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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.
Original Air Date: 6/10/2005 Arbitration
Arbitration is an alternative to going to court to settle disputes. There has been debate in the state about mandatory binding arbitration and consumers being forced to sign those agreements before buying an item. The pros and cons of arbitration will be examined.
Original Air Date: 6/8/2005 No Pass No Pay
The Alabama Legislature needs to go into special session to pass a General Fund Budget. Republican lawmakers say since they did not pass a budget during the Regular Session they will forego any pay during the Special Session. Some say the ploy is a meaningless gesture designed to get publicity.
Original Air Date: 6/7/2005 Education Budget
The Alabama House of Representatives passed an Education Budget including a 6% pay raise for teachers. Lawmakers overrode a veto by Governor Riley. With the Education Budget passed, school officials must now start planning for the next year. But will educators have to be careful because of worries about a possible budget shortfall?
Original Air Date: 6/3/2005 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists including Ken Hare of the “Montgomery Advertiser,” and Barbara Bobo from the “West Alabama Gazette” will be discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/2/2005 Is CAFTA Good for America?
The Central American Free Trade Agreement or CAFTA is drawing opposition because of concerns it does not protect American workers. President Bush believes the agreement will expand trade and create jobs. Opponents believe the pact will give companies another reason to move plants overseas for cheaper labor.
Original Air Date: 6/1/2005 Black Belt Health Conference
Governor Bob Riley and U.S. Representative Artur Davis held a town hall meeting in Marion to discuss problems delivering health care in rural areas. The town hall gave the Governor and Congressman a chance to learn from residents their concerns about finding proper medical care.

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