BC-Deep South News Digest

June 18, 2019 - 7:05 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:

DEATH PENALTY-GEORGIA

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. _ Chris Parks is ready to stop checking the number of days since his brother was murdered. For more than two decades he's periodically tracked how many days go by before the two men convicted of killing him are executed. On Thursday, when the second is scheduled to die, the days will number 8,484. SENT: 785 words. By Kate Brumback.

AP Photos GAAS104-0614190501, GAAS102-0614190502, GAAS103-0614190502, GAAS101-0614190502.

ATLANTA MAYOR-PRESS CLUB

ATLANTA _ Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms likens the close of her first year in office to a movie scene that became a meme: the actress Angela Bassett strutting away from a burning car. "Have you all seen that meme of Angela Bassett?" Bottoms said Tuesday at the Atlanta Press Club. "That's how I felt coming into 2019." Sent: 390 words. By Andrea Smith.

AP Photos GAAS104-0618191712, GAAS101-0618191712, GAAS103-0618191712, GAAS102-0618191712.

BOOK REVIEW-SMOKELORE

A great deal could be written about barbecue, and much of it already has been. An online search for books about barbecue yields more hits than even the most fanatical barbecue enthusiast is likely to read in one lifetime. But this recent offering from the University of Georgia Press demonstrates there's clearly room for one more. In "Smokelore: A Short History of Barbecue in America," Atlanta-based author Jim Auchmutey packs a vast store of history, culinary sociology and colorful anecdote into 266 richly illustrated pages. By Don Schanche Jr. SENT: 542 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PIGGLY WIGGLY PAYOUT _ A former Piggly Wiggly worker says ex-employees of some of the chain's stores in Georgia and South Carolina are expected to receive less than 5% of what they invested in the failed supermarket operator's employee stock ownership plan.

_ SWATTING HOAXES-INDICTMENT _ A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. Authorities say the suspect placed calls in New Jersey, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia from 2015-2017.

_ TEEN DRIVER-CRASH _ Georgia police say an unlicensed 16-year-old driver who took her mother's car without permission crashed into a pickup truck at an intersection, killing the other driver. WSB-TV reports the girl survived the crash, which is being investigated by South Fulton Police and the Georgia State Patrol.

_ ATLANTA-ETHICS TASK FORCE _ An attorney has resigned from an Atlanta task force meant to ensure transparency with a federal corruption investigation in which he legally represented the city.

_ HOTEL-PROSTITUTION BUST_ Police say 10 people have been arrested in a prostitution bust at a Georgia hotel.

SPORTS:

BBN--METS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Julio Teheran will try to pitch the NL East-leading Braves to a 14-3 record this month as Atlanta faces the New York Mets for second time in a three-game series. Jacob deGrom, the 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner, is on the mound for New York and has a 1.86 ERA in 18 career starts against Atlanta. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING. 700 words with photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m.

WITH: METS MOVES

BKN--NBA DRAFT-BIGS

Uexas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Kentucky’s PJ Washington and Oregon’s Bol Bol are also among the top prospects, particularly with Washington and Bol able to step out of the paint. Other names to watch include international prospect Goga Bitadze, Georgia’s Nicolas Claxton and Maryland’s Bruno Fernando. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

EDUCATION OVERHAUL

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina needs to continue to take more steps to overhaul education or risk falling behind other Southern states, House Speaker Jay Lucas said Tuesday. So while the state Senate plans to debate early in the 2020 session the huge education reform bill the House has already passed, Lucas is going to ask his colleagues in the South Carolina House to take up more changes and head around the state to hear from teachers of the year in each district. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 500 words.

FILM-EMANUEL CHURCH

NEW YORK _ Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers. The new documentary, "Emanuel," explores life after the tragic shooting on June 17, 2015, as family members, friends and the community try to heal through faith and forgiveness. By Mesfin Fekadu.

AP Photos NYJK102-0617190528, NYJK103-0801162135, SCCHA501-0617190528.

IN BRIEF:

_ SANITATION WORKER DEATH-INVESTIGATION _ Authorities in South Carolina are investigating the death of a sanitation worker who was crushed by a garbage truck.

_ PIGGLY WIGGLY PAYOUT _ A former Piggly Wiggly worker says ex-employees of some of the chain's stores in Georgia and South Carolina are expected to receive less than 5% of what they invested in the failed supermarket operator's employee stock ownership plan.

_ TURTLE SMUGGLING_ A New Jersey wildlife trader has been sentenced to two years' probation for his role in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong.

_ ASSISTED LIVING ABUSE _ Authorities say two assisted living employees have been charged with abuse of an 89-year-old woman in South Carolina.

