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Tuscaloosa mayor reacts to viral photos of large bar crowds

The photos were taken inside Rhythm and Brews during The Velcro Pygmies' live performance. They were originally posted on Facebook but were deleted after going viral.

  SCLC protests alongside workers at Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

  SCLC plans protest march at Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Sunday

UA System: COVID-19 cases continue to drop

Coker man killed in crash Thursday night

Weekend lane closures for Crimson Tide themed bridge work in Tuscaloosa

  Tuscaloosa County elementary school recognized with national education award

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Free virtual training offered Friday for suicide prevention

Saban proud of Alabama football program for COVID-19 response

Alabama predicted to win the 2020 SEC Championship

Food giveaway happening Wednesday in Pickens County

New expanded outdoor dining for Tuscaloosa restaurants

  Robotic pets used to help prevent social isolation for senior citizens in West Alabama

UPDATE: Body of missing 66-year-old Tuscaloosa Co. woman found

Nancy Holloway's body was found Monday afternoon in a wooded area about a half-mile from her home.

Construction begins Tuesday for new Tuscaloosa inclusive playground

Construction on a brand new all-inclusive playground in Tuscaloosa begins Tuesday at Sokol Park.

All-inclusive playground coming to Tuscaloosa

The playground, will allow people of all ages and abilities to play together.

Tuscaloosa City Schools start in person classes Monday

When Tuscaloosa city school students walk into their school buildings today they will notice social distancing stickers and signs everywhere and they will notice school staff wearing masks.

UA System: COVID-19 cases reach record low

  TCS board member suggests using UVC to disinfect schools

  Tuscaloosa City Schools asks parents to consider substitute teaching

  UA’s COVID-19 numbers expected to see more progress

  Tuscaloosa Mayor raises the maximum number of people allowed in bars

UA votes to rename another academic building, namesake had racist ties

Tuscaloosa deploys swift water rescue team for Hurricane Sally relief

Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue sent a 16 member Swift Water Rescue team to Atmore to stage.

Updated order allows more people in Tuscaloosa bars/restaurants

The only change to the previous order is the maximum allowed capacity for ABC lounge licensed establishments has been increased from 100 to 150.

  Apprenticeship program for skilled workers in Tuscaloosa will open soon

Students who are already working in jobs that include plumbing, electrical, HVAC and others can take classes here to get better at what they do. In turn, they’ll earn more money.

  Tuscaloosa County School teachers seek changes in remote, in-person teaching practices

Beasley said teachers would like a 4 to 1 split where they teach in class four days a week and do remote learning on one day.

UA System: COVID-19 dashboard shows decreases in positive cases on UA’s campus

Alabama has 294 positives over the last week but that’s down from 846 from the previous week.

  University of Alabama issues sanctions to students for COVID social distancing violations

This week the University announced it has issued 639 individual student sanctions since September 8th for violating social distancing rules.

University of Alabama updates coronavirus testing efforts

The number of positive coronavirus cases at the University of Alabama appears to be dropping according to the Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences.

  'Players are tested 3 times a week’: Coach Nick Saban on COVID-19 cases

Saban said the team has had a minimal amount of players test positive, but they have had some. Saban said numbers may have increased when school started, but not significantly.

DCH needs convalescent plasma donations for Covid-19 patients

DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa is getting on board to try this method, and potentially help save lives.

  Tuscaloosa bars set to reopen Tuesday

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox’s order allowing Session and other Tuscaloosa bars to reopen at 6:01 p.m. was based on a decline in daily coronavirus averages from data released by the University of Alabama system.

  Mayor Walt Maddox will allow Tuscaloosa bars to reopen with restrictions

Mayor Walt Maddox is updating an executive order that shut down all Tuscaloosa bars almost two weeks ago in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  ATF offers reward in Northport gun store burglary

Agents said approximately nine firearms were stolen from Pawn Royale on McFarland in Northport on August 30.

  Tuscaloosa bars will reopen Tuesday, bar owners optimistic

R&R Cigars owner Reagan Starner says he believes Tuscaloosa bars are committed to doing their part.

  Protest outside Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center

The group is worried about exposing themselves and their loved ones to COVID-19. They lined up near an entrance holding signs and chanting they want more done to protect them and patients who get care here.

  Students still concerned about rising COVID cases at the University of Alabama

Late Friday afternoon, the University of Alabama system reported 846 positive cases between August 28th and September 3. That brought the total number of students, faculty and staff at the University to test positive for COVID to more than 2,000 people since classes started.

UA students react to bars re-opening

More than 800 students at the University of Alabama tested positive for Coronavirus in the last week. This comes as Tuscaloosa bars are preparing to re-open in two days after being closed for nearly two weeks.

UA System: Number of positive students nearly doubles in a week at UA in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama System now reports 2,240 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 1,177 as of August 28.

  Tuscaloosa City Schools considering early return to in-person classes

The Tuscaloosa City School Board took another step forward this week to find a plan to safely bring kids back to in-person teaching.

  UAPD gets special training dealing with bias, racial sensitivity

Police at the University of Alabama hope the training they received this week will keep personal bias or problems at home from affecting how they do their job.

Tuscaloosa City Schools reviewing staggered schedule plan

The Tuscaloosa city school board of education is working to return students to in-person instruction and reviewing a different plan to make it happen.

  Alabama players and coaches march Monday for lasting social change

Hundreds of people were in the huge group that walked from Mal Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium.

  University of Alabama updates COVID testing efforts

Rapid testing for COVID-19 is being used to identify and test University of Alabama students who may have been exposed to the virus.

Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff’s Dept. searching for missing woman

Kristie Ragland was last seen on August 23 on Microwave Road in Coker.

Tuscaloosa teen killed in 2-vehicle crash; four others hurt

The crash happened on U.S. 82 near the 60 mile marker, approximately seven miles east of Tuscaloosa city limits.

