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July 26, 2019 - 6:05 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:

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

VOTING MACHINES-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ In a federal court filing, lawyers for election integrity advocates accuse Georgia election officials of intentionally destroying evidence that could show unauthorized access to the state election system and potential manipulation of election results. Election integrity advocates and individual Georgia voters sued election officials in 2017 alleging that the touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure and vulnerable to hacking. In a court filing Thursday, they said state officials began destroying evidence within days of the suit's filing and continued to do so as the case moved forward. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 794 words.

AP Photos AX601-0724191456.

ELECTION SECURITY-STATES

UNDATED _ The death of a bill in Congress this week that would have bolstered election security systems puts more pressure on states to prevent cyberattacks from Russia that former special counsel Robert Mueller warned against this week. But many states are paralyzed by their own inaction. State and local election officials want to replace aging or outdated equipment before the 2020 election, but many have said they lack the money to do so. In some states, recent legislative sessions produced little progress. By Paul Weber. SENT: 839 words.

AP Photos DCSA103-0723191234.

EBONY ARCHIVE-BLACK HISTORY

UNDATED _ The sale of the photo archive of Ebony and Jet magazines chronicling African American history is generating relief among some who worried the historic images may be lost. But it's also causing some to mourn since the images, including photos of Emmett Till in 1955 after he was killed and ones documenting the rise of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., won't fully be in the hands an African American-owned entity. Ebony and Jet, for more than half a century, stood as the epitome of a black-owned business. By Russell Contreras and Sally Ho. SENT: 864 words.

AP Photos LA415-1210011513, LA416-0924161133, NYCD201-0417151506, MIDTN601-0612151730.

HISTORICAL MARKER-FREEDOM CREEK

ATLANTA _ After effectively lobbying to change the offensive name of a small creek near Savannah, a Georgia senator is hoping to erect a memorial commemorating the creek's history. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted in April to change the name of the 1.5 mile creek on Skidaway Island from Runaway Negro Creek to Freedom Creek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. SENT: 240 words.

FRATERNITY PLEDGE-DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Two former LSU students who pleaded no contest last year to misdemeanor hazing in the 2017 alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge were both sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail. State District Judge Beau Higginbotham handed down the sentences to Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Ryan Matthew Isto, 20, of Butte, Montana, in connection with Max Gruver's death. The Advocate reported each was immediately taken into custody. SENT: 566 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DETAINEE DEATH-GEORGIA _ A Mexican detainee has died in the custody of federal immigration authorities in Georgia.

_ SENATOR HOSPITALIZED-ISAKSON _ U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia will miss the Senate's final week of votes before its August recess while recovering from a fall.

_ BACKSTREET BOYS-HOUSE PARTIES _ A Backstreet Boy has been ordered to quit playing games and stop running special events out of his rented Georgia mansion.

_ UNLICENSED DENTAL OFFICE _ Two Georgia women have been accused of operating a dental practice for nearly a decade without a license.

_ HILLBILLY ELEGY-OHIO CITY _ The Ron Howard movie "Hillbilly Elegy" will film for a few days in the Ohio city that was the setting for most of the book it is based on. Most of the movie is being filmed in Georgia. AP Photos.

_ GUN TRAFFICKING-ARREST _ Authorities have brought federal charges against a Massachusetts man who allegedly trafficked handguns from Georgia.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BRAVES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Jake Arrieta (8-7) takes the mound for the Phillies and Mike Soroka (10-2) starts for the NL East-leading Braves in the opener of their NL East three-game series. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

FBN--FALCONS-MOVES

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ The Atlanta Falcons have placed defensive tackle Michael Bennett on injured reserve and have agreed to contracts with linebackers Stephone Anthony and Richie Brown. Bennett suffered a broken ankle on Monday's opening day of training camp. SENT: 105 words.

