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Posted Jun 3, 2008

June 2008 Programming All New

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An interview with a pioneer in working with special needs children, the STD epidemic in Alabama’s African American community, the making of a port city “boomtown,” the impact higher fuel prices are having statewide and a tour of some of Alabama top vacation destinations are the subjects covered in new local programming presented by Alabama Public Television in June. On Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., “Profiles” host Wendy Garner interviews Betty Bell, Alabama Health Care Hall of Fame Award winner. Just over 20 years ago, Bell founded the Bell Center for Early Intervention, which has delivered a range of treatment programs for approximately 500 children to date from birth to age three who are at risk of developmental delay. Immediately following “Profiles” at 7:30, stay tuned for “frontstreet with Tracey Larkin.” According to the Center for Disease Control, African Americans accounted for 69% of gonorrhea cases in 2006, a rate 18 times greater than among whites. Host Larkin examines the causes and effects of this epidemic, as well as possible solutions. “Alabama Stories” follows each subsequent Friday at 7:00 p.m. with a range of Alabama-based stories. On June 13, it’s “Taking Off” with Chris Newbold, a program that explores why Mobile and surrounding communities are on the verge of becoming the next “boomtown” in the Gulf South region. A massive steel mill, one of the largest current investments in the county, is currently under construction near southern Alabama’s largest city. Mobile has also landed a key aircraft assembly plant. Newbold examines the effects on the region from this influx of high-paying jobs and the “spin-off” factor. On June 20 at 7:00 p.m., Lakia Richardson takes viewers on a tour of some of Alabama’s top vacation destinations in “Destination: Alabama.” Find out why the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Alabama Adventure amusement park are attracting nationwide attention from tourists. On June 27, host Randy Scott explores the “Pain at the Pump” that motorists around the country (including Alabama) are feeling as the price of gas skyrockets. On top of a lackluster vacation travel season, consumers can expect to see an increase in the price of goods, especially food items. And what about those who work with gas-operated equipment? From farmers to fishermen on the Alabama coast, higher fuel costs are making an impact. With the help of an economist or two, Scott attempts to break down the actual price of gas. He also examines problems such as gas theft and a possible increase in fees for those who use credit cards to purchase fuel.

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