BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

September 11, 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

OPIOIDS-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ A former NFL football player and a Georgia doctor face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids. Former New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Hodge, 40, is accused of illegal distribution of controlled substances, among other charges. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 367 words.

AP Photos AX101-0911191616.

GEORGIA-CARGO SHIP

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ As authorities try to answer why a cargo ship carrying 4,200 vehicles overturned on the Georgia coast, maritime experts say investigators will be looking for shifting cargo or other problems that upset the giant vessel's balance enough to make it fall onto its side. The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the investigation into what caused the South Korean ship Golden Ray to capsize early Sunday soon after it departed the Port of Brunswick, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of Savannah. The ship's pilot and 23 crew members were all safely rescued, including four men trapped for 36 hours before they could be extracted through a hole drilled into the hull. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 792 words.

AP Photos NY118-0910191927.

FEDERAL UTILITY-AUDIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation's largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general's report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 558 words.

GULF OF MEXICO RESEARCH SHIP

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal research vessel operated by universities in Louisiana and Mississippi is expected to begin studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2023. The Louisiana Universities Marine Research Consortium and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading a consortium created for the 199-foot (60-meter) ship. Universities in every Gulf state, as well as Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Mexico also are part of the group. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 684 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISASTER RELIEF-HURRICANE MICHAEL _ Farmers in Georgia who suffered losses from Hurricane Michael nearly a year ago may soon get federal money to help with recovery.

_ CIVILIAN SURVEILLANCE _ A police department in Georgia says the community could help improve public safety by registering their alarm and camera systems with the department.

_ POLICE GRANT-SAVANNAH _ A federal grant will allow law enforcement in Georgia to buy new technology to help fight crime.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ The Braves send LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-5, 3.47 ERA) to the hill, and RHP Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.31) starts for the Phillies. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BKL--AROUND THE WNBA

NEW YORK _ Elena Delle Donne put together a historic season in Washington and has been named the Associated Press WNBA player of the year. Delle Donne became the first WNBA player to shoot over 50% from the field (51.5, 40% from behind the 3-point line (43%) and 90% from the foul line (97.4%). Only eight NBA players have accomplished that milestone. She helped the Mystics finish with the best record in the league and the top overall seed in the playoffs. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 763 words.

AP Photos NY156-0912182117, CTNLD201-0612190106, MNMIT201-0816190000, NY155-0807190050.

FBC--ACC-CHASING CLEMSON

BOSTON _ Syracuse coach Dino Babers has to look outside the Atlantic Coast Conference to find a comparison for the Clemson team that ran the table last year and blew out Alabama in the national championship game. "I look at that team and I think about the Miami Dolphins going undefeated in the National Football League " in 1972, Babers said this week as the Orange prepared to face the top-ranked Tigers on Saturday night. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 682 words.

AP Photos SCRS116-0907191837, SCRS108-0907191731, MAMS112-0907191803, MDWN118-0907191504, VAAS111-0906190744.

FBC--SEC-QB CONCERNS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ This was supposed to be the year that the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league. Plans have changed for a number of schools. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,056 words.

AP Photos KYBW116-0907192209, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA105-0907191222, GAJA107-0907191519, KYBW115-0907192209, MSJL103-0907191457, ALBD103-0907191946, ALBD107-0907192105.

FBN--OBIT-DAVIS

PITTSBURGH _ Sam Davis, the guard who helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died. He was 75. Davis was found dead Tuesday at New Life Personal Care in McKeesport southeast of Pittsburgh. Davis, who suffered from dementia and was legally blind, had been reported missing from the facility earlier in the day. There was no evidence of foul play according to the McKeesport Police Department's Facebook page. SENT: 364 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CONGRESS-OFFSHORE DRILLING

WASHINGTON _ The House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida's west coast. Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute crucial waters — and lead to disasters such as the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 717 words.

AP Photos AKKOD301-1024182037.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLD CASE KILLER _ Prosecutors have dropped a domestic violence charge against a South Carolina woman who survived being held captive by a convicted serial killer.

_ CHILD ABUSE-PLEA _ A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for fatally beating his 2-year-old son.

