QUARTERLY REPORT KDTX-TV CHANNEL 58 - DALLAS, TEXAS KDTX-DT CHANNEL 45 – DALLAS, TEXAS ASCERTAINMENT LIST LEADING COMMUNITY PROBLEMS FOR January, February, March 2010 RESULTS OF ASCERTAINMENTS FROM CIVIC LEADERS, RESPONSES BY THE TELEPHONE FROM KDTX VIEWERS, FROM THE PRINTED MEDIA, COMPRISING NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS, AND FROM TELEVISION AND RADIO, WHENEVER POSSIBLE. CRIME HEALTH / MENTAL HEALTH HOUSING PPUBLIC SAFETY TRANSPORTATION YOUTH CIVIC AFFAIRS THE FOLLOWING PAGES LIST SUMMARIES OF SOME OF KDTX PROGRAMMING ADDRESSING THE ISSUES / PROBLEMS NAMED ON THE ASCERTAINMENT LIST, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES DETERMINED TO BE IMPORTANT, FOLLOWING FCC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE QUARTERLY REPORT TO BE KEPT IN THE PUBLIC FILE FOR THE FIRST QUARTER. Program Program Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/01/2010 10:30 AM Town 2/02/2010 3:30 AM #476 2/05/2010 12:00 PM 2/06/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Doug Glotfelty, of the Arlington Police Department. Officer Glotfelty discussed vehicular burglary prevention. Many incidents go unreported because the individual is embarrassed that they failed to lock their vehicles. It is important to file a police report even if nothing of value is stolen. This helps keep the police informed so they can take steps to insure that the criminal activity does not continue. Officer Glotfelty informed the audience that crimes are committed when a person has the desire, ability and opportunity to commit a crime. He advised staying ahead of a criminal by removing the opportunity to steal. He suggested removing any valuable electronic devices and taking them inside or locking them in the trunk. He also recommended that the car be kept as clear of possessions as possible, as one never knows how needy or desperate another may be. Most vehicular burglaries occur in heavily populated areas or in residential areas at night. The officer informed the audience of the Help End Auto Theft (HEAT) sticker – if this sticker is present on the back window of the vehicle, the police have permission to stop the car anytime they see it between 1am and 5am. . Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/22/2010 10:30 AM Town 2/23/2010 3:30 AM #478 Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Joe Harn of Garland Police Department. Officer Harn explained that being familiar with neighbors or any regular visitors to the area helps to deter crime. He encouraged viewers to establish watch groups, and informed the audience that they can call their local Police Department to learn if there is an established watch group in areas where they might relocate. Officer Harn informed the audience of two initiatives which lessen neighborhood crime: Citizens on Patrol, a volunteer organization that trains individuals to keep a watchful eye out and contact police as needed; and the Neighborhood Police Officer Program, which assigns one officer to troubled areas to correct problems. Officer Harn explained that even though neighborhood officers may already be responding, if an emergency arises one should call 9-1-1. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/26/2010 12:00 PM Town 2/27/2010 3:30 AM #480 Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Jimmy Meeks. Officer Meeks began by giving some statistics concerning domestic abuse. In the US, every day 50 women are abused by men with whom they are in close relationship and 3-4 are killed. Sexual assault or rape occurs every 2-3 minutes. The State of Texas considers any kind of offensive touch to be assault. Officer Meeks pointed out that many women believe they deserved the abuse, but he explained that verbal provocation in no way justifies the use of force. Officer Meeks encouraged women in a potentially harmful situation to end their chance of being a statistic. He mentioned organizations in the area that offer help, where women can stay, learn job skills, and receive additional aid and support. For women who are abused a phone call is the first step. They should call 911 to report abuse. He spoke to viewers who might know of a woman who is in an abusive relationship and encouraged them to keep talking to the woman and try to help her see through the manipulation. Officer Meeks also addressed the men who are acting in abusive ways. He informed the audience that most abusive men are unaware of how troubled they are. They also need to get help. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/15/2010 10:30 AM Town 3/16/2010 3:30 AM #482 3/19/2010 12:00 PM Cheri Duckworth introduced Sergeant Kim Smith of the Grapevine Police Department. Officer Smith discusses internet predators defining the Internet Protection Program which is available to teachers, businesses and schools. She mentions the ages and curiosity of kids on the computer and that they are much smarter than parents think. She tells the audience to avoid putting personal information online anywhere. She lists percentages of children surveyed in the U.S. that have either received or sent angry and humiliating emails. Sergeant Smith encourages parents to monitor their children’s cell phone usage, emails, chat rooms and instant messages and to install software to monitor this activity without telling the child. She tells them to asks lots of questions and be curious with their activity while on the computer. You can Google “Cyber Bullying” and find lots of information to help with this issue. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time 3/22/2010 10:30 AM Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/23/2010 3:30 AM Town 3/26/2010 12:00 PM #483 3/27/2010 3:30 AM 3/29/2010 10:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Rick Benson and Detective Michel Carroll of the Fort Worth Police Department who shared that their approach for preventing domestic violence includes holding presentations to educate women about the signs and tendencies of abusive men, and providing the women with case studies and statistics. Detective Carroll mentioned that his conversations with family members of murdered women corroborate the findings of statistics: Abusive behavior was evident early in the relationships. The officers’ goal is to help women avoid becoming involved with these types of men at all. Often once women are in an abusive relationship, they are manipulated to stay or do not possess the education or support that would enable them to leave. The officers emphasized that the problem of women remaining in an abusive situation was secondary to the problem of domestic violence. Anyone 17 and older is welcome to these presentations on domestic violence. Anyone younger may attend if accompanied by a parent. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club CBN Health/ NewsWatch 1:00:00 5:00 REC PA/0/E 3/17/2010 12:00 PM Mental Health #031010 Lori Johnson, CBN News Reporter, says that Mercury is a deadly poison inside every one of us. It's in things like fish, dental fillings, and vaccines. Scientists agree that a little bit is okay, but warn not to over-do it. So how much is too much? Fish does contain mercury, and therefore some caution should be taken when choosing your fish and deciding how often to eat it. Much of the mercury in fish comes from coal-fired power plants. The emissions fall to the ground and are then washed into the waterways. Then it's absorbed by tiny organisms which are eaten by small fish, so the mercury stores in their bodies. When larger fish eat smaller fish, mercury accumulates, and builds-up to high levels in the big fish. So the fish at the top When choosing tuna, canned light tuna - which is the darker, cheaper variety - is low in mercury, and can be eaten twice weekly. But white tuna, albacore or sushi tuna, has more mercury and should be eaten no more than once a week for the high-risk groups. But what about the mercury in fish you catch in your local lake or river? If there's reason for concern, health departments will post signs on the banks of certain waterways, warning fishermen to be careful when eating fish caught there. Most state health departments will also post warnings about specific waterways on their Web page. If you are uncertain, play it safe and eat only one meal a week of fish you catch and no other fish during that week. In addition to eating fish, many of us are also exposed to mercury here at the dentist's office when we get a filling. Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, contain 50 percent mercury. But don't panic if you have them. The American Dental Association and the Food and Drug Administration say it's safe. So watch out if your dentist suggests replacing your silver fillings because of the mercury. Some vaccines contain mercury, but not nearly as many as in the past. Years ago, mercury was common as a preservative in vaccines. But it is largely gone now. Many parents believe mercury in vaccines causes autism. So mercury is a poison that is part of our daily lives, such as in fish, dental fillings and vaccines. But it's important to separate fact from fear. Issues Program Program Topic Segment Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 1/05/2010 12:00 PM Mental Health #239 Dr. Caroline Leaf talked about how emotions can impact the body. The body and the mind are interlinked. A person can become physically ill because they are overwhelmed and can’t think straight. Suppressed emotions can come out emotionally, physically and behaviorally. It is important to deal with our emotions as they come to our attention. Dr. Michael Tick talked about Transdermal Infusion. It’s important to get the root of health problems rather than treat the symptoms. The skin is connected to all vital components of the body. By using the skin, we can see which organs are having a problem and then apply herbs directly to the skin. Dr. Denise Brady talked about oral health. Healthy gums should be pale pink in color. Symptoms of unhealthy gum could be bleeding when flossing for more than a week and bad odor. The number one cause of gum disease is the level of good and bad bacteria in the mouth are out of balance. This can also lead to other problems like heart disease. It’s important to your dentist twice a year. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 1/12/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #240 Dr. Dale Peterson talked about high fructose corn syrup and the claims made about it. It is not naturally made because it is no where found in nature. It is ok in moderation but moderation is no more than 32 grams of sweeteners per day. There are no studies showing the long term affects of it. People should avoid it and other sweeteners. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about bunions being a deformity that happens in about 30% of people. It most often is a problem for women because of narrow length and high heels. It’s important to wear proper shoes. Rest, ice, compression and elevation can help manage bunion pain. Dr. Robert Gear talked about Spinal Degeneration which happens in three phases. Phase one the alignment of the spin is altered but the disc space remains the same. Phase two alignment continues to deteriorate and disc space it narrowed. Phase three joint space is no longer visualized. Prevention is recommended but sometimes surgery is required. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 1/19/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #241 Dr. Dino Prato talked about Cardio Vascular disease. Although it can be impacted by genetics, dietary health does play a critical role. Deficiencies in antioxidants, vitamin C, amino acids, proline and lysine can impact it as well. It’s important to change your eating habits, clean out toxins in the body and then provide the nutrients needed to heal. Dr. Randy Brinson talked about ulcers. Often they impact people with Chronic Reflux Disease. Symptoms can be obstruction of the stomach, bleeding, pain and discomfort. Doctors can use an endoscope and directly inject medicine into the ulcer or they can clip the vessel and hold into place. Dr. Doreen Lewis-Overton talked about the Adrenal Gland, which was designed to regulate the endocrine system. Stress can throw it off resulting in mood swings, light headed, belly fat and problems sleeping. It’s important to eat healthy, moderate exercise, eliminate toxins and see a doctor about getting your Adrenal Gland tested. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 1/26/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #242 Dr. Lavert Robertson talked about Chronic Systemic Inflammation that has been linked to cancer, obesity, arthritis and Alzheimer’s’ disease. It is a result of a diet high in refined, processed and chemical food. Systemic Detoxification and cleansing will help the body to get rid of the garbage and maintain optimal balance. Dr. Randall Sapp talked about eye exams, which should happen once a year. There is a misconception that they are painful or scary. Case history, visual activity, preliminary testsing, phoropter, slit lamp, ophthalmoscope and retinascope are all used in the exam. Dr. Amando Pineda talked about stress. The body was meant to endure stress by producing Coritzone and Adrenaline. Stress all the time can lead to high blood pressure, mood swings, lack of sleep and depression. It’s important to learn to relax by exercising or drinking tea. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 2/02/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #243 Dr. Rita Hancock talked about true hunger. There are a lot of reasons why people eat before they feel hunger pains. The apple test can determine if you are truly hungry or have a craving. If you are hungry, then eat what you enjoy in moderation. If you have a craving, then look at your emotions and thoughts that caused it. Dr. Martin Finkelstein talked about how our thoughts can lead to healing and being healthy. Thoughts are powerful and are related to our beliefs which affect our emotions. It’s important to change the way we think and believe. Dr. Bettye Alston talked about common sense approaches to dealing with hypertension. Reduce stress, eat healthy, rest, exercise and drink plenty of water. It’s also important to monitor your blood pressure and be seen regularly by your doctor. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 2/09/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #244 Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about toxins in the body. We are exposed to toxins every moment of the day in the air, water and food. The liver acts as a filter to help eliminate the toxins in the body. It’s important to drink pure water, eat whole foods including vegetables and to exercise daily. Dr. Gary Myers talked about cavities in young children. A cavity is a bacterial infection called Strep Mutans. Cavities appear over time and are affected by how much and how often sugar is consumed. It is important to limit sugar, brush, floss and visit the dentist regularly. Dr. Carl Schmidt talked about men’s health. For the prostate gland, it is important to eat a high quality food with clean oils such as flax or grape seed oil. Eating salad and nuts will help to nourish the prostate gland as well. Exercise that includes muscle building will help the body as well. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 2/16/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #245 Dr. Mark & Kathleen Brown talked about obesity. 1.000 American die each day because of obesity related diseases. It’s important to get the right amount of sleep to maintain energy. It’s also important to eat the right kinds of food and not put harmful substances like alcohol or drugs into your body. Dr. Scott Farhart talked about women’s emotional health. The brain produces chemicals that can get out of balance and lead to emotional issues. 85% of women have some form of premenstrual syndrome. That can result in mood changes, irritability, anger, depression, bloating, forgetfulness and confusion. It’s important to eat right and exercise. Dr. Craig Travis talked about developing resilience. We all experience negative events such as a loss of job, medical issues, move, divorce or loss of a loved one. We can’t hide from life, but we can choose how to deal with it. Be positive and helping others along with good relationships can help a person get through a difficult time. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 2/23/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #246 Dr. Gene James talked about protein power. It is an essential nutrient used by all the muscles and major organs. It helps to rebuild and repair muscle tissue. Most people are deficient in protein by consuming less than 50 grams per day. Some sources of protein are eggs, dairy/milk products, lean meats and grains. Dr. Dale Peterson talked about weight control. Some obstacles are crash diets, medications, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, sleep disturbance, chronic stress and substance addition. It may be helpful to examine all areas if not successful with eating less and exercising more. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about hammertoes. It is a deformity of the toe that has become more rigid and less flexible. It can rub against the shoe resulting in pain. Some treatments are to rest the area, ice, compression, elevation, medication, padding and if necessary surgery. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 3/09/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #247 Dr. Eric Braverman talked about heart disease. The heart is responsible for circulating blood through the body and can be hindered by clogged arteries and damaged valves. People get clogged arteries from having high cholesterol and damaged valves from the heart swelling. Garlic, fish oil, Taurine, green teas, safflower and olive oils are all natural remedies that can help to create a healthy heart. Dr. Dino Prato talked about stress and insomnia. Stress can cause heart attacks, hormonal issues, fatigue, weight gain and tension in neck/shoulders. It can also cause insomnia. Take a nap, pray throughout the day, practice breathing/relaxation techniques, hot bath and have a routine before going to bed to help reduce stress. Dr. Elaine Greer talked about women’s health. A woman’s check up can be frightening and a nervous experience. It’s important to find a health care provider that you are comfortable with and can ask questions. Self breast examines should happen monthly. First mammogram should happen between the ages of 35-40. Menopause symptoms can be hot flashes, sleeplessness and a feeling of being on edge. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 3/16/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #248 Dr. Caroline Leaf talked about differences between the male and female brain. Only 1% of genes are different between males and females. Women have 11% more linguistic neurons. Men have bigger spatial and temporal lobes in the brain. Both are equally intelligent but process information differently. Dr. Rolando Toulon talked about how it’s important to take care of the spine and spinal cord because it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for sending signals to all organs and throughout the body. It’s important to have the spine checked to make sure everything is functioning properly. Dr. Scott Morris talked about the leading causes of life. It’s important to identify ways to lead a gentler life, express compassion and experience patience on a daily basis. We also experience a better life when we are doing activities that bring us joy, love and purpose. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to Doctor 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 3/23/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health #249 Dr. Lavert Robertson talked about natural remedies that can help to keep the heart healthy. Grapes, Red Peppers, Bananas, Garlic and Onions are beneficial for a health heart. Dr. Terry Overton talked about shoulder injuries. It is the most problematic joint in the body because most of the injuries involve soft tissue. There are four muscles around the rotator cuff that can be torn, sprained or strained. Test and MRI can determine which muscle is injured. Dr. Clark Gerhart talked about how good hand hygiene can help stop the spread of viruses. The skin is a major defense in stopping viruses from entering the body. It’s important to wash our hands and use hand sanitizer as often as possible. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/01/2010 10:30 AM Town 2/02/2010 3:30 AM #476 2/05/2010 12:00 PM 2/06/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mark Folden, Housing Program Manager of the City of Fort Worth. Mark offered some information and tips to increase energy efficiency in homes. Mark’s suggestions included keeping vents shut off and doors closed in unused rooms; making sure that ceiling fans push warm air down in winter and pull warm air up in summer; dress appropriately for the season to lessen the need to adjust the thermostat; use outlet covers and use insulating foam between the cover and the wall; install weather stripping; and, use compact fluorescent light bulbs. He also gave a number of demonstrations for minor repairs/improvements which could aid energy efficiency. He showed how applying caulking outside can eliminate drafts around windows and doors, and also showed how to use foam spray to fill crevices. For those who could afford spend a little more, Mark recommended purchasing energy-efficient appliances. The Energy Star label makes the search easier. His final remark was that adding extra insulation will always be a great investment. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 02/22/2010 10:30 AM Town 02/23/2010 3:30 AM #478 Cheri Duckworth introduced Selarstean Mitchell of The FW Housing Authority. Ms. Mitchell explained that most of the Housing Authority’s programs are funded through the US government. Assisted Housing and programs for the homeless are available. Also available is a traditional public housing program where people pay a percentage of their income toward their rent and the Housing Authority covers the difference. At the time of the interview the demand was so great that most waiting lists were closed. Due to the significant increase in unemployment, the profile of a typical homeless person has changed. In response to these new demands, Fort Worth established a 10-year program to eliminate homelessness in the city. United Way has also awarded money to different programs in Tarrant County to assist in helping the homeless adjust. In addition to established housing plans, the Housing Authority has partnered with local lenders to provide home loans and they also offer classes and advice. Their website lists their offerings and additional housing resources. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/08/2010 10:30 AM Town 3/12/2010 12:00 PM #481 3/13/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Diane Moore, a realtor with Century 21. Diane noted that 5 years ago anyone could get a loan without putting money down; and, they could roll in their closing cost. Creditors now require a good credit score and a favorable income to debt ratio. There is a great deal of affordable housing in Texas. However, people often limit their choices by letting wants and ideals weigh too heavily on their decision. Diane suggested that individuals determine what their priorities are. Evaluate practical attributes such as cleanliness, architectural quality, good HVAC, and plumbing. Diane suggested that those who are considering purchasing a house begin working with a good mortgage person. This person will help determine what can be afforded and will guide the purchaser in improving their current credit status. In regards to a home purchase, the real estate agent will guide the purchaser through the process of home buying. They will show the individual homes that meet that homebuyer’s criteria, help them with the paper work, ensure there are no current liens against the property, have the house inspected, and even negotiate repairs/renovations. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/29/2010 10:30 AM Town 3/30/2010 3:30 AM #484 Cheri Duckworth introduced Albert Martin, Executive Director, and Lawanda Strhan, Senior Housing Counselor, of the North Texas Housing Coalition. Many people are having problems with foreclosures 6% higher than they were at this time last year. A HUD-approved counseling agency should really be one’s only choice when an individual finds their self in default. A counselor will provide free services that clearly outline all options. Albert explained that, in tough times, many servicers are willing to work with families who are down to their last dollar. Lawanda informed the audience that counselors are happy to help people come up with a plan to avoid entering the foreclosure process. Sometimes a moratorium can be negotiated with lien holders whereby payments can be suspended for up to 6 months. A reduction of payments may be an option under certain circumstances. People are encouraged to call the Housing Coalition and speak with a counselor. Clients who are just beginning to consider homeownership are encouraged to establish a savings plan. Individuals need to understand that there is a lot they need to know about purchasing and owning a house beyond the financial responsibilities of homeownership. Classes are offered to which teaches such skills as how to winterize, perform small repairs, change a faucet, etc. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/04/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 1/05/2010 3:30 AM #472 1/08/2010 12:00 PM 1/09/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Carrie Lindemuth, Crime Prevention Officer with the Irving Police Department. Carrie provided the audience with advice to increase safety for their homes and communities. Carrie recommended solid core doors with a deadbolt and a viewer. She stated that one of the best ways to deter crime was by keeping one’s property neat with shrubs and trees trimmed so that windows have clear visibility. Keep blinds closed when house is unoccupied. Make sure all windows are closed and locked. Criminals will shop your windows. Carrie also cautioned against leaving any keys outside. Her suggestion is to get to know and trust a neighbor and leave the key with them. When you leave for a long time, schedule your house on Vacation Watch. This is a program (in Irving) which sends a police officer once per shift to check on your property. In addition, set a radio to stay tuned to a talk radio station and have mail or newspaper delivery stopped. Carrie also encouraged setting up a Crime Watch in your neighborhood. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/11/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 1/12/2010 3:30 AM #473 1/15/2010 12:00 PM 1/16/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Trooper Lonny Haschel, with the Texas Highway Patrol. Trooper Haschel gave the audience information regarding school zone safety laws and explained that 1.4 million kids are being transported daily during school hours. Everybody needs to have a heightened sense of awareness during the times before and after school. Trooper Haschel confirmed that a law has been passed which prohibits cellular phone use in school zones without a hands-free device. Texas law also states that if you are approaching a school bus from front or back and they have their red lights flashing or stop sign out, unless a barrier other than paint separates you, you must stop. At crosswalks that are marked and have signs posted, pedestrians have the right of way. When it came to neighborhoods and school grounds, he confirmed that viewers can report to the schools and police departments’ traffic unit about people driving too fast and breaking these laws. Trooper Haschel concluded that if desired, someone will come out and speak to neighborhoods or schools. In order to request such a visit, the audience was directed to contact their school district or the traffic division of their local police dept. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/08/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 2/09/2010 3:30 AM #477 2/12/2010 12:00 PM 2/13/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Chief Brian McKinney, the Assistant Chief of Forrest Broom, DFW Airport. Chief McKinney informed the audience that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) operations at DFW airport are third busiest globally. As a unit the airport is actually set up as a independent entity, entitled to govern its own programs. The 193 firefighters on the DPS’s team are prepared to handle hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction and other dangerous situations. Their methods are recognized worldwide and groups, including over 11,000 firefighters from 29 states and 23 countries from around the world, come to train under the DPS’s instructors. Fire prevention educators help several departments within the airport with annual safety fairs. They also provide fire extinguisher classes as well as employee defibrillator training. Because of training, there have been 21 cases where the defibrillators were used before the ambulance arrived, resulting in the patient being released from the hospital in good condition. Chief McKinney informed the audience that when you call 911 within the airport, the emergency responder is dispatched from within the airport’s borders. Because of their advanced training, in the event of an emergency at the airport, Chief McKinney advised listening carefully and following the instructions of the airport’s employees. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/08/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 3/12/2010 12:00 PM #481 3/13/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Michelle Lanham, a Program Coordinator with the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority. Ms. Lanham advised viewers that anything left in a vehicle, from garage door openers to junk mail, can be attractive to a thief. All items should be taken with you anytime you leave your car alone or with someone to be cleaned or serviced. If you must leave valuables in your car, try to hide them as much as possible. The trunk is a great place to conceal things; or, use a blanket to cover items from view. The most preferred vehicles to be stolen in North Texas are pickup trucks. The most popular items stolen from vehicles include small electronics, cell phones, iPods, and GPS systems. Ms Lanham reported that of all stolen vehicles, 50% are unlocked and 20% have the keys in the ignition. She encouraged the viewer to lock tailgates and steering wheels. Although the vehicle can still be broken in to, this will slow down the thief and make the vehicle a less attractive target. Park in well lit areas; and, avoid parking next to landscape, garbage bins, or other obscuring objects. Ms Lanham ended by listing several vehicle theft prevention techniques and technologies. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/11/2010 10:30 AM Town 1/12/2010 3:30 AM #473 1/15/2010 12:00 PM 1/16/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Morgan Lyons, representative for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). DART has the nation’s largest light rail system under construction with new sections planned to be opened every year until 2013. Morgan expressed some of the transporting capacity of the train system in regards to this year’s State Fair. About 300,000 people were transported to the fair. And, the same location received 94,000 riders through DART and the Trinity Rail system for the Texas vs. OU college football game. While the turnout overpowered the rail system at the time, preparations to handle the expected number of passengers are already underway for next year. DART provides access to large employment centers, lessening road traffic and creating a safer ride for passengers. With gas prices high, the train provides a less expensive alternative to driving. Speaking about the bus systems of DART, Morgan explained that the Board has decided to purchase natural gas buses, a decision which will save the company 47 million dollars over the lifespan of the program. Many additional bus lines are soon to be completed, which will enhance accessibility and convenience for many. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/25/2010 10:30 AM Town 1/26/2010 3:30 AM #475 1/29/2010 12:00 PM 1/30/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Charles Emery, of Denton County Transport Authority (DCTA). With a current population of over 500,000, Denton County is the fastest growing county in North Texas. In 2000, traffic and pollution problems revealed an extreme need to improve the conditions and availability of public transportation. That year legislation passed which initiated the DCTA. The DCTA has been growing since its inception and is projected to transport 6000 to 7000 riders daily upon its completion. Security and safety is the first and foremost priority for the DCTA. Surveillance equipment is being put in place and local police authorities are being involved. Over 1 million of the riders each year are college students from UNT and other area colleges. Rail is dependable and less expensive than personal transportation, and allows individuals to work or relax while in transit. DCTA is working to get wireless internet access available on the commuter trains. The expense of the rail has been calculated and taxes to fund it have been in place since 2003. The rail service will be even more useful now that the I-35E expansion appears to be delayed. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/25/2010 10:30 AM Town 1/26/2010 3:30 AM #475 1/29/2010 12:00 PM 1/30/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Cynthia Northrop White, from TXDOT. Cynthia addressed the transportation concerns of North Texans when there is snow and ice on the road. Many people are unaware of how to handle these treacherous road conditions. The most important thing to remember is to be prepared. Listen to the weather man. If it is icy and there is no need to drive somewhere, then stay off the roads. Be very careful when the roads are frozen and be prepared by having blankets and water in the car. Know multiple routes to your destination. Also, check out the TXDOT website which has views from traffic cameras and traffic maps with accidents marked. The website also lists many phone numbers such as roadside assistance, courtesy patrol, etc. Viewers were encouraged to prepare their cars for winter conditions by checking the oil and antifreeze levels, and the condition of car batteries. General maintenance check-ups are recommended. With 10,000 lane miles of road in DFW to cover by a total of 89 truck drivers with 135 pieces of equipment, TX-DOT must prioritize which areas have the highest need to be serviced. The High-5 and the Lewisville Lake Bridge are examples of places high on the priority list. Each city is responsible for its own city streets and TXDOT prepares highways and some FM and country roads. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/15/2010 10:30 AM Town 2/16/2010 3:30 AM #479 2/19/2010 12:00 PM 2/20/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Joan Hunter, Communications Manager for Fort Worth’s transit line, the T. The T provides transportation services in and around Fort Worth. In response to increased congestion of area highways, the T is working with the other area agencies (NCTCOG, DART, and DCTA) to receive state funding for new rail systems. Public transportation often costs less and ensures that the rider is there on time. The T won awards this year for their clean air initiatives. In support of the environmental responsibility exhibited by the T, Ms. Hunter informed the audience that some employers will pay for or subsidize "van pools" to encourage people to commute to work. Anyone can call the T to get help setting up car pools. Using bicycles for transportation is promoted by celebrating “Bike to Work Day” in May and also by bike racks being available on every bus. Bikes are also allowed on the TRE. Clean Natural Gas buses are used by The T, the first agency in the nation to use only natural gas powered buses. Since starting the program, this organization has assisted other agencies to do the same. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/26/2010 12:00 PM Town 2/27/2010 3:30 AM #480 Cheri Duckworth introduced Tom Shelton, Senior Program Manager of North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). NCTCOG is a federal agency which oversees regional planning for the nine counties of the Metroplex. This council of elected officials holds public meetings on a quarterly basis. They encourage community input and promote a clear understanding of how individual concerns are addressed. There are three main projects underway right now, first the total reconstruction of LBJ from Stemmons to Central Expressway; second, the DFW connector Project -- a collection of freeways on the edge of the airport; and third, the North Tarrant Express- reconstruction of Loop 820 near I-35. Meetings will continue to be held every few months, and information on the construction and meeting dates will be available on the TXDOT website. In addition to highway systems, NCTCOG supports the development of a multi-mobile plan where people are encouraged to ride buses and rail more. 300 miles of commuter passenger rail is planned, but funding is yet to be established. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/04/2010 10:30 AM Town 1/05/2010 3:30 AM #472 1/08/2010 12:00 PM 1/09/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Lindsay Wells, of Teen Court Arlington. Lindsay described the Arlington Teen Court as a positive option for juvenile offenders, as well as a volunteering opportunity for high school students. Teen court was explained as being an alternative to standard punishment and an opportunity for teens to remove offenses from their records. They do this by completing assigned community service and, if included in their sentence, a mandatory jury duty service. Teen offenders must request to participate in teen court. The defense attorneys, prosecutors, and bailiff are all teen volunteers from area high schools. Volunteers have a choice in what area of the court they wish to serve. They must fill out an application, undergo a background check and complete a training period before they may take part in a trial. Lindsay mentioned that many professional lawyers volunteer to help with the students. In regards to the offenders, Lindsay concluded that when shown respect they respond likewise and also develop a respect for the judicial system. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/18/2010 10:30 AM Town 1/19/2010 3:30 AM #474 1/22/2010 12:00 PM 1/23/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Lisa Shay, of Girl Inc., a non-profit organization. Girl Inc. has been serving girls, ages 6 to 18, for 41 years and has 4 campuses in Dallas. A variety of factors can negatively influence the lives of young girls, including poverty, racial demographic, society, family dysfunction, or media. In many cases no one is talking to them about sexual issues in a healthy way. The group offers programs which work to combat teen pregnancy and drug use as well as educate and empower the girls in their everyday lives. Programs available to these young ladies include: “Growing Together (How Your Body Functions)”; parenting workshops; “Will Power/Won't Power - How to Say No”; and/or “Taking Care of Business (STD and Pregnancy Facts for Teenagers).” Every summer this organization takes girls around to different universities to introduce them to new possibilities. Girl Inc. also provides peer-led drug classes for teenagers. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/08/2010 10:30 AM Town 2/09/2010 3:30 AM #477 2/12/2010 12:00 PM 2/13/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Sheryl Eagleton, Superintendent of the Dallas County Letot Center. Sheryl addressed the plight of runaway teens, most of whom are girls who struggle with truancy issues and family violence. The law requires that children must go to school. Criminal activity is more likely to be committed by individuals who perpetually miss school. And often, bad companions influence additional criminal behavior. The Letot Center is the first step of juvenile prosecution and it is their goal to prevent the child from further criminal involvement. An intake assessment is done for the child, as well as the family, and action is taken to defuse a crisis situation and establish a corrective plan. Some offenders may be sent to the residential center and assigned a case manager and probation officer. Child Protective Services will be involved if the child has been abused or neglected, or when parents refuse to take responsibility for the child. Currently, the county’s resources are not always available to assist a child according to their gender. If necessary, children are placed in facilities outside of the county that can better meet their needs. Sheryl informed the audience that when they encounter a runaway, they should contact Child Protective Services. Although an individual may choose to talk to the runaway, it will not help to pressure them. It would be more helpful to encourage the child and guide them in the right direction. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/15/2010 10:30 AM Town 3/16/2010 3:30 AM #482 3/19/2010 12:00 PM Cheri Duckworth introduced Bruce Schults, spokesperson for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mr. Schults discussed DFW teen-related car crashes and deaths. He introduced “Teens in the Driver’s Seat,” which is a state-wide program to teach safety education and conduct awareness programs. There are stricter rules on licenses today; and, if the rules are broken a teen could possibly lose their license for months. An enforced curfew exists where teens between the ages of sixteen and seventeen cannot be out past midnight. There is zero tolerance for alcohol. For an underage drinking offence, a teen could lose their license, face a five hundred dollar fine, be required to take a mandatory alcohol awareness class and complete hours of community service. The teen will lose their license for a second offense. In Dallas County, 47% of teens who die in crashes are under the influence of alcohol, where the nationwide statistic is around 25%. Many teens have the mentality that “it’s not going to happen to me,” but 55% of teens who die in crashes are not wearing their seatbelts. Seatbelts are 45% effective in preventing deaths and 50% effective in preventing injuries. Mr. Schults encouraged our viewers to google “Teens in the Driver’s Seat” for more information on safety tips and learn about their program. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/29/2010 10:30 AM Town 3/30/2010 3:30 AM #484 Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Samantha Horner of the Fort Worth Police Department. Officer Horner provided the audience with information on adolescent gang activity. The first indications that a youngster is drawn toward associating with gangs are usually seen in children just entering the double digits. Two warning signals are when children stop associating with long-standing friends and start acting aggressively toward their families without reason. Officer Horner defined a gang as three or more individuals associated with symbols or colors that regularly engage in criminal activity. Parents can recognize when children are exhibiting these characteristics and should intervene early on. Officer Horner encouraged parents to talk to their children about everyday situations that require tough choices. “Be aware of what's going on. Make it their choice, but know what their choice would be ahead of time.” As Officer Horner described, early parental interest and investment of time in empowering children to accomplish their goals does much to offset their attraction to gangs. Stay involved. Officer Horner also gave some insight as to what police notice and suggested that parents become investigators. The first thing to check is clothing. What are your children wearing and where did they first see it? Is there a specific color they do not wear? One surprising example is that some kids use colored rosary beads to represent gang association. Program Segment Segment Issues Program Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club CBN Youth NewsWatch 1:00:00 5:00 REC PA/0/E 3/10/2010 12:00 PM #031010 Mark Martin, CBN News Reporter, says that children are spending more time exploring technology than ever before. New information indicates more than 93 percent of kids are online, not just at home. For many parents this can be a nightmare. But a new safety program designed just for mom and dad could help. "Internet Safety 101" includes a DVD teaching series and other resources put together by Internet safety expert Donna Rice Hughes, from the organization "Enough is Enough." The purpose of the program is to keep young Web users away from Internet threats like pornography. "It is graphic," Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, emphasized. "It is explicit. It is deviant. It's aberrant. Kids are seeing content that no 12 or 13-year-old is mentally, psychologically, or emotionally prepared to deal with." Child psychiatrist Dr. W. Dean Belnap said pornography actually shuts down a part of the brain. If parents don't know what to look for or how to protect their kids online, a click of the mouse can usher in a nightmare. Various partners, including the U.S. Department of Justice and America Online, helped with the Internet Safety 101 project. A study found one in five children under the age of seven use the Internet without parental supervision. Mobile devices that kids can use to access the Web make it more crucial for parents to establish safety rules and control content. Alicia said her parents were clueless about her online interactions with the sexual predator. She wonders if her kidnapping could have been prevented by a training tool like "Internet Safety 101." "Know what your kids are doing online and stay engaged with them," Hughes told CBN News. "Recognize that you can't do it alone. You need some help." That help is definitely needed in a society where porn is free, and predators can gain access to your kids, even inside your home. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 1/18/2010 10:30 AM Affairs Town 1/19/2010 3:30 AM #474 1/22/2010 12:00 PM 1/23/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor Ron Jones, of The City of Garland. Mayor Jones discussed areas of government, community, industry, transportation and economy. Although a large city, 10th largest in the state, Garland’s dynamic and interactive government and law enforcement have maintained balance and strong service. Mayor Jones mentioned that thinking ahead by Garland’s business managers prepared them for the recession. They anticipated the economic downturn and were able to adjust their budget and spending to lessen the impact. Although revenue was still affected and unemployment is high, 45 new businesses have located themselves in Garland recently. Service industries are strong and the city of Garland has many jobs available. "Mayor's Evening In" is an event where Mayor Jones meets with the public once a month to discuss their needs and desires for the city. Garland aims to have a transparent government and to be a city where education and the arts are a priority. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 2/15/2010 10:30 AM Affairs Town 2/16/2010 3:30 AM #479 2/19/2010 12:00 PM 2/20/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Tom Leppert, Mayor of Dallas. He talked about the economy of Dallas how the city was outperforming other economies in the nation. The city has seen unemployment go down in the area as local industries continue to add jobs. Mayor Leppert listed several reasons why companies would want to relocate to North Texas. The City of Dallas is located in a central part of the country where the climate is attractive and there is no income tax. He mentioned that Dallas hopes to affect the environment by making every new building a “green “ building. Forty percent of the city’s energy is purchased from renewable resources; not other city compares to that statistic. The city was recently awarded the Environment Management System award by the EPA. Mayor Leppert suggested a stronger school system is necessary for our students today. Making more scholarships available not only to seniors will encourage them to stay in school and graduate. The City of Dallas offers a DOORS program which is designed to bring a comprehensive approach to individuals exciting incarceration. He commented that the homeless situation has greatly improved with the opening of a new homeless shelter called The Bridge. He ended his interview by speaking about a new convention center hotel which is creating jobs and a tax base for the city. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time 3/22/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 3/23/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 3/26/2010 12:00 PM #483 3/27/2010 3:30 AM 3/29/2010 10:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor David Kelley and Marty Wieder, Economic Development Director of Colleyville. They opened the program by discussing the many elements of entertainment and leisure that contribute to Colleyville’s economic health. They spoke about Market Street and all the events held there, and about the IMAX screen. Surrounding these attractions are many vacant restaurant/retail spaces. The City of Colleyville has enlisted help to research potential new businesses to open in these buildings. Older structures have been renovated and new themes are being developed. The overall intent is to establish an identity for the city, promoting Colleyville as a resort locale. Colleyville established the Colleyville Executive Organization (CEO Group) whose purpose is to encourage the many executives that live in Colleyville to take part in the planning of the city. Colleyville’s library has been very successful and is now operating at capacity. It is being enlarged and reorganized. Colleyville also has plans to expand Highway 26. In the area of public safety, Colleyville has the lowest crime rate in NE Tarrant County. The city has also received a Gold Medal award from the Texas parks department for their parks. McPherson Park is scheduled to open Memorial Day 2010 and the city is currently looking for additional parkland. TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK QUARTERLY REPORT KDTX-TV CHANNEL 58 - DALLAS, TEXAS KDTX-DT CHANNEL 45 – DALLAS, TEXAS ASCERTAINMENT LIST LEADING COMMUNITY PROBLEMS FOR April, May, June 2010 RESULTS OF ASCERTAINMENTS FROM CIVIC LEADERS, RESPONSES BY THE TELEPHONE FROM KDTX VIEWERS, FROM THE PRINTED MEDIA, COMPRISING NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS, AND FROM TELEVISION AND RADIO, WHENEVER POSSIBLE. ECONOMY EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT HEALTH HOMELESS CIVIC AFFAIRS THE FOLLOWING PAGES LIST SUMMARIES OF SOME OF KDTX PROGRAMMING ADDRESSING THE ISSUES / PROBLEMS NAMED ON THE ASCERTAINMENT LIST, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES DETERMINED TO BE IMPORTANT, FOLLOWING FCC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE QUARTERLY REPORT TO BE KEPT IN THE PUBLIC FILE FOR THE SECOND QUARTER. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 04/19/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/20/2010 3:30 AM Town 04/23/2010 12:00 PM #487 04/24/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Jenny Stewart, Executive Director of CCCS. Jenny informed the audience that individuals are carrying an average of $28,000 in debt at a time when most people are underemployed. This fact is keeping the CCCS of Greater Dallas is very busy. She gave several suggestions to the audience to make it through these tough economic times. First, for most, this is not the time to pay down debt. Instead work on finances as if in a self-preservation mode, making sure that daily expense is covered. Keep a record of all expenses. If there is enough of a surplus to pay down debt, look at each account’s annual percentage rate and pay off the accounts with the highest rates first. Call creditors and negotiate debt down 2 or 3 percent. Make a payment, and then call back next month. A different person will probably answer each call, and that person might be in better position to help get better terms for the debt. Jenny also suggested that those who are unsure about how to address their financial situation contact the CCCS where they can walk through have-tos, need-tos, and want-tos in a one-on-one counseling session. Debt management plans can be worked out and group education programs that cover budgeting, credit reports, money management are also offered. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/10/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/11/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/14/2010 12:00 PM #490 05/15/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Todd Mark, Public Policy Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS). Todd explained that the current recession is hurting many people financially. One person in ten are unemployed and 1/3 of the number of unemployed have gone without income for at least 6 months. The housing crisis is affecting many as well. The values of 1/3 of the homes in the U.S. are worth less than the mortgage that is owed by their owners. 1 in 13 homeowners are behind on payments. The answer for some may be bankruptcy. CCCS refers individuals to the State Bar Association if they have to file bankruptcy. Todd listed and described the various options. Chapter 7 bankruptcy provides a clean slate. All debts as well as all assets are wiped out. All credit card obligations go away. Within 2-3 months of filing, debts are discharged. With Chapter 13, a reorganization and repayment plan is compiled. A judge decides how much the person can afford to pay towards their debts. Todd explained that if a person has been negotiating with a lender to keep their home and have not been able to come to an agreement, then the only way to stop foreclosure is through the automatic stay which results from bankruptcy. Todd defined automatic stay as a benefit of bankruptcy where creditors stop calling and foreclosure ceases. Bankruptcy is negative; it remains on a credit report for 10 years. Todd also informed the audience that they have resources available to help with various levels of financial distress through CCCS. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/17/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/18/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/21/2010 12:00 PM #491 05/22/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Danielle Champagne, Assistant Director, UNT Student Money Management Center. Danielle spoke about the importance of financial organization and responsibility and provided some excellent suggestions to prepare students and young adults to function in our current economy. To begin it is never too early to teach a child how to keep account of their money. This can be as simple as using a piggy bank or helping the child track their allowances on paper. Danielle recommend that early on, parents should encourage their children to set monetary priorities, such as college saving. When students get to college, many campuses have centers like UNT’s Money Management Center (MMC) where they can talk about their finances and become better equipped to handle their own money. The MMC works with young adults at the university, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors, since each age level has different goals and life situations. Lack of planning causes problems as well as not knowing who to can trust. UNT’s MMC lets the students know that right now, being a student is their main focus, not investing in property or shares. All people want to be financially independent, but that independence looks different for everyone. Freshman should start a savings account and look toward the future. They have fewer dollars than some seniors who can work more or have a paid internship. Seniors should be saving for specific issues such as moving, deposits for apartments, or buying new work wardrobes. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/31/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/01/2010 3:30 AM Town 06/04/2010 12:00 PM #493 06/05/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Terry Clower, of UNT’s Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDR). The National Bureau of Economic Research says while the economy looks better, it is not yet ready to say that the recession is officially over. While the Gross Domestic Product has seen increase since mid-to-late summer of last year, the unemployment rate is near 10.5%. Employers, lacking confidence in the stability of the economy, are still laying people off. The GM plant in Arlington has employees working three shifts with mandatory overtime because it is the only plant left making SUVs. Gross Domestic Income didn't really start increasing until the very end of last year. Terry believes there will be growth in domestic income this year and by the middle of summer, we will see higher employment percentages. This area will be one of the first major metropolitan areas to rise above the recession. DFW is a great place to be right now, jobs have been added recently and unemployment never reached the same level as that of the rest of the nation. While we will not likely be at 3% unemployment for some time, as long as there is continual and growing activity in construction, home buying, ancillary spending, and working through financial problems, we will be okay. Terry explained that overwhelming numbers of Americans were spending more than they were making and the savings rate was only at about 1%. Now it's about 4%. Terry emphasized that there is a personal obligation to save money for retirement. No longer can citizens assume that the government will provide for them. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 06/07/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/08/2010 3:30 AM Town 06/11/2010 12:00 PM #494 06/12/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Linda Davis, Housing Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS). Linda recommended that everyone create some type of budget/spending plan. It is beneficial to have an actual account of income and expenses. If someone is suffering financially, this will help them evaluate how to manage their money. A budget allows one to create a plan to meet expenses. And, while leisure and recreation expenses may be minimized or revamped, a budget ensures that financial security is not jeopardized because of poor planning. Linda explained that while the practice of using credit cards is not always a bad thing, it can be dangerous financially if poorly managed. She advised the audience to keep track of their spending and refrain from using credit cards if they are unable to make the payments on time. Linda discussed the Credit Card Act passed in February of this year. This new law mandates that credit card statements include the actual amount paid if a person only makes minimum payments and how many years it will take to pay it off at that rate. Linda mentioned that people can always call the credit card companies with questions and problems. Some may work with customers to lower their interest rate or delay due dates. If a third party is necessary, then contact the local Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Linda’s final comments were a recommendation that each person to use whatever system works for them: a budget in a composition book or excel spreadsheet; a basket by the front door for all receipts to be reviewed and analyzed at the end of the week; and/or a daily or weekly review to get everyone on the same page and total spending under control. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/05/2010 10:30 AM Town 04/09/2010 12:00 PM #485 04/10/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Diana Baker, of Dallas Community Lighthouse. Diana discussed the high drop-out rates and the poor academic achievement of low-income children in Dallas. In an effort to increase graduation rates of at-risk children from a low-income and/or ethnic minority background, Dallas Community Lighthouse (DCL) began tutoring and attempting to empowering children from kindergarten through 8th grade. In the process of engaging the children, DCL realized that their families and communities were lacking the resources that would continue to enrich them. Through the Family Services Program, DCL has partnered with community organizations to direct caretakers to various community outlets, such as ESL and GED resources, so DCL can spend the more time with the children as well as meet the needs of the entire family. Various volunteers throughout the community work with DCL to increase the effectiveness of the program. Volunteers from local churches donate their time to survey the local community’s needs; and, other volunteers come and read for the children. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 04/12/2010 10:30 AM Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/13/2010 3:30 AM Town 04/16/2010 12:00 PM #486 04/17/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Tami Peterson. Tami informed parents of what to expect and how to help prepare their children for college acceptance and attendance. First, Tami regards college attendance as mandatory and suggests that household conversations express the same expectation. She suggests that parents encourage students to begin preparations as early as eighth grade by preparing resumes and transcripts, and think about how to show a college that they are a good candidate for acceptance. The student should work to develop strong study habits. It is also good if the student enthusiastically contributes to society by volunteering, for example youth camp coaching, etc., in order to become a well- rounded prospect for a college. In regards to the choices of a college and a major, Tami recommends that students visit campuses; and, they should speak with people there who are involved with the major they are interested in pursuing, even thought the student may choose to change majors during their college careers. During the spring of their junior year in high school, the students need to take the ACT or SAT. These tests are mandatory for college acceptance in most cases. By fall, apply to 3-6 colleges having the goal to be done with the selection process by December of senior year. Tami concluded by discussing college expense and giving recommendations about seeing what grants are available for special talents or scholarships for academic/personal achievement. Scholarships.com and fastweb.com are great resources. Federal Work Study or general Work Study can provide money as well. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 06/14/2010 10:30 AM Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/15/2010 3:30 AM Town 06/18/2010 12:00 PM #495 06/19/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Cherie Townsend, Executive Director of the Texas Youth Commission. The Texas Youth Commission is the state juvenile corrections agency. Cherie informed the audience that most of the young people with which they are involved are behind by 5 years in reading and math. Kids who struggle with schoolwork often drop out because of embarrassment, and may “act out.” When they can be successful in school and catch up, it has a huge impact on their confidence. The TYC implements tests to determine what will most help these youngsters. It provides one-on-one tutoring; hires devoted teachers who are certified in Texas (1/3 of these certified in special education) with training in classroom management; provides smaller classrooms; incorporates technology; and provides opportunities for kids from all levels to get caught up and even earn university credits in some cases. Additional opportunities exist in educational and vocational training and there is a possibility to receive scholarship funding for some. The TYC’s cognitive life skills classes provide help with anger management. All in all, these young people are equipped with a "toolbox" of essential life skills to help prevent them from sliding back into their old way of life. Mentors try to also work with the families. They suggest that teens can change schools if they need a clean slate; or, earn their GED and go straight to community college. Ultimately the TYC tries to make sure the educational programs prepare their clients to return to their old school. They communicate with the schools informing them of the youngsters’ progress and what is expected of them.TYC is currently working on a new reading program. