BC-Deep South News Digest, 1st Ld-Writethru

September 16, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPIKED CBD

Marketers of the suddenly popular CBD are touting the compound from the cannabis plant as a treatment for a range of ailments without experiencing the high. But dozens of questionable samples tested by authorities and The Associated press show potentially deadly synthetic marijuana in many of those products, used in vapes and edibles. Synthetic marijuana has been blamed for at least 11 deaths in Europe. By Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 2,278 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also moving.

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_ SPIKED CBD-GEORGIA _ When high schoolers around Savannah started passing out after puffing vapes last year, authorities found tobacco shops selling synthetic marijuana as CBD.

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BC-US--Spiked CBD-Methodology and Results.

PARAMEDIC-MORPHINE THEFT

CARNESVILLE, Ga. _ A Georgia paramedic is accused of stealing morphine, replacing it with another liquid and then re-attaching the cap with super glue. Prosecutors say Michael Shane Hambrick knew that the vial he left behind would be intended for critically injured patients in need of the pain medication. An indictment says Hambrick was supervising at the Franklin County EMS when he took the morphine from a locked narcotics box in a locked supervisor's vehicle, and used a syringe to remove the drug. UPCOMING: 200 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING CHILDREN _ Authorities say four young Florida children are missing after the body of their mother was found in Georgia.

_ KANYE WEST-SUNDAY SERVICE _ Rapper Kanye West brought his collection of choir singers and musicians to an Atlanta-area megachurch for his religious popup performance called “Sunday Service.”

_ GEORGIA SHOOTING _ A Georgia sheriff says three people have been shot to death in Conyers.

_ FAKE PRESCRIPTIONS _ Authorities in Alabama say a Georgia man attempting to fill a forged prescription was arrested with more than 1,550 doses of codeine cough syrup.

_ MISSING TEEN _ A Mississippi man has been charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old Atlanta girl who had been reported missing.

_ UNIVERSITY VIRGINIA WISE _ A college in southwest Virginia is seeing limited interest in an inaugural program that offers discounted tuition to students from Appalachia.

_ FREEDOM RIDES TOUR _ The University of Mary Washington is inviting members of the Fredericksburg, Virginia, community to join students on a trip tracing the route of history-changing bus rides across the American South in the 1960s.

SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-ANALYSIS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ A fourth-down touchdown catch by Julio Jones and a late defensive stand gave Atlanta a tight win over Philadelphia. Still, there are new injury concerns and more offensive line questions as the Falcons shift their focus to next week's game at Indianapolis. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-IRISH-BETWEEN THE HEDGES

ATHENS, Ga. _ The Fighting Irish. The Dawgs. Between the hedges. Two of college football's most storied programs meet for the first time in one of its most famed settings, a game that already feels special because of its historic ramifications but is also likely to have a huge impact on this year's race to the College Football Playoff. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA ((All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. _ Four of the Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination are descending on South Carolina for what organizers call the oldest traditional stump speech event in the country, as they continue to make their cases to this state, home to the first southern vote of 2020. On Monday, Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are all scheduled to speak at the Galivants Ferry Stump, a biennial Democratic event in a rural portion of northeastern South Carolina. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 500 words, photos.

WARREN-LIMA ONE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A former Republican candidate for governor in South Carolina is selling his stake in the mortgage company he founded. John Warren said Monday he has sold his majority stake in Lime One Capital to his minority partners. A release from the company did not give terms for the deal or specify any reasons Warren decided to sell the Greenville firm he founded in 2011. Warren's first run for public office was for governor in 2018. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 440 words, AP Photo.

SPIKED CBD

Marketers of the suddenly popular CBD are touting the compound from the cannabis plant as a treatment for a range of ailments without experiencing the high. But dozens of questionable samples tested by authorities and The Associated press show potentially deadly synthetic marijuana in many of those products, used in vapes and edibles. Synthetic marijuana has been blamed for at least 11 deaths in Europe. By Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 2,278 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also moving.

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_ SPIKED CBD-SOUTH CAROLINA _ As part of an AP investigation, a reporter purchased five vape products that were marketed as delivering CBD at a store near Columbia. Lab testing showed three contained synthetic marijuana.

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BC-US--Spiked CBD-Methodology and Results.

IN BRIEF:

_ DORIAN-FIRE DEATHS _ Authorities say a South Carolina man ran back into his burning home to save his wife, but the two were ultimately killed by smoke inhalation.

_ FATAL FALL _ Authorities in South Carolina say a 22-year-old man has fallen to his death from a hotel balcony.

_ TEEN DEATH-DROWNING _ A 15-year-old South Carolina boy drowned trying to save his younger brother in what officials say is the state's deadliest body of water.

