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AP-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:40 pm, TN

August 28, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments. All times are Central.

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Top Stories:

HOSPITAL-MEDICAID LAWSUIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A large Tennessee hospital system is suing the state’s Medicaid program, TennCare, claiming it’s purposefully siphoning money from hospitals that treat the neediest patients in order to favor insurance companies that often employ former TennCare employees.

MUSIC-CMA AWARD NOMINATIONS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Stapleton topped the list of finalists Tuesday with five nominations for the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards.

JAMESTOWN SLAVE SHIP

JAMESTOWN, Va. — On a recent afternoon, tour guide Justin Bates pointed to the spot where historic Jamestown’s legislature first convened in July 1619. He then gestured toward another nearby spot where some of the first slaves in English North America arrived a few weeks later.

SPECIAL SESSION

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to create a state lottery — the same bill it killed a day earlier.

In Brief:

—TENNESSEE SENATE-RESIGN, from Nashville: Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron is resigning at the end of the month to take office as a county mayor.

—BABY GIRL KILLED, from Memphis: Prosecutors say a Tennessee man has pleaded guilty in his 6-month-old daughter’s death, which was initially believed to have been caused by a traffic accident.

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