Good Day Alabama for February 20, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for February 20, 2014

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for February 20, 2014:

JEH JEH LIVE - The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to host the first Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) exhibition in the United States in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish features the dramatic work of the leader of the French Romantic Movement, who was often heralded as "the father of impressionism." Comprised of 25 paintings and 18 works on paper, the exhibition highlights Delacroix's unparalleled coloristic surface effects, his famously troubled collaboration with his studio assistants, and his preoccupation with the fate of civilizations. Filled with high drama, a fiery color palette, and expressive brushstrokes, Delacroix's style set the precedent for later artists like Renoir, Seurat, and Cézanne. The BMA is one of only two venues to host Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, which represents works of collections from around the world, including Paris, Switzerland, Madrid, and New York. For more information, visit http://www.artsbma.org/.

HEALTH - Dr. Nathan Smith, Director of Dental Services with JCDH joined us to discuss National Children's Dental Health Month this month. It is a good time to remind families about the importance of good oral health care early in life. Tooth decay is the number one childhood illness, but also the most preventable. By kindergarten, many children have already experienced dental decay which causes a significant amount of missed days of school each year due to dental problems. It's so important to establish healthy habits early on. Here are a few helpful tips on caring for your little one's teeth:
-Begin brushing your child's teeth when you first notice baby teeth erupting.  Schedule your child's first dental check-up by age one.
-Brush and floss twice daily.  (Will provide appropriate "amount of toothpaste" update from American Dental Association).
-Frequent consumption of sugary  foods and drinks can cause tooth decay.  
-Dental Sealants can help protect your child's teeth.   
-Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America; however it can be avoided
-More than 16 million American children have untreated tooth decay.
-Oral health is important for our overall health.
Emerging oral health issue: increase of tooth decay in preschool age children
For more information, visit www.jcdh.org

TAX TIPS - Janice talked with Dan Boon from the IRS for some tax tips today. Nearly 9 out of 10 returns are e-filed now, either directly by the tax filer or by a tax preparer. Tax software has made filing easy, plus it's free for most people. If your 2013 household income was $58,000 or less, visit IRS.gov and click on the Free File button to have free use of tax software online to prepare and file your return. About 70% of Alabamians qualify to use IRS Free File. Starting this year, IRS offices will no longer prepare tax returns. But there is plenty of free tax filing help from IRS-certified volunteers. There are more than 20 free help sites in Jefferson County alone. If your income was below $52,000 or you're age 60 or older, you qualify to have your federal and state returns prepared free at one of these help sites. Call 1-800-906-9887 or go to irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to find the site closest to you. For most filers, the Affordable Care Act doesn't affect the returns we're filing now for 2013. Filers with income above $200,000 will see two new taxes brought about by the ACA - the Additional Medicare Tax of 0.9% and the Net Investment Income Tax of 3.8%. Next year is when some tax filers will be affected by the individual mandate to have health insurance for 2014. Each year the IRS reminds taxpayers that if they worked any part of last year and their income was below $52,000, they may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. We remind people, because the population of people eligible for this credit changes by one-third each year, due to changes in peoples' life situations. Last year nearly 76,000 filers in Jefferson County claimed $209 million in EITC. The changing factor of one-third means that about 25,000 filers who were not eligible for EITC last year will be eligible when they file this year. Some miss this credit because their income is so low, they are not required to file a return, but you must file to get EITC. Scammers are becoming more sophisticated. Recently people have reported callers claiming to be from the IRS and demanding immediate payment of back taxes. The callers may know the last four digits of your SSN and they may "spoof" your caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. These scammers usually demand payment using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. If you refuse, they may threaten you with being arrested, then they have another scammer call you and claim to be the police. The IRS does make phone calls, but never asks for payment using a prepaid debit card. In fact the IRS won't even ask for a credit card number over the phone. Remember, too, the IRS never initiates contact by email or texting or social media. For more information, visit www.irs.gov. For general tax help for individuals, call  1-800-829-1040 and for businesses call 1-800-829-4933. To find  free tax help sites call 1-800-906-9887.

LARS ANDERSON ON DAYTONA - Janice talked with Lars Anderson, Sports Illustrated writer. He was live in Daytona where Nascar drivers and fans prepare for the new season to begin with the race this weekend. He discussed some of the changes in place for this year's championship and some of the drama already underway this season. Catch the Daytona 500 live right here on FOX6 on Sunday!

DOLVETT'S 3-1-2-1 DIET
- Losing weight and keeping it off permanently can only happen when you eat what you love, don't feel deprived, and stay motivated.  THE 3-1-2-1 DIET capitalizes on this, allowing readers to eat and cheat their way to weight loss. For years, Dolvett Quince, celebrity trainer on the hit reality TV show The Biggest Loser has been helping people transform their minds, bodies, and souls for over 20 years with his successful THE 3-1-2-1 DIET and fitness program.  He has been using this highly successful diet program with his clients including Angela Bassett and Baltimore Ravens tight-end Daniel Wilcox. With his signature style and moving personal stories, Dolvett inspires readers to follow his delicious, clean eating plan for three days, followed by one cheat day; then, eat clean again for just two days, and reward yourself with another cheat meal the next day. There are no foods that are off-limits, which allows the THE 3-1-2-1 DIET to fit into any lifestyle, and includes meal plans, workouts, tips, advice, and affirmations-everything readers need to truly succeed.

BASSMASTER CLASSIC - Mike joined us live from Regions Field where the anglers gear up for this weekend's Bassmaster Classic. The 2014 Bassmaster Classic will be held on Lake Guntersville. It runs Friday through Sunday. The weigh-in  and Outdoors Expo will be at the BJCC. This is the 44th edition of sport fishing's greatest championship and the eighth time that Birmingham has been the host city. Birmingham is home to the B.A.S.S. Headquarters. During the Classic, anglers will be competing for the $300,000 grand prize. For more information, visit http://www.bassmaster.com/.


SHELBY PET OF THE WEEK
- Meghan Wayman from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Hammy. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org
 
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we take you live to Lake Guntersville for the Bassmaster Classic! Kyle Busch joins us to discuss the big race this weekend in Daytona! Jeh Jeh checks out all the fun of the Jazz Cat Ball! We find out if any Alabamians make it into American Idol's top 13! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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