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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama inmate who has had seven executions postponed is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Thursday. In a phone interview from prison, Tommy Arthur maintains his innocence but concedes his hopes of winning another reprieve are diminishing. Still, the 75-year-old _ who is known derisively by victims' advocates as the "Houdini" of death row for the number of execution stays he has won_ vows he "won't give up."

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says state and local governments should pay for cleanups of the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other iconic waterways. The proposed federal budget for 2018 would eliminate $427 million for regional water restoration initiatives. But the programs have bipartisan support in Congress. Backers say states and local governments already do their share and federal involvement is essential to keep the cleanups on track.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Recreational anglers along the Gulf Coast are planning a protest against strict federal limits on red snapper fishing. Floating demonstrations are being organized in coastal fishing ports in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi for June 4. That's the day after the federal three-day fishing season ends for red snapper, one of the region's most popular catches. Federal regulators say the tight limit is needed to protect the fish. Opponents accuse scientists of using flawed science to set the rule.

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - Police in northern Alabama say they're investigating an early-morning shooting that left one man dead at an apartment complex. Madison police tell WHNT-TV that their officers responded to the apartments around 3 a.m. Tuesday and found the man dead of a gunshot wound. Few other details were immediately available before dawn Tuesday.

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