BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

May 15, 2019 - 1:44 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. "It is a pretty scary topic to take on," said Allen, a teacher at Sanford Junior High School, in southern Maine. "There are some pretty tricky websites out there. You kind of have to be an expert to be able to see through that like, 'Oh, no, these guys aren't telling you the truth.'" By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,306 words.

AP Photos RPSM202-0514192200, RPSM201-0514192200.

ABORTION-OHIO

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics sued Wednesday to thwart Ohio's latest and most restrictive abortion law, an anticipated move that's part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The lawsuit is similar to legal fights in several southern states that recently passed similar, or more aggressive, legislation to push the now-conservative-leaning Supreme Court to take up abortion and overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. By andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 435 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER KILLED-GEORGIA _ A weekend funeral is planned for a Georgia police officer who was fatally shot as officers hunted for an armed robbery suspect.

AP Photos GASAV106-0513191116, NYSH901-0513191715.

_ ABORTION-GEORGIA-FILM INDUSTRY _ Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia's film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state's new abortion ban.

AP Photos BKWS305-0114192055.

_ POLICE SHOOTINGS-BILLBOARDS _ A Georgia prosecutor has put up billboards seeking information about three police-involved shootings.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--CARDINALS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Mike Soroka takes the mound for the Atlanta Braves, who are looking to bounce back from an ugly 14-3 loss to St. Louis in the series opener. The Cardinals will go with Michael Wacha, who will try to push his record to 4-0. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m. EDT.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-WHITESCAPS FC. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 10 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

GOVERNOR'S HOMES-FIRE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ A 21-year-old man has been charged with intentionally setting a fire that damaged two Columbia rental properties owned by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Frank John Wilberding was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of arson, according to Columbia police. Wilberding was listed Wednesday as an inmate in the Richland County jail, and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 240 words.

DUKE ENERGY-SOUTH CAROLINA

GREENWOOD, S.C. _ A Duke Energy executive said the company is being treated unfairly by South Carolina regulators because they are angry at other utilities in the state. The South Carolina Public Service Commission earlier this month called a Duke Energy proposal to increase electric bills for its 750,000 customers in the state by about $20 per month "tone deaf" and the company agreed to an increase of less than $5. The regulators also severely cut pay raises for utility executives based on South Carolina profits. SENT: 339 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAW LICENSE SUSPENDED _ South Carolina's highest court has suspended the law license of the state's former top federal prosecutor and law enforcement officer.

_ LOTTERY PRIZE _ Residents in South Carolina's tri-county area who play the lottery should check their tickets. South Carolina Education Lottery officials say a ticket sold at SM Food Mart in Richburg matched the numbers for Saturday night's Powerball drawing.

_ OBIT-WORKMAN _ The former mayor of Greenville, South Carolina, has died at the age of 78.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

UNDATED _ Auburn against Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Aug. 31 will be the first ABC Saturday Night Football game this season. ESPN announced Wednesday the first three games of the 14th season of Saturday Night Football. LSU at Texas on Sept. 7 will be the Saturday Night Football game in week two. Defending national champion Clemson at Syracuse on Sept. 14 will fill that slot week three. By The Associated Press. SENT: 151 words.

HKN--BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT

QUINCY, Mass. _ Transit police in Massachusetts say four people have been arrested in connection with an assault just hours after the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff game. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police posted surveillance images of five suspects online, many wearing Bruins clothing, and announced Wednesday that based on numerous tips from the public, four had turned themselves in. SENT: 134 words.

AP Photos BX102-0515190917.

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup finals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.

HKN--BRUINS-RASK’S ROLL

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup finals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.

HKN--LONG CUP RUNS

UNDATED _ When Mike Rupp went on a Stanley Cup run with New Jersey in 2003, he forgot to pay his bills because nothing outside playoff hockey mattered. He’s not alone. For players who grow out long playoff beards and are involved in the madness of the NHL postseason, the grass doesn’t get cut, anything but family and hockey gets ignored because of the pursuit of the silver chalice. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, file photos

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Alabama lawmakers' vote to outlaw almost all abortions in the state is igniting a legal and political battle over what would be the most restrictive law in the country as conservatives aim to challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The legislation that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with almost no exceptions, a felony is now in the hands of the governor, who will decide whether to sign it into law. Even supporters anticipate that, if enacted, courts would block the legislation from taking effect as abortion opponents play a long-game legal strategy to try to give states control over abortion access. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 722 words.

AP Photos ALMON107-0514191230, CAET555-1117171929, ALMON112-0514192014, ALMON111-0514191823, ALMON107-0417191041, ALMON108-0514191121, ALMON110-0514191900, ALMON106-0514191121, ALMON109-0514191111, ALMON105-0514191659, ALMON103-0514191522, ALMON102-0514191515, ALMON104-0514191624, ALMON101-0514191328.

ABORTION-OHIO

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics sued Wednesday to thwart Ohio's latest and most restrictive abortion law, an anticipated move that's part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The lawsuit is similar to legal fights in several southern states that recently passed similar, or more aggressive, legislation to push the now-conservative-leaning Supreme Court to take up abortion and overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. By andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 435 words.

ELECTION 2020-ABORTION

WASHINGTON _ Democratic presidential candidates rushed Wednesday to condemn Alabama's approval of a ban on nearly all abortions, warning that it portends a larger offensive by conservatives around the country to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is deciding whether to sign a bill making performing abortions at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison for the provider. By Will Weissert. SENT: 580 words.

