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July 11, 2011 - 10:21am
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WVUA News at Ten. Airdate: July 9, 2011.

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Tractor Pull

July 11, 2011 - 8:23am
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If you like antique cars, classic engines, and tractors then Tannehill State Park has an event for you!


Fatal Crash

July 10, 2011 - 6:42pm

According to the Marengo County Coroner's office, seven family members were killed when their plane crashed near the Tombigbee River in Marengo County. According to the Coroner, the plane was heading from St Louis, Missouri, to Destin, Florida, after a family reunion.

According to Holly Baker, with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna C421 crashed around 6:34 p.m. Saturday night, but was not found until 2:17 a.m. Sunday morning.

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Safe Rooms

July 8, 2011 - 5:55pm
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Building a safe place for your family to take shelter from the storm just got a little easier. Thanks yo grant assistance that is now available. Tuscaloosa County homeowners can now apply for the grants trhough the Emergency Management Agency.

Candace Murphy, WVUA News
July 8, 2011
6:45 p.m.

Riley Released

July 8, 2011 - 3:59pm

Former Alabama Governor Bob Riley is now out of a Sarasota, Florida, hospital.  A spokesperson for Riley says he will rest and recuperate from his injuries with his family at their vacation home.  Riley crashed his motorcycle June 26th on a cross-country trip to Alaska.  Doctors agreed it was best for Riley to continue his recovery at the family vacation home in Florida, where he is able to get uninterrupted rest.


Janie Wallace, WVUA News
July 8, 2011
5:00 p.m.


Gambling Trial

July 8, 2011 - 9:37am

A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has testified that he was at a dinner where an indicted senator told two other legislators that the people behind Country Crossing casino could help them raise a great deal of campaign money.  Lobbyist Jarrod Massey gave the testimony Friday in Alabama's gambling corruption trial. He said state Sen. Harri Anne Smith made the comment to Sen. Soctt Beason and Rep. Benjamin Lewis at a dinner she helped organize at a Montgomery restaurant in March 2009. ...Read more

Alabama Bill

July 8, 2011 - 9:35am

An Alabama legislator says she will introduce a bill that would make it a felony crime for a parent, legal guardian or caretaker not to notify law enforcement authorities within one hour after the death of a child.  Democratic Rep. Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham said she prepared the bill as a response to the not guilty verdicts in Florida against Casey Anthony, charged in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee. Givan said she was concerned by trial testimony that it was days after Caylee's apparent death before she was reported missing. ...Read more

Gordo Stabbing

July 8, 2011 - 9:32am

A Gordo man is charged with murder in a fatal stabbing.  37-year-old Michael Dewayne Farley is accused of stabbing 21-year-old James Aaron Simmons at the City Cemetery Tuesday night.  Gordo Police Chief Todd Hall says the two were arguing, then Farley stabbed Simmons in the side.  Simmons' family tells WVUA Farley stabbed Simmons with a screwdriver.  Farley is being held at the Pickens County Jail.  His bond is set at $75,000.

Posted by Terri Brewer, WVUA-TV News

New Superintendent

July 8, 2011 - 9:23am

Dr. Paul McKendrick is the next Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Schools.  The Tuscaloosa City School Board chose McKendrick in a vote Thursday night, after interviewing the final two candidates.  The Iowa-based search firm Ray & Associates assisted in the three-month-long search process. The board voted for McKendrick in a 7-0 vote, with one abstention. McKendrick accepted the offer late Thursday night. ...Read more

Mother Charged

July 7, 2011 - 5:07pm

A Tuscaloosa County woman is facing charges in connection with the death of her baby.  Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit Captain Loyd Baker says 30-year-old Leslie Ashcraft Essman is charged with two counts of child abuse.  Baker said last September, authorities were called to a home on 20th Street in Tuscaloosa.  Baker said that's where investigators found a six-week-old infant girl in a bed, unresponsive.  The child was placed on life support and taken to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  She died the next day.  Baker sa ...Read more