BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

May 24, 2019 - 7:13 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

ATLANTA _ Georgia's inspector general's office has taken charge of auditing and centralizing sexual harassment complaints across state agencies. But the office has not been provided additional money or staff, even as its workload has increased significantly, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported . Georgia had such an inconsistent system for investigating sexual harassment complaints that no one agency even knew the total number of complaints at a given time, according to a review last year by the newspaper of nearly 200 of such complaints made over five years. SENT: 637 words.

ABORTION-RAPE AND INCEST

UNDATED _ Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could be harmful to some Republican candidates in upcoming elections. A Gallup poll last year found that 77% of Americans support exceptions in cases of rape and incest. By David Crary. SENT: 1,156 words.

AP Photos NYSB501-0522190000, LAORS502-0522191801, ALMON503-0515190214.

FACES-D-DAY-PHOTO GALLERY

UNDATED _ The men who fought on D-Day, June 6, 1944, are now in their 90s or 100s, wrinkled and often moving with the help of a cane or wheelchair. Their hands often tremble and their voices shake as they labor to speak. But 75 years ago they were young men, many in their teens, preparing to go to war. For those in the invasion force, they had months of rigorous training. They clambered down precarious rope ladders into landing craft or climbed into planes, parachutes strapped to their backs. By The Associated Press. SENT: 223 words.

AP Photos NY551-0509191502, NY552-0520191724, NY553-0513191256, NY554-0514190226, NY555-0428191413, NY556-0521190235, NY557-0517191621, NY558-0519192303, NY559-0517191028.

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE

UNDATED _ Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does. That's why it includes such CEOs as Tesla's Elon Musk. By The Associated Press. SENT: 566 words.

AP Photos NYBZ840-0315190324, NYBZ841-0315190321.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOLIDAY ROAD SAFETY _ Georgia public safety officials are reminding drivers to use caution when traveling during the busy Memorial Day weekend.

_ POLICE DOG DEATH _ A police K9 in Georgia suddenly fell ill while chasing a suspect and died.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED-INTERSTATE _ Police in coastal Georgia say they're searching for a driver who fled a crash that killed a pedestrian on Interstate 95.

_ WILDFIRE-OKEFENOKEE _ Officials say firefighters have almost completely contained a small wildfire burning near the edge of a federally protected swamp in south Georgia.

_ OBAMA BOULEVARD _ A civil rights activist clashed with a Georgia mayor over a proposal to rename a street for former President Barack Obama.

AP Photos GAVAL101-0524191106.

_ PRISONERS CAPTURED _ Authorities say three prisoners who escaped from a transport van at a Georgia truck stop have been recaptured.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS _ Atlanta plays St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

BKL--WINGS-DREAM

ATLANTA _ Tiffany Hayes and the Atlanta Dream, coming off a loss in the WNBA semifinals last season, will face the Dallas Wings in their season opener on Friday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 450 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BBC--ACC-DUKE-GEORGIA TECH

DURHAM, N.C. _ Tristin English doubled off the left-field wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, giving Georgia Tech a 5-4 victory over Duke and a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. English, who also hit a two-run home run and pitched two hitless innings to earn his third victory in as many decisions, drove in Luke Waddell, who walked leading off the inning against Blue Devils reliever Thomas Girard (1-5) and went to second on a sacrifice. SENT: 176 words.

BBC--ACC-NORTH CAORLINA-MIAMI

DURHAM, N.C. _ Fourth-seeded Miami takes on fifth-seeded North Carolina with the winner advancing to the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 3 p.m. start.

BBC--ACC-NC STATE-FLORIDA ST

DURHAM, N.C. _ Third-seeded North Carolina State and sixth-seeded Florida State wrap up pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 7 p.m. start.

BBC--SEC--MISSISSIPPI-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. _ Arkansas faces Mississippi in the SEC Tournament, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m. CDT.

BBC--SEC-LSU-MISSISSIPPI ST

HOOVER, Ala. _ LSU plays Mississippi State in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday. It's a rematch of a 17-inning marathon earlier on Wednesday that was won by Mississippi State 6-5. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos from approx. 6:30 p.m. start.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-REAL SALT LAKE. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 9 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

SPOLETO FESTIVAL

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Charleston is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz Friday as the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA returns. The 43rd season of the arts festival kicks off Friday at noon with the opening ceremony from Charleston City Hall. It will run through June 9. SENT: 336 words.

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE

UNDATED _ Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does. That's why it includes such CEOs as Tesla's Elon Musk. By The Associated Press. SENT: 566 words.

AP Photos NYBZ840-0315190324, NYBZ841-0315190321.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOT CAR-DEATH _ A South Carolina coroner's office says a 4-year-old child has died after he was found locked in a hot car.

_ FATHER SENTENCED _ A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting his son to death over a barbecue grill.

