BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

July 25, 2019 - 7:17 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

VOTING MACHINES-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ A federal judge is considering whether to order Georgia to immediately stop using its outdated voting machines, even as state officials prepare to announce their replacement. A lawsuit filed by election integrity activists argues that the paperless touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure, vulnerable to hacking and can't be audited. It seeks statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 714 words.

AP Photos AX601-0724191456, AX602-0724191457

BEACHED WHALES-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Examinations of the carcasses of three pilot whales yielded no immediate answers to why they swam ashore and died on a popular beach in Georgia, state wildlife officials said Thursday. Those were the only confirmed deaths after dozens of disoriented pilot whales on July 16 appeared perilously close to the shore of St. Simons Island, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Savannah. Vacationers joined lifeguards and wildlife crews in the water to keep most of the whales from becoming stranded on the beach. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 362 words.

AP Photos GABRU102-0716192017.

LUGGAGE CHUTE-TODDLER

ATLANTA _ Dramatic video shows a toddler who climbed onto a conveyor belt scrambling over suitcases during his wild ride on a luggage chute that took him underground inside the world's busiest airport. Edith Vega's son Lorenzo, 2, climbed aboard the belt when she briefly set him down to print a boarding pass at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Monday, she told police. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 345 words.

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FAIR-CONFEDERATE RAILROAD

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. _ The Southern country-rock group Confederate Railroad lost a second summer fair gig after objections over the use of the Confederate flag in its logo. The band's Aug. 1 date at the Ulster County Fair in New York's Hudson Valley has been canceled, a spokesman for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said Thursday. Illinois this month canceled a state fair appearance by the band, whose logo features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags. SENT: 289 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRAFFIC STOP-CRASH _ Two people sought by Atlanta authorities escaped custody after fleeing a traffic stop in a car that drove off an elevated highway connector, crashed onto Interstate 75 and burst into flames.

_ SAVANNAH-PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA _ The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra announced they have hired a new music and artistic director.

_ FATHER DEAD-HOME ROBBERY _ A Georgia father was attempting to recover his stolen items from a vehicle when he was shot by the thief in front of his girlfriend.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-RIDLEY

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley left practice with right hamstring tightness Thursday morning, but the injury is not considered serious. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn does not expect Ridley to miss much time. SENT: 163 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

HURRICANE RECOVERY-FUNDING DELAYS

SPRING LAKE, N.C. _ The heating and air conditioning in Carrie Johnson's home — damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — still wasn't fixed when Hurricane Florence flooded her house last September. Now, her home of over 50 years is gutted, the flooring and walls nothing more than bare wooden beams smelling faintly of river water. Estimated damage to the home is over $52,000, she said. The 81-year-old received about $13,000 in short-term federal assistance, but she's not sure what to do next. By Amanda Morris. SENT: 944 words.

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AP Video.

WRONG SENTENCE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina prison officials blame an error by a clerk entering data from paper into a computer for an inmate serving nearly two years in prison beyond his sentence. The Department of Corrections has also let out at least 10 inmates early since 2016 because of similar problems. SENT: 369 words.

BEACHED WHALES-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Examinations of the carcasses of three pilot whales yielded no immediate answers to why they swam ashore and died on a popular beach in Georgia, state wildlife officials said Thursday. Those were the only confirmed deaths after dozens of disoriented pilot whales on July 16 appeared perilously close to the shore of St. Simons Island, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Savannah. Vacationers joined lifeguards and wildlife crews in the water to keep most of the whales from becoming stranded on the beach. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 362 words.

AP Photos GABRU102-0716192017.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRANS WOMAN DEAD _ The 12th known transgender person to violently die this year was fatally shot in South Carolina.

_ METH SHOOTING STANDOFF _ Authorities say a South Carolina man believed to have been fatally wounded in a shootout with police was actually killed when he shot himself in the head.

