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THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — What police are describing as an accidental fire has destroyed a church in rural west Alabama.

The New Hope No. 1 Baptist Church went up in flames early Thursday in Thomasville.

Police Chief Mitchell Stuckey tells WKRG-TV that authorities believe the fire was caused by a power surge after a tree fell and knocked out power in the area earlier.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A railroad company says its freight trains will soon begin traveling at faster speeds through southern Georgia and portions of eastern Alabama.

WALB-TV reports that CSX Transportation plans to increase maximum speeds from 25 mph (40 kph) to 40 mph (64 kph) on its tracks between Waycross, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama. That's a distance of roughly 260 miles (418 kilometers).