AP Photos CAJH111-0508191500, WIDH116-0507191152, NHCK109-0509192128, NHCK117-0510191539.

IN BRIEF:

_ PREGNANT INMATE _Relatives of a jailed Alabama woman are questioning how the woman became pregnant.

_ STUDENT-GUN _ A 10-year-old Alabama boy is in custody after police say he brought a gun to school.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

UNDATED _ Auburn against Oregon on Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the first ABC Saturday Night Football game this season. ESPN announced Wednesday the first three games of the 14th season of Saturday Night Football. LSU at Texas on Sept. 7 will be the Saturday Night Football game in Week 2. Defending national champion Clemson at Syracuse on Sept. 14 will fill that spot in Week 3. By The Associated Press. SENT: 151 words.

BKN--COMBINE-DRAFT HOPEFULS

CHICAGO _ Tacko Fall will be the biggest player at the NBA's draft combine. He's also among the biggest underdogs. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 837 words.

AP Photos NYCD312-0323190246.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

XGR-ABORTION-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as six weeks of pregnancy is speeding toward legislative passage, one of several measures lawmakers are advancing to add new restrictions on the procedure. The House health committee Wednesday backed legislation by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich to prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Louisiana's ban, however, only would take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in Mississippi. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 648 words.

AP Photos RPMD601-0430191640.

LOUISIANA GRADUATION RATES

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana's four-year high school graduation rate has surpassed 80% for the first time. And the graduation rate for African American students in the state has — for the first time — surpassed the national average. That news was met with applause during a Wednesday news conference by education officials on the steps of the state Capitol in Baton Rouge. SENT: 132 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEDICAID AUDIT _ Louisiana's legislative auditor is suing the state revenue department, trying to gain access to income tax records as he reviews Medicaid patients' eligibility.

_ NEW ORLEANS RAPPER-MURDER _ New Orleans rapper Widner 'Flow' Degruy has been sentenced to two life terms without parole for the 2015 Memorial Day slaying of two brothers.

_ DEPUTY ARRESTED _ A north Louisiana sheriff's deputy has resigned after he was accused of sexually abusing a child.

_ XGR-MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANA _ Louisiana's medical marijuana patients would be able to inhale cannabis, if senators agree to a proposal that won overwhelming support from lawmakers in the House.

_ 130-YEAR SENTENCE _ A 53-year-old Louisiana man has been sentenced to 130 years in prison on two drug and two gun charges.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--PELICANS-NEW LEVERAGE

NEW ORLEANS _ A stunning NBA draft lottery win shortly after the hiring of David Griffin as top basketball executive has provided the Pelicans a spike in leverage _ not to mention optimism _ as a new league year approaches. The ability to draft consensus top prospect Zion Williamson also should give New Orleans wider options on how to handle disgruntled star Anthony Davis. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. By 3:30 p.m.

FBC--SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

UNDATED _ Auburn against Oregon on Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be the first ABC Saturday Night Football game this season. ESPN announced Wednesday the first three games of the 14th season of Saturday Night Football. LSU at Texas on Sept. 7 will be the Saturday Night Football game in Week 2. Defending national champion Clemson at Syracuse on Sept. 14 will fill that spot in Week 3. By The Associated Press. SENT: 151 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI-TWO KILLINGS

JACKSON, Miss. _ Authorities are not saying if or when a Mississippi man will go on trial in the shooting deaths of two women on the same night in 2015. Zebulum James, 25, of Jackson, is charged with two counts of murder. The Clarion Ledger reported Wednesday that he is in the Madison County jail, and a Hinds County assistant public defender, Alison Kelly, said James is awaiting evaluation from a state mental hospital. SENT: 371 words.

XGR-ABORTION-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as six weeks of pregnancy is speeding toward legislative passage, one of several measures lawmakers are advancing to add new restrictions on the procedure. The House health committee Wednesday backed legislation by Democratic Sen. John Milkovich to prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Louisiana's ban, however, only would take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in Mississippi. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 648 words.

AP Photos RPMD601-0430191640.

ABORTION-OHIO

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics sued Wednesday to thwart Ohio's latest and most restrictive abortion law, an anticipated move that's part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The lawsuit is similar to legal fights in several southern states that recently passed similar, or more aggressive, legislation to push the now-conservative-leaning Supreme Court to take up abortion and overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. By andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 435 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FAMILY FEUD-SHOOTINGS _ More feud-driven gunplay is punctuating the quiet of a remote southwest Mississippi community.

_ SHOOTING-BLOOD TRAIL _ Police say a blood trail led them to a Mississippi man they accuse in a deadly April shooting.

_ DOG SAVES FAMILY _ A man in the Mississippi Delta says he and his son are still alive because their dog alerted them that their house was on fire.

_ OFFICER ASSAULTED _ A northeast Mississippi man has been charged with assaulting police officers after a chase ended with him pulling a knife on an officer.

_ CITY ATTORNEY-DUI TEST REFUSAL _ A city attorney in northern Mississippi is still driving legally, despite being charged with drunken driving in December.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--COMBINE-DRAFT HOPEFULS

CHICAGO _ Tacko Fall will be the biggest player at the NBA's draft combine. He's also among the biggest underdogs. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 837 words.

AP Photos NYCD312-0323190246.

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