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

February 1, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, Tenn. _ A federal judge has heard arguments on whether to order a Tennessee county to stop jailing some people simply because they can’t afford bail.


SALT LAKE CITY _ National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents Day weekend later this month.

In Brief:

_LAWSUIT-DEPUTIES-SHOOTING, from Chattanooga: A man who says Tennessee deputies shot him without cause during a 2018 arrest is demanding a county pay some of his medical bills.

_TENNESSEE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-LAWSUIT, from Nashville: A lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct is in settlement talks with a student whose lawsuit calls it unconstitutional that school officials distributed T-shirts promoting the Republican for a state Capitol field trip.

_LEE-NEW REGULATION BAN, from Nashville: Gov. Bill Lee has ordered a 90-day freeze in new state rules and regulations as the Republican’s new administration begins to review how the state operates.

_SEC-REVENUE DISTRIBUTION, from Birmingham, Ala.: Each of the Southeastern Conference’s 14 members received an average of slightly over $43.1 million in revenue distribution from the league office during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

_DEPUTY WOUNDED, from Jonesborough: A Tennessee man has been convicted of attempted murder in a 2015 shooting that wounded two people including a sheriff’s deputy.

_PLANE CRASH-ATLANTA, from Atlanta: A federal report shows that a business jet rolled over before hitting some trees and crashing in the Atlanta area in December, killing four Tennessee residents.

_TEACHER-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, from Pigeon Forge: Records in Tennessee show a teacher and coach fired for fondling elementary school students and sexually harassing teachers was relicensed by the state and hired at another school where he now faces similar allegations.

_OFFICER FIRED-ASSAULT, from Chattanooga: The Chattanooga Police Department has fired a police officer accused of taking a woman caught shoplifting to his apartment and fondling her.

_WORKPLACE SHOOTING, from Memphis: Prosecutors say a Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison in the fatal shooting of a co-worker nearly two years ago.

_BUSINESS FILINGS, from Nashville: Tennessee’s secretary of state says new business filings increased by more than 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the previous year.


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