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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Environmental activists, business groups and a retired U.S. Navy admiral in Virginia have blasted the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan. The critics claimed outside a public comment session Wednesday that drilling would interfere with military training near the world's largest Navy base and imperil tourism and fishing along a key stretch of Atlantic coast.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill aimed at getting more oversight for hundreds of faith-based day cares that go uninspected by the state. Committee members voted unanimously for the House-passed bill described as a compromise between child welfare advocates and church centers.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposal to lower the penalty for marijuana possession has cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature, but faces a dubious future as it heads to a possible floor vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 Wednesday to approve the bill by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road. The bill would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana punishable by a fine instead of jail time.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Federal judges are seeking more information about an upcoming Alabama execution in which the state plans to connect the lethal injection line through the inmate's leg. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked Wednesday for additional information as they weigh a request from Doyle Lee Hamm to block his execution.

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