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Original Air Date: 3/16/2006 Public Safety Director
Alabama Pubic Safety Director Col. Mike Coppage discusses Real ID. The REAL ID Act is moving through the U.S. Congress. It establishes uniform standards for state driver’s licenses. Some worry it is the start of a national identification card.
Original Air Date: 3/15/2006 Christian Coalition
John Giles from the Christian Coalition talks about the group’s work and agenda. Giles will discuss the issues the organization has been watching, advocating, and trying to defeat this session. He will also take viewer calls. The number to dial is 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/14/2006 Major Merger
AT&T and Bell South have agreed to merge. The $67 billion deal creates a company able to offer wireless, broadband, video, voice and data service. The merger reunites parts of the old phone company broken up during deregulation in the 1980s. A look at what the merger means for the company, stockholders, and consumers.
Original Air Date: 3/13/2006 Training Alabama Workers
Ed Castile is the head of the Alabama Industrial Training Development. The agency works to prepare citizens for employment around the state. Castile will discuss effort to produce a quality workforce and he will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/10/2006 Week In Review
Sallie Owen of the "Mobile Register" will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 3/9/2006 Jail Overcrowding
The Alabama Department of Corrections is racing to relieve overcrowding in the state’s prison system as a judge continues to look at a suit from counties upset about the number of state inmates in their jails. The department is also in transition with a new commissioner. Vernon Barnett, Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections will discuss the changes and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/8/2006 Severe Weather
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jason B. Wright talks about being prepared for severe weather. Wright will discuss what people need to do to protect themselves from lightning wind, hail, tornadoes and floods. Wright will also take questions from viewers who call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/7/2006 Indigent Defense
A bill moving through the legislature would change the state's indigent defense system. It would create an oversight commission to monitor the quality of legal representation poor defendants are receiving. There has been some concern expressed about the plan. "For The Record" takes a look at the measure to see whether it keeps the scales of justice balanced.
Original Air Date: 3/6/2006 Child Abuse & Neglect
Kathy Johnson and Judge Sonny Ryan of the Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, along with Executive Director Marian Loftin, will discuss programs to safeguard children available throughout the state. They will also take questions from viewers who call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/3/2006 Week In Review
Barbara Bobo of the "West Alabama Gazette," and Bob Davis from the "Anniston Star" will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 3/2/2006 Personnel Changes
The Alabama State Employees Association wants to see a change in procedures for disciplinary hearings. The organization hopes that if they can get the measure passed it will help standardized the way state employees are treated.
Original Air Date: 3/1/2006 Growing Up in Cuba
In 1962, eleven-year-old Carlos Eire and his brother were airlifted out of Cuba, to start a new life – away from all family and friends - in the United States. Forty-one years later, Eire detailed his experiences in WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA, an account of his childhood under the Batista regime, during the Cuban Revolution, in the early years under Fidel Castro, and ultimately, in his adopted country of America. The memoir won the 2003 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Eire, now a professor of history and religious studies at Yale, discusses the Cuba of his childhood and Cuba today.

Image and link From WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA by Carlos Eire. Copyright © 2003 by Carlos Eire. Reprinted by permission of The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Original Air Date: 2/28/2006 Golf Pioneer and Defiant Run
Jerry Black was one of the pioneer African-American golfers. Black would go from caddying to qualifying for the Los Angeles Open. He would lead the tournament at one point before finishing ninth. Now he wants to tell the history of African-American golfers. The 1958 movie starring Sidney Poiter and Tony Curtis called "The Defiant ones" has inspired a half marathon obstacle course in Selma. The race seeks to bring people together by literally chaining competitors to one another so they can learn to work as one.
Original Air Date: 2/27/2006 Flu Pandemic
A summit was held on how communities can prepare for a possible flu pandemic. Alabama State Health Office Dr. Don Williamson was at the summit. Dr. Williamson talks about the meeting, what Alabama is doing to be ready. He will take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 2/24/2006 Week In Review
Ken Hare of the "Montgomery Advertiser," Bill Perkins of the "Dothan Eagle," and Leada Gore from the Hartselle Enquirer will be the three Alabama journalists discussing the week's big stories.
Original Air Date: 2/23/2006 2006 Budget Battle
The Alabama House of Representatives passed a $6 billion dollar budget. The budget was passed after discussion of proposals Gov. Bob Riley pushed. Riley says he may not have been able to get his ideas into the House budget, but he believes he may have a chance with Alabama Senators.
