accused of stealing cash from drug dealers, lying under oath and falsifying paperwork. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports the government closed its case Friday against former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Chad Scott. SENT: 151 words. Will be updated.

CLEAN AIR SETTLEMENT-SUPERMARKETS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Southeastern Grocers Inc. and its subsidiaries to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a DOJ news release. SENT: 352 words.

NEW ORLEANS BARS-ALCOHOL

NEW ORLEANS _ An outpouring of criticism prompted the New Orleans City Council to delay a vote Thursday on a proposal to substantially change alcohol rules that have remained largely unaltered for decades. Opponents voiced their concerns at a meeting, The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate reported . Many critics said they haven't had time to review revisions introduced last fall. SENT: 330 words.

CAR BLOCKING DRAINAGE

NEW ORLEANS _ Workers looking for blockages in an underground New Orleans drainage canal have found the usual mucky debris _ and at least one car. Heavy equipment hoisted the wreck out of the Lafitte Canal on Thursday, a day after the city's Sewerage and Water Board announced its discovery. How and when the car got there remains unknown. SENT: 275 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CITY EMPLOYEES ARRESTED _ Three City of Shreveport employees are facing charges.

_ STADIUM DEMOLITION _ An unused minor league baseball stadium that's falling into disrepair in Louisiana could be demolished and turned into a parking lot under a bond proposal.

_ CHEMICAL LEAK-MANUFACTURING PLANT _ A chemical manufacturing plant in Louisiana leaked gaseous hydrochloric acid, causing a visible haze and leading to a brief highway shutdown.

SPORTS:

FBN--PAUL NEWBERRY-PRESEASON FOLLIES

UNDATED _ Cam Newton hobbling to the locker room, the recipient of an unnecessary injury in an unnecessary game. A cash-grab in Canada, leading to what didn't even qualify as a glorified scrimmage on an 80-yard field. By Paul Newberry. SEN: 1,034 words.

AP Photos FBO114-0822192002, FBO115-0822192000, FBO113-0822192001, JGW117-0822192012, JGW131-0822192144, PXE120-0822192216.

FBC--KANSAS-MILES OF MILES

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Les Koenning has to be careful every time the new offensive coordinator at Kansas walks into one of the Jayhawks' meeting rooms, making sure to address the right person by the right name. It has nothing to with learning dozens of unfamiliar faces, either. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 704 words.

AP Photos NY150-0715191520, NY151-0915181642.

TWO DEAD-MINNESOTA

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. _ The son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett is accused of shooting Bennett and his wife multiple times, killing them, then driving out of state and boarding a flight to Mexico, according to criminal charges filed Friday. Authorities issued an arrest warrant and were searching for Dylan Bennett, 22, who is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, without premeditation, in connection with the deaths of his parents, Barry and Carol Bennett. SENT: 359 words.

AP Photos NY170-1130870000.

BBY--LITTLE LEAGUE-US PREVIEW

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. _ Hawaii has played eight games at the Little League World Series over the last two years without a loss. This year's team, the first ever from the island of Maui, will need to pick up two more wins to capture back-to-back titles. First up is Louisiana. The teams will meet at 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday at Lamade Stadium, with the victor earning a place in the championship game against either Curacao or Japan on Sunday. By David Eckert. SENT: 453 words.

AP Photos PAGP127-0821191947, PAGP128-0821192012, PAGP126-0821192045, PATP146-0822192021, PATP150-0822192022, PAGP207-0822192037.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ Republican Tate Reeves was a 29-year-old banker and political novice when he won his first statewide office in Mississippi in 2003. After two terms as treasurer and the next two as lieutenant governor, Reeves now has his sights set on becoming governor. To advance to the Nov. 5 general election ballot and face four-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood for the state's highest office, Reeves must first win his own party's nomination. Doing so will require overcoming an obstacle of his own making: a reputation as a hard-nosed politician who's not afraid to make enemies. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 649 words.

AP Photos MSRS409-0821191907, MSRS412-0821190000, MSRS419-0821192013, MSRS416-0821192018, MSRS404-0821191923, MSRS402-0821191925, MSRS408-0821191913, MSCS201-0821191240.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

UNDATED _ State officials on Friday moved toward approving one new charter school this year, acting on the recommendation of consultants who reviewed applications. The decision by a three-member committee of the Charter School Authorizer Board will go before the full board for a vote on Sept. 9. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 509 words.

EMBEZZLEMENT-GUNS

PONTOTOC, Miss. _ A former Mississippi town clerk accused of stealing nearly $250,000 pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to five years of house arrest. Gretchin Moody, 47, former clerk of the City of Ecru, had been indicted on three counts of embezzlement for stealing $128,000 in town court fines and $69,000 in payroll, plus using town credit cards to make $46,000 in personal purchases. SENT: 241 words.

CLEAN AIR SETTLEMENT-SUPERMARKETS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Southeastern Grocers Inc. and its subsidiaries to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a DOJ news release. SENT: 352 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER-WOMAN KILLED _ A former Mississippi police officer accused of killing a woman is being moved to another jail after a picture showed him unguarded outside his cell.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-NO INDICTMENT _ A Mississippi police officer who shot a man outside a nightclub in 2017 won't be criminally charged.

_ CITY FINANCIAL PROBLEMS _ Columbus officials say the city was on its way into debt but has turned its finances around, saving about $805,000 since March.

_ TRUCK DRIVER-WORKPLACE SHOOTING _ Prosecutors say a Tennessee truck driver has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of a freight dock manager.

_ ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI _ Saturday is the deadline for people to cast in-person absentee ballots for Mississippi runoff elections.

_ BOATING DEATH _ Authorities say a man died after the fishing boat he was in flipped on the Snake River in northwest Wyoming.

SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI STATE-NCAA PROBATION

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ While Mississippi State's basketball and football programs dodged postseason bans, the NCAA has put the school on three years' probation as part of a slew of penalties after an investigation into academic violations. A review of the self-reported violations determined a part-time student tutor completed coursework for 10 football players and one men's basketball player in an online class. By Paul Jones.

AP Photos NY171-0421182044.

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