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Good Day Alabama for May 16, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for May 16, 2013:

JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us this morning to talk about the Jerod Haase Basketbal Camp. The 2013 Jerod Haase Basketball Camp at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be June 10-13 and June 24-27. Camp runs from 9am until 4pm each day. It is for kids ages 8 to 18. The cost is $225 with a $25 discount for UAB employees. That price includes a basketball, a t-shirt, & a lunch buffet. The camp staff will run a camp bank so campers will not have to keep up with their own  money during the week. Campers will have access to purchase an assortment of snacks including: water, Gatorade, soft drinks, and candy bars. Head Coach Jerod Haase and his staff will direct the camp. They will be assisted by local high school and college coaches as well as the current UAB basketball team. Please register your camper online at For More Information please call (205) 934-3402

AP EXAMS - Janice talked with Potoula Chresomales for advice on advanced placement classes and how they can help with college.  The benefits of succeeding on AP Exams are well documented-more than 90 percent of the nation's four-year colleges and universities grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of qualifying AP Exam scores.  And with college tuition rates on the rise, succeeding on AP Exams during high school can help students earn a college degree in less time while potentially saving thousands of dollars on tuition.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT - Janice talked with Dr. Mark Wilson, head of the Jefferson County Health Department, about local health issues. They discuss Pertussis (Whooping Cough).  Pertussis is a highly infectious disease caused by a bacterium that is spread through the air from a cough or sneeze.  It is especially important because for infants it can be very severe, often leading to hospitalization, and sometimes death.  He says to prevent pertussis:
- All children should continue to receive the series of 5 vaccinations (combined with tetanus and diphtheria toxoids) starting at 2 months of age and finishing at age 4-6.
- All children should receive a booster, known as "Tdap" at age 11-12.
- New recommendation:  All pregnant women, preferably at 27 to 36 weeks gestation, with EVERY pregnancy regardless of the time from the last vaccine.  This helps protect the baby by transferring the mother's antibodies to the baby prior to the baby's vaccinations.
- All adults who have not received the Tdap vaccine, especially if they are likely to come into contact with babies.  This can take the place of a regular tetanus shot.  Really, everyone can help protect the babies in our community by getting vaccinated.
- Keep babies away from anyone who has is sick with a cough.
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DANIEL WALLACE - Big Fish author Daniel Wallace joined us to talk about his new novel, THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ROAM. Fans of Southern literary master Wallace's beloved novel Big Fish (also a motion picture and set to come to Broadway as a musical this fall), will welcome this return to the tradition of tall-tales and folklore in a wildly imaginative, beautifully written novel about two sisters and the dark, yet magical town that binds them.  Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in faraway Roam, are as different as sisters can be.  Helen is bitter and conniving, while Rachel, seven years younger, is naïve, trusting-and blind. But Rachel is beautiful, and Helen-Helen is not.  After their parents' untimely deaths, Rachel comes to rely on her older sister for everything, and Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, casually and cruelly convincing Rachel that SHE is the ugly sister, and that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn't possibly survive on her own.  Through ever-more elaborate stories, Helen creates an isolated, foreboding world full of  boneyards, malevolent trees, flesh-eating bids, and worse-and so it remains until Rachel grows older and makes a decision that will change their lives forever.  For more information, visit

IDOL WITH MAGIC - Mike and Janice talked with Rob and Jeannine with Magic 96.5 about American Idol. Candice and Kree performed last night for your votes. Each contestant sang three songs - one picked by the show's executive producer, one by the finalist, and one that will be released as a single for the winner. Be sure to tune in tonight for the big finale with lots of guests performances and find out who wins - it all begins at 7pm on FOX6.

OUR HOUSE - Amanda LeBlanc is one of the south's finest organizing experts. This morning she addresses the bathroom drawer. She offers advice to get your's better organized and help your morning running quicker and smoother. For more ideas, visit

PET OF THE WEEK - Meghan Wayman from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. His name is David. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 extension 22 or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, join us as we gear up for Do Dah Day! Mickey takes us to the park with all the puppies to get the scoop on all the music and fun to be had this weekend! What are the best cars on the market now for your family? We turn to Kelley Blue Book for the ten best! Comedian James Gregory joins us in the studio with a few laughs! Jeh Jeh drops by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame to check out this year's inductees. We bring you the latest news out of Hollywood and your local business headlines. Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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