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SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Concordia College Alabama, a historically black Lutheran college, will close its doors at the end of the spring semester. The Selma Times-Journal reports Dr. James Lyons, the college's chief transition officer and interim president, shared the news with faculty, stff and the student body on Wednesday. The school was founded in 1922 and has a current student population of around 400.

IRONDALE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has been indicted in the 2017 slaying of his girlfriend. reports 60-year-old John Hershel Hagood is accused in the strangulation death of 71-year-old Betty Patricia Watkins. He has been jailed on $500,000 bond since his November arrest. Authorities have not released a motive in the killing. A trial date for Hagood has not yet been set.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is one step closer to funding public transportation. The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to create a public transport fund that will store future state money and millions of matching federal dollars. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat from Birmingham, said public transport was essential to expanding the state's economy, job growth and medical services. Alabama is one of only five states with no state public transport funding.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two Alabama airports will soon have more connections to Florida. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Via Airlines will start flying from Montgomery Regional Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport beginning May 14. Round-trip flights were already listed on travel sites Wednesday for about $200. Via Airlines also announced the same service at the same price from Mobile Regional Airport to Orlando-Sanford, also beginning in May.

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