_ DUKE ENERGY-RATES _ South Carolina's Public Service Commission has agreed to allow Duke Energy Carolinas to raise its basic facilities charge for residential customers but it's less than originally requested.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CLEMSON-DRUG TEST

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school's appeal of their drug suspension. Clemson athletic spokesman Jeff Kallin said Friday that the school learned of the NCAA decision on Wednesday. The school issued a statement that it is disappointed in the ruling and continues "to believe our student-athletes did not knowingly ingest any banned substances." By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 495 words.

AP Photos NYDD201-0406190749, NYDD202-0915181954.

GLF--WOMEN'S OPEN-WIE

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Michelle Wie has withdrawn from next week's U.S. Women's Open to continue her recovery from a hand injury. Wie announced her decision Friday on social media , saying that while she's making progress, she needs to take more time off. The 29-year-old Wie says it is a difficult decision because the tournament at the Country Club of Charleston was one she had looked forward to playing in, but she noted that her "recovery and health is the priority." She won the 2014 U.S Women's Open at Pinehurst. SENT: 151 words.

AP Photos NYDD204-0405191931.

BBC--ACC-DUKE-GEORGIA TECH

DURHAM, N.C. _ Tristin English doubled off the left-field wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, giving Georgia Tech a 5-4 victory over Duke and a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. English, who also hit a two-run home run and pitched two hitless innings to earn his third victory in as many decisions, drove in Luke Waddell, who walked leading off the inning against Blue Devils reliever Thomas Girard (1-5) and went to second on a sacrifice. SENT: 176 words.

BBC--ACC-NORTH CAROLINA-MIAMI

DURHAM, N.C. _ Fourth-seeded Miami takes on fifth-seeded North Carolina with the winner advancing to the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 3 p.m. start.

BBC--ACC-NC STATE-FLORIDA ST

DURHAM, N.C. _ Third-seeded North Carolina State and sixth-seeded Florida State wrap up pool play at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 7 p.m. start.

BBC--SEC--MISSISSIPPI-ARKANSAS

HOOVER, Ala. _ Arkansas faces Mississippi in the SEC Tournament, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos. Game starts 3 p.m. CDT.

BBC--SEC-LSU-MISSISSIPPI ST

HOOVER, Ala. _ LSU plays Mississippi State in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday. It's a rematch of a 17-inning marathon earlier on Wednesday that was won by Mississippi State 6-5. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos from approx. 6:30 p.m. start.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRIPLE MURDER SETTLEMENT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ The state of Alabama will pay $1 million to three slaying victims' families who contend that the man accused of killing them had wrongly been paroled, the state attorney general said Friday. The families of Colton Lee, Marie Martin and Martha Reliford allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles should not have paroled Jimmy O'Neal Spencer and failed to properly supervise him once he was released. By Blake Paterson. SENT: 571 words.

ABORTION-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers seeking to overturn the Alabama law that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 626 words.

AP Photos ALBD109-0519191618, ALBD110-0519191618, NYCD702-0517191055, NYSB501-0522190000.

ABORTION-RAPE AND INCEST

UNDATED _ Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could be harmful to some Republican candidates in upcoming elections. A Gallup poll last year found that 77% of Americans support exceptions in cases of rape and incest. By David Crary. SENT: 1,156 words.

AP Photos NYSB501-0522190000, LAORS502-0522191801, ALMON503-0515190214.

IN BRIEF:

_ RED SNAPPER SEASON _ Alabama state officials are reminding recreational anglers that state and federal waters open for red snapper fishing on June 1.

_ OFFICERS SHOT-ALABMAA _ An Alabama city is honoring a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

_ XGR-WINE SHIPMENTS _ The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing residents to purchase wine and have it shipped directly to their house.

_ GRASS CUTTING KILLING _ A 75-year-old Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his brother-in-law over a dispute that started over lawn care.

_ SHELL OIL-PRODUCTION _ Shell Oil Co. says production has begun ahead of schedule at its Appomattox platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--SEC-ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI

HOOVER, Ala. _ Thomas Dillard and Grae Kessinger drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth and defending Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Mississippi stayed alive Friday with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas. The Rebels (36-24) will play Georgia in the semifinals Saturday. SENT: 157 words.

AP Photos ALBD110-0524191618, ALBD105-0524191517, ALBD108-0524191536, ALBD104-0524191509.

BBC--SEC-LSU-MISSISSIPPI ST

HOOVER, Ala. _ LSU plays Mississippi State in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday. It's a rematch of a 17-inning marathon earlier on Wednesday that was won by Mississippi State 6-5. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos from approx. 6:30 p.m. start.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BARGE FLOODGATE

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana is working on plans to sink a barge as a temporary floodgate in a bayou if the Morganza Spillway is opened, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday. The barge would be sunk in Bayou Chene south of Morgan City to protect St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Martin, Assumption and Iberville parishes from backwater flooding. SENT: 294 words.

