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Alabama House votes to ban texting while driving - The Alabama House has voted to ban texting while driving. A bill banning texting cleared the House on a 86-2 vote Thursday and now goes to the Senate, where similar legislation died last year. 11827
March 31st, 2011
Bentley still plans to close Parlow, but date remains in question - Gov. Robert Bentley reiterated his support for closing Partlow Developmental Center in Tuscaloosa, despite reversing his decision to close it on Sept. 30, his office said Thursday. 11826
March 31st, 2011
HBO: Auburn had chances to comment on report - 11825
March 31st, 2011
Comedian Jeff Dunham coming to Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Jeff Dunham is the latest act to be named to play the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The standup comic credited by The Los Angeles Times with reviving ventriloquism through his “politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered” characters, according to Time, will perform July 8. 11824
March 31st, 2011
Around town 3/31 - 11823
March 31st, 2011
Mother, daughter are accused of murder plot - 11822
March 31st, 2011
Gov. Bentley seeking to close tax loophole - 11821
March 31st, 2011
EPA makes changes to emissions limits - 11820
March 31st, 2011
Authorities find missing mans car - 11819
March 31st, 2011
Fundraiser features chocolate lovers dream - The Family Counseling Service is serving up a chocolate lover’s dream tonight at its annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser. 11818
March 31st, 2011
Deadly infections may remain a mystery - Medical investigators found that infections linked to contaminated liquid nutrition supplement could have begun two months before officials realized there was a widespread problem at Alabama hospitals, the head of the state health agency said Wednesday. 11817
March 31st, 2011
Top 3 jobs vacant in city school system - With the resignation of Acting Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Dorothy Richardson from her position as assistant superintendent of general administration Monday, the Tuscaloosa City School System has vacancies in its three top positions. 11816
March 31st, 2011
UA music therapy class helps young, old alike - She holds the violin under her chin and positions her fingers under the neck of the instrument. Then she holds the bow steady as she begins to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” as her mother smiles. 11815
March 31st, 2011
Bentley reverses call to close Partlow - Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday reversed his decision to close the Partlow Developmental Center on Sept. 30 and said he would inspect the facility for the intellectually disabled before taking action. 11814
March 31st, 2011
TPD officer charged with sex abuse - A Tuscaloosa police officer accused of raping a woman early Sunday morning was charged Wednesday night with sexual abuse. 11813
March 31st, 2011
City schools plan to assign students e-readers to replace books - After much debate over the issue last year, students in the Tuscaloosa City School System may be receiving new textbooks after all, but not the paper-and-ink kind. 11812
March 31st, 2011
Tuscaloosa police officer charged with sexual assault - A Tuscaloosa police officer accused of raping a woman early Sunday morning was charged Wednesday night with sexual abuse. Sgt. Jason Thomas, an 11-year veteran of the department, saw the 42-year-old woman walking along Alabama Highway 216 at 1 a.m. Sunday, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson said. 11811
March 30th, 2011
UA music therapy program the only one of its kind in Alabama - Hannah Cooley, 7, is a student with autism who receives music therapy from University of Alabama students at Sprayberry Education Center. Carol Prickett, a UA professor of music, founded the program in 1985 and it is still the only music therapy program in the state. 11810
March 30th, 2011
Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid - Four former Auburn players have told HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" they received thousands of dollars while being recruited by or playing for the Tigers. 11809
March 30th, 2011
Governor Bentley backs off date to close Partlow - Gov. Robert Bentley today reversed his decision to close the Partlow Developmental Center on Sept. 30 as he had planned in a budget-cutting move, according to sources. 11808
March 30th, 2011
IV infections examined after 9 hospital deaths - Medical investigators found that infections linked to contaminated liquid nutrition supplement could have begun two months before officials realized there was a widespread problem at Alabama hospitals, the head of the state health agency said Wednesday. 11807
March 30th, 2011
Woman accuses police officer of rape - A woman has accused a Tuscaloosa Police Officer of raping her in his patrol car. 11806
March 30th, 2011
Fire damages two apartments at Downing Place - Two apartments were damaged in a fire at Downing Place Apartments this morning. Two people were in the ground floor apartment where the fire started at 8:20 a.m., said Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service spokesman EMS Chief Travis Parker. 11805
March 30th, 2011
Around town 3/30 - 11804