SOC--TENERIFE-MOORE

UNDATED _ Shaq Moore, a 22-year-old American right back, has signed with second-tier Tenerife in Spain. Moore signed with Levante in 2016 but made just six appearances He was loaned to second-tier Reus Deportiu last season but was among the players who left in December because of unpaid salary. By The Associated Press. SENT: 87 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

JAIL ESCAPE-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ An inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge planned an escape from a county jail in South Carolina by having fellow prisoners set fire to a mattress and attack guards trying to help them escape the smoke while he scaled a barbed wire topped fence, authorities said. But Stephen Stinnette was only free for about seven hours before deputies took him back into custody, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 473 words.

AP Photos NY113-0726191607.

With:

_ JAIL ESCAPE-SOUTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING BOATER-BODY FOUND _The Coast Guard says the body of a boater who had been missing for two days has been found in a South Carolina river. News outlets report the body of 30-year-old Terrance Singleton was discovered Friday morning in the Ashley River.

_ NUCLEAR WASTE-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Federal authorities say a nuclear plant in South Carolina kept radioactive trash in a leaky 40-foot shipping container, raising concerns that uranium has once again seeped into the surrounding soil.

_ MURDER SUSPECT CAPTURED _ North Carolina authorities have captured a suspect who they say had been on the run since slaying a mother during a botched home invasion.

_ HELLS ANGELS-SOUTH CAROLINA _ Police are preparing for hundreds of Hells Angels to descend on a South Carolina college town next week for an annual gathering.

_ COLD CASE KILLER-HEARING _The widow of a man who was fatally shot says she forgives her late husband's killer.

_ PRETEND LAWYERING _ The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says a man pretended to be a lawyer and charged clients more than $81,000 in legal fees.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-SAMUEL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ With Devin Funchess out of the picture after signing with the Colts, explosive wide receiver Curtis Samuel appears poised to start and could be on the verge of a big season for the Panthers. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT

FBC--SOUTH CAROLINA-LATTIMORE'S ROLE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Marcus Lattimore looks like he could still take the football 10 yards from the goal line, break three tackles and finish in the end zone as he often did in his record-setting career at South Carolina. Instead, Lattimore's task these days comes away from the field in helping the Gamecocks handle the stresses of major college football and prepare for life when the games are done. Few know better than Lattimore, 27, how things can change for a can't-miss player tagged for the NFL. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 703 words.

AP Photos NY152-0327131102, ALBD133-0717191500, NY151-1027120114.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

CONGRESSWOMAN RETIRES-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Republican U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama announced Friday that she will not run for reelection in 2020, making her the second House GOP woman to announce she will not seek another term. While Roby's southeast Alabama district is largely considered a safe Republican seat, the retirements of Roby and Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., are a problem for the party, which is battling its overwhelming dominance by white males and has struggled to attract female voters. Only 13 of the House's 197 representatives are women. In contrast, 89 of the 235 Democrats are women. SENT: 379 words.

AP Photos CAET167-0726191341.

UNITEDHEALTHCARE-UAB

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ UnitedHealthcare and the University of Alabama Birmingham Health System have failed to reach a contract agreement, potentially jeopardizing coverage for nearly 25,000 policyholders at one of Alabama's largest hospital systems. UAB entities, including the UAB Hospital, the Kirklin Clinic and Baptist Health in Montgomery, will stop accepting UnitedHealthcare insurance on July 31 and instead begin requiring patients to pay out-of-pocket costs if a deal isn't reached. By Blake Paterson. SENT: 468 words.

TRADE WAR-FARM AID

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Trump administration's decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they've planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system of payments per bushel heavily skewed toward soybean growers, an agricultural economist said Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the administration will pay another $16 billion more in aid to farmers affected by the president's trade war with China. It comes after an $11 billion bailout Trump gave farmers last year. By James Macpherson. SENT: 527 words.

