Tuscaloosa County

5:08 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage couples having trouble getting marriage licenses, Veteran honored in Sylacauga

Hali Felt (L) and Jennifer Kenney (R) fill out an application for marriage license at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. (Photo by Alex AuBuchon)

The U.S. Supreme Court passed a sweeping ruling Friday effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, but not everyone has been able to benefit. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on one Tuscaloosa couple’s struggle to get married.

“Hi. We’d like to request a marriage license…”

We met Jennifer Kenney and Hali Felt on Friday. The Tuscaloosa couple wanted to join the thousands of happy couples marrying after the Supreme Court’s ruling, but they were told they’d have to wait.

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4:11 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Equality in Alabama? Same-Sex Marriage Reactions

Same sex marriage advocates outside the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse

Today’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is being both welcomed and criticized in Alabama. The nation’s highest court declared that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and that existing marriages have to be recognized nationwide. Many officials including Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen say they oppose same-sex marriage and are resisting the implementation.

The ruling is being celebrated by couples APR News has been following for months.

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5:11 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Tuscaloosa City Schools to begin using propane fueled buses

School buses that are mostly fueled by propane will soon begin shuttling students to and from school in Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa News reports the city's board of education approved of buying a fleet of new school buses from a Birmingham company at a cost of roughly $5.92 million. The fleet will include 63 propane-fueled buses and 10 diesel fueled ones.

4:37 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend travel and boating safety, Tuscaloosa County tax breaks for Mercedes-Benz

Tuscaloosa County officials have approved larger tax breaks for Mercedes-Benz to help offset expansion costs at the automaker's plant in Vance.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority agreed Thursday to increase the value of tax abatements granted to Mercedes to about $28.1 million. That's up from $12.5 million in tax abatements for the automaker that were approved in 2011.

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9:17 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Same-sex marriage hurdles and Birmingham school tax increase

Meredith Bagley and Alexandria Davenport with their Vermont marriage license

Alabama became the 37th state to legalize same-sex marriage yesterday.

Couples throughout Alabama have been applying for – and receiving – marriage licenses. But some judges are refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite the threat of steep penalties.

Meredith Bagley and Alexandrea Davenport, both faculty at the University of Alabama, were married in Vermont five years ago, but they wanted to get an Alabama marriage license now that same-sex marriage is legal.

But when they went in to apply at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse yesterday morning?

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Politics & Government
7:01 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Alabama County Considers Policy on 'Speed Tables'

Tuscaloosa County officials could adopt a policy guiding decisions on where to place 'speed tables' aimed at slowing down drivers.

Tuscaloosa County officials could soon adopt a policy guiding decisions on where to place "speed tables" aimed at slowing down drivers.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/ZrZybe) that there's policy regulating speed tables in unincorporated areas of Tuscaloosa County.

County commissioners propose placing the tables -- which are similar to speed bumps with flattened tops -- based on requests from their constituents. The requests then must be approved by the full commission.

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