BC-Deep South News Digest

June 04, 2019 - 7:20 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)



ATLANTA _ A federal appeals court plans to rehear arguments on unsealing the transcripts from grand jury proceedings in the unsolved lynching of two black couples in rural Georgia more than 70 years ago. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said Tuesday that a majority of its judges voted to rehear the case involving the brazen killing of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey. The four were riding in a car when a white mob stopped them at Moore's Ford Bridge in July 1946. The mob pulled the four sharecroppers from the car and shot them multiple times along the banks of the Apalachee River in rural Walton County, just over 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Atlanta. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 520 words.

AP Photos NYSP402-0221181611, NYSP404-0221181745.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Georgia-Pacific announced Tuesday it's laying off more than 650 workers in Arkansas as it shuts down part of a mill in Crossett and another facility in Hope. The Atlanta-based company said it's shutting down the bleached board operations at its facility in Crossett, 104 miles south of Little Rock, as of October. Approximately 530 jobs will be affected by the closure and another 25 business and sales jobs will be affected by the decision. By andrew Demillo. SENT: 413 words.


ROANOKE, Va. _ A fatal stabbing on the Appalachian Trail has led the nonprofit that manages the trail to revise its website for reporting safety issues and suspicious incidents. The Roanoke Times reports the Appalachian Trail Conservancy redesigned the website to include a bright red 911 button and other information such as online reporting forms. Conservancy communications manager Jordan Bowman says the changes prompted by the May slaying in Virginia makes the offered information clearer and easier to use. SENT: 180 words.


ORLANDO, Fla. _ Emily Bonilla is worried her district in metro Orlando will be undercounted during next spring's once-in-a-decade head count of everybody in the United States because of who lives there: new arrivals, immigrants, the poor, renters and rural residents who sometimes regard government with suspicion. "We're growing so fast that I know we have more people in the area than the data is stating. This area already is undercounted," said Bonilla, a county commissioner in one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 614 words.

AP Photos FLJR221-0603191133, FLJR222-0603191535, FLJR223-0603191138.


_ HEALTH CARE-WAIVERS _ Georgia has selected Deloitte Consulting to help the state develop federal health care waiver plans.

_ THREATENED JUDGE _ A Georgia woman is accused of threatening to kill a judge who ordered her to undergo parenting classes.

_ GREENVILLE CITY MANAGER _ City leaders in Greenville, South Carolina, have chosen three finalists for the city manager's position. The finalists include Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough.

_ AMERICAN IDOL-AUDITIONS _ Auditions for the upcoming 18th season of "American Idol" will include stops in several Southern cities.

_ PRINCIPAL RETIRING _ An Alabama high school's principal is retiring after 48 years at the school.

_ FORMER CDC DIRECTOR ARRESTED _ The former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation related to his arrest last year for alleged sexual misconduct.


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Cheaper versions of the most expensive drugs may be coming, but monopolies will likely remain. By Yaniv Heled, Georgia State University




SECAUCUS, N.J. _ Pitchers took a backseat at the Major League Baseball draft. On a night when a record 22 position players and nine shortstops were chosen in the first round, the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles went for a cornerstone at catcher, selecting Oregon State switch-hitter Adley Rutschman with the top pick Monday. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,036 words.

AP Photos NJJC131-0603192249, NJJC103-0603191912, NY150-0426191923, NJJC122-0603192142, NY151-0629180000.


PITTSBURGH _ The Atlanta Braves open a three-game series in Pittsburgh. Max Fried (7-3, 3.19 ERA) starts for the Braves against Steven Brault (2-1, 5.87). Game begins at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The Minnesota Lynx may be the surprise of the first week of the WNBA season. The new-look Lynx came into the season with an overhauled roster, including the retirement of Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore taking the season off and injuries to veterans Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus. General manager Cheryl Reeve made several offseason moves to shore up the roster she also coaches. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 681 words.

AP Photos CAANR201-0822180323.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A jury found a South Carolina father guilty of murder Tuesday in the deaths of his five young children, allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty. The Lexington County jury considered the case for about six hours over two days before returning the five guilty verdicts for murder against Timothy Jones Jr., who showed no reaction. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 790 words.

AP Photos SCCOL603-0603191407, SCCOL604-0603191407, SCCOL605-0603191226, SCCOL601-0603191225, SCCOL607-0529190730, SCCOL602-0603191850, SCCOL602-0603191406, SCCOL606-0603191410.


_ PROSECUTOR SPENDING _ A former prosecutor in South Carolina is heading to prison for stealing public money for hotel rooms in Chicago and Las Vegas and a plane ticket to Panama.

_ DEPUTIES FIRED ON _ Authorities say several people at a car dealership fired on police officers investigating an alarm and they shot back.

_ BOYFRIEND KILLED _ A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the execution-style slaying of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.

_ POST OFFICE-HOMELESS _ A South Carolina post office will no longer allow homeless to sleep inside overnight.

_ GREENVILLE CITY MANAGER _ City leaders in Greenville have chosen three finalists for the city manager's position.

