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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:30 pm, TN

December 21, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ This top story in Tennessee this year was former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s affair with her bodyguard, a stunning admission that captured national attention and resulted in her pleading guilty to a related felony theft count and resigning, according to an annual Associated Press survey of reporters, editors and broadcasters.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The lead detective in the case involving a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute is urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam not to grant her clemency.


_HASLAM-CLEMENCY, from Nashville: Gov. Bill Haslam has granted executive clemency to 11 people as he inches closer to the end of his final term in office.



TOKYO _ Japanese prosecutors added a new allegation of breach of trust against Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn on Friday, dashing his hopes for posting bail quickly.



JACKSON, Miss. _ Amazon will open a center in northern Mississippi to pack and ship orders, creating 850 jobs that pay at least $15 an hour.


GADSDEN, Ala. _ Almost 37 years later, it’s not easy for David Engle to talk about what happened to his former Southside High School classmate, Rodney Long.

In Brief:

_ASSAULTED INMATE DIES, from Jonesborough: Authorities say an inmate who was assaulted and later found by a detention officer has died.

_POLICE SHOOTING-TENNESSEE, from Knoxville: One person is dead after a shooting that involved police in a Tennessee city.

_TEACHER LICENSING AUDIT, from Nashville: A state audit says a Tennessee public school district placed teachers in classrooms without proper licensing or endorsements.

_UNEMPLOYMENT, from Nashville: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped by 0.1 percentage points in November to 3.6 percent.


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