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Florida judge strikes down Obama health care overhaul - A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday, siding with 26 states that argued people cannot be required to buy health insurance. 10839
January 31st, 2011
Sexton makes jump to GOP - Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton, elected without opposition for a sixth consecutive term as a Democrat in November, announced today that he is switching to the Republican Party. 10838
January 31st, 2011
Four charged with burglarizing AT&T store - Police responding to a burglary alarm at AT&T Wireless on Old Greensboro Road early this morning found four Greene County men leaving the store with several cell phones and an Apple iPad. 10837
January 31st, 2011
AROUND TOWN: Jan. 31 - 10836
January 31st, 2011
Egypts opposition unifies around ElBaradei - Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the secular opposition banded together Sunday around a prominent government critic to negotiate for forces seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. 10835
January 31st, 2011
Ivy League case latest test for N.Y. drug law revisions - They were students who juggled an elite education with criminal extracurriculars, dealing an array of drugs from Ivy League dorm rooms and frat houses, prosecutors say. 10834
January 31st, 2011
U.S. still No. 1 in manufacturing - U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China’s industrial might is growing each year. 10833
January 31st, 2011
AG wants to take new look at cold cases - New Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange isn’t ready to give up on prosecuting cases linked to killings and other mistreatment during the civil rights movement. 10832
January 31st, 2011
New DOT director: Funds will be needed - The new director of the Alabama Department of Transportation says the state’s road program will need innovative financing to keep up with crucial repaving and new construction. 10831
January 31st, 2011
Rebuilt church celebrates dedication of new building - In a packed sanctuary on Sunday, members of Beautiful Zion A.M.E. Zion Church celebrated the dedication of a new building, two years after their old church was destroyed by fire. 10830
January 31st, 2011
Returning soldiers use hunting to regain normalcy - When Sgt. Brandon Moak got back from Iraq, all of the things he experienced led to a severe bout with depression and post traumatic stress disorder. It affected his job, his family and just about every aspect of his life. 10829
January 31st, 2011
AROUND TOWN: Jan. 30 - 10828
January 30th, 2011
Mubarak points to succession - With protests raging, Egypt’s president named his intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor as chaos engulfed the capital. 10827
January 30th, 2011
More Americans are of mixed race - In another time or place, the game of “What Are You?” that was played one night last fall at the University of Maryland might have been mean, or menacing. 10826
January 30th, 2011
Benjamin Barnes YMCA sets goal to raise $43,000 this year - The Benjamin Barnes YMCA branch aims to shape the lives of Tuscaloosa’s youth and the branch relies on community support to carry out its mission. 10825
January 30th, 2011
TSO director candidate likes city - When he’s not playing or conducting music, which isn’t often, Glenn Quader likes to cook. 10824
January 30th, 2011
Faiths role in Civil War examined - God surely had a rough go of it during the American Civil War. With devout believers on both sides, He was seemingly a divine pendulum constantly casting his favor north or south to help win battles. 10823
January 30th, 2011
Kennedy named leader of Alabama Dems - Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy became chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday when no one else challenged him for the role of rebuilding the party. 10822
January 30th, 2011
Job's tough, say past City School superintendents - In the last half-century, six superintendents have led the Tuscaloosa City School System. Next week, there will be a seventh. 10821
January 30th, 2011
Calvary Baptist marks 100 years of existence - As a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 54 years, Eula Shannon has been present for more than half of the 100-year history that the church is celebrating this week. 10820
January 30th, 2011
Army Sargeant shows loyalty to his men - Soldiers in World War II called it the “million dollar wound.” It was the wound that was worth $1 million because it left them alive but was severe enough to send them home. 10819
January 30th, 2011
City system offers pre-K registration - The Tuscaloosa City School System will hold pre-kindergarten registration beginning Feb. 1. Pre-K registration will end on March 4. 10818
January 29th, 2011
Amphitheater concert report premature - Reports that emerged on the Internet on Friday that the Avett Brothers and Band of Horses would appear together at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 1 were premature, said Red Mountain Entertainment’s Gary Weinberger. 10817
January 29th, 2011
Agencies eye possible 15 percent budget cuts - Some state officials are talking about devastating impacts if their agencies have to take a 15 percent budget cut this year and another 20 percent reduction next year. 10816
