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

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials say new state statistics dispute federal estimates that led to restrictions on red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama's Marine Resources Division says a state study determined that 418,000 pounds of the highly prized fish were caught in state waters through June 30.

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Cotton and peanut farmers in Alabama's Wiregrass region are hoping for rain to boost their yields. Agronomist Brandon Dillard says that farmers have already lost some of their crop to dry conditions. He said more losses are possible unless there is more rain.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Leaders of neighboring cities in Georgia and Alabama are asking residents to come together for service yesterday seeking a break from violence in their communities. The mayors of Columbus, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama, along with local clergy organized the Stop the Violence Memorial Service. It took place yesterday afternoon at the Columbus Civic Center.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State University is holding a week of activities to celebrate the inaugural of its first female president. Events began yesterday with a women's empowerment luncheon honoring President Gwendolyn Boyd.

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