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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HOUSE SPEAKER-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ As calls for the Tennessee House speaker’s resignation intensify amid a scandal involving racist and sexually explicit texts, the GOP-dominant statehouse once again finds itself grappling with a culture that some say is harmful to women and people of color. The turmoil — just three years after the General Assembly endured a sex scandal that ended with the expulsion of a lawmaker — has revived concerns about statehouse leaders’ ability to provide a respectful working environment, not only for lawmakers, but also for staffers, interns and lobbyists. With AP Photos.

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. With AP Photos.

In Brief:

_MURDER SUICIDE, from Morristown: Police say a Tennessee man shot two people in an apartment, one of whom died, and then he shot and killed himself. In a Facebook post, Morristown Police identified the suspected shooter in the incident early Saturday as 30-year-old Brandon Michael McMurtury.

_GOVERNOR-FLOODING, from Nashville: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has filed an appeal after the federal government denied his request for individual aid for residents in five counties battered by flooding and severe storms. A news release from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the counties that were denied the individual assistance for storm damage in February and March are Decatur, Hardin, Humphreys, Perry and Sevier.

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