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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest, TN

December 31, 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(at)ap.org. Becky Yonker 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

From Members:

EXCHANGE-TENNESSEE TAMALE GUY

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. _ Friends and metal fans in Texas, who listened on Thursdays to his Sweet Nightmares radio show on KPFT 90.1 FM knew him as the Herminator. People here who crave authentic Mexican food know him as the Tennessee Tamale Guy. Last year, when Hurricane Harvey hammered Houston, the Herminator’s house was lifted off its foundation. An AP Member Exchange.

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In Brief:

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS-BIAS, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ A black federal judge in Tennessee has raised concerns that a federal prosecutor’s office in Memphis is charging black people with harsher counts than white people for similar crimes.

PESTS CLOSE SCHOOL, from MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ A high school in Tennessee that’s been struggling with a pest infestation is set to reopen after Christmas break.

HERBICIDE PRECAUTIONS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee Agriculture Department is advising soybean and cotton farmers to follow new federal guidelines when applying a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.

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