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Deep South News Digest

February 07, 2020 - 6:15 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 A reminder: this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 broadcast versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding are making traveling treacherous as a storm system moves into the northeastern United States. At least five people have died in Southern states, where the water is rising in many places after days of rain. The National Weather Service is checking out reports of tornadoes in multiple states. Hundreds of people have been evacuated as their homes and cars have flooded, and many school districts have canceled classes. And when this storm front blows through, there's little room to relax, because forecasters say another major weather system is on its way. By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker. SENT: 899 words, photos, video.

XGR—DAMS-GEORGIA

ATLANTA — Georgia could soon loosen safety standards for dams that sit above newly built homes under a proposal passed unanimously by a state Senate committee. Senate Bill 319 would allow for homes and other inhabitable structures to be built in a dam’s inundation zone, meaning the area that would be flooded if the dam fails, without causing the dam to be recategorized and required to meet higher safety standards. Structures would have to be built to withstand a breach of the dam and receive certification from an engineer approved by the state Environmental Protection Division’s Safe Dams Program. By Ben Nadler. SENT: 370 words.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-POLICE

EATONTON, Ga. —A Georgia police officer who said his wife killed herself during an argument has been charged with her murder, authorities said. Eatonton Police Officer Michael Perrault was charged with murder in the death of his wife Amanda Perrault, 44, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told news outlets Wednesday. Her death came about a week after she had accused her husband of domestic violence. SENT: 250

LEGISLATIVE CONTINUANCES

RICHMOND, Va. — For a year and a half, a Virginia mother of seven young girls has been frustrated by repeated delays in the domestic violence case against her estranged husband because his defense lawyer exercised a privilege that most other attorneys don’t have. Court records show, the appeals trial for her ex-husband, a former NASCAR driver, has been delayed nine times because his attorney, Republican state lawmaker Jeff Campbell, says he’s too busy with legislative business to come to court. In Georgia, House Speaker David Ralston used a similar privilege to tie up cases for clients charged with child molestation, child cruelty, assault, terroristic threats, drunken driving and other crimes, Georgia media outlets reported. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 1,017 words, photos.

NICK GORDON DEATH

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex-partner died last month from a heroin overdose, an autopsy found. Nick Gordon, whose legal name is Nicholas Bouler, died from an accidental overdose on New Year's Day, the medical examiner in Seminole County, Florida, found in an autopsy released Thursday. Gordon's death came nearly five years after Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub at her home north of Atlanta, Georgia. SENT: 220 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHATHAM COUNTY-EXPUNGING RECORDS — A Georgia district attorney is taking steps to help people remove criminal charges from their records if they are qualified to do so.

SPORTS:

COLUMN: FBC-PAUL NEWBERRY-BLACK COACHES

Colleges around the country finished off their football signing classes this week, proudly touting scores of African-American athletes as their next big stars. It's a whole different situation on the sideline. Segregation still rules the coaching ranks. A review of all 130 FBS schools found shockingly low numbers, with blacks still largely shut out of head coaching positions and even more so the prime coordinator spots. While the NFL has come under fire, the situation appears more dire at the college level. Frankly, there's little reason to believe the sport will ever become more inclusive beyond the playing field. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1300 words, with photos.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

AP is moving election test reports for the February 29 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary beginning Thursday, February 6. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays, found in advisory queues: SC—South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary Election Testing Advisory.

TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding are making traveling treacherous as a storm system moves into the northeastern United States. At least five people have died in Southern states, where the water is rising in many places after days of rain. The National Weather Service is checking out reports of tornadoes in multiple states. Hundreds of people have been evacuated as their homes and cars have flooded, and many school districts have canceled classes. And when this storm front blows through, there's little room to relax, because forecasters say another major weather system is on its way. By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker. SENT: 899 words, photos, video.

RESORT-RENTAL DISPUTE

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Short-term rentals like those listed on Airbnb are surging all over, but they loom larger in little resort areas like Lake Placid. Many residents fear the rentals are gobbling up too much of the housing market, freezing out families who want to live here. Rental owners say they're an essential cog in the local economy. Local officials are now trying to balance neighborhood concerns against the economic benefit of tourists who stay in short-term rentals. Among concerns elsewhere: In South Carolina, the beach resort town Kiawah Island in November amended its short-term rental regulations to, among other things, cap the number of licenses in certain residential districts. By Michael Hill. SENT: 854 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DNC CHANGES

WASHINGTON — A top Democrat in Congress says the party's future under Tom Perez is under scrutiny amid fallout from the Iowa caucus and the winnowing of the presidential primary field to the exclusion of candidates of color. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina stopped short of saying Perez must go as leader of the Democratic National Committee. But he said there are “some serious discussions” happening on Capitol Hill about what should happen at the DNC. Clyburn is the third-ranking House Democrat. He made the comments during an interview Friday with C-SPAN's “Newsmakers.” By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SPORTS:

FBC—CLEMSON-MOVING ON

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's first task after his team's national title loss last month was crystal clear: Make sure his players weren't crushed by defeat. After all, a good chunk of the roster including quarterback Trevor Lawrence had never lost a college game before falling to LSU 42-25 to end a 29-game win streak. Swinney spent time watching Lawrence and other interact with assistant coaches and teammates and came away impressed with their focus on what's next. That's carried over into the past month as Clemson prepares to start its program of winter workouts and soon after spring practice. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ALABAMA (All times Central)

AP is moving election test reports for the March 3 Alabama presidential preference/state primary beginning Monday, February 10. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays and Thursdays, found in advisory queues: AL—Alabama Presidential/State Primary Election Testing Advisory.

TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding are making traveling treacherous as a storm system moves into the northeastern United States. At least five people have died in Southern states, where the water is rising in many places after days of rain. The National Weather Service is checking out reports of tornadoes in multiple states. Hundreds of people have been evacuated as their homes and cars have flooded, and many school districts have canceled classes. And when this storm front blows through, there's little room to relax, because forecasters say another major weather system is on its way. By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker. SENT: 899 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

—-OFFICER SHOT-ALABAMA — Funeral plans have been announced for an Alabama police officer who was fatally shot in an ambush while assisting other officers during a vehicle pursuit. With photo.

—TEACHER-SEX ABUSE — Authorities in Alabama say a newly-hired middle school teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old student.

— ROBBERY SLAYING — An Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the robbery and slaying of a clerk whose wallet contained just $43 when he was shot to death

— CHILD DEATH-FELON — A capital murder charge has been filed against a man in Alabama accused in the death of his girlfriend's toddler.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEPUTIES KILLED-VERDICT

EDGARD, La. — A man accused of killing two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana during a bloody gun battle in 2012 has been convicted of first-degree murder. New Orleans news outlets say a jury quickly found 35-year-old Kyle Joekel guilty after testimony and final statements in his trial concluded Friday. Jurors will next decide whether to impose a sentence of death or life in prison. SENT: 275 words.

LOUISIANA BUDGET

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is proposing a $32 billion Louisiana budget for next year that pours millions of new dollars into education and keeps most other government programs on an even keel. But it uses money that isn't yet available to spend under the law. The Friday release of the Democratic governor's spending recommendations for the financial year beginning July 1 kicks off months of budget negotiations with lawmakers. The governor's chief budget adviser outlined the spending proposal to the joint House and Senate budget committees. The spending plan includes $285 million in proposed boosted spending. Nearly half would finance increases across education programs. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 459 words, photos.

LOUISIANA BUDGET-LAWSUIT

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards is suing Louisiana's state treasurer for blocking a $25 million fund transfer the governor and lawmakers earmarked for state operating expenses. The Democratic governor is asking a judge to declare Republican state Treasurer John Schroder's actions illegal. Schroder has refused to shift the $25 million from Louisiana's unclaimed property account this budget year and he blocked a $15 million transfer last year. The fund includes unclaimed money Louisiana collects from things such as old savings accounts, payroll checks and utility deposits on behalf of residents. The treasurer's office tries to locate people and return the money. Governors and lawmakers for decades have spent unclaimed property money on programs and services. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 572 words.

WINTER WEATHER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding is making traveling treacherous as a storm system moves into the northeastern United States. At least five people have died in Southern states, where the water is rising in many places after days of rain. The National Weather Service is checking out reports of tornadoes in multiple states. Hundreds of people have been evacuated as their homes and cars have flooded, and many school districts have canceled classes. And when this storm front blows through, there's little room to relax, because forecasters say another major weather system is on its way. By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker. SENT: 899 words, photos, video.

CHINA OUTBREAK-UNIVERSITY TRIP

THIBODAUX, La. — A Louisiana university has canceled a student trip to China in May because of the deadly outbreak of a new virus there. The canceled 10-day trip to China is an annual event for the College of Business Administration, Nicholls State University spokesman Jacob Batte said in an email late Thursday. He said in a news release Wednesday that the university is barring all travel to China for university academic or business purposes because the State Department is advising Americans not to visit the country. SENT: 210 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HIGH MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River has fallen enough at New Orleans for the Army Corps of Engineers to stop daily levee inspections.

— UNIVERSITY-GAS LEAK — A gas leak at a private university in New Orleans has been shut down and the evacuation of several campus buildings is over.

— EDWARDS-GOVERNORS MEETING — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington for a weekend meeting with the nation's governors.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

MISSISSIPPI DEATH PENALTY CASE

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's new attorney general must decide whether to take a quadruple murder case to a seventh trial. Curtis Flowers has had two mistrials and four reversed convictions in connection with the 1996 slayings of four people at a furniture store. Flowers was sentenced to death in the sixth trial, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction for racial bias in a case that has received national attention. State Circuit Court Judge Joseph Loper turned the case over to the attorney general's office on Wednesday without setting a deadline, news agencies reported. SENT: 350 words.

WINTER WEATHER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Extreme wind gusts, blowing snow and widespread flooding is making traveling treacherous as a storm system moves into the northeastern United States. At least five people have died in Southern states, where the water is rising in many places after days of rain. The National Weather Service is checking out reports of tornadoes in multiple states. Hundreds of people have been evacuated as their homes and cars have flooded, and many school districts have canceled classes. And when this storm front blows through, there's little room to relax, because forecasters say another major weather system is on its way. By Rebecca Reynolds Yonker. SENT: 899 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— MOTEL FIRE — Fire has engulfed a motel in Jackson, Mississippi, creating flames and a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles

— MAN CHARGED-HUMANE SOCIETY — A Mississippi man who was once charged with cruelty to animals has been ordered to pay a humane society $1,300 in restitution

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