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PACT Settlement

July 27, 2011 - 5:09pm

A Montgomery County circuit judge has approved a settlement that will allow parents who bought contracts in the state's Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program to be paid in the future at the level that was due them in autumn 2010.  Judge Johnny Hardwick approved the settlement Thursday. It will allow students to attend college with much of their tuition paid. ...Read more

Jeffco Bankruptcy

July 27, 2011 - 5:06pm

Leaders in Alabama's largest county said Wednesday a potential bankruptcy filing that could be days away would likely top $4.1 billion.  The primary problem in Jefferson County is sewer debt of some $3.14 billion that the system can no longer afford to pay.  But Commission President David Carrington said the county has another $1 billion in additional debt for school construction and other projects.  The case would easily eclipse the record municipal bankruptcy of $1.7 billion filed by Orange County, California, in 1994. ...Read more

Firefighters' Bonds

July 26, 2011 - 5:47pm
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It's been almost ten years since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington D.C.  Tuesday, a piece of that history made its way into Tuscaloosa.  As heroes of September 11th were honored, Alabama firefighters affected by the April storms reflected on their close bonds.  WVUA reporter Bradley Whittington takes you to the emotional ceremony.

Bradley Whittington, WVUA News

Gambling Trial

July 26, 2011 - 4:55pm

Prosecutors have rested their case against a Macon County casino owner and eight others in a gambling corruption trial.  Prosecutor Steve Feaga told U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson "the United States rests" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday - eight weeks and two days after the start of the trial in federal court.  Thompson immediately sent jurors home for the day and said he would spend much of Wednesday hearing arguments from defense attorneys seeking to have charges dismissed against their clients.  Defendants are expected to begin presenting their cases by Thursday. ...Read more

Death Toll Grows

July 26, 2011 - 4:53pm

The city of Tuscaloosa is adding three more people to the list of deaths being blamed on the tornado that struck April 27.  City officials said Tuesday the additional victims died as long as two months after the storm. They added to the official count following discussions with relatives.  The city's death toll now stands at 47.

Officials say the latest victims to be added to the count are 80-year-old Helen M. Kemp; 83-year-old Robert Gene Hicks and 88-year-old Rev. Lee Andrew Lee.

Posted by Terri Brewer, WVUA-TV

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July 26, 2011 - 10:51am
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July 26, 2011 - 10:06am
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Rosedale Plans

July 26, 2011 - 9:45am

Tuscaloosa's Rosedale Court housing development was in the path of the April 27th tornado and suffered extensive damage.  Now, the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority is planning to tear down what remains of the complex and rebuild from scratch.  The tornado knocked down 96 homes, while 92 are still standing.  Plans were already in place to rebuild Rosedale Court before the tornado, but the destruction is moving the project along more quickly.  Ralph Ruggs, Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority, says his organization has been cleared financially to be ...Read more

Debt Ceiling

July 26, 2011 - 9:33am

President Barack Obama addressed the nation Monday night about the looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on loans.  The President says some Republicans are standing in the way of a balanced compromise because they're insisting spending cuts are the only option.  Republican and House Speaker John Boehner says the President wants a blank check from Congress to raise the debt limit and that's not going to happen.  Republicans and Democrats have put forth competing last-minute deals.  It's unclear how or whether a compromise will happen.  If a de ...Read more

Rosedale Court

July 25, 2011 - 6:00pm
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Tuscaloosa's Rosedale Court was in the path of the April 27th tornado and suffered extensive damage. Now, the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority is planning to tear down what remains of the complex and rebuild it from scratch.  WVUA reporter Candace Murphy takes a look at Rosedale's future.

Candace Murphy, WVUA News
Airdate: July 25, 2011