BC-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

June 22, 2019 - 2:31 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS-TRAINING

CHICAGO _ Ceci Garcia believes that if her husband had a better understanding of his rights, he would have avoided deportation to Mexico after telling a suburban Chicago police officer during a 2012 traffic stop that he was living in the U.S. illegally. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 1,050 words.

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRATION ARRESTS

Immigrant advocates and sympathizers are warning about arrests around the country as early as Sunday. The anticipated sweep is expected to be similar to operations that authorities have regularly done since 2003. They often produce hundreds of arrests. By Astrid Galvan and Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 820 words.

GEORGIA POVERTY

ATHENS, Ga. _ A University of Georgia researcher says life has gotten worse for people who remain in poverty in Clarke County. UGA professor Grace Bagwell Adams says the recent economic expansion did help some people in the county to escape poverty. And more people are employed now than two years ago. But she said that more people lack health insurance now than two years ago. Adams is partnering with the local school district, local government and service agencies on the Athens Wellbeing Project. Information from The Athens Banner-Herald. SENT: 350 words.

COLLEGE PRESIDENT

FAIRFIELD, Ala. _ School officials say the president of Miles College in Alabama has resigned to become the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University. George French has been at Miles for 23 years, serving as president since March 2006. Clark Atlanta said French will begin as president on Sept. 1. Information from Al.com. SENT: 250 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

CIVIL WAR-BLACK TROOPS BATTLE FLAG

ATLANTA _ "We Will Prove Ourselves Men," reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of whom formerly in bondage, who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. Six feet wide and more than four feet tall, the silk flag was painted by an African American artist in Philadelphia. It is now in the collection of the Atlanta History Center and represents the most expensive artifact the center has acquired. The history center purchased the flag for $160,000 plus a $36,800 buyer’s premium at an auction this month in Pennsylvania. By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

_ GUN LOCK GIVEAWAY _ Sheriffs in Georgia are giving away hundreds of gun locks after a toddler was killed in an accidental shooting.

_ FREE GLASSES _ Free eye exams and glasses are available for children and teenagers this summer thanks to a new partnership between the Gwinnett County Public Library and non-profit organization Vision to Learn.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-FATHER-SON TROOPERS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ David Knox has an old picture of his son as a little boy, wearing Knox's South Carolina Highway Patrol uniform. But recently, his now 22-year-old son wore his own uniform as he was escorted across the stage by his father to get his patrol commission at the Highway Patrol's graduation. "It was a proud moment," Knox, a 25-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, said after the ceremony. "I've attended a lot of graduations, but it's kind of different when your son's involved." By Teddy Kulmala. The (Columbia) State.

CIVIL WAR-BLACK TROOPS BATTLE FLAG

ATLANTA _ "We Will Prove Ourselves Men," reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of whom formerly in bondage, who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. Six feet wide and more than four feet tall, the silk flag was painted by an African American artist in Philadelphia. It is now in the collection of the Atlanta History Center and represents the most expensive artifact the center has acquired. The history center purchased the flag for $160,000 plus a $36,800 buyer’s premium at an auction this month in Pennsylvania. By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEGLECT ARREST _ Authorities say a 3-month-old child died after a couple left the infant face down on a pillow in a car seat.

_ ASSISTED LIVING ABUSE _ A woman charged with abusing an 89-year-old woman in a South Carolina assisted living home says she has done this kind of work for 20 years and never hurt anyone.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

COLLEGE PRESIDENT

FAIRFIELD, Ala. _ School officials say the president of Miles College in Alabama has resigned to become the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University. George French has been at Miles for 23 years, serving as president since March 2006. Clark Atlanta said French will begin as president on Sept. 1. Information from Al.com. SENT: 250 words.

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WORLD RECORD TRAVELER

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ On Dec. 7, 2018, Taylor Demonbreun's family arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport to see the 24-year-old Tuscaloosa native's plane land. When Demonbreun's flight came into Toronto, she became both the youngest and fastest person to visit every country in the world, except North Korea. The record was confirmed by Guinness World Records this month. By visiting196 countries in one year and 189 days, she’d beaten the record previously held by Cassie De Pecol, 29, who visited every country in one year and 194 days. By Drew Taylor. The Tuscaloosa News.

