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Air bag defect has the potential to injure, kill nationwide

October 23, 2014 - 9:41am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An air bag defect has caused one of the biggest recalls in
automobile history, according to AAA.

The
defect causes shrapnel to explode from the steering wheel when the air bag is
deployed, which could cause serious, if not fatal injury to the driver

The
air bags, manufactured in Japan, are installed in a variety of makes and models
of cars in the United States. According to automobile experts at AAA Alabama,
the recall affects mostly older vehicles, ranging from 2001-2008.

“It affects a lot of ...Read more

Woman dead after Northport house fire

October 23, 2014 - 9:35am
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A Tuscaloosa County woman died in a house fire on
Mary Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

The home stood at 14162 Mary Drive off of Highway
171 in Northport. Witnesses said when they noticed the fire the home was
already engulfed in flame.

"When I came out of my house today, I noticed
smoke coming out of the back of the house then an older man told me in the
front yard that there was a lady trapped inside,” said James Hollis, a
neighbor. “I went to the back of the trailer because I couldn't go to the front ...Read more

Rescuers encourage residents to be familiar with fire safety

October 23, 2014 - 9:30am

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Postal worker arrested for theft

October 23, 2014 - 9:24am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA- Nicholas Steven Davis, a
42-year-old postal worker, was arrested after pleading guilty to stealing pain
killers from work. Davis worked at the Skyland Boulevard post office and
stole 180 hydrocodone tablets in July, 2012 from an incoming package. Davis also pleaded guilty to
breaking into the post officer after he was fired in June, 2014.

According to prosecutors, Davis faces
up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentence date has not been set. 

Fatal House Fire

October 22, 2014 - 9:11pm
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One Tuscaloosa County woman is dead after the mobile home where she lived became engulfed in flames.The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will confirm a positive identification on the victim.The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation by Northport Fire Rescue along with the State Fire Marshall's Office and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.No foul play is suspected.

Uber Ceases Operation in Tuscaloosa

October 21, 2014 - 9:15pm
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The ride sharing company Uber has ceased operation in the city of Tuscaloosa for the time being.TPD Chief Steve Anderson says this comes after the city began enforcing a zero tolerance policy for the illegal operation of the company.Uber Spokesperson Kaitlin Durkosh provided a different reason for the program no longer being in service in Tuscaloosa.

Two Churches Become One

October 21, 2014 - 5:15pm
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Alberta Baptist Church has gone through many changes over the past few years and this trend will continue as Senior Pastor, Larry Corder, retires and Alberta Baptist and Open Door Baptist merge together to become one. 

OAD: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

 

 

 

Elderly Scam Indictment

October 21, 2014 - 12:37pm

(WVUA) In July of this year a local law firm contacted the Jefferson County District Attorney's office after discovering adiscrepancy in the firm's Guardianship Department. The District Attorney's Office in turn contacted the Sheriff'sOffice to investigate the matter.   The investigation revealed that 36 year old Janice Davis of Minor had been employed by the firm. ...Read more

Veterans Memorial Park Receives Donation from Alabama Power for Upgrades

October 21, 2014 - 11:39am

  TUSCALOOSA- There is $75,000
worth of improvements on the way for a local park.

Officials with
Alabama Power gave a grant to the Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority
to improve Veterans Memorial Park in front of University Mall.

“It's great to be
able to give back to those who have served our country,” said Vice President of
Alabama Power Mark Crews.

The funds were made
available through the Alabama Power Foundation.     

Depression Linked to Sleep Problems, Osteoarthritis

October 21, 2014 - 10:46am

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Osteoarthritis, for many people, isn’t a “what if” – it’s a matter of “when.”As normalized as the degenerative joint disease has become, analyses beyond discomfort and disability have been limited. And, while osteoarthritis, pain and depression have been previously linked, the dynamic with sleep disturbances and long-term well-being haven’t been explored. ...Read more