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

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Music fans are finding their way below the Earth's surface to watch artists perform deep inside a cave in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. The Volcano Room can accommodate about 700 music fans who hike down into it. Now, the man who began producing concerts there has purchased his own cave and will host that venue's first-ever performance on Saturday. The addition of the new venue will give music fans two subterranean music halls in Tennessee.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers will discuss whether to raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15, or similar rifle, from 18 to 21. The House Public Safety Committee will debate the bill Wednesday by Rep. Juandalynn Givan along with two other gun control measures.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers have voted to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates. The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 75-23 for the bill. It now moves to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for her possible signature.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Stricter regulations will be imposed on drunk drivers after a bill to close a loophole in the law and reduce road deaths passed a final vote in the House Tuesday. The legislation will require drunk drivers to use an ignition interlock device after their first offense. An ignition interlock analyzes a driver's breath and prevents a car from being started if alcohol is detected. Alabama passed an ignition interlock bill in 2014 but didn't require it for offenders who enter pretrial diversion.

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