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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - New figures show about two-thirds of the state is abnormally drive and about 10 percent of Alabama is in a moderate drought. Birmingham is one of the direst areas but state climatologist John Christy says things could improve since the chance of rain is increasing heading into the weekend.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a north Alabama woman and her son have agreed to plead guilty to defrauding an east Alabama health center of more than $100,000. Federal prosecutors in Birmingham say 59-year-old Sheila Parker of Cullman and 33-year-old James Parker are charged with multiple counts of fraud and failing to file income tax returns.

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - The University of North Alabama says a round of campus vandalism will cost thousands of dollars to clean up. The school says graffiti in the form of red spray paint was found Wednesday at the construction site of a new Science and Technology Building.

DELTA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man has died in an apparent drowning in a lake at Cheaha State Park in eastern Alabama. Cleburne County Coroner Ben McKnight says the body of the Hoover man was recovered at midweek after a three-hour search.

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