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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

EXECUTIONS TRIAL-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With an inmate set to be executed next week, Tennessee’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday about the constitutionality of its lethal injection method.

MEDIA LIBEL SUIT-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A group of Tennessee publishers and broadcasters is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn precedent and strengthen protections for the press.

POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING-TENNESSEE

BARTLETT, Tenn. — Officers in Tennessee fatally shot a man who had barricaded himself inside a home and fired several shots in the residence early Wednesday.

DISASTERS-FIGHTING FEMA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the floodwaters recede and the recovery begins, communities swamped by Hurricane Florence soon will be facing deadlines to document the billions of dollars in damage it caused if they want to be reimbursed by the federal government.

COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS-LABOR

DETROIT — A judge has cleared the way for possibly thousands of people to be paid for work performed while they were cosmetology students at a Michigan school.

In Brief:

—COUPLE INDICTED-TODDLER DEATH, from Soddy-Daisy: Court records say a man and his girlfriend have been indicted in a 2-year-old’s death in Tennessee.

—MISSING HIKER-BODY FOUND, from Asheville: The body of an Ohio woman has been found a week after she went missing while hiking with her daughter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

—POTATO STUDY, from Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is receiving up to $7.5 million for a study that will use potatoes to detect nerve agents, radiation and plant pathogens to help deployed troops and civilians in war-torn areas.

—PAISLEYS-FREE GROCERY STORE, from Nashville: Country singer Brad Paisley and wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are partnering with Belmont University to open a free grocery store in Nashville.

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