March 30th, 2011
Red Cross chapter readies for bar crawl fundraiser - 11803
March 30th, 2011
Sulligent football coach requests new trial date - 11802
March 30th, 2011
GOP senator offers new retirement plan - 11801
March 30th, 2011
Search continues for Tuscaloosa County man - 11800
March 30th, 2011
Senators bill would restrict obesity lawsuits - A Tuscaloosa County senator is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit lawsuits for obesity resulting from bad personal habits. 11799
March 30th, 2011
Panel approves $1.3M arts building - A $1.3 million, city-funded renovation of a historical downtown building to benefit the local arts community is expected to begin in May. 11798
March 30th, 2011
Acting city schools chief plans to retire - Tuscaloosa City Schools Acting Superintendent Dorothy Richardson resigned during a school board meeting Tuesday night. 11797
March 30th, 2011
Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre re-creates 1956 classic - In the world of classical dance, clear lines link then and today. Dancers still study Balanchine; they continue to go en pointe for “Swan Lake” or “Giselle.” 11796
March 30th, 2011
Former Partlow employees file appeal - Five former Alabama Department of Mental Health employees are appealing the state's decision to fire them in the aftermath of the Oct. 11 death of a resident at the W.D. Partlow Developmental Center. 11795
March 30th, 2011
Report ranks Ala. eating habits 2nd worst - Americans are getting fatter, and the diets that have led to ever-expanding waistlines are only getting worse, according to a new report that ranks Alabama as the state with the second-worst eating habits in the United States. 11794
March 30th, 2011
Perry County must pay for watchdog groups costs - The Perry County Water Authority must pay Impact of Perry County $4,500 for costs incurred in the group’s efforts to obtain public documents. 11793
March 30th, 2011
Layoffs will cut workers, court officials say - Officials are preparing to cut jobs within the state court system, including positions in Tuscaloosa County, because of anticipated proration. 11792
March 30th, 2011
Bama survives late Colorado rally to make title game - 11791
March 30th, 2011
Two-thirds of oil and natural gas leases in Gulf inactive - More than two-thirds of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle, neither producing oil and gas, nor being actively explored by the companies who hold the leases, according to a Department of Interior report to be released Tuesday. 11790
March 29th, 2011
Cuts in funding will cause layoffs in Alabama's court system - Officials are looking at cutting positions within the state court system due to anticipated proration. Juvenile court employees, court attendants who work in judges offices and members of district attorneys’ staffs could soon lose their jobs. 11789
March 29th, 2011
INTERACTIVE: A look inside the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - A closer look at Tuscaloosa's new riverfront amphitheater. 11788
March 29th, 2011
University of Alabama dancers re-create 1956 classic - In the world of classical dance, clear lines link then and today. Dancers still study Balanchine; they continue to go en pointe for “Swan Lake” or “Giselle.” 11787
March 29th, 2011
Alabama GOP expects to move closer to photo ID law - Alabama's new Republican majority in the Legislature is trying to move one step closer to its goal of requiring a photo ID to vote. 11786
March 29th, 2011
Alabama to take on Colorado tonight in NIT Final Four - Anthony Grant had a little bit of his past come back to him on Monday, and while it didn't exactly haunt him, he didn't let it distract him, either. 11785
March 29th, 2011
Around town 3/29 - 11784
March 29th, 2011
Brookwood High School site may fall to 75 acres - 11783
March 29th, 2011
Police seek information regarding grave marker - 11782
March 29th, 2011
Boating safety course offered in Cottondale - 11781
March 29th, 2011
Closure extended for Hargrove Road - 11780
March 29th, 2011
Wanted man arrested in Tuscaloosa - 11779
March 29th, 2011
Author addresses students as part of UAs history celebration - Education advocate Ethel Hall spoke Monday afternoon to students and faculty at the University of Alabama’s School of Social Work. Her message: “Anything you want to do badly enough, you can do.” 11778
March 29th, 2011
Murder suspect pleads guilty - Capital murder defendant Quinton Burrell Bush apologized to the family of his victim after pleading guilty Monday afternoon. 11777
March 29th, 2011
Japanese radiation reaches Alabama - Trace amounts of radiation from the ongoing Japanese nuclear plant crisis have shown up in Alabama, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. 11776
March 29th, 2011
Fire College officials want to stay in charge of certification rules - Commissioners for the Alabama Fire College want changes to a proposal that would alter the college’s governance, before they will support it. 11775
March 29th, 2011
Most of tax cut going down workers' gas tanks - Americans are earning and spending more, but a lot of the extra money is going down their gas tanks. Gas prices have drained more than half the extra cash Americans are getting this year from a cut in Social Security taxes. 11774
March 29th, 2011
