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BC-TN--Tennessee News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, TN

May 20, 2019

Good morning! 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. Becky Yonker 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central unless noted. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Top Stories:

TENNESSEE CHURCH SHOOTING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church is heading to trial. Prosecutors have said they’re seeking life without parole for 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, whose trial is slated to begin Monday.

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US ELECTION 2020-BIDEN

Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Nashville.

TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS

BOKOSHE, Okla. _ Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash blowing from the trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would “kind of engulf you,” Holmes said. “They drove by, and you just couldn’t breathe.” By Ellen Knickmeyer.

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MUSIC-JON PARDI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Country traditionalist Jon Pardi is kicking off his third album just the way he likes his country music — with a fiddle intro. Pardi, whose 2016 album, “California Sunrise,” shot him to the top of the country album chart, is releasing “Heartache Medication” on June 3, a classic honky-tonk-style song that’s the first single from an album of the same name to be released Sept. 27.

In Brief:

VITAL RECORDS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee Department of Health is warning the public to order vital records from approved sources to avoid scams or excessive fees.

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