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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KENTUCKY DERBY ANNOUNCER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From his perch with a panoramic view of the world's most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby. Larry Collmus will try to tune out "My Old Kentucky Home" while the crowd of 160,000-plus sings along and the thoroughbreds take to the Churchill Downs track. The veteran announcer says it gives him chills, and he wants to avoid being overtaken by emotion. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 580 words.
Hoping to get your hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old bourbon? Hope on. The wildly popular ultra-premium bourbon is legendarily difficult to find and when it is spotted — there's even a Pappy Tracker app for that — it's quickly sold out. And Pappy isn't the only super-sought-after spirit. Other elusive bourbon brands include the 17-year-old iteration of Eagle Rare, William Larue Weller, Stagg Jr. and Angel's Envy Cask Strength, all part of a bourbon renaissance that has seen a new appreciation of American whiskey, as well as the birth of a whole new class of cult spirits. By Michelle Locke. SENT: 800 words.
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. — A sign posted at Mammoth Cave National Park in south-central Kentucky lets visitors know if they tour the largest known cave system in the world, they will have to walk on bio-security mats immediately afterward. Shoes must be scrubbed to help stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 6 million cave-dwelling bats in the United States. White-nose syndrome is on the move, and wildlife biologists are worried. The disease that gets its name from a white fungus found on bats' muzzles, ears and wings was discovered in New York in 2006 and has spread north to Canada and as far south as Atlanta. By Alex Sanz. UPCOMING: 350 words. Photos, video.
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FATAL CABIN FIRE
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Officials haven't found the remains of a 5-year-old Indiana boy who is presumed dead following a fire at a rental cabin in East Tennessee and say it's likely they were completely incinerated. Sevier County Sheriff Office Capt. Jeff McCarter told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1lImL9g) that firefighters and investigators spent several days sifting through debris searching for any trace of Tyveon Temple of Indianapolis. SENT: 300 words.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Legislative Research Commission employee who was fired after appearing in a video for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has been hired into a better-paying state job. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1nIpHjd) reports Charles Booker has been hired as division director for administrative services in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, where he will be paid $68,500 annually. SENT: 180 words.
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