SPORTS:

RAIDERS-FERRELL

ALAMEDA, Calif. _ The Oakland Raiders signed first-round draft pick Clelin Ferrell on Tuesday. The defensive end from Clemson was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in April. A three-year starter and two-time national champion, Ferrell started in all 44 games he played. He made 166 tackles, including 50 for loss, 27 sacks, had seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a Tiger. SENT: 250.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA SENATE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Conservative firebrand Roy Moore of Alabama will announce this week if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, confirmed that he will make an announcement on the Senate race Thursday. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 450 words.

AP Photos NYPS201-1204180527.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH_ A firefighter who died during a training exercise in Alabama has been identified. News outlets report 35-year-old Jared Wayne Echols died Monday in Anniston. Springville Fire Chief Richard Harvey says Echols was a volunteer firefighter who was working to become certified for full-time employment.

_ COUNTY OFFICIAL-ANTI-GAY COMMENTS_ A county official in Alabama is defending his comments against gay people. Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson tells WPMI-TV gay people are offensive to him and he sees no problem with a recent comment he posted online that used an offensive term for gays and said they "have gotten too much sympathy."

_ MAYOR-GAY COMMENTS _ An Alabama mayor and city leaders refused to acknowledge questions on the mayor's statements about "killing out" gay and transgender people at a city council meeting.

_ ATTACK SQUIRREL-METH _ Alabama investigators say a man kept a caged "attack squirrel" in his apartment and fed it methamphetamine to ensure it stayed aggressive. AP Photos AX101-0618191539.

_ CHILD CARE-SUBSIDIES _ The deadline is approaching for Alabama daycares that receive subsidy payments to get licensed. Alabama's Department of Human Resources said Tuesday that 69 centers receiving the subsidies have yet to submit their application for licensure. That could put some parents in a bind if the center they use has not taken action.

_ LONGHORN-WORLD RECORD _ A Texas longhorn in Alabama has set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for longest horns, with a span wider than the Statue of Liberty's face.

_ DEATH ROW INMATE FREED _ A man who spent about 15 years on Alabama's death row is being set free. News outlets report 43-year-old Emanuel Aaron Gissendanner is being released after pleading guilty on Monday to the killing of 77-year-old Margaret Snellgrove in 2001.

_ ATTACK SQUIRREL-METH _ Alabama investigators say a man kept a caged "attack squirrel" in his apartment and fed it methamphetamine to ensure it stayed aggressive. AP Photos AX101-0618191539.

SPORTS

CWS-LOUISVILLE-AUBURN

OMAHA, Neb. _ Weather woes hit this year's College World Series for the first time Tuesday, with the afternoon elimination game between Louisville and Auburn suspended after four innings because of rain and the night game between Vanderbilt and Mississippi State postponed until Wednesday. The NCAA said it would re-evaluate weather conditions early in the evening and was hopeful the Louisville-Auburn game could resume at 9 p.m. CDT. Louisville led 4-1 when the TD Ameritrade Park grounds crew rolled out the tarp to cover the field. By Eric Olson. SENT: 300 words.

AP Photos NENH104-0618191456, NENH103-0618191456, NENH106-0618191457, NEOMA101-0618191131.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR--LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signs a budget that gives colleges and K-12 public schools the first sizable increases in funding they've seen in a decade. He's doing the signing at a public elementary school. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 600 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana's former secretary of state, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations, wants the state to reimburse him $32,000 for his costs of a settlement that ended the misconduct lawsuit against him, according to The Advocate. Tom Schedler was sued by a woman who worked in his office and claimed Schedler repeatedly harassed her. SENT: 480 words.

ABORTION-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, said Tuesday that he's not concerned about losing support among his party's voters in Louisiana because of a strict abortion ban he signed into law . The governor, seeking a second term on the October ballot, said he knows some people "were disappointed" that he supported the ban on abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. SENT: 470 words. By Melinda Deslatte.

DR JOHN-MEMORIAL

NEW ORLEANS _ Weekend memorial services have been scheduled in New Orleans for singer and musician Malcom "Mac" Rebennack Jr., better known by his Voodoo-inspired stage name, Dr. John. Rebennack, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, died June 6 at age 77. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival says memorial services are set for Saturday at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans. Public visitation starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 10:30 a.m. SENT: 130. UPDATES as more information becomes available.

AP Photos LAGH108-0705041716, LAGH102-1120151716.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIRE-BLACK CHURCHES_ Federal prosecutors say the suspect in three Louisiana church arsons took photos and videos of the fires while they were burning and shared them with his friends. News outlets report 21-year-old Holden Matthews had a detention hearing Monday.

_ ALLIGATOR BITE-DEPUTY _ Police say a Louisiana deputy trying to remove an alligator from a backyard has been bitten by the animal.

_ LIVESTREAMED THEFT_ Louisiana authorities say a burglar effectively caught himself red-handed, unwittingly livestreaming his theft of a neighbor's new surveillance camera.

