BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

August 27, 2019 - 7:21 pm

Good evening! 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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

DRAGON CON CO-FOUNDER

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. _ In the nearly two decades since a co-founder of Dragon Con was accused of molesting teenage boys, a strange legal odyssey has unfolded, including a proposed move to Israel, a trial delay because of a presidential election and an extradition by air ambulance. Now, Ed Kramer faces new charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 1,032 words.

AP Photos AX201-0826191623.

ELECTION 2020-GEORGIA SENATE

ATLANTA _ A third Georgia Democrat jumped into the race to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue on Tuesday for a seat that could help dictate the fate of the Senate in 2020. Business executive and 2018 candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor Sarah Riggs Amico announced her candidacy with a campaign video taking aim at Perdue's close ties to President Donald Trump. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 396 words.

AP Photos GAATJ501-1102182202.

NORTH GEORGIA SHOOTINGS

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. _ Police are identifying a man they believe shot and killed two people and injured a third at a northwest Georgia home. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says 38-year-old James Mauldin is wanted for murder in the Tuesday shooting, as well as for stealing a car afterward. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.

AT&T-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn't bargaining in good faith over a new contract. The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn't sending negotiators who have the authority to make decisions. SENT: 181 words.

AP Photos FLLS102-0826191224, FLLS104-0826191228, FLLS105-0826191233, FLLS103-0826191219, MSMCC102-0824191610, FLLS101-0826191216, MSMCC103-0824191610, MSMCC101-0824191611.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRUCK PLUNGES OFF BRIDGE _ Police say a pickup truck plunged off a bridge and landed on Interstate 75, killing its driver.

AP Photos GAATJ221-0826191313, GAATJ220-0826191318, GAATJ222-0826191317.

_ BABY IN FREEZER _ Jury selection has begun in the trial of an Alabama woman charged in the death of her 6-month-old son, whose body was found last summer in a motel room freezer. A man who also faces charges in the case is from Gainesville, Georgia.

_ ART DONATION-HIGH MUSEUM _ Atlanta's High Museum of Art has announced a couple has gifted it a collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Henri Matisse.

_ SEX TRAFFICKING-HOTELS _ Four unidentified sex trafficking survivors have filed lawsuits against four Atlanta area hotels accused of supporting the illegal activity.

_ BARGE COLLAPSE _ Officials in Chattanooga say a truck and crane went to the bottom of the Tennessee River when the barge they were sitting on collapsed.

_ FRONTIER AIRLINES-NEWARK _ Frontier Airlines will begin offering service at Newark Liberty International Airport this fall, and offering introductory fares as low as $15 on some flights.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TOUR SEASON

ATLANTA _ Ballots have been sent to PGA Tour players, who will have the final word on who had the best season. Of lesser interest is who gets voted rookie of the year. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 970 words.

AP Photos GAJA110-0825191816, GAJB106-0825191416, GAATJ201-0825191745, GAATJ202-0825191745.

WITH:

_ GLF--Golf Glance. SENT: 1,100 words

GLF--GOLF NOTES

ATLANTA _ So much attention was paid to the upside at East Lake, with $15 million going to the winner of the FedEx Cup and seven-figure bonuses paid out to the top eight players at the Tour Championship. Overlooked was the most volatile week of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and it was costly to Patrick Cantlay. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,361 words.

AP Photos GAATJ102-0821191212, GAATJ201-0825191745, GAJA106-0822191422.

BKL--AROUND THE WNBA

NEW YORK _ The Phoenix Mercury are finally getting healthy and that could be trouble for the rest of the league during the playoffs. The Mercury welcomed back Diana Taurasi on Sunday after she sat out the last month recovering from a hamstring injury. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 952 words.

AP Photos NY180-0726192308.

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-RETOOLED DEFENSE

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year's national championship squad is so tight "we don't know who's going to run out there first." By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 745 words.

AP Photos NY156-0107192143, NY157-0108190158.

FBC--VANDERBILT'S CHALLENGE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Derek Mason has heard the question about this starting quarterback for a month, and the Vanderbilt coach still isn't talking — at least not publicly. Everyone will apparently have to wait for the Commodores' first offensive series against No. 3 Georgia on Saturday night to find out who he picked as his starter. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 652 words.

