Student reporter Connor Todd

Alabama Retail Assn
Alabama Retail Assn

 

Some emergency preparedness goods will be a little cheaper this weekend.

The severe weather tax holiday starts on Friday, and will let shoppers buy tax free certain emergency preparedness items that cost $60 or less, like batteries, portable radios, and tie-down kits.

This is the tenth year that the state of Alabama has partnered with the Alabama Retail Association to tax-exempt emergency goods.

Africana Film Festival
Africana Film Festival

The Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival is moving online in its ninth year, while continuing to support public health initiatives in West Alabama and West Africa alike.

Proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation, and Afram South. Inc, two non-profits support education and public health programs in West Africa and West Alabama.

Thad Ulzen, co-founder of the Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made supporting public health in communities even more critical.

The Alabama Branch of the NAACP is hosting a series of free, online information sessions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.

The information sessions are being done in partnership with UAB, The Alabama Department of Public Health, and the Community Engagement Alliance.

Bernard Simelton, the president of the Alabama Chapter of the NAACP said that events like these are important in bringing public health information to communities that may not otherwise receive it.

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Tuscaloosa City Council approved $350,000 in funds to purchase 12 lots of Tuscaloosa’s highest-crime areas.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department responded to over 300 calls from University Manor last year alone.

Gov. Ivey Fultondale
Governor's Office

Clean up and recovery efforts are still underway in Fultondale after Monday night's tornado.

Gov. Kay Ivey visited the city just north of Birmingham to survey the damage and meet victims.

The tornado killed one and injured 30 more.

One of the most heavily damaged structures was Fultondale High School. Officials are not sure if they will be able to allow students back into classrooms by the end of the year.

Ivey said that the damage to the city will be difficult to recover from. Officials are saying the storm was rated an EF-2.