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BC-Deep South News Digest SUNDAY

September 29, 2019 - 1:36 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

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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



ATLANTA _ An investigation into hundreds of senior assisted living and large personal care homes in Georgia turned up more than 600 allegations involving neglect and 90 of abuse by caregivers over the past four years. By the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 975 words.


ATLANTA _ A Georgia-based church group has returned sacred land in Ohio to the Wyandotte Nation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the United Methodist Church recently transferred the deed during a special ceremony and procession. The land had been held in trust for the 176 years by the Atlanta-based UMC Global Ministries. The land includes a stone church that dates to 1824 and a cemetery. Billy Friend, chief of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, called the land transfer “monumental.” Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 260 words.



REIDSVILLE, Ga. _ Three feet long and partial to quail and gopher tortoise eggs, black and white lizards called tegus are not from around here. They hail from Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. But these invasives have been reported in the wild in south Georgia, where wildlife researchers and trying to eradicate them before they establish themselves. So far a tegu task force has trapped eight of the lizards in the same area near Reidsville in Tattnall County. The Department of Natural Resources has also documented reports of a tegu road kill in nearby Collins and credible accounts of up to six tegus killed over the last two or three years in Tattnall and adjacent Toombs. Unrelated was another tegu killed in Valdosta in July. By Mary Landers. The Savannah Morning News.


_ RESTAURANT ARSON _ A Georgia man who crashed his vehicle into a restaurant where he once worked and set it on fire amid the lunchtime rush has been convicted of arson.

_ SAVANNAH-ARCHAEOLOGY _ Leaders of Georgia’s oldest city are considering new protections for historic relics unearthed by development project.

_ STUDENTS RELOCATED _ More than 60 students at Georgia State University have been relocated after mold was found in their dormitory rooms.



ATLANTA _ Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will try to cut down on penalties and turnovers while Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans will look for more offense in a matchup of 1-2 teams on Sunday. The Titans have lost two straight games. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.


NEW YORK _ Rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (13-4, 2.60 ERA) gets a tuneup for the playoffs when the banged-up Atlanta Braves, champions of the NL East, play the New York Mets in their regular-season finale. One day after Mets slugger Pete Alonso broke the rookie home run record with his 53rd of the year, Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.30) tries to end his rocky season on a high note. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 3:05 p.m.

SOC--MLS-ATLANTA UNITED-IMPACT. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 5 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)



CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK, S.C. _ A timber company is selling some swamp and forest land to a conservation group that hopes to donate the land to the Congaree National Park in South Carolina. The Friends of Congaree Swamp bought the 214 acres (87 hectares) of land from Weyerhaeuser for $783,000. The State newspaper reports the land is along Running Lake Creek and has trees so thick areas remain darkened and in the shade in the middle of the day. SENT: 285 words.



COLUMBIA, S.C. — A state committee tasked with commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War hopes to reclaim South Carolina's role in America's founding since more battles took place in the Palmetto State than almost anywhere else. "The world changed because of what happened in this state during the American Revolution," Chairman Charles Baxley said at Sept. 25's inaugural meeting of the Revolutionary War Sestercentennial Commission. By Seanna Adcox.


_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MEMORIAL _ South Carolina’s attorney general will remember victims of domestic violence with a Statehouse ceremony.



HOUSTON _ Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans look to win their third straight game when they host the Carolina Panthers, who will start Kyle Allen for the second straight game with Cam Newton out with a foot injury. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.


CONCORD, N.C. _ Four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs Sunday after the elimination race on The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Race begins at 2:30 p.m.


Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, replacing preseason No. 1 Clemson after the Tigers had a close call.

ALABAMA (All times Central)



FLORENCE, Ala. _ Agriculture experts say corn farmers in northern Alabama are seeing some good yields in this year’s harvest. Extension Service coordinators in Colbert and Lauderdale counties say yields will depend on where the cornfields are located. Farmers have been out in the fields harvesting for several weeks while the weather has been dry. Colbert County Extension Coordinator Danny McWilliams says that elevators are full _ a sign of a good year with high yields. Information from The TimesDaily. SENT: 270 words.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Twelve-year-old twins Breanna and Brooke Bennett do birthdays a little differently. Rather than asking their loved ones for clothes or toys, this past July the sisters decided to give gifts to others. The curated swag bags called W.I.T. kits, or "Women in Training" kits, filled with health and hygiene products that include sanitary pads, body wash and self-care items, all collected through charitable donations to a nonprofit they created bearing the same name. By Safiya Charles. Montgomery Advertiser. AP Photo.


