BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

September 06, 2019 - 7:08 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TROPICAL WEATHER

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. _ A weakened Hurricane Dorian flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday with a fury that took even storm-hardened residents by surprise, forcing people to climb into their attics. Hundreds were feared trapped by high water, and neighbors used boats to rescue one another. Medics and other rescuers rushed to Ocracoke Island — accessible only by boat or air — to reach those who made the mistake of defying mandatory evacuation orders along the 200-mile (320-kilometer) ribbon of low-lying islands. By Jeffrey Collins and Ben Finley. SENT: 891 words.

AP Photos NY117-0906192146, NY118-0906192148, NCTC104-0905190517, VANOV901-0906191448, NY119-0906192200, NY120-0906192201, SCMYR104-0130160551, SCMS105-0906190940, SCMS104-0906191428, NCTC106-0905190248, RPJC106-0906191640, NY121-0906192202, NCTC108-0905190652.

AP Video

WITH:

_ TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

_ HURRICANE SUPPORT _ Tennessee is sending emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas to support the response to Hurricane Dorian.

TROPICAL WEATHER-BAHAMAS

ABACO, Bahamas _ Carrying their meager possessions in duffel bags and shopping carts, hundreds of desperate storm victims gathered at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the hurricane-devastated island, amid signs of rising frustration over the pace of the disaster-relief effort. "It's chaos here," said Gee Rolle, a 44-year-old construction worker who waited with his wife for a boat that could take them to the capital, Nassau. "The government is trying their best, but at the same time, I don't think they're doing a good enough job to evacuate the people. It ain't livable for nobody. Only animals can live here." By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 641 words.

AP Photos XGG103-0906190948, XGG106-0906191506, XRE103-0905191008, XGG102-0906191010, XGG120-0905191845, XFLL109-0905191615, XGG108-0905190842, FLMYR102-0904190019, XFLL112-0905191620, XFLL111-0905191619, XGG119-0905190830, XGG118-0905190854, XGG117-0905190859, XBH165-0905191943, XBH159-0905191935.

AP Video

ELECTION 2020-SENATE-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ The quiet maneuvering began almost immediately after Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia announced he'd retire at year's end: name drops, phone calls, subtle and not-so-subtle pleas for support. Now, amid speculation over whom Gov. Brian Kemp might appoint to replace Isakson until a special election is held, some hopefuls are raising their hands for consideration. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 610 words.

AP Photos WX110-0521191020, WX111-0521191023.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONSTRUCTION WORKER-FALL _ A construction worker is in critical condition after falling nearly 30 feet from a bridge construction site in Georgia.

_ SHOOTING-UNIVERSITY BLOCK PARTY _ Atlanta police have released surveillance video of a second suspect in a shooting at a block party outside a college library that wounded four students.

_ ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF-DUI _ An assistant police chief in Georgia who was arrested on a DUI charge has resigned from his position.

_ COUPLE KILLED _ A Georgia couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary died after their car hydroplaned while returning from Georgia Southern University's season opening football game against LSU.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--NATIONALS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ The Atlanta Braves look to move another step closer to their second straight NL East title when Dallas Keuchel goes against Patrick Corbin and the Nationals. Second-place Washington is in a virtual must-win position if it wants to have any chance of chasing down the Braves in the division race. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m. EDT.

BBN--BRAVES-RILEY

ATLANTA _ The Atlanta Braves have recalled Austin Riley from an injury-rehab assignment to start Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals. Riley has been out since Aug. 5 after spraining his right knee during a routine workout. He was rehabbing at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he batted .263 (10 of 38) with one homer and four RBIs while playing in seven regular-season games and the first two games of an International League playoff series. SENT: 144 words.

FBC--PAUL NEWBERRY-PROUD PANTHER

ATLANTA _ Let's face it: When the school on your diploma is Georgia State, you don't get a lot of chances to brag about your alma mater's athletic prowess. When others are talking football, you're pointing to enrollment figures (yeah, your team is pretty good, but we've got more students!). By Paul Newberry. SENT: 901 words.

