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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest , TN

January 12, 2019

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(at)ap.org. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TENNCARE WORK REQUIREMENTS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee is asking President Donald Trump’s administration to join the ranks of states requiring able-bodied, low-income adults to work, volunteer or take classes in order to keep their government-funded health care. At the direction of the GOP-led state Legislature, Tennessee has requested federal approval to impose the requirement on about 56,000 low-income adults if they want to keep their Medicaid health coverage that is offered under the TennCare program.

ANNEXATION DISPUTE

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. _ Supervisors in a north Mississippi county have voted to deepen their opposition to a sweeping annexation plan being pursued by one of the county’s cities. DeSoto County supervisors filed an objection Tuesday in DeSoto County Chancery Court opposing Olive Branch’s plans to take in 14,000 new residents in a 50-square mile area. The Olive Branch Board of Alderman voted unanimously on Nov. 20 to pursue annexation and the city filed its petition on Dec. 10.

LGBT MEDIA-FAMILY EFFORT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Gwendolyn Clemons and her son Davin have a lot in common. They both are gay. An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

_RURAL CLINICS, from Nashville: Tennessee has resumed extra payments to rural health clinics after TennCare froze them for more than a year. According to The Tennessean , a memo from TennCare announcing the reversal says TennCare recognizes that the time it has taken on new payment rules has had a financial impact.

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