BC-Deep South News Digest SATURDAY

July 06, 2019 - 1:31 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

LIBRARY ON THE LAWN

ATLANTA _ Sitting under a small event tent, Knate Leopold plays chess on a laptop set up in a temporary outdoor library downtown. Leopold says he doesn't have his own home but finds refuge in Atlanta's downtown area and frequently visits nearby libraries. He used to play chess daily at the Central Library before the branch closed for renovation; now his virtual matches take place during Library on the Lawn hours, anywhere from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. By Andrea Smith. SENT: 511 words.

AP Photos GAAS501-0625191211, GAAS502-0625191212.

FAA CHIEF-NOMINEE

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether Delta Air Lines violated FAA rules about promoting safety at a time when President Donald Trump's pick to lead the agency was in charge of Delta's flight operations. The FAA investigation grew out of allegations by a Delta pilot that the airline retaliated against her for raising safety concerns. The Associated Press obtained a copy of an FAA letter sent to the pilot's attorney detailing the investigation. The FAA declined to comment on the probe. By David Koenig and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,238 words.

AP Photos NY115-0515191421.

GEORGIA FARMERS-SUICIDE

ATLANTA _ Scientists are learning more about suicides among Georgia farmers — and they say the aftermath of Hurricane Michael could bring more risks to rural areas. New research shows that relationship issues, health-related problems and financial hardship are among the most common factors. SENT: 246 words.

DROWNING-LIFE PRESERVER DONATIONS

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Donors are contributing life preservers in honor of a boy who drowned in the Chattahoochee River on the Georgia-Alabama state line. Multiple life jackets have been left along the river since the death of 6-year-old Jeremiah Henderson, WTVM-TV reported. The child fell into the river in rapids at Columbus on June 30. His body was recovered two days later about 10 miles (16 kilometers) downstream. SENT: 276 words.

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EXCHANGE-CHEF-NEW VENTURE

CUMMING, Ga. _ Carlos Salgado and Brian Tam first met in 2000 at an Outback Steakhouse in Suwanee. Salgado was working in the restaurant's kitchen. Tam was training to become a franchise owner. The following year, Tam was ready to open an Outback Steakhouse in Cumming, and he asked Salgado to train the kitchen staff. By Brian Paglia. Forsyth County News. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROACH INFESTATION-GEORGIA STORE _ Georgia agency orders rural Dollar General store to stop selling food after inspectors find roach infestation.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE-RDP

There are nine games scheduled for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after an earthquake suspended play at the Thomas & Mack Center Friday night. The games slated for Saturday are: Thunder-Jazz, 3 p.m.; Blazers-Pistons, 3:30 p.m.; Hawks-Bucks, 5 p.m.; Celtics-76ers, 5:30 p.m.; Grizzlies-Pacers, 7 p.m.; Clippers-Lakers, 7:30 p.m.; Mavericks-Rockets, 9 p.m.; Pelicans-Wizards, 10 p.m.; China-Kings, 11 p.m. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Developing. Compiled by Steve Reed.

BBN--MARLINS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Miami left-hander Caleb Smith is expected to be activated from the injured list to start as the Marlins face Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Smith is returning from a left hip injury. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.

FBC--CLEMSON-DROWNING DEATH

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Former Clemson and East Carolina running back Tyshon Dye drowned Friday after swimming in a lake during a family outing. Dye was 25 years old. SENT: 153 words.

AP Photos TKMY103-1205151834.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are circling each other again — this time in South Carolina, a crucial early-voting state that will test the depths of their support with black voters. As they travel across the state in the coming days, the former vice president and the California senator probably will be pressed on their tense debate exchange over race and federally mandated school busing. Though the issue is not at the forefront of the 2020 primary, it could resonate in a state with a complicated history with race and segregation. By Juana Summers and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 961 words.

AP Photos TXDP163-0705191607, TXDP111-0705190934, NC107-0627192207.

COUNTY BUDGET WOES

KINGSTREE, S.C. _ Williamsburg County avoided a government shutdown by passing a budget, but the county supervisor warned council members their spending plan doesn't resolve ongoing problems. Williamsburg County Supervisor Tiffany Wright asked County Council to pass a one-time $40 fee on vehicles or take other steps like furloughs for county employees to raise more revenue after the county ended up in a deficit and also is dealing with a possible big federal settlement over unpaid wages. SENT: 485 words.

