Good Day Alabama: Jan. 13, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Jan. 13, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Bill Harris Arena at the Crossplex for the The MLK Roundball Classic. The game is set for Monday at 5:30 p.m. tip-off. This game will feature the Parker Thundering Herd vs. the Hoover Bucs.  This is more than a Basketball game! This event is historic, as these two schools have never played before in history.  There will be a DJ playing music. They will give away two scholarships of $1,000.00 to a student from each of the two schools, a flat screen TV, Brahmin purse, six Sprint cell phones, two VIP memberships to Riviera Fitness, 25 Gift cards for several high-end restaurants, every person will have the opportunity to win a car by making a half-court shot, courtesy of Long-Lewis Ford, They will also honor coach Reggie McGary for his longtime service, there will also be ball caps for participating teams & coaches.

ZOO CREW- Mickey visited with Travis Coty from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the fishing cats. For more information, visit

STATE OF THE UNION REAX - President Obama offered his final State of the Union address last night. Dr. Joseph Smith, professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama joined us with his reaction. He shared his impressions of the State of the Union Address:

• This was unlike the usual formula for state of the union addresses. Normally, the President explains the programs and changes he will be asking Congress to pass during the coming year. President Obama only identified a few concrete items he wants Congress to pass. Examples: Authorization for use of military force against ISIL, two years of free community college, lift the trade embargo on Cuba.

• Instead, this address was more abstract.  He said that we have to approach the challenges we face confidently rather than fearfully, that we need to be optimistic rather than pessimistic. The challenges of economic transformation, technology and climate change can be opportunities for economic growth.

• This address was about what President Obama sees as core American values that should structure our politics:

• He said we need to "change the system to reflect our better selves." This means improve equal access to voting, reduce the influence of money in politics, and take some of the partisanship out of the redistricting process.

• He also emphasized that politicians' attacks on Muslims are at odds with American political values.

GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. She answered the age old question - To Prune or Not to Prune? We have had fairly mild temps until this week and now more cold stuff is on the way. You probably will see cold damage on landscape plants.  So, what do you do with plants that are damaged by the cold? The best answer at this point is simply to wait it out. You may see scorched and browning leaves, bare stems, and desiccating branches. It's hard for us to determine EXACTLY how much damage has been done. Gardenias, for example, can be severely damaged by cold temperatures. The leaves are not very hardy and will fall off with reasonably cool temperatures. While we might think that the plant has crossed over, we cannot fully know until spring. Often times, stems and branches that are "dead" set bud and leaf out in April. If your plants have been damaged by cold, hold off on pulling out the pruners and the shears. At this point in the season pruning, especially hard pruning on woody plants can cause MUCH more damage than good. First, pruning almost always initiates new growth when not done in the dead of winter. With the warm temperatures that we are likely to experience - we are in Alabama after all, buds may break and new growth can begin. If we have another cold snap and a heavy frost or freeze, all of the new growth stands the chance of being damaged or killed. Second, cold damage can take a while to rear its ugly head. It can be days or even weeks before the extent of damage is fully known.  If you jump the gun and prune early, you stand a chance of missing some of the damaged tissue. Lastly, pruning early can actually cause you to remove more plant material than is necessary. Sometimes, that "dead" tissue will come back to life and live happily ever after. If you prune before you can see the transition point from live to dead, you could be removing healthy wood.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Danika Hickman with St. Vincent's Health System joined us to take viewer questions about women's health. Women often function as the caregivers for their entire family; their children, spouse, and often their parents and/or grandchildren as well. Dr. Hickman likes to remind women how important it is to care for yourself. It's important that you schedule regular checkups with your doctor. You can make the most of your doctor's visit by being honest and upfront about any symptoms or problems you are experiencing. Even if you feel embarrassed or shy; having an open discussion with your doctor helps him/her determine your best care plan. There are several routine screenings recommended for women, depending on your age and/or family history:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol check
  • Diabetes screening
  • Mammogram
  • Cervical cancer screening - Pap test
  • Bone mineral density test - Osteoporosis screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening

Check with your insurance plan to learn which tests may be covered as preventative services at no cost to you.

MARRIAGE ADVICE - Marriage is hard work. After the fairytale "I Dos" come chores, bills, fights, and plain weariness.  Many couples are unsure how to fix their problems and wonder if their relationships really have what it takes to go the distance. Luckily, relationship experts Elizabeth and Jim Carroll have created a program proven to mend marriages, revive relationships, and make the happily-ever-afters come true.  On their popular WeTV show, "Marriage Boot Camp," Jim and Elizabeth Carroll put their know-how into practice, coaching couples from all walks of life—from ordinary couples to the celebrity couples whose marriage woes are closely documented by the media. Through their coaching and TV show, the Carroll's found that no matter a couples' socio-economic backgrounds, professions, educations or hometowns, they all came to the table with similar sets of issues.  After 20 years of resuscitating thousands of marriages, the Carrolls now share their wisdom in their new book, "Marriage Boot Camp: Defeat the Top 10 Marriage Killers and Build a Rock-Solid Relationship," perfect for anyone looking to start making positive relationship changes in 2016. Elizabeth and Jim shared how to combat these "marriage killers" by keeping the heat in the bedroom, arguing effectively instead of fighting dirty, managing money, and creating—or rebuilding—trust. Couples will discover what matters to them as individuals and as part of a pair, and learn why marriage is not 50/50 but 100/100 at all times. With the right skills, any couple can create the marriage they've always dreamed.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, the Circus comes to town soon and one of the stars of the show drops by for a visit! The Bargainomics Lady joins us with some great deals to save you money! Do you find yourself nagging your kids way too often? The expert joins us with some ideas on how to communicate better..... without the nagging! The Lyric Theatre is ready to open and you're invited! We take you inside tomorrow! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week!