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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:38 pm, TN

April 10, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A Democratic Tennessee lawmaker has been instructed to take “preventative action” after a House ethics panel found he violated the General Assembly’s sexual harassment policy.

With:

_SPIKED BILLS-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: A handful of high-profile proposals in Tennessee are being spiked as state lawmakers slowly inch closer to adjourning their legislative session for the year.

_DEATH PENALTY, from Nashville: Tennessee is removing one state court’s review before executing inmates under legislation signed by Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

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ABORTION BANS

UNDATED _ Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade.

In Brief:

_UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-CHANCELLOR, from Knoxville: The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has named four finalists to become the new chancellor at the flagship campus.

_VOLKSWAGEN UNION-TENNESSEE, from Chattanooga: Some workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have filed their third petition in five years to join the United Auto Workers.

_OFFICERS SHOT-MAN DEAD, from Greeneville: Authorities say a man involved in a deadly shootout with police in Tennessee was wanted in North Carolina on several charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash that injured an officer.

_SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS, from Ridgeland, Miss.: The leader of one of Mississippi’s largest school districts is resigning and returning home to Nashville.

_DSS DIRECTOR, from Columbia, S.C.: Some South Carolina lawmakers have given preliminary approval to Gov. Henry McMaster’s pick to head the state’s child welfare agency.

_HATCHET ATTACK, from Franklin: A Tennessee woman is suing the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections and a halfway house over an escapee who’s accused of killing her husband.

_DAMAGED FUEL PIPELINE, from Nashville: A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation says a fuel pipeline near the Nashville International Airport has been damaged by TDOT workers conducting “exploratory drilling.”

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