Good Day Alabama for July 9, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for July 9, 2014

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 9, 2014:

ZOO CREW - Jill Gilardi visited the Birmingham Zoo to talk with Nikki Partain about the Victorian Crown Pigeons. For more information, visit

TRAVEL DEALS - Mike talked with Becky Beall from The Travel Voice by Becky about some summer travel deals to theme parks. She told us about Walt Disney World in Orlando where the more days you buy tickets for the more you save so the Magic Your Way tickets are the best deal. Park Hoppers are the way to go if a park is really full so you can leave and enjoy another one. Get fast passes early in the day for must rides and arrive early. Most people tend to run late so getting there a little early may get you some extra rides. Food is one of the biggest costs at Disney. A great way to save money is the Magic Your Way Package with Dining Plan for 2014. Available only with vacation packages that include accommodations at a Disney-owned-and-operated hotel plus at least a 1-day theme park ticket per person, Disney's Magic Your Way plus Dining Plan Package for 2014 is a convenient and affordable way to experience many of the unique Disney dining locations found across the Walt Disney World Resort. The additional cost on top of a regular Magic Your Way package is $60.64 tax included per night per adult or junior ages 10-17, $19.23 tax included per night for children ages 3-9. Becky also talked about Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. She says September is the best time to visit and recommends you get the Express Passes. Purchase the meal plan for cheaper food. As with Disney, if you purchase souvenirs and are staying on property, you can have your packages delivered right to your room. And at Six Flags over Georgia discount tickets options are plentiful from the COKE CAN DEALS to AAA discounts, many credit unions, your work's HR dept, and local entertainment guides. Becky's best tips - arrive early and head to the back of the park and work your way forward. Eat at odd times to avoid lines. For more information, visit

RACHEL CRUZE ON COLLEGE KIDS & FINANCES - Rachel Cruze, Financial Expert and Author of Smart Money Smart Kids, joined us to discuss how you can prepare your kids for college. Smart Money Smart Kids debuted at #1 on "The New York Times", "Wall Street Journal" and "Publishers Weekly" best-seller lists. She says when preparing your kids for college, remind them that the decisions your child makes in those four years can affect the next forty years of their life. Address common pitfalls before your kids leave for college such as how to reconcile a bank statement, budgeting time and money, & overspending. Talk about the dangers of debt with student loans, credit cards, & car loans. Stress to them how simple decisions are important decisions - such as going to school in-state, working part time to cover expenses, scheduling classes at the best times, meal plans, and housing that save money. For more information, visit

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. James Towery is a cardiologist with Alabama Cardiovascular Group, PC. He joined us this morning to take questions from viewers about their hearts and cardiology.

GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear joined us to explain Integrated Pest Management and which insects are beneficial. We do have to deal with our fair share of insects, but managing their populations is not as hard as it may seem. Taking the right steps initially, can help prevent a huge problem later. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) uses environmentally sound, yet effective, ways to keep pests from damaging plants or annoying you. Successful IPM programs combine several control tactics for long term prevention and management of pest problems. The first question to ask is, "What kind of pest do I have?" Only after correctly identifying the "root" (no pun intended) of the problem, can you select the appropriate IPM tactics and materials. Once you have determined the pest, there are several cultural ways that you can address potential pests. Be sure to plant pest-resistant or well-adapted plant varieties, such as those that are native to our region. Alter the garden environment to deprive pests of the food, water, shelter, or other requirements they need to thrive. Use of barriers or screens to keep out pests. In the home vegetable garden, small pieces of aluminum foil or panty hose, wrapped around the base of squash plants, prevents the squash vine borer moth from laying her eggs on the stem of the squash plant. Squash, trap, wash off, or prune out pests. A strong stream of water is a great way to wash aphids off of your plants. Once knocked off, they are unable to crawl back up the plant. Rely on and conserve good bugs. Beneficial insects kill pests, consequently reducing the need for insecticides. Sometimes, even after following these steps, additional action must be taken. If nonchemical controls are ineffective and pests are reaching intolerable levels, pesticides may be warranted. Be sure to choose carefully. Use the least toxic material that will achieve the desired result. Some of the least toxic insecticides are soaps, oils, and microbials such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and spinosad. Also, always read product labels carefully and follow instructions on proper use, storage, and disposal. Remeber: the label is the law!

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, the Love Doctor joins us with advice for you and your spouse to experience wedded bliss! And if you have teenagers, tune in! Our child psychologist joins us with a few things we forget when raising teenagers. When you shop for lightbulbs, what's the difference in LED, CFL, halogen, etc? We break it all down in Our House. Ready for this month's Art on the Rocks? We get the scoop for you! 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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