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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 1:40 pm, TN

January 8, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

SENATE 2020-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Democratic Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler said Tuesday that he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2020, marking the first candidate to announce a bid for the seat Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will leave after his term.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee lawmakers have officially voted in their top legislative leaders to oversee the House and Senate for the next two years.

TEEN-LIFE SENTENCE-CLEMENCY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee governor’s decision to grant clemency to a woman who killed a man when she was 16 represented a convergence of political interests and overwhelming support for her cause.

In Brief:

_PLANE SEARCH-LAKE, from Soddy-Daisy: Crews have resumed searching a Tennessee Lake for wreckage from a small plane.

_TODDLER STRUCK-TENNESSEE, from Chattanooga: Police in Tennessee say a man driving an SUV fatally struck a 2-year-old boy at a Chattanooga gas station, noticed the injured child and left the scene before calling police.

_TVA-KENTUCKY GOVERNOR, from Frankfort: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is asking the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close the remaining coal-fired unit at its Paradise electricity plant.

_MUSIC-BONNAROO, from Nashville: The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Cardi B, the Lumineers and multiple sets from Phish.

_TULANE-BASKETBALL DONATION, from New Orleans: A Memphis couple who met at Tulane University has given the school $1 million to help prepare basketball players both for life after college and for games at much higher altitudes than below-sea-level New Orleans.

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