_ SWATTING HOAXES-INDICTMENT _ A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. Authorities say the suspect placed calls in New Jersey, Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia from 2015-2017.

_ INMATES-FUNDRAISER _ The public defenders' office in New Orleans has launched an online fundraising campaign to help pay for books and telephone calls for jailed defendants. The GoFundMe site says the campaign began Friday and had raised $2,811 toward its $5,000 goal as of Monday evening.

_ MISS LOUISIANA-ULM_ Nearly one-quarter of this year's Miss Louisiana contestants are students at the school that's hosting the competition this week. The University of Louisiana at Monroe says there are 29 young women trying for the crown, and seven of them are ULM students.

_ YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PLAN _ The city of New Orleans will receive a $150,000 grant to create an employment plan for disadvantaged youth. The New Orleans Advocate reports Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration will create a strategy to increase economic mobility with the funding in the coming months.

_ STATE TROOPER LEADER-THREAT _ The leader of the Louisiana State Troopers Association is accused of shooting at his daughter's boyfriend on Father's Day. News outlets report 71-year-old Executive Director David Young was arrested Sunday and charged with offenses including with false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon. Young's 35-year-old daughter, Lauren Young, was also arrested and charged with drug offenses including meth possession.

_ CITY AUDIT-FORMER MAYOR _ Auditors of a Louisiana city have asked the district attorney to investigate travel costs for a former mayor previously charged with offenses including theft and forgery. KATC-TV reports the Opelousas city auditors found that Mayor Reggie Tatum was reimbursed for a 2018 trip to Canada despite not having documentation that the trip was business-related. They also found he was overcompensated for the cost of a flight for another trip.

SPORTS:

BKN--NBA DRAFT-BIGS

Uexas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Kentucky’s PJ Washington and Oregon’s Bol Bol are also among the top prospects, particularly with Washington and Bol able to step out of the paint. Other names to watch include international prospect Goga Bitadze, Georgia’s Nicolas Claxton and Maryland’s Bruno Fernando. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 750 words, photos

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CHARTER SCHOOLS-LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi's charter school law unconstitutionally diverts property tax money away from local school districts, lawyers for a group of parents told the state's high court on Tuesday. But the state urged justices to uphold the law, arguing charter schools also belong to the local district. The law's opponents lost before a Hinds County judge, but in their appeal they argue the transfers are banned under the plain language of the Mississippi Constitution, as interpreted in a 2012 state Supreme Court decision. They say charter schools are harming traditional district schools by draining money away. They add that if the Legislature wants Mississippi to have charter schools, it should find some other way to fund them. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 500 words.

OFFICER KILLED-MISSISSIPPI

BILOXI _ A Harrison County Grand Jury will hear the case against the suspect in May 5 death of a Biloxi police officer.

Mississippi Gulf Coast news outlets report that state Judge Gaston Hewes Jr. said Tuesday there’s probable cause to send 19-year-old Darian Atkinson’s case to a grand jury. Atkinson was sent back to Harrison County Jail to be held until a grand jury hears the case and decides whether or not to indict him. DEVELOPING.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER KILLED-MISSISSIPPI _ A Harrison County Grand Jury will hear the case against the suspect in May 5 death of a Biloxi police officer.Mississippi Gulf Coast news outlets report that state Judge Gaston Hewes Jr. said Tuesday there’s probable cause to send 19-year-old Darian Atkinson’s case to a grand jury. Atkinson was sent back to Harrison County Jail to be held until a grand jury hears the case and decides whether or not to indict him.

_ MISSISSIPPI WATER LAWSUIT _ Two judges have recused themselves from hearing the city of Jackson's lawsuit against the Siemens company over a multimillion-dollar contract.

_ MURDER ARREST_ Police have arrested two men in connection with a 2014 killing in Mississippi..

_ AIRMAN DROWNS_ An Air Force major stationed in Mississippi has drowned while on a cruise in the Caribbean. The Broward County, Florida, medical examiner's office says 37-year-old Stephen Osakue drowned Friday on board a Caribbean Princess ship.

_ MISSISSIPPI TORNADO_ Forecasters say a tornado caused some damage in Hinds County — a somewhat uncommon storm for June in central Mississippi. The National Weather Service says the EF-1 twister struck Monday near Raymond, Mississippi. No injuries were reported.

SPORTS

BBC--CWS-VANDERBILT-MISSISSIPPI ST

OMAHA, Neb. _ Kumar Rocker, who threw a no-hitter in super regionals in his last start, is scheduled to get the ball when No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt plays Mississippi State in a Bracket 2 winners' game at the College World Series. Vandy beat the Bulldogs 1-0 in their only meeting this season at the SEC Tournament. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. EDT.

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