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Ride Sharing companies in Huntsville, West Alabama Heart Walk

Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are getting the green light to operate in the City of Huntsville.

The Huntsville City Council approved two ordinances last night to allow the companies to begin service in the Rocket City.  The first requires the businesses to seek council approval for a license.  The other sets the fees for the licenses.

Birmingham recently approved the use of ride-sharing companies.  Mobile and Montgomery also have Uber.   

The regulations require  yearly background checks, car inspections, certifications and liability insurance worth $1 million.

There will be a lot of running going on along the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa.

The annual West Alabama Heart Walk is taking place tomorrow morning at the Riverwalk. The pet friendly walk is a 5K and will include survivor hats and a memorial wall. The money raised benefits the American Heart Association. Danielle Deavours is the group’s communications director. She says that they are focused on not only raising money but awareness.

“Alabama has the second highest rate of deaths related to cardio vascular disease in the entire nation. With events like heart walk we are able to raise awareness for the number one killer of Americans as well as Alabamians while raising funds for local heart research.”

This year’s race will include the Brussel Sprout Challenge, where runners have to eat three roasted sprouts during the event. The start of the run is at 9 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre.

Tuscaloosa will be feeling the blues tomorrow night when the Alabama Blues Project celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The Blues Project is holding a celebration and fundraiser with performances from several blues musicians including the group’s instructors, founder Debbie Bond and some of the Blues Project’s most advanced students.

Rick Asherson has been with the Alabama Blues Project since 2001. He says their mission is to pass on the area’s blues heritage by teaching kids how to play…

“People talk about ‘keeping the blues alive’, which is a phrase I personally dislike. If it’s dead, there’s no point in putting it on artificial respiration. We bring it to a new generation, and they are so receptive. You just feel there’s a group of people who understand and know what it’s about.”

The 20th anniversary celebration starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Band of Brothers Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa. Tickets will be available at the door.

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