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On Monday, September 30, the Tuscaloosa Police Department will host “Coffee With a Cop” at Belle Foods to allow community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in city neighborhoods. Part of a national initiative, similar events are being held across the country.

Federal officials say Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid money as the government is said to have given the state too much money in 2009 and 2010 because of an error in calculating how many children participated in the program.

President Obama is still evaluating how the U.S. will respond to the chemical attack on Syrian civilians, allegedly by the Syrian government. He says any American response would send a strong signal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Fast-food workers nationwide are expected to hit the picket line today to demand higher pay. Their aim is to more than double minimum wage.

The City of Tuscaloosa announces a Back to School Fam Jam, sponsored by the Tuscaloosa River Market on Thursday, Sept. 12. The festival is said to celebrate children and families and provide educational entertainment in an enjoyable environment and will include a live band, face painting, popcorn, photo booths, and a meet and greet with Barney.

As with most holidays, the Alabama Department of Public Safety says motorists can expect to see extra state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The first government study of its kind says nearly 9 million adults in the U.S. resort to prescription sleeping pills, most of these adults being white, female, educated, and 50 or older.

A southeastern Kentucky man says he shot his wife to death because she asked him to end her suffering from breast cancer.

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