BC-Deep South News Digest

June 29, 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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRUMP-CARTER

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed Jimmy Carter's swipe at the legitimacy of his election and said the charge was nothing more than a "Democrat talking point," while offering his own digs at the 94-year-old former commander in chief. Trump said he was surprised by Carter's comments alleging that Russian interference in the 2016 election was responsible for putting Trump in the White House. The Republican punched back, though with a somewhat muted response, at least for him. SENT: 355 words.

AP Photos GAATJ501-0609191708, JPNW162-0629191633.

ATLANTA AIRPORT SECURITY

ATLANTA _ The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport plans to expand a security checkpoint within the next year to help alleviate a crowded waiting area, officials said. Officials expect to open five additional lanes at the South Security Checkpoint within the next year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This would provide nine lanes for TSA screening near Delta Air Lines' check-in counters. SENT: 250 words.

HOOSIER LOTTERY ONLINE GAMES

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Hoosier Lottery is set to consider whether players in Indiana should be allowed to purchase tickets online for Powerball, Mega Millions and instant games, which could provide millions of dollars in gambling revenue as in bordering states. IGT Indiana, which runs the state lottery, said it will study the technology, marketing strategy, capital investment and crews needed to launch online games, as well as projected profit. It will present an action plan to the Hoosier Lottery Commission in 2020, which could enable online sales without legislative authorization, the Indiana Business Journal reported. SENT: 346 words.

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EXCHANGE-INTERNATIONAL SURROGACY

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ The last leg of a long journey to fatherhood _ made possible through a Northeast Georgia surrogate _ has begun for a European gay couple. Dan Sobovitz and Gregory Merly left Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville on Wednesday, June 26, with the last of two sons who had been in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit since their births on Father's Day, June 16. By Jeff Gill. The Gainesville Times.

EXCHANGE-OPIOIDS CRISIS-MEDS BEHIND BARS

CINCINNATI _ The "dope boys" hang out near the jail awaiting newly freed inmates with addiction. They'll hand you a free sample to get you back. Triggers to use drugs again — the corners where you've used, for one — are all around, and any plans for a fresh start easily evaporate. "In here, it's black and white," said Ashley Pels, a Hamilton County jail inmate, looking around the recovery pod for women. Get released, she said, and "it's like 'The Wizard of Oz.'" By Terry Demio, The Cincinnati Enquirer.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDICTED COMMISSIONER _ Georgia county commissioner says he’s innocent after a grand jury indicts him on insurance fraud charges.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-METS

NEW YORK _ Mets LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 4.85 ERA) starts against Braves RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.94). New York has dropped six straight, including the series opener against Atlanta on Friday. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

SOC--MLS-IMPACT-ALTANTA UNITED. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

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EXCHANGE-TAXIDERMY CONVENTION

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Across the highway from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, on the first floor of a hotel in Columbia, a crew of animals was very still on a recent Thursday afternoon. Unblinking, unmoving, but looking like they might breathe in a second, ducks, bears, deer and foxes were on display at the South Carolina Association of Taxidermist's annual conference. It's one of many shows across the United States that is hosted to bring together taxidermist pros and beginners, award great work and share new techniques for making hunted creatures look good. By Isabella Cueto. The State. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOYFRIEND SLAYING-SENTENCE _ A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after she admitted shooting her boyfriend to death.

_ JETBLUE-CHARLESTON SERVICE _ JetBlue Airways is ending its twice-daily nonstop service between Charleston and Washington, D.C. this fall. The last flight is scheduled for Oct. 26.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

AMTRAK-GULF COAST

MOBILE, Ala. _ The Mobile City Council is delaying a proposal that endorsed the return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast through Mobile. City officials recently delayed a resolution that would have asked Gov. Kay Ivey to commit state funds necessary to return Amtrak service to the region, Al.com reported. Ivey had said earlier this month that she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak service. SENT: 260 words.

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EXCHANGE-SHOWTIME-ORIGINAL SONG

DECATUR, Ala. _ For months, Tim Tucker sidled up to the piano and repeatedly played the first line of what would become a stirring duet. Over and over again the notes of the melody flowed off of his fingers as he sang, "Stormy weekends, they get me down, ain't nothing left for me in this town, come on baby, go easy on me." "I had the first line and the whole idea of 'Go Easy on Me' for a while, but I couldn't ever finish it. I would play it on the piano over and over again. Finally, it just all came out," the Decatur singer-songwriter said. By Catherine Godbey. The Decatur Daily. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALABAMA PRISONS _ The Alabama Department of Corrections is moving along with a plan to build three new prisons.

