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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama man has been sentenced for burning a roughly 6-foot-tall cross in a black neighborhood in Ozark in 2009. Thomas Wendell Smith pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate housing rights and was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months of home confinement.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama federal judge could avoid prosecution for domestic violence in Atlanta. A defense lawyer says Judge Mark Fuller is entering treatment for an unspecified reason. The Atlanta court offers pre-trial intervention and diversion programs for some defendants. Fuller was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

GREENVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Greenville police have arrested a man in the slaying of former University of Alabama football player Ozell Powell. Police say Eric Simmons shot Powell twice in the chest at an apartment complex. Powell played at Alabama from 1993 through 1996. He started 25 games on the defensive line.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Revenue Department slowed about 100,000 personal income tax refunds this year because of a new computer program designed to catch identity theft and tax fraud. The state owed nearly $19.9 million in refunds as of Wednesday and had more than 13,700 individual returns left to process.

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