Good Day Alabama for April 15, 2014

Good Day Alabama for April 15, 2014

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 15, 2014:

TAX DAY - ...Today is the deadline to file your taxes. we know a lot of folks wait 'til the last minute, or miss the deadline altogether, Se we got some tips for last-minute filers from IRS spokesman, Dan Boone.
1. Avoiding the late-filing penalty is simple. File either your tax return or an extension request before midnight April 15.
2. Anyone can file an extension request free at IRS.gov through the IRS Free File program. Filers whose 2013 income was $58,000 or less can use the Free File program to file their federal tax return.
3. An extension grants additional time to file, but tax payments are still due April 15. So, pay as much as you can when you file your tax return or extension request, then fill out an online payment agreement request at IRS.gov to pay the rest.
4. Data entry errors can cause problems. Make sure information on your tax return, such as Social Security numbers and bank routing or account numbers, is correct.
5. Find the tax information and tools you need at www.IRS.gov.

DIRTY DOZEN - Is Organic Your Only Option?
If you want to get rid of pesticides on your fruits and vegetables, going organic is your best option. But not everyone can afford organic fruits and vegetables. Organic produce may not be available where you shop. So what can you do?
Dr. Beth K says - First of all, you can spend your dollars on organic where it matters most. Known as the "dirty dozen", these are the top most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables:
The "Dirty Dozen":
Ø Celery
Ø Peaches
Ø Strawberries
Ø Apples
Ø Domestic blueberries
Ø Nectarines
Ø Sweet bell peppers
Ø Spinach, kale and collard greens
Ø Cherries
Ø Potatoes
Ø Imported grapes
Ø Lettuce
So if you want to get the most bang for your organic buck, these are the fruits and vegetables most worth the money.
However, if you really don't want to shop organic, studies shows that there are things you can do to lower the amounts of pesticides on your produce.
Ø Rinse and peel. Pesticides stay on the outer surface so if you rinse and peel, you can get rid of the pesticides. That's fine for vegetables like carrots but I don't like to recommend peeling for potatoes since a lot of nutrients are in the peel.
Ø Rinse and scrub. For vegetables like potatoes and peppers, get out your vegetable brush and scrub them well under running water. You'll get rid of much of the pesticides left on the surface.
Ø Rinse, Rinse, Rinse! For delicate produce like strawberries, rinsing thoroughly will get rid of a lot of the pesticide residues. To keep berries from going bad, only rinse the ones you plan to eat right away. Rinse under running water for at least 30 seconds.
Ø Discard Outer Leaves. Remember, pesticides stay on the surface. So on lettuce and cabbage, peel off the outer few leaves and throw them away. Still rinse the remaining leaves thoroughly to reduce any leftover pesticides.

IDOL CHAT - Malaya talks about life behind hte scenes on American Idol. she also says she loves the contestants from Alabama - she was proud of her duet with CJ.

WILDLIFE EXPERT - Stuart R. Goldsby is the Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. He discusses the Wildlife Heritage License which actually can be used as a license or financial support for our wildlife and habitat enhancement. The webpage has a short video and if you click more will give you a list of applications for how the monies are used.

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh was live from the Boutwell Auditorium. He was talking about Birminghams talent event of the year..and its still a couple of months but if you know someone who is younger than 26 years old...who is talented..they have a chance to win $1000 when they participate in the Magic City Rising Stars competition.
the grand prize is $1000....singers..rappers..dance groups...comedians..spokesmodels..soloists..duets..singing groups... Auditions are this weekend..Saturday from noon to 5:30pm and Sunday 2-5:30pm at the YMCA youth center. There is a 15 dollar audition fee...and for more information you can call 1-800-214-8088.

KELLY ROWLAND - Kelly, who is an award-winning singer and currently working on her 5th album, is known for keeping her style, music and beauty fresh. She will discuss how fragrance inspires her every day, plus tell viewers how to enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes at www.Facebook.com/Caress. Kelly also said no Destiny's Child reunion is planned.

CHEF ANGELA EVANS w/ Fit2Eat - Cooked up a healthy meal of curry chicken with cucumber salad.

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