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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:34 pm, TN

March 28, 2019

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(at)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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. _ A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct has stepped down as chairman of an education subcommittee after facing months of protests from victim advocates calling for his resignation.


_TRANSGENDER BATHROOM BILL, from Nashville: A watered-down Tennessee bill spelling out that the state’s public indecency law applies to bathrooms and changing rooms for single-sex, multi-person use is heading toward floor votes.

_PLASTIC BAG BAN-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill to ban local governments from regulating certain plastic bags and utensils.

_GYM TAX REPEAL, from Nashville: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s push to repeal an amusement tax on gym memberships is awaiting his signature to become law.



COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Federal legislation proposed Thursday would give state prison officials the ability they have long sought to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to inmates within their walls.

In Brief:

_INMATE HIT-LAWSUIT, from Smyrna: An inmate at a Tennessee jail has filed a lawsuit saying a city employee intentionally hit him with a van to encourage him not to “lag behind.”

_OVERCROWDED JAIL FIGHT, from Ashland City: A Tennessee sheriff says overcrowding at the Cheatham County Jail led to a brawl that injured five people, including two correctional officers.

_SOLDIERS RETURN, from Fort Campbell: Fort Campbell says more than 100 soldiers are returning from a deployment to Africa.


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