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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who had publicly wavered as to whether he would support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, endorsed him Monday. Paul of Kentucky says he will back Kavanaugh despite misgivings about the judge's views on surveillance and privacy issues. Few had expected Paul would oppose President Donald Trump's choice in the end. By Kevin Freking.

With AP Photos.

In Brief:

MISSING STUDENT-ISRAEL, from LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a student studying abroad went missing while swimming with friends in the Mediterranean Sea.

PILL MILL FILLER, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kentucky pharmacist is accused of making custom pills to supply to two pill mills in West Virginia and one in Virginia.

BOOKS-RICK PITINO, from NEW YORK — Rick Pitino is ready to tell his story. The former Louisville coach has a memoir coming in September that will "lay all his cards on the table," Diversion Books announced Monday. With AP Photos.

BEAR PATROLS, from HARLAN, Ky. — Kentucky officials have increased patrols in the southeastern part of the state due to a prevalence of people feeding bears.

CHURCHILL DOWNS-GAMBLING, from LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs Inc. says it will hire up to 200 employees ahead of opening its new Louisville gaming facility.

TROOPERS-DRUG PROTECTION, from FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky State Police are being outfitted with kits to help protect them from coming in contact with dangerous drugs.

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