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 News Editor Brian Murphy at 615-373-9988 or bmurphy@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-NURSE PRACTITIONERS

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Now that Kentucky has an extra 400,000 people with health insurance - many for the first time ever - state officials are worried Kentucky will have enough doctors to treat all of them. Tuesday, two new laws take effect that advocates say will help expand access to health care. The laws give more authority to nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, allowing them to write more prescriptions and have less oversight from doctors. A recent report found Kentucky had a shortage of nearly 4,000 doctors. These laws, advocates say, could help fill that gap. By Adam Beam. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

2014-US SENATE-POLITICAL BOMBSHELLS

DES MOINES, Iowa — As the nation's midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats sometimes have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders imploding with their own politically off-key statements. It worked like a charm for Democrats in 2012 when Republican candidates in Indiana and Missouri blew winnable Senate races after provocative comments on rape and abortion. By Thomas Beaumont. 805 words. Sent. AP Photos.

5 THINGS-2016 CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON — It's considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true. When they talk about their own ambitions, though, deception pretty much comes with the territory and no one seems to mind. People who are patently feeling out their presidential prospects claim not to be even thinking about that, when you know they've got to be humming "Hail to the Chief" in the shower. By Calvin Woodward. 1100 words. Sent.

With: 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CHECKLIST-TOPICS

ARMY-TATTOO LAWSUIT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Army says a Kentucky National Guard soldier with aspirations of joining a U.S. Army special operations unit is grandfathered in under new regulations concerning soldiers with tattoos and asked a federal judge to dismiss his lawsuit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Regina S. Edwards says in a motion that Staff Sgt. Adam C. Thorogood of Nashville, Tennessee, has no legal basis for suing the Army because he hasn't been and shouldn't be harmed by the policy. Thorogood, 28, sued Thursday in U.S. District Court in Paducah, Kentucky, seeking to have the new rules declared unconstitutional. He is seeking $100 million in damages. 289 words. Sent.

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FAITH-BASED COUNSELORS

ST. MATTHEWS, Ky. — Kentucky is set to become the sixth state to license pastoral counselors to help people with issues such as marital difficulties, addictions and depression. A law allowing the licensing goes into effect Tuesday and is expected to cover about 30 pastors who also work as mental and behavioral health counselors across the state. The other states licensing pastoral counselors are Arkansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee. The chairman of the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Martin Cortez Wesley, told the Lexington Herald-Leader he'll take a wait-and-see approach to the new law. 530 words. Sent.

IN BRIEF: TEEN DROWNS, SOCIAL SECURITY-CHARGE, DNA EVIDENCE-MOOT, GUARD UNIT HONORED, PRIESTS TO BISHOPS

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