AP Photos TNWP124-0831191858, TNWP126-0831191859.

FBC--T25-MURRAY STATE-GEORGIA PREVIEW

ATHENS, Ga. _ If the Georgia Bulldogs needed a reminder not to take this next game for granted, all they had to do was look around their own division. Tennessee lost. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words.

AP Photos TNMH114-0831192201, TNMH115-0831192158, GAATJ501-0831192259, GAATJ502-0831192247, TNMH117-0831192106, TNMH118-0831192133, TNMH119-0831192144, TNMH121-0831192142, TNMH123-0831192133.

FBC--SOUTH FLORIDA-GEORGIA TECH PREVIEW

ATLANTA _ Geoff Collins has waited a long time to walk onto Grant Field as Georgia Tech's coach. Collins' love affair with Georgia Tech began as a child and continued through some of his first jobs as an assistant. Finally, he'll have his homecoming when the Yellow Jackets face South Florida in the new coach's home debut on Saturday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 709 words.

AP Photos SCRS101-0829191731, TPS115-0830192209.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-NEW FACILITY

ATHENS, Ga. _ Georgia has approved an $80 million expansion to its already sprawling football complex. The 165,000-square-foot operations building will be added to the existing Butts-Mehre athletic center. It will include coaches' offices, an expansive locker room and players' lounge, a new sports-medicine facility, a much-larger weight room, and a multi-purpose space to entertain recruits. SENT: 179 words.

AP Photos TNMH201-0802191206.

FBN--FALCONS-OFFENSIVE LINE

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ The Atlanta Falcons will be without offensive tackle Matt Gono for Sunday's season opener at Minnesota because of a back injury. Gono was battling with rookie Kaleb McGary for the starting job at right tackle. Now, the Falcons intend to go with both McGary and Ty Sambrailo at that position. SENT: 185 words.

AP Photos NY158-0510190607, JVS105-0829191932, N159-0723191531, NY183-0725191431.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. _ A weakened Hurricane Dorian flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday with a fury that took even storm-hardened residents by surprise, forcing people to climb into their attics. Hundreds were feared trapped by high water, and neighbors used boats to rescue one another. Medics and other rescuers rushed to Ocracoke Island — accessible only by boat or air — to reach those who made the mistake of defying mandatory evacuation orders along the 200-mile (320-kilometer) ribbon of low-lying islands. By Jeffrey Collins and Ben Finley. SENT: 891 words.

AP Photos NY117-0906192146, NY118-0906192148, NCTC104-0905190517, VANOV901-0906191448, NY119-0906192200, NY120-0906192201, SCMYR104-0130160551, SCMS105-0906190940, SCMS104-0906191428, NCTC106-0905190248, RPJC106-0906191640, NY121-0906192202, NCTC108-0905190652.

AP Video

WITH:

_ TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

_ HURRICANE SUPPORT _ Tennessee is sending emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas to support the response to Hurricane Dorian.

TROPICAL WEATHER-BAHAMAS

ABACO, Bahamas _ Carrying their meager possessions in duffel bags and shopping carts, hundreds of desperate storm victims gathered at the port in Grand Abaco on Friday in hopes of getting off the hurricane-devastated island, amid signs of rising frustration over the pace of the disaster-relief effort. "It's chaos here," said Gee Rolle, who waited with his wife for a boat that could take them to the capital, Nassau. "The government is trying their best, but at the same time, I don't think they're doing a good enough job to evacuate the people. It ain't livable for nobody. Only animals can live here." By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 593 words.

AP Photos XRE103-0905191008, XGG120-0905191845, XFLL109-0905191615, XGG108-0905190842, FLMYR102-0904190019, XFLL112-0905191620, XFLL111-0905191619, XGG119-0905190830, XGG118-0905190854, XGG117-0905190859, XBH165-0905191943, XBH159-0905191935.

