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Group appealing sturgeon ruling

MOBILE (AP) — An industry group has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding the federal government's inclusion of the Alabama sturgeon on the endangered species list.

The Alabama-Tombigbee Rivers Coalition filed the appeal Friday, asking the high court to overturn a May ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly .

The coalition includes Alabama Power Co., the Alabama State Port Authority, organizations representing barge companies and other river users. It argues that the 11th Circuit "adopted a boundless interpretation of the commerce power that extends federal regulation to a rare species of fish ... that is found in only one state and has no commercial use."

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