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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

CENTRE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who authorities say dragged a sheriff's deputy with his vehicle was shot with both a stun gun and a firearm. AL.com reports Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says a deputy had reached into 42-year-old Brett Littlejohn's vehicle to arrest him on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop Wednesday.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A former University of Alabama student says she was wrong and "there's no excuse" for videos she posted using a racial slur. Harley Barber is no longer enrolled at the university after the videos were reported to school administrators.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Southerners are waiting for a thaw that would end days of icy roads and broken pipes from the latest winter storm to move through the typically mild region. For a third night, stare troopers warned of ice on roads as the snow that melts refreezes early Friday morning. At least 15 people have died from the snow storm that moved from Houston to the North Carolina coast Tuesday and Wednesday. But a major warmup is expected to begin Friday and continue through the weekend.

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.'

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