BC-KY--News Coverage,ADVISORY, KY

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Kentucky. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Kentucky Interim News Editor Joe Danborn at 404-736-9144 or jdanborn@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

BAPTISTS-HIRING GAYS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Baptist agency that is Kentucky's largest private provider of services for abused children is considering changing a hiring practice that excludes gays from employment. The move could put the financial support Sunrise Children's Services gets from Baptist churches in jeopardy. Sunrise Children's Services President Bill Smithwick says the proposal is tied to the agency's securing state and federal funding. It gets about $1 million annually from Baptist churches, but most of its $27 million budget is met with state and federal money. The agency settled a decade-long lawsuit last year that was brought by a former lesbian employee who claimed religious discrimination. By Dylan Lovan. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1 p.m. ET.

DRUG CRACKDOWN

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky State Police troopers are rounding up hundreds of drug suspects in what the state's lead police agency calls the largest one-day drug crackdown in its history. State police officials said Friday that posts across the state are expected to arrest 479 people. The arrests are expected to result in 774 charges in a state plagued by drug abuse. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.

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KENTUCKY KENO

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Lottery will begin selling keno tickets Monday in a move that is expected to bring the state about $14.5 million annually. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF: FALLING TREE DEATH, WOMEN-CANDIDATES, HATFIELD AND MCCOY-PROGRAM, NATURAL GAS PRICES

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