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Original Air Date: 11/10/2005 Labor Department Head
Former Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett now heads the Alabama Labor Department. The department enforces child labor laws. It also does safety inspection for boilers, elevators and escalators. Bennett will discuss the departments work to improve labor/management relations in Alabama. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 11/9/2005 Doctor James Forbes Junior
Newsweek and Ebony have praised him as one of America’s greatest preachers…Doctor James Forbes Junior is Senior Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City. He was in Alabama recently and sat down with FTR for a conversation about preaching, faith, social issues and the mixing of church and state.
Original Air Date: 11/8/2005 Counter Terrorism Expert
Retired Brigadier General Russell Howard serves as the Director of the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Howard recently retired from the United States Military Academy at West Point as Head of the Social Sciences Department and Director of the Combating Terrorism Center. Howard is in Alabama to speak to the Alabama World Affairs Council.
Original Air Date: 11/7/2005 Corrections Commissioner
A recent report shows around a third of those being incarcerated in Alabama prisons were convicted of drug offenses. Combined with repeat offenders it is one of the causes of prison overcrowding. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Donal Campbell will this issue and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 11/4/2005 Week in Review
Three Alabama journalists will be discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 11/3/2005 2005 Alabama's Financial Future
“For The Record” Special at Alabama Public Television’s 50th anniversary celebration! In a special "For The Record" from the Birmingham Museum of Art, University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research Director Carl Ferguson, Ph.D., and Samford University School of Business Dean Beck Taylor, Ph.D., discuss where the state is heading economically. They will identify the industries providing the jobs for Alabamians in the past. They will also discuss what people need to consider now when it comes to securing their financial future in tomorrow's economy.
Original Air Date: 11/2/2005 Alabama Bar President
Alabama State Bar President Bobby Segall discusses issues the organization hopes to address. The group is supporting legislation calling for merit selection of judges for the state's appellate courts. The proposal has drawn fire from those who say the plan is a ploy to circumvent voters and have a small group selecting judges. Segall will talk about that issue and more.
Original Air Date: 11/1/2005 High School Athletes
Joyner-Kersee won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals over four consecutive Olympic Games. She visited a couple of Birmingham schools last week to talk with students about pursuing their dreams and emphasizing healthy living. She also talked with "For The Record" about healthy lining as it relates to childhood obesity and young athletes using steroids. Dan Washburn Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association and Dee Jackson Sports Director for WAKA-TV Montgomery discuss issues relating to the health of Alabama's high school athletes.
Original Air Date: 10/31/2005 North Korea Visit
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson went to North Korea to encourage the country to give up its nuclear arms program. Before Richard's trip, Alabama World Affairs Council Executive Director James Nathan visited North Korea doing some advance work for the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Nathan will explain the concerns about North Korea having nuclear weapons and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/28/2005 Week In Review
Barbara Bobo of the "West Alabama Gazette will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/27/2005 Property Tax Updates
Property owners are seeing their property taxes rise every year. This happens because property is being reappraised annually. Some say doing the recalculation every year amounts to a tax increase. The matter will be explained.
Original Air Date: 10/26/2005 History Knowledge
1776? 1492? 1821? When you watch people on the street give horribly wrong answers to American History questions asked by Jay Leno, you would think we’re a nation of history illiterates. How important is teaching about our past? We’ll talk with The Alabama History Teacher of The Year about the problem and possible solutions.
Original Air Date: 10/25/2005 Rosa Parks
Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, has died. She was 92. Rosa Parks Museum Director Georgette Norman and Historian and Author Richard Bailey, Ph.D. will discuss the life and impact of Rosa Parks.
Original Air Date: 10/24/2005 Research Money
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, promotes the development of a state's science and technology resources. Sherry Farwell heads EPSCoR and visited Alabama universities to examine ongoing research. Keith McDowell, EPSCoR Director in Alabama, and Dave Echols of the Alabama Development Office, discuss the importance of Farwell's visit. They will also take questions from viewers who call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/21/2005 Week In Review
Jim Merlini from Metro Source News, Jon Kent with WVAS-FM will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/20/2005 Southern Poverty Law Center
On Saturday, October 23rd, the Southern Poverty Law Center will host the dedication of a new Civil Rights Memorial Center and Wall of Tolerance. The dedication is part of a weekend of activities the organization has planned. The SPLC was founded in 1971. Co-Founder Morris Dees talks about the new center and monument.
