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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

ATLANTA (AP) - A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain has blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures. By Tuesday evening, steadily dropping snow was forcing cars on Interstate 75 about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta to slow considerably amid scattered fender benders.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony. Senators on Tuesday voted 19-1 for the bill. It now moves to the House of Representatives. Sen. Greg Albritton said his bill, 'truly separates the church and the state.'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops. Senators on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 27-0 vote. It moves to the Alabama House.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama State Troopers Association says the number of troopers patrolling Alabama roadways is dangerously low. Trooper Association President David Steward said there are about 250 state troopers patrolling in Alabama. He said studies suggest there should be more than 1,000.

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