BC-Deep South News Digest

June 10, 2019 - 2:42 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:

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

MISSING TEACHER-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ Georgia's highest court has ruled that it lacks authority to hear a pretrial appeal from a man charged with killing a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. The state Supreme Court in March delayed Ryan Duke's murder trial so it could consider whether it had jurisdiction to hear his emergency pretrial appeal. In a unanimous opinion published Monday, the high court concluded it does not. Georgia's highest court has ruled that it lacks authority to hear a pretrial appeal by a man charged with killing a high school teacher whose disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 520 words.

IN BRIEF:

_MOTORSPORTS DEATH _ A Georgia woman is dead after her motorcycle crashed at an Alabama race track.

_ABRAMS-ABORTION DONATIONS _ A former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate's nonprofit group is donating $10,000 each to 11 abortion rights organizations.

_PEOPLE-BERNIE MARCUS _ Home Depot co-founder and philanthropist Bernie Marcus got $117 million in donations to his favorite charities for his 90th birthday.

_ DASH CAMS-OWENBY TRIAL _ A sheriff in Georgia says dash cameras are too expensive and aren't a priority as traffic enforcement isn't a major focus.

SPORTS:

PIRATES-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Kevin Gausman and the Atlanta Braves, coming off three straight wins over Miami, open a home series against Pittsburgh, which last lost three straight, on Monday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m

THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL

Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally have jobs, and each also has a chance to affect the playoff race in the National League. It was no surprise they both ended up with contenders. Kimbrel signed with the Chicago Cubs, Keuchel with the Atlanta Braves. If the season ended now, those teams would be in the postseason, and adding these pitchers could be the equivalent of making a major pickup at the trade deadline — only the Cubs and Braves did it sooner. By Noah Trister.

AP Photos ILCHT201-0607192117.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

FIVE CHILDREN KILLED

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The grandmother of a South Carolina man facing a possible death sentence for killing his five children is asking a jury to spare his life. She says the family has already been through too much. Roberta Thornsberry testified Monday that along with losing her five great-grandchildren when Timothy Jones Jr. killed them in their Lexington home in 2014, she also has had to deal with untimely deaths of other children and grandchildren. By Jeffrey Collins. Developing. UPCOMING: About 700 words by 5 p.m.

AP Photos SCCOL607-0529190730, SCCOL201-0604191313, SCCOL401-0606191017, SCCOL104-0607190048, SCCOL202-0604191305.

ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA MAYOR

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Mayor Steve Benjamin stood with former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke before a packed University of South Carolina campus in March. The next day, Benjamin was on a downtown Columbia stage with South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and, hours later, introduced New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker for an economic inequality forum. More recently, he welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden for the first South Carolina visit of his 2020 campaign. As mayor of South Carolina's capital city, Columbia, Benjamin is becoming a popular — and influential — figure in the Democratic presidential primary. As candidates bulk up their travel to the state that hosts the first southern primary, Benjamin says he's met with or spoken to nearly every declared presidential candidate — no small feat in a field that spans two dozen contenders. By Meg Kinnard.

AP Photos WX109-0323190218, WX111-0725160054, WX110-0321192243.

SUPREME COURT-SILENCERS

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers. The men argued that the constitutional right "to keep and bear arms" includes silencers. SENT: 370 words.

AP Photos WX106-0524190036.

IN BRIEF:

_ISLAMIC GROUP-ARREST _ A South Carolina man who pleaded guilty to trying to fight for the Islamic State group has been sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison.

_VETERAN-NO FAMIL _ A South Carolina funeral home is asking people to come to the funeral of a 75-year-old Navy veteran who has no family to claim him.

_POLICE SHOOTING _ Authorities say police officers have shot and wounded a suspect in two killings in South Carolina.

_TWO KILLED _ Authorities say a man shot and killed a woman inside a suburban Columbia home before turning the gun on himself.

