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Original Air Date: 8/18/2005 Faith in Schools
What expressions of faith are appropriate in public schools and what expressions are not? School prayer and use of the Bible by teachers in the classroom are longstanding controversies, and politicians and political activists are mounting a grassroots effort to find middle ground on religious expression.
Original Air Date: 8/17/2005 Alabama Housing Bubble?
Reports of a housing bubble have given homebuyers the jitters, from Maine to California. Is Alabama experiencing such a bubble? What happens if it bursts, and how can homebuyers protect themselves? A state economist and Montgomery realtor offer their perspectives and suggestions regarding this nationwide concern.
Original Air Date: 8/16/2005 Redistricting Fight
The Alabama Republican Party wants to see the state’s legislative districts redrawn. The party claims the district lines are not drawn properly. At stake could be control of the Alabama legislature.
Original Air Date: 8/15/2005 Public Safety Director
Colonel Mike Coppage is the 26th Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Coppage will discuss department initiatives like getting more state troopers on Alabama highways and the new driver’s license being issued. He will also take questions from viewers when they call 1-866-552-0025
Original Air Date: 8/12/2005 Week in Review
Quin Hilyer of the "Mobile Register" will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 8/11/2005 Gulf State Park
When Hurricane Ivan devastated Gulf State Park, controversy was stirred up over how the park would be repaired and managed. We'll look at the battle over public vs. private management and several lawsuits dealing with the issue.
Original Air Date: 8/10/2005 Juvenile Recidivism in Alabama
More than 2/3 of Alabamians released from juvenile detention centers will be incarcerated again within two years, according to a new study. Children’s advocacy groups say more attention to mental health assessment and treatment could reduce these rates. Judge Sue Bell Cobb, founder of Children First, and Judge Aubrey Ford, past president of the Alabama Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association, discuss the study and it’s implications for Alabama.
Original Air Date: 8/9/2005 Voting Rights Act
Freshman 7th Congressional District Representative Artur Davis and Historian Richard Bailey, Ph.D. will be our guests. Five of the twelve counties in the 7th District are listed in the top 100 poorest counties in America. Congressman Davis and Dr. Bailey will discuss the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, Health Care in the state’s Black Belt and more.
Original Air Date: 8/8/2005 Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole administers adult parole and probation services. The Executive Director of the Board William Segrest discusses the board’s work. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 8/5/2005 Week In Review
Barbara Bobo from the "West Alabama Gazette," Bill Perkins of the "Dothan Eagle," join Tim Lennox to discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 8/4/2005 Gambling Issue
Shelby County District Attorney Robby Ownes plans to close down illegal poker games in the county. A business was recently raided that authorities claim operated an illegal gambling operation. The show will look at the issue.
Original Air Date: 8/3/2005 2005 Film Industry
There are some movies being shot in Alabama, but some officials believe more films could be made in the state. The effort to lure filmmakers to Alabama will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 8/2/2005 SCLC Meets in Alabama
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding its annual convention in Birmingham. The organization, founded by the late Dr. Martin L:uther King, Jr., plans workshops on issues ranging from youth leadership development to healthcare. This is the organization's 47th Annual Convention. Former Alabama State Senator Charles Steele leads the organization.
Original Air Date: 8/1/2005 Iraq Pullout
U.S. Army General George Casey says a substantial number of U.S. troops could be pulled out of Iraq next year depending on the political progress in Iraq and if the rebellion can be kept in check. Casey is the top commander in the country. Retired Air Force Colonel John Warden, the designer of the air strike in the Gulf War, will discuss the possible pullout. He will also take questions from viewers when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 7/29/2005 Week In Review
Sallie Owen from the “Mobile Register” will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 7/28/2005 State Finance Director Jim Main
State Finance Director Jim Main will be on "For The Record" discussing the recently completed special session. He will talk about the budget lawmakers passed and the state of Alabama's coffers.
Original Air Date: 7/27/2005 Ireland And Alabama
When most people think about Irish and Alabama, epic football battles come to mind. But the ties run much deeper. UAB professor Kieran Quinlan says the connections between Ireland and the American South go beyond familial relations. His new book, “Strange Kin: Ireland and the American South,” explores the significant Irish presence in the South and Southern history.
Original Air Date: 7/26/2005 Special Session Review
Alabama lawmakers work to complete a special session. The main task before lawmakers was crafting a General Fund Budget. There are also measures covering sex offenders and eminent domain. “For The Record” takes a look at the winners and losers in the session.
