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.
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. Bentley is a retired dermatologist who lived in Tuscaloosa before being elected governor. He and his wife now live in the governor's mansion in Montgomery.
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.
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.
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.
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.