Tuscaloosa mulling ban on some businesses


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The city of Tuscaloosa is considering a temporary ban on some kind of businesses as it rebuilds from last year's tornado.

The City Council on Tuesday will continue a discussion of a proposed moratorium that could affect businesses including pawn shops, check-cashing stores, tattoo shops and tobacco stores.

Councilman Kip Tyner is supporting the ban. He says he wants to rebuild tornado-ravaged parts of the city with better businesses than existed before the twister in 2011.

The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/Q6yQ5d ) reports the neighboring city of Northport already has enacted a similar moratorium.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says staff members aren't clear on exactly what type of ban the council wants to review.

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