BC-Deep South News Digest

June 24, 2019 - 7:02 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

FULTON JAIL OVERCROWDING

ATLANTA _ The Fulton County Jail in northwest Atlanta is overcrowded once again, with more than 500 inmates over capacity, and some inmates have been sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Chief jailer Mark Adger says the jail has room for 2,500 inmates, but it's currently holding more than 3,000, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports . The average daily population for the system has been well above the limit since the year started. SENT: 300 words.

MUTOMBO-EBOLA

NEW YORK _ Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo, an Atlanta resident, for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist in his native Congo, recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people to take precautions and get care that might stop the disease's spread. SENT: 600 words. By Mike Stobbe.

AP Photos NY681-0801180846, NY682-0413082027.

IN BRIEF:

_ SAVANNAH PORT-NEW CRANES_ The Georgia Ports Authority is increasing its fleet of mobile cranes used to load cargo onto trucks at the Port of Savannah. Port officials said in a news release Monday that a ship carrying five new rubber-tired gantry cranes arrived over the weekend. The delivery boosts the port's overall number of truck-loading cranes to 151. An additional seven cranes are expected by the end of September.

_ FULTON JAIL OVERCROWDING _ Georgia's Fulton County Jail is overcrowded once again, with more than 500 inmates over capacity. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that some 180 inmates have to sleep on floor mattresses in an open area.

_ HEAT WARNING-GEORGIA _ Forecasters are predicting dangerous heat for portions of southeast Georgia. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Monday for a five-county area

_ Georgia police say a Walmart stocker was found with stolen goods during a traffic stop, including 12 Apple TV 4k modules. The Newnan Times-Herald reports 24-year-old Jordan Auterious Hardy of Montgomery, Alabama, was charged with violation of probation Thursday.

SPORTS:

OBIT-ED SHEARER

ATLANTA _ Ed Shearer, a longtime sports writer with The Associated Press who covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series and Hank Aaron's 715th homer but left his most lasting mark as the "SEC Seer," a prognosticator of Southern football known throughout the nation, died Monday. He was 82. Shearer's son, Jim, said his father's health deteriorated after he took a fall May 10, breaking bones in his wrist and lower back. He was in hospice care when he died at an assisted-living facility in Talking Rock, a small town in north Georgia. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1000 words

AP Photos NYDD202-0624192041, AX101-0624191700.

HAWKS-REDDISH

ATLANTA _ Cam Reddish comes to the Atlanta Hawks with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. After one uneven season at Duke, he's eager to show why he was one of the nation's top high school prospects just a year ago. By Matt Winkeljohn. SENT: 600.

_ BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE _ Defending national champion Baylor will host Georgia on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge women's basketball event. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 released the pairings for the event on Monday.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

HEMP FARMING INCREASE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina is projecting a 1,200% increase in hemp farming acreage, as the state looks to join in on the booming market with others in the region. The Post and Courier reports South Carolina has 113 permitted growers this year planting about 3,300 acres, up from 20 growers and 256 acres last year. SENT: 280 words.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O'ROURKE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help create a federal health care fund to cover the costs of caring for those who serve in future wars by taxing those who don't. The former Texas congressman unveiled his proposal Monday before attending a veterans' roundtable in Tampa, Florida, ahead of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami on Wednesday. SENT: 140.

AP Photos RPMK309-0622191721, RPMK308-0622191715.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD KILLED-SHOOTING _ An 11-year-old girl is dead and two other girls are recovering after more than 35 gunshots were fired at a South Carolina home. News outlets report someone opened fire on the Anderson home early Sunday morning. Police Chief Jim Stewart identified the girl who died as Ja'Naiya Scott.

_ DOG FIGHTING-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Authorities arrested a man on dozens of criminal counts after finding pit bull dogs chained to car axels buried in the ground on a South Carolina property. The York County Sheriff's Office says 42 pit bulls were seized by investigating deputies, who found evidence of possible dog fighting.

