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The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.

Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education.

The Birmingham-based Drummond Co. has donated $489,000. That included $25,000 donations to both Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

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Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money.

The Anniston Star reported Sunday that state finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since June — when candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns.

The newspaper says Republican candidates have picked up $6.8 million of that cash, while Democrats garnered only $861,000. Political action committees pulled in $6.3 million over the same time period.

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A federal appeals court in Montgomery is considering a case involving the Birmingham-based Drummond Coal and three killings that happened in South America more than a decade ago.

   A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday that could revive a federal lawsuit over the slayings.

   Children of slain three coal miners filed suit in 2009 claiming Drummond hired paramilitary gunmen to kill their fathers near its Colombian coal mine in 2001. The men were union leaders.

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A Birmingham-based mining company has filed notification of plans to eliminate 425 jobs from its operations in Alabama.

   Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/16q9hSa ) that Drummond Co. that the notification filed with the state says the job cuts in Jefferson, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties will take effect Sept. 9.