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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) - A fisheries science center is funding research projects designed to learn more about a pair of valuable ocean clams. The work will concern the ocean quahog and surf clam, which are clams of high economic value that are fished along the East Coast. They are popular in chowders and other seafood dishes. The Science Center for Marine Fisheries is funding the research as part of $200,000 it is allocating for a host of fisheries research projects.

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama farming family is teaming up with blue jean manufacturer Wrangler to making cotton more sustainable. The Newby family of north Alabama is working with the company on a pilot program to improve farming practices in a new agreement. About 40,000 pounds of cotton from Newby Farms will be used to make a special collection of Wrangler jeans that go on sale in 2018. Wrangler says it buys about half of its cotton from U.S. growers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a woman and her mother who ran a tax-preparation business in Alabama. Authorities say 38-year-old Katie Green-Horn, owner of Katie's Tax Service in York, and her mother, 60-year-old Sandra Green, who worked at KTS, were indicted Friday for conspiring to defraud the U.S. between January 2011 and April 2014 by obstructing the IRS in its collection of income taxes.

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

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