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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after a U.S Supreme Court decision allowing use of the lethal injection drug the state plans to use. The state is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged the drug as cruel and unusual punishment. UPCOMING: 450 words.
AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn couple recently reeled in an unusual catch from a multi-acre pond on their property just off Alabama 14 - a 10-foot, 2-inch alligator, reportedly the largest caught in a Lee County pond. Terry Parker spotted the estimated 400-pound gator in mid-June when he and Yorkshire terrier Gracie were driving around the family's property. It's not the first time Parker and his wife, Francine, have spotted an alligator in one of their ponds. About five years ago, the Parkers had a 4-foot alligator removed from the property. After welcoming a host of baby goats and geese this spring, the Parkers were worried about the damage a large alligator could do. They consulted with a game warden from Elmore County, who gave the Parkers a permit to kill the "nuisance alligator." By Sara Falligant, Opelika-Auburn News. SENT: 470 words.
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—FATALITY-STORM — Authorities say 59-year-old Cullman County man was struck, killed by falling tree during storm.
—OFFICER-ID THEFTS — Former Dothan police officer accused of identity thefts charged with 20 felony counts.
—C3 DESIGNS-EXPANSION — Greenwood modular housing company buys Alabama home manufacturer.
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