BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

July 01, 2019 - 7:01 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

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

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

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

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

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

Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. Administrative Correspondent Rebecca Santana can be reached at 504-523-3931 or rsantana@ap.org. A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern)


SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Georgia Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to review whether a teenager was properly sentenced to life without parole after he was convicted of fatally shooting a baby in the face. De'Marquise Kareem Elkins was 17 when the baby was slain in his stroller during a failed street robbery on March 21, 2013. Police said Elkins shot 13-month-old Antonio Santiago between the eyes after the boy's mother refused to hand over her purse. Elkins was ineligible for the death penalty because the crime occurred before his 18th birthday. But after a jury convicted Elkins of malice murder and other crimes, Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelly sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 510 words, photo.


ATHENS, Ga. — A man with a knife was shot and killed Monday after he charged police officers in a northeast Georgia college town, the police chief said. Officers responded just after 12:30 p.m. to calls about "a man who was armed with a knife, covered in blood and acting erratically," Athens-Clarke County police Chief Cleveland Spruill told a news conference. SENT: 280 words.


_CYBERATTACK-GEORGIA AGENCY _ A Georgia state agency says a cyberattack has forced it to shut down some court websites.

_AIR FORCE-DUMMY BOMBS DROPPED _ The Air Force says it's investigating after a fighter jet struck a bird and dropped three dummy bombs used for training over northern Florida.

_OPEN RECORDS-ATLANTA _ A former spokeswoman for the Atlanta mayor's office who is accused of violating Georgia's open records law has rejected a plea deal.

_ SLAIN MINIATURE HORSES _ Authorities in Georgia are searching for two dogs believed to have killed a pair of miniature horses.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Supporters of the Confederate flag will be a few days late this year in marking the anniversary of the banner's removal from the South Carolina statehouse grounds. A group called Flags Across the South has a permit for a rally outside the state Capitol on July 13 and plans to fly the Confederate flag from a temporary flagpole from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., said Braxton Spivey, the group's chairman. SENT: 280 words.


_INTERSTATE BODY _ Authorities are investigating after a dead man was found in a car along Interstate 95 in South Carolina.

_GIRL SCOUTS-TREES STOLEN _ Police in South Carolina arrested a man accused of stealing two trees planted by a Girl Scouts troop.

_ CHURCH-TODDLER KILLED _ Authorities in South Carolina say a toddler has died after being run over in a church parking lot.

_ LANCASTER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT _ Developers want to create an area-defining housing and commercial project set to include about 2,000 new homes in a South Carolina county.

ALABAMA (All times Central)


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for an Alabama woman indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot filed a motion Monday to dismiss the charges, calling them "completely unreasonable and unjust." The district attorney's office has not yet decided whether to prosecute. Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December argument over the fetus's father, authorities said. By Blake Paterson. SENT: 460 words, photo.


UNDATED _ You can run a race, hit a museum, shoot off a rocket or count down to the moment 50 years ago that Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon. There's no shortage of events and exhibits celebrating the historic moon landing. Museums, galleries, concert halls, movie theaters and towns with an Apollo 11 connection will be marking the anniversary over the next few weeks, particularly for the July 16 launch, July 20 moon landing and July 24 splashdown. By Jeremy Rehm. SENT: 780 words, photos.


_PASTOR-SEX ABUSE _ A prosecutor says an Alabama pastor has been charged with felony sexual abuse after church members reported him to authorities.

_THREATENED WIFE KILLED _ Alabama authorities say they think a Madison County man killed his wife months after she was granted a protection order against him for threatening to kill her.

_ CAR DEALER-GUN PROMOTION _ A Ford dealership in Alabama has ended a Fourth of July promotion that gifted a Bible, American flag and gift certificate for a 12-gauge shotgun to anyone who bought a new or used vehicle.