Original Air Date: 10/19/2005 Weather Warning
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jason Wright talks about how November has become the busiest month for tornadoes in Alabama. Between 2000 and 2004, 81 tornadoes occurred in the month of November. The number was easily higher than any other month. Wright offers tips on what people can do to be prepared for storms.
Original Air Date: 10/18/2005 Victim Notification
Alabama requires crime victims to be notified when their victimizers are slated to appear before the parole board. But the parole board says the requirement is slowing down the probation process, and that it is sometimes difficult to locate victims since several years may have passed. Victims also say they want to be present at those hearings in many cases to testify against the granting of probation. And victims say they want to be notified so they will not be surprised seeing their victimizers on the streets. There is an effort to relax the requirement for the parole board, but some say a change should not be done without considering the impact on victims.
Original Air Date: 10/17/2005 Arts Council Head
In September, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded 161 grants worth more than 1.8 million dollars to support arts programs in the state. Al Head is the Executive Director of the Alabama Council on the Arts. He will discuss how the official state arts agency is working to support arts planning and programs. Head will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 10/14/2005 Week In Review
Jim Van Anglen from the "Mobile Register," Dana Beverley of the “New York Times Regional Newspapers," and Dave White from the "Birmingham News" will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/13/2005 Dr. Page Walley
The Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR), Dr. Page Walley, will discuss Katrina’s impact on social services in Alabama and take viewer calls.
Original Air Date: 10/12/2005 Flu Pandemic
State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson discusses concerns about certain bird flu spreading to humans. Avian influenza has raised concerns worldwide of a global pandemic. The U.S. is looking to increase vaccine production and purchasing more antiviral drugs. Williamson will explain the health threat and what people can do to reduce the risk of catching the flu.
Original Air Date: 10/11/2005 The Race For Governor
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore wants to be Alabama's next Governor. Gov. Riley is expected to announce his plans on Saturday, October 8. They would do battle in the Republican Primary. On the Democratic side, former Gov. Don Siegelman and Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley have talked about their intentions to seek the state's top office.
Original Air Date: 10/10/2005 Women In The Bible
Naomi Rosenblatt discusses her book focusing on women in the Bible. For the past 20 years, Ms. Rosenblatt has led Bible study groups for senators, congresspeople, and corporate leaders in New York and Washington, D.C. Author of After the Apple and other books, Ms. Rosenblatt talks about noted women in the Bible, as well as her view of whether the Bible should be viewed as a literal or figurative text.
Original Air Date: 10/7/2005 Week In Review
John Ehinger of the "Huntsville Times," Ken Hare from the "Montgomery Advertiser,” and Scott Stantis with the “Birmingham News” discuss events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 10/6/2005 Hurricane Insurance Payments
Coastal residents are beginning to file insurance claims for damage suffered due to Hurricane Katrina. Policyholders will soon discover exactly what is covered under their insurance policy. One area of debate revolves around whether the wind or floodwater was responsible for their damage. The determination will be important when it comes to insurance payments, and it could take months for all claims to be processed.
Original Air Date: 10/5/2005 Higher Gas Bills this Winter
Heating costs this winter are expected to be up sharply. We’ll talk with a representative of Alabama Gas Corporation and others about how much of an increase to expect, and what you can do to keep a lid on the size of your bill.
Original Air Date: 10/4/2005 Hurricane Environmental Wrath
It has been easy to see the damage Hurricane Katrina has left. In addition to determining the damage to homes, businesses, and property, the damage the storm did to the coastline and natural resources must also be determined. The storm may have released pollutants and other dangerous materials into the environment. The environmental damage to the state and what is needed to prevent further erosion will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 10/3/2005 Phishing Schemes
Alabama Banking Superintendent John Harrison talks about how his department is battling "phishing." "Phishing" occurs when a person gets an email asking for financial information to update company files. The method is an identify theft scam. Harrison will also take questions from viewers when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/30/2005 Week In Review
Jim Rainey from the “Opelika-Auburn News” will be among the journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/29/2005 New Students
Hurricane Katrina has added new students to almost every school system around the state. The Alabama Department of Education reports close to 5400 new students have been added to the rolls. The impact of the new students will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 9/28/2005 Economic Development After Katrina
Hurricane Katrina devastated businesses. Companies that sustained damage are faced with the prospect of how to continue operations. Some firms have announced plans to relocate away from the areas hit by the storm. How are economic recruiters working to lure those companies looking for new homes?
