BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

September 12, 2019 - 7:17 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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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

GEORGIA-CARGO SHIP

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ A Georgia seaport that shut down when a cargo ship overturned while returning to sea was allowed to reopen Thursday after the Coast Guard agreed it was safe for vessels to slowly sail one by one past the capsized freighter. The decision to open the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick came four days after the South Korean ship Golden Ray toppled over soon after departing the port with a cargo of 4,200 vehicles. The ship's pilot and all 23 crew members were rescued, including four men who endured 36 hours trapped below its decks. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 577 words.

AP Photos HOGP103-0912190855, HOGP101-0912190825, HOGP102-0912190843, NY118-0910191927.

GEORGIA TECH STUDENT KILLED

ATLANTA _ The parents of a Georgia Tech student killed by a campus police officer two years ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school, the university system and the officer. Authorities have said university police officer Tyler Beck fatally shot 21-year-old Scott "Scout" Schultz on Sept. 16, 2017. Investigators have said officers responded after Schultz called 911 to report an armed suspicious person matching Schultz's own description. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 725 words.

AP Photos GAKB101-0912191355.

VETERANS HOME-ANT INFESTATION

DECATUR, Ga. _ A Georgia woman says her father was bitten more than 100 times by ants at a government veterans' home where his room was full of insects. Laquna Ross found her father Joel Marrable with swollen, red bumps all over his body when she visited him at the nursing home near Atlanta last week before his death, she told WSB-TV. SENT: 252 words.

PUBLIX-GUNS

LAKELAND, Fla. _ If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it. Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. SENT: 374 words.

AP Photos NY107-0206181738.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD ABUSE ACCUSATION _ A Georgia detective says that a man accused of dragging a boy behind a vacant building and trying to sexually assault him was previously convicted of child molestation.

_ NORTH GEORGIA WOMAN SLAIN _ Authorities say a man opened fire during a confrontation with sheriff's deputies, leaving a woman dead in northwest Georgia.

_ HISTORIC BUILDING BURNS _ Another former building of a historic Atlanta college has burned. AP Photos.

_ PIZZA DELIVERY ROBBERIES _ A Georgia district attorney says three teenagers have pleaded guilty to robbing and assaulting two pizza delivery drivers in 2017.

_ OFFICE MANAGER-EMBEZZLEMENT _ A middle Georgia office manager is accused of stealing nearly $1.4 million from her employer over eight years.

_ MISSING MAN-DEAD _ Authorities say a Georgia man was found dead in the Ocmulgee River, a day after he was reported missing.

_ GEORGIA PUPPY MILL _ Georgia sheriff: "Deplorable" Maltipoo puppy mill shut down; shelter director says seven of the dogs have no lower jaws.

_ RESTAURANT FRANCHISE-EEOC LAWSUIT _ The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a North Carolina Zaxby’s franchise after a worker said the general manager invited her to an expense-paid overnight hotel stay if she wore fishnet stockings.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-DEFENSIVE FIX

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Ricardo Allen hopes to return to pro football after spending last Sunday back in the Big Ten. At least that's what it felt like to Allen, a fifth-year free safety whose Atlanta Falcons gave up 172 yards rushing on 38 carries in the opener. By George Henry. SENT: 679 words.

AP Photos MNCN118-0908191309.

FBN--EAGLES-FALCONS PREVIEW

ATLANTA _ Dan Quinn brushes off any suggestion that he’s starting to feel some heat, but that might change if the Atlanta Falcons don’t turn things around quickly. Coming off a dismal showing at Minnesota in the season opener, the Falcons coach has now lost 11 of his last 18 games. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos by 5 p.m. MOVING in advance for weekend use

BBN--BRAVES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ RHP Julio Teheran (10-8, 3.31 ERA) starts for the Braves and LHP Drew Smyly (3-6, 6.65) goes for the Phillies. By Aaron Bracy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:15 p.m.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 3: GAME OF THE WEEK By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 495 words.

