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Original Air Date: 10/12/2006 School Shootings
Three shootings at schools in different parts of the country in one week has people concerned about the safety of schools. Jean Davis from the Alabama Attorney General’s office and Frank Williamson with the Alabama Department of Education discuss what is being done to keep schools safe. They will outline the required school safety plans and the role parents, the community and law enforcement play in increasing security.
Original Air Date: 10/11/2006 Drought Hits Horticulture
The drought has hurt agricultural crops around the state. But the drought has also hurt efforts to grow other types of plants. Horticulture experts talk about how the stress of the drought is hurting other parts of plant life.
Original Air Date: 10/10/2006 Ready For Another Katrina Evacuation
Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff reviews what the Louisiana city did following Hurricane Katrina. He will describe what it was like for Baton Rouge’s population to double overnight and how they assisted the New Orleans Police Department. LeDuff will discuss what Central Alabama has to do if a major hurricane hits the state’s coast forcing people to evacuate.
Original Air Date: 10/9/2006 Segregating A City
A Florida State University Professor, Charles Connerly, has written a book looking at a connection between city planning and segregation in Birmingham. Connerly shows how the racial status quo was kept through zoning. Connerly talks about his book, “The Most Segregated City in America: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980.”
Original Air Date: 10/6/2006 Week In Review
Three journalists will review the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/5/2006 Staph Infection Concerns
Schools in different parts of the state are taking precautions after some students have been treated for staph infections. The infections have struck football players in a couple of instances, and school officials are worried about the infections being passed on to other students and then the community. Bacteria cause staph infections and when the skin is punctured or broken the staph bacteria can enter the wounds causing infections that lead to other health problems.
Original Air Date: 10/4/2006 Alabama Insurance Commissioner Walter Bell
After last year’s busy and destructive hurricane season, a debate’s been raging over the difference between water damage and wind damage…and what’s covered by insurance companies. We’ll talk with Alabama’s Insurance Commissioner about that and other insurance issues, he will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/3/2006 Should Alabama Seek Grant Money
There is a debate over whether Alabama should apply for federal money aimed at allowing the disabled and elderly to move out of nursing homes and back into their home or other local home setting. But state officials say the process is not that simple, and Alabama does not have the money required for the federal grant. Medicaid Commissioner Carole Herrmann-Steckel and a representative from the disabled community will discuss why Alabama should or should not pursue the program.
Original Air Date: 10/2/2006 War On Poverty In Alabama
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama’s poverty rate was 16.8 percent.. Alabama’s poverty rate is above the national average and the eighth highest in the country. The Community Action Association of Alabama, a non-profit organization working with local groups serving low income Alabamians, says the figures show the state needs to do more to combat poverty. Lukata Mjumbe, the Executive Director for the Community Action Association of Alabama, will discuss programs aimed at addressing poverty issues. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/29/2006 Week In Review
Kim Price from the “Wetumpka Herald” will be among the three journalists reviewing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/28/2006 AIDS Testing
The Center for Disease Control has revised rules regarding testing for HIV/AIDS. The CDC wants every American between the ages of 13 and 64 to be screened for the HIV infection. The move is part of an attempt to identify what is believed to be a quarter of a million people who are infected but do not know it.
Original Air Date: 9/27/2006 Hyundai Diversity Training
Hyundai operates its first U-S auto assembly plant in Montgomery, adding South Korean culture to the traditional black and white racial mix in the region. We’ll talk with a diversity expert hired by the company to help make the mix work for everyone. Milton Creagh will take your questions when you call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/26/2006 Money Follows The Person
Advocates for the elderly and the disabled say Alabama is missing out because the state is not pursuing federal funds to help the disabled and elderly get out of nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have $1.75 billion to distribute to states for the next five years. Advocates say Alabama needs to go after the money, but state officials say Alabama’s coffers do not have the funds to make the commitment and it is not that easy to fund the project.
Original Air Date: 9/25/2006 David Bronner from RSA
The Retirement Systems of Alabama, RSA, last week put the top on the tallest building in the state. The RSA has investments in real estate, golf courses, and the stock market. The Chief executive Officer of the RSA, David Bronner, Ph.D. discusses the state of the RSA. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/22/2006 Week In Review
Dave White from the “Birmingham News” and Bob Davis of the “Anniston Star” will be among the three journalists reviewing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/21/2006 Community Service Grants
Gov. Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King are asking the Alabama Supreme Court to stop the distribution of millions of dollars in grant money by state lawmakers. The legislature created a group made up of officials from other executive branch offices to oversee the community service grant program. But the Governor and Attorney General say the new program is unconstitutional. Lawmakers want the grants distributed before the end of the fiscal year and the November elections. The questions surrounding the program will be examined.