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/21/2010 10:30 AM Town 06/25/2010 12:00 PM #496 06/26/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced David Saenz, Principal, and Eric Creeger, Vice Principal, of the Jack E. Singley Academy of Irving. The Academy is an Irving ISD high school that is geared toward career specialization. Many students go directly from this school to a four-year university or medical school. Others are prepared to go immediately into a specialized area of the work force. Students will often work as interns at law firms, Baylor Hospital, or some other facilities. Years ago a laptop program was implemented by the Irving ISD to bridge the digital divide between low-income students and those who could afford computers at home. Unfortunately, the negative side to providing laptops to students is the accessibility of inappropriate internet sites. By law, internet access is filtered at the schools. The Academy spends a great deal of time educating students on how to avoid unsuitable websites and how to instead use the internet to their benefit. Teachers are also using technology in new ways, such as to check for plagiarism at such sites as turnitin.com. Other districts are looking at what Irving is doing with technology and replicating it. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/28/2010 10:30 AM Town 06/29/2010 3:30 AM #497 Cheri Duckworth introduced Toni Gallego, Homeless Liaison of the Irving ISD. The school district has each student fill out a questionnaire upon enrollment. Those who do not have stable housing with a parent or legal guardian will receive help. Many do not tell their educators because of embarrassment. 701 children are currently identified as homeless in Irving ISD. The greatest challenge for these children is how often they move. 4-6 months of instruction is lost every time a child changes schools or moves. "One child, one school, one year” is Irving ISD’s motto. Federal law mandates that if a child has had to move to a homeless shelter, the district must provide transportation for the student to school at least through the end of that school year. Each school district should have a homeless liaison for its schools. Other services for homeless provided by the district include supplying uniforms for those unable to afford them and offering information concerning monetary and food assistance from churches, community resources and food pantries. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/10/2010 10:30 AM Environment Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/11/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/14/2010 12:00 PM #490 05/15/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Terry Jensen of DFW Green Building & Renewable Energy. Terry described Eco-Village as a building and power-producing concept which enables residents to maintain personal energy freedom. Such a complex is currently located east of Dallas. The Eco-Village is a cluster of houses surrounded by food production, wind generators, solar energy and hot water. The viewers can conserve water by replacing landscaping with another option that uses less water, by not trying to maintain an unnaturally green lawn, and by using the types of gutters that collect rain water for later use. Terry defined green transportation as choosing to carpooling and, as it becomes necessary to replacing a gas vehicle, to replace it with an electric one. In order to move towards a more environmentally friendly life, Terry recommends starting with an energy audit and a plan to become personally energy-free. To become more energy efficient, Terry gave suggestions concerning weatherization. Terry provided examples of renewable power sources to offset energy usage impact. Solar heated water can save 85-90% of hot water cost. Solar electricity, achieved through installing solar panels, is the most expensive. Terry also encouraged the audience to produce their own food by planting a garden. Build a box, buy good soil, split it into squares and plant your choice of foods. A great deal of water is not needed. Just use a small cup and fertilize your garden every 2-3 weeks. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/24/2010 10:30 AM Environment Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/25/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/28/2010 12:00 PM #492 05/29/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Chris Klaus, Sr. Program Manager of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). Chris began by informing the audience that the air in our region is the cleanest it’s been in 40 years. The EPA sets standards for air quality and the DFW area is only slightly higher than required in one area, ozone levels. While it may seem like there is a constant struggle to maintain clean air, much of the ongoing efforts are to meet ever changing EPA standards. Because the current condition of local air is out of compliance, the EPA will be approaching Texas to evaluate the new plan to meet the government standards. Chris explained that there are a number of factors contributing to high ozone levels which are difficult to control: meteorological conditions; hot, dry days; and emissions being blown in from other cities. 10% of North Texas’ auto emissions are produced by fleet vehicles. Diesel trucks have caused cities to enact idling restrictions. Chris also shared that low speeds increase emissions, as well frequent acceleration/deceleration. Street intersections have been improved to lessen stopping and accelerating. Chris presented the audience with information about Air Check TX: If a car fails an emissions test or if the car is over 10 years old, the owner might be eligible for up to $600 to repair or up to $3500 to replace the car. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/31/2010 10:30 AM Environment Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/01/2010 3:30 AM Town 06/04/2010 12:00 PM #493 06/05/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced David Gray, of the Texas Conservation Alliance and Save Open Space. David disagrees with the need for the Trinity Toll Road and pointed to alternatives that the state highway department has established, such as Project Pegasus. Save Open Space protects creeks from being covered over when new developments come in. This allows for more natural habitat, trees, and biking paths. Toledo Bend is a huge reservoir that can provide water for this area. 72,000 acres of beautiful forest and farms potentially could be flooded by the construction of new reservoirs. The public needs to look at natural solutions before it settles for artificial ones. State leaders have failed to enact a pollution reduction plan that meets EPA standards. At this time it is necessary to contact the concrete plants south of DFW and coal plants to the east concerning mercury emissions into the area lakes in an effort to meet standards. In addition to improving the current environmental condition, if the public will try to conserve power and energy, less pollution will be generated. A $1500 tax credit is available this year to those who add energy efficient items to their home. David listed some ways to conserve: attic insulation; adding double pane windows; plant trees; and recycle. He concluded that, as a conservationist what he desires is that the Trinity River area to become a big park for DFW’s citizens. Live greener, cleaner and more sustainably. We can't burn fossil fuel forever. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Joy In Our 06/21/2010 10:30 AM Environment Town 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/25/2010 12:00 PM #496 06/26/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Jeffrey Jacoby, Program Director for Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE). Jeffery described the TCE as a grassroots, non-profit organization whose staff goes door-to-door in the DFW, Houston, and Austin areas to interact with and educate the public, as well as contacting local congressional members to request that they support sustainable policies. Jeffery explained that conventional recycling composes only a fraction of what the campaign wishes people to be more conscientious about. Electronics containing mercury and cadmium should be recycled in order to keep these toxic substances out of landfills and allow them to be reused. EPA estimates that 2.2 million tons of unused electronics are available to be recycled. TEC has partnered with Goodwill, cities, and companies to collect and properly recycle old/obsolete products. Spent light bulbs can be taken to Home Depot. The mercury in them is removed; and, the glass and some of the bulb’s metal components can be reused. TexasTakeBack.com lists many other recycling resources. Beware of free recycling offers if it's not part of a company's larger recycle initiative. They may not recycle items properly. Jeffery suggests that citizens engage their local city councils to put policies in place that encourage recycling and the manufacturing sustainable products. Not everything is designed to be taken away and buried. Many items can be taken apart and its components be of made of use over and over again. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Joy In Our 04/05/2010 10:30 AM Health Town 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/09/2010 12:00 PM #485 04/10/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Tanya Abreu of the Spirit of Women Health Network. This organization is a coalition of more than 200 hospitals located in 90 cities whose primary mission is to transform women's fear of disease by showing them a smart approach to being healthy. Tanya discussed a revised perspective on getting healthy. She explained that pursuing health is not about punishing yourself, but about celebrating yourself. Joy produces endorphins, whereas negative feelings bring about a release of adrenaline which when present for extended periods of time may become harmful. Tanya provided three suggestions that can immediately improve health: 1. Stop smoking; 2. Move more; and, 3. Eat fresh. She explained that the body is not independent of the mind and a person’s thoughts and emotions affect the immune system. These phenomena are expressed medically as neuroimmunology. Additional suggestions made by Tanya were that viewers should “know their numbers” (cholesterol, glucose levels, and blood pressure); laugh 30 minutes a day to reduce cholesterol; and, be generous with time and love. These actions can reduce blood pressure and stress. A final suggestion was for viewers to write down in a notebook anything that was bothering them physically, spiritually, and/or emotionally and watch how these things relate to one another. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 04/12/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/13/2010 3:30 AM Town 04/16/2010 12:00 PM #486 04/17/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Jessica Setnick. Jessica provided the audience with a list of “Food Fairytales” stories that have been told from generation to generation leading to false beliefs about nutrition. She dispelled each of these myths in her interview beginning with the worst one: cleaning your plate. This began as Depression Era thinking. Now we have too much food in front of us at one time. 66% of Americans eat whatever is on their plate no matter what it is. 66% of Americans are also obese. To change this way of thinking, recognize that each person is different and assume that if someone else served your plate, it contains too much food. Eat half of the meal. Engage in conversation for a few minutes and then decide if you are still hungry. If you are, eat half of what’s left. The next fairytale is that “food is a treat for when I'm down. It will make me feel better.” Food is a mood-altering chemical. When a person stops eating, the positive effect ceases. Instead of relying on food to make you feel better, establish other rewards. The third myth discussed was that healthy food is expensive. Fast food may seem cheaper, but a pack of chicken breasts cost the same as a chicken sandwich. Instead of looking at the entire expense of a trip to the grocery store, compare the cost of one home cooked meal to the cost of one fast food meal. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 04/26/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/27/2010 3:30 AM Town 04/30/2010 12:00 PM #488 05/01/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Sue Vanek, Burn Program Coordinator. Sue shared with the audience about typical, yet rarely considered, opportunities for possible burns. Many times potentially high risk settings are as simple as removing food from a microwave, passing a hand through steam, or walking around with a cup of hot coffee. Sue cautioned against adding excessive accelerant to outdoor grills because of the possibility for explosion. One of Sue’s recommendations was that families establish safe zones or areas that children are not allowed to go anywhere near, such as fireplace covers or stoves. Because the skin is thinner on young children and the elderly, they can burn in less time. Supervise children in the kitchen. Keep pot handles to the back of the stove. Many bathroom injuries occur when an elderly person steps into an overly hot bath, and because of their decreased mobility, they can't get out fast enough. If someone catches fire, Sue reminded the viewers that "stop, drop, and roll" is still effective. Sue concluded by describing the various types of burns and by giving treatment suggestions. A 1st degree burn (such as a sun burn) will heal itself. 2nd degree burns are evidenced by blistering. 3rd degree burns are much deeper. 3rd degree burns go through the dermis and will require a skin graft. The graft usually comes from the thigh if it hasn't been burned. Patients say that the donor site hurts more than the burn site. See a doctor if a burn covers a large area or if the area doesn't heal. After a burn, use cool water, not ice (which could cause further damage). Application for 10-15 minutes is recommended. Do not use butter, shaving cream, ointments or lotions. Keep the burned area clean and dry. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/03/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/04/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/07/2010 12:00 PM #489 05/08/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Janie Metzinger, Public Policy Director of Mental Health America. Janie explained that mental illnesses and disorders can be triggered by traumatic events or inherited. Mental disorders affect all people. This year 20% of Americans will have some diagnosable mental illness symptoms. Of this number, 9% will cause functional impairment, 7% will have symptoms that last a year, and 5% will experience a serious mental illness that is severe and persistent. Interpreted, these numbers imply that everyone will encounter someone with a serious mental illness. Individuals with "co- occurring" disorders have both a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. These people need to be treated for both at the same time. Many mental illnesses are highly treatable with medications and therapies. Janie shared that 2/3 of those with an illness don't seek treatment, most often because of shame or fear. She reinforced the fact that these are illnesses, like any medical condition, and it helps to seek treatment early. The public mental health system covers many counties and acts as mental health and behavioral health insurance. Facilities such as United Way provide services and base fees on a sliding scale. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America of Greater Dallas work together to provide education and support groups. Family to Family classes, taught by family members who have experienced mental illness and can educate and comfort those now affected are also available. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club CBN Health / NewsWatch 1:00:00 5:00 REC PA/0/E 4/21/2010 12:00 PM Mental Health #042110 Lori Johnson, CBN News Reporter , says The NCAA's Division 1 Legislative Council voted April 13 to require all athletes to be tested for the sickle cell trait -- no matter their sport, race or gender. The measure now goes to the board of directors and is expected to pass. Sickle cell anemia is a fairly well- known disease; however, sickle cell trait is different. Many people don't even know they have it and can go through life without any symptoms. But combined with rigorous exercise, it can be deadly. Unlike sickle cell anemia where both hemoglobin genes are abnormal and produce mostly dangerous, sickle- shaped blood cells, people with the trait have only one abnormal hemoglobin gene and their blood cells are mostly a healthy, round-shape. But when people with the trait intensely exercise, their round blood cells can take on the sickle shape, become sticky and clog blood vessels. Resting corrects that, returning the cells to their round shape. Complications from sickle cell trait are the number one cause of death for college football players. It's been linked with 10 on-field deaths in the last decade. None were during games, but instead happened during rigorous training. The NCAA recommended member schools test for the trait, but then went one step further and voted to require all Division 1 schools to test athletes for the trait. Currently only 64 percent of colleges screen for the trait and do so voluntarily. Beginning August 1, all athletes in NCAA Division 1 schools will be required to either: Take a blood test to screen for sickle cell trait. Prove they already had the screening. Opt out of the screening by signing a waiver releasing their school of any liability. Hospitals in every state screen all newborns for sickle cell trait. Yet, parents often don't read the results of those screenings or forget them when their babies grow up. One in 12 African Americans carry the trait, but people with Spanish, Greek, Italian, Asiatic Indian and Mediterranean ancestry are also affected. While some players never survived sickle trait complications, their deaths raised awareness about the condition that will likely prevent others from suffering the same fate. Program Program Segment Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club CBN Health / NewsWatch 1:00:00 6:00 REC PA/0/E 06/16/2010 12:00 PM Mental Health #061610 Lori Johnson, CBN News Reporter, says if you're trying to eat healthy, perhaps you have heard to stay away from processed foods. While that's great advice, it seems many people are confused about what exactly constitutes processed food. If you can't identify them, it's hard to cut processed foods out of your diet. And although most people know processed foods are bad for them, it's often unclear what makes them so dangerous to a person's health. Remember - processed foods are foods that have been altered from their natural state. Have you ever wondered why a pre-packaged food stays fresh for months, when the same food made from scratch grows moldy in just days? It's because food manufacturers use man- made ingredients that prolong a product's shelf life. Unfortunately, they may have the opposite effect on peoples' health. Trans fats are commonly found in commercially fried food and packaged foods, especially baked goods. But you won't see the phrase, "trans fat" in the list of ingredients. Instead, look for the word, "hydrogenated." And beware of labels claiming no trans fats. They're often still in there, because the Food and Drug Administration allows food with up to a half-gram of trans fat per serving to be labeled "trans fat free." The problem is, those servings can be small so we eat many servings, and those half-grams add-up. Vending machines are often loaded with processed foods. In addition to trans fats, they often contain too much salt, which can cause heart problems and creates a craving for even more salt. Another addictive ingredient you'll find in processed foods is high fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity and diabetes. Although high fructose corn syrup manufacturers contend it's nutritionally the same as sugar, others say it's worse. Also on the list are other syrups and sweeteners like dextrose, glucose, lactose and maltose. And speaking of chemical names, here's another one to watch out for: monosodium glutamate, or MSG for short. Food manufacturers like it because it adds flavor. But doctors dislike it because it causes high insulin secretion. Believe it or not, even white flour is a processed food. Its soft texture and mild taste is created by removing the most nutritious parts of the wheat berry, the bran and the germ. The starch leftover is digested too fast in the body and can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. By contrast, whole wheat flour includes the entire wheat berry, which is digested slowly, making us feel full longer. Although identifying processed foods and removing them from our diet isn't easy, it may be less troubling than dealing with the health problems they could create. