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BC-AP-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY, AP

November 30, 2019 - 2:32 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SWASTIKAS-GEORGIA CAMPUSES

ATLANTA — Swastika symbols on two Georgia university campuses have students and parents on edge. Swastikas were drawn on message boards recently in Creswell and Russell halls at the University of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 297 words.

SEAT BELT LAW

ATLANTA — A state Senate panel has recommended changing Georgia law to require adults riding in the back seat of a vehicle to wear seat belts. Lawmakers are expected to pursue legislation to that effect during next year’s session starting in January, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 253 words.

RESEARCH SHIP NAME

GULFPORT, Miss. — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr., whose lawsuit — filed for his son, Gilbert Mason Jr. — made Biloxi’s public schools the first in Mississippi to integrate, according to a news release Friday from the University of Southern Mississippi. SENT: 359 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-HAIRCUTS FOR THE HOMESLESS

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Felisha Westall stands in the empty living room that belongs to her friend, Larry. Months ago, he was a felon living on the streets, and now he is a man of God with his own apartment. As she thinks of what he's been through, she feels nothing but pride in how far he's come and the vibration of her phone as supporters call in to offer help. By Miguel Legoas. The Augusta Chronicle.

IN BRIEF:

— OFS FITEL-EXPANSION — A Japanese company plans a $50.2 million expansion of its Georgia fiber optic cable plant, adding 137 jobs.

— MILITARY SCHOOL DONATION — A private Georgia military school says it will use a $1 million donation to improve its athletic facilities.

— COURTHOUSE ELEVATOR — Litigants are instructed to “All rise” when court begins, but in one south Georgia courthouse, they won’t be rising by elevator.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--HAWKS-ROCKETS

HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets host the struggling Atlanta Hawks. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — No. 4 Georgia is a four-touchdown favorite in its regular-season finale against Georgia Tech, with all eyes on next week's Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 1 LSU. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 12 noon EST

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

BROKEN LANDLINES

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — South Carolina regulators are investigating whether a communications company is spending money properly after a small Georgetown County community didn’t have landline phone service for nearly a month. People who live in St. Luke, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Georgetown, say their community is so isolated that cellphone service is spotty and landlines can be a lifesaver. SENT: 407 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-PLANE CRASH-THANKS

GREENVILLE, S.C. — When their plane crashed at Greenville Downtown Airport last year, Marci Wilhelm and Steve Rose were in no condition to know who had saved their lives from the burning fuselage. Wilhelm spent 42 days in the hospital after the Sept. 27 crash, and Rose, her husband, was there for nine days. They're both still dealing with the lingering effects of their injuries. By Liv Osby. The Greenville News.

IN BRIEF:

— TEACHER CHARGED — A former teacher at a South Carolina intermediate school has been charged with four counts of child cruelty.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 3 Clemson is seeking its 27th straight victory, its second straight 12-0 regular season and its sixth win in a row over South Carolina on Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon

BKW-PARADISE JAM

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — There are three games involving ranked teams Saturday at the women's Paradise Jam:

BKW--T25-Louisville-Oregon. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 3:15 p.m.

BKW--T25-Washington State-Indiana. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 5:45 p.m. ET.

BKW--T25-South Carolina-Baylor. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

NORTH ALABAMA JOBS

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A new study finds that north Alabama could face serious challenges to find qualified workers to fill the many jobs that have flooded the region. A labor market analysis was recently commissioned by north Alabama elected leaders. SENT: 294 words.

ROSA PARKS-STATUE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery. The statue will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza at the Court Street Fountain, the city of Montgomery announced. SENT: 258 words.

AP Photos NY909-0615990100, NY909M-1129192230.

RESEARCH SHIP NAME

GULFPORT, Miss. — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr., whose lawsuit — filed for his son, Gilbert Mason Jr. — made Biloxi’s public schools the first in Mississippi to integrate, according to a news release Friday from the University of Southern Mississippi. SENT: 359 words.

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EXCHANGE-COLLEGE DORMS-TRANSGENDER

AUBURN, Ala. — Dorms at Auburn are set up so that in many, such as the Hill and the Quad, two students share a room and four share a bathroom. Elijah Matheny said he would have never felt comfortable in a dorm. As a pre-transitioned trans man, he would not have wanted to live with other men, but he would not have desired to live with women either. The dilemma is one that many trans students face at Auburn, Matheny said. By Hannah Lester, Opelika-Auburn News.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-AUBURN

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 5 Alabama wants to keep its playoff hopes alive against No. 16 Auburn, but statewide bragging rights are also on the line. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--MOREHEAD ST-NORTH ALABAMA

FLORENCE, Ala. — Christian Agnew had 17 points and eight rebounds as North Alabama topped Morehead State 67-57 on Saturday. Payton Youngblood had 16 points for North Alabama (4-4), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Jamari Blackmon added 12 points. Mervin James had 12 rebounds for the home team. SENT: 134 words.

BKC--EMERALD CLASSIC

NICEVILLE, Fla. — There are four games Saturday at the Emerald Coast Classic.