Original Air Date: 9/20/2006 Drug Policy Alliance
Dr. Ethan Nadelmann is founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. The organization looks at various ways to address the drug problem in the country. Nadelmann is in Alabama for a conference looking at different methods of preventing street crime. He talks about methods that have and have not worked.
Original Air Date: 9/20/2006 Lymphedema
Lymphedema is the abnormal swelling of a body part - usually an arm or leg - because of an accumulation of fluid. It can happen to anyone, children and adults alike. A recent event was held to provide more information on Lymphedema and raise money for research. Experts will discuss the disease and current help that is available.
Original Air Date: 9/18/2006 Alabama High School Athletic Association
Dan Washburn is retiring as the head of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Washburn has been Executive Director for 16 years. He retires in July of 2007. Washburn discusses the state of Alabama high school athletics and takes questions from viewers at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/15/2006 Week In Review
Three journalists will review the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/14/2006 Riley Tax Plan
Governor Bob Riley says he wants to cut taxes if given a second term. Riley says he would provide tax cuts for most Alabamians. His plan includes cuts in taxes for families making up to $100,000. He also wants offer tax incentives for expanding businesses. The Governor says he will also introduce a measure requiring property tax reappraisals every four years.
Original Air Date: 9/13/2006 Zoning The Smart Way
American urban planners are using zoning laws to redevelop downtowns…and Alabama’s Capital City is one place where "It" is happening. We’ll talk with the head of the Florida firm leading that effort and a longtime North Alabama planner about saving deteriorating downtowns in Alabama cities.
Original Air Date: 9/12/2006 Election Season Begins
Alabama is less than 60 days away from the November general election. Candidates are now starting to present their plans for governing the state if elected. Political analysts will discuss the early issues candidates are putting before voters, and the campaign strategies being used to sway voters.
Original Air Date: 9/11/2006 Alabama Securities Commission Executive Director
Joe Borg is the Executive Director of the Alabama Securities Commission. The Alabama Securities Commission is in charge of regulating the securities transactions and providing consumers with information needed to make the right investment decisions. Borg is also about to become head of an association of securities regulators. Borg will discuss efforts to protect investors and will take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025 with questions.
Original Air Date: 9/8/2006 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/7/2006 Cuba’s Economy
As a communist country, Cuba’s economy operates very differently from our own. There are issues involving converting currency, the currency used in the country, and the money stores accept. The types of jobs and careers people pursue are determined in different ways with much government input. The Cuba government also controls the distribution of food within the country.
Original Air Date: 9/6/2006 Healthcare in Cuba
Cuba has poverty and other economic and social woes. The country, though, is very proud of its health care system. Doctors and researchers in Cuba say they have made many medical advances and want to share them with the world. The country has worked to reduce infant mortality. “For The Record” also visits a maternity ward to see how expectant mothers are treated.
Original Air Date: 9/5/2006 Alabama Cuba Trade Revenue
Alabama has seen a noticeable increase in trade revenue from dealing with Cuba. But the process is not easy. Companies face many hurdles in executing deals with Cuba. Alabama officials with the Department of Agriculture and Industries work to eliminate problems and teach firms about the trade process. Cuban officials also must make sure the country receives quality products for use by the public.
Original Air Date: 9/4/2006 Alabama Cuba Relationship
For The Record begins a weeklong series examining the relationship between Alabama and Cuba. Alabama has seen increases in the amount of products sent from the state to the communist country. In part one, we explore the benefits of the trade to Alabama’s economy and to Cuba’s.
Original Air Date: 9/1/2006 Sydney Pike
Sydney Pike helped organize CNN. Pike talks about the early days of the news organization and the problems the network faced. He also explains how it changed news coverage. According to Pike some of the changes are good and some have not been good for the public.
Original Air Date: 8/31/2006 Decline in Job Discrimination Court Cases
In the last decade, the number of job discrimination cases filed in federal court has dropped by almost half. Some legal analysts believe it’s a growing conservative trend in the federal court system, while others say an increase in awareness and policies preventing discrimination has cut down on bias in the workplace. We’ll examine the issue Thursday.
Original Air Date: 8/30/2006 Views On Iraq
A veteran of the War in Iraq tells why he now believes the U.S. should pull its troops out of the country. Another solder argues that the U.S. needs to stay the course. The two will provide perspective on the situation in Iraq.
