Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for May 3, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - It's Talladega Race Weekend! There's racing each day! The ARCA 250 race is today, the Aaron's 312 is tomorrow, and the Aaron's 499 is Sunday. For complete details on all the events at the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend or to get tickets, visit http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
CLARE LIVE - Another milestone for Honda's Plant in Lincoln. Yesterday, Govenor Bentley helped kick off the start of production for the 2014 Acura MDX Sport Utility Vehicle and today it visited us here at the station. Honda's expansion in Lincoln included a 400-million dollar investment- that means hiring more than 400 people to support the production of the MDX. Honda announced in 2011 that it would move production of the MDX from its Canadian plant to Alabama. The Lincoln plant also makes the Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV, and Ridgeline pickup.
CITIZENS FIREARM SAFETY COURSE - The next Citizen's Firearms Safety Course, taught by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in room 210 of the Joe Ford Center on the campus of Gadsden State Community College. Citizen's Firearm Safety Course Sponsored by Sheriff Todd Entrekin & Firearm Instructors of the Etowah County Sheriff's Office In Partnership with Gadsden State Community College: The classroom portion of the course will be held in Room 210 at Gadsden State Community College's Joe Ford Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (East Cardinal Drive, Gadsden, AL 35902). Registration is required. 80 seats per class. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-549-8135 to sign-up! The course will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Additional courses will be scheduled throughout the year. Please do not bring your weapon to the classroom portion of the course. Time will be set aside for those who successfully complete the course to attend a range day with our firearms instructors for hands on firing of your weapon. The course objectives are firearms safety, know your firearm, responsibilities of ownership and use of a firearm in the state of Alabama, Alabama self defense laws, & Alabama pistol permit laws.
BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL - Mike talked with Ryan Poe from the Birmingham Business Journal for a look at local business headlines. They discussed how thousands of Alabama doctors and medical groups received 15,000 payments from pharmaceutical companies in 2012 totaling more than $7 million to cover items ranging from meals and speaking engagements to research projects; what developer Robert Simon had to say about the developments around the new Regions Field; and how the housing market has picked up. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
SPLASH ADVENTURE WATERPARK - The excitement is building at Splash Adventure Waterpark where a whole summer of fun awaits! It opens tomorrow! Splash Adventure Waterpark brings a new twist to the traditional water park themes, with more interactive attractions that allow guests to create a unique experience each and every time they visit. The park will be open on weekends on May 4, 5, 11, 12, 19 and every day from May 24th through August 18th only. The park will continue weekend operations from August 24th through September 15th. Splash Adventure will be closed on Saturday, May 18th for a private event. And with season passes available for a limited time at a discounted price, the whole summer can be yours for just $49.99. New to the park this summer is the Sea Lion Splash Show. The only traveling sea lion show in the United States, Sea Lion Splash will be on hand May 11, 12, & 19 and then every day of operation May 24 through July 21st. A mix of acrobatics, music and comedy, this one-of-a-kind spectacle featuring a cast of stout stars from both California and the Patagonia region of South America is sure to delight the young and the young at heart. For more information, visit www.splashadventurewaterpark.com or call 205.481-4750.
MICHAEL O'NEILL - On Monday May 6th, actor Michael O'Neill (J. EDGAR, TRANSFORMERS) will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity build in the Birmingham area for Habitat's Home Builders Blitz 2013. Michael is originally from Alabama. These days he portrays "Senator Roland Foulkes" in the new series, RECTIFY, which just premiered last month on the Sundance Channel. Michael O'Neill will volunteer his time to help the Burpo family achieve their dream of homeownership. Established in 1987, Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties. The organization is dedicated to making quality, affordable housing solutions available to low-income families. To date, more than 575 houses have been sold at zero percent interest, in addition to 450 other housing units repaired or rebuilt, for a total of more than 1,000 families served in the Greater Birmingham area. Habitat Birmingham is ranked 4th among more than 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the United States. www.habitatbirmingham.org
IRON MAN 3 - The summer movie season officially begins this weekend with the release of "Iron Man 3"... the movie has already made more than $242 million since it opened overseas on April 24th. In the new film, billionaire superhero Tony Stark battles a terrorist who's out to destroy the US. Star Robert Downey Jr. says 'number 3' has more plot twists than the previous films. This morning Stan Daniels from Kingdom Comics joined us with his thoughts on the new flick. It is rated PG-13.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Wall joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to the Serval. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
COMEDIAN - What is there to know about Dominique? Well, if you're interested in high - powered comedy, there is everything to know, From clubs across the country to Comedy Central's hit "CHAPELLE's SHOW" she's showing America what a comedienne is. A run on the highly successful Def Comedy Jam Tour and numerous television appearances including the fresh new "Comic Groove" on Comedy Central, the legendary "Showtime at the Apollo" and the controversial "Comic View" on Black Entertainment Television. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, we've got some Mother's Day gift ideas for you for moms of all ages and all price points! We also get advice on how to protect your purchase of you want to order her flowers this year! Kids face cyber dangers on more than just the home computer... What about their phones? We find out how you can keep them safe! American Idol now down to the top three contestants! Amber's time ended this week but we talk with her about her journey and find out what she has next! And we continue to catch up with Rob and Jeannine from Magic 96 for their thoughts on the top three! We check out the latest buzz out of Hollywood with our Gossip Mom. And the Bargain Mom joins us with some great deals to save your family money! Want to hit the beach this year? Why not buy your own beach house! In Money Tuesday we find out if this is the right time to do just that! And want to start over? Jon Acuff joins us with his new book - Start - and advice on how to reinvent yourself at any age. He has helpful tips for people who feel stuck in their jobs whether they are overqualified or feel like they have reached a dead end and those having to consider "encore" careers to beef up retirement savings. Comedian James Gregory joins us with a few laughs! And the gardener and the doctor join us to take your questions! Join us for all of this and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!