_ DEAD MAN-ALLIGATOR _ A South Carolina man has been found dead in a pond, apparently bitten by an alligator. News outlets reports Charleston County deputies found the body Saturday afternoon on Kiawah Island. The man was reported missing that morning. A K-9 search led deputies to a pond behind his house and a helicopter crew saw the person motionless in the water.

_ HEMP FARMING INCREASE _ South Carolina is projecting a 1,200% increase in hemp farming acreage, as the state looks to join in on the booming market with others in the region. The Post and Courier reports South Carolina has 113 permitted growers this year planting about 3,300 acres, up from 20 growers and 256 acres last year.

SPORTS:

_ BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE _ Defending national champion Baylor will host Georgia on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge women's basketball event. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 released the pairings for the event on Monday.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered court filings unsealed related to a recent execution in Alabama. Justices granted a request from NPR and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on Monday to make the court filings public without having portions blacked out. SENT: 260 words.

TV-TRUE JUSTICE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson rarely slows down, friends and family say. It seems he's always looking over details on death penalty cases from his Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. If he's not speaking on the criminalization of black men, Stevenson is researching another historical site connected to an episode of racial violence. But a new HBO documentary on Stevenson attempts to get him to sit, speak and explain why he believes the legacy of lynchings of African Americans in the U.S. is directly linked to those who have wrongly been put on death row. In his mind, racial structures of oppression have remained in the U.S. judicial system since the Jim Crow-era and the death penalty is merely their direct descendant. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 660.

AP Photos NYET103-0624191622, NYET112-0403150931, NYET104-1210131419.

HIDDEN GULF SPILL

NEW ORLEANS _ A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform, which dragged and broke a bundle of well pipes. Taylor capped nine wells but said it couldn't cap 16. SENT: 800 words. By Janet Mcconnaughey.

AP Photos NYMV101-1102171916, NYMV102-0331151758.

IN BRIEF:

_ AUBURN UNIVERSITY INTERIM PRESIDENT _ Jay Gogue may return to Auburn University as interim president after Steven Leath's resignation. The executive committee of the board of trustees voted Sunday to recommend that the former university president temporarily lead the school during a full search for a replacement.

_ ART DIRECTOR RETIRES _ Tennessee Valley Art Association Executive Director Mary Settle Cooney is stepping down from the organization. The Times Daily reports Cooney has spent the last 39 years with the Alabama organization.

_ STOLEN APPLE TVS _ Georgia police say a Walmart stocker was found with stolen goods during a traffic stop, including 12 Apple TV 4k modules. The Newnan Times-Herald reports 24-year-old Jordan Auterious Hardy of Montgomery, Alabama, was charged with violation of probation Thursday.

SPORTS:

_ BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE _ Defending national champion Baylor will host Georgia on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge women's basketball event. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 released the pairings for the event on Monday.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI TEACHER KILLED

FERRIDAY, La. _ The body of a missing Mississippi school teacher has been found in Louisiana and two suspects have been arrested. News outlets in both states report that Concordia Parish authorities identified the victim as Fred McCray Jr. SENT: 130 words. UPDATE planned.

HIDDEN GULF SPILL

NEW ORLEANS _ A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform, which dragged and broke a bundle of well pipes. Taylor capped nine wells but said it couldn't cap 16. SENT: 800 words. By Janet Mcconnaughey.

AP Photos NYMV101-1102171916, NYMV102-0331151758.

IN BRIEF:

_ COAST PROFESSIONAL-EXPANSION _ The governor's office says a debt collection company plans to more than double its operations at a north Louisiana contact center, creating 146 new jobs.

_ UTV FATALITY_ Authorities in north Louisiana say a Mississippi teenager died when the off-highway utility vehicle he was driving overturned on private property. The Madison Parish Sheriff's Office says friends found the 15-year-old from Vicksburg about 5:20 a.m. Saturday at the property off Old Highway 65 in Tallulah.

_ HORSE-TRUCK FATALITY _ Louisiana State Police say one man is dead and another seriously injured after their horses were hit from behind by a pickup truck. Trooper Taylor Scrantz says in a news release that the truck driver was unharmed.

