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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A board is seeking an investigation into the election of a new University of Alabama student government president who won with the open backing of a secretive campus society. The student government's election board asked Thursday for the Office of Student Conduct to review Jared Hunter's election earlier this month. Hunter won after publicly acknowledging he was backed by a campus group called The Machine. He says he takes the request for a review seriously.

(AP) - Despite some impressive achievements, Iowa State University President Steven Leath mixed personal, political and professional interests in ways that could land him in hot water. Leath has been named the next Auburn University president, and he's known as a prolific fundraiser and engaging academic. His 5 ½-year tenure at Iowa State included booming enrollment and growth but also scandals that involved questionable business dealings and travel.

LATIMER, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi sheriff says a man whose body was found inside a freezer had been strangled. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said an autopsy revealed that strangulation caused the death of 65-year-old Jerry Floyd Kirkendall.

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Alabama woman and her young daughter died in separate traffic accidents on the same highway only 30 minutes apart. Valley Head police tell The Gadsden Times that 39-year-old Julia Yates Patterson died in a head-on crash about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the woman's 5-year-old daughter ran in front of a car and was struck and killed about 30 minutes later. Police say the kindergartner had just gotten home from school and wouldn't have known about her mother's death.

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