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

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is set to execute a man who has had his lethal injection delayed by the courts seven times. Seventy-five-year-old Tommy Arthur is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening for the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker. Arthur's legal team has made last-minute appeals seeking to stay the execution.

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - A crash in Alabama's Blount County has left three people dead, including two children. Al.com reports the crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on Alabama 79, just south of Cleveland. Alabama State Troopers late Wednesday identified one of the victims as 47-year-old Deana Whitfield, of Locust Fork. The other victims were a 7-year-old girl and 5-year-old girl, whose names were not released.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law sweeping protections for Confederate monuments and other long-standing historic markers. Ivey signed the bill Wednesday. The moves come as some Southern cities, such as New Orleans, have removed Confederate monuments from public property.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers for former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard say his ethics conviction is "legally baseless" and prosecutors stretched the bounds of the state law to bring charges against him. Hubbard's lawyers filed the appeal Wednesday in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

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