BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

August 16, 2019 - 2:32 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

VOTING MACHINES-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ If Georgia election officials fail to meet the tight timeline they've set to implement an entirely new voting system, they'll have to quickly pivot to hand-marked paper ballots for the March presidential primaries. That's according to a Thursday ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 984 words.

AP Photos NY111-0724191456.

TURTLE TRAFFICKING

ATLANTA _ An investigation involving two of the world's biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China. Nathan Horton is charged with violating the Lacey Act, which forbids illegal wildlife trafficking. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 343 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OKEFENOKEE-MINING PLAN _ County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage.

_ SHALLOW GRAVE-BODY _ The human remains discovered in a shallow grave in Alabama have been identified as a missing man from Georgia.

_ WEST NILE-GEORGIA _ Health officials say an elderly man in southwest Georgia has been hospitalized with West Nile virus in the state's first confirmed human infection of 2019.

_ COMEDIANS GETTING INJURED _ Comedians Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Gould have been injured in a car crash on their way to perform at an Atlanta theater.

_ FREE LUNCH-ATLANTA _ Students in 77 Atlanta public schools are getting free breakfast and lunch, no matter their family income.

_ GREYHOUND CRASH _ A fire department in Kentucky says a collision between a commercial truck and a Greyhound bus has left at least 17 people injured.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--DODGERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Mike Soroka will make his first start against Los Angeles on Friday night when the Atlanta Braves open a three-game series against Kenta Maeda and the Los Angels Dodgers in a matchup of division leaders. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m.

BBO--PAUL NEWBERRY-DANGEROUS GAME

ATLANTA _ There's always a surge of excitement as a foul ball flies toward the stands, but also a sense of dread. Too many fans have been left bloody and maimed by these missiles flying into the stands. Yet Major League Baseball is playing a dangerous game by dragging its feet on ordering teams to put up protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT.

BKL--DREAM-MERCURY _ The Atlanta Dream visit the Phoenix Mercury. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. Game starts at 9 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG-BLACK VOTERS

GREENVILLE, S.C. _ Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for president? "It's a heavy lift in the black church," says Darby, who is also a Charleston-area NAACP leader. "Just as nobody who is racist likes to say, 'I'm a racist,' nobody who is homophobic in the black community likes to say, 'I'm homophobic.'" By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 1,108 words.

AP Photos RPMK200-0815191410, RPMK201-0815191406.

EXPLODING GAS CAN-WALMART

AIKEN, S.C. _ A South Carolina man is suing Walmart, saying a gas can that exploded and set him on fire was defective and should never have been sold to him at a Walmart store in Barnwell. In a federal lawsuit filed this month, Jamie Grubbs says he was using fuel as an accelerant for the fire he was starting in his back yard. He says fumes from the gasoline ignited, causing a “flashback explosion” and throwing burning gasoline onto him in 2015. SENT: 263 words.

TURTLE TRAFFICKING

ATLANTA _ An investigation involving two of the world’s biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges against a man accused of illegally shipping the reptiles to China. Prosecutors took a slow-wins-the-race approach to filing federal charges this week, since the case began as early as 2016. In March, four South Carolina men were sentenced in a similar case in which turtle transactions were set up using the Facebook text messaging feature. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 343 words.

FEDERAL PLUTONIUM-NEVADA

RENO, Nev. _ Fresh off defeat in a related federal appeal, Nevada's attorney general says he intends to ask a U.S. judge in Reno to order the Trump administration to remove the weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped last year to a site near Las Vegas. Aaron Ford says in new filings in U.S. District Court that he'll continue to fight to protect Nevada's citizens and environment from the "ongoing harm" caused by the Energy Department's clandestine shipment from South Carolina. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 149 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL DEPUTY SHOOTING _ A South Carolina man killed by deputies this week was recently accused of attacking his neighboring relatives.

_ OPIOIDS-SOUTH CAROLINA _ The South Carolina Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against major opioid manufacturing companies, claiming the businesses are partially responsible for the opioid crisis.

_ STUDENTS-FREE HAIRCUTS _ South Carolina barbershop owner to offer free cuts for students going back to school.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CHURCHGOERS SECURITY TRAINING

HASLET, Texas _ Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle of an AR-15, took aim and squeezed the trigger. By Jake Bleiberg. SENT: 1,191 words.

AP Photos TXTG107-0721191650, TXTG109-0721191758, TXTG108-0721191740, TXTG104-0721191624, TXTG105-0721191646, TXTG103-0721191416, TXTG106-0721191511, TXTG102-0721191523, TXTG101-0721191516.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD KILLED-MAN STARTLED _ Police in Alabama say a 7-year-old child was shot and killed after startling a man who had been sleeping on the couch in his home.

