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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Residents of Midland City are expressing relief after authorities stormed an underground bunker and safetly freed a 5-year-old boy held six days in a hostage standoff that captured the nation's attention. Authorities say the boy's captor was shot to death when authorities became convinced the child was in imminent danger.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A handful of Republican Alabama lawmakers are pushing a bill to make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in any public building in the state. A pre-filed bill sponsored by Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial and has gained support from Sen. Shadrack McGill and Sen. Clay Scofield.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Department of Justice officials say a Montgomery woman has pleaded guilty on several charges stemming from her involvement in an identity theft and tax fraud ring. Larreka Jackson pleaded guilty Monday in the Middle District of Alabama to charges of filing false claims, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Authorities say the woman operated a tax preparation business in Montgomery and used it as a front to file fraudulent returns using stolen identities.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley has announced 302 more road and bridge projects that the state will finance with bond sales. The 302 projects announced Monday total $398 million. That boosts his Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to 439 projects totaling $613 million.

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