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Second teen arrested, charged with capital murder in Northport shooting

A second person is facing capital murder charges in the wake of a 16-year-old’s shooting death Monday. The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said the suspect, who is younger than 18, was taken into custody and charged Tuesday. The defendant will be charged as an adult, but because of a new Alabama law passed last year,

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Want free COVID tests? You can order some through USPS

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller With the recent shortage of COVID-19 tests because of a spike in cases, the U.S. Postal Service announced that they will be taking orders for at-home test kits starting now. The kits will include four rapid tests per household and will be free of charge to those residing

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Some schools going remote amid COVID absences

Several Tuscaloosa County schools are reopening today after an increase in faculty and student absences forced an abrupt swap to remote learning on Tuesday. In all, Holt, Brookwood, Cottondale and Flatwoods elementary schools, Duncanville Middle School and Lloyd Wood Education Center were closed Tuesday. Tuscaloosa County School System Public Relations Director Terri Brewer said the

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Ford recalls 200K cars because brake lights can stay on

DETROIT (AP) – Ford is recalling about 200,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off. The recall covers certain 2014 and 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars as well as some 2015 Mustangs. All were sold or registered in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,

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Police: Nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana found in camper

LEEDS, Ala. (AP) – Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20. News outlets report an officer saw a camper running off the road while exiting the highway Tuesday morning. The officer stopped the

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Nick Saban, others urge Manchin to protect voting rights

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other sports figures with ties to West Virginia are urging Sen. Joe Manchin to support sweeping legislation to protect the right to vote. The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act would make Election Day a national holiday and require access to early voting and mail-in

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Ivey calls special session on remaining COVID relief funds

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has called lawmakers into special session to spend more than $500 million in pandemic relief funds. Ivey made the announcement Tuesday, and the special session begins Wednesday. The state has $580 million remaining from the state’s first installment from the federal American Rescue Plan. Lawmakers are considering a plan to steer

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Alabama students help create fisher-focused safety app

Boaters and fishers on the water in the Gulf of Mexico have a student-led University of Alabama project to thank for a new safety app offering important weather, fishing, boating and safety information available for smartphones. The MAAP-AWI app was created by the university’s Alabama Water Institute and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, along with

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Alabama men’s hoops facing 13th-ranked LSU Wednesday

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Drew Pavan The Alabama Crimson Tide are currently riding a three-game losing streak and have fallen out of the latest Top 25 AP poll. The Tide will look to break out of this mid-season slump Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum against the 13th-ranked LSU Tigers. After Alabama dropped a third consecutive loss Saturday

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Church hosts celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuscaloosans gathered Monday evening at First African Baptist Church, celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with music, discussion and more. Those who were there for the celebration included people from all walks of life: Black, white, young, old, all honoring the civil rights-era icon whose life was cut short. “He’s a

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Tuscaloosa County closes 6 schools today over staffing shortages

Six schools within the Tuscaloosa County School System are closed today because of COVID-19 related staffing shortages. In a message sent out Monday, the system said Holt Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Cottondale Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Lloyd Wood Education Center and Duncanville Middle will be closed Tuesday. All other schools in the system remain open. Read the

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18-year-old facing capital murder charges in Monday Northport shooting

An 18-year-old is facing capital murder charges, a 16-year-old is dead and authorities are searching for more suspects in the wake of a shooting in Northport Monday afternoon. The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit identified the victim early this morning as David Martin Jr. Martin was found around 3 p.m. Monday in the Valley Hills area

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Woman facing attempted murder charges after Monday morning shooting

A man is recovering and a woman is facing attempted murder charges in the wake of a shooting this morning in Coaling. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched around 8 a.m. to the site of the shooting on Dudley Road in Coaling. The victim was shot once, and authorities said his injuries

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Police investigating after teen shot in Northport

UPDATE: The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit says the victim has died. Northport Police say a 16-year-old is fighting for their life after being shot this afternoon at Valley Hills Apartments. Northport Assistant Police Chief Keith Carpenter said the teen was shot in the chest while inside a car at the complex. The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes

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Temporary Emergency Services needs more space heaters

Temporary Emergency Services is doing what it can to ensure no one in Tuscaloosa goes cold at night, but it needs the community’s help. On Friday, the organization hosted a space heater drive to collect heaters and other cold-weather items they can distribute to those in need. “It is quite cold out here this evening

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Organization offers hope, healing for families impacted by childhood cancer

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson Since it began five years ago in the wake of one family’s tragedy, Angel’s Hope has been offering quality-of-life programs for children and families impacted by childhood cancer. The foundation began soon after Kim Eaton’s daughter, Angel, died of cancer in 2016. Despite her own yearslong fight, while

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Pedestrian killed in Sunday night Jefferson County crash

A two-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian Sunday night claimed the life of a man from Odenville. Chapley L. Jones, 23, died after he was struck by two vehicles around 11 p.m. on Interstate 22 near the 81-mile marker, about 3 miles northwest of Adamsville in Jefferson County. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Highway Patrol Division

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Court to hear appeal of man convicted in son’s hot-car death

By KATE BRUMBACK The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – A man whose toddler son died after he left him in a hot car for hours is asking Georgia’s highest court to overturn his convictions for murder and child cruelty. Justin Ross Harris is serving life without parole for malice murder in the June 2014 death

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Grammy-winning singer performs in Tuscaloosa for Realizing the Dream week

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Valarie Bracken Grammy award-winning gospel singer Kierra Sheard graced the stage in Tuscaloosa over the weekend as part of the city’s Realizing the Dream events series celebrating and honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The Jan. 16 concert was held at the University of Alabama’s Moody Music Building

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Do you need a COVID-19 test? Odds are good

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder Lines for COVID-19 tests are backing up as residents find themselves contending with symptoms that may or may not be caused by the omicron variant. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, 46.7% of COVID-19 tests in Tuscaloosa County taken over the past seven days have come

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Civil rights struggles honored at Stillman with art walk

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd Stillman College hosted its fifth annual MLK Legacy Art Walk over the weekend, just ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Stillman Art, Music and Language Education Department Chair Jesse Wheeler said it’s imperative that we remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. “The importance

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Need a new roof? Habitat for Humanity may be able to help

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson If you live in Pickens or Tuscaloosa County and your home needs a new roof, Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa could help you get a fortified roof. Strengthen Alabama Homes is providing grants of as much as $10,000 to put fortified roofs onto homes. These roofs last longer than

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What comes after omicron? New COVID variant possible, if not probable

COVID-19 and its variants are passing the second year of existence inside the U.S., and the pandemic remains far from over. So what comes after the transmission-heavy but symptom-light omicron variant? Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson said all viruses mutate — that’s how they continue spreading. That means in all likelihood, another variant

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New location a success: Holidays on the Plaza is here to stay

After a momentous first year in its new spot, Holidays on the Plaza will be returning in November. The outdoor ice rink and Tinsel Trail made the move from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to Government Plaza in 2021 because of construction on Jack Warner Parkway, but the temporary location will become permanent, city officials said. Tuscaloosa

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