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Lawmakers talk of Education Trust Fund budget delay until damage fully assessed - he Senate on Tuesday may approve the Education Trust Fund budget for next fiscal year, but the leading House Democrat wants to hold off in order to gain time for an adequate assessment of storm damage to schools and the cost of fixing or replacing them. 12303
April 30th, 2011
Tuscaloosa aiming to begin removing debris on Wednesday - The city of Tuscaloosa will begin moving debris from areas ravaged by last week’s tornado likely by Wednesday. 12302
April 30th, 2011
STORM BRIEFS: May 1 - 12301
April 30th, 2011
Schools open their doors to volunteer effort - No one was marking attendance at her school and no extra credit was given, but Meaghan Ingram went to school Saturday. 12300
April 30th, 2011
Metro Animal Shelter continues taking in pets - Cats hide very well. So most of the storm-displaced pets coming to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, and various veterinary clinics and hospitals in the area, are puppies and adult dogs. 12299
April 30th, 2011
GIGAPAN: Damage around Tuscaloosa - Zoom in for detailed shots of the wreckage as viewed from Crescent Ridge Road. 12298
April 30th, 2011
Number of missing, injured continues to climb - The official death toll remains at 39, but the number of injured and missing from Wednesday's deadly tornado continues to climb as search, rescue and recovery work continues in Tuscaloosa. 12297
April 30th, 2011
President Obama promises aid, resources - President Barack Obama arrived in Tuscaloosa today to walk among the rubble of some of the areas hardest hit by Wednesday afternoon's deadly tornado. 12296
April 30th, 2011
Tornado deadliest in county history - The tornado that tore across Tuscaloosa County on Wednesday has become the deadliest in the county's history. With 42 confirmed deaths and people still missing, the number has sadly topped a 1904 twister that killed 36 and another in 1932 that left 37 dead. 12295
April 30th, 2011
More than 30,000 in city still without electricity - More than 30,000 customers remained without power in Tuscaloosa late Friday afternoon after Wednesday’s devastating tornado. 12294
April 30th, 2011
Students remain home, with school plans unsettled - All schools in the Tuscaloosa City School System will remain closed Monday, but all employees have been asked to return to work. 12293
April 30th, 2011
Rescue workers: Death toll seems low - 12292
April 30th, 2011
Tornado volunteer efforts include feeding displaced - 12291
April 30th, 2011
Hospital workers recall night of - In the 12 hours after the tornado went through Tuscaloosa, 800 people went through the ER at DCH, said hospital spokesman Brad Fisher. And throughout that time, the hospital was on auxiliary power. Because the computers were down, patients were assigned numbers and sent to lettered sections of the ER so doctors could keep track of them before taking their actual names. 12290
April 30th, 2011
Authorities go door-to-door to assess damage - Authorities have searched every home in the area, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton said, and found 12 dead people. With about 400 people still reported missing, Sexton said he expects that even more will be found in upcoming days. 12289
April 30th, 2011
All-night search in Boley ends with discovery of four bodies - 12288
April 30th, 2011
All student-athletes at UA accounted for - All student-athletes at the University of Alabama were accounted for by Thursday afternoon, with only one UA athlete hospitalized in the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through the city on Wednesday. 12287
April 30th, 2011
Tornado one for the history books - Gov. Robert Bentley walked the streets of his hometown on Thursday, followed by a small entourage. He shook his head and squinted his eyes over what was left of the homes, businesses and lives at the intersection of 15th Street and McFarland Boulevard. 12286
April 30th, 2011
Maddox says tornado cut a 6-mile path through city - 12285
April 29th, 2011
Reports of looting in the areas hard-hit by the storm - 12284
April 29th, 2011
STORM STORIES: Readers share their accounts of the tornado - The Tuscaloosa News has received a number of entries through the "Tell Us Your Story" form in our Storm Resources section. Read their stories, then share yours with The Tuscaloosa News. 12283
April 29th, 2011
INTERACTIVE: Before and after photos of the tornado - Utilizing the technology of Google Earth and GeoEye, here are four before and after satellite images of locations devastated by Wednesday's tornado in Tuscaloosa. More images coming next week. 12282
April 29th, 2011
Mayor hopes to resume garbage pickup Thursday - The City of Tuscaloosa is asking that volunteer contractors call the Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation at 205-248-5800. Information will soon be posted at www.tuscaloosa.com with instructions for both volunteer and paid contractors. 12281
