News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Alabama abortion providers seeking to overturn the nation's most stringent abortion law. The lawsuit says the Alabama law to criminalize abortion is clearly unconstitutional and would harm women by forcing them to continue pregnancies against their will.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city is honoring a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. A funeral for Auburn police officer William Buechner is being held Friday afternoon at the 9,100-seat Auburn Arena. Residents are being asked to line a street to honor the veteran officer as the funeral procession travels from the arena to the cemetery where he will be buried. Buechner was shot to death and two other officers were wounded as police answered a call about a domestic disturbance on Sunday night.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's attorney general has announced the state will pay $1 million to three slaying victims' families who contend that the man accused of killing them had wrongly been paroled. The three families will share the award. They allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Jimmy O'Neal Spencer after releasing him in January 2018. Spencer is accused of killing Colton Lee, Marie Martin and Martha Reliford in Guntersville in July 2018.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing residents to purchase wine and have it shipped directly to their house. The bill by Republican Rep. Terri Collins would allow licensed wine manufacturers to obtain a permit to deliver limited quantities of wine directly to Alabamians. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board doesn't currently allow such shipments.
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