BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

August 01, 2019 - 7:09 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

OLD SOUTH MONUMENTS-CONTEXT

ATLANTA _ Atlanta will soon add some vivid lessons about the South's racist history on markers placed next to four historic monuments amid the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues. The first of the panels could be installed as early as Friday, officials said. By Jeff Martin.

AP Photos GAATJ201-0813172114, AX101-0724191434

IN BRIEF:

_ STABBED WHILE ASLEEP _ Police say a Georgia man slipped into a home and fatally stabbed his half brother while he slept.

_ RIVACOLD-GEORGIA _ An Italian manufacturer says it has chosen Georgia for its first U.S. plant.

_ MISSING WORKER-RIVER _ Authorities are still searching for a missing construction worker at the Port of Savannah a day after the contractor fell into the water near the docks.

_ OFFICER GIRLFRIEND SHOT _ Police in an Atlanta suburb are hunting for a man who they say fatally shot his girlfriend and wounded a police officer.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME-PREVIEW

CANTON, Ohio _ It's the first preseason NFL game, which means most starters get to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, then watch the youngsters go at it. So if you're looking for any likely regulars on the field Thursday night for the Falcons and Broncos, focus on the offensive lines. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 712 words.

AP Photos NY159-0705192013, NY160-0718191452, NY161-0510190449.

FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME-FANGIO

CANTON, Ohio _ Despite being hospitalized earlier Thursday with a kidney stone attack, Vic Fangio plans to make his head coaching debut in the Hall of Fame game when his Denver Broncos face the Atlanta Falcons. The 60-year-old Fangio was stricken hours before kickoff, but arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium around 6 p.m. The opening game of the preseason begins at 8 p.m. SENT: 124 words.

FBN--HALL OF FAME GAME

CANTON, Ohio _ The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos kick off the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game. Few regulars will take the field Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game begins 8 p.m. ET

BBN--REDS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ With their bullpen bolstered by three trades and a comfortable lead in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves open a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, who underwent their own makeover at the trade deadline by acquiring temperamental starter Trevor Bauer. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m. EDT.

BBN--REDS-BAUER'S FRESH START

ATLANTA _ As Trevor Bauer enjoys a fresh start with the Cincinnati Reds, he's hoping to learn from the last fastball he threw for the Cleveland Indians. The one that cleared the center-field wall. By Charles Odum. SENT: 547 words.

AP Photos GAJB104-0801191657, GAJB101-0801191558, MOCB106-0728191505.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

HOMEOWNER SHOT-POLICE

GREENVILLE, S.C. _ A sheriff's deputy who shot and wounded a South Carolina homeowner through a window in June was also among several officers who fatally shot a man two years ago. Greenville County Deputy Kevin Azzara and the others were cleared in the 2017 shooting of a man holding a pellet gun outside his home after an argument with his estranged wife. Azzara's shooting of Dick Tench in June is still under investigation. SENT: 492 words.

OLD SOUTH MONUMENTS-CONTEXT

ATLANTA _ Atlanta will soon add some vivid lessons about the South's racist history on markers placed next to four historic monuments amid the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues. The first of the panels could be installed as early as Friday, officials said. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 562 words.

AP Photos GAATJ201-0813172114, AX101-0724191434.

GERMANY-EARNS-BMW

FRANKFURT, Germany _ Luxury automaker BMW said Thursday that net profit fell 29% to 1.48 billion euros ($1.63 billion) in the second quarter from a year earlier, as profits were reduced by higher spending on revamping factories and on new technologies such as battery-only cars and smartphone-based services. BMW spent 1.4 billion euros ($1.5 billion) on research and development in the quarter, and invested 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in new plants to modernize production and prepare for new models. It also saw higher production costs from an increasing proportion of electric vehicles and higher raw materials prices. The company said it was able to increase its share in the key China market despite a shrinking overall market there. By David McHugh. SENT: 501 words.

AP Photos PRO101-0320190836.

IN BRIEF:

_ WOMAN KILLED _ Authorities say a man who has been in a South Carolina prison for 14 years orchestrated the killing of a 27-year-old woman.