DECATUR, Ala. _ Decatur may have been the first city in the state to name a school in honor of George Washington Carver, and a group of local historians is trying to secure a historical marker for the site that Carver once visited. "This school is an important part of the city's history and should be recognized as such," said Wylheme Ragland, a retired pastor and historian who recently found a 1938 editorial in The Decatur Daily that called for a marker to be placed at the school. By Deangelo McDaniel. The Decatur Daily.


_ AUBURN STATUE _ A new statue on campus celebrates the women of Auburn University..

_ ALABAMA POWER-DROUGHT _ Alabama Power says it’s reducing water releases from its hydroelectric dams because of a drought affecting most of the state.



Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, replacing preseason No. 1 Clemson after the Tigers had a close call.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)



BATON ROUGE _ Gov. John Bel Edwards’ bid for a second term hinges on his ability to make voters feel comfortable pulling the lever for a Democrat where many people aren’t inclined to do so. He’s not getting much help from the politics and polarization of Washington. By Melinda Deslatte. An AP News Analysis. UPCOMING: 700 words.


COVINGTON, La. _ A Louisiana man has been convicted of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's car and her boyfriend's car. SENT: 175 words.



LAFAYETTE, La. _ Students at Myrtle Place Elementary filed onto the playground class-by-class Friday (Sept. 20) morning, converging along spray-painted lines that form a large heart shape and the letters P-A-I-X. The word is "peace" in French, fitting for the French immersion school's celebration of International Peace Day. Once everyone was in place, a group of older elementary students sang “Lean On Me” as their teacher strummed a guitar. Their classmates clapped along when they got to the chorus. By Leigh Guidry. The Advertiser. AP Photo.


LAFAYETTE, La. _ Diane Kirksey enjoys living in downtown Lafayette. She tried living other places, but it just wasn't right. There was the apartment complex off Kaliste Saloom Road, where she moved to when she first returned to Acadiana from California in 2013. So when she found the six-story Evangeline Elderly Apartments at the corner of Jefferson and Vine streets, she moved in. By Adam Daigle. The Advocate. AP Photo.


_ SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY-CIA _ Louisiana’s historically black university system has been selected to participate in a CIA recruitment program.

_ PLAQUEMINES PARISH-WATER _ The federal government is giving Plaquemines Parish a $4 million grant to help improve its water infrastructure.

_ GAS PRICES _ The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 10 cents per gallon; the lowest average price was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.



NEW ORLEANS _ The unbeaten Dallas Cowboys visit the New Orleans Saints, who are trying to win a second straight game without star quarterback Drew Brees. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 7:20 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)



JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi has one state Senate race with a party primary that should have been resolved in August but will be finished in November, and another Senate race that’s the subject of a court fight scheduled to extend into next year. By Emily Wagster Pettus. UPCOMING: 600 words.


Jaribu Hill didn't opt for law school until her early 40s. She'd been a singer, actress, teacher and labor organizer before learning a college classmate had become head of a group for black female judges. "I can do that, too," she thought. Hill has since become a leading civil rights and workers' rights lawyer in Mississippi and now, at 70, she's part of a nationwide network of attorneys helping women without much money pursue often-costly sexual misconduct cases. By David Crary. SENT: 1192 words.


CARROLLTON, Miss. _ Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Taj Mahal is headlining a blues and gospel festival in Mississippi, and organizers say he chose the list of performers.



MERIDIAN, Miss. _ Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie summed up his performance in the Caitlin's Battle tactical course Saturday (Sept. 21) morning with a touch of irony. "With the pistol and rifle, I'm qualified. With the cardio, I was in pretty bad shape," Sollie said with a slight chuckle. By Drew Kerekes. The Meridian Star.


BILOXI, Miss. _ Sister Mary Kealy knew she wanted to be a sister since she was a young girl in Ireland. She grew up in a big family — five sisters and three brothers. She remembers nuns coming to her rural school when she was in the fourth grade. Plus, her aunts were also sisters. It felt right, even for a young girl. By Alyssa Newton. The Sun Herald.


_ WATER WOES _ A north Mississippi county is keeping a moratorium on development in areas served by a water association plagued by complaints about discolored water.


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