Grand Jury to Consider Charges Against Former Astronaut

A grand jury will review evidence against a former space shuttle commander charged in the traffic deaths of two girls in Alabama. Court records showed Tuesday that reckless murder charges against 59-year-old James Halsell of Huntsville are being sent to grand jurors in Tuscaloosa County. Members could indict Halsell or refuse to return charges against the one-time astronaut. Halsell was…

Uber Reaches Deal With Tuscaloosa; Service Could Start Soon

An agreement that would bring Uber back to Tuscaloosa has been reached, although the city council still must give final approval next week. The Tuscaloosa News reports that most city councilors support the ride-for-hire amendment that will allow Uber to begin operations again. However, they must still approve the matter next week. If council approves the agreement next week, Uber…

Russian Roulette Results in Charges

Tuscaloosa teen expected to survive

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – A Tuscaloosa teen has been arrested after police say he shot another teen in the head while discussing playing Russian roulette. Media outlets report that the shooting occurred Feb. 1 at a Tuscaloosa apartment complex. A group of teenagers were hanging out outside an apartment building talking about playing Russian roulette with a semi-automatic handgun. Lt….

Federal Auditors Question Tuscaloosa 2011 Tornado Funding

Federal auditors say Tuscaloosa improperly received more than $1 million in aid following the monster tornado that struck in 2011. The Tuscaloosa News reports the Office of Inspector General has determined the Federal Emergency Management Agency should reclaim about $1.2 million in storm assistance. Mayor Walt Maddox says the city disagrees with auditors’ findings, and so does the Alabama Emergency…