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Alabama political scientist Bill Stewart dies at 80

Jan 5, 2021
William H. "Bill" Stewart Jr.
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A retired University of Alabama political scientist died at the age of 80 on Sunday. 

William H. "Bill" Stewart Jr. taught at Alabama for over 40 years and mentored both students and state politicians. 

The Hartselle native was known as an authority on Alabama history and politics in the news. 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama trustees are expected to vote on a proposal to change the name of a building on the Tuscaloosa campus that is currently named after a Confederate general. reports that the agenda for the trustees’ meeting on Thursday includes consideration of a resolution amending the name of Morgan Hall.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx praised Alabama’s response to the pandemic, but expressed concern about the number of men she saw not wearing masks as she visited the state. 

Birx visited the University of Alabama on Friday in a tour of southern colleges responding to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. She praised the response of the state and university, which has been the site of a recent outbreak.

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The University of Alabama has issued more than 400 conduct referrals for coronavirus violations.

Nearly 2,000 students have tested positive since classes began on Aug. 19.

Only 21 UA employees have tested positive since classed began, according to the UA System COVID-19 Dashboard.

UA President Stuart Bell sent an email to students last week that said student misconduct will not be tolerated.



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has recorded 531 cases of COVID-19 on campus since the fall semester began last week. 

The university system released the number of students, faculty and staff testing positive Tuesday, a day after Tuscaloosa's mayor ordered bars closed.



Tuscaloosa is closing bars for the next two weeks after University of Alabama officials said there has been an unacceptable rise in COVID-19 cases on campus.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The president of the University of Alabama says  there us an “unacceptable rise” in COVID-19 cases on campus that could derail plans to continue in-person classes. 

President Stuart Bell, in a message to students, said they all must work together to limit the spread of the virus. Bell wrote that violations of health and safety protocols, both on and off campus, are subject to harsh disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from the university.

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This week, the University of Alabama is making triple sure students have all the face masks they'll ever need.

While on-campus students have already been provided two face masks at move-in, the university is giving away masks at various locations across campus this week.

Students can pick up masks at:

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama officials say they've decided to remove from an academic building the name of a white doctor who misused medical evidence to support slavery. 

News outlets report the system’s board of trustees voted Wednesday to strip the name of Dr. Josiah Nott from the facility which houses the Honors College, and replace it with Honors Hall. Nott helped found the university’s medical school.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has authorized moving three Confederate plaques and studying building names with an eye toward possible change. 

A news release says the plaques will be moved from the main library to what the school says will be “a more appropriate historical setting.”  The statement did not say whether officials have decided where to move the plaques.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama is selecting the University of Michigan’s pharmacy dean as its next provost. 

The Tuscaloosa campus announced the appointment of James T. Dalton on Monday. He’ll start work on Aug. 1, pending approval by University of Alabama system trustees.


An APR News Feature --Part of an innovative collaboration between Alabama Public Radio, the commercial newsroom at WVUA23-TV, and the University of Alabama's Center for Public Television.

The coronavirus means almost no students are allowed on campus. And, almost all classes at the University of Alabama are being moved from face-to-face instruction to online platforms like ZOOM. 

Creative media instructor Maya Champion is trying to make the best of it.


UA cancels classes through Mar. 30

Mar 12, 2020

The University of Alabama has announced its plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its students and faculty.

In an email from university president Stuart Bell, it was announced that classes will be canceled from Mar. 16-27. Classes will resume on Mar. 30 and will be taught via remote learning methods such as Blackboard and Zoom.

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Two construction workers, helping in the renovation of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama, were injured when beams fell on a piece of equipment they were operating.  

Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue spokeswoman Holly Whigham told news outlets, that the workers were operating a manlift that was struck when the beams fell. Firefighters freed the two workers and they were transported to DCH Regional Medical Center.

The accident happened Saturday evening.

Construction is underway on the new $150 million Tutwiler Residence Hall on the University of Alabama campus.

The new 365,000-square-foot dormitory will be home to 1,285 first-year female students. It will replace the existing Tutwiler Residence Hall, next to the site. reports construction is set to be complete by mid-2022.

The new facility will be the third residence hall built on the campus over a 100-year time span honoring Julia Tutwiler, an education and prison reform advocate. 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump knew where to go Saturday for home field advantage, finding comfort in the Deep South with college football fans cheering the nation's top two teams — and him.

