Last year, the City of Tuscaloosa received a hazard mitigation grant from FEMA and, the Tuscaloosa Alert System has been activated. It uses land-line telephones, mobile phones, and emails. Residents are encouraged to explore the new access portal to make sure the City has the most up-to-date contact information at

The Alabama Senate is turning its attention to the state education budget and a teacher pay raise when they convene this morning.

According to the 2012 General Social Survey, 54% of Americans questioned said they felt they could find a new job if necessary.  That's up from 46% in 2010.

Pop star Ke$ha's reality show has hit the small screen. Six 30-minute episodes make up "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life." The show, which she says will be much different than the Kardashians', debuted on MTV on Tuesday.

Graduation ceremonies for all three Tuscaloosa City Schools' high schools will be held at the Coleman Coliseum on the University of Alabama campus on May 18th, with commencement for Bryant High at 9, Central at noon, and Northridge at 3. Doors will open to the public one hour before commencement exercises.

The national prescription drug take-back day is this Saturday, and the Drug Enforcement Administration officials say collection sites for unwanted prescription medication will be established throughout the state.

A chef in China reportedly added pesticide instead of sauce to a lunch he was making for migrant workers at a construction site in Inner Mongolia.  One person died and 20 others were sickened, including the chef, in what has been described as a crime of negligence. There's no word on whether the chef has been charged.

The 2013 NFL Draft begins today at 8 Eastern, and analysts have entered their mock draft results. Many have Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel as one of the first two picks.