NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane forecasters say a tropical disturbance nearing the Gulf of Mexico has a 40 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression this week. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen says if the system eventually strengthens into a tropical storm, it would be the first of the 2018 season and would be named "Alberto."
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the longstanding practice of including immigrants living the country illegally in U.S. Census counts that are used to determine congressional districts. In the lawsuit filed Monday, Attorney General Steve Marshall argues that the predicted 2020 census numbers will cause Alabama to lose a congressional seat, and thus an electoral vote, to a state with a "larger illegal alien population."
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Jurors have acquitted an Alabama physician accused of prescribing drugs that killed a former guitarist for rock band 3 Doors Down. Court documents show the not guilty verdict was returned Monday in the case of Dr. Richard Snellgrove. He had been indicted for unlawful distribution of drugs and health care fraud tied to the 2016 death of Matthew Roberts.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama police department says two officers accused of excessive force have been cleared. Al.com reports that a video posted Sunday on Facebook shows a suspect being arrested and punched by at least one Huntsville officer. Sgt. Jonathan Ware says officers took the offender, who hasn't been identified, to the ground and told him 31 times to put his hands behind his back. Ware says an officer then did as trained and struck the offender to get him to release his hold on an officer.
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