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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2010-07


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Around town 7/30 - 8275
July 30th, 2010
NORTHPORT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA - 8274
July 30th, 2010
Federal budget will likely benefit region - As appropriations bills wind through U.S. Senate subcommittees, some of the money appears likely to come to West Alabama. 8273
July 30th, 2010
Northport removes bins for recycling - Just a few weeks after new recycling bins were placed at Northport City Hall, they’ve since disappeared. 8272
July 30th, 2010
Oil spill recovery entering new phase - BP’s new boss says it’s time for a “scaleback” in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Federal officials say there is no way the crude could reach the East Coast. And fishing areas are starting to reopen. 8271
July 30th, 2010
Surveillance cameras help catch robbery suspect - 8270
July 30th, 2010
Roadwork scheduled near Greene County - 8269
July 30th, 2010
Ala. lifts Gulf swim advisories - State health officials lifted swimming advisories on the Alabama coast Friday but cautioned that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico may appear sporadically. 8268
July 30th, 2010
Suicide rate may beat ’09 record - Earlier this week, investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit walked into what’s becoming an all-too-familiar scene. 8267
July 30th, 2010
Suit claims bingo raids thwart black voters - Local politicians in Greene and Macon counties have joined to file a federal lawsuit claiming that Gov. Bob Riley’s bingo raids are perpetuating racial injustice by thwarting the intent of black voters. 8266
July 30th, 2010
State justices give OK for VictoryLand raid - The Alabama Supreme Court overturned a Macon County circuit judge’s order and cleared the way Friday for Gov. Bob Riley’s task force on gambling to raid VictoryLand, the state’s largest electronic bingo casino. 8265
July 30th, 2010
Supreme Court clears way for raid of Victoryland - The Alabama Supreme Court overturned a Macon County circuit judge's order and cleared the way Friday for Gov. Bob Riley's task force on gambling to raid Victoryland, the state's largest electronic bingo casino. 8264
July 30th, 2010
Number of suicides poised to reach record high - The number of suicides in Tuscaloosa County is poised to reach a record high in 2010. Twenty people have taken their own lives this year, and police expect that the number will exceed last year's record number of 31. 8263
July 30th, 2010
Commissioner who took bribes in sewer scandal sentenced - Former Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday on conspiracy and bribery convictions for his role in the county’s sewer construction scandal. 8262
July 30th, 2010
Burglar targets Moundville councilman - Moundville police are still investigating a burglary Sunday at the home of a City Council member. 8261
July 30th, 2010
Civic leader retires from Alabama Power Co. - Terry Waters, a Tuscaloosa business and civic leader, will retire today from Alabama Power Co. after a 38-year career. 8260
July 30th, 2010
Film shows Sloss Furnaces’ transition - Sloss Furnaces’ past and present have converged in the Alabama Public Television documentary “Sloss: Industry to Art.” 8259
July 30th, 2010
Riley sued over gambling in Macon, Greene counties - 8258
July 30th, 2010
Canadian steel pipe facility to open in Alabama - 8257
July 30th, 2010
Some existing firms get money to train employees - 8256
July 30th, 2010
Part of Hargrove Road to close for drainage - 8255
July 30th, 2010
Lawyers spar over where oil cases will be heard - 8254
July 30th, 2010
As many as 6,600 graves mixed up - Estimates of the number of graves that might be affected by mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery grew from hundreds to as many as 6,600 on Thursday, as the cemetery’s former superintendent blamed his staff and a lack of resources for the scandal that forced his ouster. 8253
July 30th, 2010
Group criticizes Shelby's earmarks - A Washington-based research group blasted U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., saying he has earmarked federal dollars to companies and organizations represented by former members of his staff. 8252
July 30th, 2010
UA Fan Day set for Aug. 8 - Didn’t get a chance to see the University of Alabama football team in the spring on A-Day? 8251
July 30th, 2010
Federal panel asked to consolidate oil spill suits - A federal judicial panel wrestled with perceptions of bias and conflict among both judges and geography in figuring out where to consolidate more than 300 lawsuits filed against companies in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 8250