AP Photos NY156-0806190037.

FBC--TENNESSEE-FRESHMAN FOCUS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt hopes a theory his father has about the perils of playing freshmen doesn't apply to all situations. "My dad's always had a saying, for every freshman you play is a loss that you should have on your record," said Pruitt, the son of longtime Alabama high school coach Dale Pruitt. "That's the way he looks at it in high school, and if you look at it along the way, it's probably about right." By Steve Megargee. SENT: 616 words.

AP Photos TNKNN501-0802191312.

BBO--BRAVES-BLUE JAYS. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

SOC--US OPEN CUP

ATLANTA _ Atlanta United is going for another trophy. The MLS and Campeones Cup winners host Minnesota United in the final of the U.S. Open Cup, which also is worth a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champions League. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

AT&T-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn't bargaining in good faith over a new contract. The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn't sending negotiators who have the authority to make decisions. SENT: 181 words.

AP Photos FLLS102-0826191224, FLLS104-0826191228, FLLS105-0826191233, FLLS103-0826191219, MSMCC102-0824191610, FLLS101-0826191216, MSMCC103-0824191610, MSMCC101-0824191611.

IN BRIEF:

_ WATER WOES-DENMARK _ Officials of a South Carolina city say it has safe drinking water, but a lack of trust has left residents relying on bottled water or springs outside city limits.

_ NEGLECT DEATH _ A man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for beating his stepfather and tying him to his bed all while draining his bank account from $60,000 to 93 cents.

_ CLEMSON-CLYDESDALES _ The famous Budweiser Clydesdales will parade through downtown Clemson on Wednesday.

_ PRISON GUARD-ARREST _ A South Carolina detention officer has been fired and is facing charges after state investigators say he used his position to smuggle methamphetamine to inmates at an Upstate jail.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-RETOOLED DEFENSE

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year's national championship squad is so tight "we don't know who's going to run out there first." By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 745 words.

AP Photos NY156-0107192143, NY157-0108190158.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-MUSCHAMP VS MENTOR

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina's Will Muschamp learned early in his career that to succeed, he would have to outcoach good friends and mentors nearly every season. This is one of those years. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 690 words.

AP Photos NCRAL501-0303192149, NY150-1213181612.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

NORTH GEORGIA SHOOTINGS

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. _ Police are identifying a man they believe shot and killed two people and injured a third at a northwest Georgia home. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says 38-year-old James Mauldin is wanted for murder in the Tuesday shooting, as well as for stealing a car afterward. SENT: 136 words. Will be updated.

AT&T-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn't bargaining in good faith over a new contract. The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn't sending negotiators who have the authority to make decisions. SENT: 181 words.

AP Photos FLLS102-0826191224, FLLS104-0826191228, FLLS105-0826191233, FLLS103-0826191219, MSMCC102-0824191610, FLLS101-0826191216, MSMCC103-0824191610, MSMCC101-0824191611.

IN BRIEF:

_ BABY IN FREEZER _ Jury selection has begun in the trial of an Alabama woman charged in the death of her 6-month-old son, whose body was found last summer in a motel room freezer.

_ OVERDOSE-GRANDMOTHER CHARGED _ An Alabama woman has been arrested in the death of her 19-month-old grandson, who swallowed and overdosed on methadone.

_ DEFRAUDED EMPLOYEES _ A Tennessee man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for fraudulently soliciting approximately $74,500 from five Alabama investors.

_ MEDICAL TESTING-KICKBACKS _ Three doctors and a medical practice have agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to resolve claims that they received kickbacks from a Seattle-area medical testing company.

_ BARGE COLLAPSE _ Officials in Chattanooga say a truck and crane went to the bottom of the Tennessee River when the barge they were sitting on collapsed.

