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

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - GOP candidate Roy Moore's wife says her husband is exactly the kind of person the Senate needs, even in the face of accusations of sexual misconduct toward women in their teens when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s. She's his most aggressive defender and has gathered other Alabama women to his cause _ but not all of them. The accusations are dividing Republicans, and women in particular. Polls suggest support from women is propelling Moore's opponent into the lead.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Secretary of State's office says no action will be taken over illegal crossover voting in the Senate special election runoff. The office says investigations showed 140 people who voted in both the Democratic primary in August and the Republican runoff in September. That's called crossover voting, and it's barred by state law. The agency says local probate judges didn't want to pursue additional reviews, so the matter is closed.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to a record low 3.6 percent. The governor's office says the rate announced Friday is down from the September rate of 3.8 percent, and it's the lowest ever recorded in Alabama. Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent. Wilcox County in western Alabama is highest at 8.9 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates fell to record lows in Alabama, Hawaii and Texas last month, and dropped in nine other US states. Employers added jobs in nine states in October, and cut them in three, the Labor Department said Friday.

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