News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT
DORA, Ala. (AP) - Preliminary autopsy results in Alabama show a city councilman and part-time police officer fatally shot a woman and then killed himself. News outlets report that authorities have not released a motive in the deaths of 70-year-old John Allen Softley and 30-year-old Monica Jean Graves. Their bodies were found in a parked pickup truck last month by a passing motorist. Softley was a Parrish City councilman and part-time Jasper police officer.
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - One person has been hurt when a single-engine plane crashed into some woods in Alabama. There were three people on the plane when it came down near Interstate 85 near Opelika around 10 p.m. Tuesday. One person was taken to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The names of those on the plane have not been released.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's doctor confirmed she was hospitalized during a 2015 trip to Colorado, but Ivey disputed a statement from the state's former top law enforcement officer that she had suffered a mini-stroke. The 74-year-old said she had altitude sickness and is in good health. Ivey released a letter from her doctor saying he saw no evidence of a mini-stroke when he examined her a day after her discharge and that hospital tests in Colorado were also negative.
MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) - In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, much of the world's attention has been focused on Florida's battered coastal communities, but rural communities all the way into Georgia and Alabama also felt its fury. Many are still struggling days after the storm passed. The small city of Marianna, Florida, is without power and will likely remain so for a month after being hit with its strongest storm in recorded history.
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