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News
5:20 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

UAB Freed

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.”

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Bow Hunting Ban
7:44 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Stricter Bow Hunting Ban for Tuscaloosa

The Tuscaloosa City Council is expected to adopt a measure Tuesday widening the ban on bow hunting in the Tuscaloosa area.

Bow hunting is already illegal within Tuscaloosa's city limits, but this measure will widen that ban to the police jurisdiction, including all areas up to 300 yards outside the city border.

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News
4:37 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

NOAA Opens Tuscaloosa Water Center, State Legislature passes Education Budget

The University of Alabama is teaming up with Washington to study the nation's water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association just unveiled its newest national center on the Tuscaloosa campus.

The twenty four million dollar National Water Center is a collaboration between several federal agencies. It will become the U.S. center for water forecasting.

NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan says they plan to hit the ground running at the new center with a research project starting this summer.

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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
11:06 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Discussion with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox on four-year anniversary of tornado outbreak

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…

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News
4:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Alabama Unemployment dips, Tuscaloosa Jewish food festival, Mobile Earth Day celebration

Alabama’s unemployment rate dipped slightly last month.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state’s unemployment rate for March is 5.7 percent.  Alabama’s jobless rate has not been at that point or below since July 2008.

He says the rate remains below the 7.2 percent seasonally adjusted rate from the same time a year ago.      

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News
4:37 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Alabama Accountability Act, Jimmie Lee Jackson remembered, Tuscaloosa City Tax

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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.”

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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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Newscast
5:55 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Luther Strange Requests Another Stay, HUD Meeting, Harper Lee's New Book

Alabama Native and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Harper Lee
Credit Associated Press

    

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.

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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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