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

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A German-based company is bringing a $12 million aviation-related plant to Auburn. The Winkelmann Group will begin production at its first United States production facility in the Auburn Industrial Park. The company expects to create approximately 50 jobs over the next five years. Production is expected to begin in about two or three months

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU's researchers are part of a new documentary, "The Underwater Forest," which details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama. The documentary, produced by This is Alabama and the Alabama Coastal Foundation, will be posted Sunday on www.thisisalabama.org. It will air on Alabama Public Television on Saturday at 8 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy are covering timberland and fields across the rural Deep South, but the sun has peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst is over. Swollen by heavy rains and flowing quickly, the Chickasawhay River was out of its banks near the southeastern Mississippi town of Leakesville and nearly 9 feet above flood level with the water still rising.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking for federal assistance for farmers because of crop losses from Tropical Storm Cindy. Ivey on Friday asked for a disaster declaration because of 'significant' crop losses.

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