AP Video

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL BOARD RESIGNATIONS _ 3 school board members in a South Carolina county are resigning in protest after other board members pushed the superintendent into leaving.

_ BAILIFF DIES _ A South Carolina courthouse bailiff known for serving his community for more than 50 years has died in a car crash.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-CLEMSON PREVIEW

CLEMSON, S.C. _ No. 12 Texas A&M hasn't let go of its close loss to Clemson last year. The Aggies rallied from a 14-point deficit last season vs the Tigers in the final quarter and came within a two-point conversion from sending the game into overtime before losing 28-26. The defeat fueled No. 1 Clemson's run to the national championship. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 831 words.

AP Photos SCRS106-0829191919, TXSC114-0829192147, NY154-0830190332, SCRS109-0829190844.

FBC--CHARLESTON SOUTHERN-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ It's been a challenging week for South Carolina and Charleston Southern. The Gamecocks have had to deal with the loss of starting quarterback Jake Bentley, out for at least six weeks — and possibly the season — with a mid-foot fracture. The Buccaneers of the Football Championship Subdivision have been displaced since Monday when the campus closed due the approach of Hurricane Dorian. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 713 words.

AP Photos NCNR103-0831191459, NCNR110-0831191637.

FBC--COASTAL CAROLINA-KANSAS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Les Miles had some idea what Coastal Carolina has been dealing with this week as the Chanticleers prepared to visit Kansas while also preparing to face Hurricane Dorian. The school in Conway, South Carolina, was in the path of the storm as it churned toward the eastern seaboard. So early this week, Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell decided to pack his team in buses and headed inland — to Greenville and Clemson, among other places — for some practice before hopping a plane to Lawrence on Friday. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 768 words.

AP Photos KSCR123-0831191429, KSCR121-0831191357, KSCR122-0831191356.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-MUSE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina transfer tight end Nick Muse's eligibility waiver was granted by the NCAA on Friday, clearing him to play this season for the Gamecocks. Muse's father Tweeted out the news on social media and the school confirmed Muse's status. SENT: 159 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-MISTAKES-ANALYSIS

NEW YORK _ President Donald Trump doesn't make mistakes. At least according to him. Trump's relentless justifications of his erroneous warnings that Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama on Sunday, which created days of ridicule and skepticism, are just the latest example of the president's lifelong reluctance to admit an error, no matter how innocuous. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,208 words.

AP Photos DCEV124-0904191218, DCEV121-0904191218, DCEV123-0904191218, DCEV122-0904191218, DCEV115-0904191225, DCEV107-0904191234.

AP Video

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-COLLEGE OFFICIAL-CHANCHEZ

Actor Hosea Chanchez says a friend's father sexually assaulted him in Alabama when he was 14 years old, identifying his abuser as a college administrator who later worked at a state university in Pennsylvania and faced accusations that he harassed and molested several male students. Chanchez, who starred in BET's long-running series "The Game," described what he says happened to him in an Instagram post this week, writing that he decided to go public now "in hopes that my TRUTH helps to free someone else from guilt and shame at the hands of a predator, rapist, pedophile." By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 792 words.

AP Photos NYET606-0520131838.

IN BRIEF:

_ STRANGULATION DEATH-INDICTMENT _ A 60-year-old man has been indicted in the strangulation death of an Alabama woman whose body was found after she had been missing for more than a year.

_ HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS-SECURITY _ An Alabama school district is ramping up security at future sporting events in light of a shooting at a high school football game.

_ UNIVERSITY DEAN-RESIGNATION _ A black dean at the University of Alabama has resigned after a conservative website highlighted old tweets he sent linking the U.S. flag with racism.

_ MISSING MAN-DEAD _ Four people have been arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of a missing Alabama man whose beaten body was found stuffed inside a barrel.

