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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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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.

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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.

Tuscaloosa Gets FEMA Grant For Warning System

Aug 6, 2012
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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.

Mine Project Gets Tax Breaks from Tuscaloosa Co.

Jul 20, 2012
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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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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.

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

University of Alabama Hires Texas Tech President

Jul 11, 2012

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.