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Eleven fatalities recorded during Memorial Day weekend - State troopers investigated 11 traffic fatalities during the Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. 33934
May 31st, 2016
University of Alabama professor wins Mark Twain Award - A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Alabama, has been named the winner of the 2016 Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature. 33933
May 31st, 2016
Parents support dismissed Vance Elementary School principal - The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education’s decision not to renew the contract of Vance Elementary School’s principal has caused several parents to respond. 33932
May 31st, 2016
Trio begins free Live at the Plaza concert series - The Matt Jones Trio will kick off the second year of Live at the Plaza on Friday in downtown Tuscaloosa. 33931
May 31st, 2016
Congressman Gary Palmer to hold Brent meeting - U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Birmingham, will hold a breakfast town hall meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday in Brent. 33930
May 31st, 2016
Documents show aggressive sales tactics at Trump University - SAN DIEGO — Trump University gave employees detailed instructions on how to entice people to enroll in its real estate seminars, from targeting people making at least $90,000 a year and choosing words of flattery that are most persuasive to picking music for the gatherings — The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money." 33929
May 31st, 2016
University of Alabama Press has new director - The director of Northern Illinois University Press has been appointed to lead the University of Alabama Press starting Aug. 1. 33928
May 31st, 2016
Alexis Osorio's bite is back: Tide pitcher returns to top form - When Alexis Osorio wasn't at her best, the University of Alabama softball team – in particular fellow pitchers Sydney Littlejohn and Madi Moore – were there to carry her through it. 33927
May 31st, 2016
Verne Lundquist to leave SEC broadcast team - Verne Lundquist will step down from calling Southeastern Conference football for CBS after the coming season, with Brad Nessler replacing him. 33926
May 31st, 2016
On Memorial Day, Tuscaloosa honors service members who gave their lives - Brian Butler believes Memorial Day is not about trips to the beach, picnics or auto races, but about remembrance. 33925
May 31st, 2016
Tuscaloosa County School System adds virtual learning option - As part of a statewide effort to establish virtual classrooms in school systems, the Tuscaloosa County School System now has its own program. 33924
May 30th, 2016
Vintage Market to be open Sunday - The Fifth Street Vintage Market will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at 4150 Fifth St. in Northport. 33923
May 30th, 2016
Musical-comedy features '80s tunes - The Actor’s Charitable Theatre will present a 1980s-themed musical beginning Friday at the Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave. 33922
May 30th, 2016
Meetings to address superintendent's role - The Alabama Association of School Boards wants the public's input on the skills and traits needed for the next superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools. 33921
May 30th, 2016
Rubber ducks available for adoption for Children's Hands-on Museum event - Three-thousand rubber ducks will fill the fountain in Government Plaza at the 10th annual Children's Hands-On Museum Duck Derby fundraiser in July. 33920
May 30th, 2016
Arrest for Facebook threat against marine patrol officer - MCHENRY, Miss. — Authorities say they've arrested a Jackson County man accused of using Facebook to threaten a state marine patrol officer who had ticketed him for careless driving and driving without proof of insurance. 33919
May 30th, 2016
Man found dead in vehicle on 16th Street; one person arrested - Investigators say that an early Sunday morning shooting may have been drug-related. 33918
May 30th, 2016
Memorial Day holiday affects garbage collection - With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, Tuscaloosa and Northport residents can expect to see a disruption in their garbage collection service. 33917
May 30th, 2016
CrossingPoints students arrive at University of Alabama - The University of Alabama's CrossingPoints launched a new semester-long program on Sunday that will help students with mild to moderate disabilities learn skills necessary to pursue college educations. 33916
May 30th, 2016
First week of Mike Hubbard's ethics trial concludes - MONTGOMERY — The first week of testimony in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard concluded with a peek at the business dealings of the influential Republican. 33915