_ DEADLY DISPUTE _ An Alabama father is dead and his 12-year old son is in critical condition following a domestic shooting at their home in Toney.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-VOTING STICKERS

LAFAYETTE, La. _ "I Voted" stickers are returning to every Louisiana polling place for the fall elections, created by a local Cajun artist and featuring a pelican wearing a crown centered in a rendition of the state seal. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin unveiled the new sticker featuring Louisiana's state bird at an event Tuesday with the Lafayette artist who created it, Tony Bernard. SENT: 316 words.

AP Photos LABAT201-0827190000, LABAT202-0827190000.

COURT DEBTS-PRISON

NEW ORLEANS _ Criminal court judges in New Orleans have a conflict of interest when they are faced with deciding whether some defendants are able to pay fines and fees that partially fund their court's expenses, a federal appeals panel has ruled. The decision from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court ruling that the New Orleans-based state district court judges must provide a "neutral forum" for determining whether a defendant can pay. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 442 words.

CYBERSECURITY CENTER

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana is establishing a cybersecurity center in Baton Rouge that will analyze hacking threats and bolster information sharing among state and federal agencies, industry experts and academics in an effort to strengthen computer network security. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis of the Louisiana National Guard announced the plans Tuesday. They said the center will be located in a coastal research complex called the Water Campus near downtown Baton Rouge. SENT: 284 words.

FATAL TEEN SHOOTING

BATON ROUGE, La. _ An 8th grader who just made the football team at his Louisiana middle school has been shot to death. His aunt, Tammy Linson, tells The Advocate that 14-year-old Brionne "BG" Linson's dreams of becoming a police officer were stopped short Friday when he was killed in Baton Rouge. SENT: 274 words.

AT&T-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn't bargaining in good faith over a new contract. The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn't sending negotiators who have the authority to make decisions. SENT: 181 words.

AP Photos FLLS102-0826191224, FLLS104-0826191228, FLLS105-0826191233, FLLS103-0826191219, MSMCC102-0824191610, FLLS101-0826191216, MSMCC103-0824191610, MSMCC101-0824191611.

IN BRIEF:

_ RECORD GRAPEFRUIT _ A basketball-sized grapefruit has brought two world records to a Louisiana couple.

AP Photos LABAT102-0827190000, LABAT101-0827190000.

_ DEA AGENT CHARGED _ A federal jury has convicted a former drug agent on seven corruption counts.

_ PROBATION OFFICER ARRESTED _ Louisiana State Police have arrested a probation and parole officer accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female parolee who he supervised.

_ EX-NFL PLAYER KILLED-MINNESOTA _ A judge has set bail at $3 million for the son of a former NFL lineman accused of killing his parents in Minnesota.

AP Photos CER101-0826191510, NY115-0824192240, NY117-1130870000.

_ ESCAPED INMATE _ Authorities in Louisiana say an inmate convicted of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting death of his grandmother has been recaptured hours after escaping from a job site.

_ DISGUISED SCAM ARTIST _ A Louisiana man's lawsuit says two banks helped an investor defraud him out of $9.4 million in a Ponzi scheme.

_ FILMED SEX ACT-DEPUTY ARRESTED _ A grand jury has indicted a Louisiana woman who's accused of performing a sex act on her 1-year-old son, as well as the sheriff's deputy accused of filming it.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--KANSAS ST-TRANSFER BACKFIELD

MANHATTAN, Kan. _ Chris Klieman probably felt good about the team he was inheriting at Kansas State when the new coach looked down the depth chart and saw a veteran quarterback in Skylar Thompson, experience on the offensive line and plenty of playmakers on defense. Then he looked at running back. Or rather, he looked at the giant hole at the position, which was a favorite position for Klieman at FCS powerhouse North Dakota State. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 715 words.

AP Photos KSWIE201-0413191931.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI ABUSE DEALS

GREENWOOD, Mississippi _ A famed Catholic religious order settled sex abuse cases in recent months by secretly paying two black Mississippi men $15,000 each and requiring them to keep silent about their claims, The Associated Press has found. The cash payments are far less than what other Catholic sex abuse survivors have typically received since the church's abuse scandal erupted in the United States in 2002. By Michael Rezendes. SENT: 978 words. Eds: A longer version is also available.

