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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:30 pm, TN

January 3, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

CONGRESS-BLACKBURN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee’s newly elected U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn will be one of the first two Republican women to ever serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

BLACK FARMERS-SOYBEAN LAWSUIT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ A judge is ordering settlement talks in a lawsuit filed by black farmers from Mississippi and Tennessee who claim a company sold them faulty soybean seeds because of their race.

In Brief:

_WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING, from Nashville: The father of the man accused of fatally shooting four people in a Nashville Waffle House claims authorities didn’t expressly tell him to keep guns away from his son.

_AMMUNITION PLANT-FIRE, from Kingsport: An official says a fire has destroyed a building at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee.

_FATAL SHOOTING-DOMESTIC, from Selmer: Police in Tennessee say a man called 911 to report that he had killed his wife, planned to shoot himself and left his door unlocked for responding authorities.

_FATAL POLICE SHOOTING, from Memphis: Police in Tennessee have shot and killed a man they say was armed with a knife.

_TENNESSEE VALLEY-RAIN, from Nashville: A federal utility that serves parts of seven southeastern states says 2018 was the wettest year on record in the Tennessee Valley.

_UVA WISE-ENROLLMENT, from Wise, Va.: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is looking to boost enrollment by offering discounted tuition to out-of-state students from Appalachia.

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