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Northport reverses plans for moratorium on development along riverfront

The Northport City Council voted Friday to reverse its decision on a moratorium on development along the city’s eastern riverfront that it approved on Monday. On Monday, the council approved a six-month moratorium proposed by Mayor Donna Aaron on development in an area from Lurleen Wallace Boulevard


Mayor's Cup returns April 27 for 13th year

Registration is still open for Tuscaloosa’s 13th annual Mayor’s Cup 5K for Pre-K. Set for April 27, the late registration fee is now $25 through Aprl 26. Registration already has neared 1,000, city officials said.


Severe weather over in Tuscaloosa County

The National Weather Service cancelled the tornado watch for Tuscaloosa County shortly before 8 p.m. The severe threat for Tuscaloosa County is over, according to the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency, which urged residents to be cautious of downed trees and power lines when traveling to


Nick Saban set for hip replacement as he plans to stay at Alabama for 'a lot more years'

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The pain “came out of nowhere,” and did not go away. And if you’re wondering why Nick Saban chose now – or next week, rather – to have his right hip replaced, this is why: He has no plans to go away, either.


Alabama teen once charged with killing his parents claims sheriff is still looking for ways to put him in jail

An Alabama teenager who was charged in the 2016 murder of his parents only to have those charges dropped last year says he believes the town sheriff is still looking for ways to put him in jail.


Mistrial declared in Alabama murder case

DOTHAN, Ala. — An Alabama jury failed to reach a verdict in a capital murder case this week, resulting in a mistrial. The Dothan Eagle reports prosecutors will consider whether to retry Herman Cunningham Jr., of Abbeville, who faces charges in the 2011 slaying of 21-year-old Apolinar "Poli" Perez Jr


Former Alabama police officer pleads guilty to repeatedly assaulting handcuffed man

A former Alabama police officer pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after he repeatedly assaulted a handcuffed suspect several years ago. Michael Brandon Smirnoff, 27, was a former Tallassee police investigator. He was initially arrested in 2016.


WATCH: Tower crashes into AL home while storms move through southeast

COKER, AL (WBRC) - “Oh my god.”. Those are the words of a west Alabama homeowner who watched as tower came crashing down onto her home Thursday night. Talhia White recorded the terrifying moment as she could do nothing but watch her Tuscaloosa County home get destroyed.


First Look as Walmart plans an estimated $69 million in Alabama Store Renovations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The following is a press release from Walmart Inc. Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $69 million this year in Alabama through the remodeling of 14 stores, as well as the launch and continued expans


Once again, big cities collide with counties over online sales taxes in Alabama

The mayors of Alabama’s five largest cities and the state’s influential county commission association are again headed for a showdown over online retail taxes. The arena will be the chambers of the 2019 Legislature.


Attorney General Steve Marshall gets restraining order against North Alabama massage businesses

MONTGOMERY — The Madison County Circuit Court has granted a request by Attorney General Steve Marshall for a temporary restraining order against a chain of North Alabama massage businesses. Marshall said these businesses were actually operating a human-trafficking enterprise. This is the first civil


356 makeshift weapons, drugs, cellphones seized during Alabama prison raid

More than 350 weapons were among the items found during a massive contraband raid at an Alabama prison. More than 300 law enforcement officers descended upon an Alabama prison Thursday morning in a joint operation targeting contraband. The Alabama Department of Corrections led the predawn raid at Wi


Convicted killer of north Alabama jeweler dies after extended illness in prison

A man serving life without parole for the 1990 shooting death of a north Alabama jeweler has died. James David Beard, 59, died at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center after being transferred there from William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. Beard was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Thursday from


Singing with passion during Good Friday service

First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa held a Good Friday service, which featured Daniel Potts singing from "The St. Matthew Passion," written by J.S. Bach. Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the annual day that Christians observe the commemoration Jesus' crucifixion. Easter Sunday celebrate


Alabama AG uses civil action to shut down alleged human trafficking operation

A civil action by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shut down an alleged human trafficking ring in North Alabama. According to information provided by the attorney general's office, TY Green’s Massage Therapy, Inc., its owner Yuping Tang, and manager Jiao Liu, who is her daughter, and their fo


Alabama can’t keep correctional officers - here’s why

Alabama has been losing correctional officers in its prisons since 2010. Why?. That question - and reversing that trend - was the subject not only of proposals in the Legislature this week, but an exhaustive study commissioned by the Department of Corrections that has been unsealed in court.


Bond hearing held for two suspects in West Alabama

A bond hearing was held Thursday for two suspects in West Alabama on Thursday at the Dallas County Courthouse. Kendall Jamal Robinson, 22, was arraigned on two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, one count of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.


Storms kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.


Fellows now 8-0 after Vandy beats Alabama

No. 6 Vanderbilt scored five times across the middle innings and received a steady start from Drake Fellows and took the series opener 7-4 against Alabama on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Maddox remains optimistic grocery tax bill will pass

As a bill to allow cities the chance to waive sales taxes on groceries has stalled in the Alabama Legislature, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said hope remains that the proposal — in some form — can still become law.