_ MISSING BOATER _ The Coast Guard and other South Carolina agencies are looking for a man after finding his empty boat running in Charleston Harbor.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-NEWTON’S RETURNS

SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ The Panthers open training camp with a Thursday night practice and all eyes will be on quarterback Cam Newton and his surgically repaired right arm. Newton struggled last season with a lack of arm strength. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by approximately 9 p.m. EDT

FBC--CLEMSON-DRUG TESTS

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson officials are confident the athletic department's practices and policies will prevent a repeat of the failed performance-enhancing drug tests that caused three players to be suspended before last season's College Football Playoff. The Tigers were riding into a fourth straight CFP appearance when they were hit with the news in December that star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, reserve offensive lineman Zach Giella and freshman tight end Braden Galloway had tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 726 words.

AP Photos NCCB128-0717191630, NY157-1118180127.

FURMAN-AD

GREENVILLE, S.C. _ Furman has picked Villanova athletic administrator Jason Donnelly to become its athletic director. Furman President Elizabeth Davis announced Donnelly's hiring Thursday. Donnelly will start at Furman on Aug. 12. He succeeds Mike Buddie, who left in May to become Army's athletic director. SENT: 102 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTED EMBRYO LAWSUIT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ In a case that spotlights Alabama's state policy recognizing "the rights of unborn children," a judge is deciding whether to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of an aborted embryo against the clinic where his ex-girlfriend obtained an abortion. WHNT-TV reports Madison County District Judge Chris Comer heard arguments in Ryan Magers' lawsuit during a hearing Wednesday but did not rule. SENT: 366 words.

TODDLER SLAIN-DEATH SENTENCE

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ A man convicted of capital murder in the shooting death of his 1-year-old daughter was sentenced to die Thursday more than three years after the killing. Madison County Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall imposed the death penalty on Lionel Rory Francis, 37. SENT: 265 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE CHIEF RETIRING _The police chief of an Alabama city is stepping down to take a job with the University of Alabama System.

_ FATAL FIRE _ Authorities say one person is dead and three children are hospitalized after an early-morning house fire in Birmingham.

_ BABY FOUND-HOT CAR _ Two Alabama women are being accused of leaving a baby inside a hot car.

_ CHILD’S DEATH _ Law enforcers in Alabama are investigating the death of a 3-year-old child.

_ MINISTER-CHILD PORN ARREST _ A Florida minster and registered sex offender has been arrested after authorities found child pornography on his home computer.

AP Photos AX101-0725190836.

_ CONCEALED CARRY-BACKGROUND CHECKS _ The U.S. Department of Justice says some Alabama sheriffs have been providing concealed carry permits without running full background checks or even if the background check denied the application.

_ INFANT DEATH-PLEA _ An Alabama woman charged with capital murder in the death of her baby has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--JETS-WILLIAMS CONTRACT

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. _ Quinnen Williams' contract holdout lasted all of one practice. The New York Jets and the first-round pick agreed to terms Thursday on a four-year contract worth $32.5 million fully guaranteed. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 291 words.

AP Photos NJSW101-0611191522.

BKC--BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky will visit 2019 NCAA Tournament runner-up Texas Tech and Kansas will host Tennessee on Jan. 25 as part of the seventh annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. The other Jan. 25 matchups between these two conferences include Kansas State at Alabama, TCU at Arkansas, Iowa State at Auburn, Baylor at Florida, LSU at Texas, Mississippi State at Oklahoma, Missouri at West Virginia and Oklahoma State at Texas A&M. SENT: 173 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SENATE PRESIDENT-NOT RUNNING

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana Senate President John Alario, a fixture in state politics for five decades, announced Thursday that he's leaving the Legislature at the end of this term, rather than trying to return to his old House seat. Alario, 75, who has served as a state lawmaker since 1972, is term-limited from the Senate in early 2020. But he'd allowed speculation to linger that he might run for his old House seat in the fall election. On Thursday, Alario said he's determined his legislative tenure is done. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 547 words.

AP Photos NYHK404-0512160853.

OFFICER SHOT-INDICTMENTS

NEW ORLEANS _ Two men arrested last month in the robbery of a New Orleans pharmacy and shooting of a police officer now face federal charges. Federal court records show 26-year-old Richard Sansbury and 18-year-old Alan Parson were indicted Thursday. Charges include "conspiracy to commit robbery involving a controlled substance" and "discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence." By Kevin McGill. SENT: 139 words. Will be updated.