May 30th, 2016
The Rev. Fred Schuckert steps down from Grace Church for new role - After 23 years, the Rev. Fred Schuckert is moving from the pulpit of Grace Church to its pews as he prepares to take the reins of the Tuscaloosa Prayer Network. 33914
May 30th, 2016
LOOKING BACK: May 30 - 50 years ago this week: The University of Alabama conferred degrees on its largest graduating class in its history. More than 1,800 degrees were conferred in commencement ceremonies at Denny Stadium. 33913
May 30th, 2016
Tuscaloosa librarian documents area's war dead - Jennie Claybrook has always been interested in the military; her grandfather and her uncle were in the Army and her father was a Marine who served in Vietnam. She grew up listening to stories of their service. However, it was her honeymoon trip to Hawaii that prompted her project on the Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum. 33912
May 29th, 2016
Alabama sweeps Huskies to reach 11th Women's College World Series - Patrick Murphy likes to say tradition never graduates. 33911
May 28th, 2016
Tuscaloosa observance of Memorial Day starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park - Veterans and their supporters will gather once again beneath the military exhibits at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The annual program will begin at 9 a.m. at the park located in front of University Mall on McFarland Boulevard. 33910
May 28th, 2016
Tuscaloosa street-sweeping: Week of May 29 - Tuscaloosa street crews will sweep the following areas this week. 33909
May 28th, 2016
Tuscaloosa High "Black Bears Mega Reunion" to be June 10-11 - Tuscaloosa High School Black Bears Mega Reunion will be June 10-11 at the NorthRiver Yacht Club, 2500 Yacht Club Way, NE. Friday, June 10 will be a registration and reception from 6-11 p.m. Also Friday Night Bar wristband will be $25 additional per person. 33908
May 28th, 2016
UA senior competes on TV show - Four years ago, University of Alabama senior Casey Suchocki saw competitors, or ninjas, on the Japanese show “Sasuke” scrambling through obstacles courses and thought, "I could do that." 33907
May 28th, 2016
Northport will test hydrants week of May 29 - The city of Northport will be testing fire hydrants in all areas this week. 33906
May 28th, 2016
Reward offered in 2015 Demopolis murder case - Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information about the unsolved murder of a Demopolis man last year. 33905
May 28th, 2016
Military News: May 29 - Michael A. "Mike" Mitchell of Tuscaloosa recently was promoted to brigadier general in the Alabama Army National Guard. 33904
May 28th, 2016
City, county schools see major changes - During the school year, both Tuscaloosa City Schools and the Tuscaloosa County School System have gone through a number of changes, from the exit of their own superintendents to the first steps into new projects and initiatives. Here's a look at what's happening. 33903
May 28th, 2016
Business Buzz: May 29 - Business Buzz news for May 29. 33902
May 28th, 2016
Tammy Smith's cheesecakes are a sweet success in T-Town - Tammy Smith is a one-woman cheesecake factory. 33901
May 28th, 2016
Local breweries, bars team up for event - It took just two hours for the crowd at Druid City Brewing's anniversary party to devour 400 pounds of crawfish Saturday afternoon. 33900
May 28th, 2016
Partnerships with rural hospitals explored - The University of Alabama at Birmingham is exploring the possibility of new partnerships with rural hospitals under recent law passed by the Alabama Legislature. 33899
May 28th, 2016
High school leadership program at UA begins Sunday - The weeklong American Legion Alabama Boys State convention returns to the University of Alabama campus starting Sunday. 33898
May 28th, 2016
LEND A HAND: Restaurant will donate proceeds to veterans' group - Baumhower's Restaurants in Alabama will donate 5 percent of all its food and beverage sales on Memorial Day to the National Veterans Foundation, in support of its programs helping veterans readjust to civilian life after leaving the military. 33897
May 28th, 2016
Suspended Alabama chief justice sues state judicial panel - BIRMINGHAM — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the state agency that leveled ethics charges against him, claiming the state law that led to his removal from the bench is unconstitutional. 33896
May 28th, 2016
Doctor Heimlich uses his maneuver to save choking woman - CINCINNATI — The 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver has used it to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. 33895
May 28th, 2016
