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(AP) - Federal ocean managers are making more than $2 million available to try to help fishermen catch less of the wrong fish. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is providing about $2.4 million for "projects that increase collaborative research and partnerships for innovation" in reducing bycatch.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - People killed by gunfire in Alabama have increased 22 percent within a seven-year period. reports that the Violence Policy Center states the gunfire death rate was the second highest in the United States with 21.51 fatalities per 100,000 people. The number of people killed by gunfire in the U.S. increased by 17 percent. The gunfire deaths included in the statistics are homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) - One of Alabama's most famous musical groups has come out with a new recording. The fabled Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section known as the Swampers has released a new, all-instrumental collection of its work. The CD was produced by Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi. The Swampers gained fame decades ago playing back-up for groups including Wilson Pickett. They're also mentioned in the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Sweet Home Alabama."

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have upgraded the charges against an Alabama mother jailed since December in connection with the death of her infant son. reports the aggravated child abuse charge against 31-year-old Ratunda Smith, of Fairfield, was dismissed last week and a new charge of murder filed. Smith is being held on $60,000 bond. Smith's four other children _ ages 7 and under _were taken into protective custody.

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