BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

May 30, 2019 - 7:16 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:

ABORTION-PROSECUTORS

ATLANTA _ New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states, and several said they would not file criminal charges against doctors who violate the laws. Even a few who left open potentially charging doctors said they would not prosecute women for having an abortion, which some legal observers say could be a possibility under Georgia's law. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 849 words.

AP Photos AX701-0524191331.

AP Video.

WOMAN BEATEN-VIDEO

DECATUR, Ga. _ An Atlanta-area police officer who was captured on video repeatedly hitting a homeless woman inside a convenience store was indicted Thursday on felony charges, a prosecutor said. A grand jury indicted DeKalb County police Officer Phillip Larscheid, 29, on charges of aggravated assault and violation of his oath of office, county District Attorney Sherry Boston said. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 542 words.

SHERIFF ARRESTED-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Authorities arrested a rural Georgia sheriff on felony charges after he grabbed a 75-year-old man by the throat outside the sheriff's office, the lead investigator on the case said Thursday. Bacon County Sheriff Mark Cothren was booked at his own jail Wednesday on charges of battery, elder abuse and violating his oath of office. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Mark Pro said the charges stemmed from an incident May 22 when the sheriff approached John Daniel Melton as he was walking up to the sheriff's office. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 439 words.

GEORGIA ELECTION SYSTEM-LAWSUIT

ATLANTA _ A lawsuit challenging Georgia's election system can move forward, a judge ruled Thursday in the legal case filed by a group founded by former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The federal lawsuit was filed in November, weeks after Abrams narrowly lost to Republican Brian Kemp in an election that drew national attention. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 489 words.

AP Photos NYHK405-0403191828, NYHK406-0403190110.

HOLLYWOOD-HEARTBEAT LAW

LOS ANGELES _ Netflix blinked first and now other major Hollywood studios say they may reevaluate filming in Georgia if the state's abortion law goes into effect. The state is known for its lucrative tax incentives for filming. WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Walt Disney Co. followed the streaming service's lead earlier this week with a deluge of statements, breaking a three-week silence from the big players in entertainment on the controversial law that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 582 words.

AP Photos NYET410-0907180245.

MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS-LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other statewide office. The provision, which remains in force to this day, says candidates must win not only a majority of the popular vote — that is, more than 50% — but also a majority of the state's 122 House districts. By Emily Wagster Pettus and David A. Lieb. SENT: 812 words.

AP Photos NYCD405-0403191057, MSJAD501-0530190752, MSRS102-0529191713.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL CHEATING _ An investigation has determined a teacher at a suburban Atlanta school gave students a math formula sheet from a state exam ahead of the test.

_ FARM CLOSING _ After 26 years an Atlanta area strawberry farm, where visitors have picked their own berries, is closing.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA-SENATE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A top Democratic National Committee official got major party backing Thursday in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, support that brings with it the promise of help with fundraising and grassroots organizing support, both of which would be crucial in trying to flip a Senate seat in this deeply red state. In a statement announcing the group's endorsement of DNC associate chairman Jaime Harrison, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Catherine Cortez Masto told The Associated Press that Harrison "has shown his commitment to getting the job done." By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 540 words.

AP Photos NYCD404-0608161439, NYCD403-0515191404.

ELECTIONS DIRECTOR-FIRED

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A South Carolina county's elections and voter registration director has been fired. The State reports the Richland County elections agency's new board voted 5-0 Wednesday to terminate Rokey Suleman's service after it was discovered that the office failed to count more than 1,000 votes in the November midterm elections. Gov. Henry McMaster fired the agency's entire board in February. SENT: 345 words.

MAYOR-ELECT-SUSPENSION

COLUMBUS, S.C. _ A man recently elected mayor of a small South Carolina town may never serve a day in office, thanks to an executive order issued by Gov. Henry McMaster. Dillon Mayor-Elect John Corey Jackson faces sex crime charges involving multiple minors. The State reports McMaster issued the order Thursday that would suspend Jackson the moment he takes the oath of office or tries to exercise any powers. SENT: 145 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIRE DANGER _ South Carolina officials are strongly encouraging residents to avoid outdoor burning amid a heightened threat of wildfires

_ BANK FRAUD-GUILTY PLEA _ A federal prosecutor says a pastor at a South Carolina church has pleaded guilty to charges that he used his position as a bank branch manager in North Carolina to steal the identity of two elderly customers to get money and credit cards.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--WOMEN’S OPEN

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who won the season's opening major, tee off Thursday at the U.S. Women's Open at the Charleston Country Club. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 159 words. Will be updated.

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

WEST POINT, N.Y. _ Army has hired Mike Buddie as its athletic director. The U.S. Military Academy announced Thursday that Buddie, who comes from Furman, will replace Boo Corrigan. SENT: 170 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EXECUTION-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ A man who was nearly put to death before an execution warrant expired last month amid disagreements between U.S. Supreme Court justices is again set to die by injection in Alabama. Christopher Lee Price's execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman prison. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 542 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos CAET631A-0311191805, CAET631-0411191356.

