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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore on Thursday night traded jabs in a contentious debate, as they sought to sway voters ahead of the state's closely watched U.S. Senate primary runoff.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An Alabama lawyer has been sentenced to five years of probation for misappropriating funds from a volunteer legal services group. A federal judge in Nashville also sentenced 48-year-old Kelli Hogue Mauro to five months of home confinement and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

ARAB, Ala. (AP) - Arab's assistant police chief is being treated for a fractured vertebrae after he swerved to avoid a vehicle and ended up in a ditch. WAAY-TV reports Shane Washburn was headed north on Highway 69 about 7:15 a.m. Thursday when a vehicle crossing the highway failed to yield. Washburn swerved and ended up in the ditch. Police Chief Ed Ralston says Washburn was released from Marshall Medical Center North with a fractured L1 vertebrae. He is expected to return to work Monday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is asking a judge to dismiss the state's lawsuit challenging a plywood screen built to hide a Confederate monument in a downtown park. A motion filed by the city denies that the box-like structure violates a new state law prohibiting the removal or alteration of historic monuments. The state hasn't yet responded to the city's motion, but a judge has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 8. The city covered the monument after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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