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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has a new law that prohibits voters from switching their political party allegiance between a primary and runoff.

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama prosecutor frustrated by gang violence is asking churches to help in the fight against crime. District Attorney Michael Jackson is launching a program he calls "Adopt a Gang Member." Jackson held a summit in Selma recently with about 50 pastors to explain the program. He says the idea is to help gang members feel more worthwhile by getting them involved in churches.

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - A Texas company is suing an Alabama school system over an educational program for young prisoners. Grade Results maintains the Athens Board of Education owes it more than $2 million for nearly 500 students in an online educational program for incarcerated youths. The school system denies allegations in the federal lawsuit. The school system says it wasn't satisfied with Grade Results, which met with sheriff's officials from around the state.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Engineering researchers at the University of Alabama are developing a system to help measure the world's ice sheets and glaciers. The team is working on a type of radar that can be used to scan the interior of ice. Researchers say that's important because scientists aren't sure how much melting ice will influence rising seas as the climate changes. The project will be funded through a nearly $1 million grant from a foundation based in Denmark.

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