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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 2:25 pm, TN

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

NASHVILLE PROSECUTOR-CONFEDERATE FLAG

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Nashville’s top prosecutor is apologizing for posing with a Confederate flag in a fraternity group photo in his 1982 college yearbook.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee Republican lawmakers who have long balked at taking millions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid are moving forward with a plan that would overhaul how the state provides health care to its lower-income and disabled residents.

With:

_POLICE OVERSIGHT LIMITS, from Nashville: A bill limiting the powers of community oversight boards to investigate police misconduct claims is headed to the Tennessee House floor.

_OPIOIDS-LOCKABLE VIALS, from Nashville: A proposal to require opioids and other addictive medications to be dispensed in lockable vials has been spiked in the Tennessee Legislature.

_ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI, from Jackson, Miss.: Mississippi lawmakers are inching forward with a proposal that could become one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.

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DEEP SOUTH FLOODING

GLENDORA, Miss. _ Rain-swollen rivers were spilling over their banks across the South on Wednesday and a Mississippi mayor said water has surrounded his town and forced some families to leave their homes.

MUSIC-JIMMIE ALLEN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Country singer Jimmie Allen likes to tell a story about the first time he met songwriter J.P. Williams, who is blind, before they came up with Allen’s No. 1 hit single “Best Shot.” “I said, ‘I don’t know if anyone told you, but I’m black,’” Allen said. ”‘So keep the black jokes to a minimum.’”

In Brief:

_FEDEX DELIVERY ROBOT, from Memphis: FedEx is testing a new self-driving robotic vehicle that could one day compete with Amazon in delivering packages or pizzas to homes.

_ICEE HEADQUARTERS MOVE, from Murfreesboro: A national frozen beverage company is moving its corporate office from California to Tennessee.

_BURNED BODIES, from Memphis: Authorities are seeking the public’s help in an investigation into the deaths of two people found burned in a car in northwest Tennessee.

_FOOD DELIVERY CHARGES, from Maryville: A Tennessee man was jailed on felony charges after appearing to dip his testicles into a container of salsa that a customer had ordered online.

_BROADBAND MAPPING, from Nashville: Tennessee will be among eight states in a new project to expand and update a national broadband map.

_RAINFALL REUSE, from Nashville: Record rainfall in Nashville is good news at the Music City Center, where the water is collected for irrigation and toilets.

_STUDIO STUDY, from Nashville: A Belmont professor has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a study that seeks to digitally replicate the acoustics of historic structures, including Music Row studios.

_BLACK WOMAN JUDGE-DEATH, from Houston: A public defender has been chosen to fill the vacancy created when one of 17 black women recently elected as Houston-area judges in a “Black Girl Magic” campaign died.

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