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

February 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-DEATH PENALTY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ As Tennessee ramps up executions, the Republican-led Legislature is considering eliminating one state court’s death sentence reviews.

FEDEX LOGISTICS-MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ FedEx Logistics is establishing a new headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and bringing 700 jobs along with it.

WHISKEY EXPORTS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Retaliatory tariffs caused a sharp downturn in American whiskey exports in the last half of 2018 as distillers started feeling the pain from global trade disputes, an industry trade group said Tuesday.

JAPAN-EARNS-NISSAN

TOKYO _ Nissan lowered its profit forecast for the full year on Tuesday, partly due to special charges related to alleged false financial reporting by its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

BOOK REVIEW-APPALACHIA NORTH

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and the publication of J. D. Vance’s memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” that same year, Appalachia has returned to the national spotlight as media and academia struggle to make sense of the region and its people.

In Brief:

_SLAYING PLOT FOILED, from Humboldt: Police in Tennessee say they were able to foil a murder-for-hire plot hours before the killing was to take place.

_MISSING SAILOR-FOUND, from Nashville: The remains of a Tennessee sailor who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified.

_KENTUCKY COAL, from Paradise, Ky.: A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority says it no longer makes sense to keep burning coal at its Paradise, Kentucky, power plant, despite calls by state and federal officials to keep it open.

_PASTOR-CHILD SEX ABUSE, from Knoxville: A former pastor in Tennessee has been convicted of repeatedly raping one of his adopted daughters.

_FIREARMS-AIRPORTS, from Memphis: Federal transportation officials say dozens of firearms were seized in Tennessee’s largest airports last year.

_CORRECTIONS OFFICER-CHARGED, from Nashville: A former corrections officer is charged with bringing drugs and cellphones into a Tennessee jail.

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