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Confirmation all but sure, Kagan ending hearings - Her confirmation all but assured, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan neared the end of a final grueling day of Senate questioning Wednesday, fielding GOP challenges on abortion, gays in the military and other divisive issues while sidestepping Democrats' invitations to blast conservative decisions by the court she's hoping to join. 7821
June 30th, 2010
Gulf beaches hit as distant hurricane pushes oil - Rough seas generated by Hurricane Alex pushed more oil from the massive spill onto Gulf Coast beaches Wednesday as cleanup vessels were sidelined by the faraway storm's ripple effects. 7820
June 30th, 2010
Greenetrack to reopen Thursday, but without bingo - Greenetrack plans to reopen, but the bingo machines will be off-limits. Meanwhile, the governor's Task Force has filed a second request with the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn the latest court-ordered halt to the investigation. 7819
June 30th, 2010
Court orders task force agents to leave Greenetrack - John Tyson, commander of Gov. Bob Riley's task force, said agents left the facility this morning in compliance with an order issued late Tuesday night by the Greene County Circuit Court. 7818
June 30th, 2010
Bentley denies distorting military record in ad - Republican candidate for governor Robert Bentley says he did not distort his military record in a campaign ad where he talked about seeing military personnel injured in Vietnam. 7817
June 30th, 2010
Three remain hospitalized after deadly wreck - Three people injured in a wreck on North Ridge Road Monday remained hospitalized this morning. Susan Kines Langston, the daughter of former University of Alabama assistant football coach Joe Kines, was killed in the head-on collision. 7816
June 30th, 2010
AROUND TOWN: June 30 - 7815
June 30th, 2010
Newly repaired drainage project passes storm test - 7814
June 30th, 2010
Fayette council approves alcohol sales ordinance - 7813
June 30th, 2010
Mayor misses meetings because of honeymoon - 7812
June 30th, 2010
Credit union resolves ATM, debit card glitch - 7811
June 30th, 2010
County 4-H team tries for sixth U.S. title - The Tuscaloosa County 4-H wildlife habitat judging team will attempt to bring home its sixth national championship when it travels to New Mexico State University on July 25. 7810
June 30th, 2010
Police find stash of drugs, weapons - Narcotics investigators found cocaine, marijuana and several guns while serving a search warrant at a Tuscaloosa home Tuesday. 7809
June 30th, 2010
School system to address dismissal - On June 17, Tuscaloosa County Schools employee Gary Mims received a phone call from a county school official saying he needed to retrieve some information from the central office by the end of the day. 7808
June 30th, 2010
Cats, cats and more cats: Shelter needs some homes - About 1,000 animals have been brought to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter this month — about 600 of them cats. 7807
June 30th, 2010
City curfew affects teens at midnight showing of ‘Eclipse' - The midnight premiere of the latest movie in the 'Twilight' series may have been high on the list of many Tuscaloosa County teenagers, but Tuscaloosa officials did not exempt them from the city's new curfew laws. 7806
June 30th, 2010
Byrne says AEA telling Dems to vote in GOP runoff - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne said Tuesday that the Alabama Education Association is encouraging Democrats to vote in the July 13 GOP runoff. 7805
June 30th, 2010
Pre-existing condition plan launches this week - The Obama administration is launching a special coverage program for uninsured Americans with medical problems this week, the most ambitious early investment of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul. 7804
June 30th, 2010
Supreme Court orders review of Siegelman case - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a new review of the convictions in the government corruption case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. 7803
June 30th, 2010
Principal resigns from Central High - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education on Tuesday approved Herb Ragsdale’s request to be released from his contract as principal of Central High School. 7802
June 30th, 2010
Greene County judge halts raid - A midday order by a Greene County Circuit Court halted a seizure of electronic bingo machines Tuesday at Greenetrack. 7801
June 30th, 2010
Challenged by GOP, Kagan says she reveres military - Challenged bluntly by Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said Tuesday the Pentagon's recruiters had access to Harvard Law School students "every single day I was dean" and rejected claims she maneuvered to thwart them. 7800
June 29th, 2010
Court orders new review of Siegelman, Scrushy case - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a new review of the convictions in the government corruption case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. 7799
June 29th, 2010
Hillcrest selects new football coach - TUSCALOOSA | Hillcrest High School named Adam Winegarden as its head football coach on Monday. Winegarden replaces Johnny Wright, who resigned in May after three seasons of guiding the Patriots. 7798
June 29th, 2010
