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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:42 pm, TN

April 1, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DeVOS-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she’s encouraged by Tennessee’s latest push to expand school vouchers throughout the state and said she’s cheering on lawmakers to make the right choice.

DUKE ENERGY-COAL ASH

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The country’s largest electric company was ordered Monday to excavate coal ash from all of its North Carolina power plant sites, slashing the risk of toxic chemicals leaking into water supplies but potentially adding billions of dollars to the costs consumers pay.

YALE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

HARTFORD, Conn. _ A federal judge has ruled that a former Yale basketball captain who was expelled for sexual misconduct can move forward with his lawsuit against the university.

SODA TAXES

HARTFORD, Conn. _ Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a special tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut’s governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit — and bracing for a fight. Taxes on soda and other sugar-loaded drinks have taken effect in recent years in several cities around the country.

In Brief:

_BRIDGE SECTION COLLAPSE-TENNESSEE, from Chattanooga: Police in Tennessee say one person has been injured when a section of a concrete wall on an interstate highway collapsed and hit a car.

_CLIMATE CHANGE-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says the state has a duty to protect the environment, but held off from agreeing humans are the reason behind climate change.

_FIREFIGHTERS-TWO EMERGENCIES, from Chattanooga: Firefighters in Tennessee say they were assisting a man having a medical emergency when a flaming pickup truck pulled up next to them.

_DOMESTIC SLAYING, from Murfreesboro: A man convicted in a double homicide in Texas is now accused of killing his wife in Tennessee.

_STREAKING METEOR, from Eridu, Fla.: The National Weather Service says a bright flash across the Florida night sky over the weekend was likely a falling meteor.

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