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It's another day of cleaning up from the Hangout Festival on Alabama's coast.

The three-day music festival on the beach at Gulf Shores ended Sunday night, but city spokesman Grant Brown says the work continues to get rid of all signs of the show.

That cleanup includes taking down nine stages and rolling up miles of cable at the festival site, where thousands of people partied all weekend.

Brown tells WKRG-TV that officials will assess the progress during a walk through on Wednesday, and all the beaches should be back to normal and open to the public on Thursday.

The Alabama Democratic Conference has endorsed former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith for governor and incumbent Terry Sewell for re-election to Congress.

ADC Chairman Joe Reed said the black wing of the state Democratic Party met in Montgomery to screen candidates and make endorsements. He said the ADC's screening committee recommended Griffith over Kevin Bass because of his support for expanding Medicaid, raising the minimum wage and making sure that tax dollars for schools are spent on public education.

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The owner of a Montgomery abortion clinic says she's never had a Montgomery-based physician performing abortions at the clinic during her 36 years at the facility and she has always used out-of-town doctors.

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A federal court trial begins Monday over an Alabama abortion law that proponents say will make abortions safer and opponents say will close three of Alabama's five licensed abortion clinics.

The trial in Montgomery stems from a 2013 law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The clinics in Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham say they will have to close because they use traveling doctors who can't sec8ure such admitting privileges.

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The Hangout Music Festival on Alabama's coast was continuing to draw huge crowds on Saturday.

AL.com reports that the event began Friday in Gulf Shores, opening to a sold-out crowd of 40,000 music fans at 11 a.m.

More than 70 bands are appearing this year including The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack Johnson, Outkast, Dawes, Queens of the Stone Age and The Flaming Lips.

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Alabama's secretary of state has sent county voter registrars a reminder that people convicted for simple marijuana possession are eligible to vote and should not be blocked from registering.

The reminder came after a discovery that some people in Houston County were wrongly kept off the voting rolls.

The secretary of state's chief legal adviser, Jean Brown, says a conviction for possession for personal use does not bar a person from voting. Possession with the intent of resale does constitute a crime of moral turpitude and would cause someone to lose their voting rights.

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Alabama officials will soon resume a free summer lunch program for students.

The state Department of Education offers free meals to children while school is out to make sure low-income children don't go hungry.

The Dothan Eagle reports that roughly 137,000 children participated in the program last year. The goal is to serve more than 500,000 children who already receive free or reduced-price lunches at schools.

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An Alabama-based brewery is expanding its operations into a new state.

Back Forty Beer Co. will spend about $500,000 this year to double its brewing capacity and begin canning operations at its facility in Gadsden.

The Gadsden Times reports the company will soon begin expanding in to Tennessee. It's already distributed in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

Back Forty Beer was honored Wednesday as the state's Small Manufacturer of the Year.

Alabama's secretary of state says residents have one week left to register to vote in the primary election June 3.  Secretary of State Jim Bennett says residents needing to register should contact their county board of registrars by May 23.

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An east Alabama state Senate candidate is accusing a district attorney of blatant electioneering.

State Senate candidate Tim Sprayberry of Heflin responded Wednesday to an announcement by District Attorney E. Paul Jones. Jones announced Friday that he had begun a preliminary investigation into Sprayberry's campaign finances, including whether he spent campaign funds on personal expenses. Sprayberry says he has kept meticulous records of contributions and expenditures, but the district attorney has never asked him for information about any of them.

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The attorney general's office says a trial judge's rulings are fatal to its criminal case against former state Sen. Lowell Barron if they are not reversed.

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Thirteen more Alabama counties are qualifying for federal assistance due to the storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state in late April and early May.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says state and local government programs and some nonprofit organizations may apply for disaster assistance in Blount, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Geneva, Lamar, Perry, Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties. Five other counties — Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone and Mobile — were approved for the aid earlier.

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Two Alabama schools are among the finalists for an award given by the ACT organization to recognize schools and people that excel at preparing students for college and careers.

The Iowa-based testing group says Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa among four finalists for an award honoring schools for career preparedness.

Spain Park High School in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover is among four finalists for an award honoring schools that prepare students for the transition to college or careers.

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Alabama's voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds gets high marks in a new national report.

The National Institute for Early Education Research says Alabama is one of only four states with pre-kindergarten programs that meet all the institute's quality standards. But the report says access is very limited in Alabama, with only 6 percent of 4-year-olds being served during the 2012-2013 school year.

The National Weather Service is confirming that a small tornado hit south Alabama over the weekend.

A preliminary damage report says an EF1 tornado with winds as strong as 110 mph struck Geneva County on Saturday.

The twister left a path of damage that's more than 2 miles long and 100 yards wide.

Two homes were damaged and the storm knocked down trees, but no one was injured.

