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

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jun 29, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

EXCHANGE-FREEZE-DRIED BLOOD

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Donated blood generally has a six-week shelf life, but University of Louisville researchers are testing a way to convert red blood cells into a longer-lasting powder that potentially could save the lives of soldiers, trauma patients and maybe even astronauts. U of L professors Michael Menze and Jonathan Kopechek, as well as Ph.D. candidate Brett Janis, have spent two years developing this “freeze-dried” approach to storing blood, which has drawn interest from the U.S. military, NASA, emergency responders and other groups. An AP Member Exchange.

EXCHANGE-OPIOIDS CRISIS-MEDS BEHIND BARS

CINCINNATI _ The “dope boys” hang out near the jail awaiting newly freed inmates with addiction. They’ll hand you a free sample to get you back. Triggers to use drugs again — the corners where you’ve used, for one — are all around, and any plans for a fresh start easily evaporate. “In here, it’s black and white,” said Ashley Pels, a Hamilton County jail inmate, looking around the recovery pod for women. Get released, she said, and “it’s like ‘The Wizard of Oz.'” An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

_CAPITOL OFFICE SPACE, from Frankfort: Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear are fighting over Capitol office space as they clash in the race for governor. Through a public records request, the Lexington Herald-Leader obtained a June 26 letter in which Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III informed Beshear’s office that Bevin’s administration will move into two first-floor rooms occupied by Beshear employees, with Beshear’s workers receiving two basement rooms.

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