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Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up for select Deep South stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP's complete coverage of Deep South and the rest of the world, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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GEORGIA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

US AHMAUD ARBERY-GEORGIA TRIAL — BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Three men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was running empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision when the white strangers chased him, trapped him on a quiet street and blasted him with a shotgun. The February 2020 slaying drew limited attention at first. But when video of the shooting leaked online, Arbery’s death quickly became another example in the nation’s reckoning of racial injustice in the way Black people are treated in their everyday lives. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,097 words.

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US AHMAUD ARBERY-CONVICTIONS-EXPLAINER — ATLANTA — The killing was captured on video and shared around the world: Ahmaud Arbery running toward and then around an idling pickup truck before its driver blasted him at close range with a shotgun. Soon after Travis McMichael fatally shot Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020, his father, Greg McMichael, told police how the pair had armed themselves, chased the young Black man and trapped him “like a rat.” Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan told officers he joined the pursuit and helped cut off Arbery’s escape. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 697 words.

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US AHMAUD ARBERY-PARENTS — After three men were convicted of murder for the death her son, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother said Wednesday that she never thought she’d see the day come. “It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good,” Wanda Cooper-Jones told a crowd gathered outside the courthouse in Glynn County. “To tell the truth, I never saw this day back in 2020. I never thought this day would come. But God is good.” By Kate Brumback. SENT: 505 words.

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US GEORGIA SHOOTING-ARBERY PROFILE — BRUNSWICK, Ga. — He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided, he would take a break. College could wait until the fall. To help keep his head clear, he ran, just about every day. Off he’d go, out of the doors of his mother’s house, down the long street toward Fancy Bluff Road. Then would come the right turn onto the two-lane road lined by oak trees draped with Spanish moss. By Aaron Morrison. SENT: 1,777 words.

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US AHMAUD ARBERY-WHITE VIGILANTISM —The trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery had vastly different outcomes. But coming just days apart, they laid bare a dangerous and long-running current in the fight for racial equality: The move by some white Americans to grab guns and take their own stand against perceptions of lawlessness, particularly by Black people. The two cases, which ended with an acquittal for Rittenhouse last week and a guilty verdict for Arbery’s killers on Wednesday, highlighted polarizing issues about gun and self-defense laws, and racial injustice. By Noreen Nasir, Sudhin Thanawala and Adam Geller. SENT: 1,249 words.

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US AHMAUD ARBERY-TOENAILS — BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A lawyer for the father of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man fatally shot after he was pursued by three white men in Georgia, slammed comments made during closing arguments by a defense attorney who spoke of the dead man’s “dirty toenails.” Ben Crump spoke Wednesday after a jury found the three men guilty of murder and other crimes in Arbery’s death. Crump and Arbery’s parents, their lawyers and lawyers for the prosecution spoke in front of the courthouse after the jury’s verdict. SENT: 268 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— OVERTURNED CARGO SHIP-GEORGIA — State environmental regulators are proposing a $3 million fine for the Hyundai Glovis Co. logistics and shipping firm after a cargo ship carrying vehicles capsized and polluted ocean waters off the Georgia coast.

SPORTS:

BKN--HAWKS-SPURS — SAN ANTONIO — Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks are looking for a six-game winning streak that would answer a six-game skid when they visit the Spurs. San Antonio has lost five in a row. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT. UPCOMING: 650 words , By 8:30 p.m. EST, photo.

FBC—SEC-RIVALRY WEEK — Winning rivalry games comes with bragging rights and other rewards, but Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what losing them brings. “If you don’t have success in this game, I don’t care what else you accomplish in the season, there’s always a ‘but,’” Saban said. “And what comes after ‘but’ usually isn’t good.” By John Zenor. SENT: 1,082 words.

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FBC—ACC-PARITY AT A PRICE — PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi still can’t make up his mind. Back in July, the longtime Pittsburgh coach thought the College Football Playoff should stand pat at four teams. Now, with the 20th-ranked Panthers assured of a spot in the ACC title game after wrapping up the Coastal Division title, he’s not so sure. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,048 words.

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SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

INMATE DEATH-INVESTIGATION — WHITEVILLE, N.C. —— A state agency has initiated an investigation after an inmate at a North Carolina correctional institute died of a suspected overdose amid allegations that officers smuggled drugs into the facility. Authorities said Tabor Correctional Institution inmate Dustin D. Goodson, 31, suffered an apparent overdose on Nov. 12 and was taken to a hospital in South Carolina, where he was later declared brain dead, news outlets reported. SENT: 209 words.

IN BRIEF:

— VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTH CAROLINA— The city of Charleston, South Carolina says almost all of its employees have complied with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy ahead of a deadline this week.

— BODY FOUND — Investigators are trying to figure out how a man ended up dead for weeks in his own home with his hands and feet tied up and the body found behind a door blocked by a couch.

— DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN CRASH — Law officers are searching for a driver suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a moped driver in the Upstate.

SPORTS:

FBC—SEC-RIVALRY WEEK — Winning rivalry games comes with bragging rights and other rewards, but Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what losing them brings. “If you don’t have success in this game, I don’t care what else you accomplish in the season, there’s always a ‘but,’” Saban said. “And what comes after ‘but’ usually isn’t good.” By John Zenor. SENT: 1,082 words.

AP Photos transref:ALVH108, transref:MSRS119, transref:GAATJ, transref:ARMW124, transref:MSTUP203, transref:SCSR110, transref:KYMC106.

FBC—ACC-PARITY AT A PRICE — PITTSBURGH — Pat Narduzzi still can’t make up his mind. Back in July, the longtime Pittsburgh coach thought the College Football Playoff should stand pat at four teams. Now, with the 20th-ranked Panthers assured of a spot in the ACC title game after wrapping up the Coastal Division title, he’s not so sure. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,048 words.

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ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

US ALABAMA PRISONS — MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. The Justice Department last Friday filed an updated complaint in their ongoing lawsuit against Alabama over prison conditions. Justice Department officials wrote that violence remains unabated in facilities that are both overcrowded and “dangerously” understaffed. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 657 words.

SEX OFFENDER SENTENCE — PRATTVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama sex offender has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms, plus 190 years. Gary Wayne George, 57, of Prattville, pleaded guilty to three counts each of rape in the second degree and sodomy, five counts of possession of child pornography and one count of violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, The Montgomery Advertiser reported. SENT: 393 words.

IN BRIEF:

— UNSOLVED KILLING-REWARD — Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward in hopes of generating fresh leads in a 2016 Gadsden slaying.

SPORTS:

BKC—T25-UCONN-AUBURN — PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Tyler Polley scored a career-high 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:58 left in the second overtime to help No. 22 UConn beat No. 19 Auburn 115-109 in Wednesday’s first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Adama Sanogo finished with a career-best 30 points for the Huskies (5-0), who blew a 15-point lead in regulation and squandered a lead late in the first overtime in a wild game. But Sanogo and Polley didn’t let the Huskies stumble in the second overtime, scoring 14 points as UConn finally pushed ahead for good. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 516 words.

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BKC—DREXEL-JACKSONVILLE ST. — NASSAU — Demaree King had 16 points off the bench to carry Jacksonville State to a 72-64 win over Drexel on Wednesday in the Nassau Championship. Jalen Gibbs had 16 points for Jacksonville State (2-3). Darian Adams added 14 points. Brandon Huffman had 10 points. SENT: 104 words.

FBC—SEC-RIVALRY WEEK — Winning rivalry games comes with bragging rights and other rewards, but Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what losing them brings. “If you don’t have success in this game, I don’t care what else you accomplish in the season, there’s always a ‘but,’” Saban said. “And what comes after ‘but’ usually isn’t good.” By John Zenor. SENT: 1,082 words.

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LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

HUEY LONG STATUE-MAKEOVER — BATON ROUGE, La. — A bronze statue of Louisiana’s most famous politician, which faces the Capitol he built, has had a makeover after decades of exposure to weather and birds. The statue of Huey P. Long was recently cleaned by the expert who is restoring the Capitol’s bronze windows as part of a waterproofing project, The Advertiser reported. SENT: 275 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOUISIANA — BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Health is partnering with the Bayou Classic and the National Medical Association to offer free COVID-19 vaccines at events ahead of the 48th annual football clash between Grambling State and Southern University. On Friday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the state Department of Health will host a COVID-19 vaccination site in New Orleans on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency, outside of the Empire Ballroom, WBRZ-TV reported. And, on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., vaccines will be available for those ages 5 and up at the Superdome Gate A ramp and in Champions Square. SENT: 231 words.

BATON ROUGE JUDGE RETIRES — BATON ROUGE, La. — One of the longest-serving judges on the state district court in Baton Rouge is retiring at the end of the year. Judge William Morvant, who turned 65 this month, was reelected last fall to a fifth six-year term on the 19th Judicial District Court. SENT: 298 words.

BIDEN-GAS PRICES-CLIMATE — WASHINGTON — Democrats and climate activists generally supported President Joe Biden’s decision to release a record 50 million barrels of oil from America’s strategic reserve, even as the move appeared to contradict his long-term vision of combating climate change. The U.S. action, announced Tuesday in coordination with countries such as India, the United Kingdom and China, is aimed at global energy markets and helping lower gasoline prices that have risen more than a dollar per gallon since January. But it could also undermine Biden’s climate goals, including a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 938 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING — A Louisiana state trooper and two levee district officers shot and killed a man who was pointing a gun at them, Louisiana State Police said.