_ HEALTH INSURANCE DISPUTE _ UnitedHealthcare and the University of Alabama Birmingham Health System haven't reached an agreement to renew its hospital contracts leaving about 25,000 members wondering about their coverage.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)


NEW ORLEANS — An environmental group is dropping its legal fight over critical habitat for an endangered frog, but the group also says the story isn't over. "It might not be 'that's it,' but it is for now. The decision will go back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," said Collette Giese, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. Dusky gopher frogs once were found in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. They're now in the wild only in a few small parts of Mississippi, but the government designated 1,500 acres (610 hectares) in Louisiana as critical habitat for them. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 580 words, photo.


NEW ORLEANS — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the Fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African-American women of all ages together for thought-provoking conversation and performances from top musical acts. Launched to mark the 25th anniversary of black-owned Essence magazine, the festival has become a yearly celebration to highlight excellence in business, fashion, entertainment, and, of course, music. By Chevel Johnson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


NEW ORLEANS — A November 2018 traffic stop and the resulting discovery of 24 pounds (11 kilograms) of methamphetamine led to an extensive investigation that so far has netted $1 million worth of drugs, more than a dozen firearms and federal charges against 18 suspects, law enforcement officials said Monday. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 250 words.


BILLINGS, Mont. — Environmentalists asked a federal judge on Monday to cancel approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, opening another front in the legal fight over a long-delayed energy project that President Donald Trump has tried to push through to completion. Attorneys for the Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra Club and other groups filed the latest lawsuit against the $8 billion tar sands pipeline in Montana, where they've previously won favorable rulings in related cases. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 590 words.


_MEDICAID REMOVALS _ Nearly 11,500 people were kicked out of Louisiana's Medicaid program at the end of June because they didn't prove they qualified for the government health insurance coverage.

_BOY KILLED-LOUISIANA SHOOTING _ A former Louisiana law enforcement officer who was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for the shooting death of a 6-year-old autistic boy has been released after serving less than two years.

_HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT _ An appeals court has identified the three judges who will hear arguments next week in a frontal assault on President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

_HEALTH OVERHAUL-LOUISIANA-KENNEDY _ U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says a new Louisiana law won't be the fix for replacing the federal health overhaul, if courts overturn it. The Republican senator says Congress will have to decide a new health care model.

_TODDLER SHOT _ Louisiana authorities say a 2-year-old was shot and killed over the weekend.

_RODENT BOUNTY _ Louisiana wildlife officials are upping the price they'll pay hunters who catch a large aquatic rodent known for harming marsh ecosystems.

_ LAGGING SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION _ A Louisiana parish is trying to keep up with its growing population of students but that growth is outpacing classroom construction.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge should intervene in Mississippi’s mental health care system, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer argued Monday, saying the state has moved far too slowly to provide community alternatives to mental hospitals. Lawyers for the state, though, told U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves during closing arguments that the Justice Department had failed to prove the alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 570 words, photos.


JACKSON, Miss. — A white man faces federal charges in a 2017 cross burning outside the home of African American residents in a small Mississippi town. Graham Williamson was charged with intimidating and interfering with fair housing and conspiring to use fire or explosives to commit a felony, according to court records. The U.S. attorney for south Mississippi filed an information June 24, saying on Oct. 24, 2017, Williamson and another man built a wooden cross and burned it "with the intention of intimidating and frightening" black residents of Seminary. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 250 words.


_MISSING PREGNANT WOMAN-DEATH _ A 21-year-old Mississippi woman who was due to give birth this week has been found dead, days after her mother reported her missing.

_MISSISSIPPI SPACE INITIATIVE _ Mississippi is starting a new economic development effort to lure companies connected to space exploration.

_MISSISSIPPI-BROTHER KILLED _ A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the September 2017 shooting death of his brother.

_ MISSISSIPPI JAIL CONDITIONS _ A U.S. Department of Justice report called a Mississippi jail an unsafe and violent facility just before several inmates were injured in brawls.

_ LIQUOR REFERENDUM _ Residents in the second judicial district of a Mississippi county will get to vote on a liquor sales referendum during the primary election.


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