Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on April 8, 2015:
GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear discusses kudzu bugs. Emerging from overwintering, kudzu bugs may invade your home, infest tender the buds and stems of plants in your landscape, or cover your vehicle. They are attracted to lightly colored surfaces. As other food sources green up, they will move from homes out into the landscape, looking for food sources. Kudzu bugs are not beetles – they are nuisance stink bugs and are olive green to brown in color, with a squared tail. They are about the size of an Asian lady beetle. Don't let the name fool you – while they do eat kudzu, they also eat other crops such as soybeans and green beans. They have also been found on figs and wisteria. To control them, try to seal and caulk all cracks and crevices in your home around windows, doors. As a last reports try an insecticide – use a pyrethroid (ending in –thrin) insecticide. But you must apply it directly to insect. Be sure to read the label of any product you purchase. This method is not recommended due to the sheer amount of insecticide needed to treat this pest. These insects migrate in huge numbers and it is virtually impossible to kill all of them using an insecticide. Even with the control measures, kudzu bugs may still make it into your home. Remember, they emit an offensive odor, so treat them with care when removing. The indoor removal method is to use a vacuum. The use of an industrial vacuum is best, as odors can linger in a traditional vacuum. Add 1-2 tablespoons of dish liquid per gallon of water then add a few gallons to the canister of the vacuum. The dish liquid and water will kill any kudzu bugs that are vacuumed up.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. John Young, an orthopedic surgeon from Brookwood Medical Center, joined us to take viewer questions about Hip Replacement Surgery. Arthritis and other medical conditions can affect cartilage and joints around the hip. When pain and stiffness interfere with everyday activities, hip replacement may be an option for some people. In hip replacement surgery, the damaged hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. Recent studies also suggest that people who choose to have surgery before advanced joint damage occurs tend to recover more easily and have better outcomes.
BARTOW ON WARD - The local basketball community is remembering a former UAB star who died in a plane crash. 36 year old Torrey Ward was an Illinois State University assistant coach. He and six other people died after the small plane they were IN, crashed in Illinois Monday night. The group was coming back from the N-C-A-A tournament championship game in Indianapolis. Ward became a star at UAB after becoming a standout player at Phillips High school in Birmingham. Mike and Janice talked with former UAB Coach Murry Bartow about Ward and his impact on UAB and the world.
RETIREMENT - Chris Hogan, Financial Expert and Speaker with Ramsey Solutions, discussed retirement using his R:IQ assessment tool from his ChrisHogan360.com. He offered a few steps to start saving for retirement. He says you should determine what retirement looks like for you - do you want to travel, move, start a business? Talk with your spouse about his/her retirement dreams. No matter your age, you have an idea of your dream retirement. Figure out your financial number - that is how much money you need to retire. Retirement is based on a financial number, not an age. Asses where you are vs. where you want to be. Consider your current debt load, amount of retirement savings and years until you retire. Use the R:IQ assessment at chrishogan360.com to help you figure this out. Make a plan to close the gap. Determine how much you need to save monthly. Make sacrifices to reach this goal. Start now – it's never too early or too late. R:IQ is a free tool that helps you assess the amount of money you'll need in retirement, and the steps you need to take to get there. Find at chrishogan360.com.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visits with Rachel Gulley from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Guinea Forest Hogs. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT - Gus Mayer's Girls Night Out celebrates StyleBlueprint's Faces of Birmingham and the Spring's hottest fashion trends. Head out tomorrow from 4pm to 8pm for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, Gus Mayer's Trend Bar featuring Spring fashions, Gus Mayer's Color Lab featuring beauty tips and TAX FREE shopping. Fashionable prizes will be given away throughout the night, so come early to shop and stay late to win!
JEH JEH LIVE - The Birmingham Christian Lebanese Community celebrates its 17th Annual Festival this Friday and Saturday at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church - 836 8th Street South, Birmingham. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day. Admission to the Festival entertainment and tour events is free and open to the public, and traditional Lebanese food will be available throughout both days for sale. Lebanese delicacies offered during the two-day Festival include Baked Kibbee, Rolled Grape Leaves, Spinach Pies, Baked Kibbee and Falafel Sandwiches, Tabouleh - a Lebanese Salad, Grilled Lebanese Lemon Chicken, Loobia - green beans, Rice, Homus and Pita Bread. Ample. Comfortable dining tables and seating will be available in and outside the Church. This year the Saint Elias Cedar 5K Run will be held on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Cedar Shake Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. The run will benefit the SUKI - Spreading Unconditional Kindness Intentionally - Foundation, an organization established to educate the community, fund local research, and help families with children diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. The race will begin at the Church and run through the historic Glen Iris neighborhood. The Run will be dedicated in loving memory of two deacons from the Church, Deacon Joe Stephens and Deacon Sam Wehby. For more information and to register visit cedarrun5k.com. Prices for food range from $3.00 a la carte spinach pies to plates of food for $10.00 and up. Desserts include a variety of baklawa, kiak - a Lebanese sugar cookie, and Lebanese ice cream. Prices range from $2.50 for most desserts to $20.00 for a dessert sampler. Friday lunchtime delivery will be available by calling at 205-252-3867, or place deliveries on-line at stelias.org for any delivery over $75.00 to the southside or downtown area.