BC-GA–Georgia News Coverage Advisory, GA

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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

TRAVEL-TRIP-FIVE FREE THINGS-ATLANTA

ATLANTA — Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are even free. Atlanta is a diverse, cosmopolitan city that is home to major corporations’ headquarters, world-class cultural institutions and restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs. It has a rich cultural and political history and is rich with parks and trails to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy during the many months of the year when Atlanta’s latitude makes it pleasant to be outside. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Atlanta. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 625 words, photos.

HEALTH CARE-GOP PRIMARIES

ATLANTA — Most Republicans agree the unwieldy health care overhaul offers a golden opportunity for the GOP in the 2014 midterm elections. What they don’t agree on is what tactics to use in opposing that unpopular law. In a number of Senate primaries, conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment. The outcome of those campaigns could affect the battle over which party controls the Senate. In intraparty skirmishes from Georgia to Nebraska, the GOP’s most strident candidates and activists are insisting on a no-holds-barred approach. They accuse fellow Republicans — including several incumbent senators — of being too soft in their opposition to the Affordable Care Act and to the president in general. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,005 words, photos.

ATLANTA-PLANE CRASH

ATLANTA — Federal authorities investigating an airplane crash that killed two people say the pilot contacted an air traffic controller immediately after taking off from an airport near Atlanta, asking to return to the airport. The pilot was then given instructions to return to Fulton County Airport, according to a preliminary report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board. SENT: 165 words.

HOT MANHOLE COVER-LAWSUIT

DULUTH, Minn. — A Georgia couple is suing Duluth’s steam plant after they say their 2-year-old son received second-degree burns from a hot manhole cover. Megan and Troy Brown, from Canton, Ga., are seeking more than $50,000 from the Duluth Steam Cooperative. The family was visiting Duluth for a wedding on Aug. 26, 2011, when they stopped for a photo in front of the Aerial Lift Bridge, according to the lawsuit. The boy, Jacob, tripped and fell on the manhole cover, leaving him with second-degree burns above his ankle, according to the suit. SENT: 300 words.

ALSO:

— Savannah Slaying

— Sandy Springs Slaying

— Christmas House Fire

— Metro Atlanta Unemployment

— Atlanta-Neighborhood Support

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