EBONY ARCHIVE-BLACK HISTORY

UNDATED _ The sale of the photo archive of Ebony and Jet magazines chronicling African American history is generating relief among some who worried the historic images may be lost. But it's also causing some to mourn since the images, including photos of Emmett Till in 1955 after he was killed and ones documenting the rise of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., won't fully be in the hands an African American-owned entity. Ebony and Jet, for more than half a century, stood as the epitome of a black-owned business. By Russell Contreras and Sally Ho. SENT: 864 words.

AP Photos LA415-1210011513, LA416-0924161133, NYCD201-0417151506, MIDTN601-0612151730.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOGS KILL CATS _ Two city officials say an Alabama animal shelter's outdated equipment allowed two pit bulls to fatally maul 29 cats.

_ DOG EUTHANIZED MISTAKENLY _ An Alabama animal shelter says it mistakenly euthanized a woman's dog only hours after picking it up.

_ ALABAMA SCHOOLS-COMPUTER ATTACK _ An Alabama school system is delaying the start of classes because of what officials describe as a malware attack on its computers.

_ FATAL FIRE _ Authorities have identified a mother and son they say died from injuries in a house fire in Birmingham.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--JETS-EAGER QUINNEN

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. _ Quinnen Williams passed on paying for a big-name, high-priced personal trainer during his first NFL offseason. The New York Jets rookie defensive lineman simply pressed play on his laptop at home. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 916 words.

AP Photos NJSW108-0726190903, NJSW109-0726190905, NJSW101-0611191522.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR-LET'S TALK POLICY

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Trying to move Louisiana's election year conversation from political rhetoric to policy ideas, three government watchdog groups are calling on candidates for governor and legislative jobs to lay out details about what they want to do in office. The nonpartisan groups — the Committee of 100, the Council for A Better Louisiana and the Public Affairs Research Council — launched a campaign called RESET Louisiana's Future, with ideas aimed at improving education, infrastructure and state tax structure. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 612 words.

FRATERNITY PLEDGE-DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Two former LSU students who pleaded no contest last year to misdemeanor hazing in the 2017 alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge were both sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail. State District Judge Beau Higginbotham handed down the sentences to Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Ryan Matthew Isto, 20, of Butte, Montana, in connection with Max Gruver's death. The Advocate reported each was immediately taken into custody. SENT: 566 words.

SCIENTISTS-PUBLIC RECORDS

BATON ROUGE, La. _ A lawyer for a Louisiana government agency has told a state judge that computer models of the Mississippi River Delta and the Louisiana coastline that were built for the agency are public property. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports that the attorney for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority made that assertion Thursday. It happened shortly before attorneys for scientist Ehab Meselhe agreed to settle a public-records lawsuit against the Water Institute of the Gulf. SENT: 325 words.

DEPUTY SHOT-LOUISIANA

VIDALIA, La. _ Authorities say an armed robbery suspect was killed and a sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded in a shootout Thursday in a Louisiana city near the Mississippi River. KNOE-TV reports that Concordia Parish Officer Walter Mackel was shot when he knocked at an apartment door while investigating a holdup earlier Thursday at the residential complex in Vidalia. A state police release says 21-year-old Kaleb Melton was pronounced dead at the scene. SENT: 250 words.

TRADE WAR-FARM AID

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Trump administration's decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they've planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system of payments per bushel heavily skewed toward soybean growers, an agricultural economist said Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the administration will pay another $16 billion more in aid to farmers affected by the president's trade war with China. It comes after an $11 billion bailout Trump gave farmers last year. By James Macpherson. SENT: 527 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUPREME COURT-TEMPORARY JUSTICE _ A Louisiana appeals court judge will temporarily serve on the state Supreme Court in the place of a justice who was recently named to the federal bench.

_ FATAL DEPUTY SHOOTING _ Louisiana state police say a man has been fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy serving a search warrant at a motel.

_ BEIGNET SHOP-PARK LEASE _ A famous New Orleans coffee shop is ready to bring their beignets to its new location at City Park.

