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

August 30, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration could eliminate Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program to avoid a $300 million shortfall.

In Brief:

—COAL REGION ECONOMY SUMMIT, from Pikeville: Community leaders are meeting in a Kentucky region hurt by the collapsing coal industry, seeking to help redevelop the area economy.

—SMART METERS, from Frankfort: The Public Service Commission has denied a bid by Kentucky’s two largest electric utilities to install “smart” meters in homes across the state.

—COPPERHEAD STUDY, from Richmond: Researchers are studying copperheads at the Red River Gorge to reduce interactions between people and snakes.

—BOURBON TRAIL, from Bardstown: Bardstown Bourbon Company has become the newest distillery to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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