Tuscaloosa

Politics & Government
9:27 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Tuscaloosa Adds Online Fee For Water, Sewer Bills

Some Tuscaloosa residents are upset after finding out last month they're being charged an extra fee for paying water, sewer and trash collection bills online.

  Some Tuscaloosa residents are upset after finding out last month they're being charged an extra fee for paying water, sewer and trash collection bills online.

The Tuscaloosa News reports new fees charge customers $2.95 for paying online with a credit card and $1 for using debit cards. The fees kicked in Oct. 1 at the same time water and sewer rates increased 3 percent.

The Tuscaloosa City Council approved the fees to offset revenue lost to convenience charges by credit card processors. Officials say cities such as Birmingham and Montgomery charge similar fees.

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Ridesharing-Tuscaloosa
3:54 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Tuscaloosa Warns Uber Drivers Of Possible Arrests

City officials in Tuscaloosa say they've informed representatives of the Uber ridesharing service that drivers will soon face arrest unless the company complies with the city's demands.
Credit Uber

City officials in Tuscaloosa say they've informed representatives of the Uber ridesharing service that drivers will soon face arrest unless the company complies with the city's demands.

Tuscaloosa police Sgt. Brent P. Blankley tells The Tuscaloosa News that police will begin making arrests Wednesday under the city's taxi regulation laws unless the company meets the city's requirements.

Tuscaloosa's many college students are a lucrative market for Uber's business model.

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Tuscaloosa Police-Phones
4:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Tuscaloosa Police Phone System Targeted In Attack

Tuscaloosa police say they working with federal authorities to investigate an attack on the department's phone system.

Tuscaloosa police say they are working with federal authorities to investigate an attack on the department's phone system.

Sgt. Brent P. Blankley said in a statement the department was targeted in an attack known as a telephone denial of service on Tuesday afternoon. Blankley says the attack involves multiple phone calls coming into the department at once, which is meant to jam the department's phone system.

Blankley says the objective of the attack is usually to prevent departments from receiving legitimate calls and disrupting public safety operations.

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Tuscaloosa-Ticket Scalping
3:48 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tuscaloosa OKs License Fee For Ticket Sellers

The Tuscaloosa City Council has approved a law that requires anyone involved with a ticket reselling business to get a license from City Hall.
Credit ci.tuscaloosa.al.us / City of Tuscaloosa

The city of Tuscaloosa is joining Auburn in clamping down on ticket scalpers.

The Tuscaloosa City Council has approved a law that requires anyone involved with a ticket reselling business to get a license from City Hall.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the license will cost $100 for both resellers and runners who purchase tickets from other individuals.

The city has been regulating ticket scalpers since the 1970s.

The city of Auburn imposed a $155 license on ticket sellers earlier this month.

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Emergency Alert Failure
4:14 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

City Seeks To Learn Why Emergency System Failed

Emergency officials are trying to learn why Tuscaloosa's emergency alert system failed to warn people of a tornado that struck parts of the city and county.
Credit ci.tuscaloosa.al.us / City of Tuscaloosa

Emergency officials are trying to learn why Tuscaloosa's emergency alert system failed to warn people of a tornado that struck parts of the city and county.

The EF-1 twister struck the community on April 28.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the system failed to make automatic phone calls or send text notifications to the 25,000 numbers or email addresses registered.

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Tuscaloosa-Traffic Citations
11:42 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Ala. City Uses 1 Camera To Issue 784 Traffic Fines

The City of Tuscaloosa has used a traffic monitoring camera to issue more than 780 citations in the past three months.
Credit ci.tuscaloosa.al.us / City of Tuscaloosa

  The City of Tuscaloosa has used a traffic monitoring camera to issue more than 780 citations in the past three months.

The Tuscaloosa News reports 784 citations were issued between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 to drivers who ran a red light at the intersection of 15th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Drivers are fined $110. City Hall keeps $70 of each fine and $30 is given to Gatso USA Inc., the company hired to install and monitor the camera. The remaining $10 is given to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Tuscaloosa Working to Address Sewage Spill Spike

Tuscaloosa officials say they're working to address sewage spills that seem to be happening more frequently.
Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News

Officials in Tuscaloosa say they're working to address sewage spills that seem to be happening more frequently because of heavy rain, broken sewer lines and malfunctioning pumping stations.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1452aRR) a Water and Sewer Department report earlier this week said 1.3 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the first part of 2013. The figure is more than 13 times higher than the total amount of sewage that spilled in the area last year.

