BC-Deep South News Digest

June 17, 2019 - 6:03 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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ Lawyers for a Georgia man set to be executed this week are asking the state parole board to spare his life, arguing that he didn't cause the death for which he was condemned. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to die Thursday. He and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 750 words. With AP Photos.

AP Photos NYCD310-0605191544.

MASTERS TICKETS-CONSPIRACY CHARGES

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Four members of a Texas family pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament, which were then resold for a profit. Developing for news and sports wires. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL CRASH _ A Georgia man has been arrested in connection to a fatal car crash on June 4. News outlets report 20-year-old Matthew Travis Hulette was charged with vehicular homicide and other offenses Thursday

SPORTS:

MASTERS TICKETS-CONSPIRACY CHARGES

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Four members of a Texas family pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament, which were then resold for a profit. Developing for news and sports wires. SENT: 400 words.

METS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Rookie Mike Soroka will try to remain unbeaten against the Mets with Atlanta opens a three-game series against New York on Monday night. Soroko is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts against the Mets, who are scheduled to start right-hander Zack Wheeler. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m

WITH: METS-SYNDERGAARD _ Mets RHP Syndergaard has 'low-grade' hamstring strain.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

FILM-EMANUEL CHURCH

NEW YORK _ Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers. The new documentary, "Emanuel," explores life after the tragic shooting on June 17, 2015, as family members, friends and the community try to heal through faith and forgiveness. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 600 words.

AP Photos NYJK102-0617190528, NYJK103-0801162135, SCCHA501-0617190528.

SHERIFF INDICTED

LAURENS, S.C. _ A lawyer for a suspended sheriff in South Carolina wants several indictments against him thrown out because they aren’t specific. An attorney for suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis said Monday the lack of names or details hampers Lewis’ defense. He says there are thousands of pages of records and dozens of witnesses. SENT: 430 words.

ENDANGERED SHOREBIRD

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. _ Surging water levels are making matters worse for a Great Lakes shorebird that's already on the endangered list. Piping plovers build nests on beaches around the lakes. Coastline development has shrunk their habitat and caused their numbers to plummet. Now, as the lakes reach some of their highest levels on record, the plovers are being squeezed further. Piping plovers are a migratory species, breeding during summers in the northern U.S. and Canada and heading south to winter in coastal areas from the Carolinas to Texas. By John Flesher. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHARK BRANDING _ South Carolina Natural Resources officials say a man has been branding sharks with an insignia burned into their skin, like the brands used to mark cattle.

_ BOEING-RACIST HARASSMENT _ A black man says he was routinely subjected to racist harassment while working at a Boeing plant in South Carolina.

_ MISSING MAN _ Authorities have charged the wife of a man whose daughter said she hasn't seen for more than two years with lying to police. Georgetown County deputies said 74-year-old Irene Clodfelter told investigators she hadn't seen her husband, Hubert, since March.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT VANDALIZED _ Police in coastal South Carolina say two people have been arrested after what appears to be red paint was thrown on a Confederate monument. Charleston police said the Confederate Defenders of Charleston monument downtown was vandalized Sunday afternoon with the red substance splashed on its shield, leg and base.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA CHILDREN-QUALITY OF LIFE

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ A new report shows that the well-being of Alabama's children has failed to keep pace with the rest of the country. The report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Alabama 44th in the nation in the quality of life it provides for its children. By Blake Paterson. SENT: 130 words. Update planned.

SUPREME COURT-DOUBLE JEOPARDY

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. The case was closely watched because a ruling the other way might have emboldened President Donald Trump to pardon defendants in the Russia investigation. The court's 7-2 decision Monday, in a case involving a prosecution by Alabama and the federal government, preserves a long-standing rule that provides an exception to the Constitution's ban on trying someone twice for the same offense. Ruling for the defendant in this case might have made it harder for states to pursue criminal charges against defendants in the Russia investigation in the event they are pardoned by President Donald Trump. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 470 words.

AP Photos DCSA103-0617190445.

INMATE KILLED

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ One prison inmate was stabbed to death by another over the weekend, state officials said Monday in Alabama, where high rates of prison violence have recently been criticized by the U.S. Justice Department. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in a news release that 29-year-old Jeremy Reshad Bailey was fatally wounded Saturday at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, which is near the Florida line. SENT: 270.

ST LOUIS PROSECUTOR-INVESTIGATION

A former FBI agent who was involved in the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens turned himself in Monday after being indicted as part of a perjury investigation. William Tisaby, of Trussville, Ala., surrendered to authorities on the same day that an indictment against him was unsealed. He then pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was released on his own recognizance under the conditions that he surrenders his passport and informs a probation officer of any travel plans. By Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 490 words.

AP Photos MOSTP101-0617191810.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLD CASE TRIAL _ Prosecutors are asking a judge to block the press and public from attending pretrial hearings in the high-profile case of a man accused of killing two teenagers decades ago. Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to take the unusual step of closing the pretrial proceedings and sealing all case documents until a jury is seated.

_ VAN CRASH_ Authorities say a van carrying a youth wrestling group has overturned in Alabama. The accident was reported on U.S. Highway 231 in Montgomery. Authorities initially reported the vehicle was a church van. _

_ NAVISTAR EXPANSION _ Navistar says a $125 million expansion of its north Alabama manufacturing plant will mean an additional 145 jobs at the factory. The Illinois-based company says it will make the new investments over the next three years at its plant in Huntsville, which makes International brand diesel engines for trucks and buses.

_ KAYAKING TRIP-ATTACK _ Authorities have arrested an Alabama man in what's being described as an attack that occurred during a kayaking trip on a river.

