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BC-AP-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY, AP

December 01, 2019 - 1:37 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

VETERANS-JAIL UNIT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — One of Georgia’s largest counties has created a special jail unit just for military veterans. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “The Barracks” is aimed at giving veterans behind bars a better chance of success when they’re released. Gwinnett County’s program joins a broader trend of finding creative ways to help veterans caught up in the justice system. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 275 words.

FERAL SWINE GRANT

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting up nearly $1.5 million to help control the feral swine population in Georgia. SENT: 245 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CAFETERIA WORKER

MACON, Ga. — Observing Nutrina Whitehurst connect with the children that flow in and out of the cafeteria at Hilltop Elementary School is akin to watching a mother hen watch over her chicks. "My babies is what I call them. They are very important to me," Whitehurst said. By Becky Purser. The Macon Telegraph.

IN BRIEF:

FIRE BILLS — More property owners in coastal Georgia’s largest county will be billed for fire protection after a change by a local fire department.

JAIL EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT — Eight employees at a northeast Georgia jail have resigned or were suspended after an investigation found some engaged in sexual activity among themselves while on duty.

SPORTS

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 665 words. AP Photos.

FBC-T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-GEORGIA’S ISSUES

ATLANTA — No. 4 Georgia may have to rely on some different playmakers in Saturday's SEC Championship game against No. 1 LSU, with leading receiver Lawrence Cager hurt and George Pickens suspended for the first half next week. Also, top rusher D'Andre Swift has a new shoulder injury. By Charles Odum. Sent: 600 words, photos.

BKC-BETHUNE-COOKMAN-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech tries to break a two-game losing streak when the Yellow Jackets host Bethune-Cookman. By Matt Winklejohn. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As he vies for the chance to replace President Donald Trump, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he is running a campaign that, like Scripture, calls for a renewed focus on justice in the way all people should be treated. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 620 words. AP Photos.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT-THREE AMIGOS

WASHINGTON — The “three amigos” used to stand for one thing in Washington — the pack of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots. Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys who pushed Ukraine to pursue investigations of Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 878 words. AP Photos.

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EXCHANGE-ARMY POST-DAY CARE

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There are eight tiny beds at Fort Jackson, far too small for any war fighter. They aren't meant for soldiers, recruits or staff. Above each headboard is a slate with a child's name on it. There is a baby blue cubbyhole that holds an Avengers backpack and at the foot of the bed is a small onesie neatly folded. By Thomas Novelly. The Post and Courier of Charleston. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

— WINTER PREPAREDNESS — Winter weather preparedness week is kicking off in South Carolina with officials asking resident to check supplies now.

—YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL — A second school district in South Carolina wants to change to a year-round calendar.

SPORTS

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 665 words. AP Photos.

FBC-T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 3 Clemson's not done chasing milestones, not by a longshot, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. He says his third-ranked Tigers are looking to be the first program to win five straight championship game in college football history when they play Virginia next week for the Atlantic Coast Conference title. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m

BKC-GEORGE WASHINGTON-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina looks to bounce back from two straight losses when it plays George Washington on Sunday. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game started at 2 p.m.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

NORTH ALABAMA PLANETARIUM

FLORENCE, Ala. — Officials say a major project to repair the University of North Alabama Planetarium and Observatory should be complete by Jan. 1. The landmark dome that covers the facility has been removed so crews can repair the concrete structure that supports its weight. A UNA planning official says the repairs are needed because the concrete that supported the dome had cracked. There were also problems with the original dome. So a new $33,000 dome was built in Illinois and then shipped to Alabama. Information from The TimesDaily. SENT: 250 words.

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EXCHANGE-FOOTBALL TEAM CAMARADERIE

DECATUR, Ala. — There are several life lessons Jordan Parker will take from his career as a football player at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, and one of the most important is centered around something his late father told him years ago. "He told me not to ever worry about being the superstar and just be as good as you can be," he said, adding that everyone had a role on the team. By Deangelo McDaniel. The Decatur Daily.