WITH: EXECUTION-ALABAMA-THE LATEST

LAST SLAVE SHIP

MOBILE, Ala. _ It's not clear yet what will be done with the wreckage of a 19th century schooner, discovered in the murky Mobile River, that is believed to be the last ship to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, but Mobile resident Jerry Ward knows what he'd like to see done. "As much of it as possible should be reconstructed," said Ward, an African American man who was among those gathering at a community center in Mobile's Africatown community. There, experts prepared Thursday to release an archaeological report on the finding of the ship and the methods used to confirm the likelihood that it is indeed the Clotilda — used to illegally transport an estimated 110 enslaved Africans to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1860. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 660 words.

AP Photos RPKM101-0530191105, AX601-0523191538, NYSB305-0205191320, NYSB306-0205191719, NYSB308-0205191719, AX602-0523191538, AX604-0523191539, AX603-0523191539, NYSB307-0205191719.

WITH: LAST SLAVE SHIP-THE LATEST

XGR-EQUAL PAY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama could soon end its status as one of two U.S. states without an equal pay for equal work law. Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation that would prohibit businesses from paying workers less than employees of another race or sex for the same work unless there are reasons such as seniority, a merit system or productivity to account for the difference. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 364 words.

XGR-LEGISLATIVE SESSION

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama lawmakers are headed to the end of the 2019 legislative session with some major decisions before them. State budgets, several sweeping education bills and an overhaul of the state parole board are among the issues that will be decided at the end of the legislative session. SENT: 135 words.

WITH: XGR-LEGISLATIVE SESSION-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-BROADBAND LEGISLATION _ Gov. Kay Ivey has signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving and expanding broadband services across Alabama.

_ CLASS RING FOUND _ An Alabama woman’s class ring has been found 17 years after her 14-year-old daughter lost it on a trip to Florida.

_ PILL MILL INDICTMENT _ A federal judge has sentenced an Alabama nurse practitioner accused of running a pill mill to 10 years in prison.

_ MALNOURISHED INFANT-DEATH _ An Alabama woman has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of her severely malnourished toddler.

IN SPORTS:

BBM--PAUL NEWBERRY-OLDEST BALLPARK

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Time for a little history lesson. Just a few miles west of downtown Birmingham, tucked into a neighborhood of modest homes the way ballparks used to be, sits a stately green time capsule known as Rickwood Field. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,291 words.

AP Photos ALJR101-0529191403, ALJR103-0529191125, ALJR106-0529191156, ALJR102-0529191111, ALJR104-0529191138, ALJR109-0529191329, ALJR110-0529191348, ALJR107-0529191329, ALJR105-0529191147, ALJR108-0529191321.

BKC--DRAFT DECISIONS

UNDATED _ Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett all remained in the NBA draft through the withdrawal deadline. No surprise there, nor for several other players expected to go in the first round. By John Marshall. SENT: 645 words.

AP Photos NYDD206-0323190327, NYDD207-0316191801.

SOF--WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Thursday marks the opening day of action at USA Hall of Fame Stadium. Games include: Florida vs. Oklahoma State, 6 p.m. CT; Oklahoma vs. Alabama, 8:30 p.m. CT. Stories By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-SCHOOL MONEY

BATON ROUGE, La. _ House Republicans on Thursday started advancing a $3.8 billion Louisiana public school formula that would give pay raises to teachers and increase block grants to districts, after critics said they were playing politics and putting the raises at risk by stalling it. A dispute over including $39 million in flexible dollars for districts has simmered throughout the legislative session. House Republicans backed the teacher raises, but objected to the block grants, questioning if Louisiana could afford the spending. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 560 words.

AP Photos RPMD202-0529190742.

XGR-LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana state senators Thursday debate a $30 billion budget proposal that pumps new money into colleges, teacher pay, senior centers and foster care. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

ABORTION-PROSECUTORS

ATLANTA _ New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states, and several said they would not file criminal charges against doctors who violate the laws. Even a few who left open potentially charging doctors said they would not prosecute women for having an abortion, which some legal observers say could be a possibility under Georgia's law. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 849 words.

AP Photos AX701-0524191331.

AP Video.

LOUISIANA-ABORTION PROTEST

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Hundreds of demonstrators filed into the Louisiana State Capitol a day after lawmakers passed a strict new abortion ban that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign. Many on Thursday wore bright pink T-shirts reading "We Stand With Planned Parenthood" on the front and "We Won't Back Down" on the back, in protest of the so-called heartbeat bill. The measure bars abortions once there's a detectable fetal heartbeat, as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 135 words. Will stand.

AP Photos RPMD101-0530191400, RPMD102-0530191404, LABAT202-0529191720.

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IN BRIEF:

_ RISING MISSISSIPPI RIVER _ Plans to open a Mississippi River spillway in Louisiana for the third time ever have been put off for four days because the river's rising more slowly than expected.