July 29th, 2010
Dozens arrested in protests of Arizona immigration law - Opponents of Arizona's immigration crackdown went ahead with protests Thursday despite a judge's ruling that delayed enforcement of most the law, and dozens of people in Phoenix were arrested after peacefully confronting officers in riot gear. 8249
July 29th, 2010
Around town 7/29 - 8248
July 29th, 2010
Fire and Rescue honors heroes - Nearly 100 people packed into the council chambers at City Hall on Wednesday night while a few more stood in the hallway for a ceremony honoring the heroic actions of Tuscaloosa residents and firefighters. 8247
July 29th, 2010
Hooper sues to regain job - The former medical director at Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility is suing the Alabama Department of Mental Health and high-ranking officials after being fired from his post last year. 8246
July 29th, 2010
Plantation auction canceled - Today’s planned auction of the 2,500-plus-acre Maxwell Plantation in Taylorville has been canceled. 8245
July 29th, 2010
Jobless rate in metro area up - The three-county Tuscaloosa metro area saw the second-largest jump in unemployment in the nation in June, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 8244
July 29th, 2010
House votes for more equal drug sentences - The House of Representatives passed a historic bill Wednesday that narrows sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine convictions 8243
July 29th, 2010
Some third-graders to switch schools - With only two weeks before the school year starts, the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday to move third-grade students in the Central school zone back to their primary schools, either Oakdale or Central primaries. 8242
July 29th, 2010
School board wants consultant to help repair ‘broken' system - Tuscaloosa City Schools plans to hire an outside consultant to examine the school system... 8241
July 29th, 2010
1 dead, 1 charged after chicken dispute - 8240
July 29th, 2010
Ala. girl dies swimming in Gulf off Fla. coast - 8239
July 29th, 2010
Goddaughter: Ala. woman on crashed Pakistani jet - 8238
July 29th, 2010
Jefferson County sits out sales tax holiday - 8237
July 29th, 2010
Opelika woman sentenced in murder-for-hire case - 8236
July 29th, 2010
Oldest garage band in the world’ call Ala. home - Traffic hisses past a nondescript auto repair shop in Tuscumbia on a hot July afternoon, unaware that in a corner of the metal building, two rock ’n’ roll legends are working on a set list of classic Sun Records’ recordings and original songs. 8235
July 29th, 2010
Congress narrows gap in cocaine sentences - Congress on Wednesday changed a quarter-century-old law that has subjected tens of thousands of blacks to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the powder form of the drug. 8234
July 28th, 2010
Oil causes 2,200 Gulf beach closings, warnings - Gulf beaches from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle were closed or slapped with health warnings nearly 10 times more often this summer than last because of oil from BP's massive deepwater leak. 8233
July 28th, 2010
Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law - A federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona's immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect. 8232
July 28th, 2010
Some 3rd graders moved back to primary schools - With only two weeks before the school year starts, the Tuscaloosa City School Board voted to move 3rd grade students in the western cluster back to their primary schools, either Oakdale or Central primaries. 8231
July 28th, 2010
Tuscaloosa man, 37, accused of rape, abuse - 8230
July 28th, 2010
4,500 Ala. organizations could lose tax exemptions - 8229
July 28th, 2010
Picnic to be held Saturday for veterans - 8228
July 28th, 2010
Routine maintenance scheduled on I-20/59 - 8227
July 28th, 2010
Alabama fails to make final list for ‘Race to the Top’ grant - Alabama for the second time has failed to make the list of finalists for the federal “Race to the Top” grants, and Gov. Bob Riley blamed the loss on the Alabama Legislature’s defeat of legislation to authorize charter schools. 8226
July 28th, 2010
UA students create campus website - Touring Tuscaloosa through a website that’s created by students for students is the point of www.youaonline.com. 8225
July 28th, 2010
Museum named in honor of arts patron - The Queen City bathhouse and pool now under renovation will be named for the first woman to dive in its waters. 8224
July 28th, 2010
