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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2011-10


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Regions Financial joins in nixing debit card fees - 14858
October 31st, 2011
Game week finally arrives - OK, so the wait isn't quite over. But with bye weeks for both the University of Alabama and LSU now squarely in the rear-view mirror, the most anticipated game in college football this season is in full focus for both UA coach Nick Saban and Tigers coach Les Miles. Both coaches spent the bye week focusing less on each other, and more on team improvement. 14857
October 31st, 2011
City, farmers work through issues as opening of River Market nears - The food growers who sell their goods at the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market say they are growing more comfortable about moving to the city’s new River Market. City officials and members of the Tuscaloosa County Truck Growers Association, which oversees the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market, have had a series of meetings to find common ground between City Hall and farmers who were upset about the move. 14856
October 31st, 2011
Montgomery judge dismisses Partlow lawsuit - 14855
October 31st, 2011
Alabama-LSU will have big economic impact for city - 14854
October 31st, 2011
AROUND TOWN: Oct. 31 - 14853
October 31st, 2011
LOOKING BACK: Oct. 31 - 14852
October 31st, 2011
Non-Latinos not as worried about new law - BAYOU LA BATRE | Alabama’s tough new law targeting illegal immigrants has provoked concern among Hispanics — even causing some to leave the state — but members of other immigrant groups appear to be less worried. 14851
October 31st, 2011
Local business leader Morris Acker dies at 74 - Morris Acker, founder of Acker Appliance and two-term member of the county school board, died Sunday. He was 74. 14850
October 31st, 2011
Trinity Methodist church celebrates 100 years - A lot of things can change in 100 years, but the spirit of hope and love found at Trinity United Methodist Church is not among them. 14849
October 31st, 2011
Colleges deal with new online course regulations - New guidelines in a federal law require higher education institutions across the country to ensure all required online course materials are accessible to those with hearing, sight or other impairments. 14848
October 31st, 2011
Amp - But the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has found ways to rise above the rest. It appears the first season may have made a small surplus, despite the tough decision that had to be made to cancel the April 15 Sugarland concert because of storm damage to the city. 14847
October 31st, 2011
Book project seeks essays about Red Cross good deeds - The American Red Cross West Alabama Chapter is requesting Tuscaloosa citizens to submit original essays for a book describing how the Red Cross has touched the lives of victims of natural disasters, including the April 27 storms. 14846
October 30th, 2011
MILITARY NEWS: Oct. 30 - 14845
October 30th, 2011
COLLEGE NEWS: Oct. 30 - 14844
October 30th, 2011
SCHOOL NEWS: Oct. 30 - 14843
October 30th, 2011
McCalla man faces multiple drug charges - A 21-year-old McCalla man was arrested early Saturday morning by Tuscaloosa sheriff’s deputies and now faces multiple drug charges. 14842
October 30th, 2011
Northport man charged with theft - A 42-year-old Northport man faces first-degree theft charges, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. 14841
October 30th, 2011
Bill targets teacher retirement plan - A state senator is reintroducing a bill from the 2011 legislative session that would replace the much-maligned Deferred Retirement Option Plan, which Republicans called excessive and expensive. 14840
October 30th, 2011
Local group participates in global Occupy Wall Street protest - Six weeks after its birth on the streets of Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread not only across the country, but across the world. On Saturday, the movement spread to Tuscaloosa. 14839
October 30th, 2011
Battle over new law recalls civil rights past - And Alabama’s jump to the forefront says as much about the country’s evolving demographics as it does the nation’s collective memory of the state’s sometimes violent path to desegregation. 14838
October 30th, 2011
Sellers seek big bucks for UA-LSU game tickets - But it is the first time in college football history that the BCS-ranked No. 1 and No. 2 teams will meet in a regular season game. As such, it is likely one of the most valuable regular season tickets in the history of college football. 14837
October 30th, 2011
Cain wins Alabama straw poll - TUSCALOOSA | After winning the West Alabama State Straw Poll on Saturday morning, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain voiced his support for Alabama’s controversial immigration law. 14836
October 30th, 2011
Firefighters to offer Halloween candy - 14835
October 29th, 2011
Fitness event benefits breast cancer research - 14834
October 29th, 2011
Sheriff: Parents should know where offenders live - 14833
October 29th, 2011
