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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new Cessna Skyhawk aircraft has been provided to Auburn University for six months for educational events and pilot training. Seventeen students along with Auburn University Aviation Center personnel recently took a field trip to Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, where they were presented with the aircraft. They made a 1 hour and 45-minute flight to Kansas.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The chief executive officer and president of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. will deliver the commencement address at the University of Alabama in Huntsville next month. Eileen P. Drake will address graduates on May 7 at 2 p.m. in the Von Braun Center Propst Arena. No tickets are required for guests.

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama-based company has won a $260 million contract to work on Navy ships. A Pentagon announcement says International Marine and Industrial Applicators of Spanish Fort and QED Systems Inc. of Virginia will share the work. The contract is to put paint and other coatings on naval vessels. The work will be performed at three sites on the Washington coast.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has upheld the capital murder case of a Birmingham man convicted of killing three relatives. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled on an appeal filed by 24-year-old Dontae Callen in a decision released Friday. He was convicted of killing an aunt and two relatives in 2010. The court didn't overturn Callen's conviction or death sentence. But they say a judge needs to rewrite a sentencing order to explain the reasons for the death sentence.

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