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  • Thursday at 3pm, the University of Alabama will host a “Celebration of Life” at Coleman Coliseum in memory of former Crimson Tide Director of Athletics Mal Moore. More details will be announced as they’re finalized.


  • According to city officials, Tuscaloosa City and County schools were asked to partner with the City of Tuscaloosa Environmental Services Department and Yellow Pages to collect phonebooks for recycling for a share of $4,000 in cash prizes. More than 25,000 phonebooks were collected, equaling 31,000 pounds tht will be kept out of landfills.


  • Upon returning from spring break, this morning, the Alabama House Ways and Means-Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the state education budget.


  • Contractors are fighting over a bill awaiting a vote Thursday in a state Senate committee that would allow a government entity to pick a construction manager and agree on a maximum price for a project, which would allow the construction of public buildings without a traditional bidding process.


  • This morning, the US Commerce Department will release February numbers on factory orders, and automakers will announce their sales figures for March. This will give a fresh read on the manufacturing sector.


  • The stock market is off to a slow start this month with shares edging lower yesterday on signs that the manufacturing sector has cooled. The Dow dropped a little less than 6 points, the S&P 500 backed down 7 points, and the Nasdaq fell 28.


  • North Korea says it will restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year and continues to threaten the US with nuclear attack, which is seen as an effort to force policy changes and increase domestic loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un.


  • MSN reports that Justin Bieber pranked TMZ yesterday, tweeting that he’d be taking all fan phone calls on an 800 number, which just happened to be TMZ’s tip line.


  • Fox Sports reports that Kevin Ware is optimistic concerning his injury and maintains hope that he’ll be able to play basketball again.

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