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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee's four leading Republican candidates for governor are using millions more from their personal wealth and spending tens of millions of dollars, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports.


–TENNESSEE GOVERNOR-LEE, from Nashville: Bill Lee has released an ad criticizing what he calls dishonest attack ads in the GOP gubernatorial primary, saying he's "not going down that road."



MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two lawyers who were representing the ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright withdrew from the case Wednesday, citing a deteriorating relationship with their high-profile client.

In Brief:

–EVIDENCE THEFT, from Chattanooga: Authorities in Tennessee say a former police officer accused of stealing money from an evidence room 10 years ago has been arrested in Panama.

–ZIPLINE-E COLI, from Gatlinburg: Tennessee authorities say E. coli bacteria caused the sickness that affected more than 500 people at a zipline attraction.

–HOMELESS VETERANS, from Louisville, Ky.: The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs.

–NATCHEZ TRACE UNMARKED POLICE, from Tupelo, Miss.: More National Park Service rangers will range on the Natchez Trace Parkway in unmarked vehicles.

–NISSAN-MISSISSIPPI, from Canton, Miss.: Nissan Motor Co. is naming a new leader for its Mississippi assembly plant.


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