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Bishop receives trophy of a boxer

OXFORD (AP) — State Sen. Charles Bishop, a Jasper Republican who gained wide notice for a videotaped punch he threw at a Democratic colleague on the Senate floor, received a trophy of a boxer from Calhoun County Republicans.

Bishop, who has said Sen. Lowell Barron of Fyffe called him a "son of a bitch" before being hit in the face, was honored at the GOP meeting Monday night for his "defending of womankind."

But Bishop voiced regret over the swing he took June 7 on the tense final day of the regular session.

"There is no excuse for what I did," Bishop said. "I'm not sure my mother would be proud of that."

Barron has said he did not use the words that Bishop claims provoked him. The event, captured by Alabama Public Television and replayed on Internet video around the globe, is expected to be addressed by a Senate ethics panel in next year's session.

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