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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:33 pm, TN

March 18, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

COUNTRY HALL OF FAME

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Country hit-making duo Brooks & Dunn are riding a resurgence of interest in ’90s-era country music with a new album celebrating their top-selling singles, a longstanding Las Vegas residency and now an invitation to join the Country Music Hall of Fame.

ABORTION-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ Abortion rights activists chanted “shame” as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

With:

_ABORTION-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: Gov. Bill Lee says he’s honored to support the lawmakers pushing a proposal to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.

In Brief:

_OVERDUE PLANE-SEARCH, from Glenville, N.C.: Officials in North Carolina say a pilot has been found dead after a single-engine plane disappeared from radar during a flight from Tennessee to South Carolina.

_OFFICER DRAGGED-ATV, from Nashville: Police in Tennessee’s capital say an officer was dragged when a group of off-road vehicles swarmed a downtown street.

_PRISON CENSORSHIP, from Lewisburg: A nonprofit that publishes legal news magazines for prisoners claims Marshall County is censoring its publications.

_SCIENCE GRANT-SCHOLARSHIPS, from Nashville: Tennessee State University’s College of Engineering is using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships to graduate students.

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