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MADISON, Ala. (AP) - A lease agreement has been agreed upon to move a minor league baseball team to northern Alabama. Al.com reports that BallCorps LLC announced the signing of a lease, license and management agreement for the BayBears minor league baseball team to play in Madison. The team will continue to play at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile through the 2019 season, and then move to Madison in a new $46 million, 7,000-seat ballpark for the following season.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A private school in east Georgia intends to start drug-testing its oldest students. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Brookstone School in Columbus recently announced that the drug-testing of students in grades 8-12 will be voluntary next school year _ and then mandatory in succeeding years. The newspaper reports that Brookstone plans to use hair samples of students which are sent to Massachusetts-based Psychemedics Corp. to conduct the testing.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An African-American author and professor has won University of Alabama's annual non-fiction writing award for her work on women and black southern writers. A university statement on Friday names Dr. Trudier Harris as this year's winner of the Clarence E. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing. Harris has written or edited more than two dozen books and taught for 36 years.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's health department announces a week-long campaign to reduce chewing tobacco use and raise awareness for its negative health effects. A statement from the Department on Friday says "Through With Chew Week" will run from Feb. 18-24. Chewing or spit tobacco is just as addictive and health hazardous as cigarettes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that spit tobacco contains at least 28 chemicals that cause cancer.

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