Good morning, West Alabama! It is Wednesday June 12, 2024. Where is the month going? We are almost halfway through.

We told you yesterday that the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal temperatures for the next couple of weeks. The comfortable temperatures are giving way to the high 90s and possible temperatures and heat indices near the century mark.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has already issued an Excessive Heat Risk for Sunday, into early Monday morning of next week.

The Forecast:

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Calm wind.
Sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday Night
Clear, with a low around 68. Calm wind.
Sunny, with a high near 97. Calm wind.
Friday Night
Clear, with a low around 71.
The Weekend

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At the request of Tuscaloosa City Schools, a property tax increase vote will take place within the City of Tuscaloosa on September 24th. The additional revenue would help fund the increasing cost of education. Property taxes are the primary funding mechanism for local schools in Alabama.

Setting the election passed the council unanimously but not without some pause for thought by council president Kip Tyner and District 4 Councilman Lee Busby.


A driver pulled into the Little Caesars parking lot around 6 last night and called for help. They told authorities some fired shots into the vehicle leaving glass fragments in the leg of a child. The youth was treated at DCH Regional medical Center.

Police are still seeking the shooter.


Tuscaloosa just commemorated the 60th anniversary of the law enforcement and Klan attack on civil rights protestors at 1st African Baptist Church that became known as "Bloody Tuesday". Now the city will build a new civil rights venue with the purpose of telling the untold story of that day when 30 marchers were sent to the hospital and nearly 100 were arrested.

The new venue will be located off Ty Rogers Avenue, and 13th street, previously known as Reverend Thomas Linton's barber shop which was a hub of the local movement. The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation are developing the new civil rights experience.


Residents of Northport’s Hidden Meadows residential community have been victimized by a string of vehicle break-ins recently, some caught on security cameras. Northport PD cautions residents to park in a lighted area and remove valuable, especially guns overnight.

Potential suspects are in custody out of state and Northport authorities are address extradition procedures to bring them back to Alabama.


A career fair is set for today between 10 and 2 at the Tuscaloosa River Market on Warner Parkway. The City of Tuscaloosa is looking to hire positions for building and grounds maintenance operator, groundskeeper and tree trimmer.


West AlabamaWorks! is conducting a hiring event for Marengo and surrounding counties tomorrow. The event runs from 9am-2pm at the Demopolis Civic Center, 501 N Commissioners Ave, Demopolis, Ala. 36732.

The event is in partnership with Alabama Career Center System and will host companies such as Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama Public Health Department, GD Copper, Premier Service Company, Skill Trades of West Alabama, West Alabama Mental Health Center, WestRock Eutaw and Whitfield Regional Hospital. Job seekers will have the opportunity to speak with company representatives and apply for open positions.


With opposition from some in the area of a new restaurant and bar, the Tuscaloosa City Council approved the liquor license for The Sanctuary will be located at 1710 25th Avenue.

TPD Chief Brent Blankley has no problems with restaurant as long as it doesn't morph into a bar or club.


UA has received a $3-million federal grant to develop autonomous transit buses for campus. Dr. Bharat Balasubramian of the UA Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies points out that the buses will be equipped with advanced driver assistance systems that can react quicker than a human in an emergency situation.

According to a release from UA, the project will develop, validate and then test driver assistance technologies for a pedestrian-heavy environment.


Alabama has moved from 45th to 39th place in the national rating of states for child well-being. However, the child poverty rate in Alabama increased from 17 percent to 22 percent.


Abandoned/stray pets are being turned into the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter in tragically high numbers. That is resulting in an overcrowding situation of some 20 to 40 animals above the shelter's limit.

If you can help, the shelter is making these animals available for adoption. hey also recommend for anyone who finds a stray to attempt to find the owner. Many times, the animal's owner is nearby.

For more information got to:

The shelter is located at: 3140 Inv Dornell Cousette St. 


Topping Sports News:

From UA Athletics: Alabama's Justin Lebron and Gage Miller were selected to American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Southeast Region teams, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

Lebron earned a spot on the first team while Miller was honored as a second-teamer. The pair of infielders help make up a collection of six ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors for Alabama over the last four seasons. Prior to the Tide's two selections in 2021, the program had not had an ABCA All-Region honoree since 2012.

Lebron was also selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Freshman All-America First Team


From UA Athletics: Alabama's Filip Planinsek was one of 21 collegiate athletes that qualified for the ATP Next Gen Accelerator and one of just 11 that was guaranteed a spot in the main draw of six ATP Challenger Tour events.

Planinsek earned his spot in the prestigious program after claiming the NCAA Singles Championship in May. He will receive six opportunities to compete over the next six months (July-December) before returning to the Capstone in the spring for his senior season.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

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