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BC-Deep South News Digest Advisory

November 29, 2019 - 6:36 pm

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LOCK AND DAM DISPUTE

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s legally required to remove a dam to improve fish habitat in the Savannah River. Now a Georgia city may join the state of South Carolina in taking the federal government to court to save the dam, and keep the upstream river running high. The Augusta commission plans to discuss a potential lawsuit next week. Mayor Pro Tem Sean Frantom told WJBF-TV that “all options are on the table.” SENT: 418 words.

IN BRIEF:

— THROWN CHILDREN — Police say a suburban Atlanta man threw his 1-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter over a barbed wire fence while fleeing officers.

— SUBSIDIZED HOUSING PROBLEMS — The federal government is cutting off payments to a subsidized housing development in downtown Columbus after inspectors gave the property a failing grade.

— KFC SHOOTING — Police say a Georgia woman fired a gun into a KFC after learning her order lacked napkins and a fork.

— FLU-DEEP SOUTH —The flu season is off and running in the Deep South.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--FALCONS-ANALYSIS

ATLANTA — A meaningless December awaits the Atlanta Falcons for the second straight year, and it’s uncertain how much longer Dan Quinn will coach the team. Last year’s collapse was blamed mostly on injuries, but this year's 3-9 record and early elimination from the playoffs seem mainly the fault of Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. By George Henry. SENT: 687 words.

AP Photos GAMS114-1129190201.

FBN--SAINTS-ANALYSIS

NEW ORLEANS — From Taysom Hill’s deflection of Atlanta’s first punt to Cameron Jordan’s victory-sealing fourth-down sack in the final minutes, the New Orleans Saints clinched their third straight the NFC South title by demonstrating how complete of a team they've become. New Orleans’ defense combined for nine sacks and three takeaways. Hill’s punt deflection, which set up the game’s opening points, was just the beginning of a productive day for the Saints’ reliable special teams unit. Wil Lutz made all four of his field goal attempts and both extra-point kicks, while the Falcons, by contrast, missed one of each. By Brett Martel. SENT: 919 words.

AP Photos GAATJ322-1129190439, GAMS140-1129190305, GAMS148-1129190339.

BKN--HAWKS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers chase their fifth consecutive win Friday night when they host Atlanta. The Hawks have four wins this season, tied with Golden State and New York for the lowest total in the NBA. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game time is 8 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH PREVIEW

ATLANTA — This rivalry has lost its luster. Sure, there are plenty of harsh feelings when Georgia takes on Georgia Tech in anything, but the football match-up has becomes so one-sided it’s hard to even call it one of the most anticipated games on the Bulldogs’ schedule. By Paul Newberry. Sent: 850 words, photos

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

LOCK AND DAM DISPUTE

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s legally required to remove a dam to improve fish habitat in the Savannah River. Now a Georgia city may join the state of South Carolina in taking the federal government to court to save the dam, and keep the upstream river running high. The Augusta commission plans to discuss a potential lawsuit next week. Mayor Pro Tem Sean Frantom told WJBF-TV that “all options are on the table.” SENT: 418 words.

IN BRIEF:

— PEDESTRIANS KILLED — Authorities say two men whose SUV ran out of gas were struck and killed on a South Carolina interstate as they tried to cross the highway and get to a gas station.

— TRAIN CRASH-DUI — Investigators say an intoxicated woman was on the phone with 911 when her stuck vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train in South Carolina.

— UBER DRIVER-PATIENT — An Uber driver says a South Carolina hospital dumped a patient on him, saying where she ended up was his responsibility.

— BOATER DROWNS — Authorities say a man has drowned after his boat sank while he was fishing with a friend on a South Carolina lake.

— FLU-DEEP SOUTH —The flu season is off and running in the Deep South.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former Clemson running back Tavien Feaster now stands on the South Carolina sideline, giving him a different perspective on the Tigers-Gamecocks football rivalry. Feaster spent his first three seasons as a Clemson backup. He helped the Tigers win a pair of national titles. But after graduating Feaster chose to play a final season at South Carolina. Feaster leads the team in rushing and rushing touchdowns. The third-ranked Tigers face the Gamecocks on Saturday. By Pete Iacobelli. Sent: 675 words, photos

BKW--PARADISE JAM

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

— BKW--T25-Louisville-Oklahoma State. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 1 p.m. ET.

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

— BKW--T25-Baylor-Indiana. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 5:45 p.m. ET.

— BKW--T25-South Carolina-Washington State. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

BKC--WOODEN LEGACY

ANAHEIM, Calif. — There are four games Friday at Wooden Legacy:

— BKC- Wake Forest-Long Beach State. By Doug Padilla. UPCOMING: 400 words. Game starts at 11 a.m. PT.

— BKC--Providence-College of Charleston. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 1:30 p.m. PT.

— BKC--UCF-Pepperdine. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. PT.

— BKC--T25--Arizona-Penn. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. PT.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA BICENTENNIAL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is celebrating its 200th birthday. The state’s 2019 bicentennial commemoration will culminate in December with a celebration at the Alabama Capitol featuring concerts, a parade, a park dedication, cultural performances and open houses. SENT: 183 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FLU-DEEP SOUTH —The flu season is off and running in the Deep South.

— INMATE DEATH — An inmate has died at the Jefferson County jail in Birmingham, Alabama, after being found hanging by a bed sheet.

— SHRIMP BOAT OVERTURNS — Two crew members are missing after a shrimp boat overturned.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-AUBURN PREVIEW

AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban turned some heads this week when he lavished praise on Auburn. “So, this is the best team we’ve played, probably, so far this year, and it will be the most challenging place that we’ve played,” Saban said. The latter is likely true. No. 1 LSU would like a word about the “best team” point, however. By John Zenor. Sent: 700 words, photos

FBC--T25-APPALACHIAN ST-TROY

TROY, Ala. — No. 22 Appalachian State hopes to secure the home field advantage for the Sun Belt Conference championship game in the regular-season finale against Troy. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m. ET.

