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

September 20, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Top Stories:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR’S RACE

Tennessee’s top gubernatorial candidates Karl Dean and Bill Lee will gather at a forum and answer questions as Election Day nears.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made landfall that the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said its inspectors have been unable to visit the hardest hit areas or collect samples of the floodwater for lab testing. The agency’s regional office in Fayetteville had one foot of water inside, while other locations were without electricity. By Michael Biesecker.

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In Brief:

POLICE SHOOTING-TENNESSEE, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Police in Tennessee say they’ve arrested six protesters following a police shooting this week that left a man in critical condition.

BRIBE-POSTAL WORKER, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to bribing a postal worker to deliver a package later found to contain marijuana has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

MEAT MARKET OWNER-FRAUD, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The owner of a Tennessee meat market has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for running a $1.2 million fraud scheme against a federal food assistance program.

TENNESSEE REVENUES, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee officials say tax revenues for the first month of the state’s fiscal year came in nearly 3 percent higher, or $34.4 million higher than originally projected.

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