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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2011-08


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GADGETRON: AT&T surprised merger being blocked - The Justice Department is blocking AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, saying the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and raise prices. That's according to a person familiar with the matter. 14083
August 31st, 2011
Man accused of sending obscene photos to teenager - 14082
August 31st, 2011
Morning kickoff brings extra traffic challenges on game day - With the Crimson Tide's first game of the 2011 season coming Saturday, Tuscaloosa is two days away from an influx of traffic the area hasn't seen in two years, said University of Alabama spokeswoman Cathy Andreen. 14081
August 31st, 2011
Government blocks AT&T-T-Mobile merger - The Justice Department is blocking AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, saying the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and raise prices. That's according to a person familiar with the matter. 14080
August 31st, 2011
Mayor, UA's Witt say area ready for football - With three days until kickoff for the Crimson Tide football season, and 126 days after a devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa County, the area is ready for football, according to the heads of the University of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa. 14079
August 31st, 2011
Tuscaloosa officials visit tornado ravaged Joplin - Jason Morton is providing live updates from Tuscaloosa officials trip to Joplin, Mo., which was also hit by a devastating this spring. 14078
August 31st, 2011
Greenetrack to reopen - The Greenetrack gambling center was reopening in west Alabama on Wednesday, with operators saying there was no reason not to resume business since court rulings meant a state search that led to its closing was illegal. 14077
August 31st, 2011
GE looking to expand supplier network in West Alabama - On Monday, more than 100 invitations went out to area businesses that might be interested in being part of a new supplier chain being built by GE Aviation. By Tuesday morning, 45 of the businesses already had sent in their RSVPs for the GE Aviation Business Supplier Symposium that will be held at the Bryant Conference Center on Sept. 29. 14076
August 31st, 2011
Helicopters rush food, water to cut-off towns - National Guard helicopters rushed food and water Tuesday to a dozen cut-off Vermont towns after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene washed out roads and bridges in a deluge that took many people in the landlocked New England state by surprise. 14075
August 31st, 2011
Pilots say automation in the air dulls skills - Pilots’ “automation addiction” has eroded their flying skills to the point that they sometimes don’t know how to recover from stalls and other mid-flight problems, say pilots and safety officials. The weakened skills have contributed to hundreds of deaths in airline crashes in the past five years. 14074
August 31st, 2011
Inmate accused in plot to kill ex-girlfriend - An inmate at the Tuscaloosa County Jail has been accused of plotting to have his ex-girlfriend killed. 14073
August 31st, 2011
City Council to vote next week on plan to rebuild after storm - City Council members on Tuesday heard the formal presentation of the Tuscaloosa Forward master plan, a comprehensive rebuilding approach for the tornado-ravaged areas of the city. 14072
August 31st, 2011
Sept. 11 set for Sunday alcohol sales - Sept. 11 will be the first day of legal Sunday alcohol sales in Northport. 14071
August 31st, 2011
Mayor, UAs Witt say area ready for football - With three days until kickoff for the Crimson Tide football season, and 126 days after a devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa County, the area is ready for football, according to the heads of the University of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa. 14070
August 31st, 2011
Maddox presents 2012 city budget proposal - Step raises for city employees, no increases on the sales or use tax rate and managing the expenses of recovering from the April 27 tornado highlight the city’s $156.1 million budget for fiscal 2011-12. 14069
August 31st, 2011
County leaders seek help to widen Highway 69 South - A delegation from Tuscaloosa County will meet with Gov. Robert Bentley today to discuss the widening of Alabama Highway 69 South and other road projects, County Commissioner Bobby Miller said. 14068
August 31st, 2011
Council set to vote on Tuscaloosa Forward plan next week - City Council members on Tuesday heard the formal presentation of the Tuscaloosa Forward master plan, a comprehensive rebuilding approach for the tornado-ravaged areas of Tuscaloosa. 14067
August 30th, 2011
Share your memories of Sept. 11 - 14066
August 30th, 2011
Northport to begin Sunday alcohol sales Sept. 11 - On Tuesday, the City Council approved the necessary first reading of a law to reflect in the city code last week’s vote by residents to allow alcohol sales on Sunday between noon and 9:30 p.m. The council will approve the law at its meeting Sept. 6, ushering in Sunday sales five days later. 14065