Police plan to open western precinct - The Tuscaloosa Police Department will open a new precinct in a high-crime area of Tuscaloosa. Around 5 percent of crimes in the city take place within about a quarter of a mile from the future west precinct, which will be in a former bank building by Piggly Wiggly on Culver Road. 8223
July 28th, 2010
Push America cyclists bring goodwill - After 49 days of riding, a group of Push America cyclists made a brief stop in Tuscaloosa to visit United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama on Tuesday. 8222
July 28th, 2010
Police, protesters plan for immigration law - The sheriff of Arizona’s most populous county is making room in a vast outdoor jail and determined to round up illegal immigrants to fill it. Police from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Grand Canyon are getting last-minute training. And protests and marches are planned throughout Phoenix. 8221
July 28th, 2010
House approves money for wars, but rift deepens - The House of Representatives agreed Tuesday to provide $59 billion to continue financing America’s two wars, but the vote showed deepening divisions and anxiety among Democrats over the course of the nearly nine-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. 8220
July 28th, 2010
Residents clean up after storm - The parking lot at Hunter Creek mobile home park on Tuesday was filled with overturned charcoal grills, emptied trash cans knocked sideways and children’s toys covered in mud. 8219
July 28th, 2010
City wants data before deciding on flood prevention tactics - City leaders are trying to resolving the flooding problems near Snow Hinton Park and across the city. 8218
July 28th, 2010
Board told to prioritize textbooks - Every child should be able to take home a textbook from school — but that's not the case in the Tuscaloosa City Schools, and that must change... 8217
July 28th, 2010
Alabama again fails to make 'Race to Top' finals - Alabama for the second time has failed to make the list of finalists for the federal "Race to the Top" grants and Gov. Bob Riley blamed the loss on the Alabama Legislature's defeat of legislation to authorize charter schools. 8216
July 27th, 2010
Cross-country cyclers visit UCP - After 49 days of riding, a group of Push America cyclists made a brief stop in Tuscaloosa to visit United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama on Tuesday. 8215
July 27th, 2010
New chief says BP will stay committed to Gulf region - The American picked to lead oil giant BP as it struggles to restore its finances and oil spill-stained reputation pledged Tuesday that his company will remain committed to the Gulf region even after the busted well is sealed. 8214
July 27th, 2010
Heavy rains cause flooding around Tuscaloosa - Heavy rains Monday night caused several problems in Northport and Tuscaloosa. 8213
July 27th, 2010
Police department to open western precinct - Around five percent of crimes that happen in the city occur near the future west precinct, which will be in an old bank building in front of Piggly Wiggly on Culver Road. 8212
July 27th, 2010
AROUND TOWN: July 27 - 8211
July 26th, 2010
I-20/59 maintenance - 8210
July 26th, 2010
Road closing - 8209
July 26th, 2010
Suspect surrenders in engineer's killing - 8208
July 26th, 2010
1 killed after Ono Island boating accident - 8207
July 26th, 2010
Women seek money lost in Alabama bingo games - 8206
July 26th, 2010
Teacher stops burglary at Sprayberry Center - 8205
July 26th, 2010
Oil spill cleanup brings strangers, tension to coastal towns - The women of Grand Isle, La., are nervous. Used to be, they say, they could walk the streets of their beachside town alone, getting a little exercise after the hottest part of the day or setting out the trash after midnight. 8204
July 26th, 2010
Teenager shoots at, injures stepdad - A teenager shot at his stepfather this weekend following a domestic dispute at a Fifth Avenue residence, marking the second time in the past week that a father figure has been shot by a son. 8203
July 26th, 2010
Group recruits aerospace industry - Tuscaloosa officials say they hope they planted the seeds last week that could blossom into aerospace industry in West Alabama’s future. 8202
July 26th, 2010
Boys and Girls Club will hold a membership drive this weekend - The Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama will host its first membership drive for its units in Tuscaloosa and Akron this Saturday at Jaycee Park. 8201
July 26th, 2010
Leaks create new doubts about Afghan war, secrets - The monumental leak of classified Afghan war documents threatened Monday to create deeper doubts about the war at home, cause new friction with Pakistan over allegations about its spy agency and raise questions around the world about Washington’s ability to protect military secrets. 8200
July 26th, 2010
