BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

October 03, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Good afternoon! 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:

The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org

The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org

The Montgomery AP Bureau at 334-262-5947 or apalabama@ap.org

The New Orleans AP Bureau at 504-523-3931 or nrle@ap.org

The Jackson AP Bureau at 601-948-5897 or jkme@ap.org

For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SOUTHERN DROUGHT

ATLANTA _ More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 459 words.

AP Photos AX101-0926191440, AX102-0926191445.

NAKED MAN SHOT

DECATUR, Ga. _ Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a white former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked black man. Robert “Chip” Olsen was responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex in March 2015 when he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 131 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos GAATJ-1002190934, GAATJ-1002191300.

FATAL SHOOTING-OFFICER ARRESTED

WOODBINE, Ga. _ A Georgia jury is hearing attorneys’ closing arguments in the trial of an ex-police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man after a June 2018 traffic stop. Defense attorney Adrienne Browning told jurors Thursday that investigators spent hours second-guessing Zechariah Presley’s split-second decision to shoot a man he perceived as a deadly threat. SENT: 138 words. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020-SENATE-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ The son of former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the first Democrat to enter the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Matt Lieberman’s announcement Thursday says he’s running because he’s “fed up with the do-nothing politicians who care more about getting re-elected than governing.” SENT: 347 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MARIJUANA PROSECUTION-HEMP LAW _ Illegal marijuana users shouldn’t get comfortable in a Georgia county just yet.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--NLDS--CARDINALS-BRAVES ROSTERS

ATLANTA _ The Atlanta Braves will have three players picked up cheaply during the season on the NL Division Series roster, while the St. Louis Cardinals left right-hander John Gant off their 25-man squad. Outfielder Billy Hamilton, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría and catcher Francisco Cervelli made the roster announced by the Braves ahead of Game 1 Thursday in the best-of-five series. Atlanta had previously announced it would carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players, leaving 10-game winner Julio Teheran and rookie slugger Austin Riley off the squad. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 400 words.

AP Photos GAJA121-1002191655, GAJA119-1002192038, GAJA110-1002191657

FBN--FALCONS-RYAN

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is preparing for what could be a tough day in Houston. The 2016 NFL MVP might be without injured Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, and Atlanta’s line was already banged up with right guards Chris Lindstrom and Jamon Brown both sidelined. By George Henry. SENT: 727 words.

AP Photos GAATJ210-0929191946, GAATJ901-0929192040, GAATJ902-0929192033, GAMS103-0929191711, GAMS121-0929191944.

FBN--FALCONS-TEXANS PREVIEW

Deshaun Watson and Matt Ryan first met in 2010 when Watson was a ball boy for the Atlanta Falcons. They were together for four years while Watson was leading his nearby high school to a state title, but now the Houston and Atlanta quarterbacks will meet on the field for the first time as peers. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 850 words with photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SOUTHERN DROUGHT

ATLANTA _ More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 369 words.

AP Photos AX101-0926191440, AX102-0926191445.

FATAL BANK ROBBERY

FLORENCE, S.C. _ A man who killed two South Carolina bank employees while taking $15,000 during a robbery was sentenced to die Thursday by a federal jury. The same jurors found Brandon Council guilty last month of armed bank robbery resulting in death, among other charges for killing the manager and a teller at CresCom Bank in Conway in August 2017. SENT: 431 words.

AP Photos NYCD209-0924191818.

RACIST VIDEOS-CATHOLIC SCHOOL

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A 16-year-old has been sentenced to five days in a juvenile jail and 18 months of probation for threatening to shoot up his Catholic school in South Carolina in a group chat where he also sent racist videos. The teen said in court Wednesday he was sorry and disgusted at himself for the pain he caused Cardinal Newman school in Columbia and the African-American community, The State newspaper reported. SENT: 521 words.

IMPEACHMENT-CLINTON-PROSECUTORS

WASHINGTON _ Some have regrets. A few can’t talk about it. Others would do it all again. But the Republicans who carried out President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 are unanimous in urging caution and restraint as Congress embarks on yet another impeachment struggle, this time over accusations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son. By andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,300 words.

AP Photos dcpm105-1002190648, dcpm104-1002190644, dcpm101-1002190640, DCPM102-1002191040, DCPM103-1002191041.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN ADS

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is committing to $6 million worth of television and digital advertising in the first four states on the 2020 election-year calendar. It’s the latest demonstration of an increasingly aggressive campaign as he tries to hold his place as the party’s top challenger to President Donald Trump. The ad buy comes as the former vice president steps up his counter-attacks after disclosures about Trump’s effort to use the Ukrainian government to try to tarnish Biden, which has driven the Democratic-controlled House to undertake an impeachment inquiry. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 337 words.

AP Photos NVJL126-1002191521, NVJL132-1002191512.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOTEL CLOSED OVER CRIMES _ Officials of a South Carolina city say an area hotel was so plagued by crime that its license has been suspended and its owner convicted of running a nuisance business.

_ ARMED TEENS-HIGH SCHOOL _ Authorities in South Carolina say two teens have been charged with bringing a stolen gun and ammunition to their high school.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-FIRST STEPS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is finally glad the Gamecocks played like the team he expected to see this season. He only hopes the bye week doesn’t blunt the positive energy picked up with their second win of the season. Muschamp said spirits were high at practices this week following the team’s 24-7 win over Kentucky Saturday night. It was the team’s best performance across the board, according to the coach, and he’s looking to carry that momentum into next week as the Gamecocks (2-3, 1-2 Southeastern) prepare to play at No. 3 Georgia (4-0, 1-0) on Oct. 12. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 679 words.

AP Photos SCSR107-0928192333, SCSR116-0928192145, SCSR106-0928192331.