August 30th, 2011
Tuscaloosa County inmate charged in murder for hire plot - 14064
August 30th, 2011
C-section patients can lower risk of clots - New advice for pregnant women: If you’re getting a C-section, special inflating boots strapped on your legs may lower the risk of a blood clot. 14063
August 30th, 2011
Alabama Power sponsoring tree grant program - The Alabama Power Foundation is sponsoring Good Roots, a competitive grant program offering up to $1,000 for communities and organizations to purchase trees for planting across central and south Alabama. 14062
August 30th, 2011
City Council meeting to discuss master plan - A meeting of the City Council has been called today to discuss the Tuscaloosa Forward master plan for rebuilding tornado-ravaged areas. 14061
August 30th, 2011
Mayor to present recommended budgets - Mayor Walt Maddox will present his recommended budgets for the 2011-12 fiscal year to the City Council during its meeting tonight at City Hall. His recommendations are for the city’s General Fund and Water and Sewer Fund operating budgets. 14060
August 30th, 2011
County BOE OKs budget, capital plan - The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education on Monday approved a $190 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year and approved its new 2012 capital plan. 14059
August 30th, 2011
Bentley announces recovery council - Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday named three Tuscaloosa officials to the Tornado Recovery Action Council, which he created to learn from the deadly April 27 tornadoes and to suggest tactics should a similar disaster occur in the future. 14058
August 30th, 2011
AT&T will open a third store in Tuscaloosa in November - 14057
August 30th, 2011
Immigration law blocked temporarily - A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration, ruling Monday that she needed more time to decide whether the law opposed by the Obama administration, church leaders and immigrant-rights groups is constitutional. 14056
August 30th, 2011
Open house at Holt High lets residents give ideas for future - A community open house Monday evening at Holt High School drew a large crowd who gave their input for the area’s future after it recovers from the tornado. 14055
August 30th, 2011
FEMA cuts back on tornado assistance - The federal pot of money used for disaster relief is too low for the government to continue paying for non-emergency projects from past disasters, including the tornado outbreaks in April in Alabama. 14054
August 30th, 2011
Linden High supporters angry over field dispute - The Linden football team remains today without a home football field. After more than three decades hosting games at Linden Athletic Field, the possibility remaining that a change of venue could be permanent for the Patriots. 14053
August 30th, 2011
Man charged with murder in Branscomb Apartments killing - 14052
August 29th, 2011
Federal judge temporarily blocks Alabama immigration law - A federal judge in Birmingham has temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn's order issued Monday means the law won't take effect as scheduled on Thursday. 14051
August 29th, 2011
AT&T to open third store in Tuscaloosa this November - AT&T will open a third store in the city in early November. The new store at 2200 McFarland Blvd. E. is just south of Midtown Village and will be the largest AT&T store in West Alabama, said Rick Rudden, AT&T area retail sales manager. 14050
August 29th, 2011
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pickens County's DeMarco Hall - 14049
August 29th, 2011
Alabama governor names tornado recovery council - Gov. Robert Bentley has chosen the president and CEO of Protective Life Corp., Johnny Johns, and the publisher of The Birmingham News, Pam Siddall, to lead his Tornado Recovery Action Council. 14048
August 29th, 2011
LOOKING BACK BLOG: Many residents remember sawmill - 14047
August 29th, 2011
Looking Back: Aug. 29 - 14046
August 29th, 2011
Warrants issued for two wanted in robbery - Two men are wanted for first-degree robbery after their alleged victim arrived at the emergency room with a gunshot wound Saturday, according to police. 14045
August 29th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: Aug. 29 - 14044
August 29th, 2011
Officials: Law may cause long tag lines - Some county license commissioners are worried that Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration could have an unintended consequence: longer lines for people coming to county courthouses to buy or renew vehicle tags. 14043
August 29th, 2011
Holy Spirit workshop helps immigrants plan for future - Hundreds of undocumented Hispanic immigrants streamed through the doors of the Holy Spirit High School gymnasium Sunday seeking to protect their families and possessions should they be removed from the country once the Alabama immigration law goes into effect. 14042
August 29th, 2011
Kindness & heroism: UA honors those who helped, remembers victims - 14041
