Good Day Alabama: Dec. 16, 2015 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama: Dec. 16, 2015

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Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH  JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Ashley Home Furniture in Hoover for the Christmas Holiday Season Basket Brigade. The event is Dec. 22 and 23. They help feed needy families in the community by giving them a Christmas holiday season basket with a pre-cooked turkey and all the trimmings. The store has been collecting donations in the store since mid-October through Dec. 22. The basket will be in front of the store for donations, monetary donations will be accepted at the welcome center.  They are looking for donations for the baskets - things like cranberry sauce, yams, corn bread stuffing, green beans, macaroni and cheese, rolls, and brownie cake mix. Employees will be going out into the community asking for donations as well as having family and friends volunteer to help. This is their 10th year doing this event, with more than 2,000 families benefitting in the past eight years. If you would like to volunteer or help deliver baskets into the community, please call or stop by the Ashley Furniture Home store. Ashley Home Furniture's Facebook page is  facebook.com/ashleyfurniturehomestoreBirmingham.

REPUBLICAN DEBATE - Mike Dubberly got a reaction from the final debate among Republican Presidential Candidate hopefuls. Former state Republican chairman Marty Connors and Democratic strategist Richard Dickerson shared their opinions. They discussed which candidate would best to deal with national security, why candidates held back in criticism of Donald Trump, who could be the candidate to succeed if Trump falters in the race and the possibility of Ben Carson running as an Independent. Marty Connors says Trump didn't do anything to lose the debate, but it'll be interesting to see if his personal attacks start to wear on voters. Mike Dubberly believed Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush fared well.  He was disappointed in Dr. Ben Carson who continues to lose ground.  Richard said he heard a lot of talk against the White House not doing enough to fight ISIL but wonders why Congress hasn't declared war on the terror network.

CHRIS HOGAN - Chris Hogan, Money and Retirement Expert with Ramsey Solutions and Author of "Retire Inspired," talked with Mike about tips to make the most of your year-end giving:
•         Study your budget
•         Research before you give
•         Concentrate your giving
•         Give without guilt
For more information, visitwww.chrishogan360.com.

JOHNATHAN AUSTIN ON COUNCIL FIGHT - You saw the video on WBRC of a Birmingham City Council meeting interrupted by an apparent altercation between Mayor William Bell and Councilman Marcus Lundy. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin talked with Mike Dubberly about the altercation. Austin was not in the room during the conflict, but he shared what he heard about it. The police report was filed by Mayor Bell and was released yesterday. In it, Bell says he and Lundy left chambers to discuss a city matter. Bell claims things escalated as Lundy began to curse and get loud with the mayor. Mayor Bell says he tried to leave the room three times, but Lundy pushing the door closed and then put Mayor Bell in a choke hold. Councilman Lundy says through a spokesperson that it was the Mayor who attacked him.  He's expected to speak later today. The Mayor's office declined to send a representative to appear on Good Day as the mayor recovers from his injuries. A warrant has been issued for Lundy, who has yet to turn himself in.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Gigi Youngblood from Children's of Alabama took viewer questions about children's health. She discusses the flu. These were some of the talking points:

•         The Deaths from influenza occur EVERY year in the U.S. and can range from a few thousand in a very mild year to tens of thousands in a severe year.
•         The best protection is the flu shot.
•         Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine.
•         The flu shot lowers the risk of catching the flu virus and also lowers the risk of being   hospitalized if you do catch it.
•         You cannot catch the flu from the flu shot, but your body's immune system might respond to the shot with a low grade fever and mild body aches.

GARDENING - Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, discusses what's in bloom now at the gardens including camellias, herb, hollies, fall color, poinsettias, & winter annual. He also discusses the special holiday hours. The Garden Center is open daily from 8am-5pm on weekdays and most weekends. But it will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbgardens.org.

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