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Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf

MIAMI (AP) - A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was roiling parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and dangerous surf on Friday. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches.

U.S. forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area.

At 5 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was centered about 85 miles (135 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Its top sustained winds were 40 mph (65 kph). A gradual strengthening was expected through the weekend as it moves north.

The U.S. was expected to start feeling Alberto's effects Saturday. The hurricane center said up to 12 inches of rain was possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida. Residents in the storm's expected path were advised to monitor the storm's progress.

"Flooding potential will increase across this region early next week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland," the hurricane center said.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern Mississippi, southwestern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. A storm surge watch was also issued for parts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. Alberto comes ahead of schedule: the six-month hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week, and further deluges could leave those areas vulnerable to flash flooding and river flooding. Some beachfront and riverfront communities are already handing out sandbags.

The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

Red flags warning of dangerous surf conditions are already flying along some beaches. Jordan Sawmiller of Ohio tells WALA-TV that he was approaching the water with caution in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

"It will hit you pretty hard . and it sucks you right back out. So, I don't like getting in there very far," Sawmiller said.

A hotel owner in Panama City Beach, Florida, tells the Panama City News Herald that her family's five hotels are normally full on Memorial Day weekend. But Julie Hilton said people are cancelling because of the weather and room reservations are down about 20 percent.

Heavy rain could also be bad news for farmers. Georgia Peanut Commission Chairman and farmer Armond Morris and Tyron Spearman with the National Peanut Buying Points Association inspected a south Georgia peanut field Thursday. They told WALB-TV that farmers are worried about already-soaked young plants.

"Just hopeful that all the peanut stands will be OK, but we may have to replant some peanuts," said Morris.

Only 65 percent of the 2018 Georgia peanut crop has been planted.

"The crop is not growing as well as it should be," said University of Georgia Tifton peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. "So we are getting some cases of yellow peanuts just not growing."

The highest-paid CEOs by state

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2017, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state had a publicly traded company headquartered there that was large enough to be included. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does.

To calculate CEO pay, Equilar adds salary, bonus, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation and other components that include benefits and perks. For some companies, big raises can occur when CEOs get a stock grant in one year as part of a multi-year grant.

The typical CEO in the Standard & Poor's 500 index made $11.7 million last year.

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Alabama: O. B. Grayson Hall Jr., Regions Financial, $9.4 million (Hall is stepping down in July.)

Arkansas: C. Douglas McMillon, Walmart, $22.8 million

Arizona: Richard C. Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan, $16.2 million

California: Michael Rapino , Live Nation Entertainment, $70.6 million

Colorado: Gregory B. Maffei, Liberty Media & Qurate Retail Group, $67.6 million

Connecticut: Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna, $18.7 million

Washington, D.C.: Thomas P. Joyce, Danaher, $14.8 million

Delaware: Herv Hoppenot, Incyte, $16.1 million

Florida: Brian D. Jellison, Roper Technologies, $29.2 million

Georgia: Frank J. Bisignano, First Data, $102.2 million

Hawaii: Constance H. Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries, $5.4 million

Iowa: Daniel J. Houston, Principal Financial Group, $9.4 million

Idaho: Thomas K. Corrick , Boise Cascade , $4.1 million

Illinois: Debra A. Cafaro, Ventas, $25.3 million

Indiana: N. Thomas Linebarger, Cummins, $13.2 million

Kansas: Michael J. Brown, Euronet Worldwide, $3.9 million

Kentucky: Scott L. Thompson, Tempur Sealy International, $18 million

Louisiana: Glen F. Post III, CenturyLink, $14.3 million (Post retired at the company's annual meeting, which was on Wednesday.)

Massachusetts: Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $43.2 million

Maryland: David M. Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $42.2 million

Maine: Melissa D. Smith, WEX, $10.8 million

Michigan: Mary T. Barra, General Motors, $21.9 million

Minnesota: James M. Cracchiolo, Ameriprise Financial, $22.4 million

Missouri: Michael F. Neidorff, Centene, $25.3 million

Mississippi: Joe F. Sanderson Jr., Sanderson Farms, $6.6 million

North Carolina: Brian T. Moynihan, Bank of America, $21.4 million

North Dakota: David L. Goodin, MDU Resources Group, $3.7 million

Nebraska: Lance M. Fritz, Union Pacific, $11.3 million

New Hampshire: Timothy McGrath, PC Connection, $1.6 million

New Jersey: Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson, $23 million

New Mexico: Patricia K. Collawn, PNM Resources, $4.4 million

Nevada: Stephen A. Wynn, Wynn Resorts, $34.5 million (Wynn left the CEO position in February.)

