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Original Air Date: 7/20/2007 Did Siegelman need to be shackled?
44 former state attorneys general call on Congress to investigate political prosecution of Don Siegelman. Was the fly- around in shackles just good security or a way to humiliate him? Frances Coleman, The Press-Register; Julius White, WVAS Radio, Montgomery, and Chris Holmes, WSFA TV, Montgomery discuss.
Original Air Date: 7/13/2007 Alabama Securities Commission Executive Director Joe Borg
Alabama Securities Commission Executive Director Joe Borg told Congress regulations need to be in place to protect investors from public offerings of hedge funds and private equity firms. Borg testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Subcommittee on Domestic Policy. He serves as the President of the North American Securities Administrators Association and says the nature of hedge funds and private equity firms make it tougher for average investors to make decisions based on sound information. Borg will discuss his testimony and ongoing work to protect Alabama investors.
Original Air Date: 7/6/2007 School Affirmative Action?
The U.S. Supreme Court overturns two school affirmative action plans. A Mississippi Federal Court rules white voters were discriminated against by election officials…is it a trend? Plus, Jennifer Foster from the “Opelika-Auburn News,” and Chris Holmes from WSFA-TV Montgomery discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 6/29/2007 Attorney George Beck
Attorney George Beck a lawyer in Montgomery will provide legal analysis on the sentencing of former Governor Don Siegelman and ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025. Beck will also talk with Barbara Bobo of the "West Alabama Gazette," Bob Martin from the "Montgomery Independent," and Dave White from the "Birmingham News."
Original Air Date: 6/22/2007 The Alabama Senate Punch Heard Round The World
The Alabama Senate Punch Heard Round The World continues to cause waves, with one Democratic Senator calling on Republican Senator Charles Bishop to resign. And some of those attending a GOP political gathering gave Bishop a standing ovation. Our panel of journalists will discuss it AND the rest of the week’s news. Then our guest, Senator Quinton Ross, (D) Montgomery will discuss the punch and more. Senator Ross will also take your calls!
Original Air Date: 6/15/2007 State Representative David Grimes
State Representative David Grimes is a Republican from Montgomery. Grimes is beginning his second term and sits on the Commerce, Banking and Insurance, and Internal Affairs Committees. Grimes will discuss the 2007 Regular Session and take viewer call in questions. He will also talk to journalists Dale Jones of the “Western Star,” Kim Price from the “Wetumpka Herald,” and Tim Reeves of the “Alexander City Outlook.” They will discuss stories including the latest developments in the Alabama Senate scuffle between Senators Charles Bishop and Lowell Barron. On the last day of the session, Bishop punched Barron.
Original Air Date: 6/10/2007 Senator Hank Sanders
These are the journalists for this Friday not this past Friday: Journalists were Jim Van Anglen, “Press-Register;” Chris Holmes, WSFA-TV Montgomery; and Dana Beyerle, “New York Times Regional Newspapers.” The newsmaker was State Senator Hank Sanders Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee.
Original Air Date: 6/1/2007 The Final Days of the 2007 Legislature
Alabama State Senator Henry Sanders discusses the Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. Senator Sanders serves as Chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Education Committee. He will talk about the Education Budget the Legislature passed earlier this week. He will take viewer questions and talk with Alabama journalists Sebastian Kitchen of the "Press-Register"; Ken Hare, with the "Montgomery Advertiser"; and Jim Merlini from Metro Source News.
Original Air Date: 5/25/2007 U.S. Representative Artur Davis
U.S. Representative Artur Davis has more responsibility since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. Congressman Davis now sits on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Davis will discuss current issues facing Congress like the Iraq War, immigration, and funding for various programs. He will talk with our panel of journalists Bob Lowry from the “Huntsville Times” and Bob Davis of the “Anniston Star.” He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 5/18/2007 Slowdown in the Alabama Senate
State Senator Bradley Byrne is preparing to leave the deadlocked Alabama Senate for another post dealing with a troubled agency. Byrne is about to assume the title of Chancellor for the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary. The agency manages the state’s 2-year college system and there are ongoing investigations into the operations of different schools. The system has also received criticism for the number of lawmakers working for the system. Bryne leaves a Senate unable to past legislation because of an ongoing battle over operating rules. Bryne is part of the minority slowing down action in an attempt to get rule changes they believe will allow them fair representation. Sen. Bryne will discuss his old and new jobs with Butler Cain of WUAL-FM Tuscaloosa, Mitch Sneed from the Opelika-Auburn News, and Bob Martin Publisher of the Montgomery Independent
Original Air Date: 5/13/2007 Mac McArthur
The For The Record Week-In-Review panel of journalists, Ken Hare, Editorial Page Editor of the Montgomery Advertiser; Jim Merlini with Metro Source News, and Joe McAdory, Editorial Page Editor, the Opelika-Auburn News, will dissect and discuss the events of the week, including the State Senate Shutdown. Then the panel will question The Director of the Alabama State Employees Association, Mac McArthur, about a proposed pay-raise, the governor’s proposed ban on legislators holding other jobs in state government, and more. Plus you can call in your questions: 866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 5/4/2007 Immigration Legislation
Marches were held in cities across the United States calling for action on immigration legislation. In Alabama, groups advocating reform want the state to stop working on legislation until after federal lawmakers address the issues. An advocate of immigration reform will take viewer questions and discuss the issues. Bob Lowry of the "Huntsville Times" will be among the three Alabama journalists reviewing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 4/27/2007 Constitutional Convention?