Task force raids Greenetrack, seizes bingo machines - Members of Gov. Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling raided Greenetrack this morning and could soon remove the machines that the governor says are illegal. 7797
June 29th, 2010
AROUND TOWN: June 29 - 7796
June 29th, 2010
Police get complaints about water bottle explosives - 7795
June 29th, 2010
County BOE creates new positions, eliminates others - 7794
June 29th, 2010
Highway project expected to generate billions - 7793
June 29th, 2010
Roads to be closed - 7792
June 29th, 2010
‘Eclipse’ movie opens at midnight tonight - Whether you’re Team Jacob or Team Edward, you’re Team Out of Luck if you haven’t already scored tickets for the midnight showings of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” 7791
June 29th, 2010
Bentley reaffirms positive approach - Republican gubernatorial runoff candidate Dr. Robert Bentley said Monday that he will stick to his commitment not to go negative in his campaign against Bradley Byrne and that he does not want third parties to be negative on his behalf, either. 7790
June 29th, 2010
Shooting, stabbing victims critical - Two men who were shot during the weekend and another who was stabbed were all in critical condition Monday, according to investigators. 7789
June 29th, 2010
Court may pick bingo case lead prosecutor - Two state prosecutors competed Monday for the right to lead the investigation into whether gambling machines at Greenetrack are legal. 7788
June 29th, 2010
Defeat of bill creates hole in Medicaid budget - The defeat of a jobs bill in the U.S. Senate last week created an almost $200 million hole in the Alabama Medicaid budget, raising the prospect that medical services for the state’s poor may be curtailed in 2011. 7787
June 29th, 2010
Accrediting agency warns Stillman - Stillman College has received a warning from its accreditor after failing to show compliance with two accreditation standards involving financial stability. 7786
June 29th, 2010
Collision leaves 1 dead, 7 injured - Susan Kines Langston, the daughter of former University of Alabama assistant football coach Joe Kines, was killed in a head-on collision near Northridge High School on Monday. 7785
June 29th, 2010
Collection changes hands - A two-volume first edition of Lewis and Clark's “Expedition” is displayed at Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library on the University of Alabama campus on Monday. 7784
June 29th, 2010
Gun owner rights extended - The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court’s embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became Chief Justice. 7783
June 29th, 2010
Shelton State instructor named Alabama’s music teacher of the year - Syble Coats’ long-standing commitment to the Alabama Music Teachers Association and the musical community has earned her the association’s 2010 Teacher of the Year award. 7782
June 29th, 2010
10 alleged Russian secret agents arrested in US - Ten people have been arrested for allegedly serving as secret agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department said Monday. 7781
June 28th, 2010
Joe Kines' daughter killed in Monday morning car accident - One woman was killed and seven people were hospitalized after a head-on collision near Northridge High School Monday morning. 7780
June 28th, 2010
Prosecutors argue over jurisdiction of Greenetrack - One state prosecutor argued against another over which man, Gov. Bob Riley's gambling czar or the Greene County district attorney, should lead the investigation into possibly illegal gambling machines at Greenetrack. 7779
June 28th, 2010
Kagan pledges deference to Congress in hearing - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan pledged Monday to be properly deferential to Congress if confirmed as a justice and strive to "consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law." 7778
June 28th, 2010
Police: Making homemade explosives a felony - Police in Tuscaloosa are warning the public that making homemade explosives is a felony. People who make mini-bombs from household chemicals may look at it as a fun science experiment, but they’re breaking the law. 7777
June 28th, 2010
Around Town, 6/28 - 7776
June 27th, 2010
AT A GLANCE: Police seek suspect in carjacking, shooting - Police are looking for a man believed to have shot another man in the neck while stealing his car. 7775
June 27th, 2010
Afghan ops not slowed despite command change - The NATO-led command stressed Sunday that military operations to secure vast areas of Afghanistan would not be delayed by the ouster of its top commander and mounting casualties. 7774
June 27th, 2010
UA purchases vast collection of rare books - In the dawning of the era of digital books, the University of Alabama is acquiring an impressive assortment of rare books that gives it the largest special collection in the state. 7773
June 27th, 2010
Storm drainage system fine-tuned - A method for improving storm drainage that is environmentally sensitive and saves money sounds like a no-brainer. 7772
June 27th, 2010
Zion church rises from ashes of 2008 fire - As leaders of Beautiful Zion AME Zion Church broke ground on their new church Sunday, the congregation stood under umbrellas, shading themselves from the hot sun while singing in low voices. 7771
June 27th, 2010
Gambling divides GOP candidates - The two candidates in the Republican runoff for governor, Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley, are at odds over what should be done on gambling. 7770
