Local News

Downtown Hotel

August 17, 2011 - 4:45pm

Tuscaloosa city leaders are hoping to see a hotel go up in the heart of Downtown Tuscaloosa.  The City of Tuscaloosa owns a piece of real estate on the corner of Greensboro Avenue and University Blvd.  It's the old City Fest lot, currently being used as a parking lot.  Recently, three development groups approached the city about possibly purchasing the area for a hotel.  Bids for the land have already reached the multi-million dollar range.  ...Read more

Alcohol Vote

August 17, 2011 - 4:25pm

Tuscaloosa County and Northport will vote Tuesday, August 23, on legalizing Sunday alcohol sales in those areas.  The referendum up for consideration is the same as the one Tuscaloosa votes passed earlier this year.  This time, people who live in the City of Tuscaloosa will not be eligible to vote.  Some businesses in Northport and Tuscaloosa County say they need Sunday sales to be competitive with Tuscaloosa.  Meanwhile, the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association has sent out more than 80 letters to local churches, asking pastors to ask their congregations ...Read more

Gambling Retrial

August 17, 2011 - 4:20pm

The judge in Alabama's gambling corruption case is considering requests to delay the retrial or to divide the seven defendants into three groups for retrial.  The gambling corruption trial ended Aug. 11 with 33 undecided charges against seven of the defendants. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has scheduled a retrial Oct. 3. The judge held a conference call with lawyers Thursday. Defense attorney Jim Parkman said his side urged more time. He said they discussed a possible trial date in January, but no decision was made.  ...Read more

Texting Program

August 17, 2011 - 4:19pm

The Alabama Department of Public Health is participating in a free text message program that distributes health information to pregnant women and new mothers.  State health officials say pregnant women and new moms can text "BABY" or "BEBE" for Spanish to 511411 and they will start receiving weekly text messages timed to the their due date or their baby's birth date. The messages will contain information about having a healthier baby, and they will continue through the baby's first year. ...Read more

Tourism Rebounding

August 17, 2011 - 4:16pm

Baldwin County officials say tourism was up significantly in June, 16 months after the BP oil spill devastated the area's beach tourism industry.  The Mobile Press-Register reports that Gulf Shores & Orange Beach tourism reported a record $54.7 million in lodging revenue in June. ...Read more

Recording Workshops

August 17, 2011 - 8:37am
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If you're curious about editing your music or other audio recordings with a computer, but don't really know where to begin then Guitar Center may have just the thing for you. Guitar Center stores across the country are offering free workshops that cover the editing software included on iPads and other Apple products.


Sexton's Future

August 16, 2011 - 5:43pm
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For 22 years, Sheriff Ted Sexton has served as Tuscaloosa County's top law enforcement officer, but now he says he's ready for a new role.  WVUA reporter Bradley Whittington was there Tuesday when Sexton threw his hat in the ring for Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge.

Bradley Whittington, WVUA News


August 16, 2011 - 4:23pm

Becomong a mother comes with many questions, but answers may be just as close as your cell phone. Pregnant women and new moms with mobile phones can get tips about nutrition, immunization and prevention of birth defects sent directly by text messages. Alabama's Department of Public Health is participating in the "Text4Baby" campaign. Their goal is to reach 60,000 pregnant women and new mothers throughout the state. You can learn more about the program just by clicking numbers and links.

Janie Wallace, WVUA News

Coach Sentenced

August 16, 2011 - 4:18pm

A high school football coach who spent a long career working in Mississippi and Alabama has been sentenced to 25 years in a child molestation case involving teenage boys.  Krisi Allen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. ...Read more

Beach App

August 16, 2011 - 4:08pm

Making plans to head to the beach just got a little easier. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism announced the launch of its new free vacation guide app. It provides detailed listings for all accommodations, restaraunts, and attractions in the area. Also, specials for local restaraunts, lists nearby businesses, weather forecasts, and links to social channels. Users wanting the app can go to iTunes.com or search Gulf Beaches on their Android phones.

Jennifer Edwards, WVUA News