April 29th, 2011
City announces drinking water warning, boil water alert - 12280
April 29th, 2011
Governor Bentley activates Recovery Response Center - 12279
April 29th, 2011
Twitter log of President Barack Obama's visit - 12278
April 29th, 2011
INTERACTIVE: Follow the path of the tornado - 12277
April 29th, 2011
Obama to visit Tuscaloosa as death toll climbs - Gov. Robert Bentley walked the streets of his hometown on Thursday, followed by a small entourage. He shook his head and squinted his eyes over what was left of the homes, businesses and lives at the intersection of 15th Street and McFarland Boulevard. 12276
April 29th, 2011
Storm Briefs - 12275
April 29th, 2011
Closings - 12274
April 29th, 2011
Want to help? - 12273
April 29th, 2011
Bathrooms prove to be safe haven in storm - The massive tornado that blasted the area behind the Wood Square Shopping Center on 13th Avenue East took under a minute to move through a two-block radius, destroying dozens of homes and upending countless lives, but the effect of its damage won’t soon be forgotten. 12272
April 29th, 2011
Deputies search for those trapped - Sirens wailed through a darkened Tuscaloosa on Wednesday night as rescue workers from throughout the city and county worked to make sure no one was trapped under collapsed buildings. 12271
April 29th, 2011
Utilities not sure when massive power outage will be fixed - Utility service remained disrupted in Tuscaloosa, and major utility providers say they are not sure when full service will be restored after Wednesday’s killer storm. 12270
April 29th, 2011
Grocery stores, gas stations swarmed by customers - Power outages north of the river were most obvious in the gas stations and convenience stores just on the other side of the bridges, such as the Texaco at Rice Mine in Tuscaloosa, and the Shell and Kangaroo/Marathon on Bridge Avenue in Northport. 12269
April 29th, 2011
Crimson Tide athletes impacted by storm - The clock atop the scoreboard at the University of Alabama's softball facility froze at that moment, less than an hour after a tornado tore a devastating path through the heart of Tuscaloosa, passing perhaps a mile away. 12268
April 29th, 2011
Storm spun many destructive paths through West Alabama - The storm system that tore through four states on Wednesday also created a tornado that hit Hale County late Wednesday afternoon, killing six people and injuring 39. 12267
April 29th, 2011
Survivors emerge, fill up local shelters quickly - Brothers Kenndrick and Terrance Conner, along with their friend Elizabeth Moore, no longer have an apartment, but the tornado spared their lives. 12266
April 29th, 2011
City to enforce curfew in damaged areas - 12265
April 29th, 2011
City issues 'boil water alert' for east Tuscaloosa - City officials warn residents of east Tuscaloosa, where water pressure has been low, to boil water before drinking it. 12264
April 29th, 2011
Authorities restrict access to Rosedale Court - Police cars blocked vehicle access to 10th Avenue at the intersection of 10th and Hargrove Road on Thursday. They said no unauthorized vehicles were allowed to go down 10th Avenue beyond that point, behind which lies the ruins of Rosedale Court. 12263
April 29th, 2011
Tornado rips into history books - The tornado that tore across Tuscaloosa County on Wednesday might have been the deadliest in the county's history. With 36 confirmed deaths and people still missing, the tornado could sadly top a 1904 twister that killed 36 and another in 1932 that left 37 dead. 12262
April 29th, 2011
5 P.M. UPDATE: Hundreds treated at DCH - Medical Center admitted 100 people injured in Wednesday's tornadoes. Hundreds more were treated but not admitted, said hospital spokesman Brad Fisher. 12261
April 28th, 2011
Hospital data of patients treated as of 10:30 a.m. - 12260
April 28th, 2011
12:32 P.M. UPDATE: City urges water conservation, limit driving - The city's death toll has now reached 36, and the number of Tuscaloosa residents injured as a result of Wednesday's massive tornado that swept through West Alabama is now at more than 600. 12259
April 28th, 2011
2:40 P.M. UPDATE: Alberta City survivors struggle - 12258
April 28th, 2011
1:11 P.M. UPDATE: Obama to visit Alabama tomorrow - President Barack Obama plans to visit Alabama tomorrow to view the tornado destruction and meet with Gov. Robert Bentley, other state officials and victims of Wednesday's deadly tornadoes. 12257
April 28th, 2011
Bentley calls on Obama to expedite catastrophic declaration - Gov. Robert Bentley requested that President Barrack Obama expedite a catastrophic disaster declaration to assist with recovery efforts across Alabama. 12256
April 28th, 2011
A.M. UPDATE: Maddox urges water conservation - 12255
April 28th, 2011
Call for volunteers today at noon at St. Mathias Episcopal Church - 12254
April 28th, 2011
West Alabama suffers death, destruction - 12253
April 28th, 2011
