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

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say 53 people have died in Alabama fires in the first three months of 2014, putting the state near the top nationwide in the number of deadly blazes. Jefferson County recorded the highest toll among Alabama counties at 13, with eight of those in the city of Birmingham.

VANCE, Ala. (AP) - A Japanese automotive supplier is planning to open a new production plant in Tuscaloosa County, the latest addition to the area's growing automotive industry. Toyota Boshoku America says it will open the new plant next year in an industrial park near Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A vitamin company is planning to expand its operations in Opelika in a move that's expected to bring more than 50 new jobs to the eastern Alabama community over three years.

The Opelika City Council this week approved a 10-year tax abatement to Pharmavite for its $21.6 million expansion.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi officials say an Alabama man will spend 20 years in prison for the December 2011 armed robberies of two checking cashing businesses, one in Moss Point and the other in Pascagoula. A Jackson County prosecutor says 31-year-old Robert Lee Stone of Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty yesterday to two charges of armed robbery.

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