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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in a Montgomery fire _ the first fire fatality in the city this year. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the man was found in a bedroom of a home on Lower Wetumpka Road Wednesday. Montgomery Fire/Rescue Sgt. O.J. Whiting said the man was located in a bedroom and was confirmed a fire fatality. Whiting said a second person escaped the blaze, as relatives and neighbors were able to pull that person out.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A team of 21 scientists will conduct a study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Sun Herald reports that the panel of researchers from universities and state and federal agencies was convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and awarded $9.5 million in federal funds.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Police say two people were shot inside a vehicle in southwest Alabama. Mobile police told WKRG-TV that two people say a vehicle pulled up and began firing inside their vehicle Wednesday night. Police say the people had multiple gunshot wounds and were taken to the hospital.

PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) - Police say an officer fatally shot an armed man during a robbery at an Alabama service station. Pell City Police Chief Paul Irwin told local news media that 32-year-old Jackie Germaine Ragland was killed Thursday morning. Authorities say an officer who was responding to reports of a robbery found the armed suspect to be in the process of robbing the store at a Texaco. Irwin says the suspect ran toward the officer with a gun, prompting the officer to fire his gun.

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