College students want the Alabama Legislature to give citizens a chance to vote on whether a constitutional convention should be held for rewriting the Alabama Constitution. They plan on going to the statehouse to urge lawmakers to tackle the issue. Representative Demetrius Newton has a bill proposing a statewide vote on whether a constitutional convention should be held. The bill was passed out of committee and awaits action before the full House. Lenora Pate, Co-chair of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, Inc. will discuss the issue with and take call in questions. Bob Martin from the “Montgomery Independent,” Sebastian Kitchen from the “Press-Register,” and Dana Beyerle of the “New York Times Regional Newspapers” will be the three Alabama journalists talking about the events of the past week and talking with Pate about rewriting the Alabama Constitution.
Original Air Date: 4/20/2007 Dr. Gregory Fitch
In light of the Virginia Tech campus killings, Dr. Gregory Fitch, Executive Director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education will discuss safety on Alabama College and University campuses. And he’ll take you calls on that subject too. Dave White, Capitol Reporter for the “Birmingham News,” Julius White, Senior Correspondent for WVAS-FM Montgomery, and John Ehinger, Editorial Page Editor for the “Huntsville Times” will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 4/15/2007 Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb
Journalists Jim Merlini, Metro Source News, Mitch Sneed, The Opelika-Auburn News, and Kim Price, The Wetumpka Herald, will join us to discuss the weeks’s events. PLUS, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb will be our guest to take questions from viewers and from the panel.
Original Air Date: 4/8/2007 State Representative Jay Love
Our three journalists will be Steve Chiotakis, WBHM Radio, Leada Gore, “Hartselle Enquirer,” and Mitch Sneed, “The Opelika-Auburn News.” State Representative Jay Love a Republican from Montgomery will be the newsmaker guest on the program. He will discuss the 2007 Regular Session and take viewer questions.
Original Air Date: 3/30/2007 Jim Sumner, Alabama Ethics Commission
The Alabama Ethics Commission is made up of five members and responsible for enforcing the State’s Ethics Law. Jim Sumner serves as the Executive Director of the Alabama Ethics Commission. Sumner handles the day to day operations of the agency. He works to make sure people covered under the law understand ethics regulations. Sumner also helps the commission handles complaints and questions. Sumner will discuss the Ethics Law and will take viewer questions. Markeshia Ricks from the "Anniston Star", Jim Van Anglen from The Mobile Register, and Chris Holmes from WFSA-TV in Montgomery will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 3/27/2007 The Supreme Court Building
A building in which The Alabama Supreme Court deliberated for a half-century may be torn down to make way for parking near the Alabama State Capitol. The structure was built in 1926 as a Scottish Rite Temple. It became state property and home to the Supreme Court because of financial upheaval during The Great Depression. Alabama Public Television will explore the curious history of the building, including an eerie tour of its decaying interior with a retired Supreme Court Justice. Following the documentary, we’ll take viewer calls for a panel of guests who are experts in the preservation of historic buildings.
Original Air Date: 3/25/2007 Greg Fitch, Ph.D
Greg Fitch, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, ACHE. ACHE oversees the state public higher education institutions monitoring programs, and curriculum. Fitch will discuss issues facing ACHE including budgeting and “diploma mills’ offering Alabamians college degrees. He will discuss those topics and more with Barbara Bobo “West Alabama Gazette,” Frances Coleman, “Press-Register,” and Bob Martin “Montgomery Independent”.
Original Air Date: 3/16/2007 State Representative Mike Hubbard
State Representative Mike Hubbard was recently elected as the Chairman of the Republican Party. Hubbard is from Auburn and serves as the Minority Leader in the House. Hubbard will talk about the start of the session. He will take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025. Leada Gore from the “Hartselle Enquirer” will be among the three journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 3/9/2007 Representative John Knight
The Alabama Legislature begins the 2007 Regular Session. Governor Bob Riley outlines his agenda in his State of the State Address. Those will be some of the topics discussed by three Alabama journalists. Also House General Fund Budget Charmian Rep. John Knight from Montgomery will discuss the outlook of money for agencies like mental health, state troopers and corrections. He will also take viewer call in questions.
