TUSCALOOSA - According to Sgt. Dale Phillips with the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit, Tuscaloosa Police responded to Motel 6 on East McFarland Boulevard around 1;40 a.m. When they arrived, officers found the victim, 21-year-old Jamarcus Marquez Roberts in his vehicle, which had crashed into the shrubs at the entrance of the motel parking lot. Roberts was treated at the scene and transported to DCH, but died from his injuries. Authorities say he appeared to have been shot one time in the chest area. ...Read more
Federal disaster aid given to the state after the tornado outbreak that began on April 28, 2014 has now topped 40 million dollars according to FEMA. 16.5 million dollars has been approved for housing assistance grants. 15.4 million has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters and businesses.
4.4 million will be used for public assistance programs and of that amount - 1.4 million is set aside for debris removal alone.
During this process 15,951 damaged homes and properties have been inspected.
The Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education is strongly considering a policy that will allow for the random drug testing of high school students. If the Board votes to implement the policy, students that drive on campus, or participate in school sponsored clubs and activities will be eligible for random drug testing.