UA System: More than 1,000 COVID-19 positive students in Tuscaloosa since Aug. 19

The University of Alabama System now reports 1,063 positive COVID-19 cases among students since August 19, up from the 571 as of August 24.

  Tuscaloosa Police looking for the man who kicked a door in during a home burglary

TPD Criminal Investigations Division officers said the man is Thomas Dewayne Long, 44, of Tuscaloosa.

20-year-old Northport woman killed in crash early Friday morning

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Kayla Elizabeth Jean Burnett.

  Wallace Wilder celebration of life vigil to happen Friday night

According to Wilder’s niece Renota Harris , this case was presented a grand jury earlier this week and they chose not to indict the Pickens county sheriff deputies on manslaughter charges, for Wilder’s death.

  Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue heroes not deployed to help with Hurricane Laura

The 18-member team, which includes firefighters and paramedics will assist with search and rescue operations, evacuations and damage assessments. They are specially trained to respond to severe flooding.

25-year-old arrested for fatal drive-by shooting in Tuscaloosa

The Tuscaloosa Police Department has arrested a 25-year-old man for the shooting death of a 19-year-old Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa police investigating homicide near Greensboro Ave.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m.

  Effort underway to find common ground on bar closures in Tuscaloosa

A handful of frustrated bar owners are asking the city to find some common ground after an executive order that shut down nearly 30 bars in Tuscaloosa

  Tuscaloosa City School Board listens to health and safety panel regarding coronavirus

Returning early from remote learning could come up next week’s school board meeting on Tuesday.

  UA students moved out of dorm to make room for COVID-19 positive students

One parent said that students having to be relocated so soon, is an ominous sign.

  A little monkey business in Tuscaloosa traffic

A driver captured a monkey in a car at a red light.

  City of Tuscaloosa could give money to bars closed by executive order

Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox says he’s working on a plan to help bars that he ordered closed Monday through his executive order.

  Tuscaloosa County School Board buys 400 WIFI hot spots

The Tuscaloosa County School voted Monday night to buy 400 WIFI hot spots from T-Mobile.

  UA students & business owners react to bars shutting down in Tuscaloosa

It was a quiet Monday evening on the Strip in Tuscaloosa because Mayor Walt Maddox ordered bars closed at 5pm for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some popular bars sat empty.

  New UA System dashboard shows more than 500 COVID-19 cases

The University of Alabama has 531 positive COVID-19 cases for students, faculty and staff according to a new dashboard.

  Positive coronavirus cases rising at an unacceptable rate at the University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and Dr. Ricky Friend, the Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences, joined Bell in stressing immediate action needed to be taken.

City of Tuscaloosa providing free COVID-19 testing Monday

The COVID-19 testing will be available by drive through, so you’ll never have to leave your car.

Tuscaloosa City Schools resumes free meal service Monday

Meals will be available at nine locations.

Tuscaloosa Police and local FOP raise nearly $14,000 for injured officer

The Tuscaloosa Police Department and the local Fraternal Order of Police raised nearly $14,000 for an officer who was injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident in July.

  UA students react to new on and off campus COVID19 guidelines

University of Alabama president, Stuart Bell, released a statement Sunday, saying there has been an increase in positive cases of Coronavirus on campus.

UA prohibits gatherings at on-and off-campus residences, in-person student events

These added directives place stricter access restrictions and prohibit gatherings at on- and off-campus residences and place a 14-day moratorium on all in-person student events.

  Deputies: Man charged with shooting suspect in his brother’s murder case at a Tuscaloosa Co. food mart

A man was arrested today for attempted murder, after officials say he shot the man charged in his brother’s killing multiple times

  In Bibb County, one in four a ‘very high risk’ for COVID-19

Bibb County EMA Director Kirk Smith described what worries state health officials.

  First day of school at Crestmont Elementary School

“We can make sure that they feel supported. Because in the end, we want our students to be successful,”

Alabama Book Store added to National Register of Historic Places

The Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, announced The Alabama Book Store in Tuscaloosa is now on the register.

Former curator at Paul W. Bryant Museum charged with 10 counts in child pornography investigation

Officers said as a result of the investigation, probable cause was found to charge Hosea Taylor Watson-III with 10 counts of Possession of Obscene Matter of Someone under the age of 17.

  West Alabama Works creates childcare database for parents

Childcare has become a problem for some families as several school system begin fall classes with remote learning.

  ‘God is good and I’m still here’: COVID-19 survivor shares story as part of ‘Let’s Keep West Alabama Working’ campaign

Several people within the community have shared their stories to encourage others and highlight the impact the virus can have on individuals and families.

40 Tuscaloosa Christian School students out of class due to COVID-19

Those students who tested positive, and others who were in close proximity to them, are now in quarantine for two weeks.

  University of Alabama official shows off health and safety upgrades for Fall classes

The University of Alabama spent more than $2 million to install health and safety upgrades around campus to stop COVID-19 from spreading among people on campus. Tuesday, WBRC saw what some of them are.

  Concerns in Tuscaloosa after people ticketed and arrested while violating city’s COVID ordinances

Sunday’s events on the Strip, just off the University of Alabama campus and beyond, left some people feeling concerned.

Person dies after being struck by train in Tuscaloosa

No foul play is suspected and the person was alone at the time of the incident.

  Tuscaloosa PD: Multiple citations issued for mask violations Sunday

Chief Brent Blankley called officers in to work after numerous social media posts circulated depicting large crowds violating COVID-19 regulations at bars along the Strip.

Crowd of kids gathered in Tuscaloosa draws criticism from city leaders

A series of tweets coming out of Tuscaloosa Sunday exposes a large group of young adults standing in line without masks or efforts to social distance.