AP Photos XWM101-0609190553, XWM102-0609190339, XWM103-0609190440, XWM104-0608190334, XWM105-0609190420, XWM106-0608190248, XWM107-0609191853, XWM108-0609191902, XWM109-0608190734, XWM110-0608190419, XWM111-0610192201, XWM112-0610192217.

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ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ Amid some problems at the polls, Mississippi voters on Tuesday were choosing a Republican nominee for governor — either second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves or retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. Reeves, 45, fell just short of a majority in a three-person GOP primary Aug. 6. He's endorsed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited to two terms by state law, and by Republican former Gov. Haley Barbour. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 876 words.

AP Photos MSRS107-0827191326, MSRS103-0827191304, MSRS107-0827191326, MSRS105-0827191302, MSRS412-0821190000, MSRS418-0821192013, MSRS404-0821191923, MSRS416-0821192018, MSRS419-0821192013.

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL

JACKSON, Miss. _ Second-term Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch and former gubernatorial chief of staff Andy Taggart are competing Tuesday in a Republican primary runoff for attorney general. The winner will advance to the Nov. 5 general election to run against Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 402 words.

AP Photos NYJK702-0825191214, MSRS106-0827191324, MSRS101-0827191248.

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI NEWSGUIDE

JACKSON, Miss. _ Runoffs Tuesday will set the Nov. 5 general election fields in Mississippi for governor and attorney general as Republicans choose their nominees. In the GOP race for governor, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves fell just short of a majority and his party's nomination on Aug. 6. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. seeks to upset Reeves. In the attorney general’s runoff, state Treasurer Lynn Fitch is trying to hold off a challenge from longtime GOP figure Andy Taggart. SENT: 736 words.

WITH:

_ ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI NEWSGUIDE-THE LATEST

AT&T-STRIKE

NEW YORK _ More than 20,000 AT&T workers in nine Southern states went on strike over the weekend, saying that the telecommunications company isn't bargaining in good faith over a new contract. The union, the Communications Workers of America, says AT&T isn't sending negotiators who have the authority to make decisions. SENT: 181 words.

AP Photos FLLS102-0826191224, FLLS104-0826191228, FLLS105-0826191233, FLLS103-0826191219, MSMCC102-0824191610, FLLS101-0826191216, MSMCC103-0824191610, MSMCC101-0824191611.

IN BRIEF:

_ TVA-POWER LINE _ The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has identified a route for a new transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee.

_ CHASE-DEPUTY INJURED _ Authorities in Mississippi say a woman suspected in a drug investigation fled from a traffic stop and crashed into a deputy's vehicle.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING _ Two Mississippi men wanted in a fatal shooting have surrendered to authorities.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI STATE-NCAA PROBATION

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Some suspended Mississippi State University football players who violated academic policies will be identified before this weekend's game. Head football coach Joe Moorhead declined to specify the players to reporters Monday. The Bulldogs open the season Saturday against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Ragin' Cajuns; Moorhead says the suspended players in that game will be announced before the 11 a.m. kickoff. SENT: 124 words.

FBC--MISSISSIPPI ST-STEVENS’ CHANCE

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens and coach Joe Moorhead previously worked together at Penn State, where Stevens was a backup quarterback and Moorhead was offensive coordinator. They’re counting on that shared background to benefit them as Stevens prepares to make his first career start this week as a graduate transfer Saturday when Mississippi State faces Louisiana-Lafayette in New Orleans. By Paul Jones. UPCOMING: 600 words by 9 p.m.

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-NEW-LOOK OFFENSE

OXFORD, Miss. _ When Mississippi's offense takes the field for the first time in 2019, it will look quite different than it did in 2018. And the newness is layered. By Brian Rippee. SENT: 717 words.

AP Photos NY152-0801192002, MSOXF201-0406191353.

FBN--DOLPHINS-TUNSIL

DAVIE, Fla. _ Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil has spoken several times this summer of the desire to become a more vocal leader. Standing in the middle of the locker room after a recent practice, he assessed his efforts. By Steven Wine. SENT: 613 words.

AP Photos NY157-0614181720, NY158-0930181724.

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