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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:40 pm, TN

December 17, 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(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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

SENATE 2020-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election in 2020, a decision that gives the state its second open Senate contest in two years.

ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ An audit of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation found data management was such a mess that auditors were unable to determine whether the department was adequately addressing environmental safety concerns.

In Brief:

_GOVERNOR PORTRAIT, from Nashville: Tennessee has unveiled the official portrait of Gov. Bill Haslam, a ceremony that made the term-limited Republican emotional at times.

_MEMPHIS STUDENTS-SUSPENSIONS, from Memphis: Data show that as student suspensions decreased in Memphis, Tennessee, schools, expulsions have increased.

_TRAIN DEATH, from Germantown: Police say a person struck by a train in Tennessee has died.

_MUSIC-ALABAMA, from Nashville: Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson’s disease.

_PARKS COFFEE, from Nashville; Just Love Coffee is partnering with the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy to support the parks through the sale of specially branded coffee products.

_NASHVILLE AIRPORT, from Nashville: Nashville officials are set to preview and host a ribbon-cutting for a new $122 million parking and transportation facility at the city’s airport.

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