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The Tuscaloosa County Commission approved more than $400,000 in county funding to go toward projects at the Tuscaloosa County Schools, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Commission Chairman Hardy McCollum said the commission is in a lot of county school board projects, which is not where they’re supposed to be.

Two women are pressing a federal lawsuit in a bid to force Alabama to recognize their out-of-state marriage, saying the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. constitution.

Federal agents today are serving hundreds of warrants in dozens of cities as part of a continued crackdown on the makers and sellers of synthetic drugs. The largest single operation is a state-wide effort in Alabama.

GM is recalling 2.6 million small cars worldwide to replace ignition switches, but the government says there’s no need to tell owners of these vehicles to stop driving them.

Yesterday, students were dismissed from Vance Elementary School because of a gas leak on the school campus. Parents were notified through the student notification system.

Emergency officials are trying to figure out why Tuscaloosa’s emergency alert system failed to warn people of a tornado that struck parts of the city and county last week. According to the Tuscaloosa News, the system failed to make automatic phone calls or send text notifications to the 25,000 numbers or email addresses registered.

A¬†lawsuit has been filed to block state education officials from allowing payroll deductions from public school employees to fund the Alabama Education Association, citing that the AEA hasn’t ensured that dues won’t be used to fund the AEA’s political action committee.

The House Armed Services Committee is said to be ignoring the Pentagon’s request for flexibility in keeping the military ready to fight with less money.

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