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

WOODSTOCK, Ala. (AP) - A German auto supplier opened a $46.3 million plant in central Alabama. reports MöllerTech officials say the company will hire 222 employees at the new supply plant by the end of 2019. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this week almost 16 months after the company announced it would build the plant in Bibb County.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - An organization that preserves Civil War battlefields is looking for volunteers to clean up historical sites in Alabama. The Civil War Trust says volunteers will be working at more than 160 sites nationwide during its annual cleanup day April 7. In Alabama, Fort Morgan is on the list of places slated for work. So are Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia; Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park in Bibb County; and Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Civil asset forfeiture allows police to seize property they believe was criminally gained, even when the owner isn't charged with a crime. Critics say the practice fuels policing for profit while police and prosecutors argue it's necessary to fight crime. Proposed legislation in Alabama that would have required a conviction before property is seized received so much pushback that lawmakers are now considering a greatly scaled-back proposal to collect and publish data on seized assets.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A city in Alabama will take part in an urban tree canopy study. The Opelika-Auburn News reports the city of Auburn and the Green Infrastructure Center entered an agreement to evaluate the canopy, which is layered with leaves, branches and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. The study looks to improve the planning of any future reforestation efforts.

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