_ SALES TAX HOLIDAY _ South Carolina's sales tax holiday is getting ready to begin.

_ OFFICER ARRESTED _ Authorities say a police officer in South Carolina stole two counterfeit $100 bills from an evidence room and spent them at a local store.

_ NUCLEAR REACTORS-SETTLEMENT _ A South Carolina private utility is sending out small checks to customers who paid for their share of more than $2 billion for two nuclear reactors that were abandoned without ever producing power.

_ PRIEST-INAPPROPRIATE PHOTOS _ A Catholic priest in South Carolina won't face criminal charges for exchanging sexual photos with a minor on social media.

_ INTERSTATE CONSTRUCTION _ The North Carolina Department of Transportation says a $263-million, five-year construction project to widen parts of Interstate 26 could begin in September.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-BOSTON

SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ The Panthers have added a familiar face to the roster, signing safety Tre Boston to a one-year contract. Boston didn't participate in the team's morning practice on Thursday at Wofford College, but he's expected to join the team later in the day. SENT: 151 words.

FBN--PANTHERS-NEWTON'S RECOVERY

SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ Cam Newton said like many Carolina Panthers fans, he also breathed a sigh of relief after uncorking a 45-yard pass completion to wide receiver Curtis Samuel on the first day of training camp. But the Panthers quarterback cautioned that his rehab from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder remains "a work in progress." By Steve Reed. SENT: 691 words.

AP Photos SCCB106-0729190949, SCCB110-0728191053, SCCB109-0728191037, SCCB108-0729191049, SCCB104-0727191100, NCCB109-0725191814, NCCB101-0725191846, NCCB102-0725191846, NY163-0613191354.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-CAMP BEGINS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina coach Will Muschamp saw plenty of smiling faces and enthusiastic talk at his team's first meeting of preseason camps. "They won't be chipper too long," he said Thursday. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 640 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-DUPONT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Tuscaloosa's longtime mayor, Alvin "Al" DuPont, has died at a nursing home in Texas. He was 94. The Tuscaloosa News reports DuPont, who died Wednesday, was first elected mayor in 1981 and served six terms before he retired on his 80th birthday in 2005. SENT: 763 words.

SHOOTING HOAX

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ An Alabama police chief says an officer staged a shooting last month to make it look like he was under attack. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Thursday that their investigation concluded "this entire event was a hoax." SENT: 142 words. Will be updated.

NEW CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The Alabama Department of Corrections is hiring a new category of corrections officer as the state tries to address a prison staffing shortage. Sixty-one basic correctional officers will graduate Friday from the Alabama Corrections Academy in Selma. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

DEAD ZONE

NEW ORLEANS _ This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is the eighth largest on record, but Hurricane Barry reduced its size from an expected near record, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Thursday. Every summer, a large underwater area with too little oxygen to sustain marine life forms off Louisiana as nitrogen and other nutrients from the Mississippi River Basin feed blooms of algae that die and decompose on the sea floor. That decomposition uses up oxygen from the bottom up. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 695 words.

AP Photos LABAT601-0713190000.

OLD SOUTH MONUMENTS-CONTEXT

ATLANTA _ Atlanta will soon add some lessons about the South's racist history on markers placed next to four historic monuments amid the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues. The first of the panels could be installed as early as Friday, officials said. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 562 words. SENT: 562 words.

AP Photos GAATJ201-0813172114, AX101-0724191434.

IN BRIEF:

_ ABORTION LAWSUIT _ Alabama might have to pay more than $1 million to lawyers for abortion clinics after the state's unsuccessful attempt to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure.

_ DECATUR CITY SCHOOLS-SUBSTITUTES _ Decatur City Schools is looking to hire 300 substitute employees — a week before the new school year begins.