AP Photos SCRS114-0907191550, NCBM108-0907191056, VAAS111-0906190744.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK By Steve Megargee. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos KYBW120-0907192221, GVP106-0907192010, ALVH124-0907191814, ALVH107-0907191617, TXEG102-0907192014, TXEG109-0907192214, KYBW130-0907192258.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TRANSGENDER DEATHS

LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. _ "Okay, Mommy. I love you." That was Brenda Scurlock's last text from her son, Avery, before he was shot eight times, his body abandoned in a field in eastern North Carolina. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,012 words.

AP Photos NCGB102-0806191003, NCGB101-0806191002, NCGB103-0806191016, NCGB104-0806191033, NCGB105-0806191003, NCGB106-0806191010, NCGB107-0806191058.

AP Video

PUBLIX-GUNS

LAKELAND, Fla. _ If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it. Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. SENT: 374 words.

AP Photos NY107-0206181738.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEPUTY CHARGED-STUDENT ASSAULT _ A deputy in South Carolina has been arrested and is no longer working after authorities said he threw a middle school student into a patrol car and hitting his head.

_ HURRICANE DORIAN-TRAPPED MAN _ A South Carolina man hoping to leave work before the area was hit by Hurricane Dorian found himself trapped by stacked sandbags meant to lessen the storm's possible damage.

_ CONCRETE PLANT _ A Pennsylvania concrete company has decided to open a facility a South Carolina county, promising a $6.7 million investment and 60 new jobs.

_ PUNCHED SUSPECT _ A South Carolina police chief says one of his officers was right to punch a suspect in the head.

_ PLANT SWITCH _ A GE Appliances plant in South Carolina is switching from making refrigerators to manufacturing water heaters.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--BUCCANEERS-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Cam Newton and the Panthers look to get back on track against the Buccaneers, who are also 0-1 on the season. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:20 p.m. EDT

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-RODGERS RETURN

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Amari Rodgers was about the only person around Clemson in March who thought he wouldn't miss most of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Tigers starter, second on the national champions with 55 receptions in 2018, told anyone who would listen he'd be back for most if not all of 2019. And there was Rodgers, making two of his biggest ever catches less than six months after his ACL operation. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 786 words.

AP Photos NY169-1229182144.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-LANDON'S LANDING

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Landon Dickerson has already made an impact at Alabama, even beyond his role in the ejection of a Duke defensive lineman. The Alabama offensive lineman has started the first two games for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, once at right guard and once at center. It's a positive beginning for a player who had each of his first three seasons at Florida State cut short by season-ending injuries before leaving as a graduate transfer over the summer. By John Zenor. SENT: 439 words.

AP Photos NY168-0907192113.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 3: GAME OF THE WEEK By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 495 words.

AP Photos SCRS114-0907191550, NCBM108-0907191056, VAAS111-0906190744.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK By Steve Megargee. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos KYBW120-0907192221, GVP106-0907192010, ALVH124-0907191814, ALVH107-0907191617, TXEG102-0907192014, TXEG109-0907192214, KYBW130-0907192258.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BEER-DRINKING STUDENT-SUSPENSION

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ A man who opened a beer and drank it during a class at the University of Alabama has apologized after a teacher was suspended following the incident. Alabama officials said Thursday they had received an email from Trevor Nappier taking blame for what happened and asking the school to reconsider its suspension of marketing instructor Joel Strayer. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the message. SENT: 207 words.

PUBLIX-GUNS

LAKELAND, Fla. _ If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it. Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. SENT: 374 words.

AP Photos NY107-0206181738.

FOREVER CHEMICALS-SLUDGE

LAPEER, Mich. _ For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in 2017 after learning the material was laced with one of the potentially harmful chemicals known collectively as PFAS, which are turning up in drinking water and some foods across the U.S. By John Flesher and Michael Casey. SENT: 1,460 words.

AP Photos MERB201-0814190935, MERB202-0814190946, MERB203-0814191049, MERB204-0814191343, MERB205-0814191053, MERB206-0814191445, MERB207-0814191516, RPJF101-0730191843, RPJF102-0730191842, RPJF103-0730191935.

TRANSGENDER DEATHS

LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. _ "Okay, Mommy. I love you." That was Brenda Scurlock's last text from her son, Avery, before he was shot eight times, his body abandoned in a field in eastern North Carolina. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,012 words.

