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Prison bill 'dead'

(IMG:WPMI) Lawmakers in Alabama say the prison construction bill is now dead for the session.

Lawmakers in Alabama say the prison construction bill is now dead for the session.

According to the Associated Press, Senator Cam Ward made the pronouncement Wednesday.

Ward says the bill already had heavy opposition in the House.

It was wounded further by tensions over redistricting and other issues in the final days of the session.

Ward says opposed lawmakers had threatened to filibuster the bill.

The plan called for the state to build a new women's prison and lease, or build, three new men's prisons.

The state would have borrowed between $200 million and $845 million, depending on how many prisons are leased.

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