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

March 21, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TENNESSEE-DEATH PENALTY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee lawmakers are sending Gov. Bill Lee a proposal to remove one state court’s review before executing inmates.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee’s GOP-dominant House has approved an anti-discrimination business bill that some critics have deemed as dangerous for LGBTQ people.

With:

_VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED, from Nashville: A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

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SOUTHERN FLOOD THREAT

UNDATED _ The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday.

WHISKEY EXPORTS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ American whiskey producers are suffering a worsening hangover from the Trump administration’s trade disputes.

In Brief:

_TVA POWER PLAN, from Chattanooga: The nation’s largest public utility plans to rely more on solar power in the future, according to proposals in a draft long-range power plan.

_TENNESSEE-GEORGE ARRESTED, from Miami Beach, Fla.: Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. has been arrested for allegedly punching a police officer on the side of the head.

_OFFICER DRAGGED-ATV, from Springfield: U.S. marshals have arrested a man suspected of driving an off-road vehicle that dragged a police officer when a group swarmed a downtown street in Tennessee’s capital.

_FATAL POLICE CRASH, from Memphis: Police in Tennessee say an off-duty Memphis police officer has died in a two-car wreck.

_UNIDENTIFIED BODY, from Dandridge: Investigators are asking for the public’s help as they work to identify a man’s body found along an East Tennessee lake.

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