Alabama April 2011 tornadoes

Newscast
9:12 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Bridge Celebration Delayed, Tuscaloosa Milo's Reopening

Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Ala.

There are only two and a half weeks left in the current Supreme Court session, and Alabamians are still waiting on a definitive answer regarding same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage is currently legal in Alabama, but a state Supreme Court ruling has ordered all county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade passed a ruling that would force those probate judges to begin issuing licenses, but that won’t go into effect until after the Supreme Court rules.

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Newscast
9:47 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Baldwin County public forum, Alberta City fundraiser and bill eliminating marriage licenses

Author Kim Cross

After voters rejected a tax hike proposal last month, the Baldwin County Commission and Baldwin County School Board are looking for more input.

There will be a joint public meeting this evening to begin the process of moving forward from the referendum that would have helped pay for a 10 year, $350 million capital construction project.

Charles Gruber is the chairman of the Baldwin County Commission. He believes the referendum was shot down by voters because the public was not able to voice any concerns about the tax.

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News
4:40 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Tornado Anniversary, Drywall hearings in Louisana, Confederate Memorial Day

Today is the four-year anniversary of the Tornado outbreak that killed more than 200 Alabamians.  The damage was widespread across the state, including Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Walter Maddox rode out the E-F-Four tornado at City Hall.  He says the moments after that were spent surveying the twelve-and-a-half percent of the city that was destroyed in six minutes…

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Newscast
9:36 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox on tornadoes, Mobile ending veteran homelessness and kayaker, rescuer drown

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox

Today is the four year anniversary of the tornado outbreak that killed more than 200 Alabamians. The damage was widespread across the state, including in Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Walter Maddox rode out the EF4 tornado at Tuscaloosa's City Hall. He says the moments after that were spent surveying the 12.5 percent of the city that was destroyed in just six minutes.

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Newscast
8:39 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Disaster recovery grant, National Signing Day and gay marriage update

Harrison Taylor, Tuscaloosa City Councilor for District 2

Tuscaloosa is competing with nearly 70 other communities for part of a half-billion dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

City officials and residents gathered inside the Rosedale Court Apartment complex yesterday to identify what they see as important points. Members of the recovery operations for Tuscaloosa asked people about resiliency, at-risk populations and overall impacts that could lead to the city winning part of the grant.

Tuscaloosa City Councilor Harrison Taylor says it is all about being prepared.

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Tuscaloosa-Tornado Recovery
3:39 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tuscaloosa May Tweak Rules Over Tornado Recovery

Local officials in Tuscaloosa are considering changes to local ordinances that govern rebuilding of commercial areas after the devastating tornadoes of April 2011.
Credit ci.tuscaloosa.al.us / City of Tuscaloosa

Local officials in Tuscaloosa are considering changes to local ordinances that govern rebuilding of commercial areas after the devastating tornadoes of April 2011.

The Tuscaloosa News reports Mayor Walt Maddox planned to present amendments to the city code Monday night to the Planning and Zoning Commission. One of the changes being pushed by the mayor would require businesses to hide larger trash bins from public view. Others proposals deal with design details for commercial buildings in the tornado recovery zone.

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Tornado Recovery
4:39 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Alabama Gets $30 Million More For Tornado Recovery

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.
Credit apr

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.

Bentley announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants on Tuesday. He says nearly $19 million more is still available for cities and counties to seek.

Tuscaloosa County will get $7.3 million for sewer improvements and demolition in Holt.

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Politics & Government
3:49 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Tuscaloosa Offers $500K in Tornado Recovery Loans

Several Tuscaloosa neighborhoods were completely devastated by the April 27th tornadoes.
Maggie Martin/APR News

Tuscaloosa city officials will soon be taking applications for loans of up to $20,000 aimed at helping businesses rebuild in the city's tornado recovery zone.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/15TZchw) the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs recently gave the city approval to use $500,000 for the loans. Businesses meeting certain terms will have their loans revert to grants, meaning the money won't have to be repaid.

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Politics & Government
7:33 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Ala. Governor to Receive Tornado Recovery Funds

Governor Robert Bentley will receive the federal recovery funds in Cordova, one of the Alabama communities hard hit by the April 27 storms.
Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com

Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will present Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley with a check for $49 million to be used to help Alabama communities rebuild from damage caused by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.

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Tornado-Damaged Schools
4:28 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Tornado-Damaged Alabama Schools Closer To Repairs

The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012 like Murphy High School in Mobile.
Credit G.M. Andrews/AP Photo

The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.

The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for a bill that would allow the state to sell $30 million in bonds. Of that, $15 million would go to Murphy High School in Mobile, which was hit by a tornado in December.

Three schools in the Tuscaloosa area would benefit, with $3 million for Alberta City Elementary and $2.5 million each for University Place Elementary and Holt Elementary. They were hit on April 27, 2011.

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Politics & Government
6:38 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Ala. House Passes Bond Issue to Rebuild Schools

Murphy High School is one of several schools that would receive tornado recovery money.
G.M. Andrews/AP Photo

The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a bill that authorizes the state to issue $30 million in bonds to rebuild several tornado-damaged schools across the state.

Democratic Rep. Napoleon Bracy's bill passed 103-0 Tuesday night and now goes to the Senate. If approved, it will provide $15 million to Murphy High School in Mobile to repair damage from a tornado on Christmas Day, 2012.

Tornado Aid
4:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Getting More Tornado Recovery Aid

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from April 2011 tornadoes.

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from the deadly tornadoes in April 2011.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide the state government with $49.2 million to distribute to recovery projects. Tuscaloosa will get $43.9 million, Birmingham $17.5 million, and Jefferson County $9.1 million.

Bentley says the new funding will help several areas of the state that are still suffering long-term effects from the storms.

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Alabama Tornadoes
4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. Town Hit By '11 Twisters Gets Demo OK

An Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.
Credit FEMA

Officials say an Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.

Leaders in the Walker County city of Cordova hope the project can begin moving forward within the next two or three months.

Officials announced the decision today at a meeting of Cordova's long-term recovery committee.

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Tornado Relief
5:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Governor Announces Tornado Relief Grants For Ala.

Governor Bentley announced federal grants for tornado recovery for nine local governments.
Credit The Birmingham News, Tamika Moore

Nine local governments in north and west Alabama have been awarded more than $15.7 million in grants to help with tornado recovery.

The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development include $4.8 million to help rebuild Hackleburg's downtown. Eighteen people were killed and many of the businesses in the Marion County town were destroyed or heavily damaged by an April 27 tornado.

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Arts & Life
7:42 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Left With Tornado Damage, Ala. Town Blaming FEMA

Officials in the old Alabama mill town of Cordova say the money to demolish buildings damaged by tornadoes a year and a half ago remains mired in red tape.

Mayor Drew Gilbert says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is constantly seeking explanations and documentation, and holding up the process.

The town's main street looks about the same as it did the deadly tornadoes ripped across the southeast in April 2011, with battered red bricks and broken glass littering the pavement.

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