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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 ELECTION 2022-GEORGIA-SENATE — ATLANTA — Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker has called off a fundraiser in Texas because an organizer was displaying a swastika made of syringes in her social media profile to protest mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. The Walker campaign said Wednesday that it had canceled the event, which had been scheduled for Saturday in suburban Dallas at the home of Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais. By Jeff Amy.

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US FACULTY REVIEWS GEORGIA — Tenured professors at Georgia's public universities will face a new set of job reviews that regents say will help them improve but that some faculty members say undercuts the job protections and freedom of expression that tenure is supposed to guarantee. By Jeff Amy. SENT : 750 words .

US ELECTION-2020-AUDITS-GEORGIA — ATLANTA — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging fraud in Georgia’s most populous county during the 2020 election. The suit sought a review of some 147,000 absentee ballots to see if any were illegitimate. The lawsuit was originally filed in December and alleged evidence of fraudulent ballots and improper ballot counting in Fulton County. It was filed by nine Georgia voters and spearheaded by Garland Favorito, a longtime critic of Georgia’s election systems. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 870 words.

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CISCO-EXPANSION — ATLANTA — Cisco says it will expand its presence in Georgia by opening a new 700-employee office in midtown Atlanta. The California-based tech giant is investing $41 million to open in a massive complex developed on land owned by Georgia Tech. Cisco says it wants to focus on hiring more engineers and programmers from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the colleges of the historically Black Atlanta University Center: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and the Morehouse School of Medicine. SENT: 347 words.

US ATLANTA SYMPHONY-STUTZMANN — Nathalie Stutzmann, the French-born contralto turned conductor, will succeed Robert Spano as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2022-23 season and become the second woman to lead a major American orchestra. The 56-year-old agreed to a four-year contract, the orchestra announced Wednesday, and she plans to spend 10 weeks annually in Atlanta starting in 2022-23. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 520 words.

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US EARNS-DELTA — Delta Air Lines posted a $1.2 billion profit for the third quarter on Wednesday, helped by the latest installment of federal pandemic aid for the airline industry, but warned that rising fuel prices will lead to a “modest” loss in the fourth quarter. The airline also expects higher labor costs as it hires thousands of employees to replace some of those who left the company last year, when the pandemic’s impact on travel was most brutal. By David Koenig. SENT: 899 words.

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US DEERE-CONTRACT — MOLINE, Ill. — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers appear ready to go on strike if negotiators can’t deliver a new agreement by the end of Wednesday. The United Auto Workers union has said its members would walk off the job if no deal has been reached by 11:59 p.m. The vast majority of the union rejected a contract offer earlier this week that would have delivered 5% raises to some workers and 6% raises to others. SENT: 357 words.

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BRIEF:

— ATLANTA AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT — Atlanta’s international airport is again seeking developers for five parcels of land around the airport.

SPORTS:

BKN--EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW — The Brooklyn Nets look like such a title favorite that James Harden felt the need for a reminder they aren’t a title team. The Milwaukee Bucks have the crown and none of the drama of some of the other top contenders in the Eastern Conference, where turbulence with Ben Simmons in Philadelphia and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn were the biggest stories heading into the season. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. UPCOMING , By 5:00 p.m. EDT, photo.

FBC—SEC-WILD WEST — With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Aggies’ 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small’s field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide’s division rivals. It’s not just a parade of teams lining up neatly behind ’Bama any more. By John Zenor. SENT: 849 words.

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BKW--ACC MEDIA DAY — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina State is a two-time reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament champion with all five starters back. Louisville lost the league player of the year but restocked with veteran transfers. And down the line, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top women’s teams like the Wolfpack, Cardinals and Georgia Tech are filled with older players with plenty of game experience. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 5 p.m. By ABEARD. UPCOMING , By 5:00 p.m. EDT.

BKW-ACC MEDIA DAY-VETERAN CONTENDERS — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner has reason for confidence after bringing back nearly the entire roster from the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16 team in nearly a decade. She’s not alone in the Atlantic Coast Conference, either. By Aaron Beard.

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FBC--ACC-CHASING WAKE — Wake Forest began this season among the large group known as “everybody else” in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the label applied to teams projected to fall in line behind perennial favorite Clemson. Imagining a different scenario would’ve been a stretch this summer considering the powerhouse Tigers were coming off a sixth consecutive league title and yet another appearance in the College Football Playoff championship. Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons were looking to improve from a 4-5 showing (3-4 ACC) in a pandemic-affected season and were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division by media. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 983 words.

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SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

US CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING — Dylann Roof’s chances for a new appellate hearing continue to dwindle as he challenges his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to reconsider recusing itself from his appeal. Roof’s attorneys wanted the judges who opted to sit out his case to reinstate themselves to consider his petition for a new hearing. 430 words. By MKINNARD. SENT, photo.