THE AFTERMATH: Staff accounts of the Tuscaloosa tornado - Muffled screams could be heard from a pile of debris that used to be an apartment complex at Arlington Square in Alberta on Wednesday. In the wake of a violent tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, it was a similar scene along the path of one of the fiercest storms to ever hit the city. 12252
April 27th, 2011
DCH missed severe damage, running on generators - 12251
April 27th, 2011
UA copes with power outage, no reports of structural damage - 12250
April 27th, 2011
Tornado levels buildings on 35th street - 12249
April 27th, 2011
Tuscaloosa County and city schools cancelled for the week - 12248
April 27th, 2011
PHOTO GALLERY: Tornado decimates parts of Tuscaloosa - Photos from around Tuscaloosa of the deadly tornadoes that decimated parts of Tuscaloosa Wednesday. 12247
April 27th, 2011
Belk Center available for shelter, more shelter info inside - 12246
April 27th, 2011
Tornado devastates Tuscaloosa - Businesses at the corner of McFarland Boulevard and 13th Street near DCH were completely destroyed. Steak-Out, Big Lots, Full Moon Barbecue, Krispy Kreme and surrounding businesses were reduced to piles of rubble. 12245
April 27th, 2011
Tuscaloosa County under tornado watch until 4:15, watch until 10 p.m. - 12244
April 27th, 2011
State offices close; road closures inside - 12243
April 27th, 2011
Governor declares state of emergency - 12242
April 27th, 2011
Mercedes plant closes - 12241
April 27th, 2011
Homes destroyed in Coaling and Vance - 12240
April 27th, 2011
UPDATE: More severe weather expected this afternoon - 12239
April 27th, 2011
TUSCALOOSA CITY COUNCIL ACTION: April 26 - 12238
April 27th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: April 27 - 12237
April 27th, 2011
Tuscaloosa City Council approves plan to pick traffic camera vendor - The Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to find a traffic camera vendor. 12236
April 27th, 2011
Suspects sought in bulldozer damage - Authorities are searching for joyriders who damaged a $170,000 bulldozer that belongs to the county. 12235
April 27th, 2011
Severe storms, tornadoes likely in West Alabama today - Meteorologists are predicting severe weather today with a good chance of tornadoes, less than two weeks after a previous storm with tornadoes hit West Alabama. 12234
April 27th, 2011
Man arrested in credit union robbery - Northport police arrested a man who they say robbed a Tuscaloosa Credit Union branch Tuesday afternoon. 12233
April 27th, 2011
Tuscaloosa City Schools to buy 120 electronic learning devices - 12232
April 27th, 2011
Tuscaloosa attorney pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud - A Tuscaloosa attorney has been charged with bankruptcy fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham. Donald Dionne, 60, is accused of providing false information about clients’ addresses so cases would be assigned to a different judicial division and judge. 12231
April 27th, 2011
Tuscaloosa City Board of Education approves federal grant requests - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education approved federal grant applications Tuesday for six of its lowest lowest-achieving schools. The grant program, called SIG, is a federal program created last year to help improve the nation’s 5,000 persistently lowest-achieving schools. In 2010, schools were eligible for as much as $2 million each. 12230
April 27th, 2011
UA offers first official smartphone application - The University of Alabama has released its first official smartphone app. The free app for Apple’s iPhone will provide users on the go — from students and faculty to football fans and campus visitors — a simple way to access an array of information about the university. 12229
April 27th, 2011
$12 million plan would upgrade two parks - The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission made a $12 million pitch to overhaul Munny Sokol and Bowers parks. Tourism officials told the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday that the upgrade would create “world class” sporting complexes that would draw large revenue-generating tournaments and events to the region. 12228
April 27th, 2011
City to host firefighter competition - The competition ESPN called the toughest two minutes in sports will be held in Tuscaloosa on Saturday and Sunday.The Firefighter Combat Challenge is a competition among firefighters, both individuals and teams, from across the country. Participants will wear full gear, which includes a 75-pound firefighter suit and breathing apparatus, as they negotiate a course that simulates the demands of firefighting. Tasks along the course include the high-rise pack carry, the hose hoist, forcible entry, victim rescue and hose advance. 12227
April 27th, 2011
Sulligent football coach to plead guilty in molestation case - A high school football coach whose long career took him from ball fields and classrooms in Mississippi to similar jobs in Alabama is set to plead guilty today in a sweeping child molestation case involving teenage boys, federal court records said. 12226