AP Photos NCGB102-0806191003, NCGB101-0806191002, NCGB103-0806191016, NCGB104-0806191033, NCGB105-0806191003, NCGB106-0806191010, NCGB107-0806191058.

AP Video

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL PRAYER-FOOTBALL _ An Alabama high school will no longer allow student-led public prayer before its football games.

_ SUSPENDED FRATERNITY _ An Alabama university has suspended its Sigma Chi chapter over a hazing allegation.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-AUTOPSY _ A preliminary autopsy says a Nevada man who was shot twice by Alabama police died from jumping off a building, not the gunshots.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK By Steve Megargee. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos KYBW120-0907192221, GVP106-0907192010, ALVH124-0907191814, ALVH107-0907191617, TXEG102-0907192014, TXEG109-0907192214, KYBW130-0907192258.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

WWII VETERAN-BIRTHDAY

NEW ORLEANS _ A man considered to be the nation's oldest living World War II veteran was serenaded and showered with kisses during a celebration of his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Lawrence Brooks was born Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines. He was a servant to three white officers and his daily routine included cleaning their sheets and uniforms and shining their shoes. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 140 words. Will Stand.

AP Photos LAGH108-0912190524, LAGH101-0912190401, LAGH102-0912190502, LAGH106-0912190523, LAGH104-0912190511, LAGH105-0912190523, LAGH107-0912190523, LAGH111-0912190530, LAGH110-0912190526, LAGH109-0912190525, LAGH103-0912190502.

AP Video

CUBAN IMMIGRANT DEPORTED

NEW ORLEANS _ An asylum seeker whose pending deportation sparked a traffic-stopping protest this week in New Orleans was deported to Cuba on Thursday, a spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service said. Yoel Alonso Leal was returned to his homeland despite his supporters' contentions that he was too ill to travel and would likely face mistreatment in Cuba. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 350 words.

POLICE JUROR-DWI

BENTON, La. _ A local Louisiana government official has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI after veering across a center line as a sheriff's deputy was driving the other way last year. Bossier Parish Police Juror Rickey Avery, 60, of Bossier City, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-offense driving while intoxicated, Bossier Parish District Attorney's Office spokesman John Andrew Prime said in a news release Thursday. SENT: 201 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OPIOID CRISIS-PURDUE-LOUISIANA _ Louisiana is part of the tentative settlement reached with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.

_ FATAL SHOOTINGS-LOUISIANA _ Court appointed doctors have determined a Louisiana man accused in a string of attacks wasn't insane at the time of the shootings.

_ THC GUMMIES-SCHOOL _ A 30-year-old Louisiana woman is accused of making THC-laced gummy candies, and her 11-year-old daughter is accused of giving them to classmates at school.

_ SEXUAL ABUSE SENTENCE _ A man convicted of sexually abusing a child from the time she was 11 years old until she was 13 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

_ CHILD CARE-LICENSE REVOKED _ Education officials in Louisiana have revoked the license and pulled public funding from an early learning center where they say several 3-year-olds were mistreated.

_ STUDENT THREAT _ Authorities say a 15-year-old Louisiana student has been arrested on a terrorizing charge after threatening to shoot up his school later this month.

_ LOUISIANA COLLEGES-MASTER PLAN _ Louisiana's new master plan for its colleges and universities could help the state's credit rating, if the state stays on track with the roadmap to boost educational attainment.

_ POROUS PAVING-NEW ORLEANS _ Flooded streets are a common sight in New Orleans, where officials have just required new commercial parking surfaces to use porous pavement.

_ DOVE HUNTING CITATIONS _ The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Louisiana says agents ticketed 62 people in 17 parishes for a total of 78 alleged hunting violations during the first weekend of dove hunting.

_ SCHOOL BUS THEFT _ Authorities in Louisiana say a man has been arrested for stealing two school buses and taking them for a joyride.

_ HURRICANE BARRY-FEDERAL LOANS _ Louisiana businesses and homeowners with damage from Hurricane Barry are eligible for disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

IN SPORTS:

SAINTS-ONYEMATA

NEW ORLEANS _ Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata has returned from suspension not a moment too soon for New Orleans' defensive front. The Saints allowed more yards rushing in Week 1 against Houston — 180 — than in any game last season and now have to face the Rams' Todd Gurley — the NFL's offensive MVP just two seasons ago. By Brett Martel. SENT: 839 words.

