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A new state law imposing stricter regulations on abortion clinics is facing a federal court challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. The lawsuit filed Tuesday called the regulations medically unnecessary and said they would shut three of the state's five abortion clinics.
Governor Robert Bentley's administration is scrutinizing roadblocks last weekend in St. Clair and Bibb counties where breath, blood and saliva DNA samples were collected from motorists. Off-duty officers were used to set up the roadblocks for an anonymous study on alcohol and drug use by motorists.
Beaches in Gulf Shores have reopened under yellow-flag conditions after being closed when four men drowned in dangerous rip currents. Gulf Shores officials on Monday had posted double red flags on all beaches in the city, meaning that extremely hazardous conditions are present and all waters are closed the public. The beaches were re-opened Tuesday under yellow-flag conditions, meaning that moderate surf and/or currents were present and swimmers should use caution, according to a telephone hotline for information on beach conditions.