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AP-KY--Kentucky News Digest 2:20 pm, KY

May 17, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Top Stories:

BUDGET-RAND PAUL

WASHINGTON — The Senate Thursday swatted away an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and on federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy.

ELECTION SECURITY-NO PAPER TRAIL

ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

HORSE RACING-SPORTS BETTING

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Horse racing has been struggling for years to regain a strong footing on the national sports landscape, and owners hope to use betting on other sports to bring fans back to the tracks.

In Brief:

—HEALTH SECRETARY, from Frankfort: Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has chosen a new leader for the state’s largest government agency.

—PRIMARY ELECTION-TURNOUT, from Frankfort: Kentucky’s chief election official is predicting the highest voter turnout in nearly a decade for next week’s primaries.

—LOUISVILLE-ESCORTS-POWELL-EVICTION, from Louisville: The self-proclaimed “escort queen” at the center of the University of Louisville’s basketball team sex scandal has missed a scheduled eviction hearing.

—FOOD WORKERS-HEPATITIS, from Ashland: Health officials say a sixth food worker in a northern Kentucky county has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

—ETHICS COMPLAINT-FENCE, from Louisville: An ethics complaint says a councilman altered a housing development plan to get a new fence at his home.

—ETHICS COMPLAINT, from Louisville: A city councilwoman is accused of using $6,200 in taxpayer funds to buy tickets for Kentucky Derby gala and soiree events last year.

—ALCOA-WARRICK SMELTER, from Newburgh, Ind.: Alcoa Corp. has started hiring workers ahead of the planned summer restart of its aluminum smelting operations in southwestern Indiana.

—ABORTIONS-INDIANA, from Evansville, Ind.: A federal judge has set a June hearing on Planned Parenthood’s bid to block a new Indiana law that requires medical providers who treat women for complications arising from abortions to report detailed patient information to the state.

—FALLEN TROOPER HONORED, from London, Ky.: Kentucky State Police have honored a trooper who was fatally shot more than 42 years ago.

—LARGE FELINE SIGHTING, from Louisville: Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials are on the lookout for a large feline spotted in an odd place — the suburbs of Louisville.

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