_ JAIL FIRE-ARRESTS _ Two Washington Parish jail inmates face new charges after allegedly setting a fire that led to the evacuation of dozens of people.

_ WATER PARK DEATH _ A teenager from Arkansas has died after he was found face-down in a swimming pool at a Louisiana water park.

_ BOTCHED ROBBERY-DEATH _ The district attorney in New Orleans says a man has pleaded guilty and received a 20-year prison sentence in connection with a shooting death during a botched drug-related robbery.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--TRAINING CAMP HOLDOUTS

UNDATED _ Teammates shrug and go about their work. Coaches say they can deal only with the players on hand. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 832 words.

AP Photos CAMS114-0726191250, NY157-0909182132, NY158-0120191956, NYY156-1223181953.

FBN--FALCONS-MOVES

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. _ The Atlanta Falcons have placed defensive tackle Michael Bennett on injured reserve and have agreed to contracts with linebackers Stephone Anthony and Richie Brown. Bennett suffered a broken ankle on Monday's opening day of training camp. SENT: 105 words.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TRADE WAR-FARM AID

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Trump administration's decision to base new handouts to farmers hit by the trade war with China on how many acres they've planted might be a fairer way to distribute the cash than the previous system of payments per bushel heavily skewed toward soybean growers, an agricultural economist said Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the administration will pay another $16 billion more in aid to farmers affected by the president's trade war with China. It comes after an $11 billion bailout Trump gave farmers last year. By James Macpherson. SENT: 527 words.

EBONY ARCHIVE-BLACK HISTORY

UNDATED _ The sale of the photo archive of Ebony and Jet magazines chronicling African American history is generating relief among some who worried the historic images may be lost. But it's also causing some to mourn since the images, including photos of Emmett Till in 1955 after he was killed and ones documenting the rise of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., won't fully be in the hands an African American-owned entity. Ebony and Jet, for more than half a century, stood as the epitome of a black-owned business. By Russell Contreras and Sally Ho. SENT: 894 words.

AP Photos LA415-1210011513, LA416-0924161133, NYCD201-0417151506, MIDTN601-0612151730.

DEPUTY SHOT-LOUISIANA

VIDALIA, La. _ Authorities say an armed robbery suspect was killed and a sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded in a shootout Thursday in a Louisiana city near the Mississippi River. KNOE-TV reports that Concordia Parish Officer Walter Mackel was shot when he knocked at an apartment door while investigating a holdup earlier Thursday at the residential complex in Vidalia. A state police release says 21-year-old Kaleb Melton was pronounced dead at the scene. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSISSIPPI STATE-STABBING _ A Mississippi State University spokesman says a campus employee is hospitalized after witnesses said another staff member stabbed the man during an apparent disagreement in the student union building. DEVELOPING.

_ MURDER PLEA _ A Mississippi man is pleading guilty to murder in a businessman's 2013 death. WLBT-TV reports Johnny Mack Brown pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder, armed robbery, possession of a gun by a convicted felon and criminal conspiracy.

_ ANIMAL RESCUE _ A judge in Mississippi has ruled sheriff's officials acted unconstitutionally by removing five household pets from a home containing more than 100 animals.

_ TAX COLLECTOR-FRAUD CHARGES _ An assistant tax collector indicted on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government has been placed on administrative leave.

_ HIGHWAY REOPENS _ A Mississippi state highway crossing the Ross Barnett Reservoir has reopened.

_ SALES TAX HOLIDAY _ Mississippi's annual sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through midnight Saturday.

_ SLAIN OLE MISS STUDENT-MISSISSIPPI _ Authorities say the case of a slain University of Mississippi student will be turned over to a grand jury. District Attorney Ben Creekmore told WREG-TV on Thursday that a motion has also been filed to withhold bail for the man charged in the case.

_ SLAIN OLE MISS STUDENT-MISSOURI _Friends of a slain University of Mississippi student say she was "beautiful soul" with a positive attitude during a vigil outside her former high school in suburban St. Louis.

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