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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2011-02


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Little Willie's blues bar going Green - To repurpose a space, Little Willie’s has become Green Bar. Green as a contrast to the original blues concept of Little Willie’s. Also green for the signage out front that harmonizes with Wilhagan’s next door. 11283
February 28th, 2011
Buckles, last WWI doughboy, dies at 110 - He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War I, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict. 11282
February 28th, 2011
Bentley orders budget cuts - Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered an across-the-board cut of 3 percent in the state education budget and announced that he will cut most agencies in the state General Fund budget 15 percent after working with the Legislature to protect some essential services. 11281
February 28th, 2011
GOP pushed bills on agenda at start of legislative session - The new Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature will flex its muscles as several bills Republicans campaigned on last year will be up first for consideration in House committees this week. 11280
February 28th, 2011
Businesses weigh pros and cons of selling alcohol on Sunday - 11279
February 28th, 2011
FBI intercepted more than 12,000 calls in bingo probe - An FBI agent says more than 12,000 phone calls were intercepted during more than a month of wiretaps on the phone lines of casino owners Milton McGregor and Ronnie Gilley and casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey. 11278
February 28th, 2011
Sheriff: Coker man admits to sexually abusing dog - Three witnesses told deputies that they saw Samuel Earl Sims, 56, abusing the mixed-breed dog at a home on Hillview Lane around midnight Sunday. 11277
February 28th, 2011
Florence councilman wants say in land sale - A Florence city councilman says he should have a say in the city’s decision whether to sell land to the University of North Alabama, even though he is a former professor and now holds a part-time job at the school. 11276
February 28th, 2011
Gambling machines removed from Dothan casino - The removal of gambling machines from closed Alabama casinos has begun. 11275
February 28th, 2011
chants heard in city near capital - With residents shouting “Free, free Libya,” anti-government rebels who control this battle-scarred city nearest to the capital deployed tanks and anti-aircraft weapons Sunday to brace for an attack by troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The Obama administration offered “any type of assistance” to Libyans seeking to oust the longtime leader. 11274
February 28th, 2011
Ugly U.S. medical trials uncovered - Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital. 11273
February 28th, 2011
Collective bargaining for state workers has faded in the South - Whenever Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has asked lawmakers to weaken benefits for state employees, his proposals have met little resistance from workers. 11272
February 28th, 2011
Bentley to focus on balancing budgets - 11271
February 28th, 2011
'King's Speech' wins best-picture, 3 other Oscars - "The King's Speech" was crowned best picture Sunday at an Academy Awards ceremony as precise as a state coronation, the monarchy drama leading as expected with four Oscars and predictable favorites claiming acting honors. 11270
February 28th, 2011
Rising gas prices have local governments concerned - Local governments are preparing for the worst as gas prices continue to increase because of unrest in the Middle East. If prices near the $4-per-gallon mark, it’s going to take a toll on governments, said Northport City Administrator Scott Collins. 11269
February 28th, 2011
City hopes to offer amnesty for unpaid parking tickets - Tuscaloosa city officials hope to offer an amnesty period for people with outstanding parking tickets, an effort likely to net the city some of the nearly $40,000 owed for parking violations. 11268
February 28th, 2011
Charity basketball game to benefit United Cerebral Palsy - The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will take on the Tuscaloosa Police Department’s “Blue Knights” basketball team for a comedic fundraiser event to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama. 11267
February 27th, 2011
19-year-old says she was raped on way home from bar - A 19-year-old woman reported that she was raped during a ride home early Saturday morning, according to police. 11266
February 27th, 2011
Donors raised $1.6 million for Bentleys inauguration - Alabama corporations, business lobbying groups and law firms that contract with the state government contributed almost all of the $1.62 million for Gov. Robert Bentley’s inauguration foundation, which is donating its leftover money to the state government. 11265
February 27th, 2011
Leftover issues await new GOP majority - Republican Gov. Robert Bentley succeeds two-term Gov. Bob Riley, but unlike Riley he has a supermajority of Republicans in the House and Senate to consider his legislative agenda, thanks to voters in November who ousted many long-time Democrats. 11264
February 27th, 2011
