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

February 25, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 JUDGES

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ For years, some Kentucky lawmakers have complained that circuit judges in Frankfort wield too much power in deciding big legal cases. On Monday, Republican lawmakers started advancing a bill aimed at spreading those cases to other judges across the state.

KENTUCKY-SMOKING AGE

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ Kentucky, one of the top tobacco producing states in the country, could raise the smoking age to 21. Tobacco companies, who are courting the FDA for their line of flavored vaping products, support the proposal. A legislative committee takes up the proposal on Monday.

DEEP SOUTH WEATHER

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ With rivers still rising after days of storms that dumped more than a foot of rain on the Southeast, authorities searched Monday for two missing people along Alabama waterways as a Mississippi community cleaned up from a killer tornado.

In Brief:

_MENTORSHIP PROGRAM CLOSING, from Bowling Green: A mentorship program that serves about 100 children in southcentral Kentucky is shutting down.

_SUBMERGED SEMI, from Wisconsin Dells, Wis.: Authorities have identified a Kentucky woman who died when a semitrailer went off a bridge, down a cliff and into a Wisconsin lake.

_PARK-PRESCRIBED FIRES, from Oneida, Tenn.: Fire crews at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are planning two prescribed fires in the Kentucky section of the park.

_CAMPUS-MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING, from Lexington: University of Kentucky officials say a task force is being formed to assess mental health counseling and services related to student well-being on campus.

_HOMELESS VETERANS-NEW ALBANY, from New Albany, Ind.: A new housing center that’s set to open in southern Indiana will provide shelter to homeless veterans trying to get back on their feet.

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