LOUISIANA SCHOOL LEADER-DRUGS

SHREVEPORT, La. _ A former school official in Louisiana pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal charges involving mail-order prescription drugs. Former Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith entered the pleas to four charges in federal court in Shreveport, KTBS-TV reported. SENT: 241 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOUTH TAPED-COURT _ Court logs show a Louisiana district court judge ordered a man's mouth be taped shut for repeatedly interrupting proceedings.

_ PARISH ATTORNEY RETIRING _ A district attorney in a Louisiana parish has decided not to seek re-election in 2020.

_ TRACTOR-TRAILER FATALITY _ An 82-year-old trucker who was standing on an interstate shoulder died in an accident that involved four tractor-trailers and backed up Thursday morning rush-hour traffic for miles.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA _ Southern University says its medical marijuana grower has planted its first crop, as Louisiana edges nearer to having product available to patients.

_ FEMA FRAUD PLEA _ A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $40,000 in disaster aid after the August 2016 flooding.

_ BODY DUMPED-ARREST _ Police in Louisiana have arrested a teenager accused of killing a man and then dumping the body in a park.

_ UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZE _ An unclaimed $10,000 Mega Millions ticket sold in Louisiana is expiring soon. Lottery officials say no one has claimed the prize won during the Feb. 26 drawing.

_ LOUISIANA GOVERNOR _ Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Eddie Rispone is doubling down on his effort to draw voters' attention with a pro-Donald Trump message.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS REPORT

METAIRIE, La. _ The Saints report for training camp on Thursday to open a season of high expectations and a bid for vindication after the bitter, disputed ending to last season in the NFC title game. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. By 6:30 p.m. CT

BKC--BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky will visit 2019 NCAA Tournament runner-up Texas Tech and Kansas will host Tennessee on Jan. 25 as part of the seventh annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. The other Jan. 25 matchups between these two conferences include Kansas State at Alabama, TCU at Arkansas, Iowa State at Auburn, Baylor at Florida, LSU at Texas, Mississippi State at Oklahoma, Missouri at West Virginia and Oklahoma State at Texas A&M. SENT: 173 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EMMETT TILL SIGN-STUDENT PHOTO

The University of Mississippi says it asked the FBI in March to investigate a photograph of three male students posing with guns beside a historic marker to lynching victim Emmett Till. Ole Miss spokesman Rod Guajardo says the students have been suspended by fraternity Kappa Alpha Order. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

JAPAN-EARNS-NISSAN

TOKYO _ Nissan is slashing 12,500 jobs or about 9% of its global workforce to cut costs and achieve a turnaround amid tumbling profits, the Japanese automaker said Thursday. Nissan Motor Co. also said it will cut global production capacity by 10% and reduce model lineups by at least 10% by the end of fiscal 2022. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 505 words.

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IN BRIEF:

_ SLAIN OLE MISS STUDENT-MISSOURI _ Authorities in Mississippi say a slain University of Mississippi student was found shot to death hours after surveillance video shows her leaving a city bar.

_ SLAIN OLE MISS STUDENT-MISSISSIPPI _ A public visitation and funeral service are planned in Missouri for Alexandria "Ally" Kostial, a University of Mississippi student from suburban St. Louis who was allegedly killed by a fellow student.

_ MISSISSIPPI-DOCTOR SUSPENDED _ A Mississippi board is extending the suspension of the medical license of an OB-GYN physician who faces several complaints about sexual misconduct.

_ CHURCH PASTOR-THEFT CLAIM _ The former pastor of a Mississippi church accused of stealing $332,000 of his church's money has been indicted on multiple counts of embezzlement.

_ MISSISSIPPI-HUMAN SERVICES _ Gov. Phil Bryant has chosen a retired FBI agent to lead the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Kentucky will visit 2019 NCAA Tournament runner-up Texas Tech and Kansas will host Tennessee on Jan. 25 as part of the seventh annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. The other Jan. 25 matchups between these two conferences include Kansas State at Alabama, TCU at Arkansas, Iowa State at Auburn, Baylor at Florida, LSU at Texas, Mississippi State at Oklahoma, Missouri at West Virginia and Oklahoma State at Texas A&M. SENT: 173 words.

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