BC-TN--News Coverage,ADVISORY, TN

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 News Editor Brian Murphy at 615-373-9988 or bmurphy@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The deadline to apply with the Tennessee Supreme Court for the next eight-year term as state attorney general is noon Friday. Tennessee is the only state where the high court appoints the attorney general. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated from noon deadline.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law. The lawsuit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Tennessee Justice Center and the National Health Law Program. It follows a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that was sent to state officials in June, accusing them of failing to meet requirements under the health care law. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated from afternoon hearing.

EMBEZZLEMENT SENTENCE-APPEAL

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal appeals panel has upheld the eight-year sentence given a Mississippi woman for embezzlement by wire fraud from companies based in Tennessee and Oklahoma. Kimberly Cray Burk also was ordered last year to pay $1.4 million restitution to Mid-South Maintenance Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, and two Oklahoma companies run by its president and majority stockholder. SENT: 280 words.

MUSIC-BRAD PAISLEY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, "Moonshine in the Trunk." The unexpected criticism he and rapper LL Cool J received over the song "Accidental Racist," which was leaked ahead of Paisley's 2013 album "Wheelhouse," still stings, and Paisley says he felt — and still feels — betrayed. By Chris Talbott. SENT: 700 words.

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WALKING HORSE PANEL

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — According to a published report, a veterinarian touted as being a part of veterinary council to guard against horse soring says he never agreed to serve and hasn't had any dealings with the group. UPCOMING: 250 words by 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF: DISABLED VETERAN-CAR, PARK ATTACK, FEDERAL-MOGUL EXPANSION

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