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AP-TN--Tennessee News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TN

August 2, 2018

Good morning! 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. Becky Yonker 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central unless noted. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Top Stories:


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A hotly contested governor’s race among both Republicans and Democrats steals thunder from a U.S. Senate race of national interest, where former Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to mount a formidable campaign against U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, President Donald Trump’s preferred choice, in the November general election contest. Bredesen and Blackburn are heavily favored in their respective primaries, but another House member, Rep. Diane Black, is locked in a hard-fought campaign against businessmen Randy Boyd and Bill Lee and Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell for the GOP nomination, while former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh are contending for the Democratic contest. All nine congressional seats are also on the ballot, including three open seats, and there’s a county general election for Shelby County mayor. By Jonathan Mattise and Adrian Sainz. Will be updated throughout the day with Election Day voter quotes/turnout/complications.

AP Photos.


—TENNESSEE-ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE: A chunky text guide to the election.

—TENNESSEE PRIMARIES-LATEST. Publishable, wire-ready vignettes beginning early Thursday. Will incorporate breaking coverage, including race calls, polling problems, turnout, candidate statements.

—TENNESSEE PRIMARY-MAIN. APNewsAlerts, Latest, 500-word writethru on Democratic and Republican contests for U.S. Senate and governor. By Jonathan Mattise and Sheila Burke.

—TENNESSEE PRIMARIES-GOVERNOR. APNewsAlerts, Latest, 500-word writethru rounding up Democratic and Republican contests. By Jonathan Mattise.

—TENNESSEE PRIMARIES-US HOUSE. APNewsAlerts, Latest, 400-word writethru. By Adrian Sainz.

—TENNESSEE PRIMARIES-LEGISLATURE. Latest, 300-word writethru. By Sheila Burke and Adam Beam.

—TENNESSEE ELECTION-SHELBY MAYOR. Latest, NewsNow. Will include results of Knox County mayor’s race. By Adrian Sainz.

— TENNESSEE-ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE-RESULTS: A chunky text explainer on primary election results, including the winners in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races.

In Brief:

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-BOARD, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee’s newly retooled board of trustees has selected a former president of PepsiCo Inc. as its next chairman.

FORT CAMPBELL-SOLDIER KILLED, from FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Officials at Fort Campbell say a soldier has died in a training accident.


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