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BC-KY--Kentucky News Digest 1:30 pm, KY

March 23, 2019

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(at)ap.org. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 Eastern.

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Top Stories:

TRUMP RUSSIA PROBE-AMERICA REACTS

PHILADELPHIA _ With the long-awaited special counsel’s investigation done but its contents still shrouded in mystery, Americans waited for details, yawned with boredom or stayed fixed to their long-cemented positions on President Donald Trump, the man at the probe’s center. For all the expected splash of Robert Mueller’s report, it arrived with more of a thud, thanks to the secrecy surrounding it. And few saw any reason to think it would sway many opinions in a divided republic. With AP Photos.

TEACHER STRIKES-POLITICS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren’t why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn’t even had a teacher strike. But as in other GOP strongholds this spring, lawmakers who have spent years clashing with public schools by slashing budgets, ratcheting up testing and cheerleading private schools are blinking in the face of election pressure as much as picket lines. With AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-SPORTS RADIO-BLACK VOICES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ When Larry Robinson and Howard Robertson created a pilot for their sports talk radio program “R&R on Sports” in 2013, something was missing from the marketplace. “At the time, there were no national syndicated sports radio shows with two African-American male hosts,” Robinson says. An AP Member Exchange. With AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-BLACK BOURBON GUILD

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ In his Lexington office, Robert Beatty pulls up a spreadsheet filled with names and contact information. “We just did a roster update, and we’re sitting over 55 members currently,” Beatty said. “So we are really excited about that.” An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

_CHILD SHOOTING-SENTENCING, from Lexington: A Kentucky judge has sentenced a man to 33 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges including murder in the 2016 Thanksgiving day fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Fayette Circuit Court Judge Lucy VanMeter sentenced 25-year-old Kevin Josue Ipina-Garcia on Friday in the death of Angel Juarez.

_LHC GROUP-EXPANSION, from Lafeyette, La.: Home health company LHC Group is expanding its Lafayette headquarters. Local media report that Gov. John Bel Edwards and LHC Group Chief Executive Keith Myers announced the expansion Friday.

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