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

September 11, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Florence churned Tuesday toward the Eastern Seaboard as a storm of “staggering” size, forcing a million people to evacuate the coast.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rosanne Cash’s interest in political and social activism started at a young age, but she also had a role model in her father, Johnny Cash.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

In Brief:

—MIDTERMS 2018-SENATE-MCCONNELL, from Louisville, Ky.: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is referencing hurricanes to describe the “challenging election” that Senate Republicans are facing.

—ELECTION 2018-SENATE-DEBT, from Nashville: Two rivals in Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate race are touting plans to curb the $21 trillion-plus national debt, with Democrat Phil Bredesen saying his idea could balance the budget within six years.

—OFFICER-SHOOTING, from Memphis: A district attorney in Tennessee says two Shelby County deputies won’t be charged for the fatal shooting of a black man during a drug investigation.

—USDA OPIOID PROJECTS, from Nashville: Federal officials have announced $643,300 for six projects aimed at opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.

—NURSING HOME DISCIPLINED, from Nashville: Tennessee’s health commissioner has suspended admissions to a Memphis nursing home after an investigation found safety problems at the facility.

—RAT INFESTATION-HIGH SCHOOL, from Memphis: A Tennessee high school will split its students among three locations as it cleans up a rat infestation that began last month.

—POWER OUTAGE-AZIZ ANSARI, from Nashville: A power outage forced comedian Aziz Ansari to finish his stand-up set in the dark and without a microphone.


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