Good Day Alabama for April 8, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for April 8, 2014

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 8, 2014:

ART FAULKNER - Alabama's EMA director talks about flooding preparedness following yesterday's storms. From Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.

LUTHER STRANGE - Some important special events taking place today, brought state attorney general, Luther Strange to town and he was gracious enough to stop by to talk about that and some other issues around the state including his stance on bingo in Greene County. He says it's illegal - period.

STEWART WELCH - He stopped by to talk about reverse mortgages. A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) commonly referred to as a reverse mortgage, is essentially the opposite of a traditional mortgage. With a traditional mortgage, you borrow money from a lender and you repay the loan in monthly installments until it is repaid (including interest). With a reverse mortgage, you're taking a loan on your home and, instead of you paying the lender, the lender pays you. You can receive a lump-sum, a line of credit, fixed monthly payments (ideal for retirement planning) or a combination of the three choices.

DR. BETH KITCHIN, nutritionist - You may have heard about a new weight loss strategy called "Intermittent Fasting". There are several different styles of intermittent fasting. In some, you fast every day while in others, you fast on two non-consecutive days a week. "Fasting" can mean eating no food except water or a very low amount of calories – 500 to 600 calories. The non-fasting days usually are "eat what you want" days but some diets recommend some restrictions.

So of course the big questions are does it work and is it safe? Some, but not a lot of research has been done. Most of the research so far shows that intermittent dieting may be as effective as continuous dieting. Consult a doctor before trying any diets.

RYAN HUNTER-REAY - Defending IndyCar Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay joins us this morning. Ryan Hunter-Reay is the most successful American driver currently competing in open wheel competition, with more race wins than all of the other current American IndyCar drivers combined. Hunter-Reay, 32, won the IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year award in 2007, despite only competing in six of the seventeen events, and Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors in 2008. In January 2010 Hunter-Reay was signed to drive for Andretti Autosport, where he won the prestigious Long Beach Grand Prix, capturing Andretti Autosport's first victory under the sole ownership of racing legend Michael Andretti

The 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be April 25-27 at Barber Motorsports Park. For tickets or more information, visit

GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett shows us pretty Easter flowers that you might want to use to freshen up your family gatherings. Jimmy says their are different Easter Lilies that will be for sale and that you can plant them outdoors, when all chance of frost has left. Jimmy mentions that any forced hydrangeas that you buy can also be planted after you are thru displaying in your home, again, only after the last chance of frost has left. Alabama's frost date is typically 4/15/14, tax day. Jimmy says all the garden centers are getting fresh shipments weekly and the selections are growing. Jimmy says to remember when planting outdoors use quality potting amendments and plant in well drained soils. Also, know if your plants like sun or shade and plant accordingly in the right area. Lastly, Jimmy says that when watering any plant indoors, make sure you have a saucer to catch the water and drain the saucer 30 minutes later after you water it so it does not sit in water.For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at, or visit

ERIC ESSEX AND THE ESSENTIALS - The Marcus Roberts Trio will kick off The Essentials: Ragtime and Early New Orleans Jazz, a new performance series created by UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Essentials is a new, innovative series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz music and bringing the best artists in contemporary jazz to Birmingham. Over the next three years, the ASC, along with host and UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix, will take audiences on a journey from the birth of jazz through today's most innovative artists with performances and educational activities. This season, The Essentials will begin by showcasing ragtime and early New Orleans jazz, hosted by Essix and featuring music performed by the Marcus Roberts Trio, alongside local jazz artists.

The concert is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $38.50. Student tickets are available. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit

The first set will take audiences through the history, music and artists of the inaugural era of jazz.

COOKING - NADIA RUIZ FROM SUR LA TABLE cooked up a cod and tomato dish.

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us with Red Rock Tuesday. He joins us from Sloss Furnaces. The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System will connect existing trails and parks connecting our communities while improving the health, economy, and quality of life for our region. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

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