Mayors from Alabama’s five largest cities met in Montgomery on April 20, where they urged state lawmakers to support issues critical to residents of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, a constituency comprising nearly one third of the state's population.

Since World War II began, more than 83,000 Americans remain missing. On Friday, a special dedication will be held to honor the POW/MIAs: a special Chair of Honor, located on the second floor of the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Tuscaloosa. The chair will remain perpetually empty, in memory of all Americans who have gone missing or became prisoners of war while serving their country.

Wednesday’s forecast does not look good for much of Alabama, with several counties expected to see some form of severe weather. As a result, many area schools are opting to close for the day. Storms began making their way into West Alabama in the wee hours on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain, lightning and high winds. A tornado watch was issued for Tuscaloosa County until 9 p.m.

Governor Robert Bentley declared a statewide State of Emergency for severe weather in Alabama on Wednesday.

School and Business Closings on Wednesday, April 5:

Tuscaloosa City Schools

Tuscaloosa County Schools and County Offices

Holy Spirit School & Preschool

American Christian Academy

Tuscaloosa Academy

University of Alabama

Shelton State Community College

Stillman College

The Tuscaloosa Public Library

Local officials are investigating reports of an alligator sighting in a Lake Tuscaloosa tributary.

The City of Tuscaloosa on Monday afternoon said it had received “unconfirmed reports” of an alligator in Hamner Creek – which is a tributary of Lake Tuscaloosa.

Area residents turned out at the polls on Tuesday, March 7, to decide several key government races and seats on the Tuscaloosa City School Board.

Unofficial results are in (results won’t be official until canvassing on March 14), and these are the winners in each race – or those headed into a runoff on April 18.

Heads up, Tuscaloosa and Northport (and surrounding areas): We could be in for some rough weather in coming hours. March is, apparently, living up to the adage "In like a lion."

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area, effective until 6 p.m. As of 1 p.m., the timeline for West Alabama appeared to be between 1 and 5 p.m. The strongest of the storms may bring damaging winds, hail and the possibility of a few "brief" tornadoes.

By Katherine Chatmon

The University of Alabama’s enrollment has nearly doubled in the past 15 years, from 19,633 students in 2001 to 37,665 students in 2016.

This upward trend is expected to continue as UA expands with various building projects projected to be completed by 2020. Housing Administration Associate Director Kimberly Sterritt said that the goal to reach 50,000 students is on track.

“The new Tutwiler building should be completed by 2020,” Sterritt said. “The new hall beside Lakeside is projected to be completed by Fall 2018.”

Traffic control on Jack Warner Parkway will shift Monday, Jan. 23 to the segment from 21st Avenue to Queen City Avenue. This project is expected to take a while, so area drivers, take note.

The 21st Avenue intersection traffic signal will be taken out of service, the north leg of 21st avenue will be closed and a temporary three-way stop will be in place for about two weeks.

Area residents who want to learn more about exactly how their tax dollars are being spent now have access to that information, thanks to a new effort by Tuscaloosa city officials.

The city of Tuscaloosa has launched an online financial transparency portal, an effort officials say will allow the city to strengthen its accountability, allowing taxpayers to see where funds are budgeted and how funds are spent.

A layer of snow and ice continued to cause travel issues throughout West Alabama – and much of the state, on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures did not climb above freezing, meaning many area roadways remain dangerously slick or impassible entirely.

Emergency officials spent much of the day responding to accidents and stranded motorists, and continued to recommend that everyone stay put if at all possible.

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