Early Morning Alabama News Minute

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UNDATED (AP) -- Alabama has run its streak of weeks at No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll to eight, the longest stay atop the rankings by the Crimson Tide. Alabama received 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel. The Tide has twice previously been No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks -- in 1979 when Bear Bryant coached `Bama to a national title and in 1980 when the Tide finished sixth.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he has confidence in his assistants and that he feels "a very, very high sense of responsibility" to Tigers fans. Chizik said Sunday that at season's end "we go out and evaluate everybody as I get evaluated."

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians gave $100,000 to a national Republican organization the same day that organization donated $100,000 to a group helping former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley fight gambling in Alabama. The Republican State Leadership Committee shared the news of the contribution to Citizens for a Better Alabama with a letter addressed to Riley's son, Rob Riley.

PINSON, ala. (AP) -- State troopers in Jefferson County say one person was killed and another injured when they were struck by a pickup truck. Witnesses said the two men were standing outside a vehicle on Pinson Valley Parkway when they were hit about 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Troopers said 51-year-old Amos Holt Jr. of Pinson was killed and 24-year-old Terron Brown was injured.

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