BC-AP-TN--News Coverage,ADVISORY, AP

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Tennessee. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Tennessee Interim News Editor Joe Danborn at 404-736-9144 or jdanborn@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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

TOP STORIES:

XGR-COMMON CORE

NASHVILLE — A panel debates the state's paricpation in the Common Core education standards. Developing from late morning panel hosted by The Associated Press and the Tennessee Press Assocaition. By Lucas L. Johnson II.

XGR-HASLAM

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam makes his annual speech at a luncheon hosted by The Assocaited Press and the Tennessee Press Association. He is expected to discuss his proposal to make the state the first in tehnation to offer free tuition to high school graduates enrolling in two-year colleges. By Erik Schelzig. Devloping from 1 p.m. speech.

TENNESSEE TOWER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A proposal to offer a relocation package to Sears that would have included moving its headquarters from Illinois into the Tennessee Tower state office building was meant as a temporary measure until permanent space could be found, the state's economic development chief said. Economic and Commissioner Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said after a State Building Commission meeting on Wednesday that documents about the proposal obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville did not reflect the final proposal to try to persuade the company to bring more than 6,000 jobs to Nashville in 2011. By Erik Schelzig.

INFANT MORTALITY

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The infant mortality rate in Memphis is up, illustrating the challenge faced by health officials, hospitals and community leaders who are fighting to reduce the number of babies who die before their first birthday, officials said. Two straight years of significant decline led officials last year to praise a concerted, community-wide effort to address the infant mortality rate, a measure considered to be a good indicator of the general health of a community. By Adrian Sainz.

MLK CHILDREN-LEGAL BATTLE

ATLANTA — The children of America's most revered civil rights icon have chosen sides in yet another fight over control of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s larger-than-life legacy. Bernice King, who in recent spats often found an ally in her brother Martin III, this time is battling alone, determined to keep her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize out of her brothers' hands. The squabbles have only intensified in recent years after the deaths of two unifying forces in the King family: mother Coretta and sister Yolanda. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 5 p.m. Developing from 11 a.m. news conference.

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CITY-STREET PREACHER

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — A judge has ruled against a Kentucky Christian evangelist who challenged a Tennessee city's noise ordinance. John McGlone was ticketed for using a microphone and amplifier to spread his message at the Franklin Main Street Festival in 2012. A city court found last year that he must pay $75 for disturbing the peace. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 220 words.

IN BRIEF: CHILD DEATH, HUMAN REMAINS, JACKSON FURNITURE, TENNESSEE WOMEN, DHS-FOOD PROGRAM

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