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

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A police officer and a shooting suspect are both dead after a standoff in Alabama. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told news outlets early Wednesday that Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two legislative committees will debate proposals to lower the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The bills would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana punishable by a fine instead of jail time.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a state general fund budget that gives in additional money to the state prison system to try to comply with a court order to overhaul mental health care to inmates. Senators votes 26-2 for the budget. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill introduced on Tuesday proposes to arm Alabama's teachers after a deadly school shooting in Florida last week. Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville says parents and teachers in his district asked for the safety measure after the Florida rampage that claimed 17 lives. Under the proposal, teachers who volunteer to hold concealed carry pistols would undergo 40 hours of law enforcement training and submit to a mental health evaluation.

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