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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is set to execute a man who has had his lethal injection delayed by the courts seven times. Seventy-five-year-old Tommy Arthur is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening for the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker. Arthur's legal team has made last-minute appeals seeking to stay the execution.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are warning of the dangers of rip currents that threatened swimmers off Alabama's Gulf coast. WALA-TV reports that at least three people were involved in two different water rescues on Wednesday in the Orange Beach area. No injuries were reported. Orange Beach city leaders say red flags have been flying for the past week, and they want everyone to be aware of dangerous rip currents as Memorial Day weekend approaches.

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - A crash in Alabama's Blount County has left three people dead, including two children. Al.com reports the crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on Alabama 79, just south of Cleveland. Alabama State Troopers late Wednesday identified one of the victims as 47-year-old Deana Whitfield, of Locust Fork. The other victims were a 7-year-old girl and 5-year-old girl, whose names were not released.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers for former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard say his ethics conviction is "legally baseless" and prosecutors stretched the bounds of the state law to bring charges against him. Hubbard's lawyers filed the appeal Wednesday in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

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