June 27th, 2010
Local couple adopts boy from Russia - When Rebekah and Tom Allen learned the Russian government froze adoption of children in Russia by Americans, their lives also froze. 7769
June 27th, 2010
Sneaky ex-con comparable to Jason Bourne - Authorities came upon a startling and mysterious scene when they showed up at a luxury apartment in Los Angeles in April while investigating a call about a gas odor. 7768
June 27th, 2010
Around Town, 6/27 - 7767
June 27th, 2010
Two women honored for helping breast cancer patients - Betty Booth says she’s not a breast cancer survivor. She says she is still surviving the disease. “You are never cured of cancer,” Booth said. “It is arrested.” 7766
June 27th, 2010
Holt man charged in Friday shooting - A Holt man was arrested Friday night after shooting another man, leaving the victim in critical condition, police say. 7765
June 27th, 2010
Northport has new recycling drop site - For several years, the city of Northport has collected the public’s recyclables at its Public Works Facility on Harper Road. 7764
June 27th, 2010
Protesters join global effort - Emma Bertolaet says that hailing from Tallahassee, Fla., definitely has its advantages. 7763
June 27th, 2010
DA hopeful says he’ll be on ballot in November - The challenger seeking to unseat the incumbent district attorney of Tuscaloosa County anticipates that he will be on the ballot in November. 7762
June 27th, 2010
Oil spill area eyed as Alex nears Gulf - The logistics of containing the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico are mind-boggling even in ideal conditions. Add a tropical storm like the one swirling in the Caribbean and things get even more complicated. 7761
June 27th, 2010
Byrne clashes with the AEA - Bradley Byrne, the front-running Republican candidate for governor, has credentials as an education reformer, but his quest for the state’s highest office has put him in a bitter fight with the state’s teachers’ union that once supported him. 7760
June 27th, 2010
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is beginning to take shape - With more sunshine this summer than during the rainy winter and early spring, construction of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has begun to take on an appearance closer to its final form. 7759
June 27th, 2010
Stabbing victim, 47, in critical condition - A man is in critical condition after being stabbed during a domestic dispute early Friday morning. 7758
June 26th, 2010
Man accused in knife attack of co-worker - 7757
June 26th, 2010
Circlewood to hold cleanup day today - 7756
June 26th, 2010
Maintenance planned on U.S. Highway 82 - 7755
June 26th, 2010
Tuscaloosa homeless advisory group changes its name - Tuscaloosa’s homeless advisory group has changed its name in an effort to be more recognizable in the community. 7754
June 26th, 2010
Program provides jobs for teens - Ashley Hopson and Terrell Wallace are two teenagers who won't be spending lazy summer days sleeping in or hanging out by the pool. 7753
June 26th, 2010
Award-winning singer brings message - Donnie McClurkin walked onto the pulpit at Greater Faith and Victory Worship Center Friday night and quickly told the nearly 500 people who filled the church’s pews to hold hands and pray. 7752
June 26th, 2010
Recycling effort pays off - DCH Regional Medical Center is saving about 65,000 pounds of plastic from going to the landfill a year 7751
June 26th, 2010
Financial regulations set to restrain Wall Street risk - Congressional negotiators struck a deal Friday on the toughest financial regulations since the Great Depression 7750
June 26th, 2010
Greene sheriff selection valid - The new sheriff of Greene County said he didn’t get the job by agreeing to shut down the county’s largest employer. 7749
June 26th, 2010
New policy designed to attract retailers - City Council members will soon get a streamlined draft of a new policy to provide economic incentives to retailers. 7748
June 26th, 2010
Digging up history - Before Josiah Gorgas became a popular president at the University of Alabama, he failed miserably to revive an ironworks in Bibb County after the Civil War. 7747
June 26th, 2010
Around town 6/26 - 7746
June 25th, 2010
Outrage over Riley's pick leads to court challenge - The outrage in Greene County sparked by Gov. Bob Riley's appointment of a new sheriff has evolved into court action and sore feelings in this part of rural West Alabama. 7745
June 25th, 2010
Woman faces attempted murder charge in domestic dispute - A man is in critical condition after being stabbed during a domestic dispute early Friday morning. The 47-year-old man underwent emergency surgery for a lacerated liver, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Capt. Loyd Baker. 7744
June 25th, 2010
Peco Foods employee accused of attacking coworker with knife - 7743
June 25th, 2010
National Weather Service issues flash warning for Tuscaloosa County - 7742
June 25th, 2010
BP says Gulf relief well on target for mid-August - Tests show BP is on target for mid-August completion of a relief well in the Gulf of Mexico, the best hope of stopping the oil that's been gushing since April, the company said Friday. 7741
June 25th, 2010
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June 24th, 2010
Two men charged in 2007 Irondale killing -