August 29th, 2011
Officers not ready to enforce new law - 14040
August 29th, 2011
UA Sorority Pledges - 14039
August 28th, 2011
LEND A HAND: YMCA branch will hold Ivory and White fundraiser - 14038
August 28th, 2011
Mental health officials seek savings - 14037
August 28th, 2011
Blessings and buildings: More than 100 volunteers repair homes for needy - 14036
August 28th, 2011
Driven out of Tuscaloosa - TUSCALOOSA | Traffic had died down on 15th Street near Monnish Park by 9 p.m. on a recent evening, with only a handful of cars driving past on that usually busy thoroughfare. 14035
August 28th, 2011
Friday Night Scoreboard - 14034
August 27th, 2011
Alabama Guard unit deploying - 14033
August 27th, 2011
Fayette County coal mine slurry cleanup continues - 14032
August 27th, 2011
Forum to address Abernant Post Office - 14031
August 27th, 2011
Part of Herman Avenue to close - 14030
August 27th, 2011
Sports radio personality Paul Finebaum sues Citadel - 14029
August 27th, 2011
Is Alabama in recession? Experts are divided - A Wells Fargo report says Alabama is one of 12 states that has seen its economy likely slip into a recession, but two economic experts in the state have a different outlook. 14028
August 27th, 2011
COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 1: Northport native says he's invested in community - Stan Acker announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the Tuscaloosa County Commission District 1 seat in the March 13 primary. 14027
August 27th, 2011
UA Press offers bargains at book sale - People seeking something new to read will likely find a potential trove of reading material at the University of Alabama Press’ book sale, which continues today in the former CityFest lot on Greensboro Avenue, directly across from the L&N Train Station. 14026
August 27th, 2011
Mayors Cup race will affect parkway traffic - 14025
August 27th, 2011
UA researchers study rocks for weather clues - After spending a month exploring and collecting samples from caves on the tiny South Pacific island of Niue, Paul Aharon, Hillary Sletten and Joe Lambert watched for two mornings as their work was sawed in half. 14024
August 27th, 2011
Football fans face hotel room shortfall - While University of Alabama football fans across the state are making plans for seven weekend visits here this fall, more than two dozen people displaced by the April 27 tornado and many more relief workers are looking for other options. 14023
August 27th, 2011
2 million ordered to evacuate as Irene heads toward coast - Whipping up trouble before ever reaching land, Hurricane Irene zeroed in Friday for a catastrophic run up the Eastern Seaboard. More than 2 million people were told to move to safer places, and New York City ordered its entire network of subways shut down for the first time because of a natural disaster. 14022
August 27th, 2011
Donations help students affected by April 27 tornado - Teachers with students who lack school supplies because of the April 27 tornado can pick up donated school supplies at the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education’s Central Office. 14021
August 27th, 2011
Weather study takes UA scientists to South Pacific caves - After spending a month exploring and collecting samples from caves on the tiny South Pacific island of Niue, Paul Aharon, Hillary Sletten and Joe Lambert watched for two mornings as their work was sawed in half. 14020
August 26th, 2011
University of Alabama Press holds book sale - Those seeking something new to read will likely find a potential trove of reading material at the University of Alabama Press’s book sale, today and Saturday in the former CityFest lot on Greensboro Avenue, directly across from the L&N Train Station. 14019
August 26th, 2011
Jaguars strike early and often in opening win over Walker - 14018
August 26th, 2011
Birmingham's Sidewalk Film Festival kick off this weekend - At this weekend's Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, there's no shortage of films for all tastes and interests. Here's a roundup of some notable titles. But don't be afraid to check out a shorts collection or a film you've never heard of; one of the real pleasures of a film festival is making discoveries of new faces and talents you'd never have been exposed to otherwise. 14017
August 26th, 2011
Demopolis woman, 51, dies in car accident - 14016
August 26th, 2011
Teen admits he shot himself and lied about drive-by shooting - 14015
August 26th, 2011
Former Sulligent coach set for sentencing in Mississippi court - 14014
August 26th, 2011
Judge delays gambling corruption retrial - A federal judge on Thursday agreed to postpone a retrial in Alabama’s gambling corruption case for three months to give attorneys on both sides more time to prepare, even though the new date could cause a conflict with their favorite college football teams. 14013
August 26th, 2011
Hale County offers amnesty to settle fines, tickets - People with outstanding traffic and misdemeanor fines in Hale County can avoid possible fines or jail time if they pay up between now and Sept. 14. 14012
August 26th, 2011
