BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

May 23, 2019 - 7:19 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:

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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

D-DAY VETERANS RETURN

UNDATED _ Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier's hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a turning point in the war against Germany; for men who were among the 160,000 Allied fighters who mounted history's largest amphibious invasion, June 6, 1944, remains a kaleidoscope of memories, a signal moment of their youth. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 2,219 words.

AP Photos NYAG301-0520191142, NYAG302-0515190226, NYAG303-0514190131, NYAG304-0519191547, NYAG305-0522190327, NYAG306-0517190245.

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WITH: D-DAY VETERANS RETURN-ABRIDGED

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism. By Travis Loller. SENT: 356 words.

AP Photos TXDAM901-0612181428.

CONGRESS-DISASTER AID

WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The relief measure would deliver money to southern states suffering from last fall's hurricanes, Midwestern states deluged with springtime floods, and fire-ravaged rural California, among others. Puerto Rico would also get help for hurricane recovery. By andrew Taylor. SENT: 813 words.

AP Photos DCSA134-0523191629, DCSA135-0523191627.

FORCED IMMIGRANT LABOR-WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE _ Federal prosecutors indicted five people accused of forcing 14 Mexican immigrants to work in farms in Wisconsin, where they "were victims of a severe form of human trafficking." Prosecutors said in a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday that the workers had their documents seized to prevent travel and were shielded from detection by being hidden "in buildings and other places." They were forced to work under the threat of being caused "serious harm," the indictment read. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 461 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLD CASE-ARREST _ Authorities say they've cracked a nearly 17-year-old double murder case in Georgia's Paulding County.

_ SON INDICTED-MURDER _ A 17-year old from Savannah has been indicted for murder in the stabbing death of his mother.

_ DATING WEBSITE-ARREST _ Officials say a man used an online dating website to steal not only a Georgia woman's heart but a big chunk of her money.

_ BOMB THREAT-STANDOFF-GEORGIA _ A man who threatened to blow up a grocery store near Atlanta is in custody after an hours-long standoff.

_ BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST _ Country music stars Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean headline this weekend's return of the Bayou Country Superfest to Baton Rouge, where it all began.

IN SPORTS:

BKL--WNBA SEASON PREVIEW

NEW YORK _ It's been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and a few injuries to some of the sport's greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. The defending champion Seattle Storm may be extremely hard-pressed to repeat. Reigning MVP Breanna Stewart suffered an Achilles injury in the winter while playing for a Russian club team. She'll be sidelined for the season. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 751 words.

AP Photos WAET101-0513191435, NYDD202-0509180039, WAET102-0513191403, NY160-0818180213.

BBN--BRAVES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO _ Atlanta plays San Francisco at Oracle Park. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game start at 12:45 p.m. PDT

FBN--FALCONS-FREEMAN RETURNS

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ The highlight of the Atlanta Falcons' first week of organized team activities has been Devonta Freeman's return to the field. "It's been a long time," said coach Dan Quinn. By Charles Odum. SENT: 724 words. STANDS for earlier story slugged: FALCONS-OFFSEASON HEALING.

AP Photos GAJA107-0523191332, GAJA103-0523191225, GAJA102-0523191223, GAATJ201-0523191121, GAJA104-0523191234.

BBC--ACC-CLEMSON-LOUISVILLE

DURHAM, N.C. _ Mat Clark took a perfect game into the eighth inning, leading Clemson past Louisville 7-1 on Thursday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Clark (9-2) retired the first 22 hitters he faced before walking Alex Binelas with one out in the eighth, then lost his no-hit bid when Zach Britton led off the ninth with a homer to right. SENT: 164 words.

BBC--ACC-MIAMI-VIRGINIA

DURHAM, N.C. _ Fourth-seeded Miami opens Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament play with a matchup with ninth-seeded Virginia. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 3 p.m. start.

BBC--ACC-WAKE FOREST-NC STATE

DURHAM, N.C. _ Third-seeded North Carolina State takes on 10th-seeded Wake Forest with a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals on the line. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 7 p.m. start.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ Cole Zabowski's two-out double in the ninth brought home the game's only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings. The seventh-seeded Rebels (35-24) face the loser of Thursday's game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 3 seed Georgia. SENT: 186 words.

AP Photos ALBD104-0523191040, ALBD102-0523191032, ALBD101-0523191026, ALBD103-0523191032.