AP Photos NY908-1130180028.

FBN--RAMS-ROBEY-COLEMAN

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ From his youth in central Florida to his college career at USC, Nickell Robey-Coleman dreamed of making a mark on NFL history. The veteran defensive back never imagined his mark might end up being a rule change that exists mostly because officials in the last NFC championship game failed to flag him for committing pass interference at an extraordinarily inopportune time. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 838 words.

AP Photos NY172-0808191802.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-OFFICIATING

UNDATED _ While Saints fans must be feeling picked on as NFL game officials made another error that damaged them, it must be noted that pro football hardly has a monopoly on officiating problems. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. MOVING in advance for Weekend Use: 700 words, photos, by 7 p.m.

FBN--SAINTS-RAMS PREVIEW

LOS ANGELES _ The Rams will try to do it without help this time. The New Orleans Saints visit Los Angeles for a rematch of the NFC championship game won by the Rams, but remembered for the no-call that created the opening for Sean McVay's team to storm through. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. PDT. MOVING in advance for weekend use.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK By Steve Megargee. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos KYBW120-0907192221, GVP106-0907192010, ALVH124-0907191814, ALVH107-0907191617, TXEG102-0907192014, TXEG109-0907192214, KYBW130-0907192258.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves' campaign says an investigative report about him that was issued by his rival in the Mississippi governor's race, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, is "deceptive." Reeves campaign spokesman Parker Briden says Thursday that Hood failed to interview key people about a road expansion project. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 129 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos NYHK304-0827192156, NYHK303-0828191959.

ELECTION 2020-MISSISSIPPI SENATE

JACKSON, Miss. _ A Democrat who tried to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi last year is seeking money to challenge her again in 2020. Mike Espy said in a fundraising appeal Thursday that he can "work with others across party lines and labels." Espy served in the U.S. House before then-President Bill Clinton named him agriculture secretary in the mid-1990s. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 486 words.

AP Photos NY112-1128180116.

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI LT GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ The two candidates for Mississippi lieutenant governor are taking part in a televised debate. Democrat Jay Hughes of Oxford and Republican Delbert Hosemann of Jackson are competing in the Nov. 5 general election. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated following debate scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. With AP Photos.

MISSISSIPPI-BODY IN BASEMENT

MERIDIAN, Miss. _ A Mississippi woman has been charged with capital murder and child neglect after police say she led them to a house basement where they found what could be the remains of a 5-year-old child who had been missing for months. Celeste Louise Smith, 35, of Meridian, made an initial appearance Thursday in Meridian city court and her bond was set at $250,000, the Meridian Star reported. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Monday. It wasn't clear whether she is represented by an attorney. SENT: 188 words.

AP Photos MSMES301-0912191206.

IN BRIEF:

_ VEHICLE IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER _The body of a 2-year-old-boy has been recovered from the Mississippi River, more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of where a woman drove into the river.

_ STUDENT PROTEST-RELIGION _ Students at a Mississippi high school were back in class a day after protesting the removal of their prayer group from school hours to after school.

_ EXPIRING COVENANTS _ Tempers are rising as one Mississippi Gulf Coast city debates its future.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI STATE-IMPROVING OFFENSE

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State's offense appears more comfortable in the Bulldogs' second season under coach Joe Moorhead. After ranking 10th in the Southeastern Conference in points per game (28.5) and yards per game (397.4) during the former Penn State offensive coordinator's debut year in Starkville, the Bulldogs have scored 38 points in each of their first two games this year and feature one of the nation's top rushers in Kylin Hill. By Paul Jones. SENT: 753 words.

AP Photos MSJL118-0907191712, MSJL113-0907191441, MSJL103-0907191457, LACC117-0831190629.

FBC--SEC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Here are some things to watch during the third week of the Southeastern Conference football season. GAME OF THE WEEK By Steve Megargee. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos KYBW120-0907192221, GVP106-0907192010, ALVH124-0907191814, ALVH107-0907191617, TXEG102-0907192014, TXEG109-0907192214, KYBW130-0907192258.

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