January 29th, 2011
Court upholds $2.9B HealthSouth verdict - The Alabama Supreme Court upheld a $2.9 billion judgment against imprisoned HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy on Friday, rejecting claims that he shouldn’t have to pay for the fraud that nearly wrecked the rehabilitation company. 10815
January 29th, 2011
Ex-Tide player remembered as great person, teammate - Vaughn Mancha had a stellar career as an All-America football player at the University of Alabama and later as a coach and an athletic administrator at Livingston State, now the University of West Alabama, and Florida State. 10814
January 29th, 2011
Debate persists on hotel fee hike - The conversation has begun, but a compromise has yet to be reached in a dispute over a recently imposed hotel fee designed to lure attractions to the area. 10813
January 29th, 2011
Grants to aid child abuse victims - Two state grants totaling $71,250 will help the Tuscaloosa Children’s Center provide free professional counseling and other services to child abuse victims. 10812
January 29th, 2011
Federal judge defends his appointment of Ala. AG in spill suit - A federal judge said Friday that he wasn’t trying to deprive states of their rights when he appointed Alabama’s newly elected attorney general to coordinate all states’ interests in the litigation spawned by the Gulf oil spill. 10811
January 29th, 2011
Upgrade closes Northport fire station - Northport Fire Station No. 1, normally located at the Northport City Hall, will be closed for the next two months for renovations. 10810
January 29th, 2011
Egypts president orders crackdown - With police stations and the governing party’s headquarters in flames, and much of this crucial Middle Eastern nation in open revolt, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt deployed the nation’s military and imposed a near-total blackout on communications to save his authoritarian government of nearly 30 years. 10809
January 29th, 2011
Cheerleaders at odds with UA over rings - The University of Alabama cheerleaders have found themselves in an unfamiliar position. 10808
January 29th, 2011
Reports of Avett Brothers, Band of Horses show premature - Reports that emerged on the Internet today that the Avett Brothers and Band of Horses would appear together at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on April 1 were premature, said Red Mountain Entertainment's Gary Weinberger. 10807
January 28th, 2011
Wilder's opponent set for Alabama's first pro fight - Deontay Wilder stood on the podium in the atrium of Shelton State Community College Friday morning and said what he’s waited almost three years to voice: He’s fighting in Alabama. 10806
January 28th, 2011
Woman sentenced in income tax case - 10805
January 28th, 2011
Greene County bingo case delayed - A pretrial status conference over the legality of Greene County bingo machines hit another snag on Thursday. 10804
January 28th, 2011
Greene County circuit clerk arrested - Greene County Circuit Clerk Etta Edwards has been arrested and indicted for theft, according to media reports. 10803
January 28th, 2011
25 years later, Challenger explosion still painful - For many, no single word evokes as much pain: Challenger. 10802
January 28th, 2011
Woman fulfills dream with new cupcake boutique - While visiting New York City a couple of years ago, Karla Robinson told her husband, David, she wanted to stop at Magnolia Bakery, a Manhattan landmark that started the nation’s cupcake boutique craze after it was featured in the TV show “Sex and the City.” 10801
January 28th, 2011
River Market bids under budget - Bids for the redesigned River Market came in under the city’s $3.12 million budget, meaning the City Council likely will approve its construction along the Black Warrior River. 10800
January 28th, 2011
Strong odor linked to chemical spill - The spill of a chemical that is added to natural gas to give it a rotten egg-like odor engulfed parts of Northport from Wednesday afternoon to early Thursday morning. 10799
January 28th, 2011
Writer extols words power - About two dozen children silently twiddled their thumbs and twisted back and forth in place in the foyer of Oakdale Primary School on Thursday afternoon. 10798
January 28th, 2011
Special ops team deployed in Egypt - Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo today, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests. 10797
January 28th, 2011
Bentley weighs possible 10% ed budget cuts - Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll cut the remainder of this year’s state education budget, but that a cut in general government spending is virtually assured. 10796
January 28th, 2011
Need for help rises as temperatures drop - During the cold winter months, the need for coats, gloves and space heaters has risen. The demand is higher than usual this year. 10795
January 28th, 2011
Rotten odor invades Northport overnight - A spill of a chemical that is added to natural gas to give it a rotten egg-like odor, engulfed parts of Northport from Wednesday afternoon to early Thursday morning. 10794
January 27th, 2011
