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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama authorities say an inmate who escaped from a hospital has been recaptured. News outlets report 39-year-old Courtnee Austin was caught after escaping Saturday night. Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton tells AL.com Austin was bit by a tracking dog inside a crack house and taken into custody Sunday afternoon. Jefferson County Chief sheriff's Deputy Randy Christian says Austin claimed he swallowed a razor blade and was hospitalized June 11. He had escaped by climbing through the ceiling.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a fire has claimed a person's life in east Birmingham. Al.com reports that fire crews responded to the blaze around 9 p.m. Sunday. Authorities said a passerby spotted flames and called 911.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the Art Institute of Atlanta's commencement ceremony. Lewis is to speak during the 11 a.m. Monday event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre near Atlanta. The Georgia Democrat and civil rights worker led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march. Lewis also worked on voter registration drives and other civil rights activities in Mississippi and across the South during the 1960s.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's capital of Montgomery is looking at ways to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. Tourism draws people to the city, but some locations are difficult for people to navigate. The city says it wants to address disability access issues and put together a comprehensive plan to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A city engineer says the efforts are meant to fix existing problems and influence future plans.

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