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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FALSE BILLING-SETTLEMENT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A hospital in northeastern Kentucky has reached a $40.9 million settlement with the federal government over claims that it made millions of dollars by falsely billing federal health care programs. The settlement announced Wednesday ends an investigation into whether King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland performed heart procedures that the patients didn't medically need between 2006 and 2011. The procedures included unnecessary coronary stents and diagnostic catheterizations performed by doctors at the hospital. By Brett Barrouquere. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 p.m.

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FAIRNESS ORDINANCE

DANVILLE, Ky. — Officials in Danville have amended a proposed ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to exempt religious organizations. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

IN BRIEF: MASON SCHOOLS-AUDIT, FRAZIER MUSEUM, DIET DRUG-LAWYERS, LITTER PICKUPS, ARMY-SUSTAINMENT CENTER

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