BBC--SEC-AUBURN-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. _ In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday. LSU trailed 3-2 and had runners on second and third with one out when Auburn reliever Brooks Fuller threw a pitch in the dirt. After catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch, he looked for the ball and inadvertently kicked it several yards away. SENT: 166 words.

AP Photos ALBD118-0523191547, ALBD116-0523191547, ALBD117-0523191547.

BBC--GEORGIA-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 2 seed Arkansas faces No. 3 seed Georgia in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 5:30 p.m.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-VANDERBILT

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 4 seed Mississippi State in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 9 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

PRISONER KILLED

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A South Carolina prisoner recently charged with murder in the death of a cellmate last April killed another inmate 17 years ago and was sent away for life for the fatal stabbing of his roommate in 1999. William Edward Tillman, 54, kicked Carl Pollen Jr. several times in the head and then strangled him with a sheet April 29 in their cell at Perry Correctional Institute near Pelzer, according to an arrest warrant released Wednesday. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 458 words.

AP Photos NYCD605-0523191617.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,158 words.

AP Photos NY621-0512191051, NY622-1118130954, NY623-0512191036, NY624-0512191043, NY625-0512191048, NY626-0512191044, NY627-0425191654, NY628-0424191446, NY629-0506192256, NY630-0519190502, NY631-0519190406, NY632-0519190411, NY633-0519190409, NY634-0523141726, NY635-0201171052, NY636-1114070202, NY637-0119170322, NY638-0307192010, NY639-0519190416.

AP Video

TENNESSEE CHURCH SHOOTING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Jurors on Thursday heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend. The October 2017 calls were replayed in court Thursday in the Nashville trial of 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson. Jurors began deliberating in the afternoon and will resume Friday. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 685 words.

AP Photos TNNAT502-0522191520, TNNAT301-0520191412, TNNAT503-0522191543, TNNAT501-0522191427.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism. By Travis Loller. SENT: 356 words.

AP Photos TXDAM901-0612181428.

BLACK FEMALE CADETS

WEST POINT, N.Y. _ The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that's a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point's Long Gray Line. West Point remains mostly white and mostly male. The 34 women comprise a thin slice of the roughly 1,000 cadets in the Class of 2019. Sometimes, they're the only women of color in a classroom. Still, cadets said they're proud to be part of a milestone at the historic academy after four years of testing their limits. By Michael Hill. SENT: 762 words.

AP Photos NYR301-0507190826, NYR302-0521190545, NYR303-0521190707, NYR304-0521190820, NYR305-0521190834, NYR306-0521190747, NYR307-0521190430, NYR308-0521190449, NYR309-0521190512.

IN BRIEF:

_ FORT JACKSON DEATH _ U.S. Army officials say a civilian worker has died during a controlled fire to burn vegetation on the South Carolina base. The Army said in a statement that 45-year-old Nicole Hawkins was a wildlife biologist and worked at the base near Columbia since August 2007.

_ LEGISLATOR-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ A former South Carolina lawmaker sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to domestic violence against his wife wants to end his probation early.

_ MOTHER ARRESTED _ Authorities say a 23-year-old mother has been charged in the death of her 2-week-old daughter.

_ PRISON GUARD ARRESTED _ A South Carolina correctional officer has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an inmate at Tyger River Correctional Institution in Enoree.

IN SPORTS:

CAR--CHARLOTTE-QUALIFYING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Qualifying for the longest race of the NASCAR season, the Coca-Cola 600, will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying begins at 7:10 p.m. EDT

CAR--NASCAR--CHARLOTTE-GIBBS’ SUCCESS

CONCORD, N.C. _ Car owner Joe Gibbs earned a spot in the Hall of Fame through a successful career and his drivers discuss why it is he has become so successful since coming over from the NFL. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BBC--ACC-CLEMSON-LOUISVILLE

DURHAM, N.C. _ Mat Clark took a perfect game into the eighth inning, leading Clemson past Louisville 7-1 on Thursday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Clark (9-2) retired the first 22 hitters he faced before walking Alex Binelas with one out in the eighth, then lost his no-hit bid when Zach Britton led off the ninth with a homer to right. SENT: 164 words.

