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Worlds of Work postponed to late fall

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter AJ Holliday West AlabamaWorks is holding off on a return to its in-person Worlds of Work event, originally scheduled for next month, over COVID-19 concerns. Instead, the program is happening virtually in February and will be in person once again in October. Worlds of Work host and partner Shelton State

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Now hiring: Stagnant unemployment rate a positive in Alabama

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Karris Harmon For the past five months, Alabama’s unemployment rate has been holding steady at 3.1%. That’s great news, said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “In fact, for 13 months in a row, Alabama’s unemployment rate has been the lowest of any of our Southeastern states, so that’s

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Shelton State Lady Bucs dominating the competition

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Jeremy Bryant Shelton State Community College women’s basketball team are about to head into the latter part of their schedule with 10 games left in the regular season. The Lady Bucs have a record of 17-1, leading them to a number three ranked spot on the NJCAA rankings. Their only

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Northport shooting update: Third teen charged Friday

The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit says a third person is facing capital murder charges in the wake of a shooting in Northport last week. Tobias Alexander Clark, 18, joins an unnamed teen younger than 18 and 18-year-old Ladamien Rogers-Wallace in facing capital murder charges in the death of 16-year-old David Martin. Martin died Monday, Jan.

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Northport leader proposes warming stations for residents

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Shanaya Daughtrey One Northport official is pushing the city to provide warming stations for those who need help when the weather drops below freezing. Northport City Council Member Jamie Dykes, who is in charge of District 4, said there are many Tuscaloosa County residents who suffer from substandard housing conditions

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Investigators still searching for answers in Sunday Reform shooting

Investigators are trying to find the person or persons responsible after two men were found shot dead in a driveway in Reform Sunday evening. Reform Police were called to the home on Fifth Street Southwest around 5:30 p.m., and officers with the Aliceville, Carrollton and Gordo police departments provided assistance. Pickens County Coroner Chad Harless

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After first full week of class, COVID cases continue rise on Alabama campus

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson COVID-19 numbers at the University of Alabama are already high going into the Spring 2022 semester after school began Jan. 12. Before the spring semester began, UA announced that their students and faculty must wear masks in classrooms and around campus. UA junior Desiree Brown said she is

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Alabama unemployment rate remains stable at 3.1%

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s monthly unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.1%, holding steady for the fifth straight month. The state says the December rate was below the level of a year before, 4.7%. And it was better than the national jobless rate of 3.9%. Total weekly wages from private employers were $973.14 for the

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Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant frightens people away from group activities. Individual volunteers are shying away from their usual shifts, and companies and schools that regularly supply large groups of volunteers are canceling their participation over virus fears. The

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Tuscaloosa City Schools learning virtually Monday

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua Tuscaloosa City Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 21 and holding a virtual learning day on Monday, Jan. 24. As of Sunday, the system is scheduled to return to classrooms Tuesday, Jan. 25. Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Mike Daria said why this decision will have a positive impact

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Tuscaloosans honor MLK with Unity Day festivities

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah ponder Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream lives on through unity, service and civil responsibility. On Monday, the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference hosted a Unity Day celebration honoring King’s life and legacy. Dozens of people from all walks of life gathered by Martin Luther King

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Charged with murder? Your bond isn’t $150K max anymore. It’s $1.5M

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnosn Changed to: Every time someone is charged with murder around West Alabama, residents say they’re shocked at how low their bail is. Before Friday, bail on a murder charge was capped at $150,000 in Alabama. But that’s been increased to $1.5 million, giving these residents peace of mind

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Tuscaloosa City Schools out on Friday, going virtual Monday

After several schools within Tuscaloosa City Schools went virtual at the last minute today, the entire school system will close Friday and operate virtually Monday. According to a letter sent out Wednesday evening, TCS could only fill 42% of teacher absences with substitutes, meaning there aren’t enough available within the system to keep classrooms running.

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Spring 2022 off to a COVID-heavy start at Alabama

The University of Alabama System published its first COVID-19 Dashboard update of the spring 2022 semester on Tuesday. As expected, the numbers are a lot higher than the ones that closed out the fall 2021 semester. According to the dashboard, 358 students and 140 faculty and staff members at the Capstone tested positive for COVID-19

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New Venue landing in North Tuscaloosa this summer

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson Not a venue. The Venue, and it’s gonna feature five restaurants and a full bar alongside a lawn and patio featuring plenty of seating and space. What’s more, The Venue will host live music and events. If you can’t stay and hang out, pick up some ice cream

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US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer U.S. researchers are reporting the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs. This time, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pair of pig kidneys into a brain-dead man. It was a step-by-step rehearsal for an operation they

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Police looking for man after 2 found dead in suburban home

HELENA, Ala. (AP) – Police are on the lookout for a man sought for questioning after two people were found dead in a home in suburban Birmingham. Authorities say the bodies of a man and a woman were found in a house in Helena, located about 20 miles south of Birmingham, on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators

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Wordle: The word puzzle that took Twitter by storm

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Jas Orr At the beginning of this year, Twitter users have seen their feed filled with green, yellow and gray squares. This phenomena that came seemingly out of nowhere is actually a game being played by nearly 2 million people. Wordle, a play on creator Josh Wardle’s name, is a

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Former Alabama players to watch during Divisional Round weekend

By WVUA 23 Contributor AJ Holliday The NFL is set to begin the Divisional round of the playoffs beginning Saturday, Jan. 22. Out of the eight teams remaining, six of them have a former Alabama player. The Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tennessee Titans will have

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Alabama Department of Public Health redesigns website

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Jas Orr The Alabama Department of Public Health launched a redesigned website to implement new features and make information about COVID more accessible.  Notably, the website features a new Alabama’s Health, which features news releases and newsletters detailing the latest health news across the state. Here, website patrons can find

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Themes From Every NFL Wild Card Game

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver After 18 exhilarating weeks, the NFL cut 18 teams from the NFL Playoffs. The 14 teams that made it have proven that their hard work and toughness over the last four months make them eligible to play in these 60-minute win-or-go-home games. The first round is the

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Alabama reports 498 positive COVID-19 cases since start of spring semester

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Zhoee’ Williams Nearly 500 students, faculty and staff at the University of Alabama were positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the spring semester, the UA System released Tuesday. The data, focused on Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, showed 358 students and 140 faculty and staff with positive test results.

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DCH under strain with staff shortage, long emergency room waits

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller With the rapid spread of the omicron variant, hospitals around the country are struggling to meet the demand for patients requiring tests and treatment while employees also battle COVID-19. At DCH Health System an uptick in hospitalizations is putting a strain on short-staffed doctors and nurses. As of

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Birmingham woman dies in single-vehicle wreck early Tuesday

A woman from Birmingham died in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday. The crash happened on Interstate 20 near the 144-mile marker, less than a mile west of Moody. Chineka Q. McCall, 42, was fatally injured when her car left the road, hit a bridge column and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers

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