_ ENTERGY-WATERFORD 3 _ Entergy has temporarily shut down a nuclear power plant in Louisiana to fix a pipe weld in an emergency system.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

POLICE SHOOTING-LOUISIANA

UNDATED _ A Louisiana police chief apologized Thursday to his city and to the family of a black man shot and killed by a former police officer in 2016, saying the officer never should have been hired, at the same time his office announced a settlement reversing the officer's 2018 firing and allowing him to resign instead. At a news conference in Baton Rouge, Police Chief Murphy Paul and a police lawyer detailed repeated problems with Officer Blane Salamoni that they said should have raised red flags long before Alton Sterling was shot and killed. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 834 words.

AP Photos NYDD203-0706161912.

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

MONROE, La. _ Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Ralph Abraham made spending promises to sheriffs and offered diverging tax pitches to other local elected officials at two campaign forums. The men spoke Thursday to the sheriffs association in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Municipal Association in Monroe. Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos NY601-0318192124, NY602-0411191241.

DEAD ZONE

NEW ORLEANS _ This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is the eighth largest on record, but Hurricane Barry reduced its size from an expected near record, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Thursday. Every summer, a large underwater area with too little oxygen to sustain marine life forms off Louisiana as nitrogen and other nutrients from the Mississippi River Basin feed blooms of algae that die and decompose on the sea floor. That decomposition uses up oxygen from the bottom up. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 695 words.

AP Photos LABAT601-0713190000.

NEW ORLEANS CRIME

NEW ORLEANS _ Three teenagers have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the May 8 slaying of a New Orleans woman during a botched car burglary, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Thursday. The victim was Zelda Townsend, 63. Authorities said she and her husband, Danny, came out of their home to investigate a car alarm and found a suspect rummaging through their car. Prosecutors said the suspect fired at them. Danny Townsend returned fire and was wounded. The three also face attempted first-degree murder charges in the wounding of Danny Townsend. Two of them also face charges in a similar, nonfatal shooting during a car burglary on May 7. SENT: 309 words.

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana will close the books on the last budget year with a surplus around $300 million, the third year in a row the state has taken in more money than it immediately spent, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. The Democratic governor announced the surplus estimate at the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association summer conference during a gubernatorial candidate forum where he faced off against one of his Republican opponents on the Oct. 12 ballot, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 414 words.

OLD SOUTH MONUMENTS-CONTEXT

ATLANTA _ Atlanta will soon add some vivid lessons about the South's racist history on markers placed next to four historic monuments amid the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues. The first of the panels could be installed as early as Friday, officials said. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 562 words.

AP Photos GAATJ201-0813172114, AX101-0724191434.

IN BRIEF:

_ ENTERGY-WATERFORD 3 _ Entergy has temporarily shut down a nuclear power plant in Louisiana to fix a pipe weld in an emergency system.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-THOMAS ARRIVES

METAIRIE, La. _ Saints receiver Michael Thomas took extra time after his first practice of training camp to catch footballs fired from a machine at close range, first while facing the machine, then while twisting his torso to the left and right as if he were in the midst of a crossing route. Wearing bright white gloves, his hands enveloped each ball; he didn't drop one. By Brett Martel. SENT: 572 words.

AP Photos LAGH101-0801190942, LAGH105-0801191156, LAGH112-0801191045, LAGH104-0801191043, LAGH106-0801191203.

FBN--DARREN SHARPER RAPE CASE

NEW ORLEANS _ Disgraced NFL star Darren Sharper's attempt to get out of a 2016 plea deal and 18-year prison sentence in a sexual assault case has been rejected by a federal judge. Attorneys for Sharper argued in a motion filed last year that he was not adequately advised by his previous lawyers on the consequences of his 2016 guilty plea, which arose from allegations that Sharper drugged and sexually assaulted as many as 16 women in four states. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 342 words.

AP Photos CALOS201-1020160739.

PAN AM GAMES-BOXING-FUCHS

LIMA, Peru _ Ask U.S. boxing team captain Virginia Fuchs about her toughest fight and she'll tell you it was far from a ring. She felt the knockout in her mind and it was a long count. In boxing it's only 10 seconds that can sometimes seem like a lifetime. Here, it lasted a whole month, and it was only at a hospital where she regained her feet. By Luis andres Henao. SENT: 869 words.