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EXCHANGE-BILLBOARD-EVANGELISM

CHARLESTON, S.C. _ South Carolina residents seeking a sign from God don't have to look far. A trip down state interstates yields dozens of billboards boasting messages designed to save souls. By Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr. Post and Courier.

IN BRIEF:

_ ARTIFICIAL REEF _ A retired tugboat is now South Carolina’s latest artificial reef.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--CLEMSON-DROWNING DEATH

CLEMSON, S.C. _ Former Clemson and East Carolina running back Tyshon Dye drowned Friday after swimming in a lake during a family outing. Dye was 25 years old.

AP Photos TKMY103-1205151834.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ALABAMA STORM SHELTERS

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. _ Authorities say rusting storm shelters in northwest Alabama will be repaired. The contractor who installed three storm shelters has agreed to repaint the structures, even though they're out of warranty, Colbert County's administrator told the TimesDaily. SENT: 241 words.

DROWNING-LIFE PRESERVER DONATIONS

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ Donors are contributing life preservers in honor of a boy who drowned in the Chattahoochee River on the Georgia-Alabama state line. Multiple life jackets have been left along the river since the death of 6-year-old Jeremiah Henderson, WTVM-TV reported. The child fell into the river in rapids at Columbus on June 30. His body was recovered two days later about 10 miles (16 kilometers) downstream. SENT: 276 words.

BILOXI'S SAENGER

BILOXI, Miss. _ Three Saenger Theaters within driving distance have been renovated, but the one in south Mississippi is dark, with a leaky roof and unsafe areas. Millions of dollars have been spent to renovate the Biloxi Saenger Theater, which opened in 1929 as a movie palace with silk damask walls and red leather seats, and millions more will be needed to repair and modernize it, The Sun Herald reported. SENT: 497 words.

DEER URINE LURES

NEW ORLEANS _ Louisiana has modified its ban on urine-scented lures used to attract deer, legalizing those that are certified free of the malformed protein that causes chronic wasting disease and meet a second standard. A quick, reasonably priced test can now determine which urine-based products are free of the disease, which is always fatal. The disease-free products must also be certified by the Archery Trade Association Deer Protection Program, officials said. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 546 words.

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EXCHANGE-ULTRA RUNNER

WETUMPKA, Ala. _ Jared Struck isn't quite sure why he loves running. He knows he's always been the type to head toward a challenge _ maybe because of his upbringing, maybe because of his service in the Air Force. He embraces adventure and finishes each task he takes on. When asked why he is choosing to run the Badwater 135 _ known as "the world's toughest foot race" _ July 15 through July 17, Struck pondered his answer. By Krista Johnson. Montgomery Advertiser. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALABAMA-BIKE SHARING _ Students at the University of Alabama will have a new transportation option beginning this fall.

_ AUBURN-DUAL PROGRAM _ Auburn University has a new dual-degree program for students interested in both engineering and the German language.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS-HOUSING

NEW ORLEANS _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is proposing $100 billion in federal grants to pay for down payment and closing costs to help close what she says is a racial wealth gap and address historical discrimination in homeownership against black families. Harris announced her plan Saturday at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where the California senator was among several of the 2020 White House candidates attending the largest annual gathering of black women in the country. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 179 words.

AP Photos LAGH106-0706191132, LAGH107-0706191138.

DEER URINE LURES

NEW ORLEANS _ Louisiana has modified its ban on urine-scented lures used to attract deer, legalizing those that are certified free of the malformed protein that causes chronic wasting disease and meet a second standard. A quick, reasonably priced test can now determine which urine-based products are free of the disease, which is always fatal. The disease-free products must also be certified by the Archery Trade Association Deer Protection Program, officials said. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 546 words.

SELF-DRIVING TRUCKS-LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE, La. _ As companies work to design fleets of commercial trucks that won't need a human in the driver's seat, Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that self-driving vehicles will need to follow to truck commerce across the state. Though significant use of the vehicles may be years away, Louisiana's new regulations take effect Aug. 1, recently signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The legislation received near-unanimous support from lawmakers who said they want to embrace the new technology, try to lure companies that build the trucks and get ready for self-driving vehicles starting to show up on roadways. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 615 words.

BILOXI'S SAENGER

BILOXI, Miss. _ Three Saenger Theaters within driving distance have been renovated, but the one in south Mississippi is dark, with a leaky roof and unsafe areas. Millions of dollars have been spent to renovate the Biloxi Saenger Theater, which opened in 1929 as a movie palace with silk damask walls and red leather seats, and millions more will be needed to repair and modernize it, The Sun Herald reported. SENT: 497 words.

