After a big win, most Alabama fans typically finish their celebration and then head home. But with the Tide playing Thursday night, many businesses are feeling the perks of fans sticking around.
Chris Cargile with the Pita Pit says, "We're a good bit busier. For every 4 customers calling, we've had 5 customers instead of 4 and we really weren't anticipating this many fans to stay in town for since the holidays are next week. We thought they would duck out of town this week and stick around next weekend for the iron bowl." ...Read more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's estimated over 440,000 people die each year in the United States from smoking cigarettes. So, to help Americans stomp out smoking, the American Cancer Society held the 2010 Great American Smokeout Thursday. It's the day smokers are encouraged to avoid lighting up for just one day. Melissa Hobbs with the American Cancer Society said she hopes people will use this day to change the rest of their lives. Smoker Dale Christopher told WVUA, he's trying to change his life and quit smoking with the aid of an elec ...Read more
Taking care of an aging family member can be a labor of love, but sometimes the person providing the care does not receive the attention they need. In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center held a Caregiver Fair Thursday. The fair was a way to provide information to caregivers. VAMC Spokesperson Damon Stevenson said the VA has all types of home services for veterans, so they don't have to go into the facility. He said the role of the caregiver is very important to the quality of life for the loved one. For more information ...Read more
A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole for a former Army soldier convicted of capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student from Georgia. The jury voted 12-0 Thursday to recommend life without parole for 26-year-old Courtney Lockhart, who had claimed he was mentally disturbed from his deployment in Iraq. The jurors could have sentenced him to death by lethal injection. ...Read more
The FBI says Dutch authorities are reviewing the dental records of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, as they analyze a jawbone that was found in Aruba last week. An FBI spokesman in Birmingham told the Associated Press the agency sent some records electronically Thursday and shipped some dental impressions. The Aruba prosecutor's office says the bone was sent to the Netherlands for analysis after a tourist found it last Friday and took it to the front desk of a hotel. ...Read more
Alabama's unemployment remained steady in October at 8.9 percent. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced the rate Friday and said it's the ninth month that Alabama hasn't seen an increase in unemployment. The October rate is below the current national rate of 9.6 percent and well below last year's state figure of 10.8 percent. Counties with the lowest unemployment are Shelby at 6.8 percent and Coffee and Madison at 7.1 percent. Counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 20.1 percent, Greene at 18.4 percent, and Dallas at 17.2 percent. ...Read more
Experts at an international conference in South Carolina disagree on whether it's safe to eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico after this year's oil spill. The International Conference on Shellfish Restoration is under way in Charleston. One expert said Friday he still doesn't eat Gulf seafood, while another said he does all the time. A third said he ate Gulf seafood during a recent trip to New Orleans but didn't do it with much confidence. ...Read more
When you think of leadership at the University of Alabama... Coach Paul Bear Bryant might come to mind. Now, Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic, says Coach Bryant’s unique leadership inspired him to write his book Bear Bryant on Leadership. ...Read more
The Tuscaloosa City School System will not get hundreds of thousands of dollars for textbooks from the Tuscaloosa County Commission. The Commission voted two to two Wednesday, blocking the loan. The agreement between the school board and the county commission would have allowed around $800,000 for additional textbooks. Some residents said they are glad it didn't pass. Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. ...Read more
BP is launching its biggest push yet to deep clean tourist beaches in Orange Beach. There are bulldozers and dump trucks and a giant sifting machine. Workers are digging down into the sand to remove buried tar mats left from the oil disaster. Gulf spill claims administrator Ken Feinberg has announced a new round of interim payments. Feinberg said the payments won't require people to give up their right to sue BP.
November 17, 2010
The FDA has issued warning letters to four manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks, saying caffeine added to the beverages is an unsafe food additive. The FDA said they could seize the drinks if the companies continue to make them. The company, Phusian Products, said they are pulling caffeine and other energy boosters from the alcohol drink "Four Loko." Critics say the drinks mix as much as three cups of coffee with three cans of beer.
November 17, 2010
Due to the Thursday, November 18 Alabama football game, Tuscaloosa residents will see a number of changes to accomodate the football crowd. Tuscaloosa City Hall will close at 2 p.m. Thursday, because of traffic, street closings and downtown parking issues. This closing includes Municipal Court, hte Water Works Business Office, the Office of Development Services, and all other offices located in City Hall and City Hall Annexes. The 311 Call Center will also close at 2 p.m., but will reopen at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., for gameday questions. ...Read more
Alabama Governor-elect Robert Bentley has launched a Web site focusing on his transition. The new site offers a place for people to submit their resumes electronically if they are interested in a position with the Bentley administration. It also includes a list of his transition team and news from his transition office. Bentley said the site is a way to get more people involved in the transition. He replaces Gov. Bob Riley on Jan. 17. Web address: www.govelectbentley.com
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A long-running dispute between Alabama's Medicaid agency and federal officials has been resolved, allowing the state to keep $500 million that had been under challenge. Gov. ...Read more
WVUA has several programming changes for Thursday, November 18. Due to the Thursday Alabama football game, we will air Crimson Tide Kickoff Live from the University of Alabama campus at 4 p.m. Join us for WVUA News at 10 for a full look at the day's news and a wrap-up of the football festivities. WVUA News First at Four, Five & Six will not air Thursday. WVUA will return to its regular newscast schedule Friday, November 19.
November 17, 2010 4:00 p.m.