AP Photos XFLL117-0730192054, XFLL119-0730192056, XFLL118-0730192054, XFLL121-0730192058.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI-GOVERNOR

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. _ Candidates for Mississippi governor spoke to rowdy crowds Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair — one of the biggest political gatherings in a rural state where stump speaking is a spectator sport. Days before party primaries, campaigns brought their own supporters to the sawdust-strewn fairgrounds in the red clay hills of east central Mississippi. Partisans sat on long wooden pews beneath a tin-roofed pavilion. As overhead fans stirred the muggy summer air, people cheered their favorites and sometimes booed the opposition. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 630 words.

AP Photos MSRS218-0801191032, MSRS215-0801191045, MSRS214-0801191051, MSRS208-0801191013, MSRS201-0801190928, MSRS207-0801191017, MSRS204-0801190910, MSRS205-0801190903, MSRS230-0801190948, MSRS206-0801190941, MSRS226-0801191043, MSRS224-0801191037, MSRS223-0801191047, MSRS209-0801191059, MSRS211-0801191028, MSRS216-0801191040, MSRS220-0801191011, MSRS225-0801190823

REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT-MISSISSIPPI

UNDATED _ A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort to reverse the redrawing of boundaries of a state Senate district in Mississippi. A three-judge panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the new boundaries should remain in Senate District 22, meaning Tuesday's primary will proceed under those new lines. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 427 words.

DEAD ZONE

NEW ORLEANS _ This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" is the eighth largest on record, but Hurricane Barry reduced its size from an expected near record, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Thursday. Every summer, a large underwater area with too little oxygen to sustain marine life forms off Louisiana as nitrogen and other nutrients from the Mississippi River Basin feed blooms of algae that die and decompose on the sea floor. That decomposition uses up oxygen from the bottom up. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 695 words.

AP Photos LABAT601-0713190000.

OLD SOUTH MONUMENTS-CONTEXT

ATLANTA _ Atlanta will soon add some lessons about the South's racist history on markers placed next to four historic monuments amid the ongoing national debate over Confederate statues. The first of the panels could be installed as early as Friday, officials said. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 562 words.

AP Photos GAATJ201-0813172114, AX101-0724191434.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRUG TRAFFICKING RING-MISSISSIPPI _ Federal prosecutors say arrests in recent days targeted a Mississippi drug trafficking ring under investigation since 2016.

_ MISTAKEN BURGLAR-SHOOTING _ Police say a man was shot inside a central Mississippi home and critically wounded after being mistaken for a burglar.

_ ENTERGY-WATERFORD 3 _ Entergy has temporarily shut down a nuclear power plant in Louisiana to fix a pipe weld in an emergency system.

_ MISSISSIPPI FLOODING-LEGISLATION _ U.S. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker are introducing a bill they say would overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2008 veto of a pumping station that could relieve flooding in parts of the Mississippi Delta.

_ KANSAS CITY KILLINGS-DEATH PENALTY _ Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men charged in two Kansas City-area killings.

_ MILITARY HOUSING REPAIRS _ Officials at Keesler Air Force Base and the contractor in charge of base housing have met with residents to address problems they've faced there, including recurring mold.

_ VOTER FRAUD-MISSISSIPPI _ A school board member and city employee has been convicted of voter intimidation in central Mississippi.

_ DRUG DIVERSION ARRESTS _ A pharmacist and a licensed nurse practitioner have been arrested in Mississippi in separate investigations involving the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI BEGINS

OXFORD, Miss. _ Mississippi starts preseason practice Friday with two new coordinators continuing to install vastly different schemes. There are also several young starters, especially on offense, including a redshirt freshman quarterback who has thrown just 22 passes in his college career. Safe to say the Rebels have a lot of work to do before their Aug. 31 opener at Memphis. By David Brandt. SENT: 668 words.

AP Photos MSTG109-0801191609, MSTG106-0801191515, MSTG107-0801191523, MSTG108-0801191544, MSOXF203-0801191506.

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