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 04/06/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #250 Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire talked about how to stay well. It’s important to drink plenty of water, use the bathroom when needed and to go to bed without the television. It’s also important to eat 3-5 organic fruits and vegetable each day. It’s important to eat foods that fuel our body and to maintain an alkaline level. Dr. Dino Prato talked about weight loss. In order to have successful weight loss, it is important to look at our emotional connection to food. We need to view food as a healing, transforming and giving us health. High food quality is important along with increasing fruits and vegetables. Dr. Carl Schmidt talked about Vitamin K. It is important to help with cellular functions, strong bones, blood vessels and intestinal track. It is also found to reduce the risk of cancer. It can be acquired through greens such as spinach, cabbage and turnips. It can also be taken in a supplement form. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 04/13/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #251 Dr. Scott Hannen talked about having a underactive thyroid. Symptoms could be loss of energy, loss of concentration, severe constipation, weight gain and severe depression. It’s important to avoid Goitragens food, take supplements, get plenty of exercise and avoid refined sugar and processed food. Dr. Lisa Akbari talked about hair loss. Follicular Epidermis Alopecia is when the scalp loses the ability to push the strand through. Short hair syndrome is when the hair gets to a certain point and stops growing. It’s important to get a proper examination. Dr. Marilyn Elliott talked about having allergies to common food such as milk and eggs. It can cause headaches, high blood pressure, stomach problems and depression. It’s important to be seen by a doctor to determine the allergy level. Dr. Dino Prato talked about weight loss. In order to have successful weight loss, it is important to look at our emotional connection to food. We need to view food as a healing, transforming and giving us health. High food quality is important along with increasing fruits and vegetables. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 04/20/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #252 Dr. Rita Hancock talked about bondage to food. Symptoms can be thinking about food too much, always dieting and avoiding social events because of overeating. Eating disorders have to do with control issues. Admit you have a problem, let go of control and only eat when you are hungry. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about corns and calluses. Corns are on top of the toes and calluses are on the bottom or ball of the foot. It’s important to wear proper shoes, use pads and orthotic insoles. In extreme cases, surgery may be required. Dr. Robert Gear talked about TMJ. It is when the jaw hinge does not open or shut equally. It can cause swelling, inflammation and headaches. It’s important to make sure the skull and the 1st/2nd Vertebrate are aligned to help with TMJ. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 04/27/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #253 Dr. Bettye Alston talked about being a healthy person. You should look at your hair, eyes, skin, hands, feet and legs to determine if the inside of your body is healthy. You should not be bloated, constipated or have diarrhea. It’s important to eat healthy foods and to stay hydrated. Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about female hormones. There can be too much estrogen and a vitamin B deficiency. High levels of copper mean low levels of zinc. Drink plenty of water, daily exercise, eat plenty of protein, avoid sugar and get plenty of sleep. Dr. Randy Brinson talked about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There is Ulcer Colitis, which is inflammation on the surface of the colon. Then there is Chrohn’s Disease, which is inflammation all the way through the colon. Medications and surgery are options for treatment. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 05/04/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #254 Dr. Gene James talked about reducing body fat. Extra calories consumed are stored in the body as fat. It’s important to reduce the amount of calories being taken in. Exercise, drinking plenty of water and eating more fruits and vegetables can also help. Dr. Carl Schmidt talked about the sweetener Stevia. It is 300 times sweeter than sugar and does not have any calories. This sweetener does not have the toxic side effects as artificial sweeteners and does not increase your appetite. Dr. Shalaunda Grey talked about breast cancer screenings. Mammograms, self-exams and clinical exams are all important tools for detecting breast cancer. It’s important to talk to your doctor about our age and family history to determine the best choices. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 05/11/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #255 Dr. Dino Prato talked about chronic disease. It’s important to think outside of the box and look at what’s causing the disease rather than dealing with the symptoms. It’s also important to learn about the disease and create a plan to either prevent or reverse it. Dr. Rick Barrett talked about how it’s important to take care of the spine and spinal cord because it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for sending signals to all organs and throughout the body. It’s important to have the spine checked to make sure everything is functioning properly. Dr. Terry Overton talked about knee injuries. The knee is a hinged joint made for stability not mobility. It is often injured depending on the sport. It is important, after an injury, for it to be tested for stability. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 05/18/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #256 Dr. Caroline Leaf talked about how your words can impact your mind. Speaking negative or positive words will feedback into your brain and affect the way the brain is wiring itself. We need to be conscious of what we say because negative thoughts can create toxicity in the brain. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about Tailor’s Bunions. It is a deformity on the little caused by a abnormal growth of the bone outward towards the shoe. It can be painful depending on inflammation. Treatments include rest, ice, compression, elevation, medication and sometimes surgery. Dr. Robert Gear talked about blood vessels. There is life in blood because it carries oxygen and nutrients to the body. It’s important that openings are not closed by bones twisting or waste matter. Poor diet, smoking, lack of activity can cause blockage. It’s important to make lifestyle modifications to keep blood flowing. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 05/25/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #257 Dr. Eric Braverman talked about menopause. It can often result in weight gain, drying of hair, memory loss, insomnia, fatigue, bloating and bone loss. Ginseng and other natural extracts can be used to help restore youthfulness. Dr. Honeycutt talked about obesity. It’s is determined by having a body mass index 30 or greater. It can lead to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. It’s important to exercise, manage stress and eat right. Dr. Clark Gerheart talked about basic healthcare. It includes nutrition, clean water, control infection and prevent injury. It’s important to have plenty of fiber, protein and water. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 06/01/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #258 Dr. Gerard Guillony talked about inflammation. It can speed up our aging and be an increased risk factor for a heart attack. It’s important to not eat trans or saturated fat and instead eat omega 3 fats. Eat foods with a low glycemic index and a high anti-inflammatory compounds. Dr. Hale Akamine talked about child discipline. When children are being disciplined they will try to change the situation, change you and then change themselves. Age appropriate time outs don’t begin until the child is absolutely quiet. Parents should seek professional help if assistance is needed. Dr. Lisa Akbari talked about seasonal hair problems. The scalp and hair can become dehydrated resulting in itchy/tender scalp and split end. The hair needs to be hydrated. It’s important to shampoo with a ph of 4.5-5.5 and moisturize daily. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 06/08/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #259 Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about Trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils. It can cause confusion in the body which leads to inflammation. Then the cholesterol levels elevate to produce cortizone. Some healthier oils are flax seed, olive and coconut. Dr. Malcolm Hill talked about God’s system of health. It’s important to be proactive in regards to your health and not listen to false advertisements. Nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, air, sleep and positive thinking are ways to improve your heatlh. Dr. Carl Schmidt talked about water. There is distilled, reverse osmosis, and ionized water. It’s important to check that the good minerals are not taken away with the bad. Minerals are important for functions in the body. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 06/15/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #260 Dr. Christopher Chin talked about exercise and a heart healthy lifestyle. It increases blood flow, circulation, heart rate and metabolic rate. It reduces inflammation and blood pressure. It should be done 4 times a week, 4 miles per hour and for 40 minutes. Dr. Teresa Carlson talked about Ocular disease. It affects the tissue in the eye and lid which lead to dystrophies that can be inherited or due to environmental factors. Cataracts, Keratoconus, and Glaucoma are types of vision problems. It’s important for an annual eye exam and preventative eye care. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about foot, ankle and leg cramps. It can be caused by a tendon or electrolyte imbalance. Intermittent Claudication can cause pain, heaviness and tightness in muscles. Often pain is ignored but needs to be seen by a physician, podiatrist or orthopedist. Program Program Topic Segment Issues Title Duration Duration Source Type Airdate Time Health / Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 06/22/2010 9:30 AM Mental Health Doctor #261 Dr. Dino Prato talked about lyme disease. Borrelia is the infection caused by a tick and followed by a bull’s eye rash. It can cause joint pain, memory problems, digestive issues and hormone imbalances. It is important to be tested by a lyme literate doctor because it can mimic 300 other diseases. Dr. Sheryl Strom talked about allergies. They create an infection in the sinus that can result in nasal congestion, drippy nose and post nasal drip. It’s important to build up the immune system and clean the sinuses with a saline solution. Dr. Dale Peterson talked about insomnia. It is a difficultly getting and staying asleep. It can result in being tense, difficulty handling stress, excessive day time sleepiness, stomach problems and high blood pressure. It’s important to have a dark, cool and noise free environment to help you fall asleep and to get 8 hours a night. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 04/26/2010 10:30 AM Homeless Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/27/2010 3:30 AM Town 04/30/2010 12:00 PM #488 05/01/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Barbara Landix, Executive Director at Vogel Alcove. In operation since 1986, through the years Vogel Alcove has served thousands of families and children. Right now they have 10 classrooms serving infants, toddlers, and preschool. Homelessness does in fact have many different faces. The two major causes of homelessness are domestic violence and generational poverty. Many homeless people have lost their jobs. But even when they were employed, they hadn’t been able to make ends meet. Some suffer from personality disorders, mental illnesses, substance abuse, or are ex- prisoners who have been released and need help getting back on their feet. The majority of these people don't automatically go into a shelter. They will call on friends or relatives. But once their welcome has worn out, they look other places. There is an affiliated network of agencies which provide shelter and referrals. The Vogel Alcove is Dallas' primary resource for those persons homeless with very young children. Two meals, which meet USDA nutritional guidelines, are cooked and served on site. The teachers sit with the children and eat family-style. Ratios between children and caregivers are kept low because many of the children have experienced trauma. Symptoms of trauma can slow a child's development. Children’s development and health are monitored daily, and numerous programs are available. Babies can take part in play therapy as young as age 2. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/03/2010 10:30 AM Homeless Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/04/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/07/2010 12:00 PM #489 05/08/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Bob Sweeney, Executive Director of Dallas Life. Dallas Life is the largest homeless shelter in North Texas. Dallas Life is also the only shelter providing programs for seniors and the disabled. Bob explained that money, relationship, and anger issues cause some homeless individuals their greatest struggles. He encouraged viewers to, if faced with a homeless individual, direct them to a shelter or agency. There are some that are chronically homeless. These individuals do not want accountability or structure and choose to live under the bridges etc. Volunteer caseworkers will meet with people like this and try to determine if they will accept assistance. Volunteer caseworkers also work with each guest of the agency. Individuals and families are welcome. Stays are usually limited to 16-18 months. As many have already done, some clients may benefit from the 10-month new life program which provides classes like anger management, the psychology of addiction, the purpose driven life, resume preparation, etc. The agency has a policy of regular random drug testing. The facility is structured in phases that hold residents responsible for their progress and the residents must commit to stabilizing their lives. Phase 3 commences after three months and begins with the residents starting a part-time job. Phase 4 is three months long. At this point, residents must begin a full-time job, get an apartment, and be active in a church. 28% of residents graduate. The program’s success rate is 3 to 4 times higher the national average. Bob concluded there is no quick answer to homelessness, but he sees progress in Dallas Life’s policy of giving a hand up, not a hand out. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/17/2010 10:30 AM Homeless Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/18/2010 3:30 AM Town 05/21/2010 12:00 PM #491 05/22/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Teddie Story, Executive Director of Irving Cares. Teddie informed the audience of the various services available to residents through Irving Cares. Brighter Tomorrows provides transitional housing rent-free during which time homeless individuals are given life skills training. The City of Irving utilizes federal grants to provide assistance in making house payments. Permanent Supportive Housing is another government program that provides housing. Irving doesn't have a homeless shelter, but does have a domestic violence shelter serving men, women, and children. Teddie explained that the typical homeless person in Irving suffers from mental illness, from alcohol abuse or have committed federal offenses that hinder their ability to reside in housing within city. In order to receive assistance through the city, individuals must maintain good contact with their case worker; take any prescribed medication; and abstain from drinking or drug abuse. When approached by someone who seems to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is recommended to walk away and/or decline giving them money or assistance. Or, one could give them a dollar to call 211, the Community Council of Greater Dallas. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 06/14/2010 10:30 AM Homeless Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/15/2010 3:30 AM Town 06/18/2010 12:00 PM #495 06/19/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Sonja Parkhill, Outreach Manager for the Promise House. The Promise House offers a variety of free services such as: parenting classes; a street outreach program; Parents with Promise (where case workers work with new parents); a Med Van that comes from Parkland every Tuesday; a psychologist that comes on Wednesdays; and, on Fridays a dental van comes to the facility. Sonja provided the definition of homeless for youth as anyone age 12-21 that is unaccompanied (no parent or legal guardian) and having nowhere to sleep at night (no residence). Currently, there are consistently around 1,200 youngsters who fit these criteria in Dallas. 50% of this number have “aged out” of foster care and have nowhere else to go. While a Transitional Living Program is available to all, this does not really work well for youth. Every year about 10,000 young people run away from dangerous homes and have to return immediately. Promise House believes it is important to get them off the streets and in a good environment where they can learn life skills. Since February of last year, their count of homeless youth has tripled. They are only able to keep kids for so many days and must separate minors from those over 18. The ideal placement for minors is in foster care. Sonja noted that although the community desires to help the homeless in our area, lack of resources prevents the building of more facilities and the ability to provide more services. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Homeless Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/28/2010 10:30 AM Town 06/29/2010 3:30 AM #497 Cheri Duckworth introduced Allison Sharpe, Director of Client Services at Brighter Tomorrows (BT). At BT, the number of phone calls requesting help has risen tremendously in the past few years. BT asks the callers why they are homeless, how they became that way, and what needs they have. 50% of those surveyed were unemployed or without money; 26% suffered domestic violence; and, many other situations affecting legal residency and loss of support were reported to be among the causes. The main services lacking in Irving are job placement, dental care, permanent housing, and transportation. There is a small amount of transitional housing and many social service agencies available in Irving. The local poverty and homeless coalition is comprised of a combination of city officials, churches and social services who get together to discuss homelessness in the area and how the city can better meet this need. Emergency shelter is provided by Brighter Tomorrows for those who have experienced domestic violence. They endeavor to make sure the victims and their children are safe and work with the victims to get daily assistance. Children's therapists are on staff and they work with the ISD's homeless liaison to make sure the youngsters’ needs are taken care of. For parents, job placement and parental and life skills classes are provided. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 04/19/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 04/20/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 04/23/2010 12:00 PM #487 04/24/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor Gary Slagel, of Richardson. Mayor Slagel discussed how Richardson is growing, and how this growth is reflected in both the housing communities and the park and recreation systems. Mayor Slagel described the city’s economic situation, mentioning new businesses and city initiatives. Homeowners’ associations work with the city to determine the appearance of neighborhood entryways and walls as they are built and expanded. Neighborhood watches are very active in the city. In fact, they have won awards for their programs such as the National Night Out Against Crime. There are numerous parks, new recreation centers, and trails. The city is planning to plant thousands of trees and will enlist the involvement of local schools in the process. Regarding the city’s economic potential, healthcare, insurance and technical companies all are experiencing continued growth. Blue Cross/Blue Shield will open a new headquarters in Richardson soon. Although the unemployment rate is lower than in surrounding areas, it is still greater than the city desires. To combat this, the city council is continually trying to create new jobs and currently they are working with consultants to create a vision plan. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 05/24/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 05/25/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 05/28/2010 12:00 PM #492 05/29/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor Herbert Gears, of the City of Irving. Mayor Gears informed the audience that as it stood empty, the Texas stadium was costing citizens $200,000 a month. The facility was not ADA compliant and would have required an investment of millions. Now that the stadium has been demolished, the 80 acre site can be used for mixed development. $500 million is currently being invested to reconstruct the surrounding highway. This project will last another 5 years. In early 2012, DART’s Orange line will pass right by it and arrive in Las Colinas. Mayor Gears has a commitment from TXDOT that traffic congestion around the construction will not be too severe, although there will still be delays. The headquarters for many hotels and major corporations are located here. There is a good tax structure for businesses, i.e. no state tax or city tax levied upon businesses. The current unemployment rate is 8.1% and the foreclosure rate is lower than surrounding towns. The city has not had to lay off employees, close pools or libraries, or raise taxes. There are single family homes continually being added in all directions. Irving can also boast its lowest crime rate in its 100-year history. While the city is aging, there are growing redevelopment opportunities. 