Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
FIGHTING BIRMINGHAM CRIME - The City of Birmingham announced a partnership with Casey Family Programs, the nation's largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Mayor William Bell unveiled the partnership yesterday with the Seattle-based foundation to establish a Community of Hope within the City of Birmingham. Casey Family Programs envisions a nation where supportive communities nurture the safety, success and hope of every child. He joined us this morning along with Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper and Jefferson County Distric Attorney Brandon Falls to discuss how Birmingham plans to establish its own Community of Hope, joining a nationwide effort to improve the safety and success of children and their families. In addition to this, Birmingham will host the 2016 Cities United convening, a landmark event on May 3- 5. Launched in 2011, Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating violence in American cities related to African American men and boys. It helps mayors and their teams plan and implement solutions by sharing best practices, instituting innovative approaches and increasing opportunities for awareness, action, and advocacy. Under the leadership of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Cities United is supported by the National League of Cities, Casey Family Programs, and the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The Cities United work and the partnership with Casey Family Programs represents an important step forward for the City of Birmingham to define a new approach to address community issues and needs and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Loveman's Village and Titusville will be the first areas of focus in the Birmingham area.
NEW HOOVER SUPERINTENDENT - Sarah talked with Dr. Kathy Murphy - the new Superintedent for Hoover schools. She started her new job on Monday, June 1st. Dr. Murphy has more than 30 years of educational experience. She comes to Hoover from Monroe County in Alabama. One Board Member describer her as decorated educator who will hit the ground running. Murphy signed a 3 year contract with Hoover City Schools. She'll be paid 195-thousand dollars a year. Dr. Kathy Murphy says she really looks forward to spending these next few weeks and months collaborating, learning, studying, being in the schools, and being accessible to the leadership teams. She wants to learn as much as she can about the school system.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visits with Laura Schillinger from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the elephants. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
BOUNCE: OFF THE CHAIN - Rodney Perry returns to Birmingham for the Off The Chain LIVE comedy tour. Bounce TV -- the nation's first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network designed for African American audiences -- presents a 17-city comedy tour called Off The Chain Live! which is based on its' popular stand-up comedy series Off The Chain. Off The Chain is Bounce TV's family-friendly comedy show featuring some of the most hilarious African-American comedians on the stand-up scene. Off The Chain series host Rodney Perry will headline all of the Off The Chain Live! performances. Perry is a popular comedian who has opened for such top comics as George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey. Before becoming host of Off The Chain, he served as the co-host of The Mo'Nique Show on BET, host of the Who's Got Jokes series and also starred in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. Tonight's show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $13. For tickets or more information, visit stardome.com.
SPONGEBOB MOVIE - "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" hits store shelves this week. Janice spoke with the voices behind two of the world's most beloved animated characters! She talked with Tom Kenny—the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants - and Bill Fagerbakke— the voice of Patrick the Starfish. In addition to voicing SpongeBob SquarePants in the new blockbuster film and Nickelodeon's long-running animated series, Tom Kenny has lent his voice talents to shows including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Ultimate Spider-Man," "The Fairly OddParents," "The Boondocks" and many more. He began his career as a stand-up comedian and was a regular on the critically acclaimed sketch program "Mr. Show with Bob and David." Bill Fagerbakke is best known for his portrayal of Dauber in ABC's long-running comedy series "Coach" as well as his voice-over work as Patrick the Starfish in Nickelodeon's beloved series "SpongeBob SquarePants." His recent television credits include a recurring role as Jason Segal's dad in CBS' smash hit "How I Met Your Mother." Additionally, he recurred as J.K. Simmons' brother in NBC's "Growing Up Fisher" and also had recurring roles on "Heroes" and "Oz." In 2011, Bill appeared in the Academy Award®-winning film The Artist. In the new blockbuster hit The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to our world on a mission to save his own. When pirate Burger Beard played by Antonio Banderas steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes. The Blu-ray combo pack includes eight exciting featurettes that take you from Bikini Bottom to the surface, deleted scenes and more. There are also three exclusive and delightfully fun sing-along music videos.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Janice talked with Dr. Stanford Faulkner, Jr. - an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Birmingham Orthopedics Sports & Spine. They discuss back pain - the causes, the symptoms, and the treatments. He also takes questions from viewers about back pain. He says back pain ranks high on the list of self-inflicted ailments. Most of our back troubles happen because of bad habits, generally developed over a long period of time. These bad back habits includepoor posture, overexertion in work and play, sitting incorrectly at the desk or at the steering wheel, or pushing, pulling, and lifting things carelessly. Sometimes backaches occur for no apparent reason. This is called nonspecific backache. It may develop from weakened muscles that cannot handle everyday walking, bending, and stretching. In other cases, back pain may come from an injury involving pulling or twisting or some kind of overuse or repetitive damage. Injuries from contact sports, accidents, and falls can cause problems ranging from minor muscle strains to herniated discs to fractures that cause severe damage to the spinal column or the spinal cord itself. Symptoms of back pain can include persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine; sharp, localized pain in the neck, upper back, or lower back; chronic ache in the middle or lower back; pain that radiates from the low back to the buttock, down the back of the thigh, and into the calf and toes; and he inability to stand straight without having pain or muscle spasms in the lower back. Call your doctor about back pain if you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs; pain in your back extends downward along the back of the leg; pain increases when you cough or bend forward at the waist; pain is accompanied by fever, burning during urination, or frequent and/or urgent urination; or begin to have problems controlling your bowels or bladder.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us live from East Lake Park where crews gear up for this weekend's Family Fishing Rodeo. This is the largest community fishing event in the state! This is the 18th annual city of Birmingham Park and Recreation Family Fishing Rodeo. East Lake Park is located at 84th Street & 1st Avenue North. The Family Fish Rodeo is on Saturday from 7am until 1pm. It is free! Bring your own favorite bait, rod, & reel There will be tons of fish and great giveaways! For more information, call 205-254-2391.
GARDENING - Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joins us to discuss perennials for summertime. He says the Day lily, salvia, coneflower, Huechera, hosta, and butterfly weed are plants that perform well all summer and come back year after year. 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 email@example.com.
BRANDI CHASTAIN - Summer is almost here, which means family vacations, cookouts, hot temperatures and lazy long weekends are kicking into high gear. With so many activities sidelining our usual schedules, its no wonder summer is often deemed the hardest time for folks to stick to their everyday healthy routines. Just days before the start of the 2015 Women's FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mike talked with two time World Cup champ and busy mom, Brandi Chastain, with her best tips for squeezing in workouts and eating healthy on-the-go all summer long. She suggests getting in five minutes of exercise any time you can throughout your day and keeping healthy snacks on hand to give you that boost of energy when you need it.