- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Georgia. 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. News Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

BOBCATS-JEKYLL ISLAND

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Remote-sensing cameras set up to help researchers count deer on Jekyll Island ended up capturing images of a more elusive animal that had never before been confirmed at the island state park. The only prior evidence that bobcats may live on Jekyll Island was a photograph from the early 1900s showing pelts hanging in the gamekeeper’s cabin. That changed this fall when cameras triggered by motion snapped photos of a lone bobcat with its stubby tail and white patches behind its ears. Now park officials want to know if there are more. By Russ Bynum. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos

NEW & DEVELOPING:

EBOLA-CDC EXPOSURE

EBOLA-SURVIVAL

TOP STORIES:

EBOLA-CDC EXPOSURE

ATLANTA (AP) - A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said Wednesday evening. The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into contact with a small amount of a live virus, CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds says in an emailed statement. By Phillip Lucas. SENT: 490 words.

EBOLA-SURVIVAL

One year into the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive. The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. By Marilyyn Marchione. SENT: 553 words, photo.

SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH

COLUMBIA, Miss. - Power companies were struggling to restore electricity to thousands of people in Mississippi, a day after a powerful storm swept through the southern U.S. and killed at least four people. Police in Columbia, Mississippi were stationed at all major intersections because traffic lights were swept away or destroyed amid Tuesday’s powerful storms. By Jack Elliott Jr. SENT: 886 words, photos, video.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL-WEATHER

NEW YORK (AP) - Christmas Eve is shaping up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for some travelers, especially in the Great Lakes and the Northeast. While parts of the South cleaned up from severe storms that killed at least four people, a system that forecasters had feared could bring several inches of snow to Illinois, including the air travel hub of Chicago, was expected to track farther east. By Scott Mayerowitz and Sophia Tareen. SENT: 663 words, photos, video.

SONY HACK-THE IMAGE

ATLANTA - Sony’s flip-flop on releasing “The Interview” shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don’t believe the decision will have any effect on Sony’s image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a protest message. The film is set to open in over 200 theaters, down from an original release planned in 3,000. Atlanta’s Plaza Theater and 16 theaters that are part of the Alamo Drafthouse chain in Texas are among those that plan to show it. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 880 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

- INMATE ESCAPE - Authorities capture inmate accused of walking away from Hall County work detail assignment.

- SEVERE WEATHER-GEORGIA - Georgia under flood watch as thunderstorms move into state; tornado watch covers some counties.

- AUGUSTA AIRPORT-DC FLIGHTS - Augusta airport to resume nonstop flights to Washington, DC.

- CLASSROOM FIGHT-TEACHER ARRESTED - Teacher facing battery charge after fight in his classroom in central Georgia high school.

- CARL SANDERS-UGA LAW - Former Gov. Carl Sanders’ estate gives $3.4 million to UGA School of Law.

- CHARITY FINED - Georgia-based charity NSPIRE Outreach fined in Tennessee over misleading solicitations.

- BB&T; BUILDING - Investors from Charlotte and Atlanta buy BB&T; building in Winston-Salem for $60 million.

- ATLANTA STREETCAR - Atlanta mayor announces streetcar expected to open for passenger service Dec. 30.

SPORTS:

FBN—FALCONS-RYAN’S TIME

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Matt Ryan showed plenty of resolve last week, playing one of his best games in a season-saving win at New Orleans. The performance helped Ryan bring the Falcons one victory from their third division title in five years, but Sunday’s NFC South showdown with Carolina will determine if Atlanta advances to the playoffs at 7-9 and gives coach Mike Smith a chance to keep his job. By George Henry.

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