Original Air Date: 9/27/2005 Head of Al Dept of Archives
The head of the Alabama Department of Archives and History Ed Bridges, Ph.D. talks about the upcoming Grand Opening of the buildings new wing. The ADAH plans to open the wing with a special “West Wing Fling.” Bridges talks about the new wing and the departments efforts to preserve Alabama History. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/26/2005 Mental Health Officials Take Calls
The Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, John Houston, along with Dr. Richard Powers from the agency, will discuss how they are helping those impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The agency is providing mental heath, mental retardation and substance addiction services. They will talk about the need to locate people needing services. Houston and Powers will take questions from viewers who call toll-free 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/23/2005 Week in Review
Bob Davis of the “Anniston Star” and Jim Rainey from the “Opelika-Auburn News” will be among the journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/22/2005 Shrimp Industry
Alabama’s shrimp industry took a hit because of Hurricane Katrina. In the town of Bayou La Batre, most people survive off the sea food industry. Here the storm flattened buildings and tossed shrimp boats around, leaving some of them on land. Some businesses are back up and running or close to restarting operations, but the storm may mean the end of other businesses.
Original Air Date: 9/21/2005 Dr. Bob Arnot
CNBC Medical Anchor for dLife, the television series for people with diabetes, Dr. Bob Arnot talks about his career in covering medical and foreign news. Arnot recently spoke at Auburn University Montgomery’s Business Breakfast. Arnot has covered issues ranging from cancer to the war on terror, to civil unrest.
Original Air Date: 9/20/2005 Former CIA Director
For 32 years, John McLaughlin was an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. He was Deputy Director for four years and served as Acting Director following the resignation of George Tenet in 2004. McLaughlin now is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University.
Original Air Date: 9/19/2005 Higher Education Leader Takes Your Questions
The Executive Director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Mike Malone, Ph.D., will discuss issues facing state colleges and universities. Malone will also talk about how schools are trying to help students from colleges impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Malone will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/16/2005 Week in Review
Bill Perkins from the "Dothan Eagle" will be among the three Alabama journalists reviewing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/15/2005 Hurricane Katrina
Alabama continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Southern and western areas of the state have storm damage to clean up. The state is also serving as a home for evacuees from the storm. “For The Record” takes a look at the impact of Katrina on the state.
Original Air Date: 9/14/2005 Gas Prices
Arleen Alexander from the Alabama Oilmen's Association and the Alabama Association of Convenience Store Owners talks about gas prices. As Alabamians continue to see rising prices at the pumps, Alexander explains what the business owners are experiencing. Alexander will also take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/13/2005 Delivering Healthcare
Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Carol Herrmann discusses what the agency is doing in response to Hurricane Katrina. Herrmann will talk about how they are helping Alabamians and those from other states the storm displaced. Also there is another effort focusing on improving the delivery of healthcare. U.S. Representative Artur Davis led a delegation of hospital chief executive officers on a tour of the district looking at ways to improve access to medical treatment in the region.
Original Air Date: 9/12/2005 Success By 6
Success By 6 works to make sure children are ready to enter school. The organization looks to improve early childhood development so when students enter school they are able to take full advantage of educational opportunities. Representatives will talk about the importance of early childhood education. They will also take viewer questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/9/2005 Week in Review
Leada Gore of the Hartselle Inquirer and Kim Price from the Wetumpka Herald will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 9/8/2005 Disappearing Mills
Alabama’s textile industry has lost thousands of jobs during the past decade. With the jobs gone, cities are wondering what to do with the old buildings, and how to help the former mill workers find jobs. We will profile efforts in Valley and Tallassee to solve those interconnected problems.
Original Air Date: 9/7/2005 Supreme Court Chief Justice
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers discusses issues facing Alabama’s judicial system. Nabers became Chief Justice in June 2004. He was appointed to the position by Governor Bob Riley. Nabers talks about his time heading the state’s high court.
Original Air Date: 9/6/2005 International Investment Scams
Alabama Securities Commission Director Joe Borg says investment scams are going global. Borg went to Cartagena, Columbia for the Council of Securities Regulators of the Americas. He represented the North American Securities Administrators Association at the meeting. Borg will discuss steps countries are taking to protect investors. He will take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 9/5/2005 Disappearing Mills
Alabama’s textile industry has lost thousands of jobs during the past decade. With the jobs gone, cities are wondering what to do with the old buildings, and how to help the former mill workers find jobs. We will profile efforts in Valley and Tallassee to solve those interconnected problems.
Original Air Date: 9/2/2005 Week in Review
Bill Barrow from the “Mobile Register” will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.

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