Tuscaloosa

Death Row Inmate Dies

Convicted in 1995

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A death row inmate convicted of killing his 2-month-old son has died in prison. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Wednesday that Willie Dorrell Minor was found unresponsive in his cell at Donaldson Correctional Facility on Dec. 21. He was later pronounced dead. Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton wrote in an email that Minor was…

Man and Woman Sentenced in Torture Slaying

A woman and a man convicted in the kidnapping and torture death of an Alabama woman three years ago have been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The Tuscaloosa News reports 25-year-old Alyssa Watson and 38-year-old Marcus George were sentenced Monday by a Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court judge. The two among the defendants convicted in the 2015 slaying of 29-year-old…

Selma City Schools Selects New Superintendent

The Selma City School Board has selected its new superintendent. Dr. Avis Williams of Tuscaloosa will be district’s new leader if she accepts the offer. She was chosen over four other finalist including interim superintendent Arthur Capers, Dr. Dee Ray Hill of Georgia, Dr. Avis Williams of Tuscaloosa, Dr. Robert Griffin of Selma and Dr. Regina Thompson of South Carolina….

Judge Dismisses Tuscaloosa School Board Election Lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit in a three-year-old dispute involving a school board election in Tuscaloosa. Media outlets report that Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Jim Robert’s decision came Tuesday afternoon. The case stems from the 2013 Tuscaloosa City Board of Education election, when then-incumbent school board member Kelly Horwitz was defeated by challenger Cason Kirby. Horwitz says illegal…

Judge Lifts Driver License Suspension of Former Astronaut Charged in Deadly Accident

A judge in Tuscaloosa has delayed the driver license suspension of a former astronaut charged in the traffic deaths of two girls. Records show the court delayed the state’s move to take James Halsell’s driver’s license. An order issued earlier this month says the one-time space shuttle commander can keep his license until his case is resolved. The Huntsville man…

AP Story Praises Ala. Civil Rights Site Preservation

Focuses on Birmingham, Tuscaloosa

A major AP story praises Alabama for preserving Civil Rights sites, while calling on other states to follow suite.   Not all states and cities are letting time bury memories of their civil rights sites. In Alabama, for example, tourism officials invite visitors to experience such places as the University of Alabama’s Foster Auditorium, where Gov. George Wallace stood at…

NTSB: Plane Lost Fuel Pumps before Alabama Crash, Killing 6

Federal aviation investigators say a pilot told air traffic controllers that fuel pumps aboard the plane were failing before it plunged to the ground and caught fire near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing six people from Mississippi. In a preliminary report on the crash released Thursday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot reported one fuel pump failure and then,…

Uber Returns to Tuscaloosa and Auburn for Football Season

The ride-hailing service Uber plans to return to two Alabama cities this week as students return to college campuses. Local media report that city officials in Auburn and Tuscaloosa have approved ordinances in recent weeks that satisfy the company. Uber first began operating in both cities in 2014 but balked at city regulations and halted service soon after. Auburn city…

Tuscaloosa Plane Crash Kills Six

Six people from Oxford, Mississippi, are dead following a plane crash in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Friends, relatives and officials identify the dead as dentists Jason Farese and Lea Farese; dentist Michael Perry and his wife, Kim Perry, a nurse practitioner at the University of Mississippi; and dentist Austin Poole and his wife, Angie Poole. Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson says police confirmed…

Tuscaloosa Co. DA Named to State Pardons and Parole Board

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Lyn Head to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Tuscaloosa News reports that Head will join the three-member board Sept. 6, and that Bentley will appoint someone to fill the district attorney position by then. Head said the board has expanded its objective beyond monitoring paroled or pardoned…