Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 18, 2014:
MALAYSIAN FLIGHT SHOT DOWN - Janice talked with aviation expert Jerry Chandler about yesterday's Malaysian Airlines crash. A Ukrainian official says 181 bodies have been located so far at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine Foreign Ministry representative Andriy Sybiga cited local emergency workers at the site for the numbers Friday. He said the bodies will be taken to Kharkiv, a government-controlled city 170 miles north of the crash site, for identification. Authorities say 298 people were killed when the plane traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down Thursday.
The latest breakdown of nationalities of those onboard the flight is 173 from Netherlands, 44 Malaysian, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesian, 9 from the United Kingdoms, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, one Canadian, one New Zealander. US Intelligence authorities believe a surface to air missile took down the passenger jet. Ukraine accuses pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the aircraft... although rebels deny those claims. They even say they will allow national and international investigators safe access to the crash site. Ukraine's separatist rebels also say they've found "most" of the recording devices from the Malaysia Airlines plane.
In Malaysia, family members of passengers arrived at the airport and Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai promises the the country's "full support." Chandler says as the investigtion goes on, it's time to start thinking about domestic air travel over war zones. He says when airlines travel in those regions they need to be guided. Some airlines will be concerned about cost of the trip taking longer to get form country to country - more fuel would be used, etc. Chandler also discused international flights he's been on that had to travel around war zones.
BBJ - Sarah talks with Alan Alexander from the Birmingham Business Journal about local business headlines. They discuss how the Affordable Care Act leads to a flux of opportunities for companies that can develop innovative products and services for medical providers; the effect of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield antitrust lawsuit on Birmingham; and updates on developments in Birmingham. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - The 31st Annual World Deer Expo is a sportsman's weekend paradise! It is the largest 3 Day Hunting Consumer Show in the COUNTRY! Get ready for a weekend full of fun for everyone who loves hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. The Expo has the Latest and Greatest of Hunting Products and Apparel, Outfitters from all over the World, BHA Archery Tournament, Alabama Whitetails Records Big Buck Competition, Seminars from Professional Hunters, Outdoor Celebrities, Country Artist Concerts, Hunt Giveaways, Hourly Door Prizes, Activities for the Kids, and More! It runs today through Sunday at the BJCC. Admission for guests 12 years old and up is $13, children ages 4-11 are $7 each, and children under 4 get in for free. For more infomation log on to www.worlddeerexpo.com.
LIFELINE ADOPTION - The joy of bringing home a new baby is something unparalleled in this world… even if your new baby is 6 months old and from another country. Britton Lynn shared the story of one Birmingham family whose love spans continents. Liza and Chris Kinley adoped Haven from Ethiopia when he was only a few months old. They say the hardest part of the adoption was leaving him in Ethiopia while all the paperwork was processed. He finally came home to them when he was six months old. He only weighed only 7 pounds then. The Kinley's want to make sure Haven connects with his heritage and often give him gifts from and about Ethiopia. Britton is going to Africa soon to learn more about these adoptions and orphans. She invites you to follow her journey on MyFoxAL.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
FRED THOMPSON - With the current popularity of faith films including "Noah", "Son of God," and "God's Not Dead," "Persecuted," a new critically acclaimed film starring Fred Thompson hopes to duplicate the same surge at box offices nationwide. "Persecuted" is being touted as a "House of Cards" political thriller for the religious set. Imagine what would happen if the country's most famous religious leader refused to go along with the politicians in Washington? "Law & Order's" Fred Thompson stars as Dr. Charles Luther whose son, John Luther, played by SAG Award-nominated and Saturn Award winning actor James Remar (X-Men: First Class, Dexter, Django: Unchained, What Lies Beneath, & Red). He plays a modern-day evangelist who is the last hold out for a national endorsement to make sweeping reforms in freedom of speech that would compel religious leaders to provide equal time to those of other faiths. A U.S. Senator, portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Davison (X-Men, Lost, Castle) and his political allies create a sinister plan of denial and scandal to frame John Luther for murder. Suddenly his once normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive vowing to expose those responsible. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the moral ethics and freedoms of America. Fred talked with us about the film along with the director David Lusko. For tickets and more information about show times near you, visit http://www.persecutedmovie.com/theaters.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Garrison joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to a Ball Python. You can show your support for rhino conservation and the Birmingham Zoo with for Bowling for Rhinos at Brunswick Riverview Lanes from 6pm-10pm on Thursday, July 24. 100% of proceeds will go towards rhino conservation through the International Rhino Foundation. A $15 registration fee includes 4 hours of bowling, shoes, access to door prizes, raffles and snacks (first come, first serve). To register and for more information, visit birminghamzoo.com. They also discussed the upcoming Bowling for Rhinos Event. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
COMEDIAN - The comic stylings of Drew Thomas are a hilarious portrayal of comedic storytelling. He draws his audience in with his accounts of relationship follies and keen retorts on everyday life and current affairs. Drews insight on comedy leaves you with a sense of intimacy that makes women want his number; guys want to grab a beer with him and everyone laughing all night. His warm and inviting personality puts you at ease and makes you comfortable instantly; you are immediately drawn into his world as he takes you on a comedic roller coaster ride. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, it's time to start getting your kids ready to go back to school. We take you to the math and science camp to boost their interest! And the eye doctor joins us with pointers to know if your child needs help! And want to hang onto your youthfulness? Dr. Asa shows us how to slow doing your aging process! For music fans, enjoy some of today's top hits in a version safe for the kiddos to hear! We talk with some of the stars of the latest Kidzbop album! And former American Idol Taylor Hicks joins us in the studio with details on where you can catch him in concert soon... and he performs a few songs live on the show for us! New music and movies come out next week and we show you what's new in entertainment! Plus Jimmy Rockett joins us with advice for your garden! Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!