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AP-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:45 pm, TN

September 25, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


LEBANON, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to face off in their first debate in a critical race for U.S. Senate in Tennessee. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. debate.


—ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR’S RACE, from Nashville: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is swinging by Tennessee to help campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean.



UNDATED — Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated after the Valentine’s Day slaughter at a high school in Parkland, Florida. HOLD FOR RELEASE at 2 a.m.


BALTIMORE — New crime statistics released by the FBI place Baltimore’s homicide rate last year well above that of any other large U.S. metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape when looking at American cities with populations over 500,000 people.

In Brief:

—CEMETERY-FUNERAL HOMES LAWSUIT, from Memphis: A Tennessee jury has awarded $7,500 for each body at issue in a class-action lawsuit against several funeral homes and a now-closed cemetery where hundreds of bodies were mishandled.

—UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-BOYD, from Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the selection of Knoxville businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd as the university system’s interim president.

—STUN GUN DEATH-TENNESSEE, from Harrison: A Tennessee sheriff’s office says man shot with a stun gun while being taken into custody has died.

—MEMPHIS SHOOTING, from Memphis: Police in Tennessee say five people have been shot at a Memphis apartment building.

—SEXUAL BATTERY-AIRPLANE, from Nashville: A Texas man is accused of inappropriately touching a woman asleep on a Southwest flight to Nashville, Tennessee.


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