BKC--CHICAGO ST-ALABAMA ST

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Brandon Battle had 14 points off the bench to carry Alabama State to a 67-54 win over Chicago State in the consolation round of the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday. Tobi Ewuosho had 13 points and eight rebounds for Alabama State (1-6), which never trailed in ending its season-opening six-game losing streak. Jacoby Ross added 11 points. SENT: 152 words.

— BKC--Jacksonville State-Chattanooga. UPCOMING: 150 words filed by College Desk. Game starts at 1:30 p.m. ET

— BKC--T25-Tennessee-VCU. By Bill Kaczor. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 4 p.m. ET

—BKC--Florida State-Purdue. By Bill Kaczor. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HISTORIC HARDWARE STORE CLOSING

LOGANSPORT, La. — A 122-year hardware and department store that once saw a visit from Bonnie and Clyde is closing in northwest Louisiana. N.J. Caraway & Company has been serving customers in the town of Logansport since 1897. The DeSoto Parish store nestled on the bank of the Sabine River sells an eclectic collection of hardware, antiques, clothing, candles and much more. SENT: 228 words.

RESEARCH SHIP NAME

GULFPORT, Miss. — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr., whose lawsuit — filed for his son, Gilbert Mason Jr. — made Biloxi’s public schools the first in Mississippi to integrate, according to a news release Friday from the University of Southern Mississippi. SENT: 359 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-WORK LIFE BALANCE

SHREVEPORT, La. — Ashley Bullock Panaia has never worked at a place quite like APS Payroll in Shreveport. "I love it here,'' she said. "I cannot wait to get to work. I feel like every day I get to come here is exciting and it never gets old. I just love everything about it. I feel like we are treated like gold. We are appreciated and our work doesn't go unnoticed.'' By Scott Ferrell. The Shreveport Times. AP Photo.

EXCHANGE-VEGAN EATS

LAFAYETTE, La. — Emily Hubert used to get some odd questions when people learned she was vegan. "I had people ask me, 'Oh, you still eat chicken though, right?' They didn't have any concept of what vegan meant," she said. By Todd A. Price. The Daily Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

— MARSH CREATION PROJECT — The state’s coastal protection agency says a coastal restoration project in southwestern Louisiana has been completed.

— LAFAYETTE CLINIC-REOPENING — A Louisiana health care clinic that closed when Medicaid was expanded is reopening.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 1 LSU looks to close out its regular season unbeaten when the Tigers host Texas A&M on Saturday night. The Aggies beat LSU 74-72 in seven overtimes when these teams met in College Station last season. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

NOOSE IN LOCKER

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — There’s little disagreement that the object found in a white Mississippi firefighter’s locker was a hangman’s noose. But as with many things in America these days, there’s deep disagreement about what it meant. To some it was a reminder of lynchings that took hundreds of black lives in Mississippi, and it had no place on city property — though there was no suggestion that firefighter Shelton Russell had ever displayed it or used it to intimidate anyone. By Rebecca Santana. SENT: 951 words.

AP Photos MSRS301-1010191706.

RESEARCH SHIP NAME

GULFPORT, Miss. — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr., whose lawsuit — filed for his son, Gilbert Mason Jr. — made Biloxi’s public schools the first in Mississippi to integrate, according to a news release Friday from the University of Southern Mississippi. SENT: 359 words.

SCOOTERS-VICKSBURG

VICKSBURG, Miss. — A new mode of transportation could soon be available in downtown Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Post reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday approved discussions with San Antonio, Texas-based Blue Duck Express that could lead to a pilot program using scooters as alternative transportation downtown. SENT: 476 words.

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EXCHANGE-FINDING CARTEL

GULFPORT, MISS. — Jason Gazzo's mission was to rid the Gulf Coast region of speeders. But in 2012, the third-generation trooper stumbled onto a Mexican cartel connection and nearly brought down its dangerous and elusive leader. By Beth Warren. The Clarion-Ledger.

EXCHANGE-VETERAN-UTILITY WORKER

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Thomas Ware can draw direct parallels between his careers with the U.S. Navy, Bryan Foods and Starkville Utilities. Measurement is key in working with spices, as he did at Bryan Foods, and with pipes, as he did on the U.S.S. Sierra and currently does at the Starkville Wastewater Plant. He enjoys working with his hands, and his time in the military taught him to value teamwork and leadership, he said. By Tess Vrbin. The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

— GOLF COURSE QUESTIONS — The future of another Mississippi Gulf Coast golf course is in question after owners listed it for sale.

— TV STATIONS SOLD — An expanding television group is buying nine stations in six smaller markets for $59.2 million.

IN SPORTS:

BKW--VICTORIA, Canada — There are two games in the Greater Victoria Invitational on Saturday:

— BKW--T25-Green Bay-Syracuse. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 5 p.m. PT

—BKW--T25-Mississippi St-Syracuse-Sanford. UPCOMING: 400 words. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. PT. By Monte Stewart.

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