U.S. has responsibility to act' - Vigorously defending American attacks in Libya, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world's conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are” as Americans. 11773
March 29th, 2011
Residents are with amphitheater - Hundreds of residents streamed into the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Monday for the first installment of the city’s Community Conversations, but many didn’t come just to ask about the issues confronting their respective neighborhoods. 11772
March 29th, 2011
A look at Tuscaloosa's new amphitheater - A closer look at Tuscaloosa's new riverfront amphitheater. 11771
March 29th, 2011
Residents impressed' with size, quality of amphitheater - Hundreds of residents streamed into the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Monday for the first installment of the city's annual Community Conversations, but many didn't come just to ask about the issues confronting their respective neighborhoods. 11770
March 28th, 2011
Police looking searching for origin of grave marker - 11769
March 28th, 2011
Bentley announces new industry for Clarke County - A Chinese company that makes precision copper products has announced it will locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Thomasville in Clarke County in southwest Alabama. 11768
March 28th, 2011
Commissioners want changes in Fire College governance bill - Commissioners for the Alabama Fire College want changes to a proposal to tamper with the college's governance before they will support it. 11767
March 28th, 2011
Alabama cracks national rankings; will take on UAB Tuesday - Fresh off a series sweep of the University of Kentucky and riding a seven-game winning streak, Alabama broke into the national rankings this week when both the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll and Baseball America ranked the Crimson Tide at No. 25. 11766
March 28th, 2011
Early release hearing set in civil rights slaying - A judge in Marion has scheduled a hearing April 14 on a request by a former Alabama state trooper, who wants to be released early from his six-month jail sentence for killing a man at a civil rights demonstration 46 years ago. 11765
March 28th, 2011
Former judge Roy Moore may run for president - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination. 11764
March 28th, 2011
Libyan rebels bear down on Gadhafi's hometown - Rebel forces bore down Monday on Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold where a brigade headed by one of the Libyan leader's sons was digging in to defend the city and setting the stage for a bloody and possibly decisive battle. 11763
March 28th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: March 28 - 11762
March 28th, 2011
Kellers letters, WWII art fading in Alabama - In north Alabama, letters written in pencil by a young Helen Keller are fading away after being exposed to light for more than 120 years. 11761
March 28th, 2011
Ag dept. plans layoffs to offset cuts - Some gasoline pumps across Alabama haven’t been inspected in three years, and proposed layoffs of state inspectors could mean more delays. 11760
March 28th, 2011
Whereabouts of sold remain a mystery - Alice Walton did not buy the Asher B. Durand painting “Progress (The Advance of Civilization)” from the Jack Warner art collection, as previously believed. 11759
March 28th, 2011
Official owns proposed school site - One of the five possible sites for a future school in Tuscaloosa County is owned by the school board president and his family, something county officials said would not factor into the school’s location. 11758
March 28th, 2011
has a new home for his wares - If you’re in the new accessories and gift store at NorthCreek Plaza and think you’ve seen its Crimson Tide-themed purses, colorful hair bows and inexpensive gifts somewhere before, it’s likely you’ve stopped by the trailers often parked alongside Alabama Highway 69 South in the past several years. 11757
March 28th, 2011
City BOE mulls hiring amid cuts - Though it’s almost guaranteed that all Alabama public schools will face funding cuts for either teacher jobs or transportation and operating costs next year, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education is still considering creating new jobs. 11756
March 28th, 2011
Honoring our sister city in Japan - A couple dozen people stood in a grove of cherry trees Sunday afternoon off Interstate 359, tying white-and-red polka dot bows around the tree trunks. 11755
March 28th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: March 27 - 11754
March 27th, 2011
Gadhafi forces retreat amid raids; Rebels seize key city - Libyan rebels clinched their hold on the east and seized back a key city on Saturday after decisive international airstrikes sent Moammar Gadhafi’s forces into retreat, shedding their uniforms and ammunition as they fled. 11753
March 27th, 2011
Ducks make splash to benefit CHOM - Four thousand rubber ducks will fill the outdoor pool at the University of Alabama’s Recreation Center today. 11752
March 27th, 2011
PRIDE programs highlight Alcohol Awareness Month - Tuscaloosa is home to the only PRIDE affiliate in the state of Alabama, a national group on a mission to reduce substance abuse. 11751
March 27th, 2011
