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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Farmer and small-town mayor Rick Pate has defeated longtime state Sen. Gerald Dial for the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The 63-year-old Pate led the 80-year-old Dial and three other candidates in the primary in June, but he didn't get enough votes to win the nomination outright. He widened his lead in Tuesday's balloting. No Democrat is on the ballot in November.

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) - Congresswoman Martha Roby has won Alabama's Republican runoff, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the Republican president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot in deep-red Alabama. She defeated a former Democrat, Bobby Bright, who tried to cast himself as the more authentic Trump ally.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - After cruising to a victory in Alabama's Republican runoff on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby says she is ready to continue the fight for "conservative momentum" in Washington, D.C. Roby says she was humbled by voters' support and is thanking those who endorsed her, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Roby says the victory over former Democrat Bobby Bright is recognition of her conservative voting record.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of kidnapping an Alabama woman who later escaped by jumping from the trunk of a moving car. reports 29-year-old Manuel Ali Towns was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of first-degree kidnapping and other charges. The sentence was handed down because of Towns' prior felony convictions.

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