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AP-KY--Kentucky News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, KY

November 29, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Kentucky. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Louisville bureau at 502-583-7718 or aplouisville@ap.org. Becky Yonker 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern unless noted otherwise.

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:

MCCONNELL-HEMP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that’s making a comeback in his home state. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has guaranteed that his proposal to make hemp a legal agricultural commodity, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances, will be part of the final farm bill, a crucial measure for rural America and Kentucky, where the Republican senator faces re-election in 2020. He places it on a par with federal spending bills as action Congress must take before the end of the year. By Bruce Schreiner.

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COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG

Former coal miners suffering from black lung disease are traveling to Washington to urge lawmakers to extend a fee paid by coal companies that contributes to a disability fund for black lung sufferers. The fee is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Black lung patients and advocates will speak at a teleconference on their progress on Thursday morning.

KENTUCKY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Kentucky Department of Education will hold a public hearing about proposed new high school graduation requirements.

KENTUCKY HOUSE LEADERSHIP

Kentucky’s House Republican Caucus will meet Thursday to elect leaders for the 2019 legislative session, including selecting a nominee to replace former House Speaker Jeff Hoover who resigned following a sexual harassment scandal.

KENTUCKY AGRICULTURE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Kentucky economists give their annual update on the outlook for Kentucky agriculture.

In Brief:

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING, from LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police say a Kentucky father and son are dead and another child is in critical condition after the man left his vehicle running in a garage in an apparent attempt to keep warm on a cold morning.

POLICE SHOOTING-KENTUCKY, from LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police say officers responding to a domestic disturbance in Kentucky exchanged gunfire with a man at the scene killing him.

PHYSICIANS-KICKBACK SCHEME, from WHEELING, W.Va. — A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says four physicians have agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to the government for their roles in a kickback scheme.

FORENSIC LAB, from RICHMOND, Ky. — Kentucky State Police and Eastern Kentucky University plan to announce the opening of a new digital forensics lab.

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