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BC-Deep South News Digest

February 23, 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



ATLANTA _ Georgia’s state lawmakers are working quickly to push bills through the legislature as this year’s session has reached the halfway mark. Friday was legislative day 20 of 40 at the state Capitol. By Sanya Mansoor. SENT: 601 words.

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CHICAGO _ R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity. The 52-year-old Grammy winner turned himself in late Friday and spent a night in jail before being taken to the courthouse. He stood with his hands behind his back and said to the judge, “How are you?” By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,046 words.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. _ A replica of the Santa Maria — the flagship from Christopher Columbus’ expedition — will soon sail to Georgia for tours. The St. Marys Tall Ship Alliance is bringing the replica ship to the Brunswick Landing Marina from April 8-15, The Brunswick News reported. SENT: 266 words.



MACON, Ga. _ In 2015, losses of two historic buildings in the Cotton Avenue area of Macon inspired creation of the Fading Five list to bring attention to properties in danger. The Historic Macon Foundation’s rule for the list is that properties would stay on it until declared either saved or lost. By Wayne Crenshaw. The Macon Telegraph.


_ FAKE ILLNESS _ A Georgia mother is accused of faking her child’s illness to collect disability checks.

_ STUDENTS SICKENED-CANDY _ Five Georgia middle school students face disciplinary action for sharing drug-tainted food with other students on Valentine’s Day.

_ LIQUOR STORE FIGHT _ Residents in uproar after southwest Georgia city approves liquor store that dozens say they don’t want.



ATLANTA _ The Phoenix Suns will try to end a 16-game losing streak when they face the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost five of six, on Saturday night. The Suns have won only four of 31 road games. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


OXFORD, Miss. _ Mississippi hosts Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday. The Rebels are coming off a loss to South Carolina, but beat the Bulldogs 80-64 two weeks ago in Athens. By R.J. Morgan. UPCOMING: 550 words from 2:30 p.m. CT tipoff.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ Georgia Tech tries for only its third road win this season when if faces the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. _ The Chicago White Sox have finalized minor league deals with right-hander Ervin Santana and outfielder Preston Tucker. The 36-year-old Santana made five starts with Minnesota last season after having surgery on his right middle finger two weeks before spring training. The two-time All-Star is looking to win a spot in Chicago’s rotation. SENT: 165 words.


HAMPTON, Ga. _ NASCAR was long overdue for an added punch to its racing product and eagerly awaits the results from a new competition package designed to increase the entertainment factor for the troubled series. The new rules debut Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the prevailing opinion is that the bumpin-and-bangin and rubbin-is-racin lore of NASCAR will return. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 771 words.


HAMPTON, Ga. _ Brad Keselowski has a stomach virus that has left his status uncertain for NASCAR’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Keselowski was ill Saturday at the start of the final practice, so Team Penske had Austin Cindric start the session in the No. 2 Ford. Keselowski got in the car midway through practice and completed two runs. He sat inside his cockpit for several minutes then slowly jogged to his team hauler. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 160 words.


_ CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA-TRUCKS. The NASCAR Truck Series makes a stop in Hampton. Race begins at 4:30 p.m. 300 words.

_ CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA-XFINITY. The NASCAR Xfinity Series makes a stop in Hampton. Race begins at 1:30 p.m. 400 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Overhauling how South Carolina handles mental patients who must be brought to hospitals under the order of a doctor or a court is a more difficult problem than they expected, a group of senators said. Sen. Marlon Kimpson began working on the bill in fall, just weeks after two mental health patients drowned in the back of a locked police van while being moved during Hurricane Florence. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 614 words.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A Columbia icon, a humble home to generations of baseball players and fans, soon will be demolished. Capital City Stadium is set to be torn down within the next two months after five years of sitting stoic and unused, its painted advertisement wall a portrait of nostalgia to passing travelers on a busy Assembly Street. By Sarah Ellis. The (Columbia) State.


_ SHERIFF INDICTED _ A suspended Greenville County sheriff already facing criminal charges has been indicted on two additional counts.

_ AIRPORT BOARD _ A state senator is demanding the board that oversees the Columbia Metropolitan Airport explain spending $450,000 on marketing that includes a suite and tickets at Colonial Life Arena.



CLEMSON, S.C. _ Clemson looks to halt a three-game losing streak when it faces Boston College on Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from noon start.


STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State hosts South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday. The Bulldogs have won three straight games while the Gamecocks have won four of six. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words from 5 p.m. tipoff.


DALLAS _ The Stars host the Hurricanes a week after losing to them at Carolina. Dallas is trying to build off the momentum of beating St. Louis to end the Blues’ 11-game winning streak while the Hurricanes have won seven of nine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 4 p.m. CT.

ALABAMA (All times Central)



ORANGE BEACH, Ala. _ City leaders in Alabama beach towns are vowing to crack down on drunken and disorderly beach-goers. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have long sought to bill themselves as family friendly spring break destinations, Al.com reported. SENT: 310 words.


WASHINGTON _ All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump’s signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the transition from one session of Congress to the next, and unless Trump acted, it would be lost. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,189 words.

