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

May 18, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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RECYCLING-INVESTMENTS

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves. With AP Photos.

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. With AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-WAYWARD BABYDOLLS

ELLIOTTVILLE, Ky. _ Deep in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, there’s a mysterious place where plastic baby dolls live out their final days. Nature takes its course at this comfortable country home where hound dogs roam free and decapitated doll heads litter picket fences. Each doll at the home has been abandoned. Some abused. Others are shot full of bullet holes. An AP Member Exchange.

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ABORTION-MISSOURI-THE LATEST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ The Latest on Missouri’s proposed ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

In Brief:

_DRUG CASE OVERTURNED-RELIGIOUS COMMENTS, from Lexington: A federal appellate panel has ordered a new trial and reversed a couple’s drug convictions partly because a prosecutor cited their beliefs in a religious figure regarded as the patron saint of drug dealers and as the angel of the poor. According to the Courier Journal, an opinion this week by a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel said the attacks regarding beliefs in “Jesús Malverde” were “utterly irrelevant to the question of guilt.”

_ROOSTERS IMPOUNDED, from Frisco, Colo: A Colorado animal shelter director says 33 roosters seized by authorities following a traffic stop are likely to be killed to protect against the spread of disease. Summit County Animal Control and Shelter director Lesley Hall told the Summit Daily the birds will be euthanized if their owners don’t claim them by Tuesday.

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