Man faces attempted murder charges - A Duncanville man is charged with attempted murder after punching a female relative, trying to stab an adult male in the house and trying to set the relative and her house on fire, police said. 11263
February 27th, 2011
Legislators to try to slash state budgets - The two state budgets for next fiscal year will be mere shadows of this year’s, and that could mean job reductions for state employees and some public education workers. 11262
February 27th, 2011
Bill would let Northport vote on Sunday alcohol sales - State Rep. Alan Harper will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives to allow Northport residents a vote on whether to legalize Sunday alcohol sales in their city. 11261
February 27th, 2011
Alberta post office closes - The closing is a long time in the making. With the economic downturn and decreased use of the U.S. Postal Service, the USPS decided in July 2009 that it would be “feasible” to close the Eastside Station in order to cut costs. 11260
February 27th, 2011
Warner's highly respected collection loses Progress' - But in terms of aesthetics, the historic sweep ranging from 16th to 21st centuries, encompassing art by Winslow Homer, James McNeil Whistler, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keefe, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassat, Frederic E. Church and James Peale, silver by Paul Revere, furniture by Duncan Phyfe and others, the loss of “Progress” can only be seen as regression. 11259
February 27th, 2011
Fate of Warner's art collection in question with sale of 'Progress' - Jack Warner crumpled into a chair Thursday morning at the art museum in north Tuscaloosa that bears his family name. On the floor in front of the aging patriarch lay a masterpiece being packed into a custom-built crate. 11258
February 27th, 2011
Mount Moriah Worship Center prepares to change locations - 11257
February 26th, 2011
Tuscaloosa Academy goes on lockdown over threat - 11256
February 26th, 2011
Census shows rapid Hispanic growth in Ala. - 11255
February 26th, 2011
Construction to close Greensboro Avenue - 11254
February 26th, 2011
AU fans treasure Toomers saplings - For the past four years, Dick Jordan has been raising Aubie — a live oak tree, the offspring of the oaks at Auburn University’s Toomer’s Corner. 11253
February 26th, 2011
County school system fills vacant job - After being vacant since November 2009, the Tuscaloosa County School System’s director of operations and construction position has finally been filled. 11252
February 26th, 2011
Witnesses: State money used in home construction - Testimony in the criminal trial of Shelton State Community College’s former president Rick Rogers and the college’s former chief business officer focused Friday on establishing the prosecution’s argument that state money was used to construct a $430,000 house for the college’s president. 11251
February 26th, 2011
Which lawmakers are poised to lead? - The cast of power players in the Alabama Legislature was turned on its head by the November elections that put a new group and generation in control. 11250
February 26th, 2011
Amish buggy tips in creek; 4 kids die - By the time Emanuel Wagler reached the creek with his wife and seven children in their horse and buggy, it was too dark, too deep and too late. 11249
February 26th, 2011
TideSports teams with Rivals on prep recruiting - On Tuesday, TideSports.com will have a new look and new recruiting-focused content thanks to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between The Tuscaloosa News and sports website Rivals.com. 11248
February 26th, 2011
Population shrinks in W. Alabama - Except for Tuscaloosa and Bibb, counties in West Alabama lost population in the past decade, according to census numbers released for Alabama this week. 11247
February 26th, 2011
Parents want bigger Rock Quarry - Some parents of Rock Quarry Middle School students say that a lack of space means it’s time for their children to have a new school building. 11246
February 26th, 2011
Midtown Village collects prom dresses for a cause - Many women will spend only five or six hours in a prom dress or bridesmaid gown and then retire it to the closet the next day, probably never to be worn again. 11245
February 25th, 2011
Hillcrest holds on to beat Sparkman 43-41 - Sparkman made a late run, but the Hillcrest Patriots managed to hold on and knock off the Senators to win the Class 6A, Northwest Region championship. 11244
February 25th, 2011
TA students released early after lockdown - Tuscaloosa Academy went into lockdown this morning and students were dismissed from the school at around noon. 11243
February 25th, 2011
Tidesports.com to join Rivals national network - On Tuesday, TideSports.com will have a new look and new recruiting-focused content thanks to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between The Tuscaloosa News and sports website Rivals.com. 11242
February 25th, 2011
Motion denied in Alberta post office case - 11241
February 25th, 2011
Ralph native joins Montevallo council - 11240
February 25th, 2011
Governor: Alabama AG returning $7.9 million - 11239
February 25th, 2011
Around town 2/25 - 11238
February 25th, 2011
