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

April 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 GOVERNOR’S RACE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen offered a plan on Monday to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

HEMP-McCONNELL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s willing to offer follow-up legislation if needed to resolve any “glitches” as hemp starts a new era as a legal agricultural commodity.

Also:

FILM-MINE 9

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A film opens in theaters this week whose chilling theme is known all too well by residents of coal producing states _ an entrapment inside an Appalachian mine.

In Brief:

_COACH HITS REFEREE, from Paducah: Authorities say a Michigan youth basketball coach accused of punching a Kentucky referee, knocking him unconscious, has been charged with assault.

_CHILD ABUSE-HOSPITAL, from Huntington, W.Va.: A Kentucky man says his infant son suffered a broken arm, fractured ribs and fractured legs while at the Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia.

_CLARKSVILLE HOSPITAL-CLOSURE, from Clarksville, Ind.: A southern Indiana hospital that officials announced in February would close this spring has shuttered its doors weeks earlier than planned.

_DISASTER ASSISTANCE, from Paintsville: Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available for Kentucky businesses and residents affected by storms this year.

_SOLDIERS-DEPLOYMENT, from Fort Campbell: Dozens of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are deploying to Ukraine this month for a scheduled nine month tour.

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