Original Air Date: 3/2/2007 Special Session for Alabama Legislature
Governor Bob Riley has called the Alabama Legislature into Special Session. The session starts more than a week before lawmakers are scheduled to go into the 2007 Regular Session. The purpose of the session is to look at legislation aimed at recruiting new industries to Alabama. The events of the session along with a preview of the upcoming regular session will be one of the topics for three Alabama journalists including Kim Price, Editor and Publisher of the "Wetumpka Herald."
Original Air Date: 2/25/2007 Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation; Joe McInnes
The Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation Joe McInnes talks about the agency's work on improving transportation in the state. The agency does more than make sure roads are paved but also concentrates on highway safety and efficient traffic flow. McInnes will talk with journalists including Kim Price from the “Wetumpka Herald,” and Dale Jones of the “Western Star.”
Original Air Date: 2/20/2007 Flu Pandemic
Within six months, a bird infected with bird flu will travel prevailing wind currents from Asia or Europe and land somewhere in South America. There, in a country as close to Alabama as Brazil or Columbia, the bird will spread its infection to other fowl that fly northward to the United States. For the Record takes an in depth look at the Flu Pandemic and what can be done to prevent this disease.
Original Air Date: 2/16/2007 The Alabama National Guard is Sent to War
Nearly 20 members of the Alabama National Guard are on their way to Afghanistan. The troops will train Afghans to protect the country. The group is the latest members of the Alabama National Guard to be deployed as part of the war on terrorism. The Alabama National Guard has 1,100 soldiers already deployed with a couple of other units in the preparation stage. Major General Mark Bowen is Adjutant General for the Alabama National Guard. He will discuss what the some 13,500 members of the Alabama National Guard are doing here and around the world.
Original Air Date: 2/9/2007 Reforming Alabama's Campaign Practices
Alabama State Senator Wendell Mitchell wants to pass a series of bills to reform the state’s campaign practices. The bills address issues such as false statements, Pac to Pac transfers, campaign contribution limits, and penalties for violations. Mitchell, a Democrat from Luverne, believes the measures will stop the negative campaigning and false advertising during Alabama elections. Mitchell will discuss those bills and more on “For the Record.”
Original Air Date: 2/4/2007 President Bush's Surge in Troops
Dr. James F. Rinehart is chairman of Troy University’s Department of Political Science and will discuss President Bush’s call for a surge in troops and combating terrorism. In addition, three Alabama journalists will be reviewing the top news stories of the past week. The panel will include Jim Merlini, State House Reporter for Metro Source News, and Bob Lowery is Capitol Reporter for the Huntsville Times.
Original Air Date: 1/26/2007 State Representative Charles "Barry" Mask
Republican from Wetumpka, Rep. Mask was elected to a full term in November. Mask won the District 31 seat earlier in 2006 in a special election. Mask works for an architectural & engineering firm. Before that Mask worked for the Alabama State Employees Association, the Alabama Association of Realtors, the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Industry & Manufacturers Association. Mask also has the distinction of being the first “Aubie the Tiger" mascot at Auburn University.
Original Air Date: 1/19/2007 Alabama Democratic Party Chair Joe Turnham
On Saturday, Alabama Democratic Party Chair Joe Turnham will find out if he wins another term when the party's Executive Committee meets in Montgomery. Tonight, Turham will answer questions from the FTR Week-In-Review panelists and from you. Bill Perkins Editorial Page Editor of the “Dothan Eagle” and Ken Hare Editorial Page Editor of the “Montgomery Advertiser” will be among the panel of journalists discussing those events and more on “For The Record.”
Original Air Date: 1/14/2007 Julius White, Mitch Sneed, and Monica Allen
Julius White, Senior Correspondent WVAS-FM Montgomery, Mitch Sneed Managing Editor, Opelika-Auburn News, and Brian Lyman, Capitol Reporter for the Anniston Star will be the three journalists discussing the latest events in Alabama.
Original Air Date: 1/12/2007 State Senate President Pro-Tem, Hinton Michem
Julius White, Senior Correspondent WVAS-FM Montgomery, Mitch Sneed Managing Editor, Opelika-Auburn News, and Brian Lyman, Capitol Reporter for the Anniston Star will be the three journalists discussing the latest events in Alabama and asking questions of the newly elected State Senate President Pro-Tem, Hinton Michem. The 68 year old Senator is serving his ninth term in the Legislature and was elected in a compromise between the majority Senate Democrats and the minority Republicans.
