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AP-TN--Tennessee News Digest, TN

June 12, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Top Stories:

FARMERS-TARIFFS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dozens of Tennessee farmers are urging the state’s U.S. House delegation to oppose President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. In their open letter Monday, 42 farmers say the tariffs would raise prices for farmers to update equipment, expand production or renovate farm buildings and storage. They say anticipated retaliatory tariffs would make it harder to export Tennessee crops and would hurt farmers’ ability to make ends meet. By Jonathan Matisse.

MUSIC-FLORIDA-GEORGIA LINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country duo Florida Georgia Line has built its career one hit song at a time thanks to key collaborations, while also taking quiet steps to establish a lasting songwriting legacy in Nashville. Since blasting into the music scene in 2012 with “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley is once again commanding the charts with Bebe Rexha on their co-written midtempo smash “Meant to Be.”

By Kristin Hall. AP Photos. AP Video planned.

In Brief:

— DEPUTY KILLED, from Dickson, Tenn. — A woman accused of being an accomplice in the killing of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy says she didn’t know the man she was with had a gun and she stayed quiet during the shooting out of fear.

— NURSING HOME FRAUD, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee nursing home has signed a $30 million settlement to resolve a Medicare fraud lawsuit filed by two whistleblowers.

— GIRL SHOT, from MEMPHIS — Police in Tennessee are investigating the death of a pre-teen girl who was accidentally shot with an unsecured weapon.

— POLICE SHOOTING-TENNESSEE, From JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. — A Tennessee prosecutor says a police officer was justified in a fatal shooting earlier this year in which a man charged at him with a large knife.

— BONNAROO-CARBON MONOXIDE, from MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Four paramedics working at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival have been hospitalized for possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

— GREAT SMOKIES-FALL, from SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — A 63-year-old woman has survived a 40-foot (12-meter) fall at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

— NASHVILLE AIRPORT-MAIL FRAUD, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A former Tennessee airport worker has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for fraudulently buying and re-selling $134,600 in cellphones.

— DRUG ARRESTS, from RIPLEY, Tenn. — Authorities say 23 people are in custody after they were hit with drug-related charges in rural western Tennessee.

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