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July 03, 2019 - 6:19 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

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The Montgomery AP Bureau at 334-262-5947 or apalabama@ap.org

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-DETENTION

"Inhumane." ''Shameful." ''Intolerable." ''Brutal." Mounting revelations about squalid and dangerously overcrowded conditions at Border Patrol holding centers have fueled a public outrage and protesters are rallying in the streets to decry the situation as un-American heading into the Fourth of July weekend. The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog provided new details Tuesday about severe overcrowding in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings, noting children at three facilities had no access to showers and that some children under age 7 had been held in jammed centers for more than two weeks. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 844 words.

AP Photos KSCR107-0702191230, NYDD204-0628191753, NYDD205-0219191908, KSCR101-0702191256, TXCA207-0702191108.

ELECTION SECURITY-GEORGIA DATA WIPE

UNDATED _ The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn. Nearly two years ago, state lawyers in a closely watched election integrity lawsuit told the judge they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or digital snapshot, the agency made of a crucial server before state election officials quietly wiped it clean. Election watchdogs want to examine the data to see if there might have been tampering, given that the server was left exposed by a gaping security hole for more than half a year. By Frank Bajak. SENT: 815 words.

AP Photos NYDD208-1102160345.

IN BRIEF:

_ PREGNANT WIFE KILLED _ A grand jury in Georgia has indicted a man accused of drunk driving in the death of his pregnant wife and her fetus in a crash.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-GEORGIA _ Body camera video shows how hard police in Georgia tried to deescalate an encounter with a knife-wielding man before finally shooting him.

_ CHICKEN COOP-RESENTENCED _ A woman convicted of abusing her adoptive teenage daughter has to be resentenced by the Georgia Court of Appeals.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--PHILLIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Bryse Wilson is expected to make his second start for Atlanta since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett when the first-place Braves continue their NL East series against Nick Pivetta and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:20 p.m.

BKN--HAWKS-GRIZZLIES TRADE

ATLANTA _ A person with knowledge of the situation says the Atlanta Hawks have acquired veteran forward Chandler Parsons in a trade which sent Miles Plumlee and Solomon Hill to Memphis. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the trade can't be finalized before Saturday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 150 words.

SEC ATHLETES OF YEAR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and Maria are perfect examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference." SENT: 151 words.

SOC--MLS-ALANTA UNITED-FIRE. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

CHILD KILLED-SHOOTING

ANDERSON, S.C. _ A 17-year-old has been charged with murder in a South Carolina shooting in which more than 35 shots were fired into a home. Stephen Braden Powell also has been charged as an adult with four counts of attempted murder in the June 23 shooting, Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said Wednesday. SENT: 313 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WIFE KILLED _ Authorities say they have charged a husband with murder in the killing of his 46-year-old wife found shot on the side of a South Carolina highway.

_ MEDICAID FRAUD _ Two South Carolina women have been sentenced following their guilty plea to charges that their health care company overbilled autistic patients, costing the U.S. government millions.

_ FATAL CRASH-TEEN DRIVER _ Authorities say a 19-year-old driver fleeing a South Carolina Highway Patrol checkpoint crashed into a house and killed a sleeping woman.

_ BAD AIR QUALITY _ Environmental officials have issued an alert for poor air quality in parts of South Carolina.

IN SPORTS:

SEC ATHLETES OF YEAR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and Maria are perfect examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference." SENT: 151 words.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

FETAL MANSLAUGHTER

BESSEMER, Ala. _ An Alabama district attorney said Wednesday she is dropping the manslaughter charge against a woman who lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight. Marshae Jones was arrested last week after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight, knowing she was pregnant. By Blake Paterson. SENT: 536 words.

AP Photos NYDD206-0605172025.

TRADE WAR-FARM AID

MINNEAPOLIS _ When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show. The government paid out nearly $2.8 million to a Missouri soybean-growing operation registered as three entities at the same address. More than $900,000 went to five other farm businesses, in Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and two in Texas. Three other farming operations collected more than $800,000. Sixteen more collected over $700,000. And the data list more than 3,000 recipients who collected more than the $125,000 cap. By Steve Karnowski and Balint Szalai. SENT: 1,113 words.

AP Photos RPDL401-0620190638, RPSB401-0625191015, RPSB402-0625190959, GFX0236-0628192032.

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IN BRIEF:

_ SKULL MYSTERY _ Authorities say a skull found atop a ledge in northwest Alabama likely belonged to a man who had been dead for years.

_ SEX ABUSE-CHARGES _ Authorities in Alabama say a man is accused of locking a teen in a crawlspace if the boy refused sexual contact in the 1980s.

_ POLICE CHASE-OFFICERS INJURED _ Three Alabama police officers were injured during a chase that ended with the arrest of a man suspected of stealing a car.

_ ATTACK SQUIRREL _ An Alabama man accused of feeding methamphetamine to what authorities called an "attack squirrel" is being charged with a state wildlife offense.

_ TODDLER-CAR DEATH _ Alabama police say the parents of a 2-year-old boy were under the influence of marijuana when the toddler left the house, got trapped inside a hot vehicle and died.