_ REALITY STAR ARRESTED _Reality television star and ex-South Carolina treasurer Thomas Ravenel has been fined $500 after taking a plea deal to charges he assaulted a former nanny.

AP Photos NYET320-0714141114.

_ ONLINE SALES TAXES _ A court ruling in South Carolina says online retailer Amazon owes the state likely millions of dollars in sales taxes from other vendors who use the company's website.

_ VERMONT GOVERNOR-GUN CONTROL _ Vermont's Republican governor is calling on two top Republicans in the United States Senate to do more to reduce gun violence.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--BUCCANEERS-PANTHERS PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Gerald McCoy faces the team he went to six Pro Bowls with when the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. McCoy says there are still people he doesn't like in Tampa Bay because of his release but that he won't let himself get overhyped for the game. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT

FBN--PRO PICKS-WEEK 2

Cam Newton enjoys facing the Buccaneers. The only thing is, this might not be the Panthers quarterback who has 29 touchdown passes against Tampa Bay. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--SEC-QB CONCERNS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ This was supposed to be the year that the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league. Plans have changed for a number of schools. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,056 words.

AP Photos KYBW116-0907192209, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA105-0907191222, GAJA107-0907191519, KYBW115-0907192209, MSJL103-0907191457, ALBD103-0907191946, ALBD107-0907192105.

FBC--ACC-CHASING CLEMSON

BOSTON _ Syracuse coach Dino Babers has to look outside the Atlantic Coast Conference to find a comparison for the Clemson team that ran the table last year and blew out Alabama in the national championship game. "I look at that team and I think about the Miami Dolphins going undefeated in the National Football League " in 1972, Babers said this week as the Orange prepared to face the top-ranked Tigers on Saturday night. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 682 words.

AP Photos SCRS116-0907191837, SCRS108-0907191731, MAMS112-0907191803, MDWN118-0907191504, VAAS111-0906190744.

FBN--OBIT-DAVIS

PITTSBURGH _ Sam Davis, the guard who helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died. He was 75. Davis was found dead Tuesday at New Life Personal Care in McKeesport southeast of Pittsburgh. Davis, who suffered from dementia and was legally blind, had been reported missing from the facility earlier in the day. There was no evidence of foul play according to the McKeesport Police Department's Facebook page. SENT: 364 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PAROLE BOARD

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles says parole hearings are expected to resume around Nov. 1. The agency made the announcement Wednesday after hundreds of parole hearings had been postponed. SENT: 111 words. Will be updated.

TRUMP-HURRICANE DORIAN

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. Trump responded to a New York Times report that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the position that Alabama was not at risk. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 439 words.

AP Photos NCEV325-0909191709.

FEDERAL UTILITY-AUDIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation's largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general's report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 558 words.

GULF OF MEXICO RESEARCH SHIP

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal research vessel operated by universities in Louisiana and Mississippi is expected to begin studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2023. The Louisiana Universities Marine Research Consortium and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading a consortium created for the 199-foot (60-meter) ship. Universities in every Gulf state, as well as Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Mexico also are part of the group. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 684 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOGS KILL CATS _ Two dogs that attacked and killed 29 cats at an Alabama shelter have been euthanized.

_ COLD CASE-SLAIN TEEN _ A 61-year-old Alabama man has been arrested and charged in the 1980 rape and fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old whose body was found dumped on a dead-end street in Mobile.

_ CHOKED INMATE-FIRED DEPUTY _ An Alabama sheriff says one of his deputies has been fired for choking an inmate who cursed at him.

_ MAN SLAIN-PLEA DEAL _ An Alabama man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting and beating a 19-year-old man.

_ PRISON CONTRABAND _ A search of Fountain Correctional Facility in Alabama's Escambia County has found more than 600 makeshift weapons, 51 cellphones, synthetic drugs and multiple gallons of an alcoholic drink that prisoners call julep or pruno.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC-QB CONCERNS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ This was supposed to be the year that the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league. Plans have changed for a number of schools. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,056 words.

