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

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A spokesman for Bill Cosby says a series of town halls is planned to help educate young people about the problems their misbehavior could create. Spokesman Andrew Wyatt tells a Birmingham, Alabama, TV station Cosby is eager to get back to work following a mistrial over the weekend in his suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial. Wyatt said Thursday the issue "is bigger than Bill Cosby" and can affect any young person, especially young athletes.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties. The department, in a news release, said Areas I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII were closed effective Wednesday. Those areas include Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay and Grand Bay. State Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Miller, issued the order as a result of possible bacteriological contamination of oyster beds due to recent rainfall.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama legislator has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a lawyer and a coal company executive to oppose adding Birmingham area neighborhoods to an EPA Superfund site.Former state Rep. Oliver Robinson agreed Thursday to plead guilty to conspiracy, bribery and honest services wire.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alabama authorities have identified the child who was fatally injured by debris pushed by rough waves as Tropical Storm Cindy churned the Gulf of Mexico. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office identified him Thursday as 10-year-old Nolan McCabe of St. Louis, Missouri.

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