BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

September 13, 2019 - 7:09 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

COLONIAL PIPELINE SPILL

ATLANTA _ A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying to make repairs after a Colonial Pipeline Co. line leaked gasoline southwest of Birmingham, Alabama, and was shut down in 2016, threatening U.S. gasoline supplies. By Jeff Martin and Jay Reeves. SENT: 280 words.

AP Photos NY110-1101161343.

OBIT-ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Anne Rivers Siddons, a best-selling Southern author known for novels "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Peachtree Road," has died. She was 83. Siddons died Wednesday morning at her home in Charleston, South Carolina, news outlets reported. Her cause of death was lung cancer, her stepson David Siddons told The Post and Courier. SENT: 282 words.

AP Photos NY124-0921000000.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HORSE SOLDIERS

LAS VEGAS, Nev. _ A member of the group known as the "Horse Soldiers" was training in Kentucky when he learned of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A month later, he was among the first U.S. Army Special Forces that secretly entered Afghanistan on horseback to fight the Taliban. One of the group’s members lives in Atlanta. By Briana Erickson, The Las Vegas Review-Journal. SENT: 863 words. Eds: An AP Member Exchange moving in advance for use in weekend editions of Sept. 14-15 and thereafter.

IN BRIEF:

_ FAKE BURGLARY-CHARGES _ A man trashed his pizza restaurant and ice cream shop near Atlanta to fake a racially motivated burglary so he could file an insurance claim, police said.

AP Photos NY112-0913192055.

_ FREQUENT FLYER-PROGRAM FRAUD _ Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say the managing partner of a Chicago travel agency fraudulently accumulated millions of points in a Delta Air Lines frequent flyer program.

_ MISSING MAN-MURDER _ Authorities in Georgia say a missing man was found dead in a shallow grave and the man who murdered him has been arrested.

_ SUPREME COURT CANDIDATE _ A third candidate has announced a bid for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-INJURIES

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Matt Gono will miss his second consecutive game with a back injury. Gono was ruled out Friday by the Falcons (0-1), meaning rookie Kaleb McGary and Ty Sambrailo are likely to spend another week sharing time at right tackle. McGary is expected to eventually take the spot full time but he's not in peak game condition after missing much of the preseason while recovering from a heart procedure. SENT: 141 words.

BBN--BRAVES-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ Michael Soroka takes the mound for the Atlanta Braves as they march toward and NL East title against the Nationals, who are trying to secure home-field advantage in the wild-card game and start ace Max Scherzer. By Harvey Valentine. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

BBN--BRAVES-MARKAKIS

WASHINGTON _ The Atlanta Braves reinstated outfielder Nick Markakis from the 10-day injured list Friday. Markakis, 35, missed 43 games with a fractured left wrist. He was listed in the starting lineup as the Braves opened a three-game series against the Nationals, playing his first game of the season in left field with Matt Joyce in right. SENT: 129 words.

FBC--CITADEL-GEORGIA TECH PREVIEW

ATLANTA _ Georgia Tech has a shot at a winning streak. Given how this season is likely to go, the Yellow Jackets need to take advantage of the opportunity. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 795 words.

AP Photos GAJB413-0908190126, GAJB409-0908190045, GAJB412-0908190118, GAJB410-0907191757, NY156-0908191405, GAJB407-0907192353.

FBC--T25-ARKANSAS STATE-GEORGIA PREVIEW

ATHENS, Ga. _ Blake Anderson doesn't want it to be about him. Yet it's impossible to ignore his pain. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 841 words.

AP Photos GAATH-0907191340, GAATH-0907191417, GAATH-0907191417, GAATH-0907191110, GAATH-0907191232, GAATH611-0907191813, GAATH333-0907191905.

FBC--GEORGIA SOUTHERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS _ When a skinny Rashod Bateman was just beginning to come into his own halfway through high school in Tifton, his southern Georgia hometown, he went with what he knew and made an early verbal commitment to the successful, second-tier program located less than a three-hour drive away. "Georgia Southern was just like the school you go to," Bateman said. "I didn't think I was going to be that highly recruited." By Dave Campbell. SENT: 846 words.