40 million dollars is dedicated to south Irving reinvigoration and redevelopment. The city has great schools that provide a great education to the children they serve. Teen Court is a local opportunity for teenagers. In conclusion, Mayor Gears talked about the parks and trails systems and the city’s plans for improvements. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 06/07/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 06/08/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 06/11/2010 12:00 PM #494 06/12/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Ken Mayfield, Dallas County Commissioner of District 4. Ken educated the audience about questionable voting activities. He mentioned a criminal investigation of voter fraud in Texas and also informed the audience about some new construction projects and efforts to balance the budget. First, Ken shared that mail-in ballots had arrived at people's homes who had not requested one. Vote harvesters (individuals paid by politicians to obtain a certain number of votes) would take the ballot from the mailbox and encourage that resident to vote right then. Ken cautioned that some people have been manipulated during this process. Ken said that people had even gone to the polls and been told they have already voted, although they never applied for a mail-in ballot. If this happens, an individual can request a provision ballot, fill it out, and explain that the mail-in ballot was completed without their consent. The Secretary of State investigated this fraud and instructed the Attorney General to investigate it further. However, the Attorney General did not comply with these instructions. The law is being reviewed to learn how to prevent these activities. Mr. Mayfield informed the audience that a new hospital is being built. He also stated that currently the city has a budget shortfall of 56.5 million dollars, and is looking at ways to reduce costs, as well as give employees raises, without raising taxes. TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK QUARTERLY REPORT KDTX-TV CHANNEL 58 - DALLAS, TEXAS KDTX-DT CHANNEL 45 – DALLAS, TEXAS ASCERTAINMENT LIST LEADING COMMUNITY PROBLEMS FOR July, August, September 2010 RESULTS OF ASCERTAINMENTS FROM CIVIC LEADERS, RESPONSES BY THE TELEPHONE FROM KDTX VIEWERS, FROM THE PRINTED MEDIA, COMPRISING NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS, AND FROM TELEVISION AND RADIO, WHENEVER POSSIBLE. CRIME FAMILIY HEALTH PUBLIC SAFETY TRANSPORTATION SENIORS CIVIC AFFAIRS THE FOLLOWING PAGES LIST SUMMARIES OF SOME OF KDTX PROGRAMMING ADDRESSING THE ISSUES / PROBLEMS NAMED ON THE ASCERTAINMENT LIST, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES DETERMINED TO BE IMPORTANT, FOLLOWING FCC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE QUARTERLY REPORT TO BE KEPT IN THE PUBLIC FILE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 07/19/2010 10:30 AM Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/20/2010 3:30 AM Town 07/23/2010 12:00 PM #500 07/24/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Lance Peikert from the Irving Police Department. Officer Peikert informed the viewers about the Police Academy’s fourteen-week program for citizens who desire to take an active role in protecting their community. The classes review crime scenes and the conviction process and proved firearms and taser training. He explained that television’s portrayal of a police officer’s job is often inaccurate, and going through this training program opens people's eyes to the truth. Participants are not there to learn how to be a police officer. Rather, they are given a backdoor view of the police department. Classes are free and background checks are performed on each enrollee. He informed the audience that upon graduation from the Academy, participants understand more about the physical and mental training each officer has completed in order to be prepared to handle all sorts of situations. Graduates can become volunteers at the Irving PD or join Citizens on Patrol. As of August 24th of this year, Irving Police Department will have had 600 enrollees in the classes. Officer Peikert went on to say that crime stats increase in summer. Kids are bored and hang with the wrong crowds. He gave contact info for some of the many free summer programs offered to keep teens active and out of trouble. Officer Peikert concluded by sharing two important tips on how to avoid becoming a crime victim. Always hide your valuables if you leave them in your car, or take them with you. Always lock the front and back door of your home and leave your porch lights on. Investing in flood lights for around your house and garage door is a good idea as well. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/26/2010 10:30 AM Town 07/27/2010 3:30 AM #501 07/30/2010 12:00 PM Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Miles from the Hurst Police Department Crime Prevention Unit. He explained their Neighborhood Watch Program which is looking for energetic people to teach about crime prevention. Officer Miles informed the viewers that informational meetings are usually held in driveways, backyards, or at BBQs. Residents of the neighborhood will sit in lawn chairs and an officer will share about how what kind of suspicious activity the police are looking for and how to identify suspects to the officers. Police officers are not always aware of what cars and people belong in a neighborhood, but local residents know when things are not normal. If something looks suspicious, don't hesitate to call 911 to let the police know so they can come out and check. Officer Miles then discussed home security and how to layer your defenses. Any kind of security system can be defeated, but things can be done to make it more difficult for a thief. Good locks and deadbolts, extra locks on your windows, solid core doors, and plenty of lighting around the house are all deterrents for burglars. They prefer to be in and out of a location in about 6 minutes. Big dogs and alarm systems also help deter crime. Too much landscaping can help hide a criminal. If a house is proves to difficult to break into, then the criminal might just move on. Officer Miles ended his discussion by informing us that home owners can receive a 5% reduction in home owners’ insurance if a house passes a free inspection by the police which certify that the home is secure. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/26/2010 10:30 AM Town 07/27/2010 3:30 AM #501 07/30/2010 12:00 PM Cheri Duckworth introduced Jeannette LaFontaine, Executive Director, Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT). Ms. Fontaine informed us that TSSNT provides free or fees based on a sliding scale counseling for those who have experienced trauma (defined as something that interrupts or changes your normal flow of life). They also counsel those who have suffered any crime including identify theft, burglary, or witnessing a crime which can have a traumatic effect on an individual. Physical trauma or life-threatening events can cause strong reactions in some people, but everyone feels like they have lost control over their lives and personal security after such experiences. People can suffer hyper vigilance (being constantly on guard), irritability, inability to focus, and/or changes in sleep and eating habits. Ms. Fontaine then showed a roll-in of Trauma Support Services of North Texas, Inc. which gave info on their programs as well as victims' short testimonies on how TSSNT had helped them. Crime Victims Compensation is available to some who experience trauma in Texas or when the victim is a Texas resident located in an area that doesn't have CVC. The victim must be willing to prosecute the perpetrator and file charges in a timely matter. Ms. Fontaine encouraged the viewers to contact the police's victim services department if they experience a trauma because most people do not understand the complex and complicated criminal justice system. A Victim Advocate will help a person apply for CVC, understand their rights, and understand the justice system. She concluded her interview by giving advice to friends, family and employers on how to help a trauma victim overcome their ordeal. She noted that time will heal them. Allow the injured party that time. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 08/09/2010 10:30 AM Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/10/2010 3:30 AM Town 08/13/2010 12:00 PM #503 08/14/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth Cheri introduces Monica Urbaniak, a bilingual counselor for victims of sexual assault. Ms. Urbaniak informed the viewers that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men are sexual assaulted in Texas. No one is immune from this offense and most victims are violated by someone they know and trust. To help these people, Dallas has opened the DARCY Center. Many agencies were working on only a portion of this puzzle, but not meeting all of the needs of those affected by this offense. The Darcy Center provides family counseling, long-term counseling, and additional services that other organizations don’t supply. It also provides an advocate, even to accompany a person to the hospital and be with them during the forensic testing. Due to fear and shame, many victims never speak to anyone about it their assault. Ms. Urbaniak shared that victims need licensed counselors who will help and support them in their healing process. The Darcy Center attempts to be fully comprehensive when counseling. Individual and family counseling is recommended for those victims of sexual assault, to be followed by attendance at a support group during this period of healing. There are some survivors who have become trained advocates to help those who have been experienced this crime. For the recovery process to be successful it is important to for a person to stay connected with other organizations and faith-based groups as well. Ms. Urbaniak concludes by mentioning treatment programs for offenders as well to overcome their inclinations. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 09/13/2010 10:30 AM Crime Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/14/2010 3:30 AM Town 09/17/2010 12:00 PM #508 09/18/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced John Harris, Field Commander, North Texas Auto Theft Task Force. Mr. Harris began by stating that currently auto thieves in Texas are targeting the big trucks such as the F350. Large trucks are probably the number one theft because they are used at the borders for drug and human trafficking. He informed us that twenty-five percent of cars are left parked with the keys in them. Thieves frequent busy areas like daycare centers or grocery stores where people leave their cars running, becoming easy targets. Mr. Harris reminded us that insurance companies can deny claims if keys were left in the car. Layer security in vehicles by using alarms, steering wheel locks, etc.; and, GPS devices, laptops, purses, wallets, and phones should be hidden from view. He cautioned viewers to not put the title or insurance papers in glove boxes, but keep those papers on your person. If someone steals your car they can get financing based on that title in some cases. Officer Harris concluded by mentioning to the viewers that if their car is stolen, call authorities with the VIN and license tag number. This will expedite the process of locating the car. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Family Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/09/2010 12:00 PM Town 07/10/2010 3:30 AM #498 Cheri Duckworth introduced Wayne Carson, CEO of ACH Child and Family Services. Wayne defined the abuse or neglect of a child as when the child is underfed, without a safe place to live, or left in the company of dangerous adults. He encouraged the viewers to call the hotline (number given) if they ever suspected a child is being abused or neglected. Wayne followed this admonition by assuring the audience that the first step taken is not to simply take the child away. The goal of protective agencies is to give people tools to be good parents so they can raise healthy children. Sometimes though, when drugs or mental issues are present, the children must be placed in healthier homes. In Tarrant Country, only 600 of the 6,000 confirmed cases of abuse/neglect, ended up with the children being removed from their homes. The rest received services which helped them to overcome the issues they were facing. If the situation is such that no adult is capable of protecting the children, ACH will then call the state to intervene. ACH classes teach life skills, ways to get food on the table, and where to get rehab help. When parents determine to go to rehab, ACH can watch over their children for that time, and return them immediately upon completion of treatment. When children are not being nurtured or able to establish bonds with adults, their ability to trust adults in the future can be impeded. ACH makes sure the kids there know that they are in a safe place and there are adults around who can be trusted. The most important message is that there is help available. ACH provides a 24-hour phone service always making help and hope always available for children in unhealthy situations. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 08/02/2010 10:30 AM Family Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/03/2010 3:30 AM Town 08/06/2010 12:00 PM #502 08/07/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Tina Wysk, Co-Founder, Metroplex Baby and Kids. Ms. Wysk informed the viewers that pregnant moms are always excited about the nursery, but they forget about the need to get laundry done, have meals prepared, and more. New moms are told quite often that they should sleep when the baby sleeps. She reminded the viewers that it’s okay to ask help from neighbors, friends, husband (laundry, meals, etc) as it takes weeks sometimes for the mother's body to get back in shape after giving birth. She reminded us that post partum depression does exist. If the mom seems overly depressed or emotional, find someone to speak with. It's a very emotional time when the baby is crying, and the mother may not know how to comfort it. Better rested parents are more able to take care of their children. Resentment towards the baby is a big sign of PPD. Feeling completely overwhelmed, detached from the baby and wanting to separate are also signs. Ms. Wysk shared that after returning home following childbirth, the body is shrinking back to size and it will take some time to return to normal. Rest and nutrition, and hydration are very important. She reminded the audience that all babies fuss at some point. If a baby cries more than 3 hours a day for three days a week for three weeks, the baby may be a colicky baby. A mother can feel helpless when nothing soothes the crying baby. She should speak with her pediatrician for advice. After natural birth the mother can start to exercise in a few weeks. Exercising should be postponed for a while longer after a C-section birth however. Going on walks with the baby is encouraged, whereas just sitting around the house is not. Ms. Wysk concluded her interview by encouraging dads to bond so they don’t feel disconnected to the baby in those first few weeks. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 09/06/2010 10:30 AM Family Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/07/2010 3:30 AM Town 09/10/2010 12:00 PM #507 09/11/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Sarah Arnold and Walter Lancaster from Anthem Strong Families. They explained that Anthem’s mission is to engage and empower couples and families to build and strengthen relationships. Personal conflicts in families are not always able to be resolved, but people can learn to manage them. Ms. Arnold explained that Anthem does not provide counseling. Rather, it gives tools to develop strong relationships at home. Free workshops are provided to teenagers, expectant parents, married couples, and engaged couples in Dallas, Collin, and Ellis Counties and in parts of Rockwall County. Classes are extremely interactive and are not lecture based. Mr. Lancaster encouraged parents of adult children to allow them find their own way. Help them identify the direction they want to go. Then support their decision whether you agree with it or not, simply because it is their life. Both guests concluded by encouraging new parents to strengthen their relationship as a couple before focusing on their roles as mother and father. They have to take care of themselves before they can take care of their child. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Family Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/27/2010 10:30 AM Town 09/28/2010 3:30 AM #510 Cheri Duckworth introduced Kathryn Veazey, President and Founder of Shades of Love. Ms Veazey informed us that Shades of Love assists families with trans-racial adoptions. She herself is an adoptive mother of two, one child is Anglo and the other is African-American. There were not any books available that explained trans-racial adoptions or that offered tips or help and Ms. Veazey wanted the public to have this much-needed information. She shared with the viewers about how Shades of Love makes sure the kids know how to handle being in a trans-racial family and how families are encouraged to let the child experience their own specific culture and understand their own individual history. Ms. Veazey explained to the viewers that it can cost from $0-3500 to adopt a child domestically and can cost up to $20,000 to adopt internationally. Being a good parent is more than having adequate income. These children need love and someone who will allow them to be a part of their family. She mentioned that when adopting a child, there are financial issues to be considered, especially if you are willing to adopt a special needs child. Subsidies are available to help with expenses for those children who have medical needs or develop other needs after adoption. Ms Veazey concluded the interview by stating that it's a myth that there are obstacles preventing adoption such as "I'm too old," or "I'm single." These issues might cause the process to take a little longer, but if a person has willing spirit, and an open heart, there are agencies that will assist with the adoption process. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club Health / CBN 1:00:00 6:00 REC PA/0/E 8/25/2010 12:00 PM Mental NewsWatch Health #082510 Lori Johnson, CBN News Reporter, says Medical experts are learning several lessons from last year's swine flu pandemic. Despite fears of a world-wide crisis, while many people contract the flu last year, relatively few died from it. The World Health Organization announced the official end of the Swine Flu, or H1N1, pandemic during the first week of August. But what about this year? Pediatricians are warning parents against developing a false sense of security. The swine flu is expected to return and parents are being urged to take the necessary precautions. This year's flu vaccine will arrive in doctor's offices in just a couple of weeks. Experts hope to avoid what happened last year when the government purchased 160 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine, but nearly half of those 70 million doses, were never used, and will now have to be destroyed. The reason for the disconnect is that flu vaccine production is much slower than the speed of the illness itself. So, with many people travelling by airplane these days, that last year's outbreak of H1N1 spread faster in six weeks than the past two pandemics, in 1957 and 1968, did in six months. The World Health Organization classified H1N1 as a Phase 6 pandemic -- the highest level -- based on how widespread it was. But it turned out to be not that severe, only a low-level category 1 in terms of how deadly it was. Still, that could have worsened at any time. Most flu vaccines, including last year's H1N1 vaccine, are manufactured by growing the flu virus in a chicken egg. But scientists want to do away with this painstaking method because it takes months to get the job done. There's also no way to protect against the deadly Avian Bird Flu. Within two years, most flu vaccine companies will likely convert from growing the virus in eggs to growing it in cells, which is faster. Within ten years, they'll likely make flu vaccines using a molecular approach that doesn't require any growing of a virus at all. Development of a universal flu vaccine is underway. The new vaccine is one that will protect against all strains of every type of flu. The new vaccine may be available in the next five years. So while the Swine Flu pandemic was much ado about nothing to some people, others see it as a dress rehearsal for the next pandemic that might be much more severe. