BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

August 06, 2019 - 2:37 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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)



ATLANTA _ A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" and later pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his office is apologizing for his chaotic and combative campaign. "I want to apologize for any embarrassment or hurt that your support of me has caused," Republican ex-state Sen. Michael Williams wrote in a Tuesday morning Facebook post to supporters. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 320 words.


TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. _ An ID check on a young woman outside a Georgia beach bar escalated into police using Tasers to shock three people they said were resisting arrest as angry bystanders cursed at officers, according to police reports and video. Tybee Island's mayor and police chief defended the use of force and released police body camera footage after a bystander's cellphone video of the chaotic scene Saturday night got thousands of views online. SENT: 395 words.


ERIE, Pa. _ It was the last morning of the workweek, and Scott Bremner, a popular talk-radio host here, found himself — again — in the role of accidental referee on the issue of race. And again, the discussion was inspired by racial provocations from President Donald Trump. For one caller, critics of Trump had things upside-down. By Claire Galofaro and Bill Barrow.

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_ ELECTRIC SCOOTERS-ATLANTA _ Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and two council members introduced legislation that would put a stop to any new permits for e-scooters.

_ FEMA GRANT RECEIVED _ Twelve homes on the coast of Georgia will receive a federal grant of about $1.1 million to help alleviate the cost of elevating their homes.

_ POWER PLANT-CARBON EMISSIONS _ The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions.



MINNEAPOLIS _ The Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins continue their interleague series at Target Field, with Max Fried pitching for the visitors and Jose Berrios taking the mound for the home team. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.


NEW YORK _ Arike Ogunbowale hasn't let losing shake her confidence. She was the fifth pick in the draft by the Dallas Wings and like many talented first-year players, Ogunbowale has already lost more games than she did in her college career at Notre Dame. Bu Ogunbowale said she was mentally prepared for the transition to the WNBA. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 836 words.

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MADISON, Wis. _ Former Wisconsin Badgers football player Quintez Cephus says going back to school is his top priority after a jury found him not guilty last week of sexual assault charges. The wide receiver tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Tuesday that he doesn't know if he will return to the University of Wisconsin. SENT: 136 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



UNDATED _ Parents with children at a private Catholic school in South Carolina want to know why administrators waited for weeks to tell them about the arrest of a former student who threatened to shoot up the school and shared racist videos where he repeatedly shot a box he said represented black men and used a racial slur. Developing.


_ CHILD CAR-DEATH _ Authorities in South Carolina say they've arrested two people in connection with a child found dead in a car.

_ CHILD MISSING-MOTHER DEAD _ A South Carolina woman was found dead in her apartment and police say her 5-year-old daughter is missing.

_ SLAIN INMATE _ An inmate at a high-security prison in South Carolina has died in what officials are calling an ‘inmate on inmate altercation.’

_ POWER COMPLAINTS _ The solar industry and several environmental organizations want South Carolina's utility regulators to drop a consulting firm with ties to the state's largest investor-owned utilities.



SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ Cam Newton's return to game action will have to wait. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly will not play in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Bears in Chicago, adding he's being extra cautious with both players. By Steve Reed. SENT: 578 words.

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ALABAMA (All times Central)



MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama says U.S. Supreme Court precedent "regrettably requires" a federal judge to block the state's abortion ban from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out in court. Attorney General Steve Marshall's office in a Monday court filing responded to abortion clinics' request for a preliminary injunction against the ban. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.


_ POWER PLANT-CARBON EMISSIONS _ The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions.

_ WOMAN STOMPED _ An Alabama man accused of strangling, beating and stomping a woman has been charged with murder in her death.

_ CHILD ABUSE CONVICTION _ An Alabama man has been convicted of reckless manslaughter and aggravated child abuse in the 2017 death of his girlfriend's toddler.