Bentley ponders spending cuts - Gov. Robert Bentley today said he has not determined whether he will have to make further cuts in the current state education budget, but that cuts in general government spending are almost assured. 10793
January 27th, 2011
Around town 1/27 - 10792
January 27th, 2011
Concrete barrier to be repaired on I-20/59 - 10791
January 27th, 2011
Reward up to $15,000 in Troy student kidnapping - 10790
January 27th, 2011
Sheriff: Inmate escapes by leaping from patrol car - 10789
January 27th, 2011
Moundville man guilty in child porn case - A jury found a Moundville man guilty of two federal child pornography charges after a two-day trial. 10788
January 27th, 2011
Alabamas new AG pursuing BP suit as lead attorney - Alabama’s new attorney general says he will be lead counsel in the state’s lawsuit against BP 10787
January 27th, 2011
Event puts focus on children's issues - On Monday, Tuscaloosa's Promise, Challenge 21 and the Tuscaloosa County Children's Policy Council will host the fifth annual Doing What Matters for Alabama's Children conference. 10786
January 27th, 2011
Billboards seek information in 1999 killing - No one should get away with murder. But whoever killed Desta Dodson-Byrd has, for more than a decade. 10785
January 27th, 2011
Veterans honored with coins - Almost 130 veterans received special recognition coins during a ceremony at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Wednesday. 10784
January 27th, 2011
Color-coded terror warnings to be gone by end of April - By the end of April, terror threats to the U.S. will no longer be described in shades of green, blue, yellow, orange and red, The Associated Press has learned. 10783
January 27th, 2011
AG: Court OK needed to reopen casinos - Attorney General Luther Strange said Wednesday that Greenetrack needs a court ruling on whether its electronic bingo machines are legal before it can reopen its casino. 10782
January 27th, 2011
Board begins search for new superintendent - With Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Joyce Levey on her way out, the search for a new superintendent has begun. 10781
January 27th, 2011
Governor, ag commissioner hire their former opponents - Alabama’s new Republican governor and agriculture commissioner have done something rare in politics by hiring the opponents they beat in the November election. 10780
January 27th, 2011
Family seeks clues 12 years after slaying - No one should get away with murder. But whoever killed Desta Dodson Byrd has, for more than a decade. 10779
January 26th, 2011
Bentley taps Sparks for rural development office - Gov. Robert Bentley announced Wednesday that he has appointed former Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, a Democrat, to direct the new Alabama Rural Development Office. 10778
January 26th, 2011
Around town 1/26 - 10777
January 26th, 2011
Vouchers for free flu shots available - 10776
January 26th, 2011
Mansion heating unit request approved - 10775
January 26th, 2011
Lobbyists want clarification on parts of recently amended state Ethics Law - 10774
January 26th, 2011
UWA plans to purchase property - University of West Alabama trustees unanimously voted Monday night to make an offer to the Sumter County Board of Education to purchase the Livingston High School property. 10773
January 26th, 2011
Shooting victim, 6, still in hospital - A 6-year-old boy injured in a shooting before Christmas remains at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. 10772
January 26th, 2011
ACA celebrates 100th day of school - For the 100th day of school at American Christian Academy, the students in the kindergarten class celebrated by dressing up as though they were 100 years old. 10771
January 26th, 2011
Future water, sewer work OK'd near bypass - In the spirit of planning ahead, city leaders have approved a preliminary contract to install new and improved water and sewer lines in eastern Tuscaloosa. 10770
January 26th, 2011
Southern Baptist leader leaves mosque group - A leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has withdrawn from a coalition that supports the rights of Muslims to build mosques in their communities. 10769
January 26th, 2011
Long-lost plaque returned to UA - It wasn’t exactly the culmination of the search for the Holy Grail, but a long-lost University of Alabama artifact — a 200-pound bronze plaque predating World War II — is back on campus in the Paul W. Bryant Museum. 10768
January 26th, 2011
City school board picks new site for technology center - The Tuscaloosa City School System first suggested building a new Tuscaloosa Center for Technology in 2002. 10767
January 26th, 2011
Joyce Levey resigns - After eight years at the helm of the Tuscaloosa City School System, Superintendent Joyce Levey announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting that she’s resigning from the position. 10766
January 26th, 2011
Obama: - Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, 10765
January 26th, 2011
University finds 70-year-old plaque - It wasn’t exactly the culmination of the search for the Holy Grail, but a long-lost University of Alabama icon — a 200-pound bronze plaque pre-dating World War II — is back on campus in the Paul W. Bryant Museum. 10764
January 25th, 2011
