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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials say an Alabama city school system has received full accreditation. News outlets report that Birmingham City Schools gained the approval from AdvancED. Superintendent Lisa Herring said during a news conference Tuesday this is the first time that Birmingham City Schools has been accredited as a system.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama public school district is ditching its mandatory uniform policy, freeing the district's 24,000-plus students to wear whatever they want that complies with the new dress code. reports that the Birmingham City Schools board voted Tuesday to do away with the uniform policy, just a little more than two weeks before students head back to school.

NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who police say is HIV-positive is accused of spitting on a nurse, telling her to "taste the last kiss of death." The Tuscaloosa News cites court records that say 28-year-old Montrel Dewaun Minor was charged with felony assault with bodily fluids after spitting on the nurse while being treated at the Northport Medical Center's emergency room last month. Despite the implied threat, HIV is not transmittable through saliva.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama mother is accused of kidnapping her children from their guardian at gunpoint. Citing a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, news outlets report that 27-year-old Derick Irisha Brown was formally charged with kidnapping, second-degree assault and other counts on Monday.

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