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BC-TN--Tennessee News Digest 2 pm, TN

December 19, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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.

Top Stories:

TESTING AUDIT-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ State auditors say the Tennessee Department of Education failed to provide adequate oversight while rolling out its problem-plagued student assessment test in the spring, which resulted in widespread delays and sparked outrage among lawmakers.

SENATE 2020-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he will decide whether to run for an open U.S. Senate seat sometime after leaving office next month.

In Brief:

_SUSPECT STRUCK-HANDCUFFS, from Chattanooga: A Tennessee prosecutor says authorities have dismissed charges against a black man who was filmed being struck by a white police officer while he was handcuffed earlier this month.

_PONZI SCHEME, from Nashville: A Florida man has pleaded guilty in Tennessee to charges relating to a $28 million Ponzi scheme.

_DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS SHOOTING, from Memphis: Prosecutors say a Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to shooting into a crowded parking lot in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

_NASHVILLE POLICE OVERSIGHT BOARD, from Nashville: A new police oversight board in Tennessee has had more than 180 people nominated.

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