BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

October 15, 2019 - 7:28 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:

LGBT DISCRIMINATION

UNDATED _ Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief's once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. The chief said that once members of the tiny Fire Department were told, word spread "faster than a nuclear explosion" through Byron — a city of about 4,500 in a farming region outside Macon known for growing Georgia's famous peaches. The fire chief was undergoing a gender transition and would continue to run the department as Rachel Mosby. A City Hall staffer told Mosby many were stunned because "I was the manliest man anyone had met in their lives." By Russ Bynum and Angeliki Kastanis. SENT: 1,458 words.

AP Photos GAJB501-0926191613, GAJB502-0926191611, GAJB503-0926191611, GFX1189-1015190256.

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PEOPLE-TODD CHRISLEY-LAWSUIT

ATLANTA _ Reality television personalities Todd and Julie Chrisley on Tuesday accused a Georgia tax official of abusing his office to pursue "bogus tax evasion claims" against them. The "Chrisley Knows Best" stars filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Joshua Waites, the director of the Georgia Department of Revenue's office of special investigations, according to an emailed statement from a spokesman for the couple. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 438 words.

AP Photos NYET201-0402172131.

NUCLEAR FUEL-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The federal government does not have to restart construction on a nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina that it abandoned after spending nearly $8 billion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices refused without comment to hear South Carolina's appeal of a lower court decision last October that allowed the U.S. Energy Department to stop building the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 405 words.

AP Photos SCCHA601-0801071205.

IN BRIEF:

_ FRATERNITY PLEDGE-DEATH _ A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a former Louisiana State University student convicted in the hazing death a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge.

_ LUDACRIS-GEORGIA STATE ARTIST _ Rapper, actor and entrepreneur Chris "Ludacris" Bridges can add artist-in-residence to his resume as he takes on the position at Georgia State University.

_ TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS-GEORGIA _ A Georgia county school district is putting on hold a new rule letting transgender students use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

_ SHOOTING-UNIVERSITY BLOCK PARTY _ Authorities say a second man has been arrested in a shooting that wounded four people at a block party outside an Atlanta college library.

_ MOTEL ESCAPE _ Police in Georgia say they rescued three women who were being held against their will in a motel room over the weekend.

_ K-9 OFFICER SHOT _ Authorities are investigating a shooting that has left a police K-9 injured in Georgia and a suspect dead.

_ KIDNAPPED FAMILY FOUND _ Authorities in Georgia say a kidnapped mother and her two children have been found in South Carolina.

IN SPORTS

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-SWIFT'S CHALLENGE

ATHENS, Ga. _ D'Andre Swift is still looking for No. 10 Georgia's offense to play its first complete game. He suggests some changes may be necessary to make that happen. By Charles Odum. SENT: 643 words.

AP Photos GAATJ-1012191641, GAATH-1012190833.

FBC--GEORGIA TECH-COLLINS

ATLANTA _ Coach Geoff Collins keeps trying to find something positive in a difficult first season at Georgia Tech. He talks constantly about the Yellow Jackets' improved culture, effort and attitude, but little of that has translated into wins. By George Henry. SENT: 623 words.

AP Photos NCBM107-1012191727.

BKC--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and Florida forward Kerry Blackshear is the preseason pick as player of the year. It's the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats are picked to win the league and 15th time since the 1998-99 season. The predictions announced Tuesday were made in voting by SEC and national media members. SENT: 175 words.

BKN--FRANCHISE SOPHOMORES

UNDATED _ Deandre Ayton strolled around the practice court, talking and laughing with coaches and teammates following a two-hour workout with the Phoenix Suns. It is clear he is comfortable operating in lofty surroundings, even on a morning in the mountains of Flagstaff, despite a sign on the wall that warned of the dangers of physical exertion at 7,000 feet of altitude. By David Brandt. SENT: 896 words.

AP Photos DNA114-1012190135, SCA406-1011190316, GAATJ102-0930191808, AZMY103-0930191650, TXMO101-0930191555, RKD103-1003190842, MAMD103-1013191953, TNBD114-1009190011.

BKN--HAWKS PREVIEW

ATLANTA _ Trae Young gladly accepted his role as the new face of the Atlanta Hawks. He knows he will have to step up his game even more to make the franchise relevant in the NBA. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 824 words.

AP Photos FLBA105-1015190004, FLBA108-1015190020, GATC116-1009191220, GATC106-1009191236, GATC108-1009191339, GATC102-1009191204.