Expelled students find second chance - Schmitt Moore stood in the chapel of Bethel Baptist Church Friday in front of 22 students, all of whom had faced challenges and had been expelled from their schools. 33894
May 28th, 2016
Memorial Day closings - 33893
May 28th, 2016
Memorial Day brings spike in accidents - More people spending time doing outdoor activities can lead to more opportunities for accidents and illnesses. 33892
May 28th, 2016
Mayor, council members are in Germany - Dozens of community leaders from the Tuscaloosa area are in Schorndorf, Germany, this week to celebrate the 20-year-anniversary of the cultural, educational and industrial partnership of the two cities. 33891
May 28th, 2016
SOUND OFF: May 27 - 33890
May 28th, 2016
Alabama softball edges Washington in extra innings - The University of Alabama softball team had to work overtime to take the first game in the best-of-three Tuscaloosa Super Regional on Friday night. 33889
May 28th, 2016
Man accused of cashing fake paychecks - A Tuscaloosa man arrested earlier this week is accused of cashing fake paychecks at local businesses. 33888
May 28th, 2016
New 26-foot water slide opens - A squeal burst from Breanna Plowman’s mouth as she slid 26 feet down a water slide, sending a wide-spraying splash of water into the air at the bottom. 33887
May 27th, 2016
Site changed for Crawfish and Beer Festival - 33886
May 27th, 2016
Northport man dies from crash-related injuries - A Northport man died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash the week before. 33885
May 27th, 2016
Business, civic leader dies at 79 - Marlin Moore Jr.'s father taught him that one's civic and philanthropic work was just as important as one's business. 33884
May 27th, 2016
Crimson Tide's McCleney sets record marks on and off the field - Alyson Habetz was sorting through some old emails a few weeks ago, looking for material for the University of Alabama softball team’s senior day, and found something that Haylie McCleney had sent while she was still in high school. 33883
May 27th, 2016
Jurors hear conflicting testimony in house speaker case - A Florida political consultant testified Thursday that he believed he had to subcontract Alabama Republican Party campaign printing work back to a company owned by the party’s chairman, but also said he had no direct orders to send the business there. 33882
May 26th, 2016
Plan for Tuscaloosa City Schools start times revised - A proposal has been revised to change the the time when daily classes start at Tuscaloosa City Schools for the 2016-17 school year. 33881
May 26th, 2016
Tuscaloosa Amp's $20 tickets on sale Friday - The $20 discount price for some Tuscaloosa Amphitheater concerts returns Friday, with discount prices available for June 16's Darius Rucker show, with Michael Ray, and Dan and Shay; for July 21's 98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera; for Aug. 14's Train, with Andy Grammer; and for Aug. 27's Australian Pink Floyd show. 33880
May 26th, 2016
After 20 years, former teacher criticizes Clarence Sutton - Ira Dozier-Stallworth was surrounded by about 30 supporters outside the central office of the Tuscaloosa City Schools Thursday when she asked about Clarence Sutton, a member of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education who she accused of sexual harassment nearly 20 years ago. 33879
May 26th, 2016
Tuscaloosa officials urge caution around trains, team up with Operation Lifesaver - A person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours across the country. 33878
May 26th, 2016
Tennessee parks to offer free hikes for National Trails Day - NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s state parks will offer free, guided hikes to celebrate National Trails Day early next month. 33877
May 26th, 2016
Son of Arkansas governor arrested at Hangout music festival - GULF SHORES — Police in coastal Alabama said the son of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was arrested on drug charges at The Hangout music festival. 33876
May 26th, 2016
Feds question Robert Bentley's ex-law enforcement chief, Spencer Collier - BIRMINGHAM — The former law enforcement chief who accused Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley of having an affair with an adviser has been questioned by federal investigators about the governor’s administration, the official’s attorney said Wednesday. 33875
May 26th, 2016
Alabama speaker Mike Hubbard's former chief of staff takes stand - OPELIKA — Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s former chief of staff testified Wednesday that he became uncomfortable at times when Hubbard’s personal business dealings appeared to intersect with the official functions of his office. 33874