April 27th, 2011
South braces for violent storms - VILONIA, Ark. | A day after a series of powerful storms in Arkansas killed 10 people in flooding and a tornado that twisted a tractor-trailer like a wrung dishrag, residents in several states braced Tuesday for a second straight night of violent weather as forecasters again called for twisters to hammer the region. 12225
April 27th, 2011
City, county schools closed today due to weather threat - Tuscaloosa city and county schools will be closed Wednesday because of the threat of severe weather moving through the area. 12224
April 27th, 2011
Storm causes widespread damage in county - 12223
April 27th, 2011
Walter Energy declares quarterly dividend - Walter Energy, which owns Jim Walter Resources, has declared a quarterly dividend of 12.5 cents per share, payable on June 3 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 6. Jim Walter Resources operates underground coal mines in Tuscaloosa County 12222
April 26th, 2011
Interstate 20/59 lanes to be closed - 12221
April 26th, 2011
Boy shot during Ardmore family Easter gathering - 12220
April 26th, 2011
South Alabama officer on leave after fatal shooting - 12219
April 26th, 2011
Barbour out, GOP ponders as 2012 field takes shape - By Emily Wagster Pettus and Liz Sidoti The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. | Republican Gov. Haley Barbour bowed out of presidential contention Monday with a surprise announcement just as the 2012 campaign was getting under way in earnest, 18 months before Election Day. The Mississippi governor said he lacked the necessary 'absolute fire in the belly' to run. Barbour's declaration, unexpected because he had been laying the groundwork for a campaign for months, thins a Republican cluster of no less than a dozen potential candidates to take on Democratic President Barack Obama. With the GOP campaign's first debate scheduled for next week, the muddy Republican field will become clearer very soon as more potential contenders announce whether they'll run or sit out. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who lost in 2008 and is a favorite of libertarians as well as tea partyers, is planning to take a step toward a second bid on Tuesday. The next, facing a self-imposed deadline of this weekend, is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Barbour friend and a fiscal conservative who has shined a spotlight on rising budget deficits and national debt. 'All eyes will be on Daniels. ... It's a clear path for him if he wants to run,' said Doug Gross, an Iowa Republican who dined with Barbour last month and left questioning whether the governor had the hunger to get in the race. It turns out he didn't. 'I will not be a candidate for president next year,' the two-term governor said a statement, adding that he wasn't ready for a '10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort.' As the GOP race comes into sharper focus, Obama is working to both prevent an erosion of his support while under Republican attack and to raise enough money to overwhelm his eventual foe. He's been packing his schedule with fundraisers and visits to battleground states as he gears up for what he says will be a tough campaign. This week alone, he will raise money in New York and return to his hometown of Chicago — also the site of his campaign headquarters — to tape an episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' He then will head to Florida, a pivotal swing state, to deliver a commencement address at Miami Dade College and attend the launch of Endeavour, NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight. Potentially vulnerable, Obama has middling poll ratings and is seeking a second term in a country reeling over high unemployment, rising gas prices and the remnants of recession. Yet, the GOP faces plenty of its own troubles. Its field lacks a front- runner. Most of the candidates are largely unknown to Republicans. The most recent Associated Press-GfK poll indicated that only half of all Republicans were satisfied by their choices and a third were dissatisfied. Unlike four years ago, GOP presidential hopefuls have been hesitant to rush into the race. Many have been mindful of the long slog and huge costs of a campaign. Several also have been waiting to see what the first half of the year would bring, when the focus would be on the new House GOP majority and its tangles with the Democratic administration. But now, the clock is ticking, and candidates are under pressure to commit to participating in multi-candidate events. Neither a forum in New Hampshire on Friday nor a debate in Greenville, S.C., next week — the first of the campaign — is expected to draw a full slate of candidates. No such slate exists yet. So far, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the nomination in 2008, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was on John McCain's vice presidential short list, have set up presidential exploratory committees allowing them raise money for full-fledged campaigns. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to make his campaign official as early as next week. A cluster of lesser-knowns also have inched toward the race, including former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Many Republicans had expected Barbour would be the next one in, given his recent activity. He had visited several states with early presidential contests, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He also had lined up a large network of political advisers. And he had tested an economy-focused campaign speech in Chicago last month. The governor had even lost some weight, as advisers had suggested, and they had been plotting an 'announcement tour' in which he would declare himself a candidate. But several allies said Barbour, known as one of the smartest political operatives in the GOP, ultimately decided he didn't have what it takes to win. He could have been a formidable contender had he entered the race. He has a knack for raising money, a resume dating to Ronald Reagan's White House and brand of folksy Southern charisma. His hurdles would have been high, too. He's a former lobbyist and former Republican National Committee chairman who would have tried to woo a primary electorate underwhelmed by Washington insiders. Among his other vulnerabilities: what critics have called tone deafness about Mississippi's divisive racial history. Barbour delivered the news Monday in a phone call with some 50 people who were advising him, and then his office sent out a statement. 'A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else,' Barbour said in the statement. 'His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.' Former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Richard Schwarm, who was with Barbour and Gross last month, said that Barbour mentioned during dinner that he had encouraged Daniels to run. It's unclear whether Daniels will heed that advice. A onetime senior executive at Eli Lilly & Co. and a former budget director under George W. Bush, Daniels has said he would wait until his state legislature adjourns at the end of the week before considering his next plans. He says he's done little to prepare for a campaign beyond think about it and discuss it with his family, including his wife who was cool to a White House run but has agreed to headline a major fundraiser for the state GOP next month. At the same time, another likely candidate, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, is to return to the United States early next week. His work for the Obama administration as the U.S. ambassador to China ends Sunday, and he will make his first appearance in an early primary state on May 7 in South Carolina, where he will deliver a commencement address. He's been barred from engaging in politics as an ambassador, but advisers have spent the past few months building a shadow campaign operation so that he will be ready to run if he chooses. Two others weighing bids and drawing considerable attention, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and New York real estate mogul Donald Trump, have said they would decide whether to run before the summer. It may be some time before two of the biggest question marks of the 2012 GOP nomination fight are answered: Will Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee get in the race? Both are leaving the door wide open to candidacies, but neither seems in a rush to make any plans public. In recent months, they haven't done much beyond give a handful of speeches and appear on Fox News, where they both have contracts. [NOTES: Both will headline high-profile events over the next two weeks: Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor, is addressing a 'Heroes Among Us' fundraiser in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday and is headlining a tribute to the troops at Colorado Christian University in Denver early next week. Huckabee, the winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses and a former Arkansas governor, will speak to the National Rifle Association in Pittsburgh on Saturday. :NOTES] Either one would further shake up an already unpredictable race. [NOTES: ———(equals) Liz Sidoti reported from Washington; Associated Press writers Thomas Beaumont in Des Moines, Iowa, Philip Elliott in Indianapolis and Ben Feller in Washington contributed to this report. / :NOTES] 12218
April 26th, 2011
Lanterns lit for child abuse awareness - 12217
April 26th, 2011
FIG opening late-night restaurant at Temerson Square downtown - FIG, a locally owned restaurant with a menu featuring freshly made items that often use locally and organically grown produce, will open a second restaurant in town next month. The new restaurant will be in Temerson Square in downtown Tuscaloosa, and will cater to those looking for a late-night place to eat by staying open most nights until after midnight. 12216
