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

February 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Top Stories:

NURSE’S ERROR-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A Tennessee nurse charged with criminal homicide after a medication error killed a patient is scheduled to appear in court. Nurses have rallied online in defense of Radonda Vaught, who has raised more than $71,000 for her legal bills through a GoFundMe page.

TENNESSEE CHURCH SHOOTING

A man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September 2017 has a court hearing Wednesday. The hearing for Emanuel Samson marks the first action since prosecutors in June announced they wouldn’t seek the death penalty.

XGR-SEX WEEK-TENNESSEE

Tennessee’s Comptroller’s office will unveil a report on the University of Tennessee’s student-initiated Sex Week. The program has sparked some outrage from Republican lawmakers over the years concerned over student fees going toward the event.

HAZARDOUS MINES

RIMINI, Mont. _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown.

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US-MUSIC-ACM NOMINATIONS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top categories on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. By Kristin M. Hall.

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JAPAN-GHOSN-LAWYER

TOKYO _ The newly appointed star defender for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday that he believes the case against his client does “not meet international standards” and could scare international businesses away from Japan. Junichiro Hironaka, who was appointed part of Ghosn’s defense team last week, also said he believes his trial might not get underway until after the summer. By Kaori Hitomi.

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In Brief:

DEEP SOUTH-RAIN, from HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ Heavy rains are causing problems in parts of the Deep South.

COMCAST-TAX LAWSUIT, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Comcast is suing the state of Tennessee to recoup $17.1 million paid in taxes, claiming the state miscalculated what the company owed for its video and internet services.

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