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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Court documents have revealed what ended the 25-year law enforcement career of an assistant police chief in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. Media outlets report that acting Chief Todd Shaw sent what a prosecutor calls "highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages" to a Louisville Police recruit. Shaw advised the recruit to shoot black children caught smoking marijuana and then sexually assault their parents. Shaw's lawyer says he was "just playing." Shaw resigned in November.

MORGANFIELD, Ky. (AP) - A coroner says a Kentucky judge-executive charged with using his position to solicit gifts and payments has been found dead at his home. Union County coroner Stephen Shouse tells The Gleaner that the body of 44-year-old Joseph L. "Jody" Jenkins was discovered Sunday morning. Shouse says an autopsy is planned Monday at a medical examiner's office in Madisonville. Jenkins was charged in September with four counts of scheming to defraud the county.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A trial is set to begin in Tennessee for a Kentucky truck driver charged in the deaths of six people in a 2015 interstate crash. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Benjamin Brewer is set to go on trial Monday in Hamilton County Circuit Court in Chattanooga. A jury was chosen in Nashville last week. Federal investigators have said the crash on Interstate 75 likely happened because Brewer, who failed to slow down in a construction zone, was probably fatigued and had taken methamphetamine.

WILMORE, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a minor earthquake has struck parts of central Kentucky. The 2.7 magnitude earthquake struck south of Wilmore on Saturday night at a depth of about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers). There were no immediate reports of damage. Wilmore is about 20 miles southwest of Lexington.

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