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

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU's researchers are part of a new documentary, "The Underwater Forest," which details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama. The documentary, produced by This is Alabama and the Alabama Coastal Foundation, will be posted Sunday on It will air on Alabama Public Television on Saturday at 8 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy are covering timberland and fields across the rural Deep South, but the sun has peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst is over. Swollen by heavy rains and flowing quickly, the Chickasawhay River was out of its banks near the southeastern Mississippi town of Leakesville and nearly 9 feet above flood level with the water still rising.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking for federal assistance for farmers because of crop losses from Tropical Storm Cindy. Ivey on Friday asked for a disaster declaration because of 'significant' crop losses.

STATE LINE, Miss. (AP) - The remains of a historic bridge over a southeast Mississippi river have collapsed because of flooding caused by the former Tropical Storm Cindy. WDAM-TV reports the former Mississippi 42 bridge fell into the Chickasawhay River on Thursday. The abandoned bridge was on the Greene-Wayne county line, north of the current span. Cindy's heavy rains have pushed multiple south Mississippi rivers into flood. Current forecasts call for the Chickasawhay River to crest at Leakesville on Wednesday.

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