_ UNIVERSITY VIRGINIA WISE _ A college in southwest Virginia is seeing limited interest in an inaugural program that offers discounted tuition to students from Appalachia.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-SYTLE POINTS

CLEMSON, S.C. _ The points are certainly there for No. 1 Clemson. Style points? That's another issue for an attack that's looked haphazard at times through three games. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

THE BIG DITCH

EPES, Ala. _ More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of "orderly growth and prosperity" when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn't worked out that way. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,000 words, AP photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 970 words, photos.

HATE GROUP LABEL LAWSUIT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused leaders of the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to financially destroy one of the organizations that it has labeled as a hate group. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 460 words.

SPIKED CBD

Marketers of the suddenly popular CBD are touting the compound from the cannabis plant as a treatment for a range of ailments without experiencing the high. But dozens of questionable samples tested by authorities and The Associated press show potentially deadly synthetic marijuana in many of those products, used in vapes and edibles. Synthetic marijuana has been blamed for at least 11 deaths in Europe. By Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 2,278 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also moving.

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_ SPIKED CBD-ALABAMA _ Alabama health officials had good reason when earlier this year they warned that products labeled as the cannabis extract CBD may not contain what they claim.

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BC-US--Spiked CBD-Methodology and Results.

FAST FOOD-MORGAN SPURLOCK

NEW YORK _ Last time, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food for a month. This time, he's the one dishing out the fried stuff. Spurlock has gone from being an avid Big Mac consumer in "Super Size Me" to serving his own chicken sandwiches in "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" Ironically, his film about fast-food chicken reemerges during a food feud over chicken sandwiches. But viewers of "Super Size Me 2" may skip that item once they learn about the cruelty and dishonesty used to make it. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,050 words, AP Photo, AP Video.

PARAMEDIC-MORPHINE THEFT

CARNESVILLE, Ga. _ A Georgia paramedic is accused of stealing morphine, replacing it with another liquid and then re-attaching the cap with super glue. Prosecutors say Michael Shane Hambrick knew that the vial he left behind would be intended for critically injured patients in need of the pain medication. An indictment says Hambrick was supervising at the Franklin County EMS when he took the morphine from a locked narcotics box in a locked supervisor's vehicle, and used a syringe to remove the drug. UPCOMING: 200 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ SLAIN MOM-CHARGES DROPPED _ An Alabama judge has dropped a murder charge against a man accused of killing his mother after key witnesses failed to show up for trial.

_ LOCKHEED MARTIN-HYPERSONICS PROGRAM _ Lockheed Martin says it will base its hypersonics weapons program in north Alabama, where about 275 new jobs will be added over the next three years.

_ SLAIN WOMAN-BURIED IN WELL _ A homicide suspect's wife is now among those accused of murder in the slaying of an Alabama woman whose body was hidden in a well.

_ FAKE PRESCRIPTIONS _ Authorities in Alabama say a Georgia man attempting to fill a forged prescription was arrested with more than 1,550 doses of codeine cough syrup.

_ PARALYZED MAN-SLAIN _ An Alabama man will not face the death penalty, but could spend life in prison, after being convicted of fatally shooting a paraplegic man in a 2015 robbery.

_ DOMESTIC ABUSE-HUSBAND _ Authorities in Alabama say they've arrested a man who assaulted his estranged wife and held her hostage in her home.

_ UNIVERSITY VIRGINIA WISE _ A college in southwest Virginia is seeing limited interest in an inaugural program that offers discounted tuition to students from Appalachia.

_ FREEDOM RIDES TOUR _ The University of Mary Washington is inviting members of the Fredericksburg, Virginia, community to join students on a trip tracing the route of history-changing bus rides across the American South in the 1960s.

SPORTS:

IN BRIEF:

_ ALABAMA-RAY _ Alabama defensive end LaBryan Ray will be sidelined for at least one game with a foot injury.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA INSURANCE

BATON ROUGE, La. _Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon faces off Monday in a candidate forum against his Republican intraparty challenger Tim Temple. The race will be decided in weeks, in the Oct. 12 election. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m. AP Photos planned.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER-NUTRIENT SENSOR

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal agencies, a group of Mississippi River city mayors and the American Queen Steamboat Company plan to announce Monday that a nutrient sensor is being attached to the boat that regularly travels up and down the river. The aim is twofold: gathering information about the nitrogen and phosphorus that eventually promotes an oxygen-starved dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico each summer, and telling tourists about the link. By Adrian Sainz. With AP Photos. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 5 p.m.

TROOPER SUED

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing a Louisiana state police trooper of excessive force during an arrest in New Orleans' French Quarter. SENT: 270 words.

SPIKED CBD

Marketers of the suddenly popular CBD are touting the compound from the cannabis plant as a treatment for a range of ailments without experiencing the high. But dozens of questionable samples tested by authorities and The Associated press show potentially deadly synthetic marijuana in many of those products, used in vapes and edibles. Synthetic marijuana has been blamed for at least 11 deaths in Europe. By Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 2,278 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also moving.

