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

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has voted to track how often law enforcement authorities use civil actions to seize a person's property when the person hasn't been convicted of a crime. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-1 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama Senate committee has approved legislation, pushed by the state's top industry recruiter, to exempt professional economic developers from the state ethics law. Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield has said professional site developers will not work in Alabama if they have to register as lobbyists. Alabama Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton has expressed concern about the exemption.

TARRANT, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who led police to his wife's remains two years after she went missing has pleaded guilty in her shooting death. Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Shawn Allen said Wednesday that 45-year-old Joseph Sylvester Poe III was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on an intentional murder charge in the death of Paula Anne Worcester.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says Congress must address gun violence, even as lawmakers protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. In his maiden speech to the Senate, the Democrat said the U.S. has reached a tipping point on gun violence following the mass shooting at a Florida high school and activism led by surviving students.

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