May 26th, 2016
Deputies: Missisippi man dies after 'brutally beaten' in fight with 3 sons - KILN, Miss. — Hancock County sheriff’s deputies say a 75-year-old Kiln man died after he was “brutally beaten” during a fight with three of his sons last week. 33873
May 26th, 2016
Father accused of fighting 16-year-old girls he said bullied his daughter - LITHONIA, Ga. — An Atlanta-area father has been banned from school property after he was accused of fighting two 16-year-old girls who he says were bullying his daughter. 33872
May 26th, 2016
FBI chief speaks at civil rights, law enforcement conference - BIRMINGHAM — Working to protect Americans’ civil rights is in some ways more difficult today because of an assumption that advances mean the fight for equality has been settled, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. 33871
May 26th, 2016
Officials: Alabama woman accused of setting mother's house on fire - MONTGOMERY — A 51-year-old woman has been accused of setting fire to her mother’s house while the woman was still inside. 33870
May 26th, 2016
Akron man gets 20 years for murder of his estranged wife - An Akron, Alabama, man will serve 20 years in prison for killing his estranged wife three years ago. 33869
May 26th, 2016
Lawsuit claims inmate denied care - Family members of a man who died after spending a week in the Tuscaloosa County Jail last year claim that jail staff ignored his pleas for medical attention. 33868
May 26th, 2016
Shortfall delays storm shelter, part of community center renovation - The largest storm shelter in Alabama -- one that can hold 1,700 people -- is planned on paper, but a shortfall in funding is delaying construction. 33867
May 26th, 2016
Officials remind people to wear life jackets when boating - Less than 24 hours after a Northport man died in an accident on Lake Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa City Council was raising awareness about boating safety. 33866
May 26th, 2016
Theft, burglary suspect being sought - Tuscaloosa Police have released several surveillance photos of a man they say has committed crimes at hotels and apartment complexes during the last two weeks. 33865
May 26th, 2016
Tuscaloosa man charged with rape of teenager - A Tuscaloosa man charged with second-degree rape Tuesday is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a teenager. 33864
May 26th, 2016
Vance Elementary principal's contract not renewed - On Wednesday, multiple women from Vance pleaded with the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education to renew the contract of Vance Elementary Principal Amy Vest, but to no avail. 33863
May 26th, 2016
Alabama among 11 states suing over Obama's school transgender directive - 33862
May 25th, 2016
Deontay Wilder cleared to seek new opponent - The World Boxing Council is still conducting its investigation into the facts surrounding Alexander Povetkin’s failed drug test, but with that inquiry still ongoing, the organization ruled that its heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, will be permitted to fight a voluntary title defense for his next bout. 33861
May 25th, 2016
Clarence Sutton faces NAACP over sexual harassment claim made in 1997 - On Tuesday, Shirley Reese spoke before the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, confronting them over a sexual harassment claim someone made nearly 20 years ago against District 1 board member Clarence Sutton. 33860
May 25th, 2016
Chuck Leavell, Harvey Thompson inducted into Alabama Music Hall of Fame - Two musicians with Tuscaloosa ties will be highlighted during the Thursday night broadcast of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 33859
May 24th, 2016
Tuscaloosa's Storytime program collects books for kids - A Tuscaloosa organization has kick-started a new reading program to promote literacy. 33858
May 24th, 2016
Belle Adair to perform at Acoustic Night - Belle Adair, a band from Florence, will perform Thursday during Acoustic Night presented by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa at the Bama Theatre. 33857
May 24th, 2016
Bowers Park pool to be renamed Friday - The Bowers Pool Complex will be renamed for longtime swim coach and instructor Nancie Blewitt during a ceremony at noon Friday, according to a news release from the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation authority. 33856
May 24th, 2016
Input sought on next superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools - The Alabama Association of School Boards wants the public's input on the skills and traits needed for the next superintendent of Tuscaloosa City Schools. 33855
May 24th, 2016
