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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is set to execute a man who has had his lethal injection delayed by the courts seven times. Seventy-five-year-old Tommy Arthur is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening for the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker. Arthur's legal team has made last-minute appeals seeking to stay the execution.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Huntsville has overtaken Mobile to become Alabama's third-largest city. New population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau show that the north Alabama city is home to 193,079 people. That surpasses Mobile's estimated population of 192,904. Birmingham and Montgomery remain Alabama's largest cities, but each is shrinking. No. 1 Birmingham is down slightly to an estimated population of 212,157 people. No. 2 Montgomery has contracted to 192,904 residents.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are warning of the dangers of rip currents that threatened swimmers off Alabama's Gulf coast. WALA-TV reports that at least three people were involved in two different water rescues on Wednesday in the Orange Beach area. No injuries were reported. Orange Beach city leaders say red flags have been flying for the past week, and they want everyone to be aware of dangerous rip currents as Memorial Day weekend approaches.

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Police have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Alabama teen, just days after his high school graduation. The Dothan Eagle reports Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish says they are looking for a 15-year-old male who they believe killed 19-year-old Kendarrius Dewayne Martin in a park Tuesday afternoon.

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