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Good Day Alabama for October 9, 2012

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 9, 2012:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Sloss Fright Furnace to check out the terrifying experience that takes you into the deepest, darkest parts of Sloss furnace. Explore new locations normally closed to the public including the terrifying Boiler Room, home to hundreds of paranormal encounters. Make your way though the newly designed trail including the furnace catwalk, underground tunnels, and new dark passageways that force your group to go single file--leaving you completely exposed.  For more information, visit

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with some advice for smokers. With the taxes that have been added to the cost of cigarettes under the current government administration, people pay much more for taxes these days. If a smoker decided to quit, they could save lots of money! For example, a twenty-three-year-old who gave up a pack-a-day habit and invested the money in equities could have over $1,200,000 by age 65!  Reverse thinking would suggest that continuing smoking costs this person over a million dollars over their lifetime.  And this assumes the cost of cigarettes stays constant. If a million bucks is not enough incentive to quit smoking, consider the research that shows that smokers, on average, die ten to nineteen years sooner than non-smokers.  Life insurance companies recognize this by charging much higher premiums for smokers than for non-smokers.  For example, a $1 million 20-year term policy on a 30-year old smoker cost $1,500 annually versus $435 per year for a non-smoker. For more information, visit

VET SPECIALIST - Dr. Jana Korsch-Dismukes is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist at Veterinary Eye Care. She joins us to discuss allergic conjunctivitis, blepharitis and the sequelae that can occur with these disease processes, i.e. corneal ulceration and abrasions, KCS, third eyelid gland prolapse (cherry eye) in your pets. To contact Dr. Korsch-Dismukes call (205) 481-1001 or visit To contact Dr. Jerome Williams at Red Mountain Animal Clinic, call (205) 326-8080 or visit

WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS - Autism Speaks, The world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the inaugural Alabama Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event to take place October 13, at Railroad Park in Birmingham. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks' work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in Alabama and beyond. Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks that take place in more than 95 cities across the U.S. and. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. In addition to its national efforts, the organization has provided funding to local service providers and has made significant strides in Alabama with a wide-range of Tool Kits for families affected by autism, from newly diagnosed toddlers to teens and adults in transition. Most recently, Family Services held an iPad giveaway, where nearly 200 disadvantaged families with a child on the spectrum received an iPad. Among them, four families in Alabama were selected. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a unique event that offers a safe and fun day for families impacted by autism. The day includes a two to three-mile walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities - a true "one-stop-shop" for families affected by autism. For more information about the 2012 Alabama Walk Now for Autism Speaks visit

ALISON EASTWOOD - Actress Alison Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, I'll Be Seeing You) is currently at work on her next directorial project, "Battlecreek."   But she believes her most important role in life is an advocate for animals, and she's intent on  bringing awareness to the plight of wild animals in captivity in "Animal Intervention."    Her biggest passion is helping animals and finding them loving homes. Nat Geo WILD is chronicling her work and bringing awareness to the plight of exotics in captivity in "Animal Intervention."  Owning a wild animal can come with a host of perils to both the animal and human custodian. Alison works with animal expert Donald Schultz to ensure exotic animals in captivity are living safely and comfortably. Nat Geo WILD's new series, "Animal Intervention," follows the team as they investigate tips from concerned organizations and individuals about potentially problematic housing of animals.  From monkeys living with a couple in a cramped RV, to makshift zoos and animal lovers with good intentions struggling to care for large wild animals in their homes, the series brings to light the plight of wild animals in captivity.    Daughter of Clint Eastwood, Alison has co-starred in such films as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Once Fallen." She made her directorial debut with "Rails & Ties," starring Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden. She's currently at work on her next directorial project, "Battlecreek." But Alison's also a true animal advocate.

GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett with Bug Juice Gardens joined us with advice on changing your seasonal beds and flower pots. This cooler weather is a must for pansies and violas. Jimmy notes that he really likes violas because they are smaller blooms and can handle the less sunny areas better. When it really gets cold, they will tend to bloom better and handle the weather better than the pansies. Also, a newer variety of pansy called Magestic Giant 2 is out. This pansy has big blooms and does bloom quicker than the original Magestic Giants. There is a newer cascading pansy too called 'cool wave'. These are from the growers of wave Putunias so they are really great for flower pots along the edge. Jimmy asks you to remember to use the turkey poop fertilizer because it will not burn your flowers and is great for getting micro-organisms stirred up which in turn feed your plants naturally. Lastly, Jimmy says that he has noticed all the garden centers he visits have a great selection of color and varieties, so get out and start your pansy beds now so that they can begin to get rooted in before the really cold weather sets in for good. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at, or visit

UNDERSTANDING BABY'S CRY - Like many new parents, Priscilla Dunstan was at her wit's end trying to ease the crying of her colicky infant son.  Unlike many new parents, Dunstan also had a special gift - a photographic memory for sound (at age 4, she could play back a Mozart concert she heard once note-for-note).  Her gift for sound helped her make a startling discovery: her newborn's sounds varied according to his needs, and she could decipher their meaning by tracking the sound as a physical reflex.  Dunstan soon realized that every newborn, regardless of race and culture, possesses a natural, reflexive communication system for signaling hunger, tiredness, the need to burp, lower gas, and general discomfort.  Thirteen years of research and thousands of babies culminated in the Dunstan Baby Language, now made available to all caregivers in her new book, Calm the Crying.  Priscilla Dunstan unlocks the secret behind this universal "baby language," and teaches parents how to recognize and respond to exactly what their baby needs.  For more information, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The doctor joins us to take questions about breast health and we check out local events to support the fight against breast cancer! Want to plant trees in your yard? We check in with our gardening expert for the best options for your yard!  Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo! And Jeh Jeh takes us to Atrox Factory for a major fright! That and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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