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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Amazon says it's building a distribution center near Birmingham that will employ 1,500 people. A company statement issued Friday says the 855,000-square foot facility will be located west of Alabama's largest city in Bessemer. Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens tells news outlets the operation could eventually employ as many as 3,000 people. Local officials say the project is worth about $325 million.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is letting bygones be bygones as he endorses embattled Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby for re-election. Trump tweets: "Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama has been a consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda." Roby had publicly withdrawn her endorsement of Trump in the final days of the 2016 election after the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, saying they made him an "unacceptable" as a candidate for president.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Plans to resume passenger train service on the northern Gulf Coast suffered a setback with Alabama and Mississippi refusing money for the project. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi had to pledge almost $35 million total over three years by Thursday to be eligible for the same amount in federal funds that would enable Amtrak trains to run from New Orleans eastward to Mobile, Alabama. Alabama refused, and the Southern Rail Commission says Mississippi's governor never responded to the request.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) - A former city official is accused of stealing from a north Alabama town. The attorney general's office says former Pisgah city clerk Jennifer Lynne Hall was indicted on charges of theft and using her position for personal gain. A statement says the 43-year-old Hall surrendered Thursday and is free on $11,000 bond. Court records don't show whether Hall has an attorney to speak on her behalf.

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