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At 10:00 this morning, the City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Services will hold a groundbreaking for Fire Station 4 at 815 25th Ave East.

Alabama Department of Education officials say thery’re open to allowing city school districts to charge students transportation fees. This comes as Hoover City Schools announced it would charge transportation fees to students in effort of preventing the elimination of bus services.

Federal regulators have been checking out 250 companies with poor safety records and have shut down 52 bus companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown.

New federal figures indicate the slow rollout of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage among Americans, as more people are gaining coverage in states that have fully embraced the federal health care law than in those whose elected officials have rejected involvement.

Alabama place-kicker Cade Foster is said to have received a letter from former President George W. Bush, stating that life has its setbacks but that Foster will be a stronger human with time. It is said that Foster received death threats following Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

An attorney representing several current and former Native American inmates in Alabama prisons says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision upholding a rule requiring inmates to cut their hair, which some Native American inmates say is their religious right.

The Senate has been in session all night with Republicans upset over Democrats’ new limits on filibusters and refusing to give up debate time over 11 presidential nominations that Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to push through this week. Reid is threatening to keep the Senate in continuous session through Saturday.

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