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BC-Deep South News Digest

February 22, 2019

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA _ As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. German immigrants painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. The painting debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 865 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

JACKSON, Miss. _ The waterlogged Tennessee Valley faces more rain and severe storms in coming days, even as flood predictions along the Mississippi River rise. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 460 words.

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS

CHICAGO _ R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by lurid rumors that made him Public Enemy No. 1 to the #MeToo movement, was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, confirmed to The Associated Press that charges had been filed against the 52-year-old Grammy winner, but she declined to give a specific number. Media reports said there were 10 counts. By Sara Burnett and Michael Tarm. SENT: 880 words.

WITH:

_ R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR _ Sen. Amy Klobuchar will meet with former President Jimmy Carter and Democrat Stacey Abrams as she brings her presidential campaign to Georgia. AP Photos.

_ JUDICIARY-SEXUAL HARASSMENT _ Georgia’s top judge has established a committee to prevent sexual harassment in the state’s judicial branch.

_ TRANSGENDER SERGEANT-HEALTH INSURANCE _ A transgender sheriff’s sergeant in Houston County, Georgia, says the county is discriminating against her by not electing to have gender dysphoria treatment covered by its insurance.

SPORTS:

BKN--PISTONS-HAWKS

ATLANTA _ Blake Griffin, enjoying the best scoring average of his career, will lead the playoff-hopeful Detroit Pistons against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. _ NASCAR shifts to Atlanta Motor Speedway, the real start to the season, and the debut of a new rules package that is intended to improve the racing. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. By 7 pm.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA _ As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. German immigrants painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. The painting debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 865 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

JACKSON, Miss. _ The waterlogged Tennessee Valley faces more rain and severe storms in coming days, even as flood predictions along the Mississippi River rise. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 460 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEW VOTING MACHINES _ Budget writers in the South Carolina House don’t want the State Election Commission to have the final decision on choosing the state’s new voting machines.

_ DOG ATTACK _ Authorities say a 52-year-old woman in South Carolina has been killed after she was wrestling with her dogs in her front yard and they started to attack her.

_ HOT SAUCE-CHILD ABUSE _ A South Carolina man is accused of rubbing hot sauce or hot peppers on his girlfriend’s children, attempting to smother them and shooting one of them in the foot with a BB gun.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA _ As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. German immigrants painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. The painting debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 865 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ISLAMIC STATE

LONDON _ The family of a U.K. teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group begged the British government on Friday to help bring her newborn son to Britain. Shamima Begum’s family has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, asking for his help in bringing her baby to Britain and describing him as a “true innocent.” Other IS brides are also finding themselves in the courts. The father of an Alabama woman, 24-year-old Hoda Muthana, who also joined Islamic State, has filed suit against the Trump administration so she can be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 515 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

JACKSON, Miss. _ The waterlogged Tennessee Valley faces more rain and severe storms in coming days, even as flood predictions along the Mississippi River rise. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 460 words.

WITH:

_ DEEP SOUTH WEATHER-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

IN BRIEF:

_ CIVIL RIGHTS-COMMEMORATION _ Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker is delivering the keynote address at a Selma church during the annual commemoration of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march.

_ FORMER LAWMAKER-ARREST _ A former Alabama Senate leader has been charged with felony theft.

_ TEACHER-CHILD RAPE _ New charges have been filed against an Alabama high school teacher accused of repeatedly raping a 15-year-old student.

SPORTS:

BKC--INCONSISTENT ALABAMA

Alabama has beaten one top 5 team and pushed another down to the wire on the road and also suffered some humbling defeats, an inconsistency that has hindered the team’s bid to make a second straight NCAA Tournament. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Gov. John Bel Edwards released a $30 billion budget proposal that would boost education and health care spending and give public school teachers pay raises. But the spending recommendations released Friday rely on uncertain financing to make the numbers balance. The Democratic governor’s proposal represents a wish list of sorts, assuming Edwards will eventually break through a logjam with House Republican leaders that has blocked increases to the state income forecast. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 650 words.

WITH:

_ LOUISIANA BUDGET-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

GOVERNORS’ RACES

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors’ races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory. Democrats hope to unseat Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and win an open governorship in Mississippi. In Louisiana, they’re working to re-elect John Bel Edwards, the lone Democratic governor in the Deep South. By Melinda Deslatte, Emily Wagster Pettus and Adam Beam. SENT: 986 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

JACKSON, Miss. _ The waterlogged Tennessee Valley faces more rain and severe storms in coming days, even as flood predictions along the Mississippi River rise. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 460 words.

RAIN DISASTER

NEW ORLEANS _ U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated nine Louisiana parishes as a disaster area because of rains and flooding from Sept. 1 through Dec. 10. Farmers and ranchers in dozens of adjacent parishes in Louisiana and counties in Arkansas and Texas also can apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Such loans can be used to replace essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganize a farming operation or refinance some debts, according to a news release emailed Friday. SENT: 240 words.

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA _ As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. German immigrants painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. The painting debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 865 words, photos.

NATCHEZ LITERARY FESTIVAL

NATCHEZ, Miss. _A festival is celebrating the art, literature, history and culture of a region connected by the Mississippi River. The theme of the 30th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration is “The Great River Road.” UPCOMING: 350 words.

IMPRISONED 35 YEARS-LAWSUIT

RENO, Nev. _ Nearly three years after a former Nevada woman filed a civil suit seeking compensation for spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, her lawyers say the city of Reno continues to do everything it can to deny her justice. By Scott Sonner. Developing.

SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers return to action Friday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. Indiana won six of its last seven before the All-Star break, despite playing without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo. The Pelicans have said they intend to cut down Antony Davis’ minutes. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

IN BRIEF:

_ GORILLA-MASKED PROWLER _ Police say a man wearing a gorilla suit broke into a Louisiana home and hid under a mattress.

_ ENTERGY-SOLAR POWER _ Entergy Corporation has been approved to buy solar power from a 50-megawatt power plant set to be built near Port Allen, Louisiana.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

GOVERNORS’ RACES

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors’ races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory. Democrats hope to unseat Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and win an open governorship in Mississippi. In Louisiana, they’re working to re-elect John Bel Edwards, the lone Democratic governor in the Deep South. By Melinda Deslatte, Emily Wagster Pettus and Adam Beam. SENT: 986 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER

JACKSON, Miss. _ The waterlogged Tennessee Valley faces more rain and severe storms in coming days, even as flood predictions along the Mississippi River rise. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 460 words.

SCHOOL BUS DEATH

TUPELO, Miss. _ A Mississippi man has been indicted in the death of a boy who was struck while crossing a two-lane highway to board a school bus. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that a grand jury indicted 22-year-old Hunter Newman of Marietta on a charge of culpable negligence manslaughter. Newman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Oct. 31, the day of the wreck. The charge was upgraded after 9-year-old Dalen Thomas died. SENT: 385 words.

NATCHEZ LITERARY FESTIVAL

NATCHEZ, Miss. _A festival is celebrating the art, literature, history and culture of a region connected by the Mississippi River. The theme of the 30th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration is “The Great River Road.” UPCOMING: 350 words.

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA _ As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. German immigrants painted it at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee, creating the work for a northern audience to celebrate a northern victory in the Battle of Atlanta. The painting debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 865 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BURNING HOME-MAN SAVED _ An agent for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says he was in the right place at the right time to carry an older man out of a burning house.

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