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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - An inmate has died inside the Russell County Jail in Alabama. Sheriff Heath Taylor says 33-year-old James Devitt, of Phenix City, took his life inside a cell Thursday. Devitt was in the jail for almost a month on a second-degree burglary charge.

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - A pedestrian bridge connecting Homewood, Birmingham and Mountain Brook could be open by mid-2019. Homewood City Councilor Jennifer Andress, who is spearheading the project, says adding a pedestrian bridge, separate from the two-lane vehicular bridge over U.S. 280, will improve safety for walkers, runners and cyclists who regularly traverse the area. reports Andress says the bridge is projected to cost $1.16 million.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn University marine scientist has received a USDA grant to study oysters. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Bill Walton landed a $456,646 federal grant to help ensure that farmed oysters are safe to eat. The grant will fund a three-year study to determine whether an oyster farm's geographic location, handling practices and choice of equipment affect bacteria levels in farm-raised oysters.

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes. Officials say they've confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes the state's prime beach areas, although no tourists have reportedly been affected. The most recent incident happened when a rabid fox attacked a dog in Loxley last week.

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