Cain: Obama wrong to announce Iraq withdrawal - TALLADEGA | Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain barnstormed through Alabama on Friday, attacking President Barack Obama for announcing the United States would pull troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. 14832
October 29th, 2011
Miller to seek new term with GOP - TUSCALOOSA | Longtime County Commissioner Bobby Miller will seek re-election, but this time as a Republican rather than a Democrat. 14831
October 29th, 2011
15-year-old was one of youngest tornado victims - At 15, Justin was one of the youngest victims of the tornado in Tuscaloosa County. 14830
October 29th, 2011
New federal courthouse opens doors - TUSCALOOSA | Many of the agencies housed at the new Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse downtown have already moved into their new space, but the last two remaining offices are expected to open or finish moving into the sprawling structure on Monday. 14829
October 29th, 2011
Some tornado-damaged areas are off-limits for trick-or-treaters - Neighbors in some tornado-damaged areas of the city have decided that storm debris still causes too much of a danger for trick-or-treaters. The Downs off Hargrove Road and The Highlands off University Boulevard usually welcome hundreds of kids from surrounding neighborhoods. 14828
October 29th, 2011
Sewell says farmers will face funding challenge - U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell told farmers and producers on Friday that the 2012 farm bill will be $23 billion less than the 2008 farm bill in order to meet the spending target set by a congressional committee on deficit reduction. 14827
October 29th, 2011
Tornado damage putting a damper on Halloween festivities - Neighbors in some tornado-damaged areas of the city have decided that storm debris still causes too much of a danger for trick-or-treaters. The Downs off Hargrove Road and The Highlands off University Boulevard usually welcome hundreds of kids from surrounding neighborhoods. 14826
October 28th, 2011
SEC: Missouri announcement inadvertently posted - The Southeastern Conference says an announcement that Missouri was joining the league was inadvertently posted on the league's Web site and that no agreement has been reached. 14825
October 28th, 2011
Federal courthouse open for business - Many of the agencies housed at the new Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse downtown have already moved into their new space, but the last two remaining offices are expected to open or finish moving into the sprawling structure on Monday. 14824
October 28th, 2011
Around Town 10/28 - 14823
October 28th, 2011
LSU-Alabama fans seek to make best gumbo - 14822
October 28th, 2011
Local artists needed for holiday markets - 14821
October 28th, 2011
Weekend walks will benefit charities - 14820
October 28th, 2011
Governor undecided on special session - 14819
October 28th, 2011
Two men accused in burglary of Holt residence - 14818
October 28th, 2011
Deputies say meth labs found in Buhl home - 14817
October 28th, 2011
Sister was family matriarch, brother says - 14816
October 28th, 2011
State BOE critical of member - 14815
October 28th, 2011
New rules will affect housing in storm areas - People living in the storm-torn areas of Tuscaloosa got a primer Thursday night on what kind of residential structures may — and may not — be allowed when rebuilding efforts begin in earnest. 14814
October 28th, 2011
Residents back mental health funding - About 100 people on Thursday discussed mental health issues with an Alabama Department of Mental Health representative at DCH Regional Medical Center. Many of the people voiced concerns about community-based mental health programs, saying that funding for these programs should be increased, not cut. 14813
October 28th, 2011
Garbage routes change Monday - 14812
October 28th, 2011
Bentley praises state's tornado recovery efforts - 14811
October 28th, 2011
Vance Brose plant named first supplier for Mercedes C-Class - Brose, a German automotive parts manufacturer that has had a plant here since 2003, has been named the first automotive supplier for the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. 14810
October 28th, 2011
Spirit of unity marks tornado recovery - Pastors and congregation members from eight churches joined together Thursday night for a prayer service at Forest Lake Baptist Church, in a neighborhood where the April 27 tornado ripped apart homes, businesses and lives six months ago. The Rev. Donald Payne, pastor of Forest Lake Baptist, and other speakers offered a message of hope as the recovery from the storm’s tragic toll continues. 14809
October 28th, 2011
Brose named first supplier for Mercedes C-Class production - Brose, a German automotive parts manufacturer that has had a plant here since 2003, has been named the first automotive supplier for the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. 14808
October 27th, 2011
Prep Notebook: Northridge pressing on without star - 14807
October 27th, 2011
