The April 1 deadline is quickly approaching and now college students are wondering if they should leave filling out their census to their parents. According to John McConnell from the City of Tuscaloosa Planning department, he says "If you go to school here and you lay your head here, then you should be counted in Tuscaloosa."
But some students say they just don't have the time to get it done. Danie Coon, a University of Alabama student says, "It just seems I don't have the time to do that between work and school and everything else I have going on." ...Read more
It's an idea that public health advocates have been pushing for almost a decade. A Senate panel has approved a nutrition bill that would set uniform standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items. The goal is to make foods like pizza and high-calorie deserts a less frequent lunchtime option for kids. ...Read more
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is telling parents of infants under 4 months to stop using two baby slings made by Infantino. More than a million "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings are being recalled because of possible links to three infant deaths. The CPSC says babies could suffocate in the soft fabric slings, which wrap around the chest so parents can carry their babies.
Country Crossing in Dothan has delayed its reopening while the courts sort out whether the Alabama's attorney general can take over the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling. Attorney General Troy King announced Monday he was taking over the task force. ...Read more
Friends and family said goodbye to Margaret DuPont, wife
of former Mayor Al DuPont, on Wednesday at Heritage Chapel. The DuPonts had been
married for 64 years. Margaret DuPont died Sunday night after being sick for
The funeral will begin Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at Evergreen
City Cemetery across from Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Mississippi officials, who canceled a prom after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend, say there were issues with the event even before that. County school officials told a federal judge Monday they had discussed not sponsoring the prom even before Constance McMillen challenged the rule prohibiting same ...Read more
Attorney General Troy King is assuming control of Governor Bob Riley's anti-gambling task force. Monday, King announced that "enough is enough" after 448 days of no arrests and no convictions from the task force. King called the task force a failure. He said he had given advice a month ago, but all his advice has been rejected since he asked the governor to reform the task force.
An Alabama bakery is set to be featured on the Food Network show "Unwrapped." Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls will be shown on the"Feel-Good Foods" episode on Monday. The episode was filmed last September at the company's main plant in Luverne and features interviews with founder Patricia "Sister Schubert" Barnes and workers. It will also have interior footage of the bakery, which produces more than one million rolls per day. ...Read more
A proposed hurricane evacuation highway linking Interstates 10 and 65 appears likely to follow the route preferred by Baldwin County officials. Baldwin County Commissioner Frank Burt says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers favored the county's route, which would roughly parallel Alabama 59. ...Read more
The cities of Birmingham, Trussville and a group of citizens have appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court the recent Jefferson County Circuit Court decision that allowed a strip club to operate. Records show the cities and the Citizens to Protect Derby Parkway filed three separate appeals with the state's high court on March 11. ...Read more
An Alabama judge has sentenced a husband and wife who worked as contract drivers for the U.S. Postal Service to probation for failing to deliver thousands of pieces of mail. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. Monday sentenced 28-year-old Jeffrey M. Brown and 27-year-old Cassie L. Brown to probation for delay or destruction of the mail. ...Read more
Information missing from a state crime database is allowing some people to buy guns in Alabama when the purchases should be barred. The Press-Register of Mobile reported Sunday that a database at the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center has 2.7 million arrest records that don't reflect case outcomes. Sometimes, people can buy guns when previous court cases should bar the deals. In Mobile, a man who purchased a military-style rifle despite a marijuana arrest was later sentenced to prison for possessing the weapon. ...Read more
The future of the governor's gambling task force is now in the hands of the Alabama Supreme Court. The court is considering arguments over whether the task force's commander, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, has legal authority in the post. A Macon County judge blocked the task force March 5 by ruling that Tyson only has authority in Mobile County. ...Read more
The annual tax deadline is quickly approaching. If you're worried about how you'll pay for your taxes, you're not alone. There are some options, but only if you file your taxes. ...Read more
A North Dakota girl who volunteer in West Alabama Tuesday was hit and killed by a car in Florida Wednesday. Sarah Martinsen, 21, was traveling around the country with 40 other students doing community service work during spring break. North Dakota State University in Fargo says Martinsen was hit by a vehicle while jogging. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. ...Read more