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BC-KY--Kentucky News Digest 2 pm, KY

December 20, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Top Stories:

PENSION

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ One of the country’s largest credit ratings agencies has warned Kentucky about its recent failure to enact changes to its troubled pension systems.

In Brief:

_YARMUTH-CHAIRMANSHIP, from Louisville: Kentucky’s only Democratic congressman will see his influence grow next year when he assumes a House committee chairmanship.

_SCHOOL LOCKDOWN, from St. Matthews: Police say a Kentucky high school has canceled testing after a suspicious person in the area was spotted, although no specific threat was made against the Catholic school.

_TYSON GAY-DAUGHTER KILLED, from Lexington: Four men convicted in the 2016 slaying of Olympic track star Tyson Gay’s teenage daughter have been sentenced by a Kentucky judge.

_HITCHHIKING ESCAPEE-OFFICER, from Greenup: A jail inmate who escaped from authorities and tried hitchhiking along a highway didn’t enjoy freedom for long because the motorist he flagged down was a law enforcement officer.

_FIREFIGHTER-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, from Lexington: A former Lexington, Kentucky, police officer and current firefighter is accused of choking his girlfriend and lifting her into the air during the attack.

_CHANGING POLITICAL PARTIES, from Frankfort: Kentucky election officials say the deadline is approaching for people to change their registered political party in time for 2019 elections.

_NEEDLE EXCHANGE, from Owensboro: Officials have approved a needle exchange program in western Kentucky’s Daviess County.

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