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Steve Sarkisian keeps hitting the jackpot when it comes to quarterbacks and other offensive playmakers. A former USC and Washington head coach, Sarkisian left the Crimson Tide after the national championship game in January 2017 to head to the NFL. He took over an offense led by reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan and All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. Before that, he arrived at USC in 2005 with Matt Leinart returning after winning the Heisman. By John Zenor. SENT: 718 words.

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LOUISIANA (All times Central)



BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And though marijuana is banned at the federal level, a congressional amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with states' medical marijuana programs. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 724 words. Will be updated.

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BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana's election sign-up period opens Tuesday with the races for governor, six other statewide jobs and all state legislative seats on the fall ballot. The candidate qualifying period, which runs through Thursday, often is the unofficial kickoff for campaign season in Louisiana. The races start drawing more voter attention once the slate of candidates is set, and advertising intensifies. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 328 words. Will be updated.

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_ TATTOOED DEFENDANT _ A defense attorney for a man charged with murder wants jurors who won't judge his client because of his face and neck tattoos, which include devil horns and skull teeth.

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_ WOUNDED POLICE OFFICER _ Police in Louisiana say an officer has been shot and wounded while responding to a domestic dispute.

_ PARISH AUCTION PROBE _ An investigation looking into suspected malfeasance during a 2017 parish auction has been closed due to lack of evidence.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi's four-term attorney general Jim Hood is seeking to defeat seven low-budget candidates in Tuesday's Democratic primary for governor and break the grip Republicans have held on the office for 24 of the past 28 years. Mississippi is one of only three states electing a governor this year. Louisiana and Kentucky are the others. Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is endorsed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who cannot seek a third term, and he's raised millions more than any of his GOP rivals. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 747 words. Will be updated.

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JACKSON, Miss. _ Three Republicans are on Tuesday's primary ballot seeking the GOP nomination for Mississippi attorney general. State Treasurer Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland, state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon and prominent GOP figure Andy Taggart hope to win an outright majority and avoid an Aug. 27 runoff before November's general election. The winner will face Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins, a lawyer, military veteran and former director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, who is running unopposed. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 384 words. Will be updated.

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JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi Democrats and Republicans decide their nominees for governor and several other state and local offices in primary elections Tuesday. In the Republican primary for governor, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is seeking to fend off opposition from former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and state Rep. Robert Foster. On the Democratic side, Attorney General Jim Hood is challenged by seven candidates, including Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and retired Jackson State University administrator Velesha P. Williams. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 794 words.

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UNDATED _ A white man has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to building a wooden cross and setting it ablaze near the homes of black families in a small Mississippi town. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Graham Williamson admitted that he and another man burned the cross to frighten and intimidate African American residents in Seminary, Mississippi, in October 2017. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 129 words. Will be updated.


_ WALMART SHOOTING-MEMPHIS _ Employees of a northern Mississippi Walmart are back at work less than a week after two store managers were killed by a gunman described as a disgruntled worker.

_ PICKUP TRUCK SHOOTINGS _ A second Mississippi man has been arrested in two August 2018 shooting deaths after men were found dead in a pickup truck.

_ MISTAKEN BURGLAR-SHOOTING _ Police have arrested a central Mississippi 17-year-old, saying an initial story about an accidental shooting of a man mistaken for a burglar was untrue.

_ FIRED OFFICER-APPEAL DENIED _ The Mississippi Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal case from a former officer who was fired in 2015 for having sex with a teenager.

_ TATOOED DEFENDANT _ A defense attorney for a man charged with murder says he wants jurors who won't judge his client his face tattoos, which include devil horns and an inverted pentagram. William Bottoms Jr. is charged with second-degree murder in the 2017 deaths of two men. His twin brother was killed in April by Mississippi authorities trying to arrest him for being a felon in possession of a gun.

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_ POWER PLANT-CARBON EMISSIONS _ The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions.

_ FATAL CRASH-TRUCK DRIVER CHARGED _ A Mississippi truck driver has been sentenced to 28½ to 78 years in prison in an alcohol-related crash on a Pennsylvania interstate that killed three people, including a toddler.


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