_ AMERICAN IDOL-AUDITIONS _ Auditions for the upcoming 18th season of "American Idol" will include stops in several Southern cities.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ The Southern Conference has selected Ohio athletic director Jim Schaus as its new commissioner. Schaus, who has been Ohio's athletic director for the last 11 years, begins his new job July 1. He replaces John Iamarino, who announced his retirement in March after heading the Southern Conference for 13 years. SENT: 160 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama Supreme Court justices questioned a state attorney about potential vagueness in the state ethics law during arguments Tuesday as former House Speaker Mike Hubbard seeks to overturn a 2016 corruption conviction that ended his once-influential political career and could send him to prison for four years. The oral arguments before the court largely centered on the wording of the state ethics statute and whether consulting contracts and business investments Hubbard received could be construed as violations. Justices asked attorneys for the state if they thought sections of the law were clear. By Kim Chandler.

AP Photos ALMON201-1231110800, ALMON203-1231110800.


CARBON HILL, Ala. _ The mayor of a rural northwest Alabama town who posted online about "killing out" gay and transgender people has posted an apology, after initially denying he was responsible. WBRC-TV reported that Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers complained on Facebook that "homosexuals lecture us on morals" and "transvestites lecture us on human biology." He also complained about "baby killers" and "socialists."


_ BOY KILLED-POTTY TRAINING _ An Alabama man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy who he was trying to potty-train last year is now facing the death penalty.

_ WRECK-FOUR KILLED _ Two preschoolers are among four people killed in a wreck in north Alabama.

_ DUNKIN DONUTS-ETHICS COMMISSION _ The owner of a Dunkin Donuts store in Montgomery, Alabama, has accused an Alabama Ethics Commission investigator of abusing their power.

_ AMERICAN IDOL-AUDITIONS _ Auditions for the upcoming 18th season of "American Idol" will include stops in several Southern cities.

_ VIOLENT CRIME-SOUTH _ Two more Alabama cities and one in Louisiana are among the latest participants in a Department of Justice initiative aimed at reducing violent crime nationwide.

_ PRINCIPAL RETIRING _ An Alabama high school's principal is retiring after 48 years at the school.

_ OILFIELD DEATH-PLEA _ A Houston company has reached a plea deal in the October 2014 death of an Alabama man who died in an explosion while working in the North Dakota oil patch.



Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn't just upend heavyweight boxing. He threw it a body punch that left the division gasping for air. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 838 words.

AP Photos MSG138-0601192317, MSG144-0601192257, MSG147-0601192310, MSG151-0601192311, MSG154-0601192311.


SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ The Southern Conference has selected Ohio athletic director Jim Schaus as its new commissioner. Schaus, who has been Ohio's athletic director for the last 11 years, begins his new job July 1. He replaces John Iamarino, who announced his retirement in March after heading the Southern Conference for 13 years. SENT: 160 words.


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. _ Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche has received a contract extension. DeBauche has a rolling contract that now runs through the 2024-25 academic year. OVC officials approved the contract extension last week during the league's spring meetings. SENT: 98 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. _ It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy for the final assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host of invaders, in fact it also included many African Americans. Roughly 2,000 African American troops are believed to have hit the shores of Normandy in various capacities on June 6, 1944. Serving in a U.S. military still-segregated by race, they encountered discrimination both in the service and when they came home. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 923 words.

AP Photos LAGH105-0528191139, LAGH106-0528191140, LAGH108-0528191144, LAGH101-0528191142, LAGH102-0528191130, LAGH103-0528191132, LAGH107-0528191143, LAGH104-0528191635.

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NEW ORLEANS _ As people at the American Alliance of Museums' trade show passed their hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, small metal sensors touched off recordings to explain whose picture they were touching and what had happened to him. At a nearby booth was a flat reproduction of a Van Gogh self-portrait with slightly raised, slicker areas to show both outlines and how brush strokes swept or swirled within those outlines. Museums nationwide are working to make their collections more accessible for people with disabilities, said Elizabeth Merritt, vice president for strategic foresight for the alliance, which represents museums of all sorts, from tiny local history museums to huge zoos. Hours when lights and noise levels are kept low for people on the autism spectrum are another example of inclusiveness, she said, as are websites and smartphone apps designed to work with screen readers for the blind. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 760 words.

AP Photos LAGH201-0520191211, LAGH202-0520191213, LAGH203-0520191211.

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BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana voters agreed in November to legalize online fantasy sports contests for cash prizes in 47 parishes. But it's unclear if lawmakers will approve the tax and regulatory provisions required to start the betting, before the legislative session ends Thursday. Measures to outline the required rules and tax rates for online fantasy sports betting have gotten tied up in a separate House and Senate feud over whether to legalize wagering on live action sports events. By Melinda Deslatte.


BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana lawmakers want to redirect nearly $700 million in Gulf oil spill recovery money that had been earmarked for trust funds to instead finance roadwork, bridge upgrades and port improvements. The state is receiving yearly payments of $53.3 million through 2034 from BP PLC as compensation for economic damage from the massive 2010 oil spill. The payments are separate from recovery money slated for coastal restoration. By Melinda Deslatte.


