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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. CDT

ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for parts of three Southeastern states and says the region faces a particularly dangerous situation. The watch covers all of north Alabama including the cities of Birmingham and Huntsville, plus smaller areas in northeastern Mississippi and southern Tennessee. It expires at 11 p.m. CDT.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's tourism agency is promoting a series of walking tours that will start next month in cities both large and small. About 30 communities statewide are offering the free, hour-long strolls beginning April 7. Community leaders will conduct walking tours in historic areas with starting points that include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Huntsville's Constitution Village, the History Museum of Mobile and the Montgomery Area Visitor Center. The walking tour program started 15 years ago.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers are headed into the final days of the 2018 session with key votes looming on proposals to allow some teachers to carry guns in school, changing the position of lieutenant governor and other bills. The final meeting days will bring a flurry of work as lawmakers push to get bills approved before a target March 29 adjournment date.

WOODSTOCK, Ala. (AP) - A German auto supplier opened a $46.3 million plant in central Alabama. reports MöllerTech officials say the company will hire 222 employees at the new supply plant by the end of 2019. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this week almost 16 months after the company announced it would build the plant in Bibb County.

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