Good Day Alabama for July 2, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for July 2, 2014

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 2, 2014:

JEH JEH LIVE - Alabama's longest running BBQ festival celebrating 65 years in Birmingham. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church celebrates its Fourth of July Festival and will feature 5,000 pounds of slow cooked BBQ and more than 1,500 plates served over 5 hours. Guests can win $5,000 in the raffle. A total of $11,000 will be given away from the raffle. Giant rummage sale offers "Early Bird Special" to first 400 in line. It will be on Friday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Homewood at 1728 Oxmoor Road. The annual festivities include something for everyone! Some of the highlights for this years' celebration include the food, a rummage sale, and a raffle with some great prizes!

ZOO CREW - Mickey visits with Michelle Duplichien from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Lorikeets. They feed then and discuss free admission for retired and active military families during the July 4th Holiday weekend. For more information, visit

CARS UNDER $18,000
- The expert editors from Kelley Blue Book, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, have just named the 2014 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000! While many inexpensive cars are decidedly uncool, the world's auto manufacturers are putting more personality and distinction into their lower-priced offerings.  Not only have small cars never looked so good, but they also have never been more filled with cool content.  Two criteria -- fun-to-drive and fun-to-own -- are critical among the deciding factors of what the editors freely admit is a very subjective "cool factor," the over-arching number-one criterion for a vehicle to place on this list.  Each vehicle is available for purchase at $18,000 or less. Micah Muzio, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book, revealed the list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2014. He offers his tips for finding the perfect new car at the right price, and give us a first look at a few of this year's featured cars. For new-car pricing, expert and consumer reviews, vehicle details, safety information, cost-to-own information and more, please visit:

ROB LOWE - Actor and author Rob Lowe is like so many of us.... his parents are aging and he is concerned about their long term care. Through his efforts with his own family he became involved with the Let's Talk campagin for long term care.  He shared some startling statistics and reveals that most Americans are financially unprepared for a "healthy retirement."  Rob teams up with Genworth Financial on a national research and education program aimed at having conversations about a pressing issue confronting many Americans: how to plan and pay for long term care needs for our aging population. As Rob details in his book -he is now a concerned family man and is talking to Americans about a serious topic - long term care. Rob is a father who recognizes that time is fleeting and understands that planning for the future is a priority.  In his youth Lowe experienced caring for aging and ill family members when his maternal grandmother, Mim, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Startling statistics show that a significant number of Americans are financially unprepared for a "healthy retirement" due to the costs of long term care. More than 90% of american adults do not have long term care insurance. 7 in 10 Americans over 65 will need long term care at some point after they age. A private room in a nursing home costs $87,000 a year on average, or $261,000 over three years. 70% believe that affordable care act will cover their long term care – yet neither the Affordable Care Act nor Medicare (except in rare circumstances) does. Department of health and human services projects the population older than 85 will more than double by 2040. Two-thirds of adult Americans report having done little or no planning for the care they might need when they get older.

MIRANDA LAMBERT - As a dog lover with six adopted dogs of her own, Miranda Lambert has worked hard to help homeless dogs and raise awareness for the shelters that support them tirelessly. Now, she's working on a new initiative to improve the conditions in shelters across the continental United States with much-needed renovations and food to help shelter dogs look and feel their best. PEDIGREE® is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of shelter dogs and helping transform them into pets with loving homes. And, as part of their recently introduced documentary-style See what good food can do.™ campaign, which features the stories of shelter dogs and their journey toward becoming pets with forever homes, the brand is furthering their commitment by providing one shelter in each state across the country with food and a makeover to help improve their facilities. To show her support, Miranda Lambert unveils her own story with a documentary film that showcases her passion for dog adoption and highlights the impact the renovation of the Tishomingo Animal Shelter and PEDIGREE® food donation has made in the lives of her hometown shelter dogs. Lambert told us about See what good food can do.™ campaign and why it's a cause so close to her heart. She also explained how you can  get involved to help shelter dogs receive the nutrition they deserve, so they can find loving, forever homes. She shares her personal pet adoption stories and she talks about her new album - Platinum!
    Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and an avid animal lover with six rescue dogs of her own, Miranda Lambert is the reigning four-time CMA and reigning five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year - the first time anyone has won 5 consecutive years. Her last album, Four The Record, made history when it debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, making Miranda the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1. All four of those albums have also been certified Platinum, which is the name of her fifth studio album which was released on June 3rd. The first single off of Platinum, "Automatic," is Miranda's highest charting first week single to date.

GARDENING - Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joins us to discuss plantings for July 4th. For more information or gardening advice from Jon Culver, visit Sweet Peas Garden Shop at 2829 Linden Ave, Homewood... The phone number is (205) 879-3839. Or you can email him at

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Independence Day just around the corner! While we appreciate all the men and women of our military do to defend our freedom, what do we do to help with the transition back to civilian life? We introduce you to one group who helps our service men and women find independence off the battle field! Many people use the holiday weekend for shopping and we have two sources for some great deals! The Bargainomics Lady joins us with a few and we turn to Consumer Reports for the scoop on where to find the best deals specifically during the holiday! Maybe you're planning a bit of DIY time around the house.... we bring you pointers in Our House: Painting 101! Plus comedian Rodney Perry from Bounce TV's Off The Chain joins us with a few laughs! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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