FBN--JAGUARS-PANTHERS PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ After 0-2 starts to the season, the Jaguars and Panthers have both won two straight games and thrust themselves back into contention in their respective divisions _ and have done so behind backup quarterbacks. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SOUTHERN DROUGHT

ATLANTA _ More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 459 words.

AP Photos AX101-0926191440, AX102-0926191445.

IN BRIEF:

_ ANTI-ABORTION SANCTUARY CITY PROCLAMATION _ An Alabama state lawmaker and dozens of pastors are calling for the city of Birmingham to be declared “a sanctuary for preborn children.”

_ ANIMAL CRUELTY-RESCUE _ Authorities in Alabama have charged a woman with animal cruelty after they say deputies found nearly 50 animals, including some dead dogs, in “inhumane conditions” at her home.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SOUTHERN DROUGHT

ATLANTA _ More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 459 words.

AP Photos AX101-0926191440, AX102-0926191445.

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-FUNDRAISING

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Republican Ralph Abraham has started pumping his own money into his campaign to be Louisiana governor, struggling to keep up with the spending pace of his competitors in his bid to unseat Democrat John Bel Edwards. Latest finance reports in the race show the third-term congressman from rural northeast Louisiana has loaned his campaign $350,000 in the final stretch leading to the Oct. 12 election. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 365 words.

AP Photos LABAT109-0919191904, LABAT115-0919191940.

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to hire a chief deputy previously accused of sexual harassment is the target of a new Republican-financed attack ad that aims to dent the Democratic incumbent’s support from women. The 30-second spot released Thursday by the Republican Governors Association’s PAC comes as national GOP leaders step up efforts to keep the Deep South’s only Democratic governor from outright victory in the Oct. 12 election. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 567 words.

AP Photos LABAT102-0923191219, LALAF102-0926191900.

REBUILDING THE COAST

IRONTON, La. _ Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region and eventually creating the land that is now south Louisiana. Thousands of years later, the mighty river is held in check with man-made levees and flood-control systems. But Louisiana officials are making plans to tap into the Mississippi’s ancient power to build new land as a way to reverse coastal erosion and ease the threat of rising seas. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 1,073 words.

AP Photos LAGH401-0501190215, LAGH402-0501190217, LAGH403-0311190039, LAGH404-0311190048, LAGH405-0311190043, LAGH406-0311190143, LAGH407-0311190213, LAGH408-0311190211, LAGH409-0501190221.

AP Video.

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EXCHANGE-FLEA MARKET-FAMILY ALBUM

SAN ANTONIO _ Knees in the dirt, Mike Rodriguez dug through a plastic bin at the Mission Open Air Market on San Antonio’s South Side and pulled out an unexpected treasure. The San Antonio Express-News reports it was July 2018 and the X-ray technologist had just unearthed a nearly pristine photo album packed with dozens of black-and-white portraits of stern-faced aunts, uncles and cousins dating to the 1800s. One image shows a 12-year-old German immigrant at a New Orleans port in 1835; another shows the same woman in 1896, the year before she died. Rodriguez marveled at the album’s good condition and attention to detail. Rodriguez could tell someone had put heart and hard work into the photo album. Such a rich heirloom deserved to be in the hands of a rightful heir, so he paid the $8 asking price. Then his search began for the family. By René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,600 words, pursuing photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ OVERTIME DAMAGES-BACK WAGES _ The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a popular New Orleans restaurant to pay $238,000 in back wages to 222 employees who weren’t properly paid for overtime work.

_ USDA BUYS FLOOD-PRONE HOMES _ The federal government has bought out an entire flood-prone neighborhood in Louisiana, prompting all its residents to move to higher ground.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--BUCCANEERS-SAINTS PREVIEW _ Moving in advance for weekend use.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SOUTHERN DROUGHT

ATLANTA _ More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle. Lesser drought conditions also have expanded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 459 words.

AP Photos AX101-0926191440, AX102-0926191445.

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ President Donald Trump is tweeting that Tate Reeves, the Republican nominee in the Mississippi governor’s race, has his “Complete & Total Endorsement.” Reeves, the current lieutenant governor, faces Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two other candidates in the Nov. 5 election. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 454 words.

AP Photos MSRS201-0821192020, MSRS202-0801191540.

MILITARY BASE INJURIES

HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ At least 22 soldiers were injured as hundreds parachuted onto a Mississippi military base during a night training exercise. U.S. Army spokesman John Pennell told WDAM-TV that the paratroopers were among 650 soldiers jumping from C-130 planes Wednesday night. Some were blown off course from their intended landing zone and into a stand of pine trees. Several became entangled in the branches and had to be rescued. SENT: 335 words.

AP Photos MSHAT102-1003191324, MSHAT101-1002191324.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ Noisy conflict is common outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, with protesters sometimes using bullhorns to amplify their voices and the clinic itself blaring music to keep patients from hearing the protesters. Owners of nearby businesses say the commotion is a headache for their customers who want to enjoy a meal or buy some clothes. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 855 words.

AP Photos MSRS101-1002191139, MSRS102-1002191028, MSRS103-1002191005, MSRS104-1001191035, MSRS105-1001191210, MSRS106-1001191115.

REBUILDING THE COAST

IRONTON, La. _ Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region and eventually creating the land that is now south Louisiana. Thousands of years later, the mighty river is held in check with man-made levees and flood-control systems. But Louisiana officials are making plans to tap into the Mississippi’s ancient power to build new land as a way to reverse coastal erosion and ease the threat of rising seas. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 1,073 words.

AP Photos LAGH401-0501190215, LAGH402-0501190217, LAGH403-0311190039, LAGH404-0311190048, LAGH405-0311190043, LAGH406-0311190143, LAGH407-0311190213, LAGH408-0311190211, LAGH409-0501190221.

AP Video.

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