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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in an area of Mobile Bay. The order by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed Area II to harvesting as of 3 p.m. on Friday. The area includes Portersville Bay. ADPH, in a news release, says the order was issued after water samples collected showed bacteria levels too high for harvesting.

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - A company will be building an air compressor plant in southern Alabama. reports that Kaishan Group is making an $11 million capital investment in the facility to open an estimated 62 jobs at the company. A groundbreaking was held this week for the plant that will serve as its U.S. corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham is offering amnesty for those facing traffic tickets or misdemeanor court cases. reports Birmingham's "Fresh Start" Amnesty Program began earlier this week and continues through Sept. 17. During the two-month period, tickets can be paid without late fees or arrest. Misdemeanor cases can also be settled without fear of arrest.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A prominent Alabama attorney and a coal company executive have been convicted on federal charges involving bribery of a state lawmaker. The verdict against Joel Gilbert, a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm, and Drummond Company Vice President David Roberson was announced Friday. Jurors found them guilty of conspiracy, bribery, three counts of honest services wire fraud and money laundering. The judge says sentencing will be in about three months.

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