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. John Raby 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CEMETERY-FUNERAL HOMES LAWSUIT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Opening statements have been made in a trial in a class-action lawsuit accusing more than a dozen Tennessee funeral homes of sending bodies to an unlicensed cemetery where burials were mishandled.

CONGRESS-ELECTION SECURITY

WASHINGTON — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the delay could embolden Russia, which targeted election infrastructure in at least 21 states in 2016. By Mary Clare Jalonick.

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INMATE-CONFESSION LETTER

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Tennessee jail has intercepted a letter from an inmate to a white supremacist group in which he confesses to killing a black man.

In Brief:

SENATE 2018-TENNESSEE, from NASHVILLE — Republican Marsha Blackburn has named Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II and construction company leader Steve Smith as her Senate campaign's finance chairmen.

TENNESSEE JAIL-ICE, from MEMPHIS — Non-citizens suspected of living in the U.S. illegally won't be held in a Tennessee jail past their scheduled release dates, despite federal requests to keep holding them.

SHERIFFS FATHER SLAIN, from FORT SMITH, Ark. — Authorities say an Arkansas man has been arrested in Tennessee in connection with the slaying of the father of an Oklahoma sheriff.

GOVERNOR-STAFF, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The top spokeswoman for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been promoted to serve as his director of communications.

WRONG WAY DRIVER-ARREST, from KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Police in Tennessee have arrested a woman who led them on an interstate chase going in the wrong direction.

PESTS CLOSE SCHOOL, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A high school in Tennessee that officials say closed this month due to a pest infestation is set to reopen.

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