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FLORENCE, Ala. _ They’ve played music with the biggest names in the business and for the panel of local legendary music makers at the Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center on Feb. 16, interracial collaboration during the Civil Rights era came as naturally as the music they created. “Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter _ man, those guys were my heroes and to have the honor of backing up so many of them, it was like a dream for me. My favorite music was R&B and they were putting it out. We were a bunch of white guys but they liked what was going on here and it just worked,” said Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood, a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and co-founder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. By Lisa Singleton-Rickman. TimesDaily.


_ GOP CHAIRWOMAN _ Alabama Republicans have re-elected Terry Lathan of Mobile as state chairwoman.

_ SIT-IN ANNIVERSARY _ An event next week will honor university students who led a 1960 sit-in at a whites-only courthouse lunch counter.

_ ALABAMA STAMP _ A new stamp will honor the state of Alabama’s 200th birthday.



LEXINGTON, Ky. _ No. 4 Kentucky hosts Auburn in search of season sweep it hopes can also earn a first-place tie in the SEC. By freelancer Keith Taylor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. _ Alabama tries to snap a three-game losing streak when Vanderbilt visits with the Commodores still seeking their first SEC win. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts 5 p.m. Central.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



GRAY, La. _ The state is presenting a series of four workshops on documenting local traditions for people in a southeast Louisiana area hit hard by coastal erosion. “The goal is to help sustain the vital traditional knowledge of coastal communities affected by land loss,” Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said in a news release Wednesday. SENT: 282 words.



LAFAYETTE, La. _ This could be the perfect love story. They met at a dance in Abbeville some 80 years ago. They were just teenagers. She came with her father; he came with a cousin. By Kris Wartelle. The Advertiser.


BATON ROUGE, La. _ On the surface, enrolling at LSU in 2016 should have been a natural fit for Charles Hunter. After all, he grew up in Baton Rouge. But Hunter was different from his fellow freshman. He was 26, about eight years older than his peers because of his time in the U.S. Navy. Then, Hunter discovered Student Veterans of LSU. By George Morris. The Advocate.


_ BENSON GIFT _ New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is giving $5 million to Jesuit High School, the largest gift in the school’s history.

_ LOUISIANA CHIEF JUSTICE-AWARD _ Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson is to be honored in March at the 2019 Mid-Year Conference of the National Bar Association.



NEW ORLEANS _ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night in a game involving the two teams at the center of the Anthony Davis saga. James and the Lakers are still trying to reach the playoffs, while the Pelicans are reducing Davis’ minutes and focusing on a future without their disaffected all-star. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 6 p.m.


BATON ROUGE, La. _ No. 5 Tennessee visits 13th-ranked LSU in a game the Volunteers need to win to remain alone atop the SEC standings. LSU is coming off an overtime loss at home to Florida. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 11 a.m.


BATON ROUGE, La. _ No. 13 LSU says guard Tremont Waters is ill and is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against No. 5 Tennessee. Waters is LSU’s leading scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game, and his three steals per game leads the Southeastern Conference. SENT: 173 words.

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MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Homes, highways, parks and bridges throughout the South have been flooded or rendered out of commission Saturday, as the toll of days of drenching rains swelled waterways and pooled over saturated lands amid the threat of severe storms. Interstate 40 near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina was closed due to a rockslide, one of the dozens of roads and highways shut down throughout the South region, transportation officials said. SENT: 392 words.


MERIDIAN, Miss. _ A Navy air traffic controller has been nominated for a national award after guiding a pilot to a successful emergency landing last year. Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Jonathan Epperson has been nominated for the Navy’s 2018 Vice Admiral Robert B. Pirie Air Traffic Controller of the Year award, The Meridian Star reported. SENT: 418 words.



MADISON, Miss. _ Trisha and Brett Gibson, who have lived in several cities across the United States, tried for years to have a baby. A Madison, Mississippi-based fertility doctor helped them get pregnant, and the Gibsons are now proud parents of a 2-year-old boy. They’re ready for baby No. 2, and miles of roadways won’t keep them away from their beloved Dr. Preston Parry. By Sarah Fowler. The Clarion Ledger.


BILOXI, Miss. _ It’s time to order new signs and update the brochures, because for the first time in 50 years, there’s no longer a Camille Cut or an East and West Ship Island. Millions of dollars have been invested and millions of cubic yards of sand dredged to close the gap between the two parts of Ship Island. The cut’s been there since Hurricane Camille tore through in 1969 and left a 2.4 mile break. By Mary Perez. The Sun Herald.


_ SUNDAY LIQUOR-GREENWOOD _ A city in the Mississippi Delta could decide whether to allow restaurants to sell liquor on Sundays.

_ DEPUTIES WOUNDED _ A man who wounded two sheriff’s deputies in Mississippi has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

_ ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS WASTE DUMPING _ A Missouri company involved in the illegal storage of hazardous waste from Mississippi has been ordered to help pay $1.5 million toward cleanup costs.



OXFORD, Miss. _ Mississippi hosts Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday. The Rebels are coming off a loss to South Carolina, but beat the Bulldogs 80-64 two weeks ago in Athens. By R.J. Morgan. UPCOMING: 550 words from 2:30 p.m. CT tipoff.


STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Mississippi State hosts South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday. The Bulldogs have won three straight games while the Gamecocks have won four of six. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 600 words from 5 p.m. tipoff.


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