_ENERGY DRINKS ABANDONED _ A court is allowing a Taiwanese shipping company to sell 8,000 cases of energy drinks that a client failed to pick up or pay for after the merchandise arrived at the Port of Charleston.

_PEDESTRIAN KILLED _ Troopers are looking for a driver who struck and killed a man pushing a bicycle along South Carolina Highway 28 in Anderson. Authorities said 47-year-old Cody Evans died Sunday, a day after he was struck around sunrise.

_ DEPUTY CRASH-DUI _ A deputy of Lexington County, South Carolina, has been severely injured in a head-on crash, and the other driver has been charged with driving under the influence.

SPORTS:

MARYLAND-SMITH

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Linebacker Rahshaun Smith has joined the Maryland football team after earning his undergraduate degree from Clemson. Smith, nicknamed "Shaq," will be eligible to play this season for the Terrapins under first-year coach Michael Locksley.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-DONORS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The University of Alabama has released emails showing that its relationship with a top law school donor had soured and officials were poised to return his money long before he suggested a boycott over the state's abortion ban. By Blake Paterson. UPCOMING: About 600 words.

SUPREME COURT-POSTAL SERVICE

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court sided Monday with an Alabama technology company over the U.S. Postal Service in a patent dispute. The dispute before the justices had to do with U.S. Patent No. 6,826,548. That's the patent Birmingham-based Return Mail has for a system that uses barcodes, scanning equipment and computer databases to process returned mail almost entirely automatically. The Postal Service initially expressed interest in Return Mail's invention but ultimately developed its own, similar system. That led to a dispute over the company's patent. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 240 words.

AP Photos WX107-0214191513.

SCHOOL BOARD

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama's governor is urging voters to abolish the elected state school board and replace it with an appointed commission. Gov. Kay Ivey said Monday she is encouraging every Alabamian to vote for the constitutional amendment that will go before voters next March. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_MOTORSPORTS DEATH _ A Georgia woman is dead after her motorcycle crashed at an Alabama race track.

_ FATAL SHOOTING _ Authorities in Alabama say a 14-year-old is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old woman found dead in an abandoned car.

_ BRAMBLETT DEATH _ A teen driver told police he fell asleep at the wheel before rear-ending Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife in a crash that killed the couple.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LEAH CHASE-FUNERAL

NEW ORLEANS _ Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through a New Orleans church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase, the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" who ran a family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and '60s. The crowds formed long lines in advance of a funeral at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. The services were being held just blocks from Dooky Chase's, where Leah Chase earned renown over the years as a creole chef, civil rights icon and patron of the arts. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: About 700. Developing.

AP Photos TKMY101-1230151248, TKMY103-0120091012, NYCD108-0828072057, NYCD107-0309071916, RPKM101-0610190922.

DEAD ZONE-GULF OF MEXICO

NEW ORLEANS _ Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" — an area where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. Widespread downpours around the Mississippi River Basin have led to record amounts of water, carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other nutrients downriver. The nutrients feed algae, which die and then decompose on the sea floor, using up oxygen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 370 words.

SUPREME COURT-SILENCERS

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers. The men argued that the constitutional right "to keep and bear arms" includes silencers. SENT: 370 words.

AP Photos WX106-0524190036.

OJ SIMPSON-25 YEARS

LOS ANGELES _ After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation's most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the "no negative zone." In a telephone interview, the 71-year-old Simpson told The Associated Press he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994, when his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death and Simpson was transformed from Hall of Fame football hero to murder suspect. He has visited relatives in Louisiana, he said, and spoke to a group of black judges and prosecutors in New Orleans. By Linda Deutsch. SENT: About 900 words, photos, video.

