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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions. Officials said yesterday the changes could cost jobs and result in higher utility bills. They spoke ahead of hearings on new federal rules to limit coal.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and her 8-year-old daughter in Alabama has been captured while being treated at a hospital in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say they received an anonymous tip that a fugitive was being treated at Bethesda Hospital East last night and arrested 44-year-old David Pitts.

TROY, Ala. (AP) - Workers at a Sikorsky Aircraft factory in southeast Alabama have approved a new labor contract. Employees at the helicopter component factory in Troy voted 340-10 in favor of the new agreement.

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - An 18-year-old man spent more than three hours trapped in a north Alabama cave before rescuers got him out. The young man was exploring a Blount County cave with friends when he fell about 50 feet into a ravine last night.

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