BBC--ACC-MIAMI-VIRGINIA

DURHAM, N.C. _ Fourth-seeded Miami opens Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament play with a matchup with ninth-seeded Virginia. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 3 p.m. start.

BBC--ACC-WAKE FOREST-NC STATE

DURHAM, N.C. _ Third-seeded North Carolina State takes on 10th-seeded Wake Forest with a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals on the line. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 7 p.m. start.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ Cole Zabowski's two-out double in the ninth brought home the game's only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings. The seventh-seeded Rebels (35-24) face the loser of Thursday's game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 3 seed Georgia. SENT: 186 words.

AP Photos ALBD104-0523191040, ALBD102-0523191032, ALBD101-0523191026, ALBD103-0523191032.

BBC--SEC-AUBURN-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. _ In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday. LSU trailed 3-2 and had runners on second and third with one out when Auburn reliever Brooks Fuller threw a pitch in the dirt. After catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch, he looked for the ball and inadvertently kicked it several yards away. SENT: 166 words.

AP Photos ALBD118-0523191547, ALBD116-0523191547, ALBD117-0523191547.

BBC--GEORGIA-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 2 seed Arkansas faces No. 3 seed Georgia in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 5:30 p.m.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-VANDERBILT

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 4 seed Mississippi State in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 9 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LAST SLAVE SHIP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested Alabama bayou where an alligator and poisonous water moccasins swam nearby. Months later, after hundreds of hours of study and testing, historians say the wreck is the Clotilda, the last ship known to transport African captives to the American South for enslavement. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 821 words.

AP Photos AX601-0523191538, AX602-0523191538, AX604-0523191539, AX603-0523191539, NYSB311-0205191719, NYSB307-0205191719, NYSB306-0205191719, NYSB305-0205191320.

XGR-SPEAKER PLEA-CORDIALITY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon made a plea for cordiality and professionalism on Thursday, the day after tempers flared in the chamber. The Republican speaker told lawmakers that they are expected to be respectful to each other and that voters expect the representatives to "conduct ourselves professionally." By Kim Chandler and Blake Paterson. SENT: 463 words.

AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE

UNDATED _ John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by saying, "I don't like it at all." By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 827 words.

AP Photos NYCD804-0124020000, NYCD802A-0605172025, NYCD803-1201010218, NYCD802-0514191400, NYCD801-0514191401, NYCD800-1202011530

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism. By Travis Loller. SENT: 356 words.

AP Photos TXDAM901-0612181428.

IN BRIEF:

_ JUDGE SUSPENDED _ An Alabama Circuit Court judge has been suspended over charges related to having multiple phone conversations with parents involved in a custody battle without their attorneys' knowledge.

_ XGR-SPEAKER PLEA-CORDIALITY _ Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon makes a plea for cordiality the day after tempers flared in the chamber.

_ XGR-LAWMAKER-TRUMP JR _ Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded."

_ XGR-HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION _ The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing mugshots of people charged with soliciting prostitutes to be published.

_ XGR-MANDATORY KINDERGARTEN _The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation requiring 5-year-olds to attend kindergarten.

_ XGR-MARRIAGE LICENSES _ Alabama lawmakers have voted to abolish judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to same-sex marriage.

_ POLICE CHASE-SENTENCE _ A man who led police on a chase throughout southwest Louisiana before being shot by an officer last year has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

_ BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST _Country music stars Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean headline this weekend's return of the Bayou Country Superfest to Baton Rouge, where it all began.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ Cole Zabowski's two-out double in the ninth brought home the game's only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings. The seventh-seeded Rebels (35-24) face the loser of Thursday's game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 3 seed Georgia. SENT: 186 words.

AP Photos ALBD104-0523191040, ALBD102-0523191032, ALBD101-0523191026, ALBD103-0523191032.

BBC--SEC-AUBURN-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. _ In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday. LSU trailed 3-2 and had runners on second and third with one out when Auburn reliever Brooks Fuller threw a pitch in the dirt. After catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch, he looked for the ball and inadvertently kicked it several yards away. SENT: 166 words.

AP Photos ALBD118-0523191547, ALBD116-0523191547, ALBD117-0523191547

BBC--GEORGIA-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 2 seed Arkansas faces No. 3 seed Georgia in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 5:30 p.m.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-VANDERBILT

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 4 seed Mississippi State in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 9 p.m.

