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      Judge approves deal in Alabama prison case over HIV

      A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.{} U.S. District Judge, Myron Thompson, says that the agreement isn't perfect, but can take effect.{} Infected females inmates are already living with other prisoners, at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka.{} Male inmates will be integrated in to the general prison population next year.

      Thompson held two hearings last week on the resulting settlement.{} He also sided with prisoners in December and ordered the Department of Corrections to quit making HIV-positive inmates live in housing areas away from other prisoners.{}