AP Photos NY161-1226181622, BKWS104-0908192224, BKWS103-0908192223, LAMD117-0831192125, LAMD113-0831192021.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TRASH FIRE-CLEANUP

OKATIE, S.C. _ It may cost taxpayers $4.5 million to clean up a blazing, towering pile of garbage known as Mount Trashmore in South Carolina. Crews have been working to extinguish, clean and remove smoldering trash at the Able Contracting recycling center near Bluffton for over a month, yet the mounds of debris continue to burn and smell. SENT: 495 words.

OBIT-ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Anne Rivers Siddons, a best-selling Southern author known for novels "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Peachtree Road," has died. She was 83. Siddons died Wednesday morning at her home in Charleston, South Carolina, news outlets reported. Her cause of death was lung cancer, her stepson David Siddons told The Post and Courier. SENT: 282 words.

AP Photos NY124-0921000000.

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE KILLED _ Authorities say an inmate at a maximum security South Carolina prison has been killed by his cellmate.

_ LEROY THE PIG GOES TO SCHOOL _ This little piggy should have stayed home. The State reports that for the fourth time, Leroy - a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig - wandered over to Brennan Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, leading officials to slap Mcgregor Wallace with citations for owning a pig within city limits and having a fugitive pet. Wallace is scheduled for a court appearance in October.

AP Photos NYSH101-0913191029.

_ PRESERVATION BOARD _ A nonprofit that works to preserve South Carolina's architectural heritage has picked a new board president.

_ US ATTORNEY-SOUTH CAROLINA _ President Donald Trump has nominated the U.S. Attorney in South Carolina to be a federal judge.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-ANALYSIS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Cam Newton has lost his last eight starts, and it's becoming increasingly obvious the Carolina Panthers' hopes of turning him into a pocket passer are failing. That raises questions about the former No. 1 pick's long-term future in Carolina. By Steve Reed. SENT: 870 words.

AP Photos NCGB133-0913190011, NCGB119-0912192229, NCGB10-0912192030, NCGB118-0912192157, NCGB120-0912192243.

FBC--CITADEL-GEORGIA TECH PREVIEW

ATLANTA _ Georgia Tech has a shot at a winning streak. Given how this season is likely to go, the Yellow Jackets need to take advantage of the opportunity. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 795 words.

AP Photos GAJB413-0908190126, GAJB409-0908190045, GAJB412-0908190118, GAJB410-0907191757, NY156-0908191405, GAJB407-0907192353.

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Alabama coach Nick Saban is grateful most of his players don't remember the last trip into South Carolina. But he does. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 767 words.

AP Photos ALVH129-0907191906, ALVH128-0907191841, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA117-0907191335, ALVH124-0907191814.

T25-CLEMSON-SYRACUSE PREVIEW

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Top-ranked Clemson plays its first road game Saturday night, and the Tigers have good reason to be wary. The opponent is Syracuse, which has given the Tigers fits the past two times these teams have met and will have a packed and roaring Carrier Dome on its side. By John Kekis. SENT: 876 words.

AP Photos MDWN121-0907191514, MDWN118-0907191504, MDWN111-0907191306, SCRS116-0907191837, SCRS114-0907191550, SCRS115-0907191552, SCRS110-0907191806, SCRS112-0907190423, SCRS105-0907191532.

BKW--USA BASKETBALL-STALEY

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Dawn Staley is ready to coach the game's best, just not yet. Staley, the U.S. national women's coach and head coach at South Carolina, will leave Monday for Miami for a quick mini-cap before the Americans head to Puerto Rico for the FIBA AmeriCup. It's a 10-team, weeklong event among countries in Central, North and South America that starts Sept. 22. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 607 words.

AP Photos NY156-0912182117.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

COLONIAL PIPELINE SPILL

ATLANTA _ A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying to make repairs after a Colonial Pipeline Co. line leaked gasoline southwest of Birmingham, Alabama, and was shut down in 2016, threatening U.S. gasoline supplies. By Jeff Martin and Jay Reeves. SENT: 280 words.

