News that the University of Alabama in Birmingham would reinstate the UAB Blazers football team allowed fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Now the fine print is sinking in. As APR’s MacKenzie Bates takes a look at the price tag of saving the UAB Blazers from the perspective of someone who’s seen the team from the inside out…
“Given the broad base of support never before seen, as of today, we are taking steps to reinstate the football, rifle and bowling programs.”
The State of Alabama is remembering the Tornado outbreak that happened on this day four years ago. APR’s MacKenzie Bates sat down with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox who describes the experience in just two words…
The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a state program that gives tax credits to help families pay for private school.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the law does not violate restrictions on giving funds to private, religious schools because the money goes to parents.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says in a news release this afternoon “The Supreme Court’s ruling makes it crystal clear that Alabama parents have the right to school choice in seeking the best education for their children.”
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.
A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama. The three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's request for an extended stay.
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade last month ruled that two Alabama laws prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Granade put a hold on her order until Monday to let the state appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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.