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AP-TN--Tennessee News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TN

January 8, 2018

Good morning! 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central unless noted.

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




WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is promoting his administration’s plans to boost economic development in rural communities — and reserving a seat at the national college football championship game. Trump is set Monday to become the first president in a quarter century to address the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. With the trip to Nashville, Tennessee, he will unveil a report the White House says will include proposals to stimulate a segment of the national economy that has lagged others. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 470 words. Will be updated. Eds: Trump scheduled to speak in Nashville at 4:10 p.m. EST, attend game at 6:45 p.m. EST.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Protests are expected outside, enthusiasm inside, and Republican candidates running for governor and senator may be vying for proximity to President Trump when he comes to Tennessee on Monday to address the national Farm Bureau convention. By Jonathan Mattise. UPCOMING: About 400 words by 5 p.m.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers return to work on Jan. 9 with few big, controversial priorities looming as they head toward the 2018 election season. The session is the last for term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam, and House Speaker Beth Harwell is one of the five major Republicans seeking to succeed him. The election implications, among other considerations, make it unlikely to see much done with testy topics, such as school vouchers, in-state tuition for children brought to the country illegally and medical marijuana. By Jonathan Mattise. UPCOMING: 500 words. With file photos.


ATLANTA — Authorities are beginning to get reports of slick spots on roads in northern Alabama and northwest Georgia — including a crash involving 30 to 40 cars on Interstate 75 — after light freezing rain fell before dawn. Police in the north Georgia city of Varnell tweeted the interstate pileup happened about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee. WRCB-TV reports the crash and icy conditions caused all northbound lanes of I-75 to close about 8 a.m. Monday. There’s no word on injuries. SENT: 130 words. Will updated.




VIOLENT CRIME-TENNESSEE PROSECUTORS — The U.S. Department of Justice is adding four new federal prosecutors in Tennessee as part of steps to combat violent crime. SENT: 80 words.

FISH-ENDANGERED STATUS — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed protecting a Tennessee freshwater fish as an endangered species. SENT: 130 words.


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