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Red Light Cameras
4:26 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Grace Period Ends For Tuscaloosa Red-Light Runners

Authorities say that after a month-long grace period, motorists caught by red-light cameras (like this one in Opelika) in Tuscaloosa will now be fined for each violation.
Credit Albert Cesare/Opelika-Auburn News

Authorities say that after a month long grace period, motorists caught by red-light cameras in Tuscaloosa will now be fined for each violation.

Fines of $110 began Sunday, as September began. Violators caught on camera in August received warning tickets.

Tuscaloosa police Sgt. Brent Blankley said the only camera installed and active is at 15th Street and Sixth Avenue East/Dr. Edward Hillard Drive.

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Governor's Home Burglarized
5:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Governor Bentley's Private Home Burglarized

Tuscaloosa Police say Gov. Bentley's private home was burglarized Sunday.
governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Police say someone has broken into the private home of Gov. Robert Bentley in Tuscaloosa.

A police statement issued Wednesday says officers responded to an alarm that went off at Bentley's home shortly before midnight on Sunday.

A television was taken, but police say other items weren't reported missing.

Police say someone entered the house through a window by force. No arrests have been made, but police say they are investigating.

Alabama Football
12:36 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Changes In Tuscaloosa For First 'Bama Home Game

Fans headed to Tuscaloosa for the Univ. of Alabama's first home game shouled expect to see some changes.
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Changes are in store for tens of thousands of football fans who will pour into Tuscaloosa for the University of Alabama's first home football game of the season. Officials are now banning parking along a road where thousands of people used to park for free, Jack Warner Parkway. The change could force more people to pay for parking or shuttle rides to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The university also has installed more cell phone antennas around the stadium in a joint venture with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Emergency Planning
5:07 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Tuscaloosa Gets FEMA Grant For Warning System

ci.tuscaloosa.al.us City of Tuscaloosa

The city of Tuscaloosa plans to begin using a system that will warn residents of threats ranging from tornadoes to chemical spills.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $124,000 grant for the city to implement an early warning system that sends alerts by telephones, pagers and text messages.

City officials say a computer linked to a phone system will send alerts to any resident who signs up for the service.

The system is similar to one that the University of Alabama uses to send alerts to students and staff members during an emergency.

Mining Industry
3:19 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Mine Project Gets Tax Breaks from Tuscaloosa Co.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP)  An underground coal mine project to be developed over the next six years has been granted significant tax incentives. The Tuscaloosa News reports Hoover-based Walter Energy has been granted about $25 million in tax abatements by the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority for the $1.2 billion project. The development will touch four Alabama counties, but most will be in northern Tuscaloosa County, where the mine will be located.

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Copper Top Shooting
11:19 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Police Search for Temerson Square Shooter Over

Copper Top shooting suspect, Nathan van Wilkins
Tuscaloosa Police Department http://www.facebook.com/TuscaloosaPoliceDepartment

3:49 p.m.
Nathan Van Wilkins, 44 years old, of Northport has been charged with 1 count of Attempted Murder and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $100,000.00 Bond. Investigators are currently obtaining 16 more warrants for Attempted Murder and 1 warrant for Shooting into an Occupied Building. Once the warrants are obtained Wilkins will have a $1,800,000.00 Bond.

1:00 p.m.
Jasper police have shooting suspect in custody after he surrendered to authorities.  APR News to bring more updates as they develop.

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Business & Education
1:26 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

University of Alabama Hires Texas Tech President

Texas Tech University president Guy Bailey is the new president of the University of Alabama.
   Trustees unanimously approved Bailey's hiring during a meeting in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. The Montgomery native says he's honored to be returning to his alma mater.
   Search committee chairwoman Karen Brooks says it's a ``bonus'' that Bailey is an Alabama graduate.
   Bailey has been president at Texas Tech since 2008. At Alabama he replaces Robert Witt, who is now chancellor of the three-campus University of Alabama System.

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