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.
Authorities have arrested Joshua Long in connection with a drive by shooting that happened one year ago. A 4 year old was asleep and received two gun shot wounds, one to the arm and one to the head. Long is facing attempted murder, assault, and shooting into an occupied dwelling charges. He's being held in the Tuscaloosa Co. Jail on $120,000 bond.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WVUA) -- A string of burglaries in the Clear Creek Colony has some residents taking extra security measures. Northport police say sunglasses, Ipads and other small items were taken out of two unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood and have yet to be recovered. Police are still investigating the incidents.