• Yesterday, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and HUD Regional Director Ed Jennings announced that the City of Tuscaloosa has been awarded $43.9 million to aid in storm recovery efforts, as a result of the Tuscaloosa Forward Plan.  The allocated funds must be used in 2 years.

 

  • Next Saturday, the Child Abuse Prevention Services will host Tuscaloosa's 5th Annual Sky Lantern Festival, honoring Tuscaloosa's children, at Sokol Park's Jenkins Horse Arena. For information on how to honor a child with a lantern, call 758-1159 or visit http://www.capstuscaloosa.org.

 

  • Federal Aviation Administration officials say that because of budget cuts, funding will be cut to regional airports in Tuscaloosa and Dothan as of May 5th. Airport operators can choose to continue operating as a non-towered airport or continue providing services as a non-federal control tower.

 

  •  Alabama is the only state that doesn't allow citizens to brew small amounts of beer or wine at home for personal use now that Mississippi is legalizing home brewing. Enthusiasts have been trying to get the Alabama Legislature to legalize it since 2009.

 

  • President Obama is upbeat about the chances for passage of immigration reform legislation and says that he's prepared to offer his own bill if a bipartisan Senate group can't draft one.

 

  • In other news, 94-year-old former South African president Nelson Mandela is back in the hospital with a recurring lung infection. He has been hospitalized several times since last year.

 

  • In world economic news, a leading international economic body says the global economy is beginning to rebound, but Europe is lagging.

 

  • Last night, the Chicago Bulls put a freeze to Miami's 27-game winning streak with a final score of 101-97.

 

  • The NCAA's Sweet 16 begins today with Miami facing Marquette, Indiana facing Syracuse, Ohio State facing Arizona, and Wichita State facing La Salle.

 

  • Justin Timberlake has become the 6th artist to notch multiple  No. 1 Billboard albums with both a group and as a soloist.