_ GRANDMOTHER SLAIN-ARREST _ An Alabama man is charged with capital murder in the killing of his grandmother.

_ RECYCLING-ALABAMA _ Authorities have arrested an Alabama man in what's being described as an attack that occurred during a kayaking trip on a river.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FLOODING AND SEAFOOD

NEW ORLEANS _ This is a bad year for people who make their living from seafood in Louisiana and Mississippi. Floods from the Midwest are killing oysters, and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of bays and marshes, into saltier water where they can survive. "On a scale of 1 to 10, we are 9-and-a-half destroyed," said Brad Robin, whose family controls about 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of oyster leases in Louisiana waters. By Janet Mcconnaughey. SENT: 770 words.

AP Photos AX603-0617191207, AX604-0617191207, AX601-0617191206, MSGUL501-1212141520, IADUB101-0612190955.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--FOOD LABELING-LOUISIANA _ Vegan bacon, broccoli rice and other veggie foods will need new names to stay on Louisiana's grocery store shelves next year. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Monday the Democratic governor has signed new food labeling restrictions into law.

_ CHILD WELL-BEING-LOUISIANA _ Louisiana remained at number 49 in an annual national assessment of child well-being. WITH: CHILDHOOD-WELL-BEING on national wire.

_ AUTO INSURANCE-RATE CUT _ Thousands of Louisiana drivers will see car insurance costs fall starting in August. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced Monday that Louisiana Farm Bureau plans to drop rates by 4.4% on its 220,000 auto insurance policies in the state. The lower premium charges will start Aug. 1, when people get new or renewed policies.

_ EX-WARDEN INDICTED_ The former warden of a Louisiana state prison has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for wire fraud. The Advocate reports Nate Cain was sentenced Monday to 38 months behind bars. He faced 18 charges but pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.

_ CAR RAMMED-OFFICER INJURED _ New Orleans police say an officer was injured when he approached a driver who sped into his patrol car at a gas station. The officer was treated for injuries after the incident Sunday afternoon at a Shell station near the edge of the Gentilly neighborhood.

_ POLICE OFFICER WOUNDED _ A spokesman says that a New Orleans police officer was shot and wounded. Gary Sheets says in a statement that the officer was wounded in the left shoulder early Monday morning and has been taken to the hospital. Associated Press.

_ OIL EXPORTS-LOUISIANA _ The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is becoming a major world source of exported crude oil.

_ FATAL STABBING _ A Louisiana woman has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death with a pocketknife during a fight over a man.

_ FATAL ROLLOVER_ Louisiana State Police say a 15-year-old has died and two children are in critical condition after being thrown from an SUV as it rolled over and over. Trooper Dustin Dwight says in a news release that the driver, 38-year-old Viola Oliver II of Ponchatoula, also is in critical condition. He says she was cited for careless driving and failing to buckle up a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old.

_ CAR CRASH-PEDESTRIANS KILLED_ Louisiana State Police say three people were killed in a New Orleans suburb when a driver slammed into them and pushed them over the side of an elevated road. In a statement police say a GMC Yukon driven by 49-year-old Claude Williams Jr. was disabled on the side of an elevated expressway in Harvey Sunday night.

SPORTS:

NEW ORLEANS _ Now that six-time All-Star Anthony Davis' trade request has been honored, it's time for the New Orleans Pelicans to start a new era by drafting the next face of the franchise. Duke star Zion Williamson is widely seen as the top pro prospect to enter any NBA draft since Davis in 2012, and the Pelicans — thanks to an unlikely NBA draft lottery victory last month — have the right to select him first overall on Thursday night. SENT: 800. By Brett Martel. With AP Photos.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FLOODING AND SEAFOOD

NEW ORLEANS _ This is a bad year for people who make their living from seafood in Louisiana and Mississippi. Floods from the Midwest are killing oysters, and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of bays and marshes, into saltier water where they can survive. "On a scale of 1 to 10, we are 9-and-a-half destroyed," said Brad Robin, whose family controls about 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of oyster leases in Louisiana waters. By Janet Mcconnaughey. SENT: 770 words.

AP Photos AX603-0617191207, AX604-0617191207, AX601-0617191206, MSGUL501-1212141520, IADUB101-0612190955.

SCHOOL BUS FALLS

MCCARLEY, Miss. _ More than 20 Mississippi high school students were taken to hospitals after a bus fell onto its side on a busy highway. Neither the extent of the injuries nor what caused the bus to turn over Monday was immediately clear. Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ken Strachan tells The Greenwood Commonwealth no other vehicles were involved. UPCOMING: 230 words by 6:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ KIDS COUNT-MISSISSIPPI _ An annual report again rates Mississippi as 48th in child well-being. The survey found little change from last year, although Mississippi has shown improvements over the last decade, with fewer children in poverty, more high school students graduating on time and fewer teen births. WITH: CHILDHOOD-WELL-BEING on national wire.

_ DEPUTY-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT _ A former deputy sheriff has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a female Mississippi inmate four times in 2016. Charles Johnson, a 43-year-old Magee man, was indicted last week in federal court on four counts of depriving someone of their civil rights.

_ DOUBLE SHOOTING-SUSPECT CAPTURED _ U.S. Marshals have captured the suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting that happened three months ago in northern Mississippi. News outlets report 23-year-old Tramayne Rashad Faulkner was arrested Tuesday.

_ BUS DRIVER-ASSAULT CHARGE _ A trial date has been set for a former Mississippi bus driver accused of sitting on and threatening to kill a disabled child.

_ OLE MISS-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ A former Mississippi State student has been convicted of beating is ex-girlfriend, who's sued him for allegedly choking and kidnapping her.

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