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EXCHANGE-RIOT SOCIAL STYLE

BATON ROUGE, La. _ The artists were asked to stretch their creativity. That made them nervous. "We're a group of creatives, yet what was so scary about this project is that we were putting our lives out there in a way we've never done it before," said Lesley Kernan, one of the founders of Riot Social Style. "But we filled the Manship Gallery space with art installations." By Robin Miller. The Advocate. AP Photo.

EXCHANGE-VETERAN BROTHERHOOD

LAKE CHARLES, La. _ The United States military offers the unique ability to define brotherhood not in words but in actions. That brotherhood doesn't end have to end when one's service time does. Bubba Viator, president of the SWLA Veterans Association, said regaining a sense of purpose can be one of the biggest hurdles veterans face. By Crystal Stevenson. The American Press.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOGUS TRAVEL SCAM _ A woman accused of selling bogus vacation packages to the Essence Festival in New Orleans has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, with six years suspended.

_ LAKE CHARLES-LITTER FINES _ Lake Charles residents will now pay double the fines and face harsher penalties if caught littering.

_ HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT-MISSISSIPPI _ Crews will soon start working on a $25 million highway expansion project in south Mississippi.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE-RDP

There are nine games scheduled for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after an earthquake suspended play at the Thomas & Mack Center Friday night. The games slated for Saturday are: Thunder-Jazz, 3 p.m.; Blazers-Pistons, 3:30 p.m.; Hawks-Bucks, 5 p.m.; Celtics-76ers, 5:30 p.m.; Grizzlies-Pacers, 7 p.m.; Clippers-Lakers, 7:30 p.m.; Mavericks-Rockets, 9 p.m.; Pelicans-Wizards, 10 p.m.; China-Kings, 11 p.m. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Developing. Compiled by Steve Reed

BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE-WILLIAMSON

LAS VEGAS _ New Orleans has not said yet if No. 1 pick Zion Williamson will continue in the NBA Summer League, after his debut was cut short by a knee-to-knee collision. A decision is expected late Saturday, at least on his immediate future. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

BILOXI'S SAENGER

BILOXI, Miss. _ Three Saenger Theaters within driving distance have been renovated, but the one in south Mississippi is dark, with a leaky roof and unsafe areas. Millions of dollars have been spent to renovate the Biloxi Saenger Theater, which opened in 1929 as a movie palace with silk damask walls and red leather seats, and millions more will be needed to repair and modernize it, The Sun Herald reported. SENT: 497 words.

SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION

GREENWOOD, Miss. _ Two school districts in the Mississippi Delta have completed their merger. Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in 2016 mandating that the Greenwood city schools and the Leflore County schools combine with each other. SENT: 285 words.

DEER URINE LURES

NEW ORLEANS _ Louisiana has modified its ban on urine-scented lures used to attract deer, legalizing those that are certified free of the malformed protein that causes chronic wasting disease and meet a second standard. A quick, reasonably priced test can now determine which urine-based products are free of the disease, which is always fatal. The disease-free products must also be certified by the Archery Trade Association Deer Protection Program, officials said. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 546 words.

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EXCHANGE-COMEDY GROUP REBIRTH

OXFORD, Miss. _ By day Connor King works his 9 to 5 job, but by night, he is helping Oxford find its smile again. A couple years ago, a local comedy troupe called 'Laff Co' disbanded as people went their separate ways or life took them down a different path. After a hiatus, King is working to bring stand-up comedy back into the town's culture. By Jake Thompson. Oxford Eagle.

EXCHANGE-CEMETERY CLEAN UP

PEARLINGTON, Miss. _ Vanessa Mitchell Polk spends her Saturdays burning piles of brush and picking up trash in an effort to make the Spring Branch Cemetery a dignified resting place for the 135 people buried there. The cemetery has a storied history. Some of the people buried there were previously interred at the Gainesville Cemetery. By Cathy Cook. The Picayune Item.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING PREGNANT WOMAN-DEATH _ A man accused of killing a pregnant woman had been scheduled for a Wednesday court hearing on paternity.

_ MISSISSIPPI HEMP _ A new group will discuss what growing hemp might mean for Mississippi’s economy.

_ HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT-MISSISSIPPI _ Crews will soon start working on a $25 million highway expansion project in south Mississippi.

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