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

March 23, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ When Larry Robinson and Howard Robertson created a pilot for their sports talk radio program “R&R on Sports” in 2013, something was missing from the marketplace. “At the time, there were no national syndicated sports radio shows with two African-American male hosts,” Robinson says. An AP Member Exchange. With AP Photos.

In Brief:

_BODY IN VAN, from Memphis: Eight Memphis Police officers and an attendant are facing punishment after they failed to see that a vehicle brought to a police impound lot in 2017 contained a victim’s body for almost two months. According to local news reports, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Friday that lot attendant John Powell was fired and Sgt. Lee Allison was demoted to patrol officer in the incident that left 33-year-old Mexican immigrant Bardomiano Perez Hernandez’s body inside a van at the impound lot. Others faced suspensions and lesser punishments.

_PRISONER RELEASED-KIM KARDASHIAN, from Nashville: With Kim Kardashian West pledging to cover five years of rent, one of the first inmates released after federal sentencing reforms says he has finally found a new home. In a Facebook post Friday, Matthew Charles thanked Kardashian West and others for helping to overcome what he called a “nonsensical barrier.” Upcoming: 130 words.

_FATAL ROBBERIES-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: Two men charged with first-degree murder at a Nashville bar in August have been indicted in another fatal shooting. Nashville Police say 21-year-old Demontrey Logsdon and 28-year-old Horace Williamson III were indicted Friday on first-degree murder and aggravated robbery charges in the August death of 31-year-old Kendall Rice of Nashville.

_GOVERNOR-FLOODING, from Nashville: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is asking President Donald Trump’s administration to make federal assistance available for government efforts to address recent flooding and storms, citing a $151.3 million impact through local and state emergency responses, and infrastructure and road damage. A news release says Lee is seeking a major disaster declaration in 58 counties, asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make the Public Assistance program available to them.


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