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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama have arrested a man in connection with two shooting deaths last month. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that 26-year-old John W. Maddox Jr. was arrested Friday and charged in the shooting deaths of 27-year-old Sedric Darrell Lewis and 31-year-old Derris Terrel Harris on March 25.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - As a fire engulfed her apartment building, a woman leaped from a second-floor balcony and rescued her two dogs. AL.com reports that a fire broke out at an apartment complex Sunday afternoon. Twenty-year-old Kaileigh Tanner and her boyfriend were trapped in their unit as flames came through the front door, so they leashed their two dogs and headed to the balcony. Tanner jumped off, and her boyfriend lowered the dogs down. Her pet lizard, bearded dragon, perished in the blaze, however.

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two inmates have escaped from a work release center in south Alabama. The Alabama Department of Corrections said the escape happened Monday night at a facility in Baldwin County. Al.com reports that 29-year-old Ryan Edward Wilson; and 38-year-old Bobby Lee Taylor are accused of escaping from the Loxley Work Release Center shortly after 9 p.m. Monday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Dr. Randy Brinson, a Montgomery gastroenterologist and chairman of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, is running for U.S. Senate. Brinson announced Monday he is running to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat. Brinson is the third Republican to announce in what's expected to be a crowded GOP primary.

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