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Governor Robert Bentley is taking his Road to Economic Recovery Tour to Dothan.

The governor announced he will visit Blue Plate West around lunch time Monday. Then he tours Dothan High School and Panhandle Converters.

He is scheduled to participate in a small business discussion at 3:30 p.m.

Bentley's tour of Alabama towns usually involves visit to a restaurant and businesses, as well as a discussion with civic leaders and business people.

The Republican race for state auditor features four candidates seeking to replace Republican Sam Shaw.

There's former Public Service Commission member Jim Zeigler of Mobile, who calls himself "Mr. 49 Percent" because he's lost so many close races.

There's also retired Shelby County businessman Dale Peterson, who became an Internet sensation in 2010 with his video where he carried a gun and promised to run the thugs out of Montgomery.

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A Southern heritage group is defending Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

The Alabama-based League of the South is planning a protest for Friday morning in Montgomery outside the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is trying to overturn the ban.

A statement from the president of the league, Michael Hill, says the liberal legal organization supports overturning what he calls "the building block of our civilization."

The Southern Poverty Law Center is representing a gay man who filed suit seeking to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the state has been approved for more federal disaster assistance to help five counties recover from severe storms in late April.

Bentley says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized residents of Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Mobile and Tuscaloosa to apply for individual assistance, which could range from money for temporary housing to home repairs and assistance with medical bills.

Bentley says loans may also be available to homeowners through the U.S. Small Business administration for expenses that aren't covered by insurance.

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Two Alabama women have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage so they can both be legal parents to their 8-year-old son.

The suit filed Wednesday contends that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such marriages from other states violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiffs, Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, have been a couple for more than 14 years and have lived in Mobile since 2001. They traveled to California in 2008 to be married.

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The Alabama Scenic River Trail has added 200 miles of waterway.

The executive director of the Alabama Scenic River Trail, Jim Felder, says the new segment is the Alabama portion of the Tallapoosa River. He says the new segment includes 13 primitive campsites donated by Alabama Power and four portages allowing people to walk canoes or kayaks around the four Alabama Power dams on the river.

An experienced paddler, 66-year-old Harold Banks of Dadeville, says the Tallapoosa River offers views of bald eagles, deer, turkey and otters in abundance.

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Norman Lumpkin, who helped bring diversity to television news in Alabama, has died.

A spokesman for Ross-Clayton Funeral Home in Montgomery confirmed that Lumpkin died Tuesday morning.

Lumpkin worked for radio stations in Montgomery and Indianapolis, Indiana, before being hired by WSFA-TV in Montgomery in 1969 as the first African-American TV reporter in the capital city.

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House Speaker Mike Hubbard is praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision that says prayers at the opening of town council meetings don't violate the Constitution.

Hubbard filed a friend of the court brief in the case that was decided by the Supreme Court 5-4 on Monday. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the prayers used by the town council in Greece, New York, are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation's traditions.

The state is extending deadlines for some vehicle owners because of the severe weather that hit Alabama this week.

The Department of Revenue says the April deadlines for vehicle registrations, renewals, transfers and tax payments are being pushed back to May 16 in places where county offices closed because of the storms.

Emergency managers are reporting damage from tornadoes or other severe storms in 31 of Alabama's 67 counties.

A statement from the agency says vehicle owners won't face penalties or interest in those counties as long as they meet the new deadline.

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A state legislator from southeast Alabama is under arrest on felony perjury charges.

The attorney general's office says Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise is charged with two counts of perjury. He's also charged with two counts of making false statements.

Davis was arrested Thursday. A statement from the attorney general's office says the charges are linked to a continuing investigation of possible public corruption.

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For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once.

A photography exhibition opening at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Wednesday night seeks to put a face on such young people while exploring the difficult dynamics of family acceptance of their identities in the Deep South.

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The U.S. Department of Education has honored three Alabama schools for going green.

F.E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle, Brock's Gap Intermediate School in Hoover and Homewood Middle School were among the Green Ribbon Schools announced Tuesday. Officials say 48 schools and nine districts were recognized.

The award is given to schools that are reducing their environmental impact and utility costs, promoting health for students and staff and encouraging students to learn about the environment.

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A new book tells the story of decades of chemical pollution in the east Alabama city of Anniston.

Written by University of Alabama researcher Ellen Griffith Spears, "Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution and Justice in an All-American Town" traces the history of the toxic chemical in the city.

The book details how the production of the chemical polychlorinated biphenyls led to Anniston being once listed among the most toxic towns in America.

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The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.

Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.

The state of Alabama is seeking federal aid following last week's flooding across central Alabama.

The state said Thursday it is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance in a seven-county region around Birmingham.

If approved, residents and business owners would be eligible for low-interest disaster loans in the counties of Bibb, Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker.

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