FBN--OWNERS’ MEETINGS

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ NFL owners begin two days of meetings Tuesday with formal bargaining talks on a new collective bargaining agreement expected to resume soon. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKW--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll. The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote. SENT: 168 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA-SENATE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has posted what his campaign says is a record-setting fundraising haul as he seeks a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Graham's $3.29 million raised in the third quarter of this year is the most raised in a single quarter by any candidate in South Carolina's history, his campaign said Tuesday. The previous record was Jim DeMint's $3.125 million in 2004 for a U.S. Senate seat. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 344 words.

AP Photos WX106-0925191515.

NUCLEAR FUEL-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The federal government does not have to restart construction on a nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina that it abandoned after spending nearly $8 billion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices refused without comment to hear South Carolina's appeal of a lower court decision last October that allowed the U.S. Energy Department to stop building the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 405 words.

AP Photos SCCHA601-0801071205.

LGBT DISCRIMINATION

UNDATED _ Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief's once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. The chief said that once members of the tiny Fire Department were told, word spread "faster than a nuclear explosion" through Byron — a city of about 4,500 in a farming region outside Macon known for growing Georgia's famous peaches. The fire chief was undergoing a gender transition and would continue to run the department as Rachel Mosby. A City Hall staffer told Mosby many were stunned because "I was the manliest man anyone had met in their lives." By Russ Bynum and Angeliki Kastanis. SENT: 1,458 words.

AP Photos GAJB501-0926191613, GAJB502-0926191611, GAJB503-0926191611, GFX1189-1015190256.

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IN BRIEF:

_ KIDNAPPED FAMILY FOUND _ Authorities in Georgia say a kidnapped mother and her two children have been found in South Carolina.

_ INMATE KILLED-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Authorities in South Carolina say an inmate accused of slaying a New Jersey gas clerk killed his cellmate during a fight.

_ POLICE SHOOTINGS-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Police officers in one South Carolina city say they have faced gunfire twice in less than 24 hours.

_ DOMINION ENERGY-FIRE _ South Carolina regulators have fined a Virginia-based energy company for allowing sediment runoff from a pipeline project to pollute drinking water sources.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-KICKERS

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he will used kicker B.T. Potter on kickoffs and long field goal tries when the third-ranked Tigers play at Louisville this week. Swinney angrily shouted at Potter after he missed a 24-yard kick right before halftime in a 45-14 win over Florida State on Saturday. Swinney followed Potter down the sidelines, yelling as he walked. Steven Sawicki kicked for Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) the rest of the game and Swinney said Potter was second string after the game. SENT: 141 words.

AP Photos SCRS110-1013190218.

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-GAINING MOMENTUM

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ While South Carolina players have enjoyed their big win over Georgia last week, the Gamecocks understand they need to build on success instead of reveling in it. "You go to sleep, you wake up and you realize you've got another game to play," said Javon Kinlaw, who was named Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week for his performance against the then third-ranked Bulldogs. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 699 words.

AP Photos GAJB104-1012191814, GAATH-1012190825, GAJB101-1012191821, LAGH227-1013190125.

BKW--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll. The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote. SENT: 168 words.

BKC--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and Florida forward Kerry Blackshear is the preseason pick as player of the year. It's the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats are picked to win the league and 15th time since the 1998-99 season. The predictions announced Tuesday were made in voting by SEC and national media members. SENT: 175 words.

FBN--OWNERS’ MEETINGS

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ NFL owners begin two days of meetings Tuesday with formal bargaining talks on a new collective bargaining agreement expected to resume soon. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA KIDNAPPING

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ One minute, police said, 3-year-old Kamille McKinney was playing outside at a birthday party on a cool fall night. The next moment she was gone, abducted by someone in a dark SUV. Investigators say they've since located the vehicle and arrested two people they call persons of interest, but the mystery remained Tuesday: What happened to the little girl everyone calls Cupcake?

AP Photos ALJR201-1015190000.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEATH ROW INMATE-NEW SENTENCING _ A federal appeals court says an Alabama man condemned to die for a killing more than 30 years ago should get a new sentencing hearing because of questions over his mental competence.

_ BROTHERS SLAIN-MOTHER ARRESTED __ An Alabama woman is being charged with murder in the killings of her two young sons

_ DOUBLE HOMICIDE-ARREST _ Alabama authorities say they've arrested a 16-year-old boy in a shooting that left two people dead this summer.

_ LSU STADIUM THREAT _ A University of Alabama student is accused of threatening Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium during the school's Saturday night football game against the University of Florida.