Witness says Shelton chief told him to lie - The former head of the Shelton State Community College Foundation testified Thursday that he was instructed to lie in 2004 about the use of state money to build a house for the college’s president. 11237
February 25th, 2011
State public radio fundraiser features kitchen tour, auction - Alabama Public Radio supporters are heading to the kitchen to serve up some fundraising proceeds for public radio. 11236
February 25th, 2011
UA business school dean to step down - Barry Mason, the longtime dean of the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, has decided to step down from his position. 11235
February 25th, 2011
Sulligent football coach negotiating plea deal in child molestation case - An Alabama high school football coach is involved in plea negotiations in a child molestation case in Mississippi, federal court records indicate. 11234
February 25th, 2011
Animal cruelty suspect arrested - Pickens County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man accused of animal cruelty after a four-hour stand-off at his home in McShan. 11233
February 25th, 2011
Newly banned bath salts quickly affected Ala. family - Sarah Morgan said her husband was a great father until he first tried bath salts less than three weeks ago. 11232
February 25th, 2011
City criticizes Bryce plan, beer tax bill - City leaders are adamant that the plan for a new 268-bed Bryce Hospital is inadequate, and they want the Legislature to fix it. 11231
February 25th, 2011
Dog lifts spirits of DCH cancer patients - The DCH Cancer Center is hoping to change many cancer patients’ fear of chemotherapy with a new ally: a two-year-old golden retriever named Scottie. 11230
February 25th, 2011
BOE seeks easier way to fire poor teachers - The state school board approved a 2011 legislative agenda Thursday that includes amending the Fair Dismissal Act for public education employees, an action that will be opposed by the powerful Alabama Education Association. 11229
February 25th, 2011
Ala. loses bid for Air Force tanker - Jubilant anticipation quickly turned to tears and long faces Thursday as Alabama lost its bid to become home of a plant that will build aircraft refueling tankers for the Air Force, and with it the potential for thousands of jobs. 11228
February 25th, 2011
County extension coordinator retires after 32 years - For Wayne Ford, retirement is bittersweet. “I couldn’t have had a better profession,” said the Tuscaloosa County Cooperative Extension System 11227
February 25th, 2011
Tuscaloosa population falls short of 100,000 in census - The city of Tuscaloosa grew by 16 percent in the past decade, according to the 2010 Census, but it did not reach 100,000 people as city leaders had hoped. 11226
February 25th, 2011
Tornado warning in effect in Tuscaloosa County until 2 a.m. - According to the National Weather Service a tornado watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for Tuscaloosa and the following counties. 11225
February 25th, 2011
Second-half surge carries Keith past Holy Spirit - With 59.1 percent shooting in the second half, the Keith Bears eliminated the Holy Spirit boys basketball team from the ASHAA Class 1A Central Regional. 11224
February 24th, 2011
Animal cruelty suspect arrested at his home - 11223
February 24th, 2011
Air Force awards $35 billion tanker contract to Boeing - The Air Force has awarded a $35 billion contract to build the next generation of air refueling tankers to Boeing Co. 11222
February 24th, 2011
Akron girls advance to Central Region final - The Akron Lady Rams erupted with 47 points in the first half on Thursday and coasted to a 72-54 victory over Winterboro in the AHSAA Class 1A Central Regional. 11221
February 24th, 2011
Edward Bell girls down Holy Spirit 58-53 - Four Bears' players scored in double figures as Edward Bell defeated Holy Spirit 58-53 in the AHSAA Class 1A Central Regional. 11220
February 24th, 2011
Man accused of mistreating dogs had record of prior animal cruelty - Pickens County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for a man accused of keeping several malnourished dogs at his home. 11219
February 24th, 2011
Around town 2/24 - 11218
February 24th, 2011
Victims names released in fatal crash - 11217
February 24th, 2011
Birmingham seeks funds for mass transit - 11216
February 24th, 2011
Adaptation has power to sweep audiences away - Where was God? A plaintive cry at the end of “Moby-Dick,” a new play by Steve Burch adapted from Melville’s novel, lofts that pivotal question into the wind. 11215
February 24th, 2011
State bans drinks that combine alcohol, caffeine - The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has banned the sale in Alabama of canned beer-like drinks that combine caffeine and alcohol. This includes the drink Four Loko, which is popular on some college campuses. 11214
February 24th, 2011
Alabama GOP gets backlash for hiring Democrats - The hiring of Democrats by Alabama's new Republican leadership is creating a GOP backlash that contributed to the most recent planned hiring being canceled. 11213
February 24th, 2011
Five residents earn honors for civic giving - Five Tuscaloosa residents were inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame at the ceremony’s luncheon at the Hotel Capstone on Wednesday. 11212
February 24th, 2011
