Good Day Alabama for March 21, 2013

Good Day Alabama for March 21, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for March 21, 2013:

HEALTH DEPT - Janice talked with Dr. Mark Wilson, head of the Jefferson County Health Department, about local health issues. They also discuss new county health rankings across the state. Some of the factors used to determine these rankings include tobacco use, diet & exercise, alcohol use, sexual activity, access to medical care, family situations, employment, education, income, community safety, and environment.

NORTH ARTS COUNCIL SPRING CRAFT SHOW
- Teresa Sparks and Debra Ashworth with the North Arts Council joined us to discuss the annual Spring Craft Show at the Gardendale Civic Center. It will be tomorrow from 9am until 6pm and Saturday from 9am until 4pm. It includes more than 60 craft vendors throughout the building with door prizes given every hour.  Enjoy free admission and parking.  And get your Easter Bunny pictures on Saturday from 9am-3pm for just $10. For more information, visit www.northartscouncil.webs.com

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham named its 2013 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year recently.  The Big Sister of the Year is Susan Shields and the Big Brother of the Year is  Phillip Howard. The join us this morning along with their Littles, Molley and Cordae. Susan and Phillip were chosen for their deep connection with their "Littles" and selfless dedication to being outstanding role models. Susan Shields has also been named Alabama's Big Sister of the Year. We met Phillip and Susan today along with their Little Brother and Little Sister and talked to them about why BBBS is so important to their lives. Learn how you can positively impact a child's life, donate or volunteer today at www.bbbsbhm.org or by calling 205.939.5590.

OUR HOUSE - Janice talked with Meredith Jones and Steve Dickey from Jones-Warren Construction about cleaning a trap under your sink. He shows us how to remove the old trap and clean it out before replacing it. He also shows us how to use a took to get further into the pipe in the wall if your clog moves beyond the trap. For more information, visit www.joneswarren.com.

CONSUMER REPORTS: USED CARS - As owners hold on to their vehicles longer, fewer late-model used cars are available for sale, resulting in a limited supply and higher prices. To help Americans choose the best used car for their money, Consumer Reports compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012.  Jeff Bartlett, Online Autos Editor for Consumer Reports discussed some of the cars that made it onto the list and shares advice on what to do when buying any used car.  The full report is available in Consumer Reports April Annual Auto issue and at ConsumerReports.org. It highlights the best sedans, SUVs, and small cars available in four price ranges: from $10,000 or less up to $25,000. Each performed well in CR's testing when new and had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on CR's Annual Auto Survey. And all models came standard with electronic stability control (ESC), a proven lifesaver during the years indicated. The Consumer Reports worst used cars list includes 2003 to 2012 models that have had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to CR's Annual Auto Survey. Among the twenty models that made the list are the BMW 7 Series, the Ford Explorer (V6, 4WD), the Kia Sorento (V6), and the Mini Cooper S. Most gas/electric hybrid cars have shown superior reliability in the past decade. However, the Honda Civic Hybrid is an exception, according to Consumer Reports' latest Annual Auto Survey. Almost one in five owners of the 2009 model year Civic Hybrid needed a replacement battery in CR's 12-month survey period.  For more information on used cars pick up a copy of Consumer Reports' April Annual Auto issue, which is available on newsstands now wherever magazines are sold and at ConsumerReports.org

PET OF THE WEEK - Greg Winters from the Shelby County Humane Society introduces us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Fala. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 extension 22 or visit shelbyhumane.org.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Birmingham's Bargain Mom joins us in the studio with some great deals for your family this weekend! Don't miss Mickey's Weather Kid - they always make great television! And Mickey makes new friends at the Birmingham Zoo, too! Chef Donnell Johnson joins us with a great recipe - he always makes something you can try at home! Comedian Jimmie "JJ" Walker joins us in the studio with a few laughs! Plus, we check out your business and entertainment headlines! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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