_ SHOOTING NEAR CAMPUS-ALABAMA _ A shooting on the edge of an Alabama college campus killed a student and another man and wounded three others.

_ OKEFENOKEE-MINING PLAN _ County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage.

_ SHALLOW GRAVE-BODY _ The human remains discovered in a shallow grave in Alabama have been identified as a missing man from Georgia.

_ CAR CHASE-CHARGES _ Authorities in Mississippi and Alabama say a man led them on a high speed chase and almost ran over a deputy.

_ MOBILE BRIDGE _ Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting organized by opponents of a plan to use tolls to pay for a $2 billion bridge planned for Mobile.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES

SHERIFF-HIV LAWSUIT

LAFAYETTE, La. _ A Jan. 6 trial date has been set for a lawsuit accusing a Louisiana sheriff of rescinding a job offer to a job applicant who is HIV-positive. William Pierce sued Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and two of his captains last year, saying they violated the federal Americans with Disabilities. The suit says Pierce was offered a job as a deputy in 2012 but rescinded the offer after the results of a required physical examination determined he was HIV-positive. DEVELOPING.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI FLOODING-DISASTER REQUEST _ Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana because of Mississippi River flooding.

_ OIL SPILL-LOUISIANA _ An oil spill has been spotted near an estimated 200-foot (61-meter) by 600-foot (183-meter) area of marshland near Plaquemines Parish in southern Louisiana.

_ DEPUTIES ARRESTED _ Two Louisiana sheriff's deputies are accused of bringing drugs and other contraband into a parish jail.

_ FIREFIGHTER-CRASH _ A Louisiana firefighter has been killed in an early morning crash when his vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across the road.

_ COMPUTER TAMPERING-OIL RESERVE _ A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing computers used by the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in New Orleans, causing $23,000 in damage.

_ NBA YOUNGBOY JAILED _ Rapper NBA YoungBoy has been released from a Louisiana jail where he was sent after being accused of violating his probation.

_ INJURED TROOPER-TRAFFIC STOP _ Louisiana State Police say a man fleeing a traffic stop dragged a trooper across a roadway and escaped with nearly 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamines.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-CHARGERS PRACTICES

COSTA MESA, Calif. _ The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers have a second day of joint workouts before their preseason game on Sunday. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.

FBC--LOUISIANA-PLAYER DONATIONS

UNDATED _ Football players at the University of Louisiana are being encouraged to donate to the Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation, a booster organization that funds the athletic department. The donation is not mandatory, although this week coach Billy Napier said contributing a minimum $50 to become a member of the association was a team rule. By The Associated Press. SENT: 147 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-O'ROURKE

CANTON, Miss. _ Democrat Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents recently raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people — beginning a revamped campaign he says will now focus more on highlighting President Donald Trump's destructive rhetoric and polices than hitting states that vote early in primary season. It was the former Texas congressman's first campaign stop since he suspended his White House bid for nearly two weeks to stay in his hometown of El Paso, where a mass shooting killed 22 people on Aug. 3. The gunman drove 600-plus miles to open fire near the U.S.-Mexico border after posting an anti-immigrant screed online — and O'Rourke says Trump's embrace of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment helped inspire the attack. By Emily Wagster Pettus and Will Weissert. SENT: 653 words.

AP Photos RPEP201-0816191647, RPEP200-0816191704.

STARVED DOG-PLEA

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State offensive lineman Michael Story has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges. Court documents show a judge in Oktibbeha County Justice Court on Tuesday gave Story a six-month suspended jail sentence, two years of probation and a $1,000 fine, The Clarion Ledger reported. SENT: 428 words.

OPEN LETTER-LATINOS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public "letter of solidarity" to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi. The letter, published Friday in The New York Times and in a handful of Spanish-language newspapers, says the signers stand with U.S. Latinos who may feel "terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks," citing the shooting in El Paso, which targeted Hispanics, and another shooting in Gilroy, California. The two attacks killed nearly two dozen Latinos. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 578 words.

AP Photos LA410-0725160234, LA411-0121171615.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSIONARY-SLAIN WOMAN _ A former missionary has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a pregnant Mississippi woman while he was high on opioids.

_ CAR CHASE-CHARGES _ Authorities in Mississippi and Alabama say a man led them on a high speed chase and almost ran over a deputy.

_ SHOOTING ARREST _ A Mississippi woman has been charged with murder in a fatal shooting.

_ MISSISSIPPI POLICE SHOOTING _ A Mississippi lawyer who stepped down as attorney for the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer says he's back on the case.

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