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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's front-line elections officials received cybersecurity training Thursday in another preventive step against election hacking. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says county clerks statewide attended training by the federal Department of Homeland Security on preventing and detecting cyberattacks. Kentuckians will have a long ballot this year with races for county positions, the legislature and Congress.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge says he plans to decide by July 14 whether he will block a new law making changes to Kentucky's troubled pension plan from taking effect. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said Thursday he is confident the case can be decided by July 14. However, he said the case will probably have to be decided by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios released a statement supporting the planned teacher walkout. Arizona teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the walkout, which is set to begin April 26. Arizona jumped into a movement for higher teacher pay that started in West Virginia, where a strike garnered a raise, and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and most recently Colorado. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wrote on Twitter that he is committed to getting teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020.

PHOENIX (AP) - Social media is helping fuel activism by teachers seeking better wages and improved funding for education across the country. Tens of thousands in places like Arizona and Kentucky quickly rallied to join online sites sharing news about protests and other activities. Beth Becker, a social media coach and strategist in progressive politics, says social media is "the great democratizer" and thus a powerful organizing tool.

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