_ INMATE DEATH _ An Alabama inmate has died after an apparent medical incident.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-ANIMAL SHELTERS-RESEARCH

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana's rescue shelters are facing new restrictions on how and when they can give animals to facilities that use them for research. A new law recently signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards will ban shelters from taking in stray or unwanted animals solely to euthanize them for research facilities and will prohibit shelters from selling animals for research or experimentation. SENT: 272 words.

INVASIVE SWAMP EELS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ An invasive species of swamp eel has been found in New Orleans, and a state biologist says it's the first time this species has been found in the United States. Investigators don't know whether the Asian swamp eels were released accidentally or on purpose in Bayou St. John, said Robert Bourgeois, aquatic nuisance species coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. They might have been released from an aquarium or for food, he said. SENT: 260 words.

AMTRAK-GULF COAST

MOBILE, Ala. _ The Mobile City Council is delaying a proposal that endorsed the return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast through Mobile. City officials recently delayed a resolution that would have asked Gov. Kay Ivey to commit state funds necessary to return Amtrak service to the region, Al.com reported. Ivey had said earlier this month that she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak service. SENT: 260 words.

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EXCHANGE-LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN CAUSEWAY SIGNS

LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, La. _ Slow the flock down. It's good to have gas. Don't bug out, they're dropping like flies. For commuters used to driving the nearly 24 miles of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, these cheeky phrases have become part of their daily routine, displayed in bright letters on the bridge's electronic traffic boards. By Rose Wagner. The Advocate.

EXCHANGE-DONALD HINES REMEMBERED

BUNKIE, La. _ Donald Hines' grandson, Donald Newton, said his grandfather "could accomplish more in one day than many people could in a lifetime." The marks of that are everywhere you look. By Jeff Matthews. Town Talk.

IN BRIEF:

_ FELONS-VOTING _ Two voting rights groups are holding a four-day bus tour across Louisiana, seeking to register thousands of convicted felons whose voting rights were restored earlier this year.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-NEW LAWS-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ Several new laws are taking effect Monday in Mississippi, including one that gives a pay raise to teachers and two that are designed to ease burdens on people who face court fines or who are trying to find jobs after having a criminal conviction. Here are some of the measures passed by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant: By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos MSRS101-0103140411, MSRS102-0430161502, MSRS104-0418191256, MSRS103-0730181422.

MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS-LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge says he's aware of the "time-sensitive nature" of an election-year lawsuit that says Mississippi has a racially discriminatory method of choosing statewide officials, including governor. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III has set mid- and late July deadlines for state attorneys to respond to the suit filed May 30 by four African American plaintiffs. The suit seeks end what they say is a system aimed at thwarting election of black candidates. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 447 words.

AP Photos MSRS118-0621191152, MSRS108-0621191059, MSRS102-0621190930, MSRS115-0621191121, MSRS104-0621191025.

AMTRAK-GULF COAST

MOBILE, Ala. _ The Mobile City Council is delaying a proposal that endorsed the return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast through Mobile. City officials recently delayed a resolution that would have asked Gov. Kay Ivey to commit state funds necessary to return Amtrak service to the region, Al.com reported. Ivey had said earlier this month that she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak service. SENT: 260 words.

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EXCHANGE-33 YEAR RESTAURANT CAREER

COLUMBUS, Miss. _ Clara Hicks still remembers the day she learned of a job opening for line cook at Harveys Restaurant in downtown Columbus. "I just went to the unemployment office and they told me, and I went down to talk to John Bean," she recounted. Nothing unique in it — except that it was 33 years ago, and Hicks is still at Harveys. The restaurant had only been open about a year when she joined the staff in 1986. Co-workers and management helped her celebrate the anniversary June 6. In an industry accustomed to turnover, Hicks is a valued mainstay. By Jan Swoope. The Dispatch.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC HOTEL

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. _ It was built as a hideout for mobster Al Capone, was a hangout for Elvis in the 1950s as he became a star and now Gulf Hills Hotel is in danger of losing that history and heritage. An investor who wants to buy the 92-year-old resort met Thursday (June 13) with the residents of the community that adjoins the 10-acre property. Walt Reinhaus shared his vision for a "luxury" RV park near the water to help make the resort profitable, along with restoring the hotel, installing gardens, reopening a restaurant, renewing the swimming pool and adding a fitness center. By Mary Perez. The Sun Herald. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL 2019 _ The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is stepping down as she runs for statewide office.

_ LYNYRD SKYNYRD-MISSISSIPPI _ People are raising money for two Mississippi Blues Trail markers to commemorate the 1977 plane crash that killed three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, their road manager and two pilots.

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