'King's Speech' rules with 12 Oscar nominations - The British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" reigned at the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, positioning itself to challenge "The Social Network" for best picture. 10763
January 25th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: Jan. 25 - 10762
January 25th, 2011
Roadwork planned for Interstate 20/59 - 10761
January 25th, 2011
TDOT plans to sweep streets this week - 10760
January 25th, 2011
Tickets remain for Kenny Chesney concert - About 1,000 seats are still available after opening-weekend ticket sales for the May 25 Kenny Chesney concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The amphitheater, with portable seats installed, seats about 7,500. 10759
January 25th, 2011
Fire damages portable classroom - A fire in a portable classroom at Taylorville Primary caused minor damage Monday. 10758
January 25th, 2011
Russian president calls Moscow airport blast a terrorist act - A suicide bomber attacked Moscow’s busiest airport on Monday, killing dozens of people and injecting new pain into a country already split along ethnic lines. 10757
January 25th, 2011
Obama to address economy tonight - Standing before a nation clamoring for jobs, President Barack Obama will call for targeted spending to boost the economy but also for budget cutting in tonight’s State of the Union address, his first in a new era of divided political power. 10756
January 25th, 2011
Judge tosses lawsuit by bondholder for Alabama casino - A federal judge threw out a lawsuit aimed at getting electronic bingo machines operating again at the closed Country Crossing entertainment resort, whose developer is awaiting trial on government corruption charges. 10755
January 25th, 2011
Mercedes hybrid in states future? - Automotive News, a leading automotive trade publication, reported Monday that Daimler AG officials have said they will have a hybrid Mercedes’ C-Class sedan on the market within three years. 10754
January 25th, 2011
Suspect called 911 for ride to hospital - The suspect in a brutal hammer attack asked authorities to take him to a drug and mental health treatment facility just hours after the crime was committed, police said. 10753
January 25th, 2011
ALDOT unveils bridge replacement plan - Residents who live and work in Alberta got details Monday night about an upcoming Alabama Department of Transportation project that will replace the University Boulevard bridge over Kicker Road. 10752
January 25th, 2011
Library board votes on director - The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to offer Mary Elizabeth Harper the job of library director. 10751
January 25th, 2011
Raising awareness a goal of UAs Women in Prison Week - More than 2,300 women are incarcerated in Alabama, most of them for nonviolent crimes. To draw attention to the situation, the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Alabama is hosting Women in Prison Week. 10750
January 25th, 2011
City BOE meets in executive session - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education met Monday, and during its called board meeting, it immediately went into executive session for more than two hours. 10749
January 25th, 2011
Overcrowding leads county BOE to ponder zoning shift - The Hillcrest Middle School zone may be cut in half in an attempt to alleviate overcrowding, shifting students to Duncanville Middle School. 10748
January 25th, 2011
Library board votes to hire new director - The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s board of trustees voted unanimously today to offer Mary Elizabeth Harper the job of library director. 10747
January 24th, 2011
Man charged with attempted murder in hammer attack - The suspect in a brutal hammer attack asked authorities to take him to a drug and mental health treatment facility just hours after the crime was committed, police said. 10746
January 24th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: Jan. 24 - 10745
January 24th, 2011
State Department embracing Twitter amid global crisis - The State Department is embracing Twitter and other social media as crises grip the Middle East and Haiti, with officials finding new voice, cheek and influence in the era of digital diplomacy. 10744
January 24th, 2011
Widespread corruption found in health fund - A $21.7 billion development fund backed by celebrities and hailed as an alternative to the bureaucracy of the United Nations sees as much as two-thirds of some grants eaten up by corruption. 10743
January 24th, 2011
Country in flux at midpoint of Obamas term - Nearly two years ago on a cold February day, President Barack Obama stood for the first time before a joint session of Congress and spoke of a national day of reckoning. 10742
January 24th, 2011
Man arrested in hammer attack that left victim critical - A man remains in critical condition after he was struck in the head during a robbery and left bleeding overnight, according to police. 10741
January 24th, 2011
Greene audit shows lots of issues - State auditors were unable to get an accurate financial picture of the Greene County Commission because of sloppy bookkeeping, according to an audit report released by the state Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. 10740
January 24th, 2011
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