WITH:

_ SPIKED CBD-LOUISIANA _ Louisiana authorities have encountered more than a dozen products marketed as delivering the cannabis extract CBD but that instead were spiked with synthetic marijuana.

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BC-US--Spiked CBD-Methodology and Results.

IN BRIEF:

_ ATTEMPTED PURSE THEFT-HERO _ A grocery store bagger in Louisiana has been hailed a hero for stopping a man who tried to steal a woman's purse.

_ DOG DRAGGED-DEATH _ Deputies in a Louisiana parish are looking for a driver who dragged a leashed dog to death behind a car.

_ PLANE CRASH-RESCUE _ The Coast Guard says it rescued a man after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.

_ UNIVERSITY BUILDING-FIRE _ A fire has damaged a university building in Louisiana and canceled classes for at least a day.

_ DRUG-FILLED WALLET _ Authorities in Louisiana say a woman was arrested after her lost wallet was recovered containing a bag of crystal methamphetamine.

_ UNIVERSITY VIRGINIA WISE _ A college in southwest Virginia is seeing limited interest in an inaugural program that offers discounted tuition to students from Appalachia.

SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-BREES

NEW ORLEANS _ Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation. The person says Brees has elected to have surgery. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the diagnosis has not been announced. Brees was hurt Sunday when his thumb jammed against he and of Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. By Brett Martel. Sent: 375 words, photos. Developing.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-DREW AND BIG BEN

Few if any scenes on Sunday seemed more incongruous than Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline watching their team’s offenses try to produce without them. It doesn’t happen very often, and both the Saints and Steelers better hope it is a rare occurrence that won’t be repeated much, if at all, the rest of this season. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Sent: 650 words, photos.

FBN--SAINTS-ANALSIS

NEW ORLEANS _ The New Orleans Saints are going to have to adjust to a new starting quarterback for a while. Teddy Bridgewater is in line to take over for an estimated six games while Drew Brees recovers from a torn thumb ligament. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. By 6 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

THE BIG DITCH

EPES, Ala. _ More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of "orderly growth and prosperity" when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn't worked out that way. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,000 words, AP photos.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER-NUTRIENT SENSOR

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal agencies, a group of Mississippi River city mayors and the American Queen Steamboat Company plan to announce Monday that a nutrient sensor is being attached to the boat that regularly travels up and down the river. The aim is twofold: gathering information about the nitrogen and phosphorus that eventually promotes an oxygen-starved dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico each summer, and telling tourists about the link. By Adrian Sainz. With AP Photos. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 5 p.m.

ALCOHOL VOTE

BOONEVILLE, Miss. _ It could soon be possible to buy beer or liquor in part of one of Mississippi's last five dry counties. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Friday that referendums are set for Oct. 15 to allow alcohol sales in Booneville in Prentiss County. One measure would allow sales of liquor and full-strength wine. The other would allow sales of beer and light wine. Voters could reject both measures, approve one, or approve both. SENT: 300 words.

SPIKED CBD

Marketers of the suddenly popular CBD are touting the compound from the cannabis plant as a treatment for a range of ailments without experiencing the high. But dozens of questionable samples tested by authorities and The Associated press show potentially deadly synthetic marijuana in many of those products, used in vapes and edibles. Synthetic marijuana has been blamed for at least 11 deaths in Europe. By Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 2,278 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also moving.

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_ SPIKED CBD-MISSISSIPPI _ Mississippi authorities investigating CBD being sold in the state found dangerous synthetic marijuana and fentanyl in some samples.

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BC-US--Spiked CBD-Methodology and Results.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAYOR-GUN BAN _ A Mississippi mayor who brought a gun to a public hearing says he plans to file a lawsuit against the town's board of alderman.

_ BANK FRAUD-SENTENCING _ Two northeast Mississippi men have been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution to a bank following their convictions on fraud charges.

_ WEST NILE-MISSISSIPPI _ The Mississippi Department of Health says four more people were confirmed to have West Nile virus, bringing the state's total this year to 13 cases.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ARREST _ Local news stations say a 25-year-old Mississippi Delta man suspected in a fatal shooting has turned himself in to authorities.

_ MISSING TEEN _ A Mississippi man has been charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old Atlanta girl who had been reported missing.

_ UNIVERSITY VIRGINIA WISE _ A college in southwest Virginia is seeing limited interest in an inaugural program that offers discounted tuition to students from Appalachia.

SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI ST-QB

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead updates his quarterback situation heading into its Southeastern Conference opener with Kentucky after both starter Tommy Stevens and freshman Garrett Shrader played in each of the Bulldogs' last two games. By Paul Jones. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos, expected by 6 p.m.

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