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BENTON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of the two students killed in a shooting at a Kentucky high school. Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders on Tuesday evening identified the dead students as Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The trial of a Kentucky trucker charged with killing six people and injuring others in 2015 when his tractor-trailer careered into stopped traffic on a Tennessee highway focused on drug test results Tuesday. News outlets report that prosecutors said Benjamin Brewer, 42, caused the crash while high on methamphetamines and never hit the brakes.

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - A coroner says a Kentucky judge-executive charged with using his position to solicit gifts and payments died from a combination of several causes. Union County coroner Stephen Shouse tells The Gleaner that 45-year-old Joseph L. "Jody" Jenkins died of pulmonary edema, an enlarged heart and significant blockage of the coronary vessels. The preliminary causes came from an autopsy performed Monday in Louisville. Jenkins' body was found at his Morganfield home Sunday.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky would eventually eliminate a program allowing public school students to work from home during snow days under a bill that has cleared the state Senate. Senate bill 73 passed the Kentucky Senate by a vote of 36-0. The bill would eliminate the state's Non-Traditional Instruction program in three years. The program lets district send work home with students during snow days so the day does not count as an absence and the school does not have to make it up by the end of the year.

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