FBC--SOUTH FLORIDA-ALABAMA SERIES

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Alabama and South Florida will start a three-game football series in the 2023 season. The schools announced Thursday they'll play in Tampa, Florida on Sept. 16, 2023. They'll meet in Tuscaloosa the following season on Sept. 7 and again Sept. 12, 2026. SENT: 133 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PRISON LAWSUIT-LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS _ An inmate's decision to withdraw from a lawsuit alleging brutal treatment of mentally ill inmates at a north Louisiana prison prompted a warning to state officials from a federal judge: Don't grant privileges to inmates in hopes of undermining the lawsuit. The state Attorney General's Office says the judge has nothing to worry about. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 502 words.

XGR-LOUISIANA SMOKING AGE

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana won't raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The House resoundingly snuffed out the proposal from Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican, to prohibit people under 21 years old from buying tobacco, alternative nicotine or vapor products. Only 24 members backed the measure Thursday, while 55 opposed it. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 540 words.

HIGH MISSISSIPPI RIVER

NEW ORLEANS _ With high water setting longevity records on the Mississippi River, officials say they may have to open a spillway west of Baton Rouge for the third time ever. A spillway north of New Orleans is already open. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will soon ask for a federal disaster declaration to set up potential aid for protective measures and debris cleanup. He declared a statewide disaster Feb. 27 because of the threat of flooding. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 476 words.

XGR-DEATH PENALTY-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana's annual debate over whether to abolish the death penalty appears to have ended, after a House lawmaker shelved his proposal Thursday without a vote. In a quiet, often emotional debate, House lawmakers discussed the legislation by Rep. Terry Landry, talking about exoneration rates and detailing murder cases. SENT: 194 words.

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,158 words.

AP Photos NY621-0512191051, NY622-1118130954, NY623-0512191036, NY624-0512191043, NY625-0512191048, NY626-0512191044, NY627-0425191654, NY628-0424191446, NY629-0506192256, NY630-0519190502, NY631-0519190406, NY632-0519190411, NY633-0519190409, NY634-0523141726, NY635-0201171052, NY636-1114070202, NY637-0119170322, NY638-0307192010, NY639-0519190416.

AP Video

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism. By Travis Loller. SENT: 356 words.

AP Photos TXDAM901-0612181428.

IN BRIEF:

_ DANISH TOURIST KILLED _ A 36-year-old woman is accused of the killing of a Danish tourist in New Orleans.

_ POLICE CHASE-SENTENCE _ A man who led police on a chase throughout southwest Louisiana before being shot by an officer last year has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

_ XGR-LOUISIANA TAXES _ Lawmakers in the Louisiana House agreed to roll back the state sales tax passed in 2018 earlier than its planned mid-2025 expiration date.

_ REFINERY EXPANSION _ A Louisiana refinery will spend $150 million on expansion projects over the next five years.

_ BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST _ Country music stars Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean headline this weekend's return of the Bayou Country Superfest to Baton Rouge, where it all began.

_ LONG WALK-NEW CAR _ A cashier at a Walmart outside New Orleans whose tale of walking six miles to work before sunrise was shared widely has been given a new car.

_ ISLAND RESETTLEMENT _ Residents of an island near Louisiana that's sinking into the Gulf of Mexico are working with legal representatives and case managers hoping to help them relocate.

_ XGR-LOUISIANA BUDGET-SHERIFFS _ The Louisiana House has unanimously agreed to boost the amount the state pays parish sheriffs for housing state inmates in local jails, an increase that would eventually cost $30 million per year.

_ HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT _ A court has scheduled a July 9 hearing on a Texas-based judge's ruling that former President Barack Obama's signature health care law is unconstitutional.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-BREES

METAIRIE, La. _ A playful grin widened across Drew Brees' face while he discussed lining up as a receiver for the read-option plays the Saints installed last season for third-string quarterback Taysom Hill. "If they're going to split me out as much, I'm going to need to have some routes that at least I can start working on," Brees said Thursday after a voluntary offseason practice. By Brett Martel. SENT: 668 words.

AP Photos LAGH123-0523191234, LAGH116-0523191057, LAGH122-0523191228, LAGH101-0523191040, LAGH106-0523191047.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ Cole Zabowski's two-out double in the ninth brought home the game's only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings. The seventh-seeded Rebels (35-24) face the loser of Thursday's game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 3 seed Georgia. SENT: 186 words.

