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Tthe City of Tuscaloosa wants at least 10 to 20%  of storm relief work and future projects to go to minority-owned businesses, which includes those owned by women. On March 6 at 1pm and 6pm, the Birmingham Construction Industry Authority, which assists contractors to win projects, will host meetings at City Hall for minority contractors.

The Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee is planning a public hearing today in Montgomery to consider a bill that would phase out the state sales tax on groceries and increase the sales tax on other purchases.

All of the snow that has fallen in recent weeks could lead to another major concern. As temperatures warm, flooding could become a major issue in New England and the Midwest.

American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia will take the stage at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on June 13, accompanied by R&B singer Joe. The two currently have a duet on the charts, written by Tuscaloosa native Alvin Garrett.

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban confirms he and a partner are working to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham’s Irondale area. While the land for the business has been purchased, construction is being held up by a lawsuit with Crown Automobiles of Hoover.

Yesterday, the Alabama House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require the state to keep the identities of people and companies who provide lethal injection drugs to the state confidential, as obtaining drugs has become more difficult because suppliers are being threatened with lawsuits.

Yesterday, Jesse Mae Brown Pollard was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison in the kidnapping of a girl from her elementary school. Pollard is the mother of former University of Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard, who was allowed to avoid prosecution of he stays out if trouble for two years.

The price of milk is on the rise and expected to go up approximately 60 cents a gallon next month.

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