Good Day Alabama for April 18, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for April 18, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 18, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE - Join Auntie Litter for her 22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration at the Zoo! The Celebration has been moved to Wednesday, April 24th due to inclement weather. This year's event will be at the Birmingham Zoo (2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, AL). Enjoy live entertainment, science shows, costume contests, educational exhibits, and wildlife shows! For more information, call  (205) 879-3009 or visit

- Janice talked with Dr. Mark Wilson, head of the Jefferson County Health Department, about local health issues. They discuss the five strategies of COIIN - Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality. Safe Sleep is important - remember alone (no added toys or pillows), back (on their back), and crib (in their own bed). Smoking Cessation - smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have: infertility issues, ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding issues, placental abruption/placenta previa, stillbirth, birth defects, prematurity, low birth weight, underweight for the number of weeks of pregnancy, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),  Congenital heart disease, trouble with speech-processing, and more. Eliminating non-medically indicated elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation.  For more information, visit

GUN CONTROL & SCHOOL SAFETY - As we approach the 14th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, one woman is breaking her silence in an effort to be part of the solution. Katie Lyles is currently a teacher in Denver, and, on the terrible morning of April 20, 1999, 14 years ago, she was a 16-year- old 10th grader at Columbine High School. Katie has never spoken publicly about her experience at Columbine, but after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, she was compelled to share her experience and insights as both a student at Columbine and a classroom teacher in hopes to be part of the solution. She recently testified in Colorado in support of HB 1229 that requires that anyone who wants to buy a gun undergo a background check. Katie, along with National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen, discussed her experiences 14 years ago, how it affects her every day, how that day has affected her classroom environment today, and what can be done to keep kids safe. Ms. Eskelsen addressed the steps NEA and educators around the country are taking to put an end to school violence including increased access to mental health services, providing and secure learning environment for all students and meaning action on gun violence prevention. The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers. For more information, visit

AMANDA GETS US ORGANIZED - Amanda LeBlanc is the south's finest organizing expert. This is that time of year for people to clean up and clean out. She joined us with some tips and tricks for organizing this season. Her three steps to getting organized this spring;
1. Gather all of your tools - Go room to room and fix or repair what you can with that kit.
2. Get 3 bins ready for the year: Donate, Trash, & Fix or Repair. All items that you are looking to get rid of will fit into one of these categories.
3. Have a vision of what you want to accomplish and what you want the area to look like once complete. Get this vision on paper with specifics. Create a plan, then get to work.

AMERICAN IDOL - Mike and Janice talked with Rob and Jeannine with Magic 96.5 about American Idol. The top 5 performed last night for your votes. Each contestant sang two songs - the first was a song from the year they were born and the second was from a diva - any song from a female powerhouse. Be sure to tune into FOX6 tonight at 7pm to find out who heads home! And join us tomorrow on Good Day Alabama as we talk with the booted constant live on the show!

OUR HOUSE - Spring is the time of the year when people are moving into new homes and looking at how to spruce up their existing homes. One easy thing to change that makes a big impact are window coverings. And, the products are now more green and sustainable than in the past. Cary Miller with Van Gogh Window Fashions showed us some examples.
· Wood Plantation Shutters - If you think wood is not an eco-friendly product you are wrong. Manny of the wood providers now are practicing sustainable tree farming. And, plantation shutters last a lifetime, so it is not likely you will be replacing these after a couple of years  -- they never go out of style.
· Fabric shades - There are new roller solar shades with fabrics that are eco-friendly (PVC free, LEED certified and Green Guard Indoor Air Quality Certified.) They also come with a motor that is solar powered.
· Solar Insect Shades - they are designed for windows, door or patio applications. These shades minimize movement in the elements (wind/rain) and they prevent insect intrusion as well as solar heat and glare. Plus these new solar shades recharge themselves with a solar panel.
are the things you want to look for in buying new window coverings.  
--- Is it made in the US?
-- -What is the product or fabric made of?
--- What kind of warranty are you going to get?

- Greg Winters from the Shelby County Humane Society introduces us to a pet that needs a new home. His name is Monty. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 extension 22 or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh takes us to the Oak Mountain Fair to check out all of the fun! Are you ready to "Paint the Town Red" this weekend? We get the scoop on the unique festival. One of the ladies finally heads home on American Idol and we talk with her tomorrow on Good Day! Comedian Etta May joins us in the studio with a few laughs! And Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron star in "At Any Price." The tell us all about it! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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