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

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PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) - A school in Pell City is helping students cope with the loss of one of their classmates who collapsed in a classroom and died. Authorities say 13-year-old Jalin Puckett died at a hospital yesterday after collapsing at Duran North Junior High School in St. Clair County. He was an eighth grader.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Police arrested seven people at the Alabama Capitol after the group refused to leave during a protest over an expansion of Medicaid in the state. They were taken to the Montgomery County jail on charges of criminal trespassing. The arrests followed days of protests at the Capitol.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Samford University in Birmingham estimates it has an economic impact of more than $335 million on the state. The school provides 2,438 jobs and pays about $13.2 million in income and sales taxes according to a study released by the school. The study counted the taxes and spending of graduates, visitors to the university and the university's direct spending.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - AAA of Alabama reports driving this holiday weekend will be a little cheaper than last year. The group reports the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is 14-cents less at $3.20. Birmingham has the state's most expensive gas at $3.23 a gallon for regular. Tuscaloosa is cheapest at $3.13.

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