BC-Deep South News Digest

September 23, 2019 - 3:14 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ABORTION-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _A federal judge is considering whether Georgia's restrictive new abortion law should be blocked while a legal challenge is pending. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. It allows for limited exceptions. It's set to take effect Jan. 1. The judge heard arguments Monday and said he'd decide as soon as possible whether to block the law. By Kate Brumback. Developing.

SENIOR CARE CENTERS-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ State records show that behind the elegant lobbies and brochures promising compassionate care, many of Georgia's senior care facilities fail to provide even a minimum level of care. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that many senior living centers feature extremely thin staffing and constant turnover among low-paid staff. The failures have resulted in injuries, humiliation and even deaths. SENT: 500 words.

TRAVEL-COUNTRY MUSIC ROADMAP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ With the debut of PBS' new "Country Music" documentary, Ken Burns tells the story of a uniquely American art form. Music aficionados can take their playlists and hit the road to see the real places, from Luckenbach to Rocky Top, that are etched into country music lore and history. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

GEORGIA CRIME SPREE

MARIETTA, Ga. _ Two Alabama men with guns were apprehended after police say they went on an afternoon crime spree in the Atlanta suburbs. Employees of a check-cashing business in the Marietta area called 911 shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, saying two armed men tried to rob the business. About five minutes later, a delivery driver for a nearby restaurant said the men attacked him and stole his vehicle and belongings. Then a hotel housekeeper called 911 to report two young men walking around with handguns. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ RIVER DEATH _ Georgia Institute of Technology officials confirm that a student has died after a swimming accident in the Chattahoochee River

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-ANALYSIS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ A preseason trend for penalties and other mistakes has carried into the Atlanta Falcons' 1-2 start, including 16 penalties in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis. The errors are a big concern for coach Dan Quinn, who has other worries as defensive coordinator. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, file photos by 6 p.m.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-PARKHURST

MARIETTA, Ga. _ Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst will retire at the end of the season, ending a 15-year career in which he was one of the league's top defenders, played in the Olympics and helped lead United to the MLS Cup. Sent: 440 words, photos

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-MARITNEZ

MARIETTA, Ga. _ Atlanta United star Josef Martinez will likely miss at least one game after injuring his right knee and ankle, a better-than-expected diagnosis that sets up the dynamic striker to be available for the MLS playoffs. Sent: 375 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA

TOP STORIES:

FUNERAL-CLYBURN WIFE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A homegoing service was held Monday for Emily Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. By Meg Kinnard. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

_ FISHERMAN DROWNS _ Authorities say the president of a South Carolina fishing organization has drowned during a fishing tournament.

_ BANK ROBBERY-TRIAL _ A judge has ruled the death penalty trial of a man charged with killing two Conway bank employees during a robbery two years ago should continue because the defendant is mentally competent.

_ WOMAN PINNED _ Authorities say a 52-year-old woman has died at her home after she was pinned between two vehicles during a family dispute.

_ PAIN MANAGEMENT FIRM-BANKRUPTCY _ A pain management company that operated clinics across the Carolinas has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

_ COLUMBIA AIRPORT _ Columbia's airport is working to attract another airline.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA GOVERNOR-CANCER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she is "doing fine" after announcing last week that she has been diagnosed with cancer. Ivey told reporters Monday that she feels fine and has a good prognosis. The Republican governor says the cancer was caught early and she has a good outlook. She said she will receive radiation treatments and "this will all be over and done with." By Kim Chandler. SENT: 236 words, photos.

ALABAMA DEMOCRACTIC PARTY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A DNC committee has set an Oct. 19 deadline for the Alabama Democratic Party to hold new internal elections. The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee handed down the directive Friday. The panel also approved proposed bylaws submitted by several members of the state party's executive committee.

FORT HOOD-TRAINING ACCIDENT

KILLEEN, Texas _ A newspaper reports that Army officials have decided not to publicly release findings of the official investigation report on a 2016 Fort Hood training accident during flash flooding that killed eight soldiers and a West Point cadet. The Killeen Daily Herald filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the accident report conducted by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The nine military personnel died when their truck overturned while crossing Fort Hood’s Owl Creek. UPCOMING: 350 words, pursuing photos.

GEORGIA CRIME SPREE

MARIETTA, Ga. _ Two Alabama men with guns were apprehended after police say they went on an afternoon crime spree in the Atlanta suburbs. Employees of a check-cashing business in the Marietta area called 911 shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, saying two armed men tried to rob the business. About five minutes later, a delivery driver for a nearby restaurant said the men attacked him and stole his vehicle and belongings. Then a hotel housekeeper called 911 to report two young men walking around with handguns. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WHITE LIONS _ An animal preserve in northeast Alabama is now home to two white lions.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Deep South's only Democratic governor, debates his two main Republican challengers at a Monday forum fewer than two weeks before early voting begins in the election. Developing from noon campaign forum. By Melinda Deslatte. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRUCK STOP CAMEL _ Authorities in Louisiana say a camel at a truck stop petting zoo sat on a woman after she crawled into its enclosure.

_ NURSING HOME-ARREST _ Authorities in Louisiana say more than 100 patients received care and medication from a woman who wasn't authorized to be a nurse.

_ FIREFIGHTERS-PROTECTIVE VESTS _ The Shreveport Fire Department wants its firefighters to have protective vests similar to those police officers wear because they sometimes encounter violent people at emergency scenes.

_ CONVENTION CENTER-NEW ORLEANS _ A new deadline has been set for companies vying to develop a large tract of land into a new entertainment district near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-ANALYSIS

NEW ORLEANS _ While the Saints are encouraged by their ability to win their first game without Drew Brees, it remains to be seen if they can find a sustainable recipe for victory in their record-setting quarterback's absence. Special teams and defensive touchdowns don't happen every week, never mind in the same game. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 5:30 p.m. ET

FBC--STAT WATCH

LSU has earned a reputation the last decade or so as a program that relies on defense and usually does just enough on offense. That's what makes it such a surprise to see the fourth-ranked Tigers emerge as the nation's highest-scoring team so far this season. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 700 words, with photos

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BB KING-AUCTION

JACKSON, Miss. _ A guitar given to B.B. King for his 80th birthday has sold for $280,000 at an auction of items from the estate of the late blues legend. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 300 words. With AP file photos.

OLE MISS JOURNALISM-RACICST COMMENT

TUPELO, Miss. _ A businessman is pulling his $5.3 million donation, plus interest, from the University of Mississippi and giving the money to a nonprofit group that does community work and owns the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Ed Meek's action comes months after the university removed his name from its School of Journalism and New Media after Meek commented on a Facebook photo of two black women wearing short dresses, suggesting they exemplified problems threatening the economy. He later apologized. SENT: 418 words.

TRAVEL-COUNTRY MUSIC ROADMAP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ With the debut of PBS' new "Country Music" documentary, Ken Burns tells the story of a uniquely American art form. Music aficionados can take their playlists and hit the road to see the real places, from Luckenbach to Rocky Top, that are etched into country music lore and history. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SOUTH MISSISSIPPI KILLING _ A south Mississippi teenager has been sentenced to 35 years in prison following his conviction of second-degree murder in a 2016 slaying.

SPORTS:

_ OBIT-SNEAD _ Jevan Snead, former Mississippi quarterback who ranks among school's passing leaders, dies in Texas at 32.

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