BC-Deep South News Digest-SATURDAY

June 01, 2019 - 2:52 pm

Good afternoon! 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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)

TOP STORIES:

VOTING CHANGES-STATES

ATLANTA _ New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature. That dynamic changed last November, when Democrats won majorities in both legislative chambers, and it didn't take them long to act. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 929 words.

AP Photos NYSB892-1106181744, NYSB891-0124191138, NYSB894-1106181330, NYSB893-0131192113.

RURAL BROADBAND

ATLANTA _ Georgia officials are creating a detailed map of every location in the state that lacks high-speed internet as they try to expand broadband access in rural areas. The state recently released a report highlighting that and other broadband efforts. The report says state officials are also establishing requirements for broadband grants and conducting an analysis of state property that could be used to expand broadband access. SENT: 131 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-SCHOOL POLICE

COLUMBUS _ When students and teachers return to Columbus public schools in August, they will see a higher level of security.

It's the first time the Muscogee County School District's new police department will be put into action — after being created in response to the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. By Mark Rice, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. SENT: 768 words.

IN BRIEF:

__ OFFSHORE SWIM_ A college student says he agreed to a dare by his friends when he dove into the water off the Georgia coast and swam the distance between two of its barrier islands.

IN SPORTS:

BBO--TIGERS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Mike Soroka will try to continue his strong start to the season when the Atlanta Braves, looking to stop a three-game losing streak, continue their interleague series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

SOC--MLS-FIRE-ATLANTA UNITED. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BBC--NCAA-COASTAL CAROLINA-FLORIDA A&M

ATLANTA _ Coastal Carolina, the 2016 College World Series champion, will face Florida A&M in an elimination game of the Atlanta regional on Saturday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon.

BBC--NCAA-AUBURN-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ Host Georgia Tech will look for its second straight NCAA Tournament win when it plays Auburn in a winner's bracket game of the Atlanta regional on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBC--NCAA-FLORIDA ST-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Host Georgia will play Florida State in a winner's bracket game in the NCAA Athens regional on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBC--NCAA-FAU-MERCER

ATHENS, Ga. _ Florida Atlantic will play Mercer in an elimination of the NCAA Athens regional on Saturday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

EARTHQUAKES-SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Scientists at the College of Charleston are getting ready for a project to map cracks deep underground and get a better idea where earthquakes may happen in South Carolina. Geologist Scott Harris says the project will fly a plane in a grid pattern from Kingstree to Edisto Beach. An antenna on the tail of the plane will take magnetic sensor reading under the surface.

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EXCHANGE-ARTIFACT VAULT

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Behind an unassuming office door at the University of South Carolina's Ernest F. Hollings Library is a "vault" containing the school's most prized artifacts: Author F. Scott's Fitzgerald's ledger. Sumerian cuneiform tablets documenting beer and goat purchases from thousands of years ago. An original Flash comic book. A bold letter author Ernest Hemingway wrote to Martha Gellhorn's mother in 1945 to give his side of the story in their breakup, and the library's oldest book: a Latin bible from the year 1240. By Lucas Daprile, The State. SENT: 482 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TAX EXEMPTIONS-PANTHERS _ The Carolina Panthers and South Carolina's governor are inviting people to a party in Rock Hill to celebrate up to $120 million in tax breaks.

_ SCHOOL FIGHT _ Authorities say two Union High School students have been arrested for hitting two assistant principals trying to break up a fight.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--WOMEN'S OPEN

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Mamiko Higa of Japan retained a one-shot lead at the weather-delayed U.S. Women's Open as golfers finished the second round early Saturday. There were 45 players still on the course when play was suspended due to darkness after a nearly two-hour rain delay and lightning strike near the 18th hole that cleared the Country Club of Charleston late in the round. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 454 words.

AP Photos SCMS142-0531191326, SCMS181-0531191717, SCMS101-0601191052, SCMS170-0531191548, SCMS155-0531191411, SCMS184-0531191720, SCMS165-0531191548, SCMS174-0531191633, SCMS126-0531191114, SCMS161-0531191513, SCMS163-0531191532, SCMS179-0531191707, SCMS171-0531191548, SCMS183-0531191717, SCMS176-0531191635.

BBC--NCAA-COASTAL CAROLINA-FLORIDA A&M

ATLANTA _ Coastal Carolina, the 2016 College World Series champion, will face Florida A&M in an elimination game of the Atlanta regional on Saturday. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at noon.

BBC-NCAA-CLEMSON-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. _ Clemson faces Mississippi on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. The winner will advance to the Oxford Regional championship game. UPCOMING: 150 words from 6 p.m. CT first pitch.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES

ALABAMA SOLAR POWER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A Montgomery, Alabama-based electric authority has completed a deal to develop what it says will be one of the largest solar power arrays in the state. The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority announced the agreement with Lightsource BP on Wednesday. Lightsource will finance, build and own the $125 million solar facility and deliver energy to AMEA under a 20-year power purchase agreement. SENT: 121 words. Will be updated.

HOT WEATHER-FARMERS

HEADLAND, Ala. _ The hot, dry spring is worrying farmers in southeast Alabama. Curry Parker of Headland tells WSFA-TV that he is trying to protect his corn crop with irrigation amid days with high temperatures in the 90s. But young plants are delicate, and it's been nearly three weeks without rain in the area. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.

TRAIL CLEANUP

SHEFFIELD, Ala. _ It's clean-up day along the Muscle Shoals TVA Reservation trails. The Tennessee Valley Authority is sponsoring a volunteer clean-up day Saturday as part of the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day celebration. SENT: 135 words. Will be updated.

