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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's recreational fishing season for red snapper will close in territorial waters six weeks earlier than usual. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division said the season officially closes at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The planned closing date was Sept. 3.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in an area of Mobile Bay. The order by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed Area II to harvesting as of 3 p.m. on Friday. The area includes Portersville Bay. ADPH, in a news release, says the order was issued after water samples collected showed bacteria levels too high for harvesting.

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - A company will be building an air compressor plant in southern Alabama. Al.com reports that Kaishan Group is making an $11 million capital investment in the facility to open an estimated 62 jobs at the company. A groundbreaking was held this week for the plant that will serve as its U.S. corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham is offering amnesty for those facing traffic tickets or misdemeanor court cases. Al.com reports Birmingham's "Fresh Start" Amnesty Program began earlier this week and continues through Sept. 17. During the two-month period, tickets can be paid without late fees or arrest. Misdemeanor cases can also be settled without fear of arrest.

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