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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is asking Alabama's secretary of state to restore thousands of people to active voter status. In a Friday letter to Secretary of State John Merrill, the organization said it believes large numbers of people were wrongly moved to inactive voting status during a an update of voter rolls.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state school board has scheduled a meeting to discuss the superintendent's contract weeks after board members gave him a poor performance reviews. The agenda for the specially called meeting on Aug. 23 includes an item to discuss the Superintendent Michael Sentance's contract. It does not elaborate.

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a noose was founding hanging outside a north Alabama church. WHNT reports that the noose was found hanging outside St. John Primitive Baptist Church, near the city of Florence.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has fallen to 4.5 percent. A news release from the state says the jobless rate dipped one-tenth of a percent in July from June. Alabama's jobless rate remains worse than the national rate, which has fallen to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. But a statement from Gov. Kay Ivey says there are fewer unemployed people in Alabama than there have been in a decade.

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