AP Photos LA901-0607190744, NVREN901-0720170359, LA915-0204192223, LA902-0605191053, CAMS904-0606192201, CAMS901-0607190513, CAVAN920-0607190345, CAMS906-0606192203, NCRAL901-0607190946, CAVAN908-0607190211, LA925-0607191851, NVREN902-0720170247, LA927-0607191856, LA911-0426170617, CAMS905-0606192212, LA917-0607190317, CAVAN914-0607190251, LA906-1204082048, CAMS902-0606192217, LA907-0607191629, LA918-0607191726, LA905-0607191524, LA923-0607190432, LA924-0607191836, LA921-0913102155.

IN BRIEF:

_EPA GRANT _ A northern Louisiana parish has received a nearly $500,000 federal grant to redevelop more than a dozen abandoned industrial and commercial sites.

_NEW TABASCO PRESIDENT _ The Louisiana-based McIlhenny Co., which produces Tabasco sauce, has named the great-great-grandson of Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny as its new president and chief executive officer. AP Photos NYCD110-0604181721.

_ DEPUTY-CHILD ABUSE _ A Louisiana deputy is accused of coercing a woman to sexually abuse her 1-year-old son in exchange for her freedom.

_ HOME INVASION-FRENCH QUARTER _ A woman held a New Orleans family at gunpoint because she believed they were holding her boyfriend hostage.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DIGITAL DIVIDE-HOMEWORK GAP

HARTFORD, Conn. _ With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd's homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from submitting assignments electronically, she writes them out by hand. By Michael Melia, Jeff Amy and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1100 words.

AP Photos JX201-0506192306, JX202-0518192333, JX203-0519190157, JX204-0519190139, JX205-0519190121, JX206-0518192340, JX207-0506192303, GFX0005-0605191252.

Eds.: The AP has provided state- and school district-level data. Data distribution members can access data here: https://data.world/associatedpress/homework-gap For access to AP data, email apdigitalsales@ap.org.

MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS 2019

JACKSON, Miss. _ Candidates for Mississippi elections report their latest fund-raising results. By Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6:30 p.m.

With MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS 2019-GLANCE: A glance at fundraising for top races in Mississippi

CHARITY TELEMARKETING

JACKSON, Miss. _ Officials are reminding charities that hire telemarketers to seek new donors that they now have to register under Mississippi’s no-call law. Until now, all charities have been exempt, but after July 1, charities that use paid telephone solicitors to prospect for new donors could be filed if they don’t register in Mississippi and follow the law allowing people to opt out of telemarketing calls. UPCOMING: 350 words

DEAD ZONE-GULF OF MEXICO

NEW ORLEANS _ Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" — an area where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. Widespread downpours around the Mississippi River Basin have led to record amounts of water, carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other nutrients downriver. The nutrients feed algae, which die and then decompose on the sea floor, using up oxygen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ESCAPED MURDER SUSPECTS _ Two murder suspects who escaped from a Mississippi jail have been recaptured.

_GAS STATION SHOOTING _ Police say a Mississippi woman shot a man, put him in her vehicle and drove at least an hour before taking him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

_MAYOR-DEPUTY FIGHT _ A northeast Mississippi mayor and sheriff's deputy face questions after they got into a fight at a local bar.

_ NURSING HOME-PROBLEMATIC LIST _ Six nursing homes in Mississippi are included on a list of about 400 problematic care centers across the country.

SPORTS:

NCAA-STANFORD-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Jake Mangum started the ninth inning with a sharp single that sneaked through the left side of the infield. A few batters later, Elijah MacNamee launched a three-run homer deep into the seats beyond left field. Just like that, the celebration was on: Mississippi State's seniors had left no doubt the Bulldogs were headed back to Omaha . By David Brandt.

AP Photos MSRS110-0609192321, MSRS114-0609192303, MSRS107-0609192112, MSRS103-0609192022, MSRS101-0609192008, MSRS106-0609192112, MSRS104-0609192028, MSRS111-0609192320.

OLE MISS-ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ No. 5 seed Arkansas and No. 12 seed Ole Miss play a winner-take-all Game 3 in their Super Regional for a berth in the College World Series. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 3 p.m. Central

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