AP Photos ALBD104-0523191040, ALBD102-0523191032, ALBD101-0523191026, ALBD103-0523191032.

BBC--SEC-AUBURN-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. _ In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday. LSU trailed 3-2 and had runners on second and third with one out when Auburn reliever Brooks Fuller threw a pitch in the dirt. After catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch, he looked for the ball and inadvertently kicked it several yards away. SENT: 166 words.

AP Photos ALBD118-0523191547, ALBD116-0523191547, ALBD117-0523191547.

BBC--GEORGIA-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 2 seed Arkansas faces No. 3 seed Georgia in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 5:30 p.m.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-VANDERBILT

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 4 seed Mississippi State in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 9 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

OFFICER-WOMAN KILLED

OXFORD, Miss. _ A Mississippi city has fired a police officer charged in the killing of a woman with whom he was romantically involved. In a related development, a judge who presided over the officer's first court appearance has stepped away from the case after the victim's mother said the judge was disrespectful. SENT: 507 words.

AP Photos MSOXF101-0522190305, MSOXF101-0522191309, MSOXF202-0522190811, MSOXF201-0522190817, CAET582-0522190322.

HATTIESBURG CORRUPTION

HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ A politically connected former certified public accountant in Mississippi was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Carl Nicholson, of Hattiesburg, and ordered him to pay restitution of $629,432 to the IRS and a $25,000 fine, according to a Justice Department statement. SENT: 365 words.

HIGH MISSISSIPPI RIVER

NEW ORLEANS _ With high water setting longevity records on the Mississippi River, officials say they may have to open a spillway west of Baton Rouge for the third time ever. A spillway north of New Orleans is already open. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will soon ask for a federal disaster declaration to set up potential aid for protective measures and debris cleanup. He declared a statewide disaster Feb. 27 because of the threat of flooding. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 476 words.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday. The Southern Baptist Convention said it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. That's an important measure for a denomination with a strong commitment to evangelism. By Travis Loller. SENT: 356 words.

AP Photos TXDAM901-0612181428.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN

TOKYO _ Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct. It was the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Ghosn's actual trial. The trial date has not been set, and experts say it could be months away. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 341 words.

AP Photos TKTT804-0523190109, TKTT801-0523190109, TKTT803-0523190109, TKTT802-0523190109, XEH101-0523190930, XEH102-0523190930.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI-DISASTER AID _ Four more Mississippi counties have been approved for federal aid to recover from severe weather.

_ SHOOTING-SHERIFF’S HOME _ A child shot another child at the home of a north Mississippi sheriff.

_ FLOODWATER-ANIMALS _ Wildlife in Mississippi are struggling to survive as floodwaters cover some of the state's wildlife management areas.

_ UNITED SOLUTIONS-EXPANSION _ A plastics maker is expanding in north Mississippi, investing $9.5 million and hiring 50 workers over four years.

_ PLANE CRASH-MISSISSIPPI _ A central Mississippi pilot has survived the fiery crash of his experimental aircraft.

_ BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST _ Country music stars Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean headline this weekend's return of the Bayou Country Superfest to Baton Rouge, where it all began.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI-TEXAS A&M

HOOVER, Ala. _ Cole Zabowski's two-out double in the ninth brought home the game's only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings. The seventh-seeded Rebels (35-24) face the loser of Thursday's game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 3 seed Georgia. SENT: 186 words.

AP Photos ALBD104-0523191040, ALBD102-0523191032, ALBD101-0523191026, ALBD103-0523191032.

BBC--SEC-AUBURN-LSU

HOOVER, Ala. _ In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday. LSU trailed 3-2 and had runners on second and third with one out when Auburn reliever Brooks Fuller threw a pitch in the dirt. After catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch, he looked for the ball and inadvertently kicked it several yards away. SENT: 166 words.

AP Photos ALBD118-0523191547, ALBD116-0523191547, ALBD117-0523191547.

BBC--GEORGIA-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 2 seed Arkansas faces No. 3 seed Georgia in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 5:30 p.m.

BBC--SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-VANDERBILT

HOOVER, Ala. - No. 1 seed Vanderbilt faces No. 4 seed Mississippi State in the winners' bracket of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words, with photos. The game should start at about 9 p.m.

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