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The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market will resume Tuesday markets beginning May 6. Tuesday markets will operate from 7am until noon. Tomorrow, the harvest season will kick off with a grand celebration with a mariachi band, children’s activities, and snacks from 10am until noon.

Nearly 98,000 people in Alabama are said to have selected a plan in the federally operated health insurance marketplace, with about 58 percent of those being women. The biggest age group was 18 to 34, who made up 31 percent.

Later this morning, the Labor Department will release a report on the nation’s unemployment rate for April. Economists predict the hiring of over 200,000 people last month. The jobless rate currently stands at 6.7 percent.

Cedric the Entertainer is leaving “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” after only one season, citing his busy schedule and the show’s Connecticut production location.


“Grandchildren of Brown: Student Photos on Race in Tuscaloosa, 60 Years Later,” which features photos taken by students at one integrated Tuscaloosa school and one that is nearly all black,  will debut today at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through May 18.

The National Weather Service says at least 15 tornadoes touched down in central Alabama during the storms earlier this week.

Today, President Obama will hold talks at the White House with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two are likely to push for a display of trans-Atlantic unity against Moscow. They’re also likely to discuss U.S. spying, an issue which has continued to erode the U.S.-Germany relationship.

California prisoner Richard J. Dupree, Jr. has filed a $2.4 billion civil rights lawsuit against Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna and Chris Brown, saying they stole lyrics for over 3,000 songs he wrote while serving time, by spying on him via satellite with the aid of law enforcement agencies.

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