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 Becky Yonker is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. The move comes as female artists in the genre have been outspoken about the lack of opportunities for them. Women have been shut out of nominations for major country awards, such as CMA's entertainer of the year category for two years in a row, and men overwhelmingly dominate country radio charts. By Kristin M. Hall.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans have been preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. Hurricane Florence's top winds dipped to 130 mph (215 kph) Tuesday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to approach the most-damaging Category 5 status as it slows strengthens over very warm ocean water off the coast of North and South Carolina. By Jonathan Drew.

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In Brief:

OFFICER-SHOOTING, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A district attorney in Tennessee says Two Shelby County deputies won't be charged for the fatal shooting of a black man during a drug investigation.

POWER OUTAGE-AZIZ ANSARI, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A power outage during one of his first shows planned since January's sexual misconduct allegation forced comedian Aziz Ansari to finish his stand-up set in the dark.

USDA OPIOID PROJECTS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Federal officials have announced $643,300 for six projects aimed at opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.

NURSING HOME DISCIPLINED, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee's health commissioner has suspended admissions to a Memphis nursing home after an investigation found safety problems at the facility.


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