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AP-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:30 pm, TN

July 7, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

2018 MIDTERMS-TENNESSEE-TARIFFS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jimmy Tosh’s sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump’s trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republican Senate candidates such as Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn. With AP photos.

With:

—2018 MIDTERMS-TENNESSEE-TARIFFS-GLANCE: Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen are expected to face off in November for a crucial, open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. Here is a quick look at the Democratic and Republican fields in the Aug. 2 primary for Senate. The candidates hope to replace Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who is retiring.

EXCHANGE-COUNTRY SINGER-BREAST CANCER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last August, Anita Cochran spent a mundane Thursday evening curled up on the couch watching home remodeling shows on HGTV. But then the country artist absentmindedly scratched an itch and discovered a lump in her right breast. An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

—BALLOT LAWSUIT-LAWMAKER, from Nashville— A Tennessee judge has agreed to let Tennessee Democratic Party attorneys question a Republican state lawmaker and his new employer under oath in a lawsuit over the Aug. 2 primary ballot. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , Friday’s decision in Davidson County Chancery Court comes in the state Democratic Party’s lawsuit that centers on Rep. Gerald McCormick’s abrupt withdrawal from his re-election bid last month.

—JAIL EVACUATION, from Ashland City— Inmates at a Tennessee county jail were evacuated after smoke started to fill the facility. B.J. Hudspeth with the Cheatham County Emergency Management Service tells news outlets that officials took ventilation fans inside the jail once it was cleared of all inmates Friday afternoon. The inmates were taken to a nearby courthouse.

—AIRPORT DRUG BUST, from Nashville— Authorities acting on a tip nabbed a man who they said tried to bring 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of marijuana to a Tennessee airport. WTVF-TV reports that a drug detection K-9 found two suitcases holding 51 bags of marijuana after investigators received a tip that someone was traveling from Los Angeles with drugs. The Metro Nashville police arrest affidavit says Jose Medina Ayala was booked Thursday.

—COLD CASE-ARREST, from Sandpoint, Idaho — A Tennessee man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the 2004 death of his wife in northern Idaho. Forty-eight-year-old Stephen Mathew Lott appeared in Bonner County Magistrate Court in Idaho on Thursday where bail was set at $1 million.

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