US SHERIFF-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT — A former sheriff in South Carolina reported to prison Wednesday to serve a one-year sentence for using his power and office to pressure a personal assistant to have sex with him. The South Carolina Supreme Court refused to reconsider its August decision upholding ex-Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis' 2019 conviction meaning Lewis ran out of appeals. By JSCOLLINS. SENT, photo.

BIDEN-OFFSHORE WIND — WASHINGTON — Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced Wednesday by the Biden administration. The projects are part of President Joe Biden’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, generating enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes. By Matthew Daly.

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SPORTS:

BKW--ACC MEDIA DAY — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina State is a two-time reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament champion with all five starters back. Louisville lost the league player of the year but restocked with veteran transfers. And down the line, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top women’s teams like the Wolfpack, Cardinals and Georgia Tech are filled with older players with plenty of game experience. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 5 p.m. By ABEARD. UPCOMING , By 5:00 p.m. EDT.

BKW-ACC MEDIA DAY-VETERAN CONTENDERS — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner has reason for confidence after bringing back nearly the entire roster from the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16 team in nearly a decade. She’s not alone in the Atlantic Coast Conference, either. By Aaron Beard.

AP Photos transref:NCMK137, transref:NCMK110, transref:NCMK102, transref:NCMK105, transref:NCMK101, transref:NCMK103, transref:NCMK130, transref:NCMK139.

FBC--ACC-CHASING WAKE — Wake Forest began this season among the large group known as “everybody else” in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the label applied to teams projected to fall in line behind perennial favorite Clemson. Imagining a different scenario would’ve been a stretch this summer considering the powerhouse Tigers were coming off a sixth consecutive league title and yet another appearance in the College Football Playoff championship. Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons were looking to improve from a 4-5 showing (3-4 ACC) in a pandemic-affected season and were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division by media. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 983 words.

AP Photos transref:NYAK113, transref:SCHW114, transref:NCKD106, transref:NYAK114, transref:NCGB110, transref:NYAK120, transref:SCHW113, transref:NYAK116, transref:SCHW112, transref:NCKD110.

FBC—SEC-WILD WEST — With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Aggies’ 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small’s field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide’s division rivals. It’s not just a parade of teams lining up neatly behind ’Bama any more. By John Zenor. SENT: 849 words.

AP Photos transref:TXSC126, transref:ALVH135, transref:MSRS116, transref:MSRS133, transref:TNJA110.

GLF-CJ CUP-PREVIEW — LAS VEGAS — Dustin Johnson hasn’t played much golf since becoming the first American in more than 40 years to win all five of his matches in the Ryder Cup. He still remembers the basics. “You try to keep it in the grass and not the desert,” he said Wednesday as he stood on the eighth tee at The Summit Club. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 848 words.

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ALABAMA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Federal judges heard arguments Wednesday about whether an Alabama inmate had the mental capacity to understand the paperwork setting up his planned execution next week, with a defense lawyer arguing the man’s cognitive deficiencies warranted disability assistance. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering an appeal by Willie B. Smith III, who was convicted of a woman’s 1991 kidnap and killing. His lawyer said the man has an IQ in the 70s and should have received help under the Americans with Disabilities Act to understand a form related to the selection of an execution method. By Kim Chandler.

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ALABAMA FLOODING-AFTERMATH

PELHAM Ala. — Communities affected by last week’s flash flooding, which left roads and neighborhoods under water and killed four people in Alabama, are still working to clean up the mess and address persistent drainage issues that seem to be getting worse. Near Birmingham in Shelby County, where emergency management officials have assessed damage to 250 homes, the city of Pelham earmarked $500,000 for storm cleanup and crews are making rounds to collect as much debris as possible, WBRC-TV reported.

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IN BRIEF:

— MISSILE DEFENSE-ALABAMA — The defense firm Northrop Grumman plans to hire 500 more engineers in the Huntsville area to support America’s new Air Force-led defense against foreign nuclear missile attack.

— AMBULANCE CRASH-INFANT DIED — An infant has died from injuries he received during a two-vehicle crash in Alabama that involved an ambulance, police said.

— POLICE VAN-BODY — An autopsy confirmed that a woman found dead inside a police van parked outside headquarters wasn’t the victim of foul play and didn’t suffer any trauma, an official said Wednesday.

SPORTS:

FBC—SEC-WILD WEST — With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Aggies’ 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small’s field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide’s division rivals. It’s not just a parade of teams lining up neatly behind ’Bama any more. By John Zenor. SENT: 849 words.

AP Photos transref:TXSC126, transref:ALVH135, transref:MSRS116, transref:MSRS133, transref:TNJA110.