Original Air Date: 7/25/2005 Deadly Heat in Alabama
Potentially deadly heat is endangering Alabamians…we’ll talk with Alabama Health Officer Doctor Don Williamson about steps you can take to protect yourself and your family…and he’ll take your calls on that topic and others when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 7/22/2005 Week In Review
Steve Chiotakis of WBHM-FM Birmingham will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 7/21/2005 Post-Tenure Review
Interim Auburn University President Ed Richardson would like to see reviews of tenured faculty at the university. Some universities and colleges use post-tenure review in various forms. The use of post-tenure review and how it fits into improving higher education instruction will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 7/20/2005 Alabama's Textile Industry
With tens of thousands of jobs gone after the mills moved overseas, dozens of cities are wondering what to do with the old buildings, and how to help the former mill workers find jobs. We’ll profile efforts in Valley and Tallassee Alabama to solve those interconnected problems.
Original Air Date: 7/19/2005 Special Session Begins
Alabama lawmakers return for a special session. Lawmakers must pass a General Fund Budget. The budget provides money for departments like Public Safety, Corrections, and Public Health.
Original Air Date: 7/18/2005 Archives and History Improvements
The Alabama Department of Archives and History has opened a new west wing. The section features a new research room and renovations to improve the maintaining of state historical items and documents. Ed Bridges, head of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, talks about the renovations and answers viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025
Original Air Date: 7/15/2005 Week in Review
Dan DeLong of the “Western Star” and Bob Martin of the “Montgomery Independent” will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 7/14/2005 The Impact of Hurricane Dennis
Alabama is bracing for another hurricane season. Less than a year after Hurricane Ivan hit the state, officials are looking for ways to minimize the impact of future devastating storms. How the state survived Hurricane Dennis will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 7/13/2005 Alabama’s Hugo Black
Hugo Black was perhaps the "most remarkable Supreme Court justice of the 20th century" and America's most controversial. In Birmingham in the 1920s, he became a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Decades later, as a son of the South, he was one of America's staunchest judicial champions of free speech, civil liberties, and civil rights. Now, Steve Suitts has written the latest, definitive book showing how Black's Alabama origins and early influences shaped the great champion of the Constitution.
Original Air Date: 7/12/2005 Indigent Defense
Alabama lawmakers failed to pass a bill making available money for court-appointed defense attorneys to cover office expenses. The bill became necessary because of an Attorney General’s opinion saying current law does not allow reimbursement for overhead. The opinion will be explained along with the problems it creates for defense attorneys.
Original Air Date: 7/11/2005 Hurricane Hits
Alabama takes on Hurricane Dennis. Alabamians prepared for the storm by stocking up on supplies, evacuating the Gulf Coast, and securing property. Officials will begin to get early reports on damage. “For The Record” will have the latest on the storm.
Original Air Date: 7/8/2005 Week In Review
Bill Barrow, Capitol Reporter for the Mobile Register, Dana Beyerle, Captiol Bureau Reporter, and Ken Hare, Editorial Page Editor for the Montgomery Advertiser join Tim Lennox for a in-depth look at this week's events.
Original Air Date: 7/7/2005 Forestry Labor Suit
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed three class action lawsuits seeking reforms in the way immigrant workers in the forestry industry are treated. The suit claims migrant workers typically from Mexico and Guatemala are brought to the U.S. and work under conditions in violation of the law.
Original Air Date: 7/6/2005 Senate Politics
The Alabama Senate spent much of the 2005 Regular Session locked in filibusters. Senators were not even able to pass a General Fund Budget, creating the need for a Special Session. Senate Pro Tempore Lowell Barron and Minority Leader Senator J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner will discuss the issues involving the body’s operation.
Original Air Date: 7/5/2005 Sickle Cell President
Dr. Willarda Edwards, President and Chief Operating Officer for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, discusses efforts to improve the treatment and care of those suffering from the inherited blood disorder. Edwards will discuss why more money for research is needed.
Original Air Date: 7/4/2005 Environmental Concerns
The city of McIntosh is being examined by regulators to determine the extent of possible mercury contamination. Residents claim the city has environmental problems that need to be probed. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is investigating after reports showing McIntosh has higher than normal levels of a dangerous heavy metal.