Original Air Date: 8/29/2006 Childhood Obesity
Some 15.5 percent of adolescents age 12 to 19 are obese with some 15 .3 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are obese. In an attempt to combat childhood obesity, new guidelines have been passed for the food served children while at school. State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson and State School Superintendent Joe Morton, Ph.D. will discuss what is being done.
Original Air Date: 8/28/2006 Drug and Alcohol Recovery
Some 14 percent of people in treatment for drug abuse say they began using at least one drug before the age of 13. Some 121 million Americans age 12 or older currently drink alcohol with 55 million saying they drink 5 or more drinks on at least one occasion. September is National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month. Learn about programs and methods to help people with addiction. Viewers can ask questions by calling 1-866-552-0025 during the live 6:30pm broadcast.
Original Air Date: 8/25/2006 Week In Review
Bill Perkins of “The Dothan Eagle” and Steve Chiotakes from WBHM-FM Birmingham will be among the journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 8/24/2006 FEMA Failures
As the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, “For The Record” looks at some of the problems the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, had in responding to the disaster. Long waits for temporary housing and delays getting boats put back into the water were a couple of areas where people had problems.
Original Air Date: 8/23/2006 Cuban Changes
Fidel Castro has transferred his power of running Cuba to his brother. Castro made the move because of health reasons. University of Alabama History Department Chair Lawrence Clayton discusses what could happen to Cuba if Fidel Castro is no longer the ruler.
Original Air Date: 8/22/2006 Congressman Artur Davis
Alabama Seventh District Congressman Artur Davis discusses issues facing the United States and the area he represents. Davis will provide updates on legislation he is proposing and current events like the Israel and Hezbollah conflict. He will also take viewer questions during the live broadcast at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/21/2006 League of Municipality Director
The Alabama League of Municipalities includes more than four hundred cities and towns in Alabama. The organization works to help municipalities better serve their communities. Perry Roquemore, Executive Director of the Alabama League of Municipalities, will discuss the important issues facing cities and towns. He will also take viewer questions during the live broadcast at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/18/2006 Week In Review
Butler Cain from WUAL-FM in Tuscaloosa and Scott Stantis from “The Birmingham News” will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 8/17/2006 Israel Hezbollah Fighting
For more than a month, Israel has been fighting with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Some 123 Israelis and more than 861 Lebanese have been killed during the fighting. The United Nations is working on a peace agreement to end the current battle, but what can be done to make a lasting peace?
Original Air Date: 8/16/2006 Generation Next
Young Alabamians will be interviewed next week as part of a special series looking at what 16 to 25 year-olds are thinking. The program called “Generation Next: Speak Up Be Heard” will include reports on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” National Public Radio, and a PBS special. Program host Judy Woodruff talks about why interviewing these youngsters will give insight on the future of our country.
Original Air Date: 8/15/2006 Stem Cells
President Bush used the first veto of his administration to prevent federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. But the debate on stem cell research involves much more than the fight over federal funding. Stem cells could be used to treat many types of diseases and ailments, but there is much debate about what is the best source of stem cells.
Original Air Date: 8/14/2006 Terrorist Plot Foiled
A terrorist plot to blow up jets headed to the United States was stopped with the arrests of some two dozen suspects. British intelligence says the plan included mixing liquids to make an explosive device to force some 10 planes to crash into the Atlantic Ocean. Dr. James Rinehart Chair of the Political Science Department at Troy University discusses the counter terrorism work needed to stop the plan. He will also take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/11/2006 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 8/10/2006 Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to allow more drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The legislation also gives states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, like Alabama, a greater percentage of the revenue than is currently distributed. Environmentalists worry more drilling could endanger animal habitats and coastal areas.
Original Air Date: 8/9/2006 Learning from Israel
Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker recently went to Israel. Walker was there to learn more about how the country deals with terrorists. Walker talks about what the country does and will take viewer questions at 1-866-555-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/8/2006 Better Business Bureau
David Smitherman is the President of the Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama and the Wiregrass. The Better Business Bureau works to improve the relations between businesses and customers. Smitherman will discuss how to deal with situations when you are not satisfied with the goods or services you received. He will take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/7/2006 National Guard Adjutant General
Major General Mark Bowen has been the Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard since January of 2003. The Alabama National Guard has troops deployed to assist U.S. forces overseas. The National Guard is also making sure they are ready to provide assistance if a natural disaster occurs. Major General Bowen will update the missions Alabama Guardsmen have been assigned and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/4/2006 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.

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