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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BROADBAND

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's procurement chief said it would have cost the state about $9 million in 2015 to back out of a project to build a statewide broadband network. Instead, Finance and Administration Secretary William Landrum said the state is committed to the $400 million project that has already cost taxpayers $88 million in delays.

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic drenching along the Southeast coast.

In Brief:

—ARREST-BURGLARY HOMICIDE, from Carrollton: Kentucky State Police say troopers have arrested a man wanted in Florida on murder charges.

—RAND PAUL-ASSAULTED, from Bowling Green: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's neighbor has appealed a court order to stay away from Paul and his family while a lawsuit is pending.

—TEACHER'S AIDE, from Lexington: Authorities say a former Kentucky school employee accused of having sex with an underage student has pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy charges.

—BOWLING GREEN-PROJECT, from Bowling Green: Kentucky officials say a metals processing company plans to double its originally planned investment in Warren County.

—AG COMMISSIONER-NATIONAL GROUP, from Frankfort: Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been elected to a top position in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

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