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BENTON, Ky. (AP) - Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords called for stronger gun laws after a fatal shooting at a Kentucky high school and said schools should be among the safest places in communities. Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, survived being shot in the head in 2011. In a statement, she said it's "horrifying that we can no longer call school shootings 'unimaginable' because the reality is they happen with alarming frequency."

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The trial is underway for a Kentucky trucker charged with killing six people and injuring others in 2015 when his tractor-trailer careened into stopped traffic on a Tennessee highway. News outlets report the trial focused on witness testimony Monday, but drug tests performed on 42-year-old Benjamin Brewer after the wreck were the focus Tuesday.

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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