June 24th, 2010
Man found competent to be tried in four slayings -

June 24th, 2010
Court allows new argument in Alabama killing -

June 24th, 2010
Huntsville air show organizers sued over death -

June 24th, 2010
Alabama gun shop owner sentenced for violations -

June 24th, 2010
Best-selling author's visit to benefit local shelter - By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer

Best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson is a particularly apt storyteller to help Tuscaloosa's Turning Point. Her first and her latest novels revolve around women trying to escape abusive relationships. 7734
June 24th, 2010
Concert to help oil spill victims - By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer

Until a few years ago, guitarist Todd Simpson thought everyone saw music as color. 7733
June 24th, 2010
Bentley asked to clarify military service - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

The president of the Alabama chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America said he is asking Republican gubernatorial runoff candidate Robert Bentley to clarify his military service. 7732
June 24th, 2010
Building banjos by hand - By Ashley Boyd Staff Writer

When the economic recession hit, Randy Arnold of Northport fell back on an old hobby for income. The third generation of his family to work with wood, Arnold builds banjos. 7731
June 24th, 2010
Absentee ballot requests trickle in - By Tommy Stevenson Associate Editor

June 24th, 2010
Siegelman lawyers see ruling as good sign - By Bob Johnson The Associated Press

Attorneys for a former Alabama governor convicted of bribery and other charges say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a white-collar crime law could lead courts to throw out at least some of the counts against him and a former HealthSouth CEO. 7729
June 24th, 2010
Shoddy disposal work mars cleanup - By Jay Reeves The Associated Press

BP PLC’s work to clean up the mess from the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history already has generated more than 1,300 tons of solid waste 7728
June 24th, 2010
BOE promises improvement in city schools - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer

A community meeting held Thursday night at Southview Elementary/Middle School was filled with a lively discussion between school officials and Tuscaloosa residents about several topics. 7727
June 24th, 2010
Northport banjo maker turns hobby into career - By Ashley Boyd Staff Writer

When the economic recession hit, Randy Arnold of Northport fell back on an old hobby for income. The third generation of his family to work with wood, Arnold now spends his time making banjos. 7726
June 24th, 2010
Judge refuses to delay ruling on Gulf drilling ban - Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press

A federal judge who overturned a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed after Gulf oil spill refused Thursday to put his ruling on hold while the government appeals. 7725
June 24th, 2010
Around Town : June 24 -

June 24th, 2010
70-68 in 5th set: Isner wins longest tennis match - Steven Wine, The Associated Press

When John Isner finally won the longest match in tennis history, he collapsed on the Wimbledon grass and then summoned one last burst of energy, springing to his feet to applaud along with the crowd. 7723
June 24th, 2010
After mishap, cap again collecting oil from Gulf leak - By Michael Kunzelman The Associated Press

Oil had spewed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for much of the day Wednesday before engineers reattached a cap being used to contain the gusher and direct some of the crude to a surface ship. 7722
June 24th, 2010
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