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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - President Donald Trump congratulated both Alabama Sen. Luther Strange and former state Chief Justice Roy Moore to making it to the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat. Trump on Wednesday morning used his Twitter account to send congratulations to both men "for being the final two and heading into a September runoff" for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's largest city has used a wooden structure to cover up a Confederate monument in a downtown park. Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting the removal of rebel memorials. So Birmingham Mayor William Bell ordered the city's 52-foot-tall Confederate obelisk covered with wooden panels. The move comes days after deadly violence over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) - A missing Alabama woman has been found alive after surviving for weeks in the woods. The Bullock County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that 25-year-old Lisa Theris was found Saturday walking along a highway outside of Union Springs.

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - Two teenagers accused of killing a Georgia man outside an Alabama grocery store have been charged with capital murder. Local news outlets report 18-year-old Jakobe Isaiah Carter and 17-year-old Aaron Raynard Jones are each held without bail on charges of capital murder and burglary. Both are charged as adults.

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