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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A former University of Alabama student says she was wrong and "there's no excuse" for videos she posted using a racial slur. Harley Barber is no longer enrolled at the university after the videos were reported to school administrators.

ATLANTA (AP) - A regional electricity grid manager is asking customers in most of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and a slice of eastern Texas to reduce their power usage Thursday morning, saying electrical demand driven by frigid cold could exceed available capacity. If supply can't meet demand, local utilities would have to resort to rolling blackouts. The grid manager says the four-state southern region hit a new wintertime peak electricity usage of 32.1 gigawatts Wednesday morning.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony. Senators on Tuesday voted 19-1 for the bill. It now moves to the House of Representatives. Sen. Greg Albritton said his bill, 'truly separates the church and the state.'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops. Senators on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 27-0 vote. It moves to the Alabama House.

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