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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest, TN

December 27, 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. Travis Loller 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RURAL CLINICS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ National and state health care organizations are calling on TennCare officials to immediately end a moratorium on special payments to rural clinics. The Tennessean reports , the moratorium began more than a year ago. It was supposed to last six months but has since been extended twice. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

In Brief:

SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH, from JACKSON, Miss.: Parts of the Gulf Coast are at risk for severe weather Thursday as a line of storms marches eastward.

ELVIS-BIRTHDAY AUCTION, from MEMPHIS: Items associated with Elvis Presley will once again be on the auction block at Graceland as part of a celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday.

CHRISTMAS DUCK, from BRISTOL: An inflatable duck in a Santa hat and scarf has become such a hit in Bristol, Tennessee, that when it did not appear atop a resident’s roof this year, strangers began campaigning for its return.

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