Former Sulligent coach files notice of appeal - Former high school football coach Dwight Bowling has notified a federal court that he will appeal his sentence on charges of witness tampering and enticement of a minor. 14806
October 27th, 2011
Alabama AFL-CIO elects new leaders - 14805
October 27th, 2011
Event helps dispose of unused prescription drugs - People with unused prescriptions cluttering the backs of their medicine cabinets will have a chance to dispose of the drugs on Saturday. 14804
October 27th, 2011
Runners 454-mile trek benefits storm victims - Realizing he could do more to raise awareness of Alabama’s ongoing recovery process than remove debris, John Nevels decided to run long distances to help those affected by April’s tornadoes. 14803
October 27th, 2011
Your stories from the April 27 tornadoes - The following stories from the April 27 tornadoes were shared at www.tuscaloosanews.com. 14802
October 27th, 2011
City condemns 45 damaged properties - Of the 90 tornado-damaged structures that came before the City Council in nuisance abatement hearings Wednesday, half were condemned and ordered to be demolished. 14801
October 27th, 2011
Professor measures recoverys progress - Shortly after Hurricane Katrina swamped much of New Orleans, Andrew Curtis, then a professor at Louisiana State University, headed in to the damage. Using a GPS-connected video device he mapped damaged areas of the city, a project he has continued for six years. After the EF4 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa County on April 27, Curtis, now at the University of Southern California, saw a chance to replicate the project. 14800
October 27th, 2011
After months of waiting, a new house to call her own - Six months after being displaced from her home of 26 years, Gayle Barger finally has a house to call her own again. After months of sleeping in hotels, a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer and even her car, Barger recently moved into a house not far from where her previous house once stood. 14799
October 27th, 2011
Coaling homes damaged by of April 27 - Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on April 27, nobody in Coaling felt lucky. An EF3 tornado had touched down without warning and destroyed 12 to 15 houses in the Magnolia Springs subdivision, and one man was seriously injured. By that night, they’d feel quite differently. 14798
October 27th, 2011
Arrested men had violent records - A fight at the Tuscaloosa Waffle House early Oct. 23 didn't involved deadly weapons, but at least three of the young men arrested have been charged with violent crimes in the past. 14797
October 27th, 2011
Time Lapse: 6 months of recovery - Over the past six months Tuscaloosa News photographer Michelle Lepianka Carter shot a progression of pictures from five areas of Tuscaloosa that were heavily damaged by the April 27 tornado. 14796
October 27th, 2011
City's damaged businesses face different hurdles in rebuilding effort - The massive tornado that blew through the county six months ago not only left behind death and destruction, but it also ripped apart business plans. Some businesses were destroyed for good, mainly because the cost to rebuild is more than the business can bear. Others, though, are coming back despite all the hurdles left in the tornado's wake. 14795
October 27th, 2011
Six months later, residents try to put the pieces back together - When one of nature’s most powerful storms struck Tuscaloosa just after 5 p.m. on April 27, lives, homes and businesses were torn apart in about six minutes. Six months later, it’s clear that a full recovery will take more than oversized dump trucks and federal checks. 14794
October 27th, 2011
Feds not helping Alabama enforce immigration law - The government hasn't offered to help Alabama put in place a strict immigration law that the Obama administration is challenging in court, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday. 14793
October 26th, 2011
Council votes to condemn storm damaged properties - Of the 45 storm damaged properties to have come before the Tuscaloosa City Council today, 30 have been condemned and ordered for demolition. 14792
October 26th, 2011
Florida player facing battery charges in Reggie Myles case - State Attorney Bill Cervone is the new referee assigned to oversee the spat between Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley and former University of Alabama and Cincinnati Bengals football player Reggie Myles. 14791
October 26th, 2011
Mother: Sons are victims in fight - LaShonda Harper-Gibson said that her sons were victims in the fight. She worries that the repercussions from the publicity will continue to affect their lives. Brandon and Justin Harper had celebrated Brandon’s 21st birthday with a 17-year-old friend Saturday and went to the Waffle House on their way home, she said. They walked into the restaurant after two other groups of men, whom they both knew, were involved in a fight inside the restaurant. 14790
October 26th, 2011