April 26th, 2011
Gilley gets release from jail until sentencing - A casino developer who admitted offering millions in bribes to legislators will get to spend six months with his family before he reports to federal prison to serve a sentence that could exceed 20 years. 12215
April 26th, 2011
Brookwood mayor asks county board to include auditorium at new school - Brookwood Mayor Alton Hyche pleaded with the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education on Monday to include an auditorium in the plans for the new Brookwood High School. 12214
April 26th, 2011
City to seek red-light camera vendors - City to seek red-light camera vendors Officials: cameras could be up by end of year TUSCALOOSA | The Tuscaloosa City Council tonight is expected to begin the process of bringing red-light cameras to certain intersections around town. A resolution authorizing the issuance of requests for proposals to red-light camera vendors is on the agenda for the council's meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The vendors will have 45 days to respond. City officials will then choose a provider based on the responses. The City Council decided earlier this year to pursue a lease arrangement with the chosen red-light camera provider. The lease will require the company to install, operate and maintain the devices in exchange for a percentage of the collected traffic fines. The purpose of the cameras is to photograph the license plates of vehicles that run red lights, and those photos are the basis for issuing citations to the owners of the vehicles. 'All of the vendors who supply this kind of technology have different pricing structures, and they all include an option to allow them to pay the installation and maintenance costs and then receive a percentage of revenues received pursuant to violations,' said City Attorney Tim Nunnally. 12213
April 26th, 2011
Storms expected over next two days - Less than two weeks after tornadoes tore through Tuscaloosa and much of West Alabama, another major storm system is barreling down on the area. And this time, it is coming with a one-two punch over two days that could bring heavy rains, damaging winds, hail and possibly flooding and more tornadoes. 12212
April 26th, 2011
American art exodus grows by 4 - The latest pieces to leave the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, at 8 on Tuesday morning, include a rare historical work by Edward Hopper, Daniel Garber's luminous 'Tanis,' one of Mary Cassatt's Denise paintings and a landscape that overflows the cover of the book 'An American Odyssey.' 'An American Odyssey' is the coffee-table book about Jack Warner's pursuit of what's been called one of the finest privately held collections of American art in the world. Frederic Edwin Church's airy 'Above the Clouds at Sunrise' illuminates its cover. The other titles being removed today are Hopper's 'Dawn Before Gettysburg' and Cassatt's 'Denise in Hand Mirror.' With the earlier removal of such keystone works as Asher B. Durand's 'Progress (The Advance of Civilization)' and Thomas Cole's 'The Falls of Kaaterskill,' this marks the loss of 25 paintings considered core to the collection. 12211
April 26th, 2011
VA center strives for spa-like feel - 12210
April 26th, 2011
Old files show city's role in civil rights era - As the civil rights movement gained momentum across the South, the notorious Alabama Legislative Commission to Preserve the Peace issued a 'Confidential Report' on April 30, 1964, predicting a long, hot, violent summer. 12209
April 26th, 2011
Scientists fret over BP funds for Gulf research - Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research and that it could be too late to assess the crude’s impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin. 12208
April 25th, 2011
ADMH braces for $28M shortfall coming proposed budget cuts - The Alabama Department of Mental Health is bracing for an $28 million shortfall in the state's 2012 budget that it says will inevitably affect community services and patient care. Exactly what will be impacted and how is still not known, as Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed budget has not yet been approved by the state legislature. 12207
April 25th, 2011
Fishing captain remains optimistic - Despite all the worry and anger from the summer of oil, plus a pair of personal tragedies, life is pretty much back to the normal grind for Brent Shaver. 12206
April 25th, 2011
Metalworks site becoming retail spot - 12205
April 25th, 2011
Easter extravaganza - It was Easter Sunday, and the church was celebrating not only their belief in the crucifixion and Jesus' resurrection from the dead, but what it means for today's Christians. In a special service, dozens of actors, a full contemporary choir and band 12204
April 25th, 2011
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