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BC-AL--Alabama News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, AL

December 18, 2014

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news covering is shaping up today in Alabama. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Montgomery AP Bureau at 334-262-5947 or apalabama@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ATLANTA — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official is warning of the dangers of powdered pure caffeine after the deaths of a Georgia man and an Ohio teenager. Michael Landa, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote about the two men on the FDA’s website this week. Landa said 18-year-old Logan James Stiner died May 27 in Ohio after taking powdered pure caffeine. His parents traveled to Washington from LaGrange, Ohio, this month to urge regulators to ban sales of the substance. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Selling chickens to Cuba is complicated. “If the Cubans want to buy chickens in the United States, before they load it on a ship, they have to pay a bank outside the country,” said Jimmy Lyons, director of the Alabama State Port Authority, which oversees the docks in Mobile. “Those funds have to be sent to a bank in the United States. Only then can the chickens be loaded on a ship.” If that seems like a peculiar example, consider: Alabama ships roughly 32,000 tons of frozen chicken to Cuba each year, part of a broad economic relationship with Cuba that chiefly involves agricultural trade. By Brian Lyman, The Montgomery Advertiser. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 480 words.


— PRISON OFFICER-DRUG ARREST — Alabama prison officer charged with having half-pound of marijuana bound for inmates.

— ALABAMA EARTHQUAKE — Earthquake shakes Alabama county for second time in a month.

— HEALTH VOLUNTEERS — Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center seeking candidates to train as health advocates.

— LEGACY ARENA — BJCC Arena being renamed in $2M deal with Legacy.

— TAX FRAUD — Alabama woman pleads guilty to role in 2-state tax fraud case.

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