AP Photos NYSP501-0518111222.

_ DEPUTY-FATAL CRASH _ A Louisiana sheriff's deputy on his way to work was killed when his vehicle veered off the road, hit a tree and a bridge, before overturning.

_ QUADRUPLE SHOOTING _ One man is dead and three other people were wounded in a drive-by shooting.

_ FIRE DEATH _ Baton Rouge fire officials say a 3-year-old girl has died in a house fire.

_ EMERGENCY DECLARATION-LOUISIANA _ President Donald Trump has signed a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana just before the opening of the Morganza Spillway, which could flood the Atchafalaya Basin and about 25,000 acres of farmland.

_ CLERK OF COURT CONVICTED _ A jury has found the clerk of court for a Louisiana parish guilty of 14 corruption-related charges.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA REGIONALS-THINGS TO KNOW

OMAHA, Neb. _ The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play in 16 double-elimination regionals. Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 15. Some of the top story lines: WHO'S HOT By Eric Olson. SENT: 756 words.

AP Photos ALBD120-0525191655, NCRAL332-0525191936, NCBM117-0526191325, OKSO117-0526191620.

BKL--LYNX-AUGUSTUS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus will be out indefinitely following arthroscopic knee surgery. The Lynx announced Augustus had the procedure Thursday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The 35-year-old Augustus is the franchise leader in games played, points scored and field goals made after being selected with the first pick in the 2006 draft. SENT: 127 words.

AP Photos CTNLD201-0609181849.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-THAD COCHRAN

JACKSON, Miss. _ In the Washington political scene of bombast and big egos, Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi wielded power with a quiet, gentlemanly demeanor. He played piano in his Capitol Hill office and dashed off handwritten notes of thanks or congratulations to constituents. The white conservative reared in the segregationist the Deep South hired African American staff members, supported historically black universities and received support from black voters who provided a crucial margin for victory in his final campaign. As a leader on agriculture and budget issues, he steered billions of dollars to his home state. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 885 words.

AP Photos NYDD204-0824050000, NYDD203-1104142235, NYDD202-0530191511, NYDD201-0530191511, MSRS505-0623141029, MSRS506-0809182029.

WITH:

_ OBIT-THAD COCHRAN-REACTION

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR 2019

JACKSON, Miss. _ One of the nine Democrats running for Mississippi governor is withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to the candidate who has raised the most money in that primary. Phillip West is a former state representative, former mayor of Natchez and former Adams County supervisor. He issued a statement Thursday saying he is supporting fourth-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood for governor. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 295 words.

MISSISSIPPI ELECTIONS-LAWSUIT

JACKSON, Miss. _ In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other statewide office. The provision, which remains in force to this day, says candidates must win not only a majority of the popular vote — that is, more than 50% — but also a majority of the state's 122 House districts. By Emily Wagster Pettus and David A. Lieb. SENT: 812 words.

AP Photos NYCD405-0403191057, MSJAD501-0530190752, MSRS102-0529191713.

XGR-EQUAL PAY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama could soon end its status as one of two U.S. states without an equal pay for equal work law. Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved legislation that would prohibit businesses from paying workers less than employees of another race or sex for the same work unless there are reasons such as seniority, a merit system or productivity to account for the difference. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 364 words.

SALUTATORIAN-PARENTS KILLED

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. _ A Mississippi teenager has graduated as salutatorian of her high school class, nearly eight years after she came home and discovered that her parents and aunt had been stabbed to death. Nina Li Brashear spoke Saturday at the D'Iberville High School graduation about the trauma she has overcome since that day in October 2011, the Sun Herald reported. SENT: 370 words.

ABORTION-PROSECUTORS

ATLANTA _ New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them. The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states, and several said they would not file criminal charges against doctors who violate the laws. Even a few who left open potentially charging doctors said they would not prosecute women for having an abortion, which some legal observers say could be a possibility under Georgia's law. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 849 words.

AP Photos AX701-0524191331.

AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

_ LUMBERTON-STEEL PLANT _ A Florida steel manufacturer that's set up shop in Mississippi needs to hire 60 people by Aug. 1.

_ PONZI SCHEME-MISSISSIPPI _ A UPS store in Madison, Mississippi, is being sued over claims its workers had a role in a Ponzi scheme that cost investors about $100 million.

_ TINY BULL CALF _ Mississippi State University says a tiny bull calf named Lil' Bill has died of an infection after nearly seven months at the university's veterinary school.

_ ARKANSAS CASINOS _ Four more applications have been submitted to operate casinos in Arkansas.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA REGIONALS-THINGS TO KNOW

OMAHA, Neb. _ The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play in 16 double-elimination regionals. Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 15. Some of the top story lines: WHO'S HOT By Eric Olson. SENT: 756 words.

AP Photos ALBD120-0525191655, NCRAL332-0525191936, NCBM117-0526191325, OKSO117-0526191620.

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