President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will visit Tuscaloosa on Friday, according to the White House. Thursday, the President said the damage in tornado-stricken states in the Southeast is "nothing short of catastrophic." Speaking at the White House, Obama says the loss of life has been heartbreaking, especially in Alabama, the state hit hardest. At least 250 people have been killed in six states in the deadliest tornado outbreak in 40 years. Obama says the federal government will do everything it can to help the states recover and rebuild. ...Read more
City of Tuscaloosa Special Election Results, Seven-Day Alcohol Sales (***Results are Preliminary and Uncertified. )
District One (3 of 4 Boxes Reporting)
Yes - 865
No - 162
District Two (3 of 4 Boxes Reporting)
Yes - 930
No - 175
District Three (3 of 4 Boxes Reporting)
Yes - 2,464
No - 635
District Four (3 of 4 Boxes Reporting)
Yes - 1,282
No - 72
District Five (3 of 4 Boxes Reporting)
Yes - 968
No- 418 ...Read more
2010 Alabama Election Results from the Associated Press
***Results are uncertified. ...Read more
The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Tuscaloosa Alumnae chapter; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and The University of Alabama Retirees Association (TUARA) announce a Candidates’ Forum featuring candidates for Tuscaloosa County Sheriff, House District 16 and Senate District 24, the contested local races on the ballot. ...Read more
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R – Auburn) issued the following statement after Governor Robert Bentley signed the Education Trust Fund budget:
“Unlike Washington, Republicans in the Alabama Legislature passed a balanced budget that provides needed funding for health insurance for education employees and retirees and prioritizes dollars that go directly into classrooms. I applaud Governor Bentley for signing this conservative and fiscally responsible budget.” ...Read more
Press released provided by the Office of Gov. Robert Bentley:
MONTGOMERY—Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that he has signed the FY2015 Education Trust Fund Budget.
The education budget was passed April 3, 2014, minutes before the Legislature adjourned, effectively preventing the Governor’s ability to attach any Executive Amendments to the budget bill. Governor Bentley announced in March his intention to attach an Executive Amendment to the budget, which would provide a 2% pay raise for teachers and support personnel. ...Read more
Montgomery, Alabama – As publicly announced today, Energen Corporation, the parent company to Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco), has signed an agreement to sell its natural gas utility business to The Laclede Group, Incorporated, for the amount of $1.6 billion. The transaction is subject to the approval of the Alabama Public Service Commission (“APSC”) pursuant to Alabama Code Sections 37-4-40 and 37-4-41, which require the APSC to determine if the transaction is consistent with the interests of the public. ...Read more
MONTGOMERY— A $100,000 grant by Gov. Robert Bentley is helping lay a welcome mat for Vernon Industrial Park’s first tenant, which will employ 10 people initially and offer more jobs in the future.
Infrastructure improvements supported by the grant will make it possible for K&S Lumber Co. to build a wood processing plant to produce railroad ties and secondary wood products including wood chips and firewood. ...Read more
BIRMINGHAM, AL – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced $15,543,892 in grants to renew support for 67 local homeless housing and service programs in Alabama. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the funding announced today will ensure these local projects remain operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.
BIRMINGHAM — With one week left before the April 15 tax deadline, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded Alabama taxpayers that options are available if they can’t file their forms or pay their taxes on time. They can even submit filing extensions and request payment options online.
"Don’t panic if you need more time to file or pay your taxes," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. "Requesting more time to file is easy, and there are several payment options."
Another legislative session has ended in Montgomery. And like most years, this session had its share of disappointments.
While there were some positive things that came out of this legislative session, the $400 bonus and conditional 4 percent pay raise for state employees next year, as examples, the bad outweighed the good.