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BC-KY--Kentucky News Digest 1:45 pm, KY

January 9, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

KENTUCKY ABORTION-HEARTBEAT

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ Despite being mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

SCHOOL SAFETY

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ Following a deadly shooting at a western Kentucky high school, state lawmakers are set to unveil a school safety bill they say will be a priority for the session. The proposal is not expected to address gun control.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana, including a Republican state senator who said he “smoked a joint” when he was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago.

In Brief:

_STUDENT DRAGGED-KENTUCKY, from Greenup: A Kentucky teacher seen on video dragging an elementary school student has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.

_INDIANA DEATHS, from Seymour, Ind.: Authorities say a southern Indiana woman fatally shot her 15-year-old grandson, called 911 to report what happened and then killed herself.

_JUDGE EXECUTIVE APPOINTED, from Frankfort: Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a new judge-executive in northeastern Kentucky.

_AGRICULTURE GRANTS, from Frankfort: Ten Kentucky agribusinesses have been awarded grants to enhance farm-to-school marketing.

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