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE

UNDATED _ Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does. That's why it includes such CEOs as Tesla's Elon Musk. By The Associated Press. SENT: 566 words.

AP Photos NYBZ840-0315190324, NYBZ841-0315190321.

ABORTION-RAPE AND INCEST

UNDATED _ Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could be harmful to some Republican candidates in upcoming elections. A Gallup poll last year found that 77% of Americans support exceptions in cases of rape and incest. By David Crary. SENT: 1,156 words.

AP Photos NYSB501-0522190000, LAORS502-0522191801, ALMON503-0515190214.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEADLY-BRIDGE JUMP _Two Texas men are dead after trying to jump a compact car across the gap on a raised drawbridge.

_ AMTRAK CRASH _ A tanker truck driver was seriously injured in central Mississippi when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train while trying to cross tracks.

_ BANK ROBBERY-SENTENCE _ A New Orleans man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for two 2016 bank robberies.

_ LSU ALEXANDRIA-INTERIM CHANCELLOR _ A former vice chancellor at Louisiana State University is returning to the school's Alexandria campus for his second stint as interim chancellor there.

_ SHELL OIL-PRODUCTION _ Shell Oil Co. says production has begun ahead of schedule at its Appomattox platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--JAGUARS-FOURNETTE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ Leonard Fournette slipped off his sweaty cleats, signed each one and then handed them to a young fan after practice. The youngster carefully walked away with Fournette's gold-colored shoes, making sure not to touch the drying ink. After all, the memorabilia could appreciate in value if the Jacksonville Jaguars running back gets his NFL career turned around. By Mark Long. SENT: 816 words.

AP Photos JVS111-0521191059, JVS112-0521191108.

BBC--SEC-ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI

HOOVER, Ala. _ Thomas Dillard and Grae Kessinger drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth and defending Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Mississippi stayed alive Friday with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas. The Rebels (36-24) will play Georgia in the semifinals Saturday. SENT: 157 words.

AP Photos ALBD110-0524191618, ALBD105-0524191517, ALBD108-0524191536, ALBD104-0524191509.

BBC--SEC-LSU-MISSISSIPPI ST

HOOVER, Ala. _ LSU plays Mississippi State in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday. It's a rematch of a 17-inning marathon earlier on Wednesday that was won by Mississippi State 6-5. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos from approx. 6:30 p.m. start.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LAWMAKER-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi House speaker said Friday that he is asking lawyers to research how to remove a lawmaker if it's true that the man punched his own wife and does not resign voluntarily. Second-term Republican Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after deputies were called to his home late Saturday. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 332 words.

AP Photos NYSP102-1219171942.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. "Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability." By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 589 words.

AP Photos JX117-0521191232, MSRS108-0517190825, JX104-0521190621, JX115-0521191259, NY613-0517191700.

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE

Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does. That's why it includes such CEOs as Tesla's Elon Musk. By The Associated Press. SENT: 566 words.

AP Photos NYBZ840-0315190324, NYBZ841-0315190321.

ABORTION-RAPE AND INCEST

UNDATED _ Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could be harmful to some Republican candidates in upcoming elections. A Gallup poll last year found that 77% of Americans support exceptions in cases of rape and incest. By David Crary. SENT: 1,156 words.

AP Photos NYSB501-0522190000, LAORS502-0522191801, ALMON503-0515190214.

VACCINATION BILLS-MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine _ Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be rising. SENT: 257 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER-WOMAN KILLED _ Bail has been denied for a former Mississippi police officer charged in the killing of a woman with whom he was romantically involved.

AP Photos MSOXF101-0522190305.

_ AMTRAK CRASH _ A tanker truck driver was seriously injured in central Mississippi when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train while trying to cross tracks.

_ NATCHEZ TRACE-HISTORIC BUILDINGS _ The National Park Service is considering dismantling some historic buildings in Mississippi because nobody has been willing to lease or restore them.

_ LIFE JACKETS _ Those headed to the city of Biloxi on the Mississippi coast will now be able to borrow a life jacket before they hit the water.

_ SHELL OIL-PRODUCTION _ Shell Oil Co. says production has begun ahead of schedule at its Appomattox platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--SEC-ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI

HOOVER, Ala. _ Thomas Dillard and Grae Kessinger drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth and defending Southeastern Conference Tournament champion Mississippi stayed alive Friday with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas. The Rebels (36-24) will play Georgia in the semifinals Saturday. SENT: 157 words.

AP Photos ALBD110-0524191618, ALBD105-0524191517, ALBD108-0524191536, ALBD104-0524191509.

BBC--SEC-LSU-MISSISSIPPI ST

HOOVER, Ala. _ LSU plays Mississippi State in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday. It's a rematch of a 17-inning marathon earlier on Wednesday that was won by Mississippi State 6-5. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos from approx. 6:30 p.m. start.

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