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Heritage Festival Concerns

May 19, 2010 - 9:53pm

downtown northportDowntown Northport business owners are hoping this Saturday's Heritage Festival won't hurt their business.  The city of Northport will be closing Main Avenue and Fifth Street for the day Saturday.  The closures have merchants concerned that customers will be discouraged because parking will not be directly on the store fronts.  “If our customers have to walk here and then walk back to thei ...Read more

School Bullying on the Rise?

May 19, 2010 - 5:58pm
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The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education's offices of Guidance and Testing, Attendance, and Technology took the day to provide administrators and counselors from across the school system with new training on bullying.  Counselors say new training is needed, since bullying doesn't look the way that it did in the past.  The advent of new technology like text messaging and websites such as Facebook have given bullies the opportunity to travel with children, making escaping the bullying when students leave the classroom much more difficult.

"Well it's not something that's new," ...Read more

Florida Keys

May 19, 2010 - 5:16pm

Federal scientists say a small portion of the oil slick from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said Wednesday they have detected light to very light sheens in the loop current, which circulates into the Gulf and ta ...Read more

Party Shooting

May 18, 2010 - 5:33pm

Cell PhoneThe friends and family of Lamarcus Branch, the 17-year-old killed at a graduation party at The Links apartment complex Sunday, would like to mourn their loved one in peace.  However, a haunting photo message has made shaking the image of that evening very difficult for those close to Branch.  "The ph ...Read more

Wildlife

May 18, 2010 - 4:58pm

Federal officials say they don't know whether a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico killed 189 sea turtles, birds and other animals found dead since it started.  The total includes 154 sea turtles, primarily the endangered Kemp's ridley variety, plus 12 dolphins and 23 birds. ...Read more

Party Shooting

May 17, 2010 - 6:19pm
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Gunshots rang out at a high school graduation party in Tuscaloosa just after midnight Sunday, leaving one person dead and eight others recovering from bullet wounds.  Witnesses say the alleged shooter, 20-year-old Akeem Antwan Prewitt, got into a physical fight at The Links apartment complex that escalated into gunfire.  "There was an argument about the suspect dancing with some girls," says Captain Loyd Baker with Tuscaloosa Metro-Homicide, "and there were some words exchanged referencing their neighborhoods and the rivalry there, so the altercation escalated into further vi ...Read more

Tim James

May 17, 2010 - 12:45pm

Election BoxRepublican Tim James is dipping into the political playbook of his father, two-term Gov. ...Read more

Area Code

May 17, 2010 - 12:42pm

PhoneThe Alabama Public Service Commission is reminding residents in the 256 area code in north and east Alabama that the area code and seven-digit phone number must be dialed starting June 5.  The 256 area is the first in Alabama to have mandatory 10-digit dialing. ...Read more

Nike Deal

May 14, 2010 - 4:53pm

Bama footballAlabama and Nike have extended an agreement through 2018 in a deal that the university said would be worth nearly $30 million over seven years.  The agreement announced Friday amends a deal originally signed in 2002. ...Read more

Chemicals

May 14, 2010 - 4:49pm

Oil SpillFederal regulators have approved the use of a technique to fight the ballooning oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by shooting chemical dispersants 5,000 feet beneath the sea.  The chemicals break apart the oil and keep it from reaching the surface.  U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. ...Read more

"Junk Shot"

May 13, 2010 - 8:21pm

BP might wind up shooting junk of all shapes and sizes to plug the nooks and crannies in a giant piece of machinery that's allowing some of the oil to escape into the Gulf of Mexico.  In the aptly named "junk shot," engineers would shoot pieces of tires, golf balls, knotted rope and other items into the blowout preventer sitting atop the well. ...Read more

Gulf Beaches

May 13, 2010 - 8:20pm

Most of the Gulf Coast is still reporting that it's not seeing any oil near the beaches. The problem: tourism officials also say they're not seeing many people along the beach, either.  Efforts to fight the oil spill on the coast are still in place, and there are some reports of tar balls washing ashore in the Gulf Shores, Alabama, area. ...Read more

Oil Spill

May 11, 2010 - 5:42pm

Gulf CoastAlabama Gov. Bob Riley and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are praising the citizen response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Riley joined Napolitano on Tuesday at a briefing in Mobile after the Homeland Security chief made her third visit to staging areas in eight days. ...Read more

Plane Crash

May 11, 2010 - 3:09pm

Small PlaneAuthorities have identified a man and woman killed Monday night in a small plane crash at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.  The couple is identified as 56-year-old Paula Moffett and 41-year-old Mark Yellen, both of Memphis. Capt. ...Read more

School Grants

May 11, 2010 - 3:06pm

Four low-achieving Alabama school systems have been selected to receive $34.7 million in federal grant money to turn around their failing schools.  Ten schools in the Lowndes, Marengo, Coosa and Montgomery county school systems will receive the grants. ...Read more

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