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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:33 pm, TN

March 20, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BLACK LUNG DISEASE-FUND

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Lawmakers and advocates react to a cut in the funding of a federal trust that gives medical benefits and payments to sufferers of black lung disease.

In Brief:

_BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP, from Nashville: A resolution that commends President Donald Trump for wanting to end the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship has suffered defeat in Tennessee.

_SMILE DIRECT-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: Gov. Bill Lee has announced Nashville-based SmileDirectClub will hire more than 2,000 employees over the next five years as part of plan to expand its headquarters and facilities in Tennessee.

_VANDERBILT-WRONG KIDNEY, from Nashville: A Tennessee woman says Vanderbilt University Medical Center operated on the wrong kidney during her surgery in what federal officials call a “never event.”

_ZONING LAWS-SURGICAL ABORTIONS, from Mt. Juliet: The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Planning Commission is set to review a zoning amendment that blocks a new health clinic from performing surgical abortions.

_CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES, from Memphis: Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man has been charged with coercing girls to appear in sex videos.

_SEAT BELT SURVEY, from Nashville: A survey from Tennessee officials has found that seat belt usage increased from 88.5 percent in 2017 to 90.9 percent in 2018.

_PAIN CLINIC-OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS, from Columbia, S.C.: A pain management clinic with facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina is accused of “liberally” prescribing unnecessary opioid painkillers.

_101ST AIRBORNE-DEPARTURE, from Fort Campbell: The senior enlisted leader of the 101st Airborne Division is leaving his post this week.

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