Moundville man confesses to decade-old rape - A Moundville man on Wednesday admitted raping a young girl 10 years ago, after the victim recently told authorities about the assault. 14011
August 26th, 2011
State school board discusses teachers pay - State school board members on Thursday injected private-business philosophy into a discussion of public-sector teacher pay and benefits.Board vice president Randy McKinney said teachers are relatively well paid in Alabama based on their total compensation package that if extrapolated to a 250-day work year would be in the $85,000 range. 14010
August 26th, 2011
Possible EMA site passes evaluation - 14009
August 26th, 2011
Sister Cities delegates gather in Tuscaloosa to mark friendship - Nearly 100 delegates from three countries have converged in Tuscaloosa, beginning a nearly weeklong celebration of international friendship hosted by the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities Commission. 14008
August 26th, 2011
Sister Cities delegates converge on Tuscaloosa - Nearly 100 delegates from three different places around the world converged in Tuscaloosa Tuesday, beginning a nearly week-long celebration of international friendship hosted by the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities Commission. 14007
August 25th, 2011
TuscPreps.com high school scoreboard - Get live updates from games around Tuscaloosa County with the TuscPreps.com high school scoreboard. 14006
August 25th, 2011
Full Moon Bar-B-Cue reopens with catering, carry-out - Full Moon Bar-B-Que, which was destroyed by the April 27 tornado, has reopened in a temporary location on Veterans Memorial Parkway, but offers catering and carry-out only. The new location does not have on-site dining or a drive-through. 14005
August 25th, 2011
Moundville man charged in 10-year-old rape - A Moundville man was charged with rape Wednesday, 10 years after allegedly assaulting a young girl who just recently came forward. 14004
August 25th, 2011
More teams ditching power football for finesse - 14003
August 25th, 2011
Editor's note - 14002
August 25th, 2011
Anniston officer critical after being shot in head - 14001
August 25th, 2011
Birmingham man charged in beating of priest - 14000
August 25th, 2011
Latest Jefferson County gambling hall closes - 13999
August 25th, 2011
Phenix City teen dies in wreck with school bus - 13998
August 25th, 2011
UA resolves computer network difficulties - 13997
August 25th, 2011
Anti-drug program returning to city schools after three years - In the city of Tuscaloosa, the monthly use of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana is higher than the state and national averages, according to the Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education, or PRIDE, of Tuscaloosa. 13996
August 25th, 2011
Tuscaloosa County redistricting plan approved - 13995
August 25th, 2011
County officials face ethics complaint - 13994
August 25th, 2011
Crimson Cafe plans to reopen, drop Dining Dollars - The Crimson Cafe on the Strip will reopen in about a week, and will have some changes in store. Co-owner Rhett Madden has brought in investors in the cafe, whom he declined to name, and said he is excited about what the cafe will offer. 13993
August 25th, 2011
Federal lawyer: No room for state's new immigration law - 13992
August 25th, 2011
Sorority rush week was largest ever, UA says - 13991
August 25th, 2011
Tuscaloosa County team young, but talented - Tuscaloosa County head coach Lee Gibson is in a renovating type of mood these days. The defense that was so highly touted heading into last season was dismantled by graduation. Adding to Gibson's state of mind are the holes in both the offensive and defensive lines — the positions in which he specializes. The entire offensive line is gone, and three of the defensive front four left as well. 13990
August 25th, 2011
Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO - 13989
August 25th, 2011
BETTY SLOWE: Baking is a Southern tradition - Baking and sharing cakes is a Southern tradition. A new cookbook "Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern tradition," (Lark Crafts, 2011) profiles multi-generational women who are keeping this tradition alive. 13988
August 24th, 2011
SOUTHERN COOKING: Calzones are pizzas in delicious disguise - 13987
August 24th, 2011
Cookie of the week - 13986
August 24th, 2011
COMMUNITY CHEF: Gardener shares way to preserve cantaloupes - When Carolyn Watkins retired from the Tuscaloosa City School System, she moved with her husband, Charles, to Hale County where they have plenty of room to garden. Watkins and her husband love to garden, and they freeze and can a lot of the vegetables and fruits they raise. Watkins especially enjoys making jams, jellies, preserves and pickles that she shares with family and friends. Watkins shares this recipe for cantaloupe preserves. 13985
August 24th, 2011
Fresh & local: Muscadines - Get muscadines or scuppernongs at farmers' markets this week to make this fruit filling for pies or cobblers. 13984
August 24th, 2011
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