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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT

CHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) - Many white Southerners are upset that neo-Nazis and the KKK have become a face of the fight over Confederate monuments. The head of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says such groups are "hijacking" a long-running debate. The Confederate battle flag has long been used by the Ku Klux Klan. But Confederate heritage supporters like Robert Castello says groups like the Klan and white nationalists are only hurting the cause. Castello owns a store that sells Confederate-themed gear in Alabama.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey appears closer to announcing a run for governor after filing paperwork to create a campaign organization. Ivey on Wednesday filed paperwork with the secretary of state to reserve the name "Kay Ivey for Governor Inc." for a nonprofit organization. Ivey spokesman Daniel Sparkman said Thursday that Ivey is seriously considering running in 2018 and she "is taking the steps necessary to be successful."

NEW YORK (AP) - It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence. In the wake of the deadly clash last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing number of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh announced she is running for lieutenant governor. Cavanaugh had been mulling a bid for governor in 2018.

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