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

September 28, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A civic leader and former airline executive was alone when he was fatally shot in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and authorities are investigating whether he was killed in a robbery or as part of a “personal vendetta,” police said Friday.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democrat Karl Dean is giving campaign trail shout-outs to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam even as Dean seeks to replace him.


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.”


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Willis Clan, a musical family that starred in their own reality TV show and competed on “America’s Got Talent,” are now ready to sing again and tell their stories through a new album called “Speak My Mind” a year after their father was sent to prison for child abuse.



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:

—FOOTBALL PLAYER-MURDER CHARGE, from Knoxville: A former Division III football player already serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend won’t get more prison time for convictions on lesser charges.

—MISSING HIKER, from Asheville, N.C.: An Ohio woman has gone missing for nearly three days while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that borders North Carolina and Tennessee.

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

—GOVERNOR-PEYTON MANNING, from Nashville: 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.


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