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The City of Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Youth Council is now accepting applications for the next school year. The Council is a select group of high school juniors and seniors appointed to advise Mayor Maddox of issues facing Tuscaloosa’s youth. More information is available at www.tuscaloosa.com or by calling Tuscaloosa 311.

Governor Bentley says the state education and state general fund budgets appear to be in good shape, and although he’s still reviewing a few items, he hasn’t seen any major problems yet.

Federal health officials say they want to overhaul federally funded child care facilities across the country, beefing up safety standards for employees and requiring states to better monitor the facilities. Health, safety, and program quality requirements vary widely among states.

Last night, the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 to close out their second-round series in five games and the Oklahoma City Thunder was shut down by the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, DCH Regional Medical Center will use a $1.3 million grant from FEMA to strengthen the storm-readiness of windows in areas of the hospital where patients cannot be relocated to be able to withstand tornado winds of 250 mph.

Parts of North Texas were slammed by tornadoes last night. At least six people were killed, and dozens of others were injured. Officials say the death toll could climb as emergency crews search the rubble of the numerous homes that were destroyed or damaged.

Governor Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama’s private school tax credits for two years to give schools time to try to get off the failing list and to help the state repay a $423 million debt before the tax credits begin.

23-year-old Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL. General Manager Ozzie Newsome says McClain has been placed on the reserve/retired list.

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