BKC--PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas: There are four games Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis:

BKC--T25-Oregon-North Carolina. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 10:30 a.m. CT.

BKC--T25-Gonzaga-Michigan. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 1 p.m. CT.

BKC--T25-Seton Hall-Iowa State. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKC--Southern Miss-Alabama. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. CT

BKC--EMERALD CLASSIC

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

BKC--ALABAMA ST-CHATTANOOGA

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Stefan Kenic came off the bench to score 15 points to lead Chattanooga to a 74-56 win over Alabama State in the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday. Ramon Vila had 13 points for Chattanooga (4-3). David Jean-Baptiste added 11 points and Matt Ryan scored 10 points for the Mocs. Rod Johnson had eight points and eight rebounds. SENT: 147 words.

BKC--JACKSONVILLE ST-CHICAGO ST

NICEVILLE, Fla. — Derek St. Hilaire scored a career-high 22 points as Jacksonville State got past Chicago State 71-62 in the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday. St. Hilaire hit 7 of 10 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, for the Gamecocks (2-3). De'Torrion Ware came off the bench to score 14 with seven rebounds, while fellow reserve Jacara pitched in with 13 points and four steals. SENT: 163 words.

AP Photos FLMW109-1129191939, FLMW108-1129191918, FLMW107-1129191929, FLMW106-1129191929, FLMW105-1129191843, FLMW104-1129191832, FLMW103-1129191829, FLMW102-1129191826, FLMW101-1129191815.

—BKC--T25-Tennessee-Florida State. By Bill Kaczor. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. ET.

—BKC--T25-VCU-Purdue. By Bill Kaczor. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. CT.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HOTEL COLLAPSE-DEPORTATION

NEW ORLEANS — A construction worker hurt in last month’s collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans has been deported to his native Honduras on Friday. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, 38, was flown to Honduras from Alexandria International Airport, which is near several ICE detention facilities in central Louisiana. SENT: 401 words.

AP Photos NY501-1019191701.

HIV TESTING-BATON ROUGE

BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge no longer leads the nation for its rate of new AIDS diagnoses, and officials are crediting the increased use of HIV testing at hospitals. SENT: 311 words.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--SAINTS-ANALYSIS

NEW ORLEANS — From Taysom Hill’s deflection of Atlanta’s first punt to Cameron Jordan’s victory-sealing fourth-down sack in the final minutes, the New Orleans Saints clinched their third straight the NFC South title by demonstrating how complete of a team they've become. New Orleans’ defense combined for nine sacks and three takeaways. Hill’s punt deflection, which set up the game’s opening points, was just the beginning of a productive day for the Saints’ reliable special teams unit. Wil Lutz made all four of his field goal attempts and both extra-point kicks, while the Falcons, by contrast, missed one of each. By Brett Martel. SENT: 919 words.

AP Photos GAATJ322-1129190439, GAMS140-1129190305, GAMS148-1129190339.

BKN--PELICANS-THUNDER

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two struggling teams meet when the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time 7 p.m. Central.

FBC--T25-TEXAS A&M-LSU PREVIEW

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s regular season finale against Texas A&M has deep personal meaning for Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow. It goes beyond any desire to avenge last year’s seven-overtime, 74-72 loss in College Station. It’s about more than the opportunity for No. 1 LSU (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 College Football Playoff) to remain unbeaten and shore up their College Football Playoff credentials against the Aggies (7-4, 4-3). By Brett Martel. SENT: 874 words.

AP Photos MSTG108-1117190001, TXDP103-1117190052, MSTG109-1117190003.

BKC--MISSOURI ST-LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU seeks its fourth victory in five game when the Tigers host Missouri State on Friday night. Missouri State comes in having lost three of four. By Bryan Lazare. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--EUREKA-NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS — Charles Bohannon scored 18 points as New Orleans routed Eureka College 125-60 on Friday. Gerrale Gates and Jaylen Key added 15 points each for the Privateers. Key also had 10 rebounds for the Privateers. SENT: 156 words.

BKW--BAHAMAS

— BKW--T25-LSU-MICHIGAN ST (Bimini, Bahamas). Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 4:15 p.m. CT

— BKW--T25-FORDHAM-ARKANSAS. (New Providence, Bahamas) Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 3 p.m. CT

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY COURSE

Mississippi streets became classrooms where civil rights activists and local historians were teachers for a university course about the civil rights movement, focusing on Mississippi. “Mississippi was ground zero for the movement” Rebecca Tuuri, an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, said Wednesday. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 457 words.

AP Photos MSHO101-1127191954.

IN BRIEF:

— DOG ATTACKS-NEW TRIAL — A new trial has been ordered for a Mississippi man whose pit bulls killed two people in separate incidents.

— FLU-DEEP SOUTH —The flu season is off and running in the Deep South.

— MISSING MAN-MISSISSIPPI — A body found in a vehicle off Highway 45 Alternate in Mississippi has been identified as a missing Starkville man.

— SERIAL RAPIST — Prosecutors say a convicted serial rapist has been sentenced in Tennessee to 371 years in prison.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--BAHAMAS

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas: There are four games Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis:

BKC--T25-Oregon-North Carolina. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 11:30 a.m. ET.

BKC--T25-Gonzaga-Michigan. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 2 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-Seton Hall-Iowa State. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--Southern Miss-Alabama. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--NIT TIP-OFF

NEW YORK — Two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center.

— BKC--Syracuse-Penn State. Upcoming: 500 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.

— BKC--Oklahoma State-Mississippi. Upcoming: 500 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

By Denis Gorman.

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