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A former Madison police officer stands trial today on a federal charge of using excessive force against an Indian man who was partially paralyzed during a confrontation.

Eric Sloan Parker is accused of violating the civil rights of 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel in February when he threw the man to the ground during a police stop.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he will not back down as he battles with members of his own party over tax increases.

The governor says the cuts currently proposed to state services will cause a tremendous amount of pain to the citizens if lawmakers fail to plug a revenue hole.

The Alabama Senate will vote later today on a budget that slashes $200 million from Alabama’s state agency funding. Governor Bentley calls that budget unworkable and unacceptable. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says Republican senators remain largely opposed to any tax increases.

Tuscaloosa’s police chief says he hopes releasing more than two hours of video and audio footage dispels any concerns of police misconduct in the death of a man while in custody that occurred Friday.

Yesterday, Tuscaloosa police released footage from the night Anthony Ware died after he was pepper sprayed and handcuffed.

The footage shows a man running into the woods after patrol cars pull up to an apartment block. It later shows officers performing CPR on Ware in the woods. Authorities say the moment Ware was sprayed and detained last Friday wasn't recorded.

Tuscaloosa police have dropped domestic violence charges against Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Police say that probable cause existed for the charges filed against Jones, but they were dropped because he "in fact attempted to de-escalate the situation by contacting the Tuscaloosa Police Department."

Jones was charged Tuesday night with two domestic violence misdemeanors.  He had allegedly threatened a 22-year-old woman in front of a witness and damaged her phone.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an accident that occurred during the Tuscaloosa Air Show yesterday.

Two small stunt planes collided during an aerobatic performance by Team Aerodynamix at the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show yesterday.

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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Tuscaloosa city officials say the economic benefit of the University of Alabama's home football games far outweigh the cost the city spends on staff overtime during game weekends.

Mayor Walt Maddox said Thursday that more than 400 city employees work overtime Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on home game weekends. Maddox says the city spends roughly $750,000 each season to cover the cost.

Maddox says each of the school's home games has a roughly $17 million to $18 million impact on the city's economy.

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Former players and assistant coaches are remembering Paul "Bear" Bryant on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Bryant led the University of Alabama's football program to 323 wins and six national championships before his death on Jan. 26, 1983. The legendary coach's name has been invoked often as the Crimson Tide again won a national title this month under coach Nick Saban.

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Football fans attending the national championship game Monday night between Alabama and Notre Dame will get to see a public service announcement filmed by University of Alabama students to combat binge drinking.

Students in Alabama's advertising and public relations department created the 60-second PSA directed by Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal agreed to participate after students generated a Twitter campaign to get him involved. The university announced the PSA will air in Miami Sun Life Stadium during the first quarter of the game.

An Alabama jeweler says he owes customers tens of thousands of dollars since Alabama shut out archrival Auburn in their annual football game last weekend.

Jeff Dennis had promised to refund purchases at his Gardendale jewelry store if either team failed to score.

WIAT-TV (http://bit.ly/Tq3icI ) reports that No. 2 Alabama's 49-0 victory over Auburn means Dennis is getting ready to pay up.

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Tickets to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta next weekend continued to climb as Georgia and Alabama each demolished their archrivals.

By early Saturday evening, after Georgia's 41-10 win over Georgia Tech and with Alabama leading Auburn 42-0, the cheapest ticket on StubHub.com was $324. That doesn't include shipping and handling. Those add-ons would push the price closer to $400.

And don't think that would get you nice seats, either. That's just for seats just a few rows from the top of the Georgia Dome in the corner of the end zone.

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The University of Alabama is holding a special event for veterans before Saturday's football game in Tuscaloosa against Texas A&M.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a free pre-game tailgate for veterans, troops and their dependents from both schools.

The tailgate starts at 11:30 a.m. CST on the northwest corner of the Quad, where thousands of fans gather before games.

The tailgate is part of a week of events on campus making Veterans Day, which is next Monday.

No. 1 Alabama plays No. 15 A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.