LOUISIANA (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

US LOUISIANA STATE POLICE-FEDERAL PROBE — A former Louisiana State Police trooper pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a federal charge in the 2019 video recorded beating of a man whose injuries included a broken jaw and broken ribs. Jacob Brown is charged with “deprivation of rights under color of law” in the beating of Aaron Bowman following a north Louisiana traffic stop. SENT: 324 words.

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BC-LA--SCHOOL LETTER GRADES — BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s top school board Wednesday agreed to shelve letter grades for public schools this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, assuming the federal government signs off on the move as expected. The action from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education means that grades and school performance scores that are usually released in November will be set aside amid classroom upheaval and falling test scores blamed on the pandemic. SENT: 335 words.

US-GAMING STUDIO-NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana economic development officials say a new video game development project based in New Orleans will create 75 new jobs with an average annual salary of $100,000. The new business is called Possibility Space. It's founder is Jeff Strain, who already has a track record of success in the industry. By Kevin McGill. SENT 301 words.

ABORTION-TEXAS-LOUISIANA CLINIC — SHREVEPORT, La. — The 33-year-old Texas woman drove alone four hours through the night to get to the Louisiana abortion clinic for a consultation. She initially planned to sleep in her car, but an advocacy group helped arrange a hotel room. Single and with three children ranging from 5 to 13, she worried that adding a baby now would take time, food, money and space away from her three children. She doesn’t have a job, and without help from groups offering a safe abortion, she said, she probably would have sought another way to end her pregnancy. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 1,385 words.

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ZOO COVID-19 VACCINATIONS-LOUISIANA —NEW ORLEANS — The zoo in New Orleans is vaccinating great apes against COVID-19, and plans to vaccinate cats, otters and animals related to otters. The Audubon Zoo recently received enough of the two-dose animal vaccine for its four gorillas and four orangutans, spokeswoman Annie Matherne said Wednesday. She said doses for cats, otters and ferrets are still pending. SENT: 272 words.

OBIT-WILLIAM E. DAVIS

POCATELLO, Idaho — William Eugene “Bud” Davis, who was a higher education leader in Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico and Louisiana as well as a college football coach and candidate for U.S. Senate, has died. He was 92. SENT: 348 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HUNTING-SMARTPHONE TAG VALIDATION — Hunters in Louisiana can now use their smartphones to tag and validate deer and turkey immediately after killing one, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.

SPORTS:

BKN—WESTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW — It may be a roster like none other. The Los Angeles Lakers have four of the NBA’s top seven active scorers. The top three leading active rebounders. Three of the top four active leaders in assists. Three of the top five in blocks. Three of the top five in wins. Four of the top six in steals. They could even have five Olympic gold medalists on the floor at once and another on the bench. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,189 words.

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FBC—SEC-WILD WEST — With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Aggies’ 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small’s field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide’s division rivals. It’s not just a parade of teams lining up neatly behind ’Bama any more. By John Zenor. SENT: 849 words.

AP Photos transref:TXSC126, transref:ALVH135, transref:MSRS116, transref:MSRS133, transref:TNJA110.

FBC—LSU-RICKS OUT — BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU starting cornerback Eli Ricks has decided to have season-ending surgery to repair an injury that has nagged him for much of the season, coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday. The injury leaves LSU without its top two cornerbacks, with former All-America defensive back Derrick Stingley also sidelined indefinitely. SENT: 352 words.

AP Photos transref:NYDD207, transref:KYMC120.

MISSISSIPPI (All times Central)

TOP STORIES:

PASTOR KILLING-SENTENCE

JACKSON, Miss. — A man has been sentenced to prison for his role in the fatal shooting of a Mississippi pastor while he was unlocking his church for worship services. Morgan Quinn received 40 years with 10 years suspended and five years of supervised probation Tuesday in the death of Anthony Longino, news outlets reported. His capital murder charge was reduced to second-degree murder and aggravated assault. SENT: 191 words.

NATCHEZ-CITY CLERK RESIGNING

NATCHEZ, Miss. — A Mississippi city is looking to fill one of its top administrative jobs because the current city clerk is stepping down in mid-November. Servia Fortenberry is credited with getting financial recordkeeping in order for the city of Natchez, where she has worked the past two years, the Natchez Democrat reported. SENT: 210 words.

IN BRIEF:

— EAST MISSISSIPPI SHOOTING —Three people are dead and an infant wounded after a shooting in the east Mississippi city of Meridian.

— DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN — Authorities have identified the victim in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Jackson.

SPORTS:

FBC—SEC-WILD WEST — With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Aggies’ 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small’s field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide’s division rivals. It’s not just a parade of teams lining up neatly behind ’Bama any more. By John Zenor. SENT: 849 words.

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