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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) - Civil asset forfeiture allows police to seize property they believe was criminally gained, even when the owner isn't charged with a crime. Critics say the practice fuels policing for profit while police and prosecutors argue it's necessary to fight crime. Proposed legislation in Alabama that would have required a conviction before property is seized received so much pushback that lawmakers are now considering a greatly scaled-back proposal to collect and publish data on seized assets.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A city in Alabama will take part in an urban tree canopy study. The Opelika-Auburn News reports the city of Auburn and the Green Infrastructure Center entered an agreement to evaluate the canopy, which is layered with leaves, branches and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. The study looks to improve the planning of any future reforestation efforts.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers are advocating to keep daylight savings time and stop changing clocks. The Senate approved a resolution Thursday by Republican Sen. Rusty Glover to "forever put an end to the deadly, energy-wasting, productivity-killing, twice-yearly changing of time." It was co-sponsored by 24 out of 35 members and moves to the House for a final vote.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a tax break bill that raises the threshold for claiming state income tax exemption on Thursday. The act sponsored by state Sen. Del Marsh, a Republican, raises the income threshold from $20,000 to $23,000 for married couples filing jointly, heads of households, and single filers. For married individuals filing separately, it rises from $10,000 to $10,500. It's Alabama's first tax break since 2006.

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