_ CHILD-FIRE DEATH _ Authorities believe an Alabama boy found dead inside a partially burned home didn't die from the fire.

IN SPORTS:

SEC ATHLETES OF YEAR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and Maria are perfect examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference." SENT: 151 words.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT

NEW ORLEANS _ Government attorneys are arguing that the U.S. House of Representatives and 20 Democratic-leaning states have no right to appeal a federal judge's decision that struck down President Barack Obama's health care law. But in a brief filed Wednesday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Justice Department attorneys also indicated they want a court to resolve the issue. They said the appeal should not be dismissed as moot, even though the Trump administration opposes the law and has abandoned any defense of it. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 139 words. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020-HARRIS

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris picked up another endorsement Wednesday from a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, where she is competing for support with former Vice President Joe Biden. Connecticut Democrat Jahana Hayes posted an op-ed in Essence on Wednesday ahead of the magazine's annual gathering this weekend in New Orleans. Hayes cited Harris' story of being bused as a young girl in Berkeley, California, which the California Democrat spoke about in last week's Democratic presidential debate. By Errin Haines Whack.

AP Photos WX206-0628190230.

TRADE WAR-FARM AID

MINNEAPOLIS _ When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show. The government paid out nearly $2.8 million to a Missouri soybean-growing operation registered as three entities at the same address. More than $900,000 went to five other farm businesses, in Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and two in Texas. Three other farming operations collected more than $800,000. Sixteen more collected over $700,000. And the data list more than 3,000 recipients who collected more than the $125,000 cap. By Steve Karnowski and Balint Szalai. SENT: 1,113 words.

AP Photos RPDL401-0620190638, RPSB401-0625191015, RPSB402-0625190959, GFX0236-0628192032.

AP Video Planned

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_ With BC-US--Trade War-Farm Aid-How It Works.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD SHOT _ Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting that wounded a 5-year-old boy.

_ BOOSIE BADAZZ-BLACK BEACH _ Rapper Boosie BadAzz has been ordered to pay about $233,000 to a security guard who pepper sprayed him at a Mississippi Gulf Coast mall.

_ FRATERNITY PLEDGE DEATH _ A former Louisiana State University student charged in the alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge isn't allowed to use the victim's history of alcohol and drug use as evidence.

IN SPORTS:

SEC ATHLETES OF YEAR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and Maria are perfect examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference." SENT: 151 words.

BBC--OBIT-ROBICHAUX

LAFAYETTE, La. _ Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux, who earned nearly 1,200 career wins and led the Ragin' Cajuns to a 2000 College World Series appearance, has died. He was 57. Louisiana-Lafayette athletic department spokesman Patrick Crawford said family members notified school officials that Robichaux died Wednesday at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Robichaux had been in the hospital after suffering a heart attack on June 23. SENT: 235 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI PORT-JOBS

GULFPORT, Miss. _ A Mississippi Gulf Coast port has fewer maritime jobs now than it did before a $570 million restoration and expansion project funded by a federal grant. But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the state is complying with job-creation requirements. The Sun Herald reports Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling the project a success. SENT: 518 words.

TRADE WAR-FARM AID

MINNEAPOLIS _ When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show. The government paid out nearly $2.8 million to a Missouri soybean-growing operation registered as three entities at the same address. More than $900,000 went to five other farm businesses, in Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and two in Texas. Three other farming operations collected more than $800,000. Sixteen more collected over $700,000. And the data list more than 3,000 recipients who collected more than the $125,000 cap. By Steve Karnowski and Balint Szalai. SENT: 1,113 words.

AP Photos RPDL401-0620190638, RPSB401-0625191015, RPSB402-0625190959, GFX0236-0628192032.

AP Video Planned

_ Eds: ABRIDGED VERSION AVAILABLE.

_ Licensed members may localize with data from: https://data.world/associatedpress/tariff-subsidies.

_ With BC-US--Trade War-Farm Aid-How It Works.

IN BRIEF:

_ OXFORD-SPECIAL ELECTION _ The daughter of a longtime city official who died will succeed him on a governing board in north Mississippi.

_ MISSISSIPPI-BANK SHOOTING _ A sheriff says at least one person has died and one person has been injured in a shooting at a bank in south Mississippi.

_ CHOCTAW TRIBAL ELECTION _ Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have elected a new chief.

_ DOGS-HOT VEHICLE _ Authorities say a Mississippi woman who left several puppies to die in a hot car has been arrested in Florida.

_ BOOSIE BADAZZ-BLACK BEACH _ Rapper Boosie BadAzz has been ordered to pay about $233,000 to a security guard who pepper sprayed him at a Mississippi Gulf Coast mall.

_ LAWMAKER-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE _ The misdemeanor domestic violence trial for a Mississippi lawmaker is delayed because a local prosecutor stepped down from the case.

IN SPORTS:

SEC ATHLETES OF YEAR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Florida hurdler/sprinter Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-19 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference male and female athletes of the year. SEC athletic directors voted on the award. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that "Grant and Maria are perfect examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference." SENT: 151 words.

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