News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A missing woman has been found alive in her wrecked car five days after she was last seen in south Alabama. Authorities say a passer-by noticed a car that was mostly hidden by brush in a ditch off a road Monday. Rescuers found Robin Joyce Fancher trapped inside. She was last seen five days earlier when she left for the post office in a Mitsubishi sedan. She's now hospitalized, but officials haven't released information about her condition. They also haven't said how she survived.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lottery proposal is headed to its first vote in the Alabama Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee will vote Tuesday afternoon on a bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore. Albritton's bill would attempt to limit a lottery to paper tickets instead of allowing video lottery terminals.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama deputy has been put on administrative leave for posting a homophobic comment on a Facebook post about a gay teen who killed himself. Al.com reports Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves wrote the comment Sunday on an online WZDX-TV post about the death of 15-year-old Nigel Shelby, who killed himself last week. Nigel's family says he was bullied for his sexuality. Graves said "Liberty Guns Bible Trump BBQ That's my kind of LGBTQ movement," adding that he's offended by the LGBTQ community.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's most populous county is ending arrests for misdemeanors, including the possession of small amounts of marijuana. A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Capt. David Agee, says Birmingham-area officers will begin issuing tickets for nonviolent misdemeanor offenses rather than taking people to jail. Agee says people could still wind up in jail if misdemeanor offenses are tied to more serious crimes. The change was announced Monday and took effect immediately.
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