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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR’S RACE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee GOP candidate for governor Bill Lee didn’t show up Thursday for a forum with Democratic opponent Karl Dean.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach.

In Brief:

—POLICE SHOOTING-TENNESSEE, from Memphis: Police in Tennessee say they’ve arrested six protesters following a police shooting this week that left a man in critical condition.

—ANTI-GAY PREACHERS-FREE SPEECH, from Nashville: The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.

—BLACK CHURCH-RACIST GRAFFITI, from Nashville: Four Tennessee teens are accused of burglarizing a predominantly black church and scrawling racist graffiti there.

—POLICE OVERSIGHT BOARD, from Nashville: A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a Tennessee police union that sought to block a referendum establishing an oversight board.

—BRIBE-POSTAL WORKER, from Nashville: A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to bribing a postal worker to deliver a package later found to contain marijuana has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

—MEAT MARKET OWNER-FRAUD, from Memphis: The owner of a Tennessee meat market has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for running a $1.2 million fraud scheme against a federal food assistance program.

—TAYLOR SWIFT-STALKER, from Nashville: A 26-year-old Austin, Texas, man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly sending threatening letters to pop star Taylor Swift and showing up at her record label in Nashville, Tennessee.

—REALITY SHOW-LAWSUIT, from Memphis: A Tennessee man has filed a lawsuit saying producers of a reality television show about drag racing encouraged violence between him and the host.

—WWE WRESTLER-MAYOR, from Knoxville: A new Tennessee mayor who’s also a semi-retired pro wrestler will once again don his “Kane” gear to participate in the WWE Super Show-Down pay-per-view event in Australia.

—TENNESSEE REVENUES, from Nashville: Tennessee officials say tax revenues for the first month of the state’s fiscal year came in nearly 3 percent higher, or $34.4 million higher than originally projected.

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