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AP-TN--Tennessee News Digest, TN

May 16, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican candidate for Tennessee governor Bill Lee is claiming that the “liberal media,” teachers unions and the “far-left lobby” have used students who survived the deadly Florida school shooting as “props to push their anti-gun agenda,” saying he’s sickened by it.


SEATTLE — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research aligned with Gates interests, led to friendly media coverage and even had a hand in writing one state’s new education system framework. By Sally Ho.

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ATLANTA — The memorial to lynching victims that just opened in Montgomery, Alabama, and a related museum are expected to attract thousands of visitors in the next year. Many of those travelers will fly or drive through Atlanta and might consider adding the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to their itinerary. King rose to fame as a pastor leading the Montgomery bus boycott, but his roots were in Atlanta. By Beth J. Harpaz.

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Army engineers have completed a $1.4 million project designed to protect a vital storm sewer channel that runs into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that it turned over the project in late March to the city of Germantown, a Memphis suburb. Engineers shored up Lateral D, a channel that runs into the Wolf River in east Shelby County.

In Brief:

WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Families of victims of a mass shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House got a chance to thank a man who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman.

SANCTUARY CITIES, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Metro Council has called on Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Tennessee.

TBI DIRECTOR, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A panel has picked three finalists to lead the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

FUEL TANKER-RIVER, from BENTON, Tenn. — Officials say cleanup is underway after a fuel tanker crashed in the Ocoee River in southern Tennessee, spilling fuel into the waterway.

JUDGE CONFIRMED, from LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky lawyer who is a partner in a Cincinnati law firm has been confirmed to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

DEFENSE CONTRACTOR-EXPANSION, from TOONE, Tenn. — A defense contractor plans to invest $40 million and add 100 jobs to expand its operations in western Tennessee.


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