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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 2:45 pm, TN

May 6, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WINNERS AND LOSERS-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state.

CHIEF OF STAFF-RACIST TEXTS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A top aide for Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada has admitted using cocaine in a legislative office building.

In Brief:

_INTERNET SCAMS, from Knoxville: The FBI says its Internet Crime Complaint Center reports victims of internet scams in Tennessee lost more than $28 million last year.

_TENNESSEE PARKS-ENVIRONMENT, from Nashville: Tennessee’s 56 state parks have been recognized for their efforts to practice environmental sustainability.

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