Alabama football is in full swing and so are the tailgaters, but on Thursday night, people were tailgating for a cause. The Zone at Bryant- Denny Stadium was filled with people "Tailgating with the Stars," a fundraiser for the Sprayberry education center in Northport. You could bid on lots of sports memorabilia signed by athletes like former University of Alabama football players or major league baseball players. ...Read more
Governor Bob Riley has increased proration for Alabama's Public Schools by 2%. Riley says he was informed Thursday B.P. will not pay the state on its claim for $148 million due to lost tax revenue. Riley's office says it's because of Attorney General Troy King's lawsuit against B.P. Because of that, Riley says he had no choice but to increase proration for the education budget. The increase is required because state law requires the budget be balanced at the end of the 2010 fiscal year which is September 30th.
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The state is getting $1.5 million in federal money for adoptions. The money is from a program that rewards states for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. The state receives $4,000 for every child adopted beyond their best year's total, $8,000 for every child age 9 and older, and $4,000 for every special needs child adopted.
September 16, 2010 5:20 p.m.
It has been roughly one year since the Tuscaloosa Department of Transportation added a new hybrid vehicle to its fleet. The idea was to cut down on gas costs and save the city money, and so far, TDOT employees told us, it has worked. TDOT said their economically friendly hybrid Prius gets an average of forty-eight miles to the gallon around town, and makes it easier for employees to get around. ...Read more
The Tuscaloosa Housing Authority is asking the Tuscaloosa County Commission for support in the Rosedale Court Revitalization. The Housing Authority wants to rebuild the housing project. Rosedale Courts were built in 1950. ...Read more
Victims of the deadly gas explosion in California are still trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. That explosion has some people wondering if something similiar could happen here. That neighborhood in San Bruno, California was devastated when the natural gas pipeline exploded. ...Read more
Almost 5 months after the B.P. explosion, the busted well is expected to be permanently sealed this Sunday. That well exploded April 20th. 11 people were killed and it spilled 206 million gallons of oil. Government officials say it is expected to be declared dead by Sunday. Officials say a relief well is expected to intersect with the blown out well within 24 hours. Then mud and cement will be pumped in which is expected to seal the well within four days.
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A new survey shows 28% of Alabamians who normally vacation at the beach, changed their plans because of the oil spill. The survey was conducted by Alabama State University. Of 569 people surveyed, 44% say they usually take summer vacation. 62% of those say they usually went to the beach. Of that number 28% said the oil spill made them change their plans. The poll had an error margin of +/- 4%.
September 15, 2010 4:40 p.m.
Around 700 people turned out in Orange Beach for a town hall meeting with B.P.'s Chief Administrator of the Compensation Fund. Ken Feinberg answered questions and concerns from people and business owners about the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Of those who had applied for compensation money from B.P., around 20 people said they had received something, but no one had received full payment. Feinberg said he is dedicated in making the system work. He said 16,000 claims were approved the first weeks after he took over. ...Read more
The two candidates for Governor are set to face off Thursday night. Republican Doctor Robert Bentley and Democratic State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks will meet in a debate at the University of Alabama. The League of Women Voters and the Student Government Associations at the University of Alabama and Auburn University are sponsoring debates at both campuses. WVUA spoke with the Coordinator of the Debate, Blackburn Institute Member, Jimmy Young. He says their goal is to create a model for possible future debates. Organizers hope the candidates will ...Read more
They are called the "Greatest Generation" but sadly, statistics show approximately 1,000 World War II veterans die every day. That's why the Honor Flight Network wants to make sure veterans can the memorial in Washington, D.C. that honors them. The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa took its first Honor Flight back in May. ...Read more
Fayette Police have arrested a suspect in a month-old murder case. Patricia Adair was found dead August 15, after friends say she went missing while walking home from work. The death has left residents concerned. Fayette resident Paula Hand said, "It was scary, I mean it was, especially to leave work by yourself, and not know where he's at or who he's looking at to do this to next. But it was scary." ...Read more
Applicants are showing up in hopes of landing temporary jobs at the Mercedes plant in Vance. Officials say about 3,800 job applications were filed even before the company doing the hiring opened its doors. Brenda Harris, a vice president with North American On-Site, the Atlanta-based company that Mercedes chose to hire temporary production workers, says many of the applicants filed online at the company's Web site. Mercedes needs 400 to 500 temporary workers. ...Read more
BP crews are working again to permanently seal the blown out well. A chief drilling official says crews have resumed drilling a relief well that should allow them to seal the busted well. Government officials have said once drilling begins, it will take about four days to intersect the blown out well.
September 14, 2010
Alabama Education Association leader Paul Hubbert says he is staying out of the Governor's race. Hubbert said he considers both candidates friendly to education. Republican Dr. Robert Bentley faces Democratic State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in November for the state's top spot. Hubbert says they are both supporters of public education and he feels they would listen to AEA's concerns. He says AEA will focus on Legislative races unless one of the Gubernatorial Candidates turns against AEA. The elections are set for November 2nd. ...Read more