• Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced an award of $4.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding to the City of Tuscaloosa. This is in addition to the monies that have already been awarded for disaster recovery, making the total received from HUD almost $65 million since April 27, 2011.

 

  • According to al.com, last night, the Tuscaloosa City Council unanimously voted to approve plans for a proposed $42 million mixed-use development at the site of the former Tuscaloosa Chevrolet at the corner of Greensboro Avenue and Jack Warner Parkway. This would be the fourth development from Chance Partners in the downtown area.

 

  • Governor Bentley has announced that he will seek a second term, and House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he has no plans to run against Bentley.

 

  • Unemployment benefits are changing for some. Alabamians have been able to qualify for 63 weeks of benefits, but that is being reduced to 54 weeks.

 

  • South Korea's foreign minister says that the prospect of a North Korean missile launch is "considerably high." He told lawmakers today that the North is expected to launch a medium-range missile, with a range of 2,180 miles, capable of flying over Japan.

 

  • Women or Hispanic farmers and ranchers who believe the USDA has improperly denied them farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 are eligible to file a claim to get a piece of the $1.33 billion cash rewards and tax relief payments and up to $160 million in farm debt relief. However, the deadline to file is May 1.

 

  • MSN reports that Beyonce and Jay-Z's anniversary trip to Cuba was legal, laying to rest speculation that the couple broke the law.

 

  • Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court Friday to try to settle their divorce case in advance of a May 6th trial date. Humphries wants an annulment, claiming the marriage was based on fraud. Kardashian disagrees and wants a divorce judgment.