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Disinfecting robot heads to work in Florida

November 20, 2014 - 11:02am

Baptist Health South Florida introduced a disinfecting robot
called Xenex.

It will work at Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida. The robot
is also used by the U.S. Air Force.

It works by pulsing xenon ultraviolet light to destroy harmful
bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores.

Doctors said that the robot can clean a room in five minutes for
every possible and available virus known to mankind. 

Snow hits hard in New York

November 20, 2014 - 10:58am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA- Alabama’s weather is warming up,
but that is not the case for cities like Buffalo, New York. After a devastating
snow storm, six are dead and many are left stranded in the icy conditions.

“It’s probably heavier than anything we’ve
seen in over 40 years,” said Mayor of Buffalo Byron Brown.

New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for towns near Buffalo, and snow crews
are being used to shovel snow out of the worst areas. ...Read more

Accidental shooting leaves man critically injured

November 20, 2014 - 10:54am

police lights and hospital road sign

By WVUA Staff

An accidental shooting left a Moundville man
in critical condition Tuesday night.

Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Sergeant
Dale Phillips said investigators responded to Graymont Boulevard in Moundville
Tuesday night.

The victim’s neighbor said he heard a
gunshot, then went outside and found the 57-year-old male injured. ...Read more

NBC drops Cosby

November 20, 2014 - 10:52am

NBC announced they are dropping plans to develop a new Bill
Cosby sitcom amid the growing sexual assault allegations against him on
Wednesday.

In a statement, the network confirmed the news, but offered
no further comment.

The New York Times reported the project was still in the
early stages of development. It did not have a finished script.

NBC’s announcement followed Netflix’s decision to put its
stand-up comedy special titled “Bill Cosby 77” on hold. It was taped in July,
and was set to stream the day after Thanksgiving. ...Read more

Mike Hubbard visits Tuscaloosa

November 20, 2014 - 10:35am
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Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was in Tuscaloosa on
Wednesday to act as the key note speaker at the Tuscaloosa County Young
Republicans first meeting.

Hubbard said he was
honored to speak at the Hotel Capstone and has high hopes for this upcoming
group.

"The electorate is a lot smarter than we give them
credit for sometimes and to see young people like this paying attention to
what's going on in state government is really a breath of fresh air,” Hubbard
said.

Newly elected Representative Kyle South was also present at
the event. ...Read more

UA homecoming tradition continues with dance competition

November 20, 2014 - 10:34am

BY WVUA staff

TUSCALOOSA,
Ala. – The University of Alabama’s annual homecoming choreography competition
was held Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.

Different
groups competed to show off their rehearsed dance routines in hopes of being
crowned this year’s winner. The top three places receive points that go towards
their total homecoming standing.

WVUA talked
to dancer Ernest Philon, who said the event stands out from the rest of the
homecoming festivities each year. ...Read more

"Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger" helped out by barbecue

November 20, 2014 - 10:29am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA- The
annual “Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger” food drive continues as Jim 'N Nick's barbecue
helps out the cause.

On Wednesday the restaurant held a benefit to fundraise for the drive. Festivities
ranged from a raffle for a catered event to an appearance from the university’s mascot Big AL.
 
“Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger” benefits the West Alabama Food Bank, which has
already received three million pounds of food from the competition. 

Center Point man charged with rape of 13-year-old girl

November 20, 2014 - 10:23am

By WVUA Staff

Deputies have charged a 28-year-old Center Point man with
first degree rape after catching him in a van with a naked 13-year-old girl.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies said officers stopped
to investigate a van in a vacant lot Tuesday night on 25th Avenue
North East.

Inside the van were a young girl and Melvin Acosta
Hernandez.

Deputies said the girl told officers she was 13, but
Hernandez lied and said he was 25, when he is actually 28. ...Read more

Mike Hubbard in Tuscaloosa

November 19, 2014 - 10:29pm
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Despite being known as an avid Auburn fan, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard was spotted in Tuscaloosa wearing a red tie! It wasn't crimson... but "republican red." Speaker Hubbard spent the evening at Hotel Capstone as the key note speaker for a new group of conservatives, the Tuscaloosa County Young Republicans.

Cracking Down on Tax Fraud

November 19, 2014 - 6:20pm
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Identity thieves filing fraudulent tax returns has become a massive problem nationwide. With tax season just around the corner, the Alabama Department of Revenue is ramping up their efforts to protect citizens.

OAD: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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