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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he will ask Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session so lawmakers can strengthen penalties for heroin dealers. A Beshear aide said Wednesday that it was too early to decide if a special session was needed.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's executive director has assumed the chairmanship of an international industry group. John T. Ward is taking over as chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International - made up of industry officials in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad-Tobago.

MADISON, Ind. (AP) - A bridge over the Ohio River is set to reopen to traffic by Thursday night and once again allow motorists to drive between Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky. The bridge closed in March and the reopening is to come one week after construction crews finished sliding the nearly half-mile-long bridge 55 feet from temporary piers onto refurbished permanent piers.

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. (AP) - An automotive industry plant opening in south-central Kentucky will create 155 full-time jobs. Germany-based Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. cut the ribbon Wednesday in Russell Springs on the $29 million parts manufacturing facility.

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