Good Day Alabama for May 8, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for May 8, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for May 8, 2013:

JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us this morning from The Alabama State Fair!  The event will be held May 8-12 in the Century Plaza Mall parking lot.  For more information, please call (205)520-6244.

- Alabama EMA director Art Faulkner joined us this morning to talk about disaster preparedness with a focus on contractors.Faulkner invites all interested Alabama small businesses to attend a conference to learn how to become a pre-approved vendor for emergency response contracting in the state of Alabama.  The conference will be May 13th in Montgomery.

ZOO - Mickey visited with Laura Schillinger from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about what's going on at the Birmingham Zoo right now. For more information, visit

MOTHER'S DAY - Ann Simmons with Gus Mayer joined us with a look at several options for Mother's Day Gift Ideas. Her ideas include fragrances from Creed, cosmetic items, scarves and handbags. She also explains how Gus Mayer offers makeovers with the cosmetic items she shows us.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Parvez Sultan is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St. Vincent's inBirmingham. He joined us to take viewer questions about heart health. He also discussed St. Vincent's Heart Valve Clinic. Considered the first of its kind in Alabama, the St. Vincent's Heart Valve Clinic opened in the summer of 2012, assembling a team of experienced physicians to care for patients with complex valvular heart disease. What makes this clinic different is its one-stop-shop concept. Patients see physicians from multiple disciplines in one place, offering fully integrated care. To learn more about the Heart Valve Clinic, call 1-855-STV-BEAT or visit

And St. Vincent's is one of the main supporters for this year's American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon... It is Friday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.  The Go Red for Women Campaign celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. To learn more about the Go Red campaign, hear inspiring survivor stories, and get your tickets to the luncheon - visit

GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear discussed Kudzu bugs that we saw in the fall and are emerging again now after winter.  You may have noticed a new insect pest in the recent weeks, the kudzu bug. Emerging from overwintering, they are especially attracted to light surfaces. As other food sources green up, they will move from homes.  Be patient and this little nuisance will not be a problem, at least until next fall. Kudzu bugs are not beetles - they are nuisance stink bugs and are olive green to brown in color, with a squared tail. They are about the size of an Asian lady beetle. Native to Asia - they were first discovered in Georgia in 2009.  They have since spread to several southeastern states including Alabama. In 2010 kudzu bugs were found in two counties - now they are in 43. Don't let the name fool you - while they do eat kudzu, they also eat other crops such as soybeans and green beans.  They have also been found on figs and wisteria. To control them,  seal and caulk all cracks and crevices in your home (around windows, doors).  You can use a pyrethroid insecticide but you must apply it directly to the insect. Even with these control measures, kudzu bugs may still make it into your home.  Remember, they emit an offensive odor, so treat them with care when removing.  The best indoor removal method is to use a vacuum.  The use of an industrial vacuum is best, as odors can linger in a traditional vacuum.  Add1-2 tablespoons of dish liquid per gallon of water then add a few gallons to the canister of the vacuum.  The dish liquid and water will kill any kudzu bugs that are vacuumed up.  

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, leave your stress at work! We turn to our expert for advice on how to leave that stress and work and not bring it home to your family! Ever feel the need to re-invent yourself? Whether you need a career change for any reason or need to find a second career to supplement your retirement funds, author Jon Acuff shows us how with his new book - Start! Help with the Great American Clean-up! We reveal how you can recycle your electronics for FREE tomorrow! Ladies, what should you have in your toolbox to take care of small fixes around the house? We show you the essentials and explain how to use them! The final three ladies on American Idol sing for your votes tonight! We check in with Rob and Jeannine at Magic 96 for their thoughts on who did the best, who heads home, and who makes it to the finale! Want a healthy snack that even the kids will love? We check out some ideas! Make mom a special meal for Mother's Day! Our chef shows us an idea! And our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio. Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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