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

February 8, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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Top Stories:


Tennesseans could be banned from filing public records requests for one year under a new bill that would allow courts to punish people for making too many inquiries deemed as harassment. The move has alarmed open government advocates worried about the potentially chilling effects the bill might have, while also sparking tension among supporters who feel queasy about limiting a person’s right to public records.


A judge in Memphis, Tennessee, is expected to address a motion asking that the murder trial of the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright be moved due to extensive publicity about the case in his home city.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Country superstar duo Brooks & Dunn got back in the studio together for the first time in about a decade to rework their classic songs with the next generation of country stars, including Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown and Luke Combs. The new covers album called “Reboot,” out on April 5, shows the timelessness of the duo’s catalog of more than 20 No. 1 country hits, which has continued to influence a new generation of country singers. The idea came from noticing that many newer country acts were including covers of Brooks & Dunn hits in their live shows. By Kristin M. Hall.

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In Brief:

OFFICERS-TRANSPORTING DRUGS, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ A former police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his role in a heroin smuggling scheme.

HEMP DEADLINE, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee residents who would like to grow industrial hemp have another week to apply for a license.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.


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