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EXCHANGE-TEEN SUMMER JOBS

DECATUR, Ala. _ For Kayla Jackson, finding a summer job has been easier this year. The recent Decatur High School graduate works two part-time jobs with her paychecks going toward her college expenses. By Michael Wetzel, The Decatur Daily. SENT: 655 words.

IN BRIEF:

__ GIRL HONORED_ An 8-year-old south Alabama girl is being honored for her role in helping save the life of her grandmother

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA-AUBURN-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ Host Georgia Tech will look for its second straight NCAA Tournament win when it plays Auburn in a winner's bracket game of the Atlanta regional on Saturday night. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

SOF--WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Two of four elimination games in the Women’s College World Series include: Florida vs. Alabama, 1:30 p.m.; Arizona vs. Florida-Alabama winner, 8:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 400 words. Developing

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNFRAMED NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS _ Five new murals are up or going up in New Orleans, within walking distance of each other. Organizers say it's the first phase of a project to bring the vibrancy of the city's art scene outside gallery walls. The murals include a huge painting of an African American man holding up a child above the stylized word "SURVIVE." Another is planned as a detailed, life-sized architectural drawing of a mid-19th century shotgun house. Two murals are abstract. The fifth shows a four-story-high man holding a mug that, if real, would be big enough for someone to bathe in. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 760 words.

AP Photos RPJM101-0530192019, RPJM103-0531192019, RPJM102-0530192019, RPJM105-0530192019, RPJM104-0531192020, RPJM106-0531192020, RPJM107-0530192021, RPJM109-0530192021.

XGR-ABORTION-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ After passing one of the nation's strictest abortion bans, Louisiana lawmakers also passed new abortion clinic regulations that critics said would create additional hurdles to access. One measure will lengthen the time that clinics must retain patient records, with detailed requirements and hefty penalties for violations. The other will require women seeking an abortion to receive lengthy background information about the doctor who will perform the procedure. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 137 words. Will be updated.

AP Photos RPMD101-0530191400.

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EXCHANGE-SWAMPLAND BASEBALL

HOUMA, La. _ Some teams want to win every game. Others are simply looking to gain a little experience while experimenting with potential lineups for next spring. By Mike Gegenheimer, The Courier. SENT: 553 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-REFEREE HARASSMENT _ Parents who threaten or harass referees at their children's sporting events would face new penalties, under a proposal nearing final legislative passage.

_ XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA _The Senate has refused to let Louisiana's medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis.

_ PRINCIPAL ARRESTED _ A Louisiana Catholic school principal has been arrested after visiting a strip club while on a school field trip to the nation's capital.

_ XGR-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LOUISIANA _ Louisiana state employees won't be able to reach settlements for sexual harassment claims that include nondisclosure clauses, if the deal involves public funds.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA--ARIZONA ST-STONY BROOK

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Arizona State faces Stony Brook in an elimination game Saturday in the Baton Rouge regional of the NCAA tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts 12 p.m.

BBC--NCAA-LSU-SOUTHERN MISS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Southern Miss clashes with Baton Rouge regional host LSU in a winner's bracket game on Saturday night. Both teams are coming off lopsided victories in their NCAA tournament openers. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts 7 p.m.

BBC--NCAA-SOUTHERN-MIAMI

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Southern faces Miami in an elimination game on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words from 12 p.m. CT first pitch.

BBC--NCAA-OHIO ST-MCNEESE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Ohio State, the Big Ten Tournament champs, face the McNeese Cowboys in an elimination game Saturday at the Nashville Regional. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 12 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

THAD COCHRAN-LEGACY

JACKSON, Miss. _ Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi. Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history and wielded power for several years as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 777 words.

AP Photos JX202-0531191825, JX201-0828151125, MSGUL101-0531191409, JX101-0530191454, NYDD202-0530191511.

UTAH SLAVE SETTLER HONORED

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah _ The story of Mormon pioneers who travelled West to settle the territory that is now Utah is enshrined in monuments, museums and history books. But far fewer people know the stories of the African American slaves and pioneers who also helped settle the region. Some Utah residents are working to publicly honor their work. SENT: 350 words.

SPORTS BETTING ADS-ABRIDGED

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The tagline makes the solution sound so simple: "Gamble responsibly." It's anything but for those who struggle with compulsive gambling. Instead, the footnote caps a powerful new temptation as ads for sports betting emerge in states that have recently legalized an activity once banned in most of the United States. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 953 words.

AP Photos NY110-0614181810, NY111-0730181157.

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EXCHANGE-HABITAT HOME

TUPELO, Miss. _ Dierdre Peggen Berry worked and waited five years for a home to call her own. With help from Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity, volunteers from across the country and her own efforts, her family recently received the key to their new East Tupelo home. By Michaela Gibson Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. SENT: 417 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MUW PROVOST _ Mississippi University for Women has named a new provost and vice president of academic affairs.

IN SPORTS:

BBC--NCAA-LSU-SOUTHERN MISS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Southern Miss clashes with Baton Rouge regional host LSU in a winner's bracket game on Saturday night. Both teams are coming off lopsided victories in their NCAA tournament openers. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts 7 p.m. ET

BBC-NCAA-CLEMSON-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. _ Clemson faces Mississippi on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. The winner will advance to the Oxford Regional championship game. UPCOMING: 150 words from 6 p.m. CT first pitch.

BBC--NCAA-JACKSONVILLE ST-ILLINOIS

OXFORD, Miss. _ Jacksonville State faces Illinois in an elimination game on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words from 12 p.m. CT first pitch.

BBC--NCAA-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Central Michigan faces Mississippi State play on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. The winner will advance to the Starkville Regional championship game. UPCOMING: 150 words from 6 p.m. CT first pitch.

BBC--NCAA-SOUTHERN-MIAMI

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Southern faces Miami in an elimination game on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words from 12 p.m. CT first pitch.

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