_ TRUCK STOP GUNFIRE _ Authorities say a woman opened fire at a Louisiana truck stop after her fiance was fired from his job driving an 18-wheeler. Nobody was hurt but a 1-year-old child was among those endangered. Police say 32-year-old Natalie Williams was jailed on an attempted murder charge following Friday's incident in Slidell, northeast of New Orleans. The police

_ GOODBYE GENE’S PO-BOYS _ A New Orleans po-boy shop featured in "The Simpsons" and a video by Drake is serving up its last sandwiches this summer. The New Orleans Advocate reports late-night eatery Gene's Po-Boys is closing its doors at the end of July.

SPORTS:

_ BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE _ Defending national champion Baylor will host Georgia on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge women's basketball event. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 released the pairings for the event on Monday.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI TEACHER KILLED

FERRIDAY, La. _ The body of a missing Mississippi school teacher has been found in Louisiana and two suspects have been arrested. News outlets in both states report that Concordia Parish authorities identified the victim as Fred McCray Jr. SENT: 130 words. UPDATE planned.

HIDDEN GULF SPILL

NEW ORLEANS _ A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform, which dragged and broke a bundle of well pipes. Taylor capped nine wells but said it couldn't cap 16. SENT: 800 words. By Janet Mcconnaughey.

AP Photos NYMV101-1102171916, NYMV102-0331151758.

TV-TRUE JUSTICE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson rarely slows down, friends and family say. It seems he's always looking over details on death penalty cases from his Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. If he's not speaking on the criminalization of black men, Stevenson is researching another historical site connected to an episode of racial violence. But a new HBO documentary on Stevenson attempts to get him to sit, speak and explain why he believes the legacy of lynchings of African Americans in the U.S. is directly linked to those who have wrongly been put on death row. In his mind, racial structures of oppression have remained in the U.S. judicial system since the Jim Crow-era and the death penalty is merely their direct descendant. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 660.

AP Photos NYET103-0624191622, NYET112-0403150931, NYET104-1210131419.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALIEN ABDUCTION HISTORICAL MARKER _ A historical marker has been placed near the river where two men in southern Mississippi said they were abducted by aliens in 1973. News outlets report the city of Pascagoula dedicated the marker Saturday at Lighthouse Park.

_ UTV FATALITY _ Authorities in north Louisiana say a Mississippi teenager died when the off-highway utility vehicle he was driving overturned on private property. The Madison Parish Sheriff's Office says friends found the 15-year-old from Vicksburg about 5:20 a.m. Saturday at the property off Old Highway 65 in Tallulah.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT-MISSISSIPPI _ Preliminary data show Mississippi's employers had more people on the payroll than ever before in May. Payrolls — which are economists top labor market indicators — rose from 1.15 million people in April to 1.17 million people last month.

_ NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT _ About 160 Mississippi National Guard soldiers are headed to the Middle East for nearly a year. The city of Pascagoula held a sendoff Saturday for the 859th Engineer Company. The unit is headed first to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training. After that, National Guard spokesman Daniel Szarek says, the unit will head to Kuwait for nine months.

_ GIRL-GUN DEATH_ Investigators say an 11-year-old central Mississippi girl has died after a gunshot wound to the face. Jackson police tell local news outlets they believe Asia Turner found an unsecured gun and accidentally shot herself Sunday.

_ BEHOLD WASHINGTON-EXPANSION_ A northeast Mississippi furniture manufacturer is taking over another building to expand production. Behold Washington says it will invest $400,000 in Pontotoc, adding 20 workers to the 215 it currently employs there. The company makes upholstered furniture and is owned by Behold Home of Smithville.

_ MISSISSIPPI-MARIJUANA CITATIONS_ A Mississippi City Council says they won't arrest first-time offenders in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. News outlets report Hattiesburg City Council unanimously passed the regulation Tuesday, saying first-time offenders will receive a citation instead of jail time.

SPORTS:

_ BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE _ Defending national champion Baylor will host Georgia on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge women's basketball event. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 released the pairings for the event on Monday.

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