SPORTS:

FBN—BILLS-SAINTS PREVIEW — NEW ORLEANS — Very little has come easy for the New Orleans Saints this season, particularly in the Superdome, where they’ve lost twice after leading in the final minute of regulation. Despite that and the three-game slide they’re currently on, the Saints (5-5) are in the thick of the NFC playoff picture heading into a Thanksgiving night home date with the Buffalo Bills (6-4), who’ve had their own stumbles lately. By Brett Martel. SENT: 947 words.

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BKN--WIZARDS-PELICANS — NEW ORLEANS -- Bradley Beal, who's hit the 30-point mark twice this month, leads the Washington Wizards into a clash with the reeling Pelicans on Wednesday night. New Orleans has lost 16 of its first 19 games, the latest setback coming in lopsided fashion against Minnesota two nights ago. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Tip-off 8 p.m. ET By BMARTEL. UPCOMING : 600 words , By 7:00 p.m. CST, photo.

BKC—CENT. ARKANSAS-NEW ORLEANS — NEW ORLEANS — Derek St. Hilaire had 22 points as New Orleans easily beat Central Arkansas 90-63 on Wednesday. Troy Green had 16 points and seven rebounds for New Orleans (2-3). Daniel Sackey added 13 points. Tyson Jackson had 11 points. SENT: 105 words.

BKC—LOUISIANA COLLEGE-GRAMBLING ST. — GRAMBLING, La. — Cameron Christon had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Grambling State topped Louisiana College 71-61 on Wednesday. AJ Taylor had 14 points and seven rebounds for Grambling State (1-4), which snapped its season-opening four-game losing streak. SENT: 126 words.

BKC--LOUISIANA-MONROE-LOUISIANA TECH — Louisiana-Monroe plays Louisiana Tech at Thomas Assembly Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. UPCOMING , By 6:30 p.m. CST.

FBC—SEC-RIVALRY WEEK — Winning rivalry games comes with bragging rights and other rewards, but Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what losing them brings. “If you don’t have success in this game, I don’t care what else you accomplish in the season, there’s always a ‘but,’” Saban said. “And what comes after ‘but’ usually isn’t good.” By John Zenor. SENT: 1,082 words.

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MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

US HEALTH BOARD NOMINEES-MISSISSIPPI — JACKSON, Miss. — An obstetrician-gynecologist and a pharmacist have been nominated by Gov. Tate Reeves to join the Mississippi State Board of Health. Dr. James Patrick “Pat” Chaney and Dr. Lee Ann Griffin are both graduates of Mississippi public universities. Griffin, of Jackson, received both her undergraduate degree and her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi. Chaney, of Amory, is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. SENT: 362 words.

FOOD BENEFITS-MISSISSIPPI — JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Department of Human Services officials say inaccurate data provided by school districts is leading to delays in families receiving pandemic food cards. Meanwhile, families say they are waiting hours on hold when they to reach out to Mississippi Pandemic EBT Hotline for assistance. SENT: 304 words.

US MACY’S-THANKSGIVING-PARADE — NEW YORK — Growing up in Chicago, Broadway star Brittney Mack faithfully watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV after fulfilling her own parade duties. Now she’s getting ready to bundle up, hit the streets of Manhattan and be part of the big one for the first time. Mack, who plays one of the wives of Henry VIII in the hit musical “Six,” is slated to perform a mashup of some of its songs live Thursday with her castmates and band in front of a televised audience of millions. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 821 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— SENATE ELECTION-MISSISSIPPI — An attorney won a seat in the state senate representing eastern Mississippi during a special election Tuesday.

— JACKSON WATER WORKERS — Jackson city leaders have approved a plan to increase pay for workers at its water plant.

SPORTS:

FBC—T25-MISSISSIPPI-MISSISSIPPI ST PREVIEW — Eye-popping offensive numbers have sparked improvements by No. 8 Mississippi and Mississippi State and make their in-state rivalry showdown even more intriguing. The Rebels (9-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) and Bulldogs (7-4, 4-3) both bring winning streaks into the 94th Egg Bowl. One of those streaks will end on Thanksgiving night as their high-powered attacks take turns putting the ball in the air in Starkville Thursday. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 823 words.

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FBC—SEC-RIVALRY WEEK — Winning rivalry games comes with bragging rights and other rewards, but Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what losing them brings. “If you don’t have success in this game, I don’t care what else you accomplish in the season, there’s always a ‘but,’” Saban said. “And what comes after ‘but’ usually isn’t good.” By John Zenor. SENT: 1,082 words.

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BKC--NORTH CAROLINA-WILMINGTON-SOUTHERN MISS — North Carolina-Wilmington plays Southern Miss at Dahlberg Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. UPCOMING , By 6:00 p.m. CST.

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