BC-Deep South News Digest-UPDATE

September 24, 2019 - 3:44 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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)

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL SHOOTING-OFFICER ARRESTED _ A former Georgia police officer facing a manslaughter charge after killing a fleeing man is seeking immunity from prosecution and claims he was defending himself.

_ GEORGIA-CARGO SHIP _ Authorities say oil from an overturned cargo ship has reached several parts of Georgia's shoreline, leaving a sheen in marshes and oiled debris on beaches.

_ BAND DIRECTOR-ABUSE _ A former Georgia high school band director has pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

_ SPEED CAMERAS-SCHOOLS _ A Georgia city commission split on adding speed-detection cameras in school zones has approved an ordinance allowing them.

_ ARMED ROBBERIES-SENTENCE _ A Georgia man who pleaded guilty to two armed robberies says he committed the crimes to get money for school.

_ SLAYING RETRIAL _ The retrial of a Georgia man initially convicted of murder in the 2005 death of his girlfriend has ended in the man's admitting guilt.

_ SOLDIER SLAIN _ A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in slaying of a U.S. Army sergeant from Michigan has been sentenced to at least 65 years in prison. He was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

SPORTS:

BBO--BRAVES-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Already with a postseason berth clinched, Atlanta plays Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium in a two-game set. By David Smale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m. CT.

FBC--GEORGIA TECH-COLLINS

ATLANTA _ For Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins, there's no time for a trip down memory lane. He's got bigger issues to worry about as he leads the Yellow Jackets against former school Temple. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

SOUTH CAROLINA

TOP STORIES:

BANK ROBBERY TRIAL

FLORENCE, S.C. _ The same jury that found a North Carolina man guilty of killing two employees during a South Carolina bank robbery will now decide whether he is executed for the crimes. A federal jury deliberated just over an hour Tuesday before delivering guilty verdicts against Brandon Council. Council's trial in Florence then moved into deciding whether he gets life in prison or the death penalty for shooting the manager and a teller at CresCom Bank in Conway in August 2017. SENT: 450 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOY-SNAPCHAT MEETING _ Police in South Carolina say an 11-year-old boy took his brother's car and drove alone for three hours to meet someone he met on Snapchat.

_ LOAN COMPANY-PONZI SCHEME _ A California man has been arrested over allegations that he and his partners ran a $1 billion Ponzi scheme that targeted people receiving pensions.

_ MUMPS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE _ Three people have tested positive for the mumps virus at the College of Charleston, prompting South Carolina health officials to declare an outbreak.

SPORTS:

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Was South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski injured or ineffective against Missouri? Neither answer would make the Gamecocks feel much better about their latest loss and upcoming contest against a Kentucky team that’s won five straight in the series. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EMMETT TILL-COLD CASES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The government is still investigating the brutal slaying of black teenager Emmett Till, whose death in 1955 helped spur the civil rights movement. A Justice Department report on civil rights cold case investigations lists Till's killing as being among the unit's active cases. The department has closed its review of six other slayings dating from 1940 through 1973 without filing any charges. Relatives of Till say they're encouraged the case remains open but are anxious for a resolution. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 625 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COUNTY CORONER-PERSONAL GAIN _ An Alabama coroner who served as a local college's EMS program director has been indicted on a felony charge of using his position for personal gain.

_ COLLEGE CORRUPTION PROBE _ A suspended official of an Alabama community college says she was targeted for termination because she investigated corruption.

_ DEPUTY SHOOTING _ Authorities in Alabama say a woman was shot and wounded by a deputy she attempted to run over with a stolen truck.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-AUBURN’S DEFENSE

AUBURN, Ala. _ Auburn's freshman quarterback and Gus Malzahn's return to play-calling have hogged much of the attention, but it's the defense that has catapulted the seventh-ranked Tigers into the top 10. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EMMETT TILL-COLD CASES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The government is still investigating the brutal slaying of black teenager Emmett Till, whose death in 1955 helped spur the civil rights movement. A Justice Department report on civil rights cold case investigations lists Till's killing as being among the unit's active cases. The department has closed its review of six other slayings dating from 1940 through 1973 without filing any charges. Relatives of Till say they're encouraged the case remains open but are anxious for a resolution. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 625 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRUCK STOP CAMEL _ A veterinarian has prescribed antibiotics to a camel owned by a truck stop petting zoo after a woman bit the 600-pound animal to free herself from under its weight.

_ STOLEN VEHICLES CRASH _ Police in Mississippi’s capital city say two stolen vehicles have crashed into each other.

_ SUV IN WATER _ A woman and a 2-year-old child are hospitalized in Mississippi after they were found inside a sport utility vehicle that was almost fully submerged in water.

_ SERIAL RAPIST-DNA EVIDENCE _ A Louisiana man tied by DNA evidence to six rape cases from the 1980s has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

_ MISSISSIPPI-EXPLOSION _ The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is cleaning up an oil spill that accompanied a fatal explosion on Friday. The site is run by Ridgeland-based Tellus Operating Group, which has oil and gas wells in Louisiana and Mississippi.

_ GRANDMOTHER IDENTITY THEFT _ Louisiana State Police say two cousins in their 30s are accused of stealing their grandmother's identity, getting credit cards in her name, and using them to buy more than $5,000 worth of goods and services.

_ SHREVEPORT POLICE CHIEF _ A Louisiana mayor has appointed a permanent police chief despite the appointee being a possibly controversial choice.

_ CHILDREN HOME ALONE _ A Louisiana woman has been accused of leaving her children alone at home and neglecting a dog.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

EMMETT TILL-COLD CASES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The government is still investigating the brutal slaying of black teenager Emmett Till, whose death in 1955 helped spur the civil rights movement. A Justice Department report on civil rights cold case investigations lists Till's killing as being among the unit's active cases. The department has closed its review of six other slayings dating from 1940 through 1973 without filing any charges. Relatives of Till say they're encouraged the case remains open but are anxious for a resolution. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 625 words, photos.

WORLDS-TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL

DOHA, Qatar _ When it comes to producing champions at the highest level of track and other Olympic sports, U.S. college sports have every bit as big an impact as training systems in many an athlete's home country, including the United States. Financial pressures because of the NCAA's strict rules about sponsorships have long been a concern. The USOPC formed a college advisory council in 2017 that consists of executives at Duke, Alabama, Stanford, Texas and the Big 12, among others.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE-JAILED _ A judge in Mississippi has found a district attorney candidate in contempt of court and ordered him to spend 24 hours in jail.

_ MISSISSIPPI-EXPLOSION _ The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is cleaning up an oil spill that accompanied a fatal explosion on Friday. The site is run by Ridgeland-based Tellus Operating Group, which has oil and gas wells in Louisiana and Mississippi.

_ SHOOTINGS-OFFICERS_ Four Mississippi police officers involved in civilian deaths were ordered to be reinstated to their regular position months ago, but the police department hasn't complied with the order.

SPORTS:

FBC--MAGNOLIA STATE QBS

Mississippi and Mississippi State are both dealing with injury-related quarterback uncertainty as the Rebels plan to visit No. 2 Alabama and the Bulldogs prepare to play at No. 7 Auburn this week. Sent: 600 words, with photos.

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