BC-Deep South News Coverage Advisory

September 06, 2019 - 11:50 am

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. _ A weakened Hurricane Dorian has flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks with a ferocity that seemed to take storm-hardened residents by surprise, and hundreds are feared trapped by high water. Sheriff's officials are sending medics and other rescuers to Ocrakoke Island _ reachable only by boat or air _ amid reports of people being forced to retreat to their attics. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 803 words, photos, video.

WITH:

_ TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

TROPICAL WEATHER-BAHAMAS

ABACO, Bahamas _ Hundreds of people have gathered at a port and airport hoping to escape a Bahamian island devastated by Hurricane Dorian. International aid efforts are gaining gained momentum even as emergency crews still hunt for survivors and the missing five days after Dorian blasted the Bahamas with 185 mph (295 kph) winds. At least 30 people are confirmed dead. By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHOOTING-UNIVERSITY BLOCK PARTY _ Atlanta police have released surveillance video of a second suspect in a shooting at a block party outside a college library that wounded four students.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. _ A weakened Hurricane Dorian has flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks with a ferocity that seemed to take storm-hardened residents by surprise, and hundreds are feared trapped by high water. Sheriff's officials are sending medics and other rescuers to Ocrakoke Island _ reachable only by boat or air _ amid reports of people being forced to retreat to their attics. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 803 words, photos, video.

WITH:

_ TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST _ The latest developments.

_ HURRICANE SUPPORT _ Tennessee is sending emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas to support the response to Hurricane Dorian.

TROPICAL WEATHER-BAHAMAS

ABACO, Bahamas _ Hundreds of people have gathered at a port and airport hoping to escape a Bahamian island devastated by Hurricane Dorian. International aid efforts are gaining gained momentum even as emergency crews still hunt for survivors and the missing five days after Dorian blasted the Bahamas with 185 mph (295 kph) winds. At least 30 people are confirmed dead. By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL BOARD RESIGNATIONS _ 3 school board members in a South Carolina county are resigning in protest after other board members pushed the superintendent into leaving.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-MISTAKES-ANALYSIS

NEW YORK _ President Donald Trump's insistence on trying to justify his erroneous warning that Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama is far from the first time he has refused to admit a mistake. Examples include his assertion he had the largest inauguration crowd in history and his claim of widespread voter fraud in 2016. Trump's warning that Dorian was threatening Alabama on Sunday was dispelled by the National Weather Service but created days of ridicule and skepticism. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,177 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS-SECURITY _ An Alabama school district is ramping up security at future sporting events in light of a shooting at a high school football game.

_ UNIVERSITY DEAN-RESIGNATION _ A black dean at the University of Alabama has resigned after a conservative website highlighted old tweets he sent linking the U.S. flag with racism.

_ MISSING MAN-DEAD _ Four people have been arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of a missing Alabama man whose beaten body was found stuffed inside a barrel.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CONSERVATIVES-DEATH PENALTY

NEW ORLEANS _ An organization of conservatives activists opposed to the death penalty is holding a national meeting in Louisiana _ where efforts to end executions were firmly rejected months ago in the Legislature. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty’s first national meeting takes place in New Orleans Friday and Saturday. By Kevin McGill. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOATING DOUBLE FATALITY _ Louisiana authorities say two men in their 20s died when their motorboat slammed into a fallen tree.

_ BODY RECOVERED _ The body of a 40-year-old woman who drowned in the Sabine River has been recovered.

_ ORANGUTAN INFANT _ Visitors can now see the baby orangutan born less than two months ago at the zoo in New Orleans. AP Photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI MEAT LAW

Mississippi is considering new rules that let companies continue to use terms such as “veggie burger” and “vegan bacon.” The state agriculture department proposed new regulations Thursday. Free-market advocates filed a federal lawsuit against Mississippi on July 1 _ the same day the state enacted a law saying "a plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product." By Emily Wagster Pettus. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

_ PARAMEDIC-SEXUAL ABUSE _ A Gulf Coast paramedic has been arrested on new charges over allegations that he sexually assaulted patients riding in the back of his ambulance.

_ BUS DRIVER-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A hearing has been delayed for a former Mississippi school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old student on his route.

_ SHERIFF-RACIST TEXT MESSAGE _ A Mississippi chapter of the NAACP has accepted an apology from a sheriff who sent out a racist text message.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-MISSISSIPPI _ A Mississippi group advocating for medical marijuana legalization has turned in more than 105,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot next year.

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