Treasurer says PACT needs cash - State Treasurer Young Boozer said Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan will need another big infusion of cash from the state government if all 41,000 participants are going to get the tuition they were promised. 11211
February 24th, 2011
Auditor first to testify in trial of ex-Shelton State officials - Even if administrators at Shelton State Community College used a presidential home for college functions, they should not have spent state money on the house owned by the college's private foundation, a state auditor testified Wednesday. 11210
February 24th, 2011
Tuscaloosa City Council to consider Sunday alcohol rules - Now that voters have approved the sale of alcohol on Sundays here, the City Council must decide which businesses will be allowed to sell alcohol seven days a week. 11209
February 24th, 2011
25 Neglected dogs rescued from home near Reform - Authorities rescued more than 25 emaciated and neglected dogs from a Pickens County man's home late Tuesday night. 11208
February 24th, 2011
Alagasco closing downtown Tuscaloosa office - Alagasco will close its downtown Tuscaloosa commercial office at the end of April. The office at 1824 University Blvd. is used mostly by customers who pay their natural gas utility bills in person. 11207
February 23rd, 2011
Auburn, Alabama students to plant trees together - Students from Auburn University and the University of Alabama say they will plant two sister trees on each campus as a symbol of unity in the wake of recent vandalism to the storied live oaks at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn campus. 11206
February 23rd, 2011
Boozer warns PACT plan needs more cash - State Treasurer Young Boozer says Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan will need another big infusion of cash from the state government. 11205
February 23rd, 2011
Hillcrest edges Bob Jones to advance to region title game - Senior forward Trey Wells tipped in the decisive basket, and the Hillcrest High School boys basketball team edged Bob Jones 49-47 on Wednesday in the AHSAA Class 6A Northwest Regional. 11204
February 23rd, 2011
Oil prices hit $100 per barrel - Oil prices hit $100 per barrel for the first time since 2008, driven by growing concerns about global supplies, as Libya's Moammar Gadhafi continued to lose his grip on the oil-rich country. 11203
February 23rd, 2011
Testimony begins in trial of former Shelton State officials - Whether administrators at Shelton State Community College used a presidential home for college functions, they should not have spent state money on the house owned by the college's private foundation, a state auditor testified Wednesday. 11202
February 23rd, 2011
Northridge boys basketball eliminated at regional - Jamar Pope and Jeffrey Landrom combined for 29 points on Wednesday, and the Sparkman Senators eliminated Northridge from the AHSAA Class 6A Northwest Regional with a 51-44 victory. 11201
February 23rd, 2011
Around town 2/23 - 11200
February 23rd, 2011
2 killed in wreck near Mercedes-Benz plant - 11199
February 23rd, 2011
Fire cancels classes at UAs Alston Hall - 11198
February 23rd, 2011
Text messages to give amphitheater updates - 11197
February 23rd, 2011
Resurfacing project begins on U.S. 82 - 11196
February 23rd, 2011
AWF annual cookoff set for Thursday - 11195
February 23rd, 2011
Burglary suspects caught in police trap - 11194
February 23rd, 2011
Man falls through ceiling during alleged jail escape - 11193
February 23rd, 2011
Memo shows Riley transferred $8M in last days of office - 11192
February 23rd, 2011
Burglary suspect arrested after search - Police spent several hours Monday searching for a man accused of breaking into a Greensboro Avenue office. 11191
February 23rd, 2011
Governor wants to reduce paid state holidays - Gov. Robert Bentley and most of his staff worked a full schedule on Presidents Day, a state holiday. If he has his way, he’ll see fewer paid state holidays for Alabama’s public employees. 11190
February 23rd, 2011
Three contend to serve as circuit judge - Three local attorneys are in the running to be Tuscaloosa County’s next family court judge. 11189
February 23rd, 2011
Downtown renewal moves to Phase II - The beautification of downtown Tuscaloosa will continue later this year with the aid of about $7 million in federal money. 11188
February 23rd, 2011
BOE OKs Central zone revamp - Oakdale Primary, Central Primary and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary will each offer pre-kindergarten through fifth grade next school year. 11187
February 23rd, 2011
Budget battles may be here next - House Minority Leader Craig Ford said Tuesday that he expects attempts to be made to cut teacher and state employee benefits to balance next year’s education budget 11186
February 23rd, 2011
Four-block schedule approved for high schools - All high schools in the Tuscaloosa City School system will remain on the four-block schedule for the 2011-12 school year, with the exception of advanced placement courses. 11185
February 23rd, 2011
Join the green team - Green is the new red, white and blue, Thomas L. Friedman said before a packed house at the Bryant Conference Center on Wednesday night. 11184
February 23rd, 2011
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