_ PAROLE BOARD _The new parole board director has canceled more than 100 hearings over concerns his predecessors did not properly notify victims.

_ RESCUE EQUIPMENT-THEFT _Police say someone stole four boats and other equipment that an Alabama rescue squad uses to help save lives.

_ FESTIVAL CANCELED _ A free music festival held in downtown Mobile the past four years is being canceled.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-NEW MEXICO ST-ALABAMA PREVIEW

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ The heat is on for No. 2 Alabama, and it has little to do with the next opponent. The Crimson Tide (1-0) faces New Mexico State (0-1) Saturday in a mid-afternoon game at Bryant-Denny Stadium with temperatures that could be in the high 90s. The heat might be the biggest issue for Nick Saban's team, which is favored by 55-1/2 points. By John Zenor. SENT: 592 words.

AP Photos GAJB103-0831191452, GAJB105-0831191555.

FBC--T25-TULANE-AUBURN PREVIEW

AUBURN, Ala. _ Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hopes the Tigers have moved on from their opening game celebration after the team's big win against Oregon. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix and the 10th-ranked Tigers need to avoid a letdown against double-digit underdog Tulane Saturday night. By John Zenor. SENT: 576 words.

AP Photos TXRJ110-0831192222, TXRJ118-0831191909.

BKC--TUSKEGEE-COACH

TUSKEGEE, Ala. _ Tuskegee University has named a new coach to head its men's basketball program. The university, in a news release Thursday, said Benjy Taylor replaces Jerry Dunn, who left the school in May. SENT: 118 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CONSERVATIVES-DEATH PENALTY

NEW ORLEANS _ Conservative death penalty opponents gathered in New Orleans on Friday for two days of discussions on how best to convince their political allies in Louisiana and other right-leaning states that capital punishment should be abolished. The organization, Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, which has been lobbying against capital punishment for several years, billed the gathering as its first national meeting. With about 25 participants from two dozen states, it was taking place in a state where lawmakers overwhelmingly defeated the latest attempt, in May, to abolish executions. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 441 words.

SAINTS-RAMS-PLAYOFF LAWSUITS

NEW ORLEANS _ A New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit against the NFL and game officials over the failure to call a crucial penalty against the Los Angeles Rams in a January playoff game was dismissed Friday by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The ruling appeared to be a death blow to the last remaining lawsuit over what's come to be known as the "NOLA No-Call." It also means that, barring a reversal, Commissioner Roger Goodell and game officials will not have to be questioned under oath in New Orleans, as a lower court had previously ordered. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 435 words.

AP Photos NYDD214-0121190004.

IN BRIEF:

_ HORSE BETTING-ELECTION _ Voters in Bossier Parish will vote next year on whether to allow off-track betting for horse racing events to help raise revenue.

_ LOUISIANA COURTS-SECRECY _ Louisiana's Supreme Court is easing some secrecy rules regarding disciplinary proceedings against state judges.

_ MOTHER-DRUG ARREST _ A 75-year-old Louisiana woman is accused of plotting to smuggle a drug used to treat pain and addiction to her jailed son.

_ BOATING DOUBLE FATALITY _ Louisiana authorities say two men in their 20s died when their motorboat slammed into a fallen tree. With AP Photos.

_ BODY RECOVERED _ The body of a 40-year-old woman who drowned in the Sabine River has been recovered.

_ ORANGUTAN INFANT _ Visitors can now see the baby orangutan born less than two months ago at the zoo in New Orleans. AP Photos.

_ HOMELESS MAN-ARREST _ Authorities in Louisiana say a homeless man has been accused of killing a person whose body was found behind a dumpster at a shopping center.

_ COUPLE KILLED _ A Georgia couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary died after their car hydroplaned while returning from Georgia Southern University's season opening football game against LSU.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-BREES-BIBLE VIDEO

METAIRIE, La. _ New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he's been unfairly and incorrectly portrayed as anti-gay after recording a video encouraging Christian students to take their bibles to school. The video was disseminated by an organization called Focus on the Family, which has promoted policies widely viewed as hostile to the LGBTQ community. SENT: 159 words.

