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

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State Sen. Bill Hightower is stressing his background as a businessman as he runs for governor of Alabama. He has a sweeping platform of government overhauls that includes term limits for legislators and replacing the state income tax code with a flat tax. The Mobile Republican says he believes long-serving politicians have become the "enemy of improvement" in Montgomery.

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Searchers have located a truck that drove off a bridge and plunged into a river in northeastern Alabama. Crews were attempting to pull the vehicle out of the Coosa River after the discovery on Monday. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside. Gadsden Fire Chief Steve Carroll tells news outlets witnesses reported the truck plowed through a guardrail on the Meighan Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 61-year-old old inmate has escaped from Alabama's prison for elderly and sick prisoners. A statement from the Department of Corrections say Davis Curtis Wood was wearing only white boxer shorts when he fled the Hamilton Aged and Infirmed Center on Monday morning. Wood is serving a 99-year sentence for burglary. He was sentenced in Mobile County in 1994.

BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2015 slaying of another man. reports 27-year-old Justin MacNeill was found guilty Monday of two counts of capital murder for the killing of Myron Brian Beavers. District Attorney Pamela Case says Beavers was killed in 2015 over money.

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