CIVIL WAR-BLACK TROOPS BATTLE FLAG

ATLANTA _ "We Will Prove Ourselves Men," reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of whom formerly in bondage, who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. Six feet wide and more than four feet tall, the silk flag was painted by an African American artist in Philadelphia. It is now in the collection of the Atlanta History Center and represents the most expensive artifact the center has acquired. The history center purchased the flag for $160,000 plus a $36,800 buyer’s premium at an auction this month in Pennsylvania. By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

_ AUBURN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT _ Auburn University says its president, Steven Leath, is leaving after two years on the job.

_ ENDANGERED PLACES-SEARCY _ Preservationists are trying to save a more than 200-year-old site in southwest Alabama that was once both a military installation and a hospital.

_ NORTH ALABAMA-TUITION _ The University of North Alabama is switching to a tuition plan that officials say will result in increased costs for some students but not others.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

RIGHT TO BRAID

NEW ORLEANS _ An organization that has already challenged Louisiana licensing and permit regimens for commercial flower arranging and cosmetic eyebrow threading now is going after what it says are onerous and unconstitutional permit requirements on people who braid hair for a living. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 500 words.

XGR-HEALTH OVERHAUL LAWSUIT

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that could eventually lead to health insurance coverage for some residents if the federal Affordable Care Act is overturned. SENT: 480 words.

AP EXPLAINS-IMMIGRATION ARRESTS

Immigrant advocates and sympathizers are warning about arrests around the country as early as Sunday. The anticipated sweep is expected to be similar to operations that authorities have regularly done since 2003. They often produce hundreds of arrests. By Astrid Galvan and Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 820 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CRAFT BEER

NEW ORLEANS _ It's 3:30 on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon and a surprising number of patrons have taken up spots at the long bar inside Mid-City's Wrong Iron. They're all drinking beers, sweating in pint glasses. On the other side of the bar, the wall is lined with three TVs, 50 taps and three video screens playing a scrolling list of the available beers coming from those taps. Abita Big Easy IPA . . . Gnarly Barley Jucifer . . . NOLA Blonde . . . the list goes on and on. By Todd A. Price, NOLA.Com | The Times-Picayune.

CIVIL WAR-BLACK TROOPS BATTLE FLAG

ATLANTA _ "We Will Prove Ourselves Men," reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of whom formerly in bondage, who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. Six feet wide and more than four feet tall, the silk flag was painted by an African American artist in Philadelphia. It is now in the collection of the Atlanta History Center and represents the most expensive artifact the center has acquired. The history center purchased the flag for $160,000 plus a $36,800 buyer’s premium at an auction this month in Pennsylvania. By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN-ALGAE _ The Louisiana Department of Health is telling people to avoid touching algae that are growing the surface of Lake Pontchartrain.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-EXCLUDING BLACK JURORS

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi prosecutor has tried and failed six times to send Curtis Flowers to the death chamber, with the latest trial conviction and death sentence overturned on Friday because of racial bias in jury selection. Now, that same prosecutor must decide whether to try Flowers a seventh time. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 965 words. AP Photos.

RIGHT TO BRAID

NEW ORLEANS _ An organization that has already challenged Louisiana licensing and permit regimens for commercial flower arranging and cosmetic eyebrow threading now is going after what it says are onerous and unconstitutional permit requirements on people who braid hair for a living. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 500 words.

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MAINSTREAMING SPECIAL ED

TUPELO, Miss. _ Jack Martin, 12, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age three and was non-verbal until he was five years old. When he entered school, he started out in a self-contained special education classroom, later spending about half the school day in a regular classroom. Jack now spends approximately 80 percent of his time in regular classrooms. His mother, Lisa, said the Martin family has been fortunate Jack is now well-adjusted in a regular classroom, and his special education teachers and an assistant teacher have provided the right support for his inclusion in a regular class. By Cristina Carreon. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

CIVIL WAR-BLACK TROOPS BATTLE FLAG

ATLANTA _ "We Will Prove Ourselves Men," reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of whom formerly in bondage, who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. Six feet wide and more than four feet tall, the silk flag was painted by an African American artist in Philadelphia. It is now in the collection of the Atlanta History Center and represents the most expensive artifact the center has acquired. The history center purchased the flag for $160,000 plus a $36,800 buyer’s premium at an auction this month in Pennsylvania. By Bo Emerson. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

IN BRIEF:

_ TOWN MARSAL RESIGNS _ A deputy marshal in a Mississippi town has resigned amid an investigation into a fight after a police chase.

_ PASS CHRISTIAN-DOG PARK _ A church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is letting some of its land be used for a dog park.

_ LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN-ALGAE _ The Louisiana Department of Health is telling people to avoid touching algae that are growing the surface of Lake Pontchartrain.

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