EXCHANGE-FOOD INSECURITY

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As volunteering increases around the holidays, those who feed the hungry year round see Christmas and Thanksgiving as just another day the poor and malnourished need help. "I don't think our distribution goes up around Thanksgiving and December because we're giving out so much every day of the year. It's a 365 day of the year problem," said Richard Deem, Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery Area Food Bank, one of the 200 food banks in the United States under contract with Feeding America. By Sara MacNeil, Montgomery Advertiser.

IN BRIEF:

— STATE CHRISTMAS TREE — The state Christmas tree is coming to the Alabama Capitol.

— TIME CAPSULE-ALABAMA — On Tuesday, City of Montgomery officials will open a time capsule, sealed 50 years ago, that contains letters from residents and city officials to their successors and descendants.

SPORTS

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 665 words. AP Photos.

FBC-T25-AUBURN’S FINISH

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn found the surest way to turn a mildly disappointing season into one that feels far more successful: Beat Alabama. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FRENCH QUARTER SHOOTING

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police are investigating a mass shooting that wounded 10 people early Sunday near the city’s famed French Quarter. SENT: 380 words. AP Photos.

LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT-ANALYSIS

BATON ROUGE, La. — The cyberattack on Louisiana’s state government computer servers disrupted some agency operations and made going to the Office of Motor Vehicles even more headache-inducing than usual. But it was nowhere near the worst-case scenario, of widespread data theft or crippled operations across government for weeks or months. By Melinda Deslatte. UPCOMING: 725 words.

SUGAR CANE BURNS

PAHOKEE, Fla. — For residents of the Glades, a string of poor, predominantly African American rural towns dotting the southern shore of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, the beginning of the annual sugar cane harvest in October means the arrival of "black snow." By Ellis Rua. SENT: 910 words. AP Photos.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-ULM FANDOME

MONROE, La. — John Patrick could have fed every patron in the Pecan Grove before Louisiana-Monroe kicked off its home finale against Coastal Carolina. If ever there was a diehard, Patrick checks all the boxes. As the weeks pass and the crowds thin at Malone Stadium, the lonely tailgater refuses to bail from the good ship Warhawk, sitting at the ready with a pan of boudin and a cooler of cold beer for the friendly passer-by. By Adam Hunsucker. The Monroe News Star. AP Photo.

EXCHANGE-POPPING CORKS-FISHING

HOUMA, La. — Aaron Pierce's wife thought her husband was crazy as she walked into the backyard to find him with his head submerged in the pool while his friend popped a half dozen fishing corks in the water around him. The sight had become a familiar one at the Pierce household. A couple weeks would go by and Pierce and Roger Dowdy would inevitably get back in the water, listening to the sound of the corks. By Mike Gegenheimer. The Houma Courier.

IN BRIEF:

— LOUISIANA PARKS — Louisiana’s state parks system is ending a requirement that guests must stay at least three nights during weekday bookings at its campgrounds and cabins.

SPORTS

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 665 words. AP Photos.

BKN-THUNDER-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS — The Oklahoma City Thunder try to sweep a home-and-home series with New Orleans when they visit the Pelicans on Sunday evening. New Orleans comes in having lost four straight. By Peter Finney Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 4 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS

State Auditor Shad White is continuing his push to get Mississippi school districts to cut non-classroom spending. By Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 600 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-K9 RETIRES

OXFORD, Miss. — After five years of service, Mattis is ready to stretch out in the yard and enjoy a well-deserved bone. The Oxford Police Department's longest-tenured K9 officially entered retirement this week, when the Board of Aldermen approved the department's request during their Nov. 19 meeting. By Jake Thompson. The Oxford Eagle.

EXCHANGE-GOLD STAR MEMORIAL

BILOXI, Miss. — For 54 years, Diane Moore felt forgotten. She's a Gold Star daughter — a title she wishes she didn't bear and one with a meaning many people don't know. Over the last year, she's worked to ensure that changes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. By Alyssa Newton. The Sun Herald.

IN BRIEF:

— AIR SERVICE-HATTIESBURG — Officials say boards have increased at a south Mississippi airport since it stopped sharing flights with another airport.

— POLICE CHIEF APPOINTMENT — A north Mississippi is giving its interim police chief the permanent job.

SPORTS

FBC-T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 665 words. AP Photos.

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