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

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore are facing off in a high-stakes debate ahead of the U.S. Senate race. It is the only debate between the two Republicans ahead of Tuesday's GOP runoff in the race for U.S. Senate.

ARAB, Ala. (AP) - Arab's assistant police chief is being treated for a fractured vertebrae after he swerved to avoid a vehicle and ended up in a ditch. WAAY-TV reports Shane Washburn was headed north on Highway 69 about 7:15 a.m. Thursday when a vehicle crossing the highway failed to yield. Washburn swerved and ended up in the ditch. Police Chief Ed Ralston says Washburn was released from Marshall Medical Center North with a fractured L1 vertebrae. He is expected to return to work Monday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is asking a judge to dismiss the state's lawsuit challenging a plywood screen built to hide a Confederate monument in a downtown park. A motion filed by the city denies that the box-like structure violates a new state law prohibiting the removal or alteration of historic monuments. The state hasn't yet responded to the city's motion, but a judge has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 8. The city covered the monument after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have identified a man killed by police in Alabama. The county coroner's office in Huntsville says 31-year-old Haraesheo Rice was fatally wounded by police Wednesday night. A police spokesman says the man had a gun and wouldn't drop it. Records show the man filed suit last month stating he was mentally ill and complaining about mistreatment in the county jail following an arrest in 2015.

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