Mike Hubbard trial opens; prosecutor says office used for profit - OPELIKA — Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard went on trial Tuesday on felony ethics charges that could result in his removal from office, with a prosecutor telling jurors the powerful Republican legislator illegally made $2.3 million off his state position and GOP chairmanship despite promising to clean up corruption in the Statehouse. 33854
May 24th, 2016
Owner of Little Caesars franchises pleads guilty - BIRMINGHAM — Federal prosecutors say the owner of pizza franchises throughout the Southeast has pleaded guilty to submitting false tax returns. 33853
May 24th, 2016
Tanker truck catches fire in Fultondale - FULTONDALE — A tanker truck caught fire north of Birmingham on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. 33852
May 24th, 2016
Thieves smash Best Buy wall, steal $100,000 worth of merchandise - HOOVER — Authorities say masked thieves smashed through a Hoover electronics store’s wall, stealing at least $100,000 worth of merchandise. 33851
May 24th, 2016
Tuscaloosa City Council action from May 24 - The Tuscaloosa City Council took the following action at its Tuesday night meeting: 33850
May 24th, 2016
First Baptist Church gets OK for downtown parking lot; Searcy House once was on site - Tuscaloosa city officials on Tuesday approved another downtown parking lot for the First Baptist Church. 33849
May 24th, 2016
Man dies in Lake Tuscaloosa boating accident - A man was found dead late Monday after a nighttime boating accident on Lake Tuscaloosa. 33848
May 24th, 2016
Alabama hopes history is on its side as it enters SEC baseball tournament - HOOVER — History gives the University of Alabama baseball team reason to feel confident entering the SEC tournament Tuesday. The Crimson Tide could be teetering on the edge of the NCAA tournament field, but there are reasons to take heart as the postseason begins. 33847
May 24th, 2016
Bond set for man charged with murder - A judge has set a bond for a man accused of capital murder, but declined to reduce the charge against him. 33846
May 23rd, 2016
Scout works to build gazebo at school - In the fall, Henry Pitts often runs past University Place Elementary during the cross-country season. 33845
May 23rd, 2016
Yarn Bowl: Contest will provide knit caps for newborns - The University of Alabama's rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels is hardly the Tide's most storied or infamous, but since suffering two defeats in a row at the hands of the Mississippi football team, Bama fans may be feeling more than a little animosity toward their neighbors to the west. 33844
May 23rd, 2016
'That Dog Will Hunt': Movie making in Tuscaloosa - Red light shone through a hazy of artificial smoke in the back of Harry's Bar on Monday afternoon on Hargrove Road in Tuscaloosa. The camera rolled at the directors prompt and actors played their parts. 33843
May 23rd, 2016
Senator to speak at YMCA fundraiser - State Sen. Bobby Singleton will speak June 4 at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA Youth Breakfast at Westlawn Middle School, 1715 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 33842
May 23rd, 2016
WVUA hires Royer as managing editor - Mike Royer, a longtime Birmingham broadcaster, was named Monday as the managing editor of the University of Alabama’s WVUA 23 television station. 33841
May 23rd, 2016
Wilbur the pig finds a home - A pot-bellied pig found wandering the streets of Tuscaloosa has a new home, where he is likely to live the rest of his days spoiled and with plenty of attention. 33840
May 23rd, 2016
Ex-deputy sentenced in sexual abuse case - A former Bibb County Sheriff's deputy convicted of sexually abusing women during traffic stops will spend six months in the county jail. 33839
May 23rd, 2016
Shooting near Birmingham park injures 11-year-old - Two people, including an 11-year-old boy, have been injured following a shooting near a park in Birmingham. 33838
May 23rd, 2016
LOOKING BACK: May 23 - 50 years ago this week: The Tuscaloosa High School Class of 1916 gathered to celebrate their golden anniversary... 33837
May 23rd, 2016
Trial begins Monday for House Speaker Mike Hubbard - OPELIKA — Shrewd, intelligent and disciplined, House Speaker Mike Hubbard was the general of the GOP offensive in 2010 to win Republican control of the Alabama Legislature, a legislative body that had been under the direction of Democrats since Reconstruction. 33836
May 23rd, 2016
Alabama softball dominates in Tuscaloosa Regional championship game - It wasn't a softball game so much as it was a mugging. 33835
May 22nd, 2016
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