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Two bodies have been recovered and five other sailors are missing after a powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay.

Authorities say most, but not all those missing were participating in the Dauphin Island Regatta, which included over 100 sailboats and nearly 200 participants. Crews are still searching for the five missing sailors.

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators. They are also looking for conversations with members of the executive branch about the case.

Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion Wednesday asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.

Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.

 State troopers investigated more traffic fatalities during the recent Christmas and New Year's holiday period than they did a year ago. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins explains…

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The head of Gov. Robert Bentley's security detail made $16,918 in August including overtime.

Al.com reports the August income pushed Wendell Ray Lewis' salary, including overtime, so far this fiscal year to $153,000. That's with one month to go in the fiscal year. Lewis' salary is almost $50,000 more than the head of the state Department of Public Safety made in the same period.

Al.com reports that during the last four years on Bentley's security detail, Lewis has made $563,000, or an average of nearly $141,000 per year.

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State officials say six people died in traffic accidents over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety said state troopers investigated fatal crashes in Mobile, Elmore and Lauderdale counties.

Authorities consider the holiday travel period as 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight Monday.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett says a preliminary investigation has shown that seat belts were available to three people who died in crashes, but only one victim was using one during a crash. Jarrett says the other three victims were riding bicycles and an ATV.

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Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall has retired after more than 30 years in state law enforcement.

McCall's retirement was effective Monday. A spokeswoman for the governor says he's named John Richardson to fill-in as director until the Department of Public Safety merges into the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in January. Richardson has been serving as assistant director of the law enforcement division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a database to comply with federal regulations. All systems, including online services, will be shut down from 5 p.m. Friday, April 25 until 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The closure will also affect probate judges' offices, license commissioners' offices and other agencies that involve Alabama driver license transactions or reviews. Motor vehicle records and accident reports will also be offline.

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State troopers say nine people died in traffic accidents linked to this week's winter storm in Alabama.

The Department of Public Safety says fatal wrecks happened in six counties: Bullock, Chilton, DeKalb, Elmore, Perry and Tuscaloosa.

Troopers say additional deaths could be added to the storm total once additional wrecks are investigated.

Police say hundreds of wrecks occurred statewide during the storm, which struck Tuesday.

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More than half of the people killed so far this year in traffic accidents on Alabama highways were not wearing seat belts when they were available.

The state Department of Public Safety reports 367 traffic deaths through September. The department says 302 of the fatalities were in vehicles equipped with seat belts, and 178 of them were not using the seat belts.

That's on par with 2012, when 59 percent of the people killed in traffic accidents were not wearing seat belts.

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Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say six people were killed in car crashes during Labor Day weekend.

Department spokeswoman Robyn Litchfield says state troopers investigated five accidents that left six people dead between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight on Monday.

Litchfield says the accidents happened in Blount, Chambers, DeKalb, Limestone and Marengo counties.

Officials say alcohol factored into at least one of the five crashes.

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Alabama Department of Public Safety says motorists can expect to see extra state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

   It's part of the national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The extra officers will be out from the beginning of the holiday travel period at 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday.

   Eleven people died in highway accidents during the 2012 Labor Day weekend in Alabama.

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Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say four people were killed in crashes during the Fourth of July travel period.

The holiday travel period began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ended at midnight on Sunday. State patrol officials say they investigated 434 traffic crashes, which resulted in 154 injuries.

The four traffic fatalities don't include traffic accidents that were investigated by other law enforcement agencies. Officials say they're unsure of whether alcohol was linked to any of the crashes and seatbelts were used in one of the four deadly accidents.

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State troopers and local law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.

   Sixty-nine police and sheriff's departments are joining with the state troopers to target drunken drivers and other violators by conducting sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols. Funding from the extra patrols comes from grants awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the state Department of Transportation.