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

October 10, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

EXECUTION TRIAL-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A letter from an attorney for Tennessee’s prisons says the state is refusing a death row inmate’s request to die by electrocution because his request came too late and because the affidavit he signed was altered.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TENNESSEE

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to clash in their second — and likely last — U.S. Senate race debate this year in Tennessee.

TOWN CLERK-EMBEZZLEMENT

JACKSON, Miss. — A former town clerk in northwest Mississippi has been indicted on charges that he stole $116,000 in town money.

MUSIC-RAY CHARLES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As an impoverished blind child in Florida, Ray Charles grew up listening to the country and western stars on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. That music of his childhood stayed close to his heart for the rest of his career, and it was his landmark two-volume set, “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music,” that changed country music in the ’60s. Charles, who died in 2004, will be the subject of a new public television special airing in February.

In Brief:

—TEEN KILLED-ANOTHER CHARGED, from Nashville: Police in Tennessee say a 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the deadly shooting of another 14-year-old boy.

—INMATES ESCAPE-TENNESSEE, from Murfreesboro: Authorities are searching by land and by air for two inmates who escaped from a Tennessee jail.

—HAUNTED HOUSE STABBING, from Madison: A man has been stabbed in the arm at a haunted house in Tennessee, and an attraction employee has been suspended.

—FACADE IMPROVEMENTS, from Nashville: State officials have approved $550,000 for improvements to commercial building facades in six Tennessee cities.

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