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

November 29, 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@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 AGRICULTURE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Boosted by continued gains in its equine and poultry industries, Kentucky’s farm cash receipts stayed relatively stable this year as higher yields for most crops helped offset lower prices hitting some sectors, agricultural economists said Thursday.

McCONNELL-HEMP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that’s making a comeback in his home state.

COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease.

KENTUCKY HOUSE LEADERSHIP

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s House Republican Caucus will meet Thursday to elect leaders for the 2019 legislative session, including selecting a nominee to replace former House Speaker Jeff Hoover who resigned following a sexual harassment scandal.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Education holds a public hearing about proposed new high school graduation requirements.

In Brief:

—CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING, from Louisville: Police say a Kentucky father and son are dead and another child is in critical condition after the man left his vehicle running in a garage in an apparent attempt to keep warm on a cold morning.

—POLICE SHOOTING-KENTUCKY, from Louisville: Police say officers responding to a domestic disturbance in Kentucky exchanged gunfire with a man at the scene killing him.

—PHYSICIANS-KICKBACK SCHEME, from Wheeling, W.Va.: A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says four physicians have agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to the government for their roles in a kickback scheme.

—UTILITY RATE INCREASE, from Lexington: Kentucky American Water is seeking to increase its overall rate by 22 percent, which would generate about $19.8 million per year.

—FORENSIC LAB, from Richmond: Kentucky State Police and Eastern Kentucky University plan to announce the opening of a new digital forensics lab.

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