"It escalted to the point to where the family member was going everyday, some days spending 8-10 hours at Greenetrack," says the West Alabama woman. For many people, Greenetrack was one of the places in West Alabama that brought jobs and money to one of the poorest counties in the state. But for others, it was a place where family members lost themselves. ...Read more
Wednesday marks 100 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began. Officials say the toxic oil has forced nearly ten times as many beach closings on the Gulf Coast compared to last year. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 2,000 beach closings, advisories and notices were issued this year, that's compared to 237 in 2009. In Alabama, the beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are open. The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued swimming advisories. ...Read more
The start of school is just around the corner. School leaders are busy getting everything ready for students, and that includes making changes. The Tuscaloosa City School Board voted today for third graders originally set to attend Martin Luther King Elementary School to remain at Oakdale and Central Primary schools. Superintendent Dr. ...Read more
The Securities and Exchange Commission says $106 million that HealthSouth Corp. agreed to pay investors is ready for distribution to those who qualify. The payout stems from of an SEC lawsuit in 2003. Birmingham-based hospital operator HealthSouth agreed to settle the suit in 2005 by paying $100 million to settle civil claims that it falsely inflated earnings. The money has earned interest since that time.
Alabama for the second time has failed to make the list of finalists for the federal "Race to the Top" grants. Alabama was not on the list of finalists released Tuesday by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Alabama also failed to make the first list of finalists, released in March, for part of the $3.4 billion in federal grants that are to reward innovative public education programs.
A severe thunderstorm on Monday night spawned flash flooding across Tuscaloosa. City leaders say crews are working around the clock. And city engineers are examining the city's drainage system to make sure its working properly. If you experienced flooding during Monday night's storm, you can call 311 to make a report. You can also use 311 to file a flood damage claim.
Posted by Danny Salter at 9:25 pm on July 27, 2010.
"People who are addicted to gambling are much like people addicted to drugs. You dont know what they are willing to do to get their hands on a little bit of cash," says one West Alabama woman whose family has been affected by gambling addiction, "It's just a way to relieve stress and pain, and things that are going on in your life, so maybe there's some deeper things going on."
That's a problem many people face in America and right here in west Alabama. The West Alabama woman WVUA spoke with wished to remain anonymous, but she told us some of the signs to look out for. ...Read more
To reduce crime across the city, Tuscaloosa Police are getting ready for a new branch in West Tuscaloosa. After seeing a reduction in crime from the police department's east precinct, the city is buying property for a new west precinct off of Culver Road. Mayor Walt Maddox says, "we have seen through crime statistics that we can put our officers into the field, have them spend more time in the neighborhood. We can make our community safer." ...Read more
A big project could soon be coming to some of the most economically challenged parts of West Alabama. Residents across the Black Belt are talking about the proposed Interstate 85 extension that could be built in their area. County Commissioner Freddie Armstead says the possibility of an Interstate running through his county is good news during this down economy. Armstead says, "It doesn't matter where it goes in Marengo County, it's going to help with jobs. And that's what we need, we need jobs right now." ...Read more
Over $100 million in settlments is ready to go out to some HealthSouth investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission says $106 million in settlement money is ready for those who qualify. The payout comes from a 2003 SEC lawsuit. HealthSouth agreed to settle the suit back in 2005 by paying $100 million in civil claims. ...Read more
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. In the case of "The Journey of Hope," it actually begins with one push of the peddle. Tuesday around a dozen cyclists arrived at Tuscaloosa's United Cerebral Palsy Facility. They are part of the "Journey of Hope" which is made up of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity brothers. They ride bikes across the nation to raise money for people with disabilities. Their journey begain in San Francisco, California back in June. So far, they have raised around $490,000.
Janie Wallace, WVUA News
July 27, 2010 3;26 p.m.
There's a new CEO at BP. Officials announced Tuesday Tony Hayward is stepping down. Hayward will officially leave October 1. He will get a year's salary at $1.6 million and be reassigned to a project in Russia. His replacement is a Mississippi native, Bob Dudley. He says his top priority is sealing the blown well in the Gulf for good and cleaning and restoring the Gulf of Mexico.
July 27, 2010, 3:18 p.m
It's been almost four weeks since the Alabama Supreme Court granted permission for Governor Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling to raid Greenetrack. Monday, Greenetrack CEO Luther Winn said Greenetrack is struggling. Winn says he is working with the Tuscaloosa Food Bank to bring in about 10,000 pounds of food to help the former Greenetrack employees. They are planning to provide 50 pounds of food each for about 200 employees. ...Read more
Tuscaloosa's Temporary Emergency Services says they have around 30 fans for people needing help right now. Officials say they are giving priority to people 65 years old and older and those with infants in their home. For more information, call Temporary Emergency Services at (205) 758-5535. If you would like to make a donation of fans to T.E.S. you can drop them off at their office located at 1705 15th Street.
Janie Wallace, WVUA News
July 26, 3:55 p.m.
Tuscaloosa Police say crime prevention includes strategies to reduce crime, such as creating partnerships and problem-solving efforts tailored to eliminate specific problems. It also includes "target hardening," which involves actions to make buildings and streets safer. ...Read more