Area high schools participate in JROTC competition - More than 250 students from Brookwood, Central, Holt, Hillcrest and Tuscaloosa County high schools participated in the event. 11750
March 27th, 2011
Test models of new M-Class spotted - Mercedes-Benz won’t unveil its next generation of its M-Class SUV until this summer, but disguised models of the Vance-made vehicle have been spotted in test drives on Tuscaloosa County roads. 11749
March 27th, 2011
ADAP: 2 Partlow deaths - Two patients have died at Partlow Developmental Center in the past six months and one of the deaths resulted in the firing of five Partlow employees. 11748
March 27th, 2011
Downtown buzzes with cyclists, festival - Though the threat of bad weather hung low in heavy gray clouds, the streets of Tuscaloosa still flashed with color just before noon Saturday. 11747
March 27th, 2011
Risen from the ashes: A look back at the Fayette fire - While it may be hard for some people to believe, Fayette's economy has seen worse times. One hundred years ago, the whole business district was nothing but smoldering ashes. 11746
March 27th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: March 26 - 11745
March 26th, 2011
Weekend Events - 11744
March 26th, 2011
Board sees drawing for new technology center - The new Tuscaloosa Center for Technology will have two floors, a greenhouse and 108,400 square feet of space. 11743
March 26th, 2011
BOE considers offering summer program - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education is considering offering a summer program at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Central and Oakdale primary schools. 11742
March 26th, 2011
Woman, 78, killed in two-car wreck - Police are still investigating the cause of fatal wreck that happened Thursday morning in north Tuscaloosa. 11741
March 26th, 2011
Firefighters earn praise for saving man from fire - Patrick Davis was prepared to jump from his second-story apartment last week as a fire quickly crept up the stairs to his porch. 11740
March 26th, 2011
Lifetime show features deceased local airmans story - He opened his front door to find two military officers on the other side and immediately feared the worst. At the same moment at his childhood home in Haleyville, two officers were knocking on his parents’ front door. 11739
March 26th, 2011
Schools detail plans for grant - One city school that repeatedly ranks among the worst in the state on standardized test scores would see all of its staff fired if the school system wins a grant for turning around troubled schools. 11738
March 26th, 2011
City grapples with scheduling AP classes - High school principals who have tried it say a schedule modified for advanced placement classes in Tuscaloosa City Schools won’t work. 11737
March 26th, 2011
Tour de Tuscaloosa grows in popularity - Just a few blocks west of the Druid Arts Festival this afternoon, professional cyclists from across the South and local amateur athletes will be racing through the streets of downtown Tuscaloosa. 11736
March 26th, 2011
New city plaza home to DCAF - Though work was finished on the five-acre park several months ago, the Government Plaza’s real coming-out party starts at 11 a.m. today with guitars, drums, dancers, storytellers, painters, sculptors, food, kids’ activities and more celebrating the second annual Druid City Arts Festival. 11735
March 26th, 2011
Opinions strong in school chief search - Earlier this month, the Alabama Association of School Boards held seven public meetings and conducted an online survey about which qualities the next superintendent of the city school system should possess. 11734
March 26th, 2011
Mans body found in river - A man told witnesses that he wasn’t going back to jail before driving his vehicle into the Black Warrior River on Friday, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton said. 11733
March 26th, 2011
Bentley defends decision to close Partlow - Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that his decision to close W.D. Partlow Development Center in Tuscaloosa is in the best interest of its residents, who have mental developmental disabilities. 11732
March 26th, 2011
Budget cuts may start next week - Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that he will declare 15 percent proration of the state's general fund budget, possibly as early as next week. 11731
March 26th, 2011
Elrod man missing since Monday - The family of a Tuscaloosa County man who has been missing since Monday night is afraid that he may have wrecked his car and is trapped somewhere. 11730
March 25th, 2011
Tour de Tuscaloosa experiences growth in popularity - Just a few blocks west of the Druid City Arts Festival Saturday afternoon, professional cyclists from across the South and local amateur athletes will be racing through the streets of downtown Tuscaloosa. 11729
March 25th, 2011
Alabama's Barrett Jones returns to Haiti during spring break - When Barrett Jones made his second service trip to Haiti over spring break, the University of Alabama player had a much easier time getting there. This time, he was able to fly directly to the capital, Port au Prince, and was able to skip the rocky jeep ride he took a year ago that he described as "the toughest six hours of my life." 11728
March 25th, 2011
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