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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:55 pm, TN

December 20, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Top Stories:


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The man accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he’ll jump in his car next month when his term is finished and drive home from Washington.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ A former board member and four states that have had their licenses terminated by the Miss America Organization are suing the group and its top leaders, claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant.

In Brief:

_HASLAMS-INVESTIGATION, from Chattanooga: Three more former executives of the largest U.S. fuel retailer have been sentenced to prison in a plot to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars.

_JESUS STOLEN AGAIN, from Kingsport: Two baby Jesus figurines have reappeared in their Tennessee mangers in time for Christmas.

_HORSE FARM FRAUD, from Memphis: A former horse farm manager has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for stealing more than $800,000 from his employer in Tennessee.

_COMMISSIONER RETIRES, from Nashville: The first woman to serve as commissioner for Tennessee’s Department of Veterans Services says she will retire in January.


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