AP Photos ERU102-0824191939.

FBC--T25-LSU-TEXAS PREVIEW

AUSTIN, Texas _ The last time Texas faced an SEC opponent, the Longhorns romped and quarterback Sam Ehlinger roared: "We're back!" Fast forward nine months and the biggest game in Austin in more than a decade will measure just how far they've come. And maybe how far they still have to go. And unlike Georgia back in the Sugar Bowl, no will say anything about LSU not wanting to be there. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 968 words.

AP Photos NY608-0831191414, NY607-0901190310, NY156-0101030000, NY153-0901190247, NY168-0831192259, NY167-1123181732, NY164-0807191138, NY163-1020182138.

FBC--LA MONROE-FLORIDA ST PREVIEW

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Florida State hopes to put together a complete game Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Last weekend, the Seminoles seemed to be on a roller coaster against Boise State in their season opener. By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 700 words.

AP Photos FLMW110-0831191254.

FBC--T25-TULANE-AUBURN PREVIEW

AUBURN, Ala. _ Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hopes the Tigers have moved on from their opening game celebration after the team's big win against Oregon. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix and the 10th-ranked Tigers need to avoid a letdown against double-digit underdog Tulane Saturday night. By John Zenor. SENT: 576 words.

AP Photos TXRJ110-0831192222, TXRJ118-0831191909.

FBC--MCNEESE ST-OKLAHOMA ST PREVIEW

STILLWATER, Okla. _ Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy acknowledged that his team, coming off a strong performance in a 52-36 victory at Oregon State last week, has a significant advantage on paper in its home opener Saturday against McNeese. Gundy emphasized that the primary focus is on improving and insists his team won't overlook anything. By John Tranchina. SENT: 651 words.

AP Photos NY152-0831190308, ORAL113-0830192213, ORAL114-0830192228.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI MEAT LAW

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi is considering new rules that let companies continue to use food-labeling terms such as "veggie burger" and "vegan bacon," as long as the terms are prominently displayed so consumers understand the products are not meat. The state agriculture department on Thursday proposed new regulations for plant-based products that are sold as alternatives to meat. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 515 words.

AP Photos NYSH501-0702191647.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-MABUS _ A former Navy secretary who previously served as Mississippi governor is endorsing Democrat Kamala Harris for president.

_ PARAMEDIC-SEXUAL ABUSE _ A Gulf Coast paramedic has been arrested on new charges over allegations that he sexually assaulted patients riding in the back of his ambulance.

_ BUS DRIVER-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A hearing has been delayed for a former Mississippi school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old student on his route.

_ SHERIFF-RACIST TEXT MESSAGE _ A Mississippi chapter of the NAACP has accepted an apology from a sheriff who sent out a racist text message.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-MISSISSIPPI _ A Mississippi group advocating for medical marijuana legalization has turned in more than 105,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot next year.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI PREVIEW

OXFORD, Miss. _ There's usually no shortage of drama when Mississippi meets Arkansas on the football field. The last four games between these Southeastern Conference Western Division foes have been decided by a combined 10 points. By Brian Rippee. SENT: 660 words.

AP Photos TNBD105-0831191219, ARMW110-0831191727, ARMW113-0831191837, TNBD104-0831191219.

FBC--SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI-MISSISSIPPI STATE PREVIEW

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi are both seeking to maintain momentum from season-opening victories as they renew their in-state rivalry. While Mississippi State kicked off its season with a 38-28 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in New Orleans, Southern Miss posted a 38-10 home triumph over Football Championship Subdivision program Alcorn State. By Paul Jones. SENT: 637 words.

AP Photos LACC128-0831191424, MSHAT105-0831192226, MSHAT102-0831192151, MSHAT103-0831192211, LACC116-0831190630, LACC118-0831190629.

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