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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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KENTUCKY SENATE

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell drew criticism from his Republican challenger back home for voting in favor of a sweeping farm bill. Matt Bevin said the nearly $100-billion-a-year measure amounts to a "massive overreach" by the government, with most of the spending going to "welfare programs." By Bruce Schreiner. UPCOMING: 350 words by noon.

XGR_KENTUCKY BUDGET-EDUCATION

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday appears before a House budget subcommittee to discuss his department's budget needs for the coming two years. Developing from noon EST hearing. Story on merits.

SOLDIER CHARGED-BRIBERY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former U.S. soldier is set to plead guilty Wednesday to diverting fuel trucks while at a forward operating base in Afghanistan in exchange for bribes. Albert Kelly III's plea comes a day after several were sentenced in Colorado for a similar offense. By Brett Barrouquere. 550 words by 4:30 p.m. Developing from 1:30 p.m. plea hearing, weather permitting.

CVS CAREMARK-TOBACCO SALES

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won't affect its 2014 earnings forecast. CVS Caremark leaders say removing tobacco will help them grow the company's business of working with doctors, hospitals and other care providers to improve customers' health. By Tom Murphy and Michael Felberbaum. AP Photos. SENT: 1,100 words.

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FORT KNOX COMMANDER

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Fort Knox plans to install its first female commanding general in March. UPCOMING: 180 words by noon.

80 YEARS-TUPELO AND TVA

TUPELO, Miss. — Tennessee Valley Authority leaders, Tupelo officials and the community on Friday will celebrate 80 years to the day of TVA electricity flowing into Tupelo - the first contract city in the seven-state region of the nation's largest publicly owned utility. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 700 words.

IN BRIEF: WINTER WEATHER-KENTUCKY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-DRIVE, FUTURE OF FARMING, SAFE DRIVING, GAMBLING CHARGES, CASH STRUCTURING SCHEME

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