- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news covering 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.

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ATLANTA - A former DeKalb County commissioner accused of stealing money from the county is set to enter a guilty plea in federal court. By Kate Brumback. 400 words. Developing from 3 p.m. hearing.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nancy Writebol, who spent weeks in isolation after contracting the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, is holding a news conference Tuesday to talk about her experience. This is the first time that the Charlotte woman, who was recently released from an Atlanta hospital, has talked publicly about contracting the disease and the efforts that were made to bring her back to the states to fight the disease. She and her husband, both missionaries, had been in Liberia for a year working in a clinic when she contracted the disease. Her press conference comes at the same time that the missionary group she works for has announced that a second aid worker has contracted Ebola. By Mitch Weiss. UPCOMING: 800 words, photo video by 2 p.m.


ST. STEPHEN, S.C. - Basket weavers are harvesting sweetgrass, the soft, pliable grass used to make the baskets which have for centuries been woven by slaves and their descendants who make up the Gullah-Geechee culture along along the nation’s Southeast coast. With breakneck coastal development sweetgrass has become harder to find and some weavers drive hours to find patches of the coastal grass they can harvest. Wednesday marks the first Sweetgrass Pulling Day at the St. Stephen Powerhouse operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sweetgrass grows naturally on the site and pulling it helps not only basketweavers, but promotes new growth and a healthier plant next year. By Bruce Smith. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1 p.m.


ROME, Ga. - Workers have installed a second ‘eagle cam’ — this one with sound — to give bird viewers a new angle of a bald eagle nest at Berry College. A live online video stream from the bald eagle nest at the northwest Georgia college has attracted a huge global audience. The video shows the daily activities of the two adult bald eagles and their attempts to raise a family. The Rome News-Tribune reports that the second camera was installed above the nest on Tuesday and can record sounds. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1 p.m.


DALTON, Ga. - Authorities say heavy rains over north Georgia have flooded homes and buildings in Dalton and closed some roads in the area. Whitfield County emergency management officials said three streets in the Dalton area were still flooded shortly before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The agency’s deputy director, Jeff Ownby, said firefighters rescued several motorists stranded in high water on Willowdale Road. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1 p.m.


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