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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest, TN

December 28, 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(at)ap.org. Becky Yonker 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. _ Tennessee’s education department is advising local school officials that it’s not their role to determine whether students and their families are in the country legally or not under a new state law against sanctuary cities. The law, one of several taking effect Jan. 1, threatens local governments with the loss of future state economic and community development money if they have immigrant-protecting so-called “sanctuary policies.” By Jonathan Mattise.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Elvis Presley wanted an honest answer. Steve Binder gave him one. Presley was meeting Binder for the first time in Binder’s office in Los Angeles in 1968. A music and television producer, Binder had been asked to put together an NBC television special featuring Presley, who had become more of a movie actor than a rock ‘n’ roll singer in the 1960s when the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were dominating the rock world. By Adrian Sainz.

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A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept away cars and forced dozens of water rescues. By John Seewer.

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In Brief:

RURAL HEALTH CLINICS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A revamp of billing rules for Tennessee’s TennCare program has left some rural health care clinics struggling to stay open. T

CANNABIS CANDY, from MURFREESBORO, Tenn. _ A lawsuit says authorities targeted Tennessee stores with owners of Egyptian heritage in the “Operation Candy Crush” sting focusing on candy and other products containing cannabidiol.

FIRE-FOUR KILLED, from COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. _ A father and son who survived a house fire in Tennessee that killed four people are out of the hospital.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 3.7 percent to 3.6 percent in November.


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