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AP-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:45 pm, TN

October 4, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As more attention is focused on Tennessee’s increasingly competitive Senate race, a flood of attack ads continues to flood people’s screens.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam says he is still deciding whether to grant clemency to a Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed next week.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Supreme Court on Thursday took up the question of whether a reporter can be sued for defamation when reporting fairly and accurately on a public proceeding.


NEW YORK — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they’ve now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that they otherwise couldn’t have afforded.

In Brief:

—FATAL ROBBERIES-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: Attorneys have entered not guilty pleas on behalf of two men charged with murder and a third facing lesser charges in a fatal robbery outside a Nashville bar.

—HUNTING GUIDE ACCUSED, from Crosby, N.D.: A Tennessee man is accused of illegally acting as a hunting guide in North Dakota for several years.

—UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-DORM CLOSURE, from Knoxville: The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is closing one of its on-campus residence halls that houses nearly 600 students, citing elevated mold levels in several rooms and common areas.

—TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM, from Nashville: A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum building in Nashville.

—GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE, from Nashville: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and the two leading candidates seeking to succeed him will be the keynote speakers at the governor’s annual economic development conference next month.

—SESSIONS-VIOLENT CRIME-GRANT, from Knoxville: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has awarded east Tennessee nearly $300,000 to help combat violent crime as a part a recently reinvigorated federal program.


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