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

November 6, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


Republican US Rep Marsha Blackburn looks to become the first female US senator ever elected by Tennessee voters in her race against former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who hopes female voters turn the tide in his favor in a race his party needs to win in order to take control of the US Senate. By Jonathan Mattise.

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean hopes to become the first Democrat to win the governor’s office in a decade in his race against Franklin businessman Bill Lee. Will include whatever election night detail we can glean on individual legislative races, where Republicans are expected to sustain majorities in both the Senate and House. By Kimberlee Kruesi and Travis Loller.


Democrats hope three vacancies in seats currently held by Republicans give them an opening to gain ground in red-state Tennessee. The contest between Republican Mark Green and Democrat Justin Kanew in suburban Nashville’s District 7 is seen as the most competitive, while races in more rural District 6 and heavily Republican District 2 pose bigger challenges for Democrats. By Adrian Sainz.



ELECTION-TENNESSEE-NEWS GUIDE: A chunky text explainer of primary election results.



CHRISTIANA, Tenn. — Severe storms sweeping across the South on Tuesday killed a person and injured at least two others, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power, officials said. The weather disrupted Election Day voting in some places, forcing citizens to use paper ballots instead of electronic voting machines. In Tennessee, crews responded to a collapsed home where one person was confirmed dead, Rutherford County EMS spokesman Patrick Miller told news outlets. He said two others were injured when a nearby mobile home rolled over.




WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is picking the man who oversaw the vetting process for his running mate to be the new ambassador to Australia. The White House says Trump plans to nominate Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. to the post. Culvahouse has led the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers.

In Brief:

REPORTER ARRESTED-IMMIGRATION, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An immigration board has rejected an appeal from a Spanish-language news outlet reporter who was arrested during a demonstration in Tennessee.

UNDERGROUND EXPLOSION, from CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A reported explosion near a Tennessee city hall has been identified as the result of an underground electrical fire.

HALLOWEEN ABDUCTION, from BRUCETON, Tenn. — Authorities say a Tennessee girl was found in Florida less than 24 hours after she went missing on Halloween.

FERRIS WHEEL FALL, from GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A lawsuit involving a Ferris wheel accident in which three girls fell to the ground at a Tennessee fair has been settled.

COMPANY EXPANSION-CHEATHAM COUNTY, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State officials say barge builder Arcosa Marine is investing more than $10 million to expand its operations in middle Tennessee.


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