Archives: January 2021

Tuscaloosa Police Searching for Blanket-Wrapped Car Break-In Suspect

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Julia Smith The Tuscaloosa Police Department needs your help finding the person responsible for break-in attempts on cars parked in several student housing areas near the University of Alabama campus. Surveillance footage of the suspect was captured in the area of Parkview Drive and Meador Drive. Both streets are located

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Boy Scouts Present Nucor with Service Award

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson The Black Warrior Council of Boy Scouts of America presented Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award on Jan. 28. The award goes to people or organizations in the community who go out of their way to raise funds and support for young people

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Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Offers Space Heater Safety Reminder

WVUA 23 News Reporter Joshua Ragsdale Two days removed from a balmy 70-degree day, and Tuscaloosa is back in the winter doldrums with lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s. That means space heaters are back in play, and so is an increased potential for a house fire. Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Fire Safety Educator

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Sipsey Valley’s Jack Beck Signs with Marion Military Institute

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jack Hutchens Sipsey Valley High School senior third baseman Jack Beck signed on for a full-ride scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute and play on the Tigers baseball team. Beck was able to share this moment, holding his signing ceremony at the high school in front of his family and

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Alabama Baseball’s Connor Prielpp Named Preseason All-American

By WVUA23 Sports Tuscaloosa, Ala.- University of Alabama baseball pitcher Connor Prielipp was named to be a Preseason First Team All-American by D1Baseball.com. Last season, Alabama was limited to 17 games because the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the limited opportunity, Prielipp shined. The left-handed pitcher started four games and finished 3-0 and did not allow a

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School Nutrition Association Pushes for Universal Free Meals

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Mattie Davis While much of the nation shut down because of COVID-19 at some point last year, public schools continued carrying out one of their most important functions: feeding children. A temporary change in federal regulations in the midst of the pandemic allowed schools to hand out meals to all

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Former Alabama Senator Joining CNN as Commentator

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is moving on from elective office to become a political commentator. The former federal prosecutor who served part of a term as a Democratic senator says he’s making his debut on CNN Friday afternoon. He sent a tweet making the announcement. Jones will also work this

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Lottery Money Used to Repave State Highways in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. – New funds from the Mississippi Lottery are helping to lower a backlog in the state’s road maintenance projects and have aided in the repaving of more than 250 miles of highway across the state. The Mississippi Department of Transportation says the roughly $80 million in lottery funds helped the Mississippi Transportation Commission

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Alabama Expanding Vaccine Eligibility Despite Lack of Doses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama will double the number of people eligible to receive immunizations against COVID-19 next month, even though there’s not enough vaccine for everyone who qualifies for a shot. The head of the state health agency, Dr. Scott Harris, announced the change Friday. He says this next round will include everyone 65

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Looking at Tuscaloosa’s Mayoral Candidates: Walt Maddox

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has some stiff competition in the city’s upcoming municipal elections. He’ll be facing off against two political newcomers: University of Alabama English professor Serena Fortenberry and former UA and NFL football player Martin Houston. WVUA 23’s Jabaree Prewitt is meeting with each candidate this week, taking a closer look at their

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Attorney: Execution May be Virus Super-Spreader, Seeks Delay

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for an Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed next month is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to delay the lethal injection because of COVID-19. Fifty-one-year-old Willie B. Smith is set to be executed by lethal injection Feb. 11 at Holman Correctional Facility. He was

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State Health Officer on Vaccine: ‘Not Enough to Go Around’

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama will soon announce a time frame for expanding who can get COVID-19 vaccinations. State Health Officer Scott Harris made the announcement Thursday during budget hearings. Legislators say there is widespread public frustration and anger over the vaccine rollout. Harris said the state will provide more

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35 Years Since Challenge Launch Disaster: ‘Never Forgotten’

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA and others are marking the 35th anniversary of the Challenger launch disaster. Ceremonies were held at Kennedy Space Center and elsewhere Thursday to honor the seven killed shortly after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986. The pandemic kept this year’s remembrance more muted than

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Tuscaloosa, University File Community Blight Detection Patent

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Haley Wilson TUSCALOOSA- : The city of Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama created a system that can detect blighted areas within a community and may help prevent issues before they escalate. The city of Tuscaloosa frequently receives calls about overgrown grass, abandoned vehicles, litter, illegal parking and appliances or furniture

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2021 Crimson Tide Football Schedule Released

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Lucas Mozes The Southeastern Conference released the University of Alabama’s 2021 Football Schedule, and there are a few interesting things Crimson Tide fans may want to note. In 2021, the Crimson Tide will once again be playing schools outside the SEC, after the 2020 season wound up SEC-only because of

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Stillman Men’s Basketball Heads into NAIA Top 25

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams The Stillman College men’s basketball team is now ranked in the top 25 for the first time this season. They enter the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s Coaches poll at No. 23. Stillman currently is 8-1 this season and are 7-1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference

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Ivey Tours Tornado Damage in Fultondale

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Simya Dickson Destroyed homes, caved-in buildings and torn-down power lines are all that’s left after an EF3 tornado tore through Fultondale Monday night. Wednesday morning, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey toured the communities hit hardest by the storm. The devastating tornado that tore through Fultondale, took the life of 14-year-old Elliot

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Doctors: Pregnancy Not a Reason to Avoid Vaccine

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Lacey Beasley Women who are pregnant are OK to get the COVID-19 vaccine, doctors say. According to gynecologic oncologist Dr. Warner Huh, pregnant women can suffer more extreme COVID-19 symptoms, leading to a greater likelihood of hospitalization. “Even though we know the absolute and actual risk of women who are

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Fayette County Residents Considered at High Risk for COVID

Several counties in West Alabama are at moderate risk for COVID-19 transmission, including Bibb, Greene and Hale counties. All others are considered low, except for Fayette, which is one of the only seven Alabama counties labeled high risk as of Jan. 22. DCH Health System operates its Fayette Medical Center, and Vice President of Marketing

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Central Basketball Uses Fast Start to Pick up Win Over Jasper

By WVUA Sports Kenzie Morgenlaender Central High School broke a three-game losing streak with a win over Jasper 56-53 Thursday night. Central started strong as they paced the offense early behind the play of Taveon Goode. Jasper played well in the second half but ultimately fell short. The Central Falcons return to action Saturday hosting

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COVID-19 Variant Identified in Alabama

By WVUA 23 Contributor Harrison Holland A new, highly transmittable variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Alabama. The variant originated in the United Kingdom and was most recently found in Montgomery County (two cases) and Jefferson County (one case). Two of the positive cases are individuals under 19 and one is an adult. The

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PARA Wins Top Park and Recreation Awards in State

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey TUSCALOOSA, AL– Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority staff is being recognized with two outstanding awards from the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association during their 2021 Annual State Conference in Orange Beach. The awards were presented Jan.25 during the annual Awards and Installation Banquet. “It is a great

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2 Men Accused of Robbing Pharmacy, Leading Police Chase

By WVUA23 Digital News Reporter Jennaya Lazenby TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Two Jefferson County men are in custody after robbing a pharmacy and leading Tuscaloosa Police on a pursuit that ended in Bessemer Tuesday night. The two men led the police on a 40-minute high-speed chase for 36.5 miles. Employees of the CVS Pharmacy in the 800

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Alabama Sweeps Kentucky 70-59

By WVUA23 Digital News Reporter Jennaya Lazenby TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- On one of the saddest days in basketball history, Alabama basketball stood tall. On the one year anniversary of basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death, the Crimson Tide beat Kentucky 70-59, to roll onto 9-0 in the SEC and 14-3 overall. The win was especially poignant because

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