_ PLASTIC COMPANY-AUBURN _ A German plastic manufacturing company will open its first facility in the United States in Alabama.

_ MISSISSIPPI LOTTERY _The new Mississippi Lottery will start selling scratch-off tickets Nov. 25.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AUBURN RETURNS

AUBURN, Ala. _ Bo Nix and the Auburn Tigers are trying to get the offense back on track following their first loss and an open date. The 11th-ranked Tigers struggled offensively in a 24-13 loss to No. 9 Florida , lost their top tailback to injury and had an extra week to try to resolve everything that went wrong. Now, Auburn (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) tries to get the offense going again Saturday at Arkansas (2-4, 0-3) with a visit to No. 2 LSU looming. By John Zenor. SENT: 594 words.

AP Photos GVP117-1005192237, GVP121-1005192309.

FBC--PICK SIX-BEST MOMENTS

UNDATED _ The Southeastern Conference's West Division has the top two teams in the country in Alabama and LSU, defending national champion Clemson is right behind them and a host of others are lurking at the midway point of the season. Jalen Hurts has made the most of his transfer to Oklahoma and become the Heisman Trophy front-runner. Joe Burrow has turned LSU into one of the hottest offenses going. Justin Fields has proved to be a smooth operator at Ohio State. And Auburn freshman Bo Nix introduced himself as the leader of the next wave of young quarterbacks. By Eric Olson. SENT: 807 words.

AP Photos NY150-0928192239, NY151-0920190037, TXAUS201-1005192238, NY153-0922190602, NY154-0928191640, NY152-0921191922, NY163-0921191916.

BKC--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll. The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote. SENT: 175 words.

BKW--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll. The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote. SENT: 168 words.

CAR--NASCAR-TALLADEGA

TALLADEGA, Ala. _ Ryan Blaney emerged safely from the wreckage at Talladega Superspeedway that claimed other playoff contenders, winning by a tiny margin that was huge for his championship hopes. Blaney beat Ryan Newman in a door-to-door race to the finish line to win Monday and advance to the third round of NASCAR's playoffs. By John Zenor. SENT: 1,146 words.

AP Photos ALBD106-1014192156, ALBD103-1014192037, ALBD102-1014192117, ALBD101-1014192108, ALBD104-1014192037.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone are trading attacks in their first TV ads of the Louisiana governor's runoff election. In his 30-second spot released statewide Tuesday, the Deep South's only Democratic governor suggests that Rispone would return Louisiana to the deficit-riddled days of Republican former Gov. Bobby Jindal. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 483 words.

AP Photos LABD101-1013190338, LAGH131-1012190116.

PRISON RELEASE

NEW ORLEANS _ A New Orleans man who has spent two-thirds of his life in prison for a killing he always denied committing has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be released. Elvis Brooks, 62, has maintained that he's innocent since his arrest in July 1977, shortly before his 20th birthday. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 634 words.

HOTEL COLLAPSE

NEW ORLEANS _ Would-be rescuers spent a fourth day searching through the unstable wreckage of a collapsed New Orleans building amid diminishing hopes a man missing in the rubble will be found alive. Meanwhile, experts mulled how to stabilize and remove what's left of the uncompleted hotel building and two giant construction cranes in danger of toppling. Two people died in Saturday morning's partial collapse of what was to be an 18-story Hard Rock Hotel at the edge of the French Quarter on Canal Street. One body has been recovered. Another body is known to be in the wreckage. And authorities held onto a dimming hope Tuesday for a possible rescue of the one missing worker. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 427 words.

AP Photos LAGH103-1012191838.

IN BRIEF:

_ FRATERNITY PLEDGE-DEATH _ A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a former Louisiana State University student convicted in the hazing death a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge.

_ ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE _ One Republican candidate headed to an unusual three-person Louisiana state Senate runoff election is asking for a vote recount.

_ LSU STADIUM THREAT _ A University of Alabama student is accused of threatening Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium during the school's Saturday night football game against the University of Florida.

_ POLICE CADET-INJURIES _ Multiple injury reports have caused Louisiana State Police to suspend a cadet training program that involves handcuffing and pressure point use, among other tactics.

_ MISSISSIPPI LOTTERY _ The new Mississippi Lottery will start selling scratch-off tickets Nov. 25.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-LSU-MARSHALL

BATON ROUGE, La. _ LSU coach Ed Orgeron says receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. won't be ready to return from a foot injury when the second-ranked Tigers visit Mississippi State on Saturday. Marshall has missed two games since injuring his right foot during a victory at Vanderbilt on Sept. 21. SENT: 201 words.

