By WVUA Staff
A Homewood High School freshman
tested positive for tuberculosis earlier this week. The Jefferson County Department of Health tested students and teachers at the high school for the disease
throughout the day on Wednesday. On Friday, the health department will return
to the school to read the results of the test before the students are let out
for spring break. ...Read more
600 employees could lose jobs
Private retail liquor stores might become the only place to buy liquor in Alabama, if the Legislature passes a new bill.
State Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur has proposed shutting down all of Alabama’s ABC stores within the next year, according to The Tuscaloosa News. The bill is in the Senate's Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee, of which Orr is the chairman.
Alabama has 176 ABC stores and 600 employees. Tuscaloosa County has four Alcoholic Beverage Control stores. ...Read more
Universities, cafes and restaurants are among many places with "no smoking" signs posted on their property. But some researchers are asking if it's even worth the effort. Researchers in Canada did a study on the rise of smoking bans and their effectiveness. They found that many who are addicted still choose to smoke at home. And the government initiative to encourage people to kick the habit just means relocating. Researchers say greater inspiration to stop smoking comes from having friends or family who set an example or being around a non-smoker. ...Read more
The following is a media release from Tuscaloosa Police Department:
Tuscaloosa Police Code Enforcement Division has been investigating A1 Therapy & Spa (6570 Hwy 69 South) since October of last year for prostitution after seeing advertisements on Backpage.com. During the investigation three suspects were arrested. The Tuscaloosa City Council has set a public hearing on March 24th 2015 to consider the revocation of the business license. ...Read more
The following is a media release from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency:
TUSCALOOSA – Winter storm forecasts for northern portions of Alabama may cause icy roads and hazardous driving conditions. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) strongly encourages all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive. ...Read more
Suspect kills himself; two children among victims
A gunman opened fire at a suburban Atlanta home Saturday, killing four people and wounding two children before taking his own life, police said.
Neighbors reported that the shooter’s ex-wife, her boyfriend and several children lived in the residence. The shooter parked his car away from the home, snuck up to the house, and opened fire, they said.
Among the dead were the shooter’s ex-wife, her boyfriend and two children. ...Read more
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) - A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama, with the panel refusing to stay a decision overturning the state's ban. On Tuesday, the three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's request for the stay. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade last month ruled that two Alabama laws prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Granade put a hold on her order until Feb. ...Read more
SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Producer Oprah Winfrey and stars of the movie "Selma" will march in the famed Alabama city on Sunday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Paramount Pictures Corp. says the march also will include "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, who portrays King in the movie.
The event will commemorate King's civil rights leadership and his involvement in the Selma voting rights protests of 1965. ...Read more
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