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Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a work-release program in northwest Alabama.

A report from the Department of Corrections says 26-year-old Xavier Lamont Armstead escaped from custody in Colbert County on Monday afternoon. He left a job site and hasn't been seen since.

Lamont was serving a more than 19-year sentence for third-degree burglary. Court records show he has multiple arrests on charges including burglary, forgery, theft and receiving stolen property.

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Additional schools are releasing students in northwest Alabama because of the possibility of snow.

At least a half-dozen systems say they're dismissing classes early Tuesday as forecasters predict as much as 1 inch of snow. Just two systems planned to release students early initially.

Authorities don't expect any major travel problems. Forecasters say as much as 1 inch of snow was possible in northwest Alabama. A dusting of about half that much was possible in the eastern Tennessee Valley counties. 

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A state judge is refusing to dismiss ethics charges against Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Lee County Judge Jacob Walker says he will let the charges go to the jury, rejecting a defense request for a summary judgment of acquittal after prosecutors rested their case.

Defense lawyer Bill Baxley says he plans to call on former Gov. Bob Riley, who testified earlier as a prosecution witness.