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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state school board has scheduled a meeting to discuss the superintendent's contract weeks after board members gave him a poor performance reviews. The agenda for the specially called meeting on Aug. 23 includes an item to discuss the Superintendent Michael Sentance's contract. It does not elaborate.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, is calling on the governor to convene an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to allow the city to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Mayor Mike Signer's statement comes nearly a week after white supremacists descended on the city for a rally and clashed with counter protesters.

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a noose was founding hanging outside a north Alabama church. WHNT reports that the noose was found hanging outside St. John Primitive Baptist Church, near the city of Florence.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has fallen to 4.5 percent. A news release from the state says the jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percent in July from June. Alabama's jobless rate remains worse than the national rate, which has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. But a statement from Gov. Kay Ivey says there are fewer unemployed people in Alabama than there have been in a decade.

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