Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
ABUSE ALLEGATIONS - A man in Etowah County was recently arrested in connection to allegations made by a 9 year old girl. After seeing a program at school on sexual abuse - the little girl talked with her teacher, saying she had been a victim. The teacher notified the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. After an investigation police say the little girl had been abused over a two year period. Police arrested 30 year old Thomas Aaron Craig. He's charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of production of pornography with minors. An organization called James M. Barrie Center helped with the investigation. They are trained to help children tell their stories in a safe environment. Janice talked with Patricia Falcon - the Executive Director - about how they helped in the investigation and how these type of school presentations help children who desperately need help. Patricia said she wishes we didn't need such programs but in this instance it worked just as it's designed.
The center will continue to work with authorities as the investigation continues.
BBJ - Sarah talked with Michael Seale with the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed the changing world of banking from using brick and morter branches to more online transactions and why Birmingham hospitals are pursuing freestanding emergency departments. For more on these and other business stories, visit birminghambusinessjournal.com.
COLLEGE SAVINGS - It's not surprising that parents are more likely to say they know what a 529 plan is than their teenage children. According to the Teen College Savings Barometer and The First Annual Parent College Savings Study, one of the top concerns for today's college-bound teens is not being able to afford to attend the college of their choice. For parents, cost is the most important factor in choosing a college for their teen to attend, while teens look at the success rates of graduates finding employment to help make their decision. The differences don't end there. Nancy Farmer, President of Private College 529 Plan, shares highlights from their Third Annual Teen College Savings Barometer and their First Annual Parent College Savings Study, which takes a look at teenagers' involvement in the college education savings process, and compares their degree of knowledge and anticipated participation in college tuition costs to that of their parents. The Private College 529 Plan is the only non-state pre-paid tuition option which allows parents and future students to minimize the effects of rising tuition costs by locking in today's rates for tomorrow's education. For more information, visit PrivateCollege529Plan.com.
GRADUATION PRAYER REACTION - Sarah talked with Chantel Evans who was having a seizure during the graduation ceremonies for Clay Chalkville High school. The young man who had delivered the invocation earlier, Christian Crawford, stepped up to the microphone and delivered a prayer. It was only 44 seconds long but it left a lasting impression on the 1000 or more people in the audience. Trussville Tribune posted the video on YouTube and it has become an internet sensation.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Garrison joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to a Fennec Fox. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us live from DeBardeleben Park in Historic Downtown Bessemer where you'l find the 6th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival tomorrow. Tickets are $15 online or at the restaurant and $20 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. At the festival you'll find delicious Bob Sykes BBQ, children's activities, and an arts & crafts area. Bring your own chairs and blankets. The event is rain or shine event. Parking is free. No coolers, tents or pets allowed. For more information, visit bobsykesblues.com/.
COMEDIAN - You've seen him on FOX TV, WGN and heard him on XM Radio. Comedian Mike Gardner is slated to release his second DVD "Better Than a Real Job" this month. Mike's autobiographical humor will take you on a roller coaster ride of subjects from his Redneck Mother to growing up in Menstrual hell with 6 sisters. Come see Mike Gardner, where he is sure to be disappointing his father. 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, we show you some great gift ideas for Father's Day! Jeh Jeh takes us live to some fun events.... from a fishing rodeo to Alabaster Cityfest! The Bargainomics Lady joins us with some great deals!