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

September 28, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Top Stories:


Karl Dean is giving plenty of campaign trail shout-outs to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam during a Democratic bid to replace him. Never mind that the popular term-limited governor is a Republican and has given his full blessing to Dean’s GOP opponent, Bill Lee. For Dean, the heaps of praise have a purpose as polls show him trailing Lee. He’s hoping to convince voters in a red state that doesn’t often elect Democrats that he is more in line with Haslam than Lee is on a handful of the state’s most contentious policy fights, saying Haslam shares more moderate views.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis is mourning the shooting death of a civic leader. Authorities say Philip Trenary, the president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, was fatally shot on a downtown street Thursday at about 8 p.m. Thursday. The Commercial Appeal reports that it happened on the 500 block of South Front Street, near where the chamber was hosting an annual road race.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — They have the date 10-1-2017 tattooed on their bodies and have memorial walls of pictures in their homes. One woman made a bracelet out of her Route 91 Harvest festival wristband, while many others can be spotted at concerts wearing shirts that say “survivor.” They fly flags from their RVs and have stickers on their cars. About 22,000 people gathered in Las Vegas a year ago with a shared interest in country music. But as the festival’s final headlining act Jason Aldean was performing last Oct. 1, gunfire erupted and chaos ensued. By the end of the night 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. By Kristin M. Hall.

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SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. — Some people are defending a Tennessee high school official who posted a video explaining his ban on athletic shorts, saying “blame the girls, because they pretty much ruin everything.”

In Brief:

GOVERNOR-PEYTON MANNING, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam say they’re partnering with former NFL player Peyton Manning to support an organization that funds Alzheimer’s disease research and treatment.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENROLLMENT, from DYERSBURG, Tenn. — A state board says overall enrollment in Tennessee’s community colleges has increased slightly this fall.


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