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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Derby lasts only two minutes, but the legendary race has spawned an extended celebration that draws more than a million people to the Louisville area. The party starts Saturday with Thunder Over Louisville, one of the largest fireworks shows in the nation. That kicks off a two-week period of more than 70 events all over the city, including hot-air balloon races, bed races, a steamboat race, a mini-marathon and free concerts.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say three deaths have now been reported in a hepatitis A outbreak in six counties. The number was released Friday, along with a total number of cases of 352, through last Saturday. The state Department of Public Health recommends hepatitis A vaccinations for children older than 1 year and adults living in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The University of Louisville's interim president was passed over the permanent position, but has received a $100,000 bonus for his leadership during a tumultuous time for the Kentucky school. The Courier Journal reports that the university's board of trustees awarded Greg Postel the bonus on Thursday, and installed him as executive vice president for health affairs.

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky couple has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning the woman's 2-year-old son to death. Seara Clements and William Butler have been charged with murder for Tristan's Feb. 14 death. News outlets report Tristan was severely bruised and died from severe head trauma. The Richmond Register cites testimony from Kentucky State Police Detective Cameron Allen that Butler said Clements threw the toddler into a wall. Allen said Clements claimed Butler bit the toddler and beat him when he cried.

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