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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Franklin County schools officials say their safety plan for the upcoming school year will not include armed volunteers. Superintendent Gary Williams says the safety plan includes training volunteers, teachers and staff to deal with several issues that could arise, but doesn't include training them to handle firearms.

HELENA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say four people from middle Tennessee are hospitalized after a small airplane crashed in Alabama. Pilot Dan Smith, wife Sharon Smith, their son Andy Smith and his 17-year-old girlfriend Katie Hargrove survived the fiery crash near Birmingham yesterday afternoon.

The four were traveling home to Dickson, Tennessee, after a beach trip to Panama City, Florida.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Work has begun on a zip line that will carry people across the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama state line. The first piece of the new zip line -- a 60-foot pole -- was put into place yesterday in downtown Columbus.

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph (75 kph) with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days.

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