AP Photos LAGH228-1013190251.

FBC--PICK SIX-BEST MOMENTS

UNDATED _ The Southeastern Conference's West Division has the top two teams in the country in Alabama and LSU, defending national champion Clemson is right behind them and a host of others are lurking at the midway point of the season. Jalen Hurts has made the most of his transfer to Oklahoma and become the Heisman Trophy front-runner. Joe Burrow has turned LSU into one of the hottest offenses going. Justin Fields has proved to be a smooth operator at Ohio State. And Auburn freshman Bo Nix introduced himself as the leader of the next wave of young quarterbacks. By Eric Olson. SENT: 807 words.

AP Photos NY150-0928192239, NY151-0920190037, TXAUS201-1005192238, NY153-0922190602, NY154-0928191640, NY152-0921191922, NY163-0921191916.

BKC--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and Florida forward Kerry Blackshear is the preseason pick as player of the year. It's the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats are picked to win the league and 15th time since the 1998-99 season. The predictions announced Tuesday were made in voting by SEC and national media members. SENT: 175 words.

BKW--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll. The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote. SENT: 168 words.

FBN--SAINTS-WILLIAMS SUSPENDED

NEW ORLEANS _ Saints defensive back P.J. Williams has been suspended two games for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league said in a statement Tuesday that Williams is suspended immediately and will be available to return to the Saints after the club's Week 8 game against Arizona. SENT: 178 words.

FBN--BEARS-INJURIES

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ The Chicago Bears have put Pro Bowl defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on injured reserve, the latest blow on the injury front for a team trying to keep up in the NFC North. Hicks suffered an elbow injury Oct. 6 against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Matt Nagy had suggested Hicks might return this season and putting him on IR allows the Bears to bring him back in eight weeks. SENT: 187 words.

AP Photos LMD111-1004191547.

FBN--OWNERS’ MEETINGS

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ NFL owners begin two days of meetings Tuesday with formal bargaining talks on a new collective bargaining agreement expected to resume soon. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKN--PELICANS PREVIEW

NEW ORLEANS _ Zion Williamson celebrated a recent alley-oop dunk with an ebullient smile and a flexed left bicep as an energized crowd roared approvingly. The NBA preseason has provided a tantalizing taste of the excitement the league's top overall draft choice — a charismatic, 6-foot-6, 285-pound force of nature — could bring to New Orleans' long moribund small-market franchise. By Brett Martel. SENT: 905 words.

AP Photos LATK112-1012190050, LATK117-1012190029, TXDA111-1013192136, GAJB110-1008190050, GAJB1-1008190329, TXDA105-1013192058.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2019-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Tuesday that his Republican opponent should stop running a "phony" campaign commercial about supporting public education. Attorney General Jim Hood criticized Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for filming part of the commercial at the private New Summit School in Jackson. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 414 words.

AP Photos JX101-1015192114, MSRS101-1014191955.

MISSISSIPPI POLICE SHOOTING

MOSS POINT, Miss. _ A Mississippi city has released video from a police body camera showing one view of what led up to the fatal shooting of a man who was running away from officers. The video released Monday factored into this month's decision by a Jackson County grand jury to clear Moss Point Police Sgt. Lancen Shipman of criminal wrongdoing in the August shooting of Toussaint Diamon Sims. SENT: 351 words.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MISSISSIPPI-ALTERNATING QBS

OXFORD, Miss. - Mississippi used a two-quarterback system and alternated John Rhys Plumlee and Matt Corral in a 38-27 loss at Missouri. Now the Rebels must decide whether they’re better off continuing to shuffle quarterbacks or settling on one guy to run the offense. By Brian Rippee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--T25-LSU-MARSHALL

BATON ROUGE, La. _ LSU coach Ed Orgeron says receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. won't be ready to return from a foot injury when the second-ranked Tigers visit Mississippi State on Saturday. Marshall has missed two games since injuring his right foot during a victory at Vanderbilt on Sept. 21. SENT: 201 words.

AP Photos LAGH228-1013190251.

BKC--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and Florida forward Kerry Blackshear is the preseason pick as player of the year. It's the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats are picked to win the league and 15th time since the 1998-99 season. The predictions announced Tuesday were made in voting by SEC and national media members. SENT: 175 words.

BKW--SEC PREDICTIONS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll. The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote. SENT: 168 words.

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