His reception at the showdown between Louisiana State and Alabama contrasted with the scene at Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, where was booed, and the mixed response to his appearance at a martial arts fight in New York.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to attend Saturday's college football matchup between top-ranked University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.

The Federal Aviation Administration is advising that Trump will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the game.

It will be the third Trump visit to a high-profile sporting event in as many weeks. Last month Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, and Trump traveled to New York on Saturday to watch Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 244 at Madison Square Garden.

University of Arizona switches from UA to UArizona for SEO

Oct 29, 2019
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona has announced it is changing its abbreviation from UA to UArizona in an effort to increase search engine optimization results for the college.

The Tucson-based college in a statement Monday said the change would help distinguish the school from other national and international entities that use UA, including the University of Alabama, Under Armour and United Airlines.

Officials say the southern Arizona university was not appearing high on Google results when UA was typed into search engines.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A University of Alabama student has pleaded not guilty to calling in a bomb threat to Louisiana State University's stadium during a football game.

The Advocate reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll, of Crozet, Virginia, pleaded not guilty Monday. He was charged Friday with communicating false information, a felony with a max 20-year sentence.

Visual Vernacular: A different kind of storytelling

Oct 18, 2019

Justin Perez is a fifth generation deaf person, but has had no problem making himself heard.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Perez has spent time working for the Alabama Department of Mental Health Deaf Services as a Visual Gestural Specialist, and for the University of Alabama as an American Sign Language instructor. He has since moved on to work for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education in Indianapolis as an Educational Consultant.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama student is accused of threatening Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium during the school's Saturday night football game against the University of Florida.

The Tuscaloosa News reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll of Crozet, Virginia, was arrested by officers at the Alabama school and jailed Sunday as a "fugitive from justice."

(TUSCALOOSA, AL)-- A new grant will help health experts discover how the amount of sleep someone gets is related to chronic diseases.

Adam Knowlden is an Associate Professor of Health Science at University of Alabama. The National Institute of Health awarded him a five-year grant to study the relationship between sleep and chronic diseases, and how that’s associated with obesity.

Knowlden thinks it’s important that his work is being conducted in Alabama.  

University of Alabama Students Join the Fight Against Climate Change

Sep 20, 2019
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Today millions of people across the world are participating in the Global Climate change Strike. Nearly a hundred UA students crowded around the steps of Denny Chimes with posters in hand that read things like respect your mother, our planet matters and Business as usual equals death. 

Natalie Miller is a student and the Director of Sustainability in Greek life, dining and dorms. She says it is good to see so many people show up for the strike.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama teacher is off the job after video surfaced of a student drinking a beer in class.

School spokesman Chris Bryant said Wednesday marketing instructor Joel Strayer has been placed on administrative leave while "several concerns" are investigated.

video posted to a social media site a week ago shows a young man punching a hole in the side of a beer can and drinking it while others in the classroom watch and clap. Someone is heard saying: "I am impressed."

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A black dean at the University of Alabama has resigned after a conservative website highlighted old tweets he sent linking the U.S. flag with racism.

News outlets quote a university statement as saying dean of students and assistant vice president Jamie R. Riley resigned a day after the story by Breitbart News.

The website published a report saying a tweet on Riley's social media feed from 2017 stated that the American flag represents a "history of racism" for black people. It said police are part of that system.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A paroled burglar is accused of breaking into the bedrooms of sleeping University of Alabama students and robbing them.

Culverhouse College of Business

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — New arrangements between the University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa's business incubator are expected to help entrepreneurs and generate new jobs, officials said.

The Bama Technology Incubator, which features on-campus support for startup companies, will now be known as Edge Labs, The Tuscaloosa News reported .

UA Student Wins Project Yellow Light Scholarship

Jun 13, 2019

A University of Alabama student has some extra tuition money for the coming school year thanks to a public service announcement competition on distracted driving.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama officials have released a selection of emails to back up their contention that their decision to return a record $26.5 million donation had nothing to do with the donor's highly publicized call for a boycott in response to the state's new, near-total abortion ban.

Instead, the emails suggest the relationship between the university and Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. had already soured before he called the boycott, and the university was already moving to return his record donation before he spoke out.

UA approves return of Culverhouse gift

Jun 7, 2019

(TUSCALOOSA, AL)-- The University of Alabama has approved the return of the largest donation ever given to the school.

The Board of Trustees agreed to return a $21.5 million gift to Hugh Culverhouse Jr. at a meeting on Friday. The decision was also made to rename the law school and take Culverhouse's name off of it.