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

May 23, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Top Stories:

TENNESSEE CHURCH SHOOTING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Jurors have heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend. The October 2017 calls were replayed in court Thursday.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST DECLINE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The nation’s largest Protestant denomination is reporting its twelfth year of declining memberships.

HOMELESS VALEDICTORIAN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ A homeless Tennessee student has graduated as his high school’s valedictorian and was offered dozens of scholarships totaling $3 million.

GRACELAND-NEW EXHIBITS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the life and career of late boxing great Muhammad Ali.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN

TOKYO _ Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct.

In Brief:

_HOUSE SPEAKER-REPLACEMENT-TENNESSEE, from Nashville: A handful of lawmakers are throwing their names into the race to be Tennessee’s next House speaker.

_STOLEN PATROL CAR, from Memphis: Police in Tennessee say a man fleeing authorities stole a patrol car and then crashed it before trying to flee on foot.

_DATING WEBSITE-ARREST, from Franklin: Officials say a man used an online dating website to steal not only a Georgia woman’s heart but a big chunk of her money.

_MEMPHIS SPORTS HALL OF FAME, from Memphis: Basketball stars Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Larry Finch and Nikki McCray-Penson are among the more than 20 athletes named to the inaugural class of the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame in Tennessee.

_BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST, from Baton Rouge, La.: Country music stars Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean headline this weekend’s return of the Bayou Country Superfest to Baton Rouge, where it all began.

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