AP Photos NY110-1101161343.

OPIOID CRISIS-PARTISAN DIVIDE

MINNEAPOLIS _ The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate. By Steve Karnowski and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 539 words.

AP Photos CTFF102-0912191756.

OBIT-ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Anne Rivers Siddons, a best-selling Southern author known for novels "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Peachtree Road," has died. She was 83. Siddons died Wednesday morning at her home in Charleston, South Carolina, news outlets reported. Her cause of death was lung cancer, her stepson David Siddons told The Post and Courier. SENT: 282 words.

AP Photos NY124-0921000000.

IN BRIEF:

_ RAISES VETOED _ An Alabama city's mayor has vetoed raises for himself and members of the city council. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle nixed the increases Friday.

_ HUNTSVILLE-SCOOTERS _ Leaders in Huntsville are saying no to a proposal to allow electric scooters in the north Alabama city.

_ COLLEGE STUDENT SLAIN-ARREST _ Authorities have arrested a man accused of killing an Alabama State University student.

_ TERRORISM FINANCING-ALABAMA PLEA _ A woman accused of trying to help al-Qaeda has pleaded guilty in Alabama to a charge of concealing terrorism financing.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Alabama coach Nick Saban is grateful most of his players don't remember the last trip into South Carolina. But he does. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 767 words.

AP Photos ALVH129-0907191906, ALVH128-0907191841, GAJA108-0907191518, GAJA117-0907191335, ALVH124-0907191814.

FBC--T25-KENT ST-AUBURN PREVIEW

AUBURN, Ala. _ The Auburn Tigers have their Southeastern Conference opener against another potential Western Division contender looming on the horizon. But that's next week. First things first. By John Zenor. SENT: 595 words.

AP Photos ALBD112-0907192309, ALBD108-0907192105.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Republicans challenging Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards couldn't match the Democrat's fundraising pace as they ready for final advertising blitzes ahead of the Oct. 12 election, but GOP businessman Eddie Rispone is using his own money to reach Edwards' spending levels. The Deep South's only Democratic governor raised more than $1.6 million in the latest fundraising period from July 5 through Sept. 2. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 560 words.

AP Photos NYJK502-0411190841, NYJK503-0318191724, NYJK504-0607190026.

CHURCH ABUSE-PLAYOFF LAWSUIT

NEW ORLEANS _ A Louisiana court's recent dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL over officiating at a January playoff game is now being cited by attorneys for the Catholic Church as they fight civil lawsuits over alleged sex abuse by clergy. A Tuesday filing by church attorneys quotes from the Supreme Court's Sept. 6 decision dismissing a suit filed by attorney and Saints fan Antonio LeMon. LeMon and three others had sued the NFL for alleged fraud after officials failed to call blatant pass interference and roughness penalties during a key play in a Saints playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 447 words.

WITH:

_ CHURCH ABUSE-PLAYOFF LAWSUIT-THE LATEST

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Estimates of Louisiana's latest budget surplus grew to $500 million on Friday, news that adds further fuel to an ongoing debate among candidates for governor over the state's financial stability and tax rates. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, previously said he expected the leftover cash from the budget year that ended June 30 to top $300 million. With the state's financial books finally closed Thursday night, Edwards' chief budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, told state lawmakers the surplus would reach around $500 million instead. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 620 words.

AP Photos RPMD203-0913190503, RPMD202-0913190523, RPMD201-0913190532.

IN BRIEF:

_ PORT COMMISSIONER-FATALITY _ A Louisiana port official has died after an SUV hit the farm tractor he was driving on a highway, throwing him to the street.

_ FILMED SEX ACT-DEPUTY ARRESTED _ A Louisiana woman accused of performing a sex act on her 1-year-old son and the then-sheriff's deputy accused of filming it have both pleaded not guilty.

_ CLERK KILLED _ Authorities in Louisiana say a man confessed to fatally shooting a Louisiana State University student who was working at a local gas station.