Waffle House rumble goes viral - When punches, chairs and hash browns started flying at the Waffle House early Sunday morning, Quinn Austin-Pugh pulled out his cellphone. Twenty-four hours later, the massive fight that he documented had been seen by more than 20,000 people — including police who used the video to make three arrests. 14789
October 26th, 2011
PHOTOS: UA athletes host Halloween Extravaganza - 14788
October 26th, 2011
Tide softball starts season with tough competition - 14787
October 26th, 2011
Mississippi jucos to cut number of out-of-state players - Junior colleges in Mississippi, long a path for academically struggling athletes or late-bloomers physically to make it to a Division I athletic programs, have reduced the allowable number of out-of-state students on football teams from 10 to four. The schools have also done away with designated parishes in Alabama where coaches could recruit players counted as in-state athletes. The Alabama Community College System does not have football programs. 14786
October 26th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: 10/26 - 14785
October 26th, 2011
Group offers free legal services to needy - 14784
October 26th, 2011
Work to affect traffic on Helen Keller Blvd. - 14783
October 26th, 2011
I-20/59 to have guardrail repaired - 14782
October 26th, 2011
Trick-or-treaters should be aware of storm debris - 14781
October 26th, 2011
Council to condemn some properties today - 14780
October 26th, 2011
Eastern Bypass public hearing postponed - 14779
October 26th, 2011
State says mother of Partlow client has options - 14778
October 26th, 2011
Health plan changes cited as 7 city school workers retire - 14777
October 26th, 2011
Ex-trooper admits to assaulting teenager - 14776
October 26th, 2011
College prices rise again as states slash budgets - It’s a kick in the gut even for students and families hardened to bad financial news: average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose another $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared to a year ago. 14775
October 26th, 2011
Firm hired in effort to rebuild - Adopting the vision laid out in the Tuscaloosa Forward master plan was only the first step in reconstructing the areas torn apart by the April 27 tornado. Now, the city is ready to implement it. 14774
October 26th, 2011
Police arrest six in Waffle House brawl - A nearly five-minute video of more than a dozen people fighting at a Tuscaloosa Waffle House has gone viral since it was posted Sunday. 14773
October 26th, 2011
Armchair QBs: Week 9 - 14772
October 25th, 2011
UA students protest proposed Shepherd Bend Mine - Even though progress toward a proposed strip mine on land owned by the University of Alabama along the Black Warrior River near Cordova has remained stagnate since May of last year, the issue is still looming heavy on the minds and hearts of UA students. 14771
October 25th, 2011
Officials break ground on new Westervelt plant in Aliceville - Tuesday, it served as a backdrop for more promising economic news for Pickens County. Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand for ground-breaking ceremonies for Westervelt Renewable Energy’s new wood pellet fuel plant to be located on the former Huyck site. The plant will initially employ 30 people directly and should create about 80 logging and trucking jobs. 14770
October 25th, 2011
Around Town: Oct 25 - 14769
October 25th, 2011
PHOTOS: Sorority Row Trick-or-Treat - 14768
October 25th, 2011
Rugby team brings a different kind of football to UA - In 1973 a group of University of Alabama students got together and introduced the sport of rugby to campus. Thirty eight years later, the Alabama Men’s Rugby Football Club still thrives. 14767
October 25th, 2011
Street closing - 14766
October 25th, 2011
County named in 100 top communities for youths - For a second consecutive year, Tuscaloosa County was named one of the nation’s 100 best communities for young people by the America’s Promise Alliance and financial institution ING. 14765
October 25th, 2011
Man arrested after gas station robbery - TUSCALOOSA | Police arrested a man Sunday afternoon who allegedly robbed a Shell gas station on Skyland Boulevard earlier in the day. 14764
October 25th, 2011
Tour offers ghost stories, history lesson in Demopolis - 14763
October 25th, 2011
AFL head: Unions need redefinition - PRATTVILLE | The second highest ranking member of the national AFL-CIO said Monday that unions must redefine themselves and promote their good works if they hope to attract a new generation of members. 14762
October 25th, 2011
Police identify suspects, make arrests in Waffle House melee - A nearly five-minute video of more than a dozen people fighting at a Tuscaloosa Waffle House has gone viral since it was posted Sunday. 14761
October 25th, 2011
Developer planning new mixed-use complex for downtown - A Tuscaloosa developer is planning a major overhaul to a downtown apartment complex. Phil Weaver, the name behind the Buffalo Phil’s eatery on The Strip, intends to replace the Broad Street Apartments on University Boulevard with a five-story, multi-use complex. 14760
October 24th, 2011
Six Months Later: Share your memories of the storm - 14759
October 24th, 2011
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