Original Air Date: 1/7/2007 Senator Lowell Baron
For The Record begins the new year as a one-hour program in prime time. A panel of Alabama journalists join veteran host Tim Lennox to examine news of the week and interview guest State Senator Lowell Baron (D). Baron served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1999 - 2006.
Original Air Date: 1/5/2007 Senator Lowell Baron
For The Record begins the new year as a one-hour program in prime time. A panel of Alabama journalists join veteran host Tim Lennox to examine news of the week and interview guest State Senator Lowell Baron (D). Baron served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1999 - 2006.
Original Air Date: 12/29/2006 Year in Review
Frances Coleman of the “Press-Register,” Dana Beyerle of the “New York Times Regional Newspapers, and Ken Hare with the “Montgomery Advertiser” discuss major stories of the year.
Original Air Date: 12/28/2006 Our Neighbors to the South
Richard Millett, Professor Emeritus of History at Southern Illinois University, is an expert on Latin America. He talks about the strengths and weaknesses of U.S.-Latin American relations.
Original Air Date: 12/27/2006 My Father, the President
Dorothy Bush Koch has a unique view of both Bush presidencies. She’s the daughter of former President George H.W. Bush, and sister of President George W. Bush, Jr. Koch’s biography of her father was drawn from personal experiences and stories from hundreds of the former president’s friends and acquaintances.
Original Air Date: 12/26/2006 Montgomery in Hollywood
Actor Vic Polizos, a Montgomery native and recurring character on the TV series “Jericho.”, has worked on stage, and in films and TV for decades. He talks about the entertainment industry and what it takes to build a career in such a competitive business.
Original Air Date: 12/25/2006 A Walk Through the Bible
Author Bruce Feiler walks the walk and talks the talk as he visit historical sites from the Bible
Original Air Date: 12/22/2006 Daniel Moore
The work of artist Daniel Moore has become synonymous with capturing memorable moments in sports. Moore talks about his work and the challenges in capturing those moments on canvas.
Original Air Date: 12/21/2006 Religion’s Influence
Retired Auburn University Professor David Harrell says Pentecostalism is growing in influence in Christianity. Harrell has written a book on this growing movement and how religion influences society.
Original Air Date: 12/20/2006 Cuba Without Castro
Brian Latell is a distinguished Cuba analyst and author of the book, “After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader.” With Fidel Castro relinquishing power due to illness, Latell discusses Cuba’s future. He will also outline options for the United States. Also, an event was held in Montgomery raise awareness about a little known disease. 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.
Original Air Date: 12/19/2006 World Affairs Council 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
Original Air Date: 12/18/2006 Author Mark Childress
Author Mark Childress’ new book, “One Mississippi,” explores race relations in small southern town. Childress talks about what he hopes readers will learn from the book. He will also talk about the challenges a writer faces and the publishing industry. Also, members of the Selma community hope people we learn about the importance of working together from an event where competitors use teamwork to complete the race
Original Air Date: 12/15/2006 Week In Review
Leada Gore, Publisher for the “Hartselle Enquirer,” and Bob Lowery, Capitol Reporter for the “Huntsville Times,” will be among the journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 12/14/2006 Changing Politcal Scene
Big changes in Washington and Montgomery, with Democratic Congress getting ready to take over in January, and a Republican/Democratic coalition leading the Alabama State Senate. Tonight, we’ll feature political analysis of the changing political scene.
Original Air Date: 12/13/2006 National Guard Camp
The Alabama National Guard received federal money for a program to help young people. The $3.2 million dollars will be used to assist at-risk youth in the state. An academy aimed at teens between 16 and 18 will begin in January at Fort McClellan. Guard officials discuss the goals of the camp.
Original Air Date: 12/12/2006 Katrina Recovery And Children
People along the coast in Alabama are continuing the long road of recovering from Hurricane Katrina. “For The Record” looks at the impact of recovery efforts on children.
Original Air Date: 12/11/2006 Birmingham Southern President
David Pollick, Ph.D. serves as the President for Birmingham-Southern College. Pollick has served as president since 2004. Pollick will discuss his goals of increasing enrollment and the school’s presence in the local and academic community. Pollick will also answer viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 12/8/2006 Week In Review
Three journalists discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 12/7/2006 Winter Weather
The National Weather Service is using the week of December 4-8 to highlight the dangers of hazardous winter weather. Jason Wright, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Birmingham, will discuss situations for which Alabamians need to take precautions. He will also take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.

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