Original Air Date: 2/22/2006 Future of Newspapers
Birmingham was the last major city in Alabama to feature two daily newspapers, but the Birmingham Post-Herald shut down a few months ago leaving only one daily newspaper in the state’s largest city. How are the state’s newspapers doing in the changing media environment where people have so many options available to receive their news?
Original Air Date: 2/21/2006 Voting Procedures in Alabama
Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley will discuss changes in voting procedures in Alabama. The changes involve the use of new machines for elections. There is some concern voters could have problems with voting.
Original Air Date: 2/20/2006 World Affairs Councils of America President
Jerry Leach, Ph.D. is the President of the World Affairs Councils of America. The organization, through its local affiliates, has some 484,000 members. A former diplomat, Leach served as Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council and as Regional Director of the Peace Corps. Leach is visiting Montgomery to speak to the Alabama World Affairs Council.
Original Air Date: 2/17/2006 Week in Review
Dana Beyerle of the “New York Times Regional Newspapers” will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 2/16/2006 Bills During Election Year
The 2006 Regular Session is the last Regular Session before voters go to the polls to elect the next legislature. Representatives and Senators seeking re-election are in the position of having to decide not only the merits of a bill but how it may impact their chance at another term. "For The Record" takes a look at the bills that may impact how lawmakers vote during this election year.
Original Air Date: 2/15/2006 Taylor Branch on Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Taylor Branch won a Pulitzer Prize for his book "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years: 1954-1963" on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when the Civil Rights movement began in Montgomery. Branch has completed his third book on King, "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68." Branch will discuss the book which also looks at King's final days.
Original Air Date: 2/14/2006 Church Fires
In one week, nine churches have been burned. Officials have determined the cause of the fires was arson and now more than a hundred law enforcement officers on the local, state, and federal level are investigating. Early leads include a dark colored SUV at the scene of some fires.
Original Air Date: 2/13/2006 Preserving Alabama's History
Ed Bridges, Ph.D. the head of the Alabama Department of Archives and History will discuss preserving the state’s history. He will also discuss how the new addition is helping people researching Alabama’s past. Bridges will also take questions when viewers call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 2/10/2006 Week In Review
Bob Martin of the "Montgomery Independent" will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 2/9/2006 Teaching The Bible
A bill before the Alabama legislature proposes to require public schools to offer a course on The Bible as an elective for students. The Bible would be the textbook for the class offered to students in grades 9-12. For The Record looks at the proposed course and what supporters and opponents are saying about the bill.
Original Air Date: 2/8/2006 Alabama Democratic and Republican Party Chiefs
Gubernatorial primaries, domestic spying and the war in Iraq are dominating state and national headlines, providing plenty of potential landmines for both Democrats and Republicans. How will the outcome of these issues affect the swing of the power pendulum? State party heads Joe Turnham (D) and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) offer their spin on the political future and the potential pitfalls each group faces.
Original Air Date: 2/7/2006 World Affairs Council of America Head
Jerry Leach, Ph.D. is the President of the World Affairs Council of America. The organization, through its local affiliates, has some 484,000 members. A former diplomat, Leach served as Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council and as Regional Director of the Peace Corps. Leach is visiting Montgomery to speak to the Alabama World Affairs Council.
Original Air Date: 2/6/2006 Community Action Association Head
The new executive director of the Community Action Association of Alabama talks about the group’s role in representing the twenty-two Community Action Agencies in Alabama. The agencies provide assistance to combat poverty in all of Alabama's counties. Lukata Mjumbe talks about the programs run by the non-profit organizations and takes viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 2/3/2006 Week In Review
Ken Hare of the “Montgomery Advertiser” and Quin Hillyer of the “Mobile Register” will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 2/2/2006 Mining Regulations
Two recent fatal accidents in West Virginia are prompting state officials to take drastic measures in an effort to improve mine safety regulations…Mine workers in Alabama have also been pushing for tougher enforcement of state mine safety laws…A representative of the United Mine Workers Association joins the show and will take your calls.
Original Air Date: 2/1/2006 Sidney Pike on CNN and News Coverage
Sidney Pike was once the head of International Projects at CNN. Pike helped Ted Turner start CNN. He has written a book on the early days of the cable news channel called “We Changed The World.” Pike talks about starting the network and the state of television news.
Original Air Date: 1/31/2006 Constitutional Debate
Alabama lawmakers have a measure before them asking for a statewide vote on whether a constitutional convention should be held. The convention would be used to write a new state constitution. Supporters say the current 1901 Alabama Constitution is outdated and needs to be replaced. Opponents say the effort is just a way to raise taxes. The merits of the bill will be debated.