National fingerprint initiative criticized by immigrant groups - The federal government is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests, drawing opposition from local authorities and advocates who argue the initiative amounts to an excessive dragnet. 8199
July 26th, 2010
Project connecting Corridor X to I-65 to cost $168.6M - Construction is expected to begin around Aug. 1 on the most expensive highway contract ever awarded by the Alabama Department of Transportation. 8198
July 26th, 2010
Ala. near bottom in child wellness - Alabama ranks among the worst states in the nation on the number of babies born with low birth weights, its infant mortality rate and its teen death rate, according to an annual study. 8197
July 26th, 2010
Locke: More ads needed to boost coast tourism - The Gulf Coast tourism business needs more advertising money from BP PLC to bring back visitors staying away because of the oil spill, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Monday. 8196
July 26th, 2010
Pentagon scrambles to assess Wikileaks damage - The Pentagon said Monday it was trying to assess the damage caused by the Internet leak of some 91,000 classified documents on the Afghanistan war. 8195
July 26th, 2010
Teen fires at, injures step-father - A teenager shot at his stepfather this weekend following a domestic dispute at a 5th Avenue residence. 8194
July 26th, 2010
Around Town, 7/26 - 8193
July 26th, 2010
Man arrested after bait house burglary - A man was arrested Saturday after breaking into a bait house set by the police, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department. 8192
July 26th, 2010
Four arrested in burglaries at the Links Apartments - Four men were arrested in multiple burglaries that occurred in July at the Links Apartments. 8191
July 26th, 2010
YouTube hits don’t equate to votes - A video of a tough-talking, rifle-toting Alabama candidate who rides up on a horse generated 1.7 million hits on YouTube with one of one of the most-clicked Internet ads of the campaign season. 8190
July 26th, 2010
Northport recycling to begin, for a fee - Curbside recycling soon will be available in Northport for those who want to pay for it. 8189
July 26th, 2010
What to expect on a Gulf Coast vacation - As the summer vacation season winds down, the window of opportunity for family vacations is closing. 8188
July 26th, 2010
Local soldier killed in blast in Afghanistan - About a month ago, during a conversation with his mother, Spc. Andrew Hand mentioned an opportunity to take on new duties while stationed in southern Afghanistan. 8187
July 26th, 2010
Levey scores lower than in 2005 - Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Joyce Levey was last evaluated on her job performance in 2005. 8186
July 26th, 2010
Haunted by a Bible mystery - Marty Wheat made his home in the quiet of Havana just off Alabama Highway 69. Deer play in his front yard often, and at night, Wheat said when you look up, the sky is “all galaxy.” 8185
July 26th, 2010
BP chief executive to be replaced over oil spill - Gaffe-prone BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward will be replaced, a senior U.S. government official said Sunday. 8184
July 26th, 2010
Event provides hundreds of children with school supplies - Just outside the red clay of Harmon Field's baseball diamond, an inflatable bounce house jostled in the grass, filled with kids doing flips while others did their best to stand up inside. 8183
July 25th, 2010
Around Town, 7/25 - 8182
July 25th, 2010
Lane closures expected - 8181
July 25th, 2010
Mass grave found in Mexico drug war - Investigators said Saturday they have found 51 corpses in two days of digging in a field near a trash dump outside Monterrey, Mexico. 8180
July 25th, 2010
Duncanville man faces sentencing in two rapes - A sentencing hearing has been set for Aug. 10 in the case of a 47-year-old Duncanville man convicted in connection with two rapes, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. 8179
July 25th, 2010
Man pleads guilty in 2008 apartment shooting - A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges Friday in connection with a 2008 execution-style killing, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. 8178
July 25th, 2010
Baby Steps 5K raises money for grief counseling center - Odenville parents Abby and Carry Nicholas’ infant twin sons died in April 2008. Ten months later, in February 2009, Loni and Justin Hodge of Moody lost their infant daughter. 8177
July 25th, 2010
Book profiles agents of change - At first glance, it appears Paul Pruitt wrote a book about a group of Alabamians with nothing more in common than his own fascination with them. 8176
July 25th, 2010
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