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

December 14, 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. Bruce Schreiner 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PAINKILLERS-LAWSUIT

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public.

GOOD DEED PRIEST

LOS ANGELES _ Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds. That’s why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on a recent windy, rain-swept afternoon buying lunch for everyone who stopped by. The next day he’d be at a gas station in Kentucky, topping off people’s tanks. AP Photos. AP Video.

HEMP EXPANSION-KENTUCKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Looking to reap the benefits from federal action to legalize hemp, a hemp processor says it will expand operations in Kentucky by building a $40 million facility in an area where it hopes to cultivate ties with farmers growing the crop. GenCanna Global USA Inc. said Friday its new processing plant in Mayfield will create 80-plus jobs.

In Brief:

_TEACHERS’ EMAILS, from Louisville, Ky.: The Republican Party of Kentucky has requested the work emails of several teachers, saying they want to see if there is widespread misuse of government resources. Some teachers, however, see it as ploy to intimidate.

_SERIAL KILLER INVESTIGATION-KENTUCKY: A 78-year-old Texas inmate who authorities say confessed to killing dozens of people over four decades has been indicted on a murder charge in the 1981 death of a Kentucky woman.

_KFC FIRELOG, from Louisville, Ky.: If the smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken roasting on an open fire appeals to you, you’re in luck.

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