BATON ROUGE, La. _ Bye-bye, cauliflower rice. Farewell, veggie sausage. See you later, chicken-free strips. Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to labeling restrictions that will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar. By Melinda Deslatte.

AP Photos NYJK202-0604191737.


_ LEAH CHASE-FUNERAL _ A public viewing and funeral have been set for civil rights icon and chef Leah Chase.

AP Photos TKMY103-0120091012, TKMY102-0412061210, TKMY101-1230151248.

_ CAREGIVER STABBING-TEEN _ A 13-year-old Louisiana boy is accused of stabbing his babysitter to death.

_ AMERICAN IDOL-AUDITIONS _ Auditions for the upcoming 18th season of "American Idol" will include stops in several Southern cities.

_ VIOLENT CRIME-SOUTH _ Two more Alabama cities and one in Louisiana are among the latest participants in a Department of Justice initiative aimed at reducing violent crime nationwide.

_ VOODOO FEST _ Guns N' Roses, Post Malone and Beck have been tapped to headline the 2019 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience.

_ SUSPECT SUES _ A federal judge in Louisiana has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a district attorney of coercing a teenager to give fabricated eyewitness testimony in a murder case.

_ ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND _ Authorities say they've identified a woman whose killing was linked to a man now on death row for other homicides in Ohio.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ Two U.S. senators from opposing parties praised their former colleague, Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi, as one of their closest friends and as a gentleman who cared about the people of his state and worked across party lines. Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont spoke Tuesday at Cochran's second funeral, the day after a first service at the Mississippi Capitol. About 500 mourners filled the sanctuary of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, including federal judges and several current or former members of Congress and state officials. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 541 words.

AP Photos MSRS117-0604191001, MSRS107-0604191120, MSRS109-0604191117, MSRS111-0604191126, MSRS110-0604191110, MSRS114-0604191202, MSRS115-0604191153, MSRS103-0604191102, MSRS101-0604191015, MSRS102-0604191017, MSRS104-0604190924, MSRS105-0604190926, MSRS116-0604190923.


JACKSON, Miss. _ The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday told a federal judge that Mississippi provides too few mental health services in the community and confines too many people in state mental hospitals. In opening arguments, lawyer Deena Fox urged U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to intervene to force improvements in community services. Federal officials argue that Mississippi's current system violates the Americans with Disabilities Act almost 30 years after it was enacted and that Mississippi has had plenty of time to improve. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 639 words.


JACKSON, Miss. _ About 3,000 more Mississippi third graders passed a toughened reading test on the second try in May, the Mississippi Department of Education said Tuesday, cutting the number of public school students in danger of not advancing to fourth grade. Of 35,000 third graders, nearly 9,000, or 25%, failed the test the first time. The department said about 7,500 of those students were retested and 2,900 passed, leaving 17% of third graders still at risk of failing. Students will get a third chance to pass the test in June and July, after many districts complete summer school. Final numbers won't be published until this fall, and about 3% of students were allowed to advance last year without passing for various reasons. SENT: 451 words.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A specially-appointed judge will make a recommendation to the U.S. Supreme Court in a water rights dispute between Tennessee and Mississippi. Following a hearing that concluded last week in Nashville, Mississippi and Tennessee have 90 days to prepare post-trial briefs and propose rulings to special master Eugene Siler Jr. Siler will review them before making a report to the high court, which could accept or reject his recommendation on whether the aquifer is an interstate resource. SENT: 420 words.


TOKYO _ Some Japanese are using an old expression to describe how Nissan was left out of talks that led to the proposed merger between its French alliance partner Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: "kaya no soto." That translates to "outside the mosquito net," or the unlucky person outside the net, getting bitten while others are safe inside. In other words, the odd man out. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 950 words.

AP Photos TKMY401-0312190723, TKMY404-0528191340, TKMY403-1120180341, TKMY402-1121180444


_ CAMPGROUND-GUN _ A white Mississippi woman accused of brandishing a handgun at an African American couple while telling them to leave a campground faces a misdemeanor charge.

AP Photos NYDD202-0604192043.

_ APARTMENT SHOOTING _ Police in northern Mississippi seek a man they say was involved in a shooting that killed two people and wounded a third.

_ CITY EMPLOYEES-EMBEZZLEMENT _ Two former employees of a Mississippi Gulf Coast city are pleading guilty to stealing water fines.

_ GARBAGE COLLECTION DISPUTE _ The Mississippi county of Lamar and a local company that owns several multifamily residences are fighting over the county's decision to stop trash pickup at multifamily units.

_ DEPUTY-MISTREATMENT CLAIM _ A south Mississippi sheriff's deputy has resigned as officials review allegations that he mistreated a man.

_ VOODOO FEST _ Guns N' Roses, Post Malone and Beck have been tapped to headline the 2019 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will miss his third week of offseason workouts because of a strained calf. Coach Frank Reich would not say Tuesday whether Luck will return for next week's three-day minicamp. SENT: 142 words.


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