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Original Air Date: 4/27/2006 Rehabilitation Services
Steve Shivers is the Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency helps children and adults with disabilities. In 2005 they served some 63,000 Alabamians. Shivers will discuss the department’s work and take viewer questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 4/26/2006 Alabama is Open for Business
Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina dealt a hefty blow to Alabama's coastal tourist and lodging facilities, but the state's Travel and Tourism director says "Alabama is open for business." The shops and condos may be ready but are the tourists coming back? Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Bureau of Travel and Tourism is our guest.
Original Air Date: 4/25/2006 Primary Questions
Former Governor Don Siegelman is about to go on trial for federal corruption charges. Siegelman is also running to win his old job back. With the primary only weeks away, the situations raises a number of questions on what the Democratic Party will have to do depending on if the trial results in a guilty verdict.
Original Air Date: 4/24/2006 Professor David Harrell
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: 4/21/2006 Week in Review
Steve Chiotakes from WBHM-FM in Birmingham, Jon Kent of WVAS-FM Montgomery, and Bob Martin of the "Montgomery Independent" will discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 4/20/2006 Segregation Pardons
The legislature passed a bill allowing for pardons for people like Rosa Parks convicted of breaking segregation laws. But there is debate about whether the civil rights workers want the record of their stand against those laws stricken from records. A look at how the legislation could impact history.
Original Air Date: 4/19/2006 Auburn University President
Auburn University President Ed Richardson discusses future plans for the state’s largest university. Richardson is planning a number of initiatives to help the school fulfill its educational mission. Richardson became interim President of Auburn University in January of 2004.
Original Air Date: 4/18/2006 Review of 2006 Regular Session
The 2006 Regular Session finished on Monday April 17th. Auburn University Montgomery Political Scientist D'Linell Finley will be among the guests analyzing the issues lawmakers addressed and the measures not passed during the session.
Original Air Date: 4/17/2006 Economic Recruitment Director
Alabama did not win Kia’s new automotive plant, but the state is hard at work to recruit suppliers to the facility being built in Georgia. Neal Wade is the Director of the Alabama Development Office. The department works to bring quality jobs to the state. Wade will talk about helping existing companies expand and convincing new firms to choose the state as a location. He will also take questions from viewers when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 4/14/2006 Week In Review
Sallie Owen from the "Press-Register" will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 4/13/2006 Tax Cut Credit
Lawmakers passed a bill to raise the level of income a person makes before being required to pay income taxes. Tax relief proposals received a great deal of attention during the session. With this being an election year, how big of a role will the passed tax cut impact this year's elections.
Original Air Date: 4/12/2006 Massachusetts Healthcare
Massachusetts lawmakers want universal healthcare for all in the state. The measure calls for everyone to buy medical insurance, businesses not offering health insurance would pay to help cover the uninsured. Will the state’s effort work? Will Alabama look at some way to address the issue of rising healthcare costs and getting coverage for the uninsured?
Original Air Date: 4/11/2006 Immigration Debate
The U.S. Congress is trying to pass an immigration reform bill. But a compromise bill has been delayed in the U.S. Senate. Leaders from both parties believed an agreement had been reached on the bill that would divide illegal immigrants into three categories. The categories would determine the process for the undocumented immigrants to become U.S. citizens. Now any work on the bill is not expected until after the Easter recess.
Original Air Date: 4/10/2006 Donate A Life
April is Donate A Life Month. The month is devoted to raising the importance of organ donation. In Alabama, some 2600 people are waiting for an organ donation. Representatives from the Alabama Organ Center will discuss the need for organ donation. Viewers can ask questions when they call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 4/7/2006 Week In Review
Bill Perkins of the "Dothan Eagle" will be among the three Alabama journalists discussing the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 4/6/2006 Immigration
Congress is currently debating what to do about the number of people immigrating to America. There are various ideas. President Bush proposes three elements: more border security, enforcing laws of undocumented aliens working in U.S. Businesses, and a temporary worker program to provide a legal way to bring people in the country.
Original Air Date: 4/5/2006 Religious Fundamentalism
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: 4/4/2006 Boat Battle
The Alabama House of Representative has passed a bill restricting the size of boats on some Alabama lakes. This raised concerns with boat owners on their freedom to own and use the boat of their choice. Advocates say the measure is needed to preserve lakes for the enjoyment for everyone.
Original Air Date: 4/3/2006 Natural Resources Commissioner
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is responsible for the management of 22 state parks, 23 public fishing lakes, 34 wildlife areas and oversight of other natural resources. M. Barnett Lawley serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and he will discuss ongoing renovations and improvement to state parks and other programs his agency is responsible for operating. Lawley will also take questions when viewers call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/31/2006 Week In Review
Kim Price from the "Wetumpka Herald" and Leada Gore of the "Hartselle Enquirer" will be among the three Alabama journalists to discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 3/30/2006 Judicial Complaint
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker says a judicial complaint against him is an attempt to silence him. A Tuscaloosa attorney, Joel Sogol, filed a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission for an opinion piece Parker wrote criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court and an Alabama Supreme Court ruling. The complaint claims Parker's comments were unprofessional and hurt the image of the judiciary. Justice Parker and Sogol discuss the issue.
Original Air Date: 3/29/2006 Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s…the very word can cause fear. When you’ve lost your memory, who are you? FTR talks with a top researcher into aging and memory loss who says there are steps you can take to reduce the risk, and with an Alabama couple who have been caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s for a decade. They have advice for people who are confronted with that diagnosis.
Original Air Date: 3/28/2006 Death Penalty Moratorium
The Alabama Legislature has bills before it that would prevent the death penalty from being carried out while the use of capital punishment in the state is examined. Proponents of the legislation want to halt executions for three years while the application of the death penalty is studied for fairness.
Original Air Date: 3/27/2006 Pre-Kindergarten Conference
Alabama was recently recognized for the high standards of its pre-kindergarten program, but the National Institute for Early Education Research says the programs are only available for less than 2 percent of Alabama’s school children. The Alabama Department of Education hopes its first Pre-Kindergarten Conference will lead to more Pre-K programs. The Director of the Alabama Office of School Readiness will discuss the upcoming conference and explain the role of Pre-Kindergarten in education systems and take questions when viewers call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/24/2006 Week In Review
Mitch Sneed, Managing Editor of the Opelika Auburn News, Taylor Bright of the Huntsville Times, and Jim Merlini from Metro Source News will be the three Alabama journalists to discuss the events of the past week.
Original Air Date: 3/23/2006 B.S.E Cow in State
A red crossbreed cow confirmed to have Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has started an investigation into how the cow contracted what people commonly refer to as Mad Cow Disease. The investigation will look at the history of the cow as officials work to make sure beef produced in Alabama remains safe.
Original Air Date: 3/22/2006 Eavesdropping
Did President Bush secretly ask the National Security Agency to eavesdrop inside the U.S. without judicial oversight following 9/11? The claims have some asking whether such an action was necessary to protect the country following the terrorist attack or a case of big brother gone to far.
Original Air Date: 3/21/2006 AARP Representatives
AARP representatives discuss the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and other senior-related issues. Call in your questions at 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/20/2006 Retirement Systems Head
David Bronner, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. Bronner testified before state lawmakers about the impact that a cost of living increase would have on the pension system. Bronner will discuss the problems facing pension systems and take questions when viewers call 1-866-552-0025.
Original Air Date: 3/17/2006 Week In Review
Three Alabama journalists will discuss the events of the past week.
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.

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