Original Air Date: 7/1/2005 Week in Review
Journalists discuss current events in Alabama.
Original Air Date: 6/30/2005 Richard Scrushy Trial
A federal jury this week acquitted Richard Scrushy of charges that he masterminded a $2.7 billion accounting fraud with Healthsouth Corp. His case was the first to be tested under the Sarbanes-Oxley congressional act, passed as a result of widespread corporate fraud scandals in recent years. We'll analyze the case, and the impact it might have on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Original Air Date: 6/29/2005 Politics of Terrorism
President Bush’s top political adviser Karl Rove said after 9/11 liberals wanted to respond with "therapy and understanding for our attackers." His comments have infuriated Democrats who say Rove is exploiting the tragedy. Political analyst Dax Swatek and John Anzalone will discuss post 9/11 politics in America.
Original Air Date: 6/28/2005 Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect
The Michael Jackson trial brougth attention to the issues of child sexual abuse, but 88 percent of child sexual abuse goes unreported. The Executive Director of the State of Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board/The Children Trust Fund Marian Loftin says adults must start talking about the issue and learn about the warning signs. Loftin along with child advocate Cynthia Dudley will discuss the issue.
Original Air Date: 6/27/2005 Conservation Commissioner
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has plans to build a hotel and convention center at Gulf State Park that is expected to generate some $65 million for the local economy and produce some 1600 jobs. The department is working with Auburn University on the project. Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Barnett Lawley will discuss the project and take viewer questions. The number to call is 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/24/2005 Week In Review
Paul Davis of Davis Publications, Dave White from "The Birmigham News," and Jon Kent of WVAS-FM in Montgomery will be the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/23/2005 Trading With Cuba
A recent conference held in Mobile on U.S.-Cuba relations looked at trade between the two countries. In Alabama, there have been some officials pushing for more trade with Cuba, saying it would benefit Alabama.
Original Air Date: 6/22/2005 Urban Sprawl
SPRAWL...it's the result of cities growing constantly outward, with empty retail stores and deteriorating housing left behind. We'll examine the "Smart Growth" solution, visit a planned community that's part sprawl and part smart growth, and talk with planners and educators about managing growth.
Original Air Date: 6/21/2005 School Nutrition
Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks believes schoolchildren should not be able to buy soft drinks and junk food while at school. Sparks was co-chair of a committee looking a student health. The study was sent to the Alabama State Board of Education. The eating habits of children and the role schools can play in promoting healthy eating habits will be discussed.
Original Air Date: 6/20/2005 Medicare Prescription Changes
Medicare adds a new prescription drug benefit in 2006. Medicare Part D is different from the Medicare approved Prescription Drug Discount Card and everyone on Medicare must decide if they want to enroll. The Executive Director of the Alabama Department of Senior Services, Irene Collins, and the State Director of the Alabama Department of Senior Services State Health Insurance Program, Tara Shaver, will explain the program and take questions from viewers at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/17/2005 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists including Kim Price of the Wetumpka Herald, and Frances Coleman of the "Mobile Register" will be discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/16/2005 CARE Coalition of Alabama
Thursday, The CARE Coalition of Alabama wants to see stable funding for the state Medicaid system. The group says because 20 percent of the state's population is eligible for Medicaid as well as 37 percent of its children. The coalition made up of 14 groups including the Alabama Hospital Association, AARP, and the Alabama Nursing Home Association.
Original Air Date: 6/15/2005 Cancer
Cancer has now replaced heart disease as the number one killer. "For The Record" looks at the statistics and what they say about people's lifestyles. Officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health will discuss the statistics and take your calls. The number to call is 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/14/2005 Keeping Save in Overseas Travel
The disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway from Mountain Brook, Alabama in Aruba has parents concerned about overseas travel for youngsters. Travel experts and others will discuss what people need to keep in mind when planning trips overseas. Also a look at efforts to restore the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church the site where four girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley were killed in a bomb blast on September 15, 1963.
Original Air Date: 6/13/2005 Alabama Tourism
In 2004, tourists spent more than $7.3 billion in Alabama. The head of the Alabama Tourism and Travel division, Lee Sentell, will discuss the economic impact of tourism on the state. He will also discuss what impact gas prices may have on summer travel. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 6/11/2005 Week In Review
For The Record has been praised as one of the top news programs in the country. Exploring both state headlines and offering in-depth coverage on the stories that matter most to Alabamians.

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