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

October 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Top Stories:

MEDIA LIBEL SUIT

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear a challenge over the right of reporters to be exempt from liability when reporting on official government proceedings. Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk claims a Nashville investigative reporter committed libel when reporting allegations from a court case that Funk had solicited bribes in order to make a case “go away.” Funk wants a multitude of documents from reporter Phil Williams in order to try to show Williams acted out of malice. Attorneys for Williams argue that Tennessee law protects Williams as long as he fairly and accurately reported on the court proceedings. The Associated Press and other news organizations have filed a brief in the suit in defense of the rights of reporters.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-AD CHECK

As more attention is focused on Tennessee’s increasingly competitive Senate race, a flood of attack ads continues to flood people’s screens. Three ads released bought by a handful of influential political groups this week seek to cover a wide range of issues circling the race, including the handling of sexual misconduct cases to zoning in on health care votes. We’re looking at the biggest claims highlighted in the ads and look to see if they hold up.

EXECUTION-TENNESSEE-CLEMENCY

Gov. Bill Haslam has yet to weigh in if he’ll grant clemency surrounding a pending execution case set to take place Oct. 11. Haslam will field questions from reporters Thursday, where he’s expected to talk about the execution case.

METOO-DEFENSE FUND

NEW YORK — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they’ve now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that they otherwise couldn’t have afforded. By David Crary.

AP Photos.

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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-DORM CLOSURE, from KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is closing one of its on-campus residence halls that houses nearly 600 students, citing elevated mold levels in several rooms and common areas.

TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum building in Nashville.

GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and the two leading candidates seeking to succeed him will be the keynote speakers at the governor’s annual economic development conference next month.

SESSION-VIOLENT CRIME-GRANT, from KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has awarded east Tennessee nearly $300,000 to help combat violent crime as a part a recently reinvigorated federal program.

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