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

August 9, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is set to execute a man for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, in what would be the first time the state has applied the death penalty since 2009. Fifty-nine-year-old inmate Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to receive a three-drug injection Thursday evening. He was convicted in the death of the Knoxville girl he was babysitting when she was slain. By Jonathan Mattise. Execution scheduled for 7 p.m.

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MUSIC-SHOOTER JENNINGS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer. He’s recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock, released a concept album written with horror writer Stephen King and a tribute album to electronic disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder. So maybe the most unexpected thing he could do was make a classic, honky-tonk country record. By Kristin M. Hall.

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black empowerment. Tuskegee Institute, founded to educate Southern blacks whose families had lived in bondage for generations, was saluting its 25th anniversary. By Jay Reeves.

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In Brief:

INFANT DEATH-MAN ACCUSED, from SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a man has been charged with murder, child abuse and neglect in the 2017 death of his girlfriend’s 11-month-old son.

CHURCH-ATTEMPTED RUNDOWN, from BATAVIA, N.Y. — Police in upstate New York say an intoxicated driver from Tennessee attempted to run down churchgoers in a parking lot.

9-YEAR-OLD SHOT, from LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. — Police say a 9-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her 10-year-old brother in Tennessee.

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