_ BLACK WOMAN-MOUNTED PATROL _ A Louisiana police department has finally welcomed a black woman onto its Mounted Patrol.

_ SEXUAL BATTERY-SENTENCE _ A Louisiana man who sexually assaulted two young relatives will spend 25 years in prison.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-NORTHWESTERN ST-LSU PREVIEW

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Football coaches say they never forget losses, as much as they might like to. The most unlikely and upsetting defeats become teaching points, and that is case as LSU coach Ed Orgeron prepares the fourth-ranked Tigers (2-0) for Saturday night's home date with a Northwestern State squad that has looked recently like it has no business stepping foot in Death Valley. By Brett Martel. SENT: 787 words.

AP Photos BKWS308-0907191917, BKWS302-0907192215, BKWS307-0907192102.

SE LOUISIANA-MISSISSIPPI PREVIEW

OXFORD, Miss. _ Mississippi aims to build on what worked in a victory over Arkansas when the Rebels host Football Championship Subdivision program Southeastern Louisiana. "Southeastern Louisiana presents unique challenges on both sides of the ball," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. "We will have to prepare well. And then for us to improve from week two to week three, we will focus on doing the little things better technique-wise and getting better in every area because we can." By Brian Rippee. SENT: 641 words.

AP Photos MSRS114-0907192057, MSRS105-0907191912, MSRS115-0907192057, MSRS117-0907192120.

FBC--TEXAS-LOCKER ROOM TEMPS

AUSTIN, Texas _ The visitor's locker room at the University of Texas appears almost perfect for serving a nice glass of wine. It may be a tad stuffy for a nap. Texas officials this week produced a chart of temperatures for the room during last Saturday's game when LSU beat the Longhorns 45-38. SENT: 167 words.

AP Photos TXAUS-0907191340, BKWS308-0907191917, TXAUS601-0907190600.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI BUDGET

JACKSON, Miss. _ The head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Friday that his agency is working to reduce long waiting times at driver's license offices. Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the department has increased the starting salaries for driver's license examiners from $21,000 to $25,000 and is hiring more people to fill the jobs. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 438 words.

BLUES COMMISSION AUDIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi's state auditor says accounting and contracting problems at the state's Blues Commission are so severe that the commission should be abolished and its responsibilities handed to the nonprofit Mississippi Blues Foundation. State Auditor Shad White, in a Thursday report , says the commission has spent $1.9 million without filed contracts and can't document another $965,000 in spending from the $2.9 million total it has received. White says Delta State University, which has been handling the commission's money since it was established in 2006, should repay the $965,000 if it can't document how it was spent. SENT: 648 words.

AUDITOR-HINDS COUNTY

RAYMOND, Miss. _ A school district administrator accused of improperly spending nearly $50,000 on himself is no longer working for the district. Hinds County School Board President Linda Laws confirmed Earl Burke's departure to the Clarion Ledger, but wouldn't say whether Burke was fired or resigned. He was an assistant superintendent in charge of the district's finances. State Auditor Shad White's office accused Burke of spending $33,000 on a car allowance for himself without school board approval. SENT: 345 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEPT. 11 BABY _ A Mississippi couple welcomed a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby into the world on 9/11 at 9:11 p.m.

_ AIR SERVICE-TUPELO _ A Mississippi airport has reached a key milestone, making it eligible for more federal money.

_ WALMART SHOOTING-MISSISSIPPI _ A Mississippi man accused of shooting two Walmart workers and a police officer won't fight extradition to face murder charges in his home state.

_ MAYOR-FRAUD CHARGES _ A long-delayed trial of a former Mississippi mayor has ended in a hung jury.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI ST-KANSAS ST PREVIEW

Nobody has to convince Mississippi State's Joe Moorhead or Kansas State counterpart Chris Klieman that the teams they will be facing Saturday will be well-coached and assignment-sound. They know each other's paths to major college football quite well. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 739 words.

AP Photos MSJL118-0907191712, KSCR112-0907191218.

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