Original Air Date: 1/30/2006 State Revenue Commissioner
Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tom Surtees discusses changes Governor Riley is proposing to the state’s income tax laws. The proposal includes raising the income level before paying income taxes and increasing the dependent exemption. Surtees will also discuss other matters related to collecting money for state coffers and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 1/27/2006 Week In Review
John Ehinger from the “Huntsville Times” will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 1/26/2006 Budget Battle
Governor Bob Riley has proposed an education budget that includes a pay raise for teachers and $500 million dollars for school construction. Riley says he plans to replace money in the state’s rainy day fund. Riley says his budget will put record amounts of money into education. Guests will discuss the merits of Riley’s budget.
Original Air Date: 1/25/2006 Death Penalty
“The Birmingham News” late last year announced it was changing its policy on the death penalty. The paper is now against the death penalty. There have been calls for a moratorium on the punishment while its application is studied in the state. For The Record examines the debate over death penalty.
Original Air Date: 1/24/2006 Technology in Schools
The Alabama Department of Education is looking at how technology is impacting state K-12 schools. During the entire week, the Department of Education will introduce people to how technology can help in teaching students.
Original Air Date: 1/23/2006 Celebration Calendar
A new calendar remembers the Montgomery Bus Boycott. “Once We Walked” highlights events of the more than year-long protest. The calendar recaps the happenings on a specific day. Mark Sabel, who worked on putting the calendar together, and civil rights attorney Fred Gray, discuss the boycott’s history. Viewers can ask questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 1/20/2006 Week In Review
Steve Chiotakes from WBHM-FM in Birmingham will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 1/19/2006 Crimes Against The Unborn
Some thirty states have a laws making violence against a pregnant women carry penalties for two victims. There is a bill proposing similar penalties before lawmakers in the 2006 Regular Session. A look at the law and what it tries to accomplish.
Original Air Date: 1/18/2006 Finance Director on Governor's Budgets
Alabama Finance Director Jim Main talks about Gov. Bob Riley’s proposed budgets. The Governor announced in his State of the State Address he would like to use money for school construction. He also wants to institute a sales tax holiday, make changes to the income tax structure to reduce the burden for people with lower incomes, and provide additional money for educational programs. Main explains how the Governor’s plan would work.
Original Air Date: 1/17/2006 Hate Crime Legislation
State Representative Alvin Holmes has proposed legislation to add sexual orientation to the state’s hate crime legislation. It would mean additional penalties to a person who commits a crime motivated by a person’s sexual orientation.
Original Air Date: 1/16/2006 Dr. Martin Luther King and Bus Boycott
The Alabama State Archives hosted the premiere of an exhibit devoted to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The exhibit, “381 Days,” tells the story of the yearlong event with pictures, artwork, and recordings. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently opened an interactive museum to go with its famed Civil Rights Memorial. White Lutheran minister Rev. Robert Graetz talks about his work with Montgomery’s black religious leaders during the bus boycott.
Original Air Date: 1/13/2006 Week In Review
Bob Martin of the "Montgomery Independent," Dana Beyerle from the "New York Times Regional Newspapers," and Taylor Bright of the "Huntsville Times" will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 1/12/2006 The Book of Daniel
A new television show on the trials and tribulations of a pastor has some saying it ridicules religion. The Book of Daniel follows The Rev. Daniel Webster (Aidan Quinn) he deals with the death of a son, a brother-in-law that has left with $3 million dollars of church funds, and the problems of members in his church and home. Does the show make a mockery of Christianity?
Original Air Date: 1/11/2006 Traveling To Holy Sites
Bruce Feiler has toured holy sites in the Middle East and written half a dozen books including "Walking The Bible" and "Where God Was Born." Feiler talks about his journeys and what he tries to convey in his books. Feiler’s book “Walking The Bible” has been adapted into a PBS series, the second episode of which will air following the 6:30pm broadcast of Wednesday’s “For The Record.”
Original Air Date: 1/10/2006 State Of The State
Alabama Governor Bob Riley delivers his State of the State address to open the Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. Riley will outline his budgetary priorities for the next fiscal year. He will also tell lawmakers the bills he would like to see pass.
Original Air Date: 1/9/2006 Session Preview
Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Lowell Barron and Senator Bradley Byrne will discuss the bills and issues facing lawmakers as they begin the 2006 Regular Session. Byrne and Barron will discuss the condition of state finances and what it will take to pass balanced budgets. They will also take viewer questions. The number to call is 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 1/6/2006 Week In Review
Sallie Owen of the "Mobile Register" will be among the three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.

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