AP Photos KYBW116-0907192209, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA105-0907191222, GAJA107-0907191519, KYBW115-0907192209, MSJL103-0907191457, ALBD103-0907191946, ALBD107-0907192105.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

GULF OF MEXICO RESEARCH SHIP

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal research vessel operated by universities in Louisiana and Mississippi is expected to begin studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2023. The Louisiana Universities Marine Research Consortium and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading a consortium created for the 199-foot (60-meter) ship. Universities in every Gulf state, as well as Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Mexico also are part of the group. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 684 words.

OPIOIDS-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ A former NFL football player and a Georgia doctor face charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, including opioids. Former New Orleans Saints player Sedrick Hodge sold oxycodone pills in Cartersville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Hodge, 40, is accused of illegal distribution of controlled substances, among other charges. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 367 words.

AP Photos AX101-0911191616.

SOLAR RULES

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A Louisiana regulatory board voted Wednesday to lower the price utility companies must pay for electricity generated by people with solar panels on their homes. During sunny hours, solar panels sometimes make more electricity than a home uses. The excess flows back to the power company grid and homeowners are compensated. SENT: 332 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOY KILLED-DOUBLE JEOPARDY _ A Louisiana man convicted of murder in the death of a 6-year-old boy in 1992 is appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

_ LOAN FRAUD _ A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to authorizing fraudulent loans, which cost her former employer almost $250,000.

_ EX-SHERIFF CHARGED _ A former Louisiana sheriff has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

_ BOY LEAVES SCHOOL _ A Louisiana mother says her son walked away from his elementary school in the middle of the day and the school never notified her that the kindergartner was missing.

_ TWO DEAD _ Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Louisiana.

_ THEFT PLEA _ A 48-year-old Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his employer.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC-QB CONCERNS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ This was supposed to be the year that the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league. Plans have changed for a number of schools. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,056 words.

AP Photos KYBW116-0907192209, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA105-0907191222, GAJA107-0907191519, KYBW115-0907192209, MSJL103-0907191457, ALBD103-0907191946, ALBD107-0907192105.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is releasing an investigative report that says his rival in this year's governor's race, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, improperly sought to influence a roadbuilding project near Reeves' neighborhood. Hood also says Reeves impeded the investigation by withholding documents. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 139 words. Will be updated.

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GULF OF MEXICO RESEARCH SHIP

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal research vessel operated by universities in Louisiana and Mississippi is expected to begin studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2023. The Louisiana Universities Marine Research Consortium and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading a consortium created for the 199-foot (60-meter) ship. Universities in every Gulf state, as well as Georgia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Mexico also are part of the group. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 684 words.

MISSISSIPPI BUDGET

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi legislative leaders are holding a single day of hearings to start considering state agencies' spending requests for the 2021 budget year, which begins July 1. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets Friday at the Woolfolk state office building, near the Capitol. The 14 members are scheduled to hear from education officials and leaders of the Division of Medicaid, the state Supreme Court and the departments of public safety and wildlife, fisheries and parks. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 416 words.

FEDERAL UTILITY-AUDIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation's largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general's report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 558 words.

AP Photos NYSB331-0418171834, TNCHA332-0423191942.

IN BRIEF:

_ BARGE OIL SPILL _ The Coast Guard says four miles (6.5 kilometers) of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway in Mississippi are closed while crews clean up crude oil that spilled from a damaged barge.

_ MISSISSIPPI LOTTERY-MARKETING _ The Mississippi Lottery Corp. has chosen a Jackson-based firm to handle advertising and marketing.

_ POLICE OFFICERS STRUCK _ Two Mississippi police officers are injured after being struck by a vehicle while they were working at the scene of another crash.

_ SCHOOL BUS CRASH-MISSISSIPPI _ A school bus driver is dead and eight children are injured after a school bus rolled over in northern Mississippi.

_ DEPUTIES SHOT _ A Mississippi man is accused of using two fully automatic weapons to wound two deputies in a shootout last week.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC-QB CONCERNS

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ This was supposed to be the year that the Southeastern Conference showcased its wealth of experienced quarterbacks up and down the league. Plans have changed for a number of schools. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 1,056 words.

AP Photos KYBW116-0907192209, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA105-0907191222, GAJA107-0907191519, KYBW115-0907192209, MSJL103-0907191457, ALBD103-0907191946, ALBD107-0907192105.

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