New York: Leslie Moonves, CBS, $68.4 million

Ohio: W. Nicholas Howley, TransDigm Group, $61 million

Oklahoma: Robert D. Lawler, Chesapeake Energy, $14.9 million

Oregon: Bryan B. DeBoer, Lithia Motors, $5.9 million

Pennsylvania: Brian L. Roberts, Comcast, $32.5 million

Rhode Island: Scott C. Donnelly, Textron, $13.1 million

South Carolina: John D. Williams, Domtar, $7 million

South Dakota: David R. Emery, Black Hills, $3.4 million

Tennessee: Mark J. Costa, Eastman Chemical, $14 million

Texas: Randall L. Stephenson, AT&T, $25.6 million

Utah: Harris H. Simmons, Zions, $3.2 million

Virginia: Phebe N. Novakovic, General Dynamics, $21.2 million

Washington: John J. Legere, T-Mobile US, $23.6 million

Wisconsin: Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Inc., $12 million

High school math teacher arrested in underage sex sting

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - A west Georgia teacher has resigned after being arrested in sting operation by a police officer posing as an underage girl.

Tallapoosa Police Chief Scott Worthy tells the Times-Georgian that 42-year-old Steve Martin of Roopville was arrested Tuesday.

Worthy says Martin thought he was meeting an underage girl for sex by was arrested when he arrived.

He remains jailed Friday in Haralson County, charged with four felonies, including enticing a child for indecent purposes. No bail has been set, and it's unclear if Martin has a lawyer to speak for him.

Martin resigned Wednesday from 14 years of teaching math at Carrollton High School. Superintendent Mark Albertus says the incident didn't involve a current or former Carrollton student. Albertus says the allegations against the highly-regarded teacher are "hard to believe."

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Information from: Times-Georgian, http://www.times-georgian.com/

Ex-Atlanta mayor's credit card repayments now top $50,000

ATLANTA (AP) - Ex-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has used more than $50,000 from personal and campaign accounts to repay taxpayers for charges he made on his city-issued credit card.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV report that they recently obtained documentation of a previously unknown check for more than $15,000 that Reed wrote to the city from his campaign account in February 2015, repaying 13 charges.

That's beyond $35,000 in repayments already reported.

Reed says in a statement that the check covered "legitimate and appropriate business expenditures" while he was mayor. His spokesman says Reed was reimbursing the city for legitimate expenses "to reduce the burden on taxpayers."

That's similar to Reed's statement in March, when he repaid the city $12,000.

Federal officials are investigating whether Reed improperly used his city credit card.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

Authorities: Homeless man dies after fight with another man

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Georgia say a homeless man who was strangled by another homeless man during a fight earlier this month has died.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells news outlets 31-year-old Timothy Paschal died at a hospital Wednesday. Columbus police Detective Darrell Middlebrooks says on May 11, 34-year-old Donald Butler struck Paschal four times and put him in a submission hold until he lost consciousness.

Butler was charged with aggravated assault and appeared Thursday in Columbus Recorder's Court. Middlebrooks also told the court that Butler will likely be charged with murder pending an autopsy's results.

Judge Julius Hunter ordered Butler held without bond and sent the case to Columbus Superior Court, based on a prior aggravated assault conviction. He also ordered Butler to undergo a mental evaluation.

It is unclear if Butler has a lawyer.

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Night' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Night" game were:

8-3-2

(eight, three, two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Night' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Night" game were:

0-5-6-3

(zero, five, six, three)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:

17-22-33-36-37

(seventeen, twenty-two, thirty-three, thirty-six, thirty-seven)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Jumbo Bucks Lotto' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Jumbo Bucks Lotto" game were:

05-18-21-35-39-44

(five, eighteen, twenty-one, thirty-five, thirty-nine, forty-four)

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