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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CST

ATLANTA (AP) - Roads kept icy by frigid temperatures are keeping many school systems closed Wednesday in East and Southeast Texas. School districts in the Houston, Galveston and Beaumont will remain closed Wednesday, as will Tyler schools and numerous other rural and small-town school systems in East Texas. Other East Texas systems will observe two-hour delays in classes.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony. Senators on Tuesday voted 19-1 for the bill. It now moves to the House of Representatives. Sen. Greg Albritton said his bill, 'truly separates the church and the state.'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops. Senators on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 27-0 vote. It moves to the Alabama House.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama State Troopers Association says the number of troopers patrolling Alabama roadways is dangerously low. Trooper Association President David Steward said there are about 250 state troopers patrolling in Alabama. He said studies suggest there should be more than 1,000.

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