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 07/06/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #263 Dr. Caroline Leaf talked about dreams. We always dream when we are sleeping. Glial Cells sort out and organize our thinking for the next day. It can bubble over into consciousness which then causes dreams. Dr. Eric Braverman talked about heart disease. It is known as a silent killer. Some warning signs are raised blood pressure, high cholesterol, big belly and family history. Eating right, losing weight and sleep will help heart disease. Dr. Stefan Flink talked about nutrition. People should be getting the nutrients they need from the food they eat. Calcium can be found in dark greens and vegetables rather than milk. It’s important to increase raw fruits and vegetables because they contain a lot of enzymes and nutrients. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 07/13/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #264 Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about detoxification. We are exposed to toxins every moment of the day in the air, water and food. The liver acts as a filter to help eliminate the toxins in the body. It’s important to avoid sodas, sugar and canned food. It’s important to eat pears, plums and apples. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about high arches known also as Cavus foot. It can cause a person to jolt when walking, rigidity, stress fractures and calluses or corns. It’s important to wear proper shoe, insole and shock absorbing material. Dr. Valerie Solomon talked about health maintenance. It’s important to get physical exams which include blood work and emotional evaluation. It’s important in preventive health to also eat right and exercise. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 07/20/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #265 Dr. Dino Prato talked about diabetes. A person dies every 10 seconds from this disease. There is type 1 and Type 2. It’s important to monitor glucose levels, to not stop taking medications, eat more fruits/vegetables, good quality protein and less refined foods. Dr. Rick Barrett talked about spine health. The brain sends signals down the spinal cord and throughout the body. If it is out of alignment, it can cause nerve impingement syndrome and pain. Decompression therapy and other treatments are available to help. Dr. Hale Akamine talked about how to be happy. It is possible to be positive during difficult challenges. It’s important to have good friends, optimism, appreciation and purpose that is not self centered. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 07/27/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #266 Dr. Gerard Guillory talked about probiotics. It is a beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract that helps to digest food appropriately. A lack of good bacteria can cause irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome and Chron’s disease. It’s important to take a good probiotic supplement. Dr. Thomas DiStefano talked about injectable treatments. Rooster Comb is injected into knees to stimulate cells that help to promote fluid in the knees. Platelet Rich Plasma is injected into the injured area. It’s a person’s own blood that has had the platelets separated out from the blood. Dr. Jeffery Crowhurst talked about heel pain. It is an inflammation of the tendon from the plantar aspect or the bottom of the foot. High arches, flat foot, walking and exercise can cause it. It’s important for it to be examined and to look at the patient’s history. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 08/03/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #267 Dr. Christopher Chen talked about your mood and how it impacts the heart. Depression increases your risk for a heart attack by 50-70%. Signs of depression are reduced interests, lack of sleep, low energy, agitated and irritable. Exercise, sunlight, laughter and music are all ways to help improve your mood. Jessica Setnick talked weight gain during pregnancy. A healthy weight gain is between 15-25 pounds. It’s important to focus on having a balance diet and getting plenty of the nutrients the baby will need. Dr. David Hawkins talked about emotional abuse. A person can be sweet, caring and gentle one minute then angry, mean and controlling the next. It’s often called the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide. It’s important to acknowledge that it’s happening, talk to someone, stop enabling and take action. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 08/10/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #268 Dr. Eric Braverman talked rest and remember. There are four components to memory. They are verbal, visual, immediate and working memory. Lack of sleep will result in memory decline. Low doses of inositol or melatonin will help you to sleep as well as exercise and tryptophan. Dr. Bill Williams talked about cosmetic dentistry. A bad smile can result in a lack of confidence and opportunities. Choosing the right smile depends on the person and the structure of the person’s face, gums and teeth. A smile analysis, which consists of a 21 point exam, will help determine the best smile. Dr. Sheryl Strom talked about our immune system. It is a defense system that helps us against infection. It’s important to keep our immune system healthy by eating the right food and getting the nutrients our bodies need. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 08/17/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #269 Dr. Donna Novak talked about backpack injury prevention. Children are carrying eleven tons of weight in their backpack each year resulting in pinched nerves, back and shoulder pain. Straps should be 2 inches wide, light when empty, lumbar support and should be worn on both shoulders. Dr. Lisa Akbari talked about styling aids that can cause hair loss. Avoid nylon bristle brushes, combs with broken teeth, rubber bands and hot rollers. Make sure all curling or flat irons have a smooth surfaces and temperature control. Kay Spears talked about weight management. High body fat and low muscle mass can lead to many chronic health conditions. It’s important to eat 4 to 6 small meals a day that include protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Avoid dieting and make sure to include exercise. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 08/24/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #270 Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about food as medicine. It’s important to eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. They contain DIM which helps the liver filter estrogen out of the body. Avoid recycle plastic #7 and sugars. Dr. Teresa Carlson talked about systemic diseases that affect the eyes. Diabetes can cause problems with the blood vessels inside the back of the eye. Retinal Detachment is also another problem that can cause blindness. Autoimmune diseases can cause inflammatory cells which can affect the tissue in the eye. Yearly eye exams are important to maintain eye health. Dr. Carl Schmidt talked about sports drinks. They are often harmful to the body because they contain high fructose corn syrup, are highly acidic and can leech minerals such as calcium from the body. It is best to just drink water. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 08/31/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #271 Dr. Asa Andrew talked about beating fatigue. Many times it is caused by people being anemic, which is a lack of oxygen into the body cells. Blood tests like a MMA and TIBC can determine iron levels. You can eat red meat and dark, leafy green vegetables to help. Dr. Thomas DiStefano talked about shoulder pain. It affects the rotator cuff resulting in not being able to raise it, move, sleep or even work. It’s important to have an exam, strength test and x-ray to determine the course of treatment. Dr. William Steward talked about a healthy lifestyle. People need to be proactive in the management of their health. This includes a eating the right foods, exercise, positive attitude and less stress. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 09/07/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #272 Jessica Setnick talked about quilt after eating. It’s important to look at food as more/less nutritious rather than it making a person good or bad. It’s important to change your eating to match your lifestyle. Look at regret rather than quilt and do something different the next time. Dr. Deepak Mehrotra talked about vaccines. They are weakened virus or bacteria that help the body produce antibodies. DTP, Polio, HIB, Hepatitis B & A, Rotavirus vaccine, Pneumococcus and MMR are some of the important vaccines. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about foot fractures, which are often very painful. They are often a result of trauma, poorly lit or dark areas or repetitive activities. It is often diagnosed through an x-ray, MRI or CAT scan. The foot is often immobilized to allow it to heal. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 09/14/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #273 Dr. Don Colbert talked about Insomnia. There are primary and secondary insomnia. It can cause heart disease. Type 2 diabetes, obesity and increase infections. It’s important to have habits that promote sleep like regular bed time, block out light and make your bed a haven of rest. Dr. Susan Cole talked about Bio-Identical Hormones. Women often experience menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, irritability and moodiness. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy can help reduce the symptoms by replacing necessary hormones in the body. Dr. Karen Bierman talked about job loss. It can bring an array of emotions such as happiness, relief, shock, denial, depression, panic and hope. A person can begin to feel sick, not sleep well, drug abuse and isolation. Professional may be sought to help work through the stages of grief. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 09/21/2010 9:30 AM Health Doctor #274 Dr. Teresa Carlson talked about dry eyes. The surface of the eye is most affected. The skin on the eye can become chapped and flake off. It can occur because of the wind, computer usage, overhead fans and air ducts. Eye drops can help keep the eye moist. Dr. Dino Prato talked about cancer. It’s all around us and prevention is a key to battling it. Eating healthy, losing weight naturally, exercise, detoxification can help prevent cancer. A key is testing which can lead to early diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Dale Peterson talked about bone health. The most two common conditions are Osteopenia, which means weak bones, and Osteoporosis, which means porous bone. It often affects women more than men and can result in back pain and hip fractures. Healthy lifestyle, vitamins, minerals and exercise such as walking can help strengthen bones. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/12/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 04/16/2010 12:00 PM #499 04/17/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Cynthia Northrop White, of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot). Cynthia discussed local actions that can help prepare individuals for hurricane season (June 1 through the end of November). Although we may not get the initial storm, many displaced individuals from the coast come to DFW. If a person does have family or friends along the coast, they can play a part in preparation and evacuation assistance. Cynthia noted that those of us here may mistakenly feel like going to the area of a hurricane to help our families. TxDot institutes contraflow during an emergency, directing traffic away from the hurricane area. The best plan is to check "know before you go" on txdot.gov to see emergency plans and routes. Certain areas have been designated to become contraflow when needed. In case your family is scattered out during a hurricane, have an emergency plan with a meeting place and information about the roads. If authorities are requesting that everyone evacuate, trust that they have made that call in good judgment and leave immediately. Pets are something else to consider. Have a plan for the family’s dog or cat. The viewers can go to TxDot’s website and can find checklists to make sure they are prepared. Hurricane prep kits are also available at the website. It is a good idea to have an emergency cache of food, water, cages for pets, gas and medicine? TxDot periodically holds state-wide exercises to prepare for emergency situations. Make sure that all family members know where to meet, contact information and other crucial details. Have these questions answered before the crisis begins: How are we going to get there? Do we have more than one number to reach each other? Hurricanes do occur. Be prepared. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/12/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 04/16/2010 12:00 PM #499 04/17/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Anita Foster, of the American Red Cross, who discussed summer safety. Anita first shared that the drowning of children is the second leading cause of accidental death in this country. Many assume that those who drown splash and yell for help. Usually the victims fall in silently and sink to the bottom. To prevent these accidents, there should always be at least one adult supervisor (who knows CPR) to watch the water. Secondly, in larger bodies of water, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets should be worn, not water wings or floaties. This applies to adults as well. In the event of a boating accident, this will help the victims to be found easier because they will be floating. Wearing and continually reapplying sunscreen is very important when in the sun and on the water. For babies, whose skin is very sensitive, keep lots of sunscreen on and keep them covered up. The leading cause of death from natural disaster in the US is during a heat wave. Conditions in Texas are especially dangerous. To prevent heat exhaustion, particularly if you work outside: wear lightweight, light-colored clothing; drink lots of water; and eat small frequent meals. If you are nauseous, feeling cramps and weakness, you may have heat exhaustion. Take small sips of water and get inside or in the shade. Apply cold packs, wash cloths or something cold and wet under armpits and knees. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are closely related. Heat stroke is deadly. If someone is sweating profusely, has pale skin, and cramps throughout the body (shin or abdominal cramps are among the first signs), they may be experiencing heat stroke. Give the victim small sips of water. If they cannot drink or refuse, call 911 immediately. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 07/19/2010 10:30 AM Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/20/2010 3:30 AM Safety Town 07/23/2010 12:00 PM #500 07/24/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Officer Gary Cochran, Fire Inspector/Investigator from the Grapevine Fire Prevention Division. Officer Cochran informed us that 50% of all arsons in nation are caused by juveniles. Last year in Texas alone, $8 million in losses due to arson occurred. Depending on the situation, the Fire Department evaluates every child, and their parents as well, that it comes in contact with due to arson investigations. Low-risk kids are kept in the four-week-long education program geared to help the youth figure out why they did what they did. Homework is required to be completed in relation to fire-setting problems, as well as writing essays and being mentored. Officer Cochran pointed out that the next step beyond education would be professional counseling or being turned over to the judicial system. He went on to say that many of the kids succumb to peer pressure, a big problem in most communities. Sometimes the problem is just kids being depressed or looking for attention. Last year, 8- 10 kids completed the program and there haven’t had any repeater offenders. Officer Cochran shared one young man’s story and his success after going through the program. He encouraged parents to look for signs such as getting bored, sneaking around, or playing with matches, lighters and/or candles. If these signs surface, sit the child down and start talking with them. If the parent feels they haven't succeeded in getting through to the child, they can call their local fire department and see if there is a local JFIP Program available for kids ages 4-16. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/16/2010 10:30 AM Safety Town 08/20/2010 12:00 PM #504 Cheri Duckworth introduced State Trooper Lonnie Haschel with the Texas State Highway Patrol. Trooper Haschel reviewed the new requirements for booster seats that took effect in June. Through age 8, unless they are 4'9" tall, children have to be in a booster seat. The safest booster seat is one that fits the child, the car, and works best for the family. Kids are best protected in a harness. Backless seats should only be used if there is a headrest where the booster seat is placed. He went on to say that the top of the headrest should come to the midpoint of the ears. If the car doesn’t have a headrest, a high back seat is required. Some of the high back booster seats have side-impact protection to protect from the side airbags as well. Trooper Haschel reminded the audience that a new law this year requires that EVERYONE has to be buckled up, even if the passenger is in the backseat. Lower anchors and top tethers (LATCH) is an alternate way to secure your child's seat. The safest place in the auto for a child is in the center of the back seat. Keep little ones facing backwards as long as possible. He concluded by reminding the viewers that if children are seated in the forward seat too early, spinal injuries (possibly permanent) are more likely to occur. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 09/13/2010 10:30 AM Public Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/14/2010 3:30 AM Safety Town 09/17/2010 12:00 PM #508 09/18/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Vernon Gilmore, Fire Inspector/Investigator from the City of Euless Fire Department. Mr. Gilmore began by stating that smoke detectors have been available since the 1970's. Even though ninety-seven percent of homes have smoke alarms, twenty percent of those are not working. Two out of three people who die in home fires do not have working smoke detectors. Inspector Gilmore encouraged the viewers to test smoke detectors every month by pushing the test button on the side. Also, gently clean the dust off of it and change the batteries once a year to keep smoke detector working properly. Inspector Gilmore mentioned two different types of smoke detectors. One detects slow building fires better and the other detects rapidly building fires. Buying one that has a dual technology and can detect both types of fires is the best idea. It is important to have a smoke detector on each level of a house and one outside each bedroom area. It is important to train children to recognize the sound of the smoke detector by letting them hear it when it is being tested. Mr. Gilmore concluded the interview by encouraging parents to develop an escape plan with children for your home; and, practice is with them by sounding the alarm. For questions about fire safety, viewers can call their local fire department. They will come to your house and help install detectors and also check for fire hazards. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 07/09/2010 12:00 PM Town 07/10/2010 3:30 AM #498 Cheri Duckworth introduced Mike Eipper, Public Relations Coordinator of the Greater Dallas Bicyclists (GDB). GDB has been around since 1970 and its key goals are to educate individuals about how to ride safely, how to ride in groups, and the health benefits of cycling, as well as other additional positive aspects about riding bikes. Routes that the club travels have been developed over time. Cities are continually adding bike paths and markings. There are a growing number of bike-friendly routes to many destinations that do not require cyclists to get on a freeway. Many cities are working on improving their "connectivity" by making sure bikes can be used with the bus and commuter rail system. They are encouraging biking by doing such things as installing small portions of pavement between neighborhoods. This is often accomplished by placing pavement where there is currently a "desire trail" (a worn path between certain points). Dallas is evaluating more than 400 miles of roadway to determine if they are useful, safe places to ride, and if they can be connected to other roads to form new bike routes. There will be maps of these changes found at DallasBikePlan.org. Mike recommended that beginning cyclists go to multiple bike shops to find sales associates who are bike enthusiasts and are interested in helping the buyer find a bicycle that fits his needs. When on public streets, a cyclist is legally obligated to follow the same traffic laws as a car. When bikers and cars alike treat each other as having the right to be on the street, there are many fewer problems. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/23/2010 10:30 AM Town 08/27/2010 12:00 PM #505 08/28/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Peter Braster and Mayor Ronald Branson from the City of Carrollton. They informed the viewers that December 3 is the official opening of the DART station in Carrollton and December 6 will be the first day for paying customers. Construction has taken about 3 years, but the planning of the rail line has been going on since 1985. Also served by the line is the Free Trade Zone which provides the opportunity for companies to transport shipments without paying duties and taxes to the federal government. Top transit priorities listed by the mayor included trying to provide choices for where people want to live, for extensional trails and parks, and for a golf course. People desire to be part of a community and know their neighbors. Therefore, the city is endeavoring to make the area around the DART station feel like an attractive, inviting place to live. Mr. Braster informed us that the commuter rail provides easy access to downtown Dallas and the arts centers because the Green Line takes riders straight to the American Airline Center. Residents have easy access to those places, yet can live in wonderful Carrollton. Mayor Branson explained that the city’s major challenge is the economy. Money is very tight and investors have been holding back. However, the city is beginning to see opportunities open up. These include the Home of Barney the Dinosaur, Woot.com, and 25% of the ATV market. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 08/30/2010 10:30 AM Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/31/2010 3:30 AM Town 09/03/2010 12:00 PM #506 09/04/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Chad Edwards from NCTCOG (North Central Texas City of Governments). Mr. Edwards explained that NCTCOG has a blueprint for a multimodal transportation program for this area to be implemented over the next 25 years. This plan consists of road, rail, bus, and intersection developments; as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths. Mr. Edwards pointed out that right now DFW covers 5,000 square miles and includes several counties. Currently, funding is a big problem and the recommendations made are included on the 25 year plan and will not happen immediately. Toll roads are definitely an option and they help to pay for new roads. Texas doesn't assess a high gas tax in order to pay for free roads that we need. Mr. Edwards encouraged the viewers that NCTCOG needs input from citizens in our region to evaluate the plan. The new plan began in March of 2009. Every month there are public meetings in area cities. Communication is the main component in planning. Mr. Edwards concluded by informing the viewers that the air quality department is very active. One program, Air Check Texas, helps fix cars that do not pass inspection in an effort to improve air quality. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 09/20/2010 10:30 AM Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/21/2010 3:30 AM Town 09/24/2010 12:00 PM #509 09/25/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Don Herring Jr., Vice President and General Manager of Don Herring Mitsubishi. Mr. Herring informed us that electric automobiles are a concept that's taking over the auto industry. These vehicles have evolved into more than just two-seater electric golf carts and can now accelerate quickly to highway speeds. After plugging the auto in to charge at night, it can be driven all around town the next day taking people to work, school or on errands. He quoted the price range for the electric vehicles coming out in the next few years to be approximately $22,000 to $34,000; and these cars will be available from several different companies. A new type of hybrid being introduced is an electric vehicle with gasoline generator which gets over 100-200 miles per gallon. Lower battery prices and better technology is making electric car ownership more attractive. Mr. Herring was excited, and shared his belief that this will bring a big change over the entire car industry. Electric automobiles will never need oil changes and the cars' reliability overall will be much greater, not requiring as much maintenance. These vehicles are classified as “Partial Zero Emission Vehicles” which means the cars either put out no emissions or clean the air to equal any emissions they put out. He concluded by saying that the car industry in America has done a great job of consuming oil and gasoline. If those same companies get in the energy production business, then they will do very well. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Transportation Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/27/2010 10:30 AM Town 09/28/2010 3:30 AM #510 Cheri Duckworth introduced Curtis Beaty, Associate Research Engineer of the Texas Transportation Institute. Mr. Beaty informed us that DFW has eleven of the top twenty-five worst traffic congestion locations identified by TXDOT. It's difficult to keep up with the numbers of people moving here. DART’s new Green Line and Orange Line commuter trains will be helpful, giving people transportation options other than their vehicles. Mr. Beaty explained that beginning in 2011, many area roads will be under construction. Each project will have its own website and phone numbers to provide information throughout the job. In the DFW area, NTCOG has a group of people (RTC) who evaluate future population growth, commercial areas, and which roadways need minor improvements or to be reconstructed. They look at lighting needs, shoulders, guard rails, and anything else that's necessary for safe travel to determine their priorities. Mr. Beaty then detailed the value in managed lanes. HOV lanes aren't always reliable, and managed lanes will be priced to give drivers a guaranteed travel speed and time. As people use these managed lanes, speeds in other lanes improve. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 08/02/2010 10:30 AM Seniors Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/03/2010 3:30 AM Town 08/06/2010 12:00 PM #502 08/07/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Lisa McNamara and Melanie Graham from Irving’s Heritage Senior Center. They shared that the Center provides socialization, recreation, personal counseling, benefits counseling, a congregant meal program that serve about 65 seniors a day, and info referrals to adults 50 and older. They also serve light breakfast at no cost provided from donated food. Regardless of a senior’s age, financial concerns are the same for all: Their fixed income staying the same even as the cost of living goes up. “Do you heat your house or eat that month?” is often a real issue facing our seniors. The Center’s staff encourages seniors to dial 211 and get a list of senior resources. Physical reasons might prevent an older person from cooking for themselves. Some don't eat regularly because they simply forget to eat. Anyone who answers the phone at the Center should be able to answer any question asked. The Heritage Center provides transportation to and from the senior's home. Also, DART has a Handy Ride Program for people who are physically disabled. It is a loss of independence to not be able to drive places anymore. The viewers were informed that 50 classes are offered every single month at the Center. Other activities such as free screenings of movies and art classes are provided. Ms. Graham reminded the viewers that health screenings are available once a month. A nurse comes and screens for certain medical problems. Nutrition classes are offered as well. Ms McNamara concluded with reminding the viewers that twenty years ago, the average 60-year-old was winding down their work career. Today, 60-year-olds and older are still working 40 hours a week and being very active. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 08/09/2010 10:30 AM Seniors Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/10/2010 3:30 AM Town 08/13/2010 12:00 PM #503 08/14/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Greg Gerendas with Senior Adult Services located in Farmer's Branch. This organization serves Addison, Carrolton and Farmer's Branch. Mr. Gerendas mentioned that their tagline is "old age runs in every family." Because they are faced with problems like dementia, Alzheimer's, and other sicknesses, it is a challenge to keep Seniors happy and healthy. He reviewed a checklist of services that Senior Centers can do for their clients. These organizations can maintain seniors' homes by cleaning up the yard and doing basic home repair and other upkeep. They can provide buses for the seniors to travel to social events. Many groups have a meal delivery service or partner with Meals on Wheels making sure that Seniors have something to eat. Mr. Gerendas reminded the viewers of the fact that aging is not a disease, it's a natural process. The last thing anyone wants is for older adults to feel like they are unwanted and cast aside. To ensure this, the goal is to keep their life as normal as possible. Many centers offer financial planning assistance to help people prepare for getting older. He also mentioned that abuse and exploitation is a growing problem for seniors. Criminals take advantage of seniors who have been saving for their golden years. Mr. Gerendas told us that 121 years old is the life expectancy for children born today. He concluded by giving phone numbers that Seniors can call for help in planning for retirement. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Seniors Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/16/2010 10:30 AM Town 08/20/2010 12:00 PM #504 Cheri Duckworth introduced Rusty Maxwell and Kristal Berry from the Garland Senior Center, Garland, Texas. Rusty and Kristal began by describing their facility as a recreation center for older adults. They informed the viewers that when the wellness philosophy was introduced back in the 80's it was broken down into 7 areas: social, emotional, physical, intellectual, environmental, occupational and spiritual. Practicing wellness is extremely important because of the state of the economy and the cost of healthcare. In recreational settings, seniors should receive help in all seven areas of wellness without even realizing it. Rusty explained that many organizations begin with the social aspect by getting their clients involved playing games such as bridge, pool, etc. These activities also address their emotional needs. Depression and other health issues can cause problems when a senior is isolated from others. Taking care of these areas addresses the physical component of wellness. Intellectual stimulation is met through exposure to cultural arts. Rusty further explained that people tend to stereotype senior centers as a daycare for the elderly, but this could not be further from the truth. Senior centers are all about recreation and helping seasoned citizens to lift their spirits and live productive lives. Rusty mentioned that Garland has a program called RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program that helps give seniors an occupation and something to do. He concluded by informing the viewers that it's a myth that when a person gets older they retire and slow down. You have to keep going, challenging yourself and doing new things everyday of your life. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Seniors Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/23/2010 10:30 AM Town 08/27/2010 12:00 PM #505 08/28/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Dr. P. Andrew Clifford, Ph.D., from Mind Body Wellness. Dr. Clifford explained that many seniors suffer from a condition called Minor Cognitive Impairment that can cause premature or advanced aging of the brain. With the ability of neuropsych testing, the doctor can see how advanced their condition is. He further explains that unexpected injuries, frequent falls, getting lost, and repeating questions are all signs or dementia or Alzheimer's. Signs also include chronic pain illnesses and depression evidenced by not wanting to leave the house or get out of bed. It is important for seniors to get out of the house, go to doctors frequently, and diagnose problems early. Staying active, getting involved in the community and engaging in life is very important in combating dementia. Dr. Clifford shared that family roles change as adult children care for their parents. They still honor them but also have to make sure they get to their appointments, take their medicine, remember to eat and take care of themselves. Caretakers should also make sure that seniors have social and emotional wellness. Dr. Clifford reminded viewers that if they notice a loved one becoming confused and forgetful, to get help. Remind them subtly about things through complimenting them. The Alzheimer's Association has a lot of resources and help for families. He encouraged the audience to learn about dementia. Don't deny its existence and hope it will go away. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 08/30/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 08/31/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 09/03/2010 12:00 PM #506 09/04/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Ray Santoscoy, Councilman, from the City of Irving. Councilman Santoscoy began by answering a question on everyone’s mind, “What is going to happen to the Texas Stadium location?” There is a redevelopment project -- Diamond Interchange of Highways. TXDot is leasing the area and Irving will make $15 million. The long-range plans are for high-end economic development. The Dart Orange Line will be coming through there along the 114 corridor. Mr. Santoscoy was excited to report that the city is just now getting a train line from Dallas to the airport which will help with the traffic in Irving and also be a convenience for business people traveling here by eliminating the need to rent cars. Irving is a great location with accessibility to the whole DFW area and with all the major highways so close. He introduced the Heritage Project which is a redevelopment of the oldest part of the City of Irving. Twenty-seven million dollars have been spent, mainly acquiring properties in that part of town. This enabled the city to address some of the housing areas which had become substandard. Councilman Santoscoy concluded his interview by sharing about the building on Hwy. 114 and Northwest Highway which is the new 275,000 square foot convention center. It will open late in 2010 and booking of events has already begun. The facility will bring business to Irving’s hotels and it is just another way to be competitive for business travelers’ trade. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 09/06/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/07/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 09/10/2010 12:00 PM #507 09/11/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor John Terrell from Southlake, Texas. Mayor Terrell informed our audience that Southlake has great community festivals and gatherings. The city has endeavored to keep an underlying rural personality in spite of its constant growth. He mentioned that the Southlake Carroll Dragons are state champions, and the school system is one of the most attractive things about the community. Southlake was recently on the cover of Urban Land Institute's Best Planned Cities in the U.S. Even internationally, people recognize its name. Banks and businesses are drawn to Southlake because its citizens boast high incomes, high educations, and high ranking positions with various companies. Mayor Terrell pointed out that Southlake is located close to Alliance Airport, DFW airport and other modes of transportation. In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, Southlake has an organization called the SPIN Group (Southlake Program Involvement of Neighborhoods) to help with its developments, events, etc. Only quality housing developments and complimentary developments are approved for construction. Presently, Southlake is planning to build a new library, a senior center, and a multipurpose fine arts performance facility. Mayor Terrell concluded his thoughts by saying that Southlake is fiscally very prudent and knows what they can and can't afford. The city desires to meet the needs of our area yet is determined to have funding in place before it begins new projects. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 09/20/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 09/21/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 09/24/2010 12:00 PM #509 09/25/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor Ronald Branson from Carrollton, Texas. Mayor Branson informed us that a major commuter rail station will be opening soon in Carrollton. It is projected that there will service four major transportation hubs in this area including downtown Fort Worth, downtown Dallas, Carrollton, and DFW airport. Although construction will be expensive, road development adding more lanes to the major to improve traffic flow and transportation time is now in the works. He informed the viewers that Carrollton’s top priority right now is its budget as most of the city’s revenue comes from property and sales taxes. With those sources decreasing, they have to be very careful about expenditures. Mayor Branson said that the citizens of Carrollton would like a hotel and a theatre and would also like more of the upscale restaurants that could attract people from other cities. The City Council will be investigating ways to achieve this goal for the city. Mayor Branson concluded by sharing that although Carrollton has avoided raising taxes so far, its citizens are prepared to pay higher taxes to maintain the services they currently have. TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK QUARTERLY REPORT KDTX-TV DALLAS, TEXAS ASCERTAINMENT LIST LEADING COMMUNITY PROBLEMS FOR October, November, December 2010 RESULTS OF ASCERTAINMENTS FROM CIVIC LEADERS, RESPONSES BY THE TELEPHONE FROM KDTX VIEWERS, FROM THE PRINTED MEDIA, COMPRISING NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PUBLICATIONS, AND FROM TELEVISION AND RADIO, WHENEVER POSSIBLE. ECONOMY EDUCATION HEALTH HOUSING YOUTH CIVIC AFFAIRS THE FOLLOWING PAGES LIST SUMMARIES OF SOME OF KDTX PROGRAMMING ADDRESSING THE ISSUES / PROBLEMS NAMED ON THE ASCERTAINMENT LIST, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES DETERMINED TO BE IMPORTANT, FOLLOWING FCC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE QUARTERLY REPORT TO BE KEPT IN THE PUBLIC FILE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/04/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/05/2010 4:00 AM Town 10/08/2010 12:00 PM #511 10/09/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mark Langford from the Small Business and Development Center. This organization is supported by tax dollars from the state; and, Mr. Langford shared that he has been working for it for about 15 years. Mr. Langford encouraged our listeners to come to the SBDC if they have a great idea and want to develop it into a small business. The SBDC acts as a sounding board and walks with clients through the process of developing a business plan, looking at the competition, and seeing if it will be profitable. He informed the audience that though people are passionate about their endeavors, they may not have really thought about the money side of the business or about protecting their idea. SBDC wants to help them turn this passion into marketing, strategy and integration into the community. Mr. Langford explains that SBDC consists of a network of 13 locations and has attorneys who volunteer their time and expertise and will sit down with a person and see how an idea can be protected with patents and copyrights. This service is all free. Mr. Langford concluded his interview by defining what qualifies an organization as a small business and the needs associated with making the business successful. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/25/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/26/2010 3:30 AM Town 10/28/2010 12:00 PM #514 10/29/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Dr. Michael Cox from the SMU Cox School of Business to discuss the DFW economy as compared to the global economy. He explained that the country is going through the second great round of globalization. A hundred years ago we exported goods, and now we can export services. Therefore we should consider how to use the globe for business. Texas has no income tax or corporate income tax and only a very small fraction of the labor force is unionized (6%). Texas ranks second as the most economically free state in all of North America. This attracts people, as well as the corporate headquarters of companies, to relocate here in order to have a chance to live out the American dream. Dr. Cox further explains that DFW is home to more than 10,000 corporate headquarters, and boasts more Fortune 500 companies than any other state. He concluded by saying that we are rapidly becoming the most globalized community in America having an Indian population of about 200,000 and a fairly large Asian population. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/15/2010 10:30 AM Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/16/2010 3:30 AM Town 11/19/2010 12:00 PM #516 Cheri Duckworth introduced Todd Mark, VP of Education from Consumer Credit Counseling of Greater Dallas. Mr. Mark gave some tips on avoiding college debt. He mentioned that for starters, the best thing to do is to plan out the expenses expected over 4 or 5 years of the college you want to attend. These costs include tuition, room and board, books and workbooks, trips and other fees related to classes. It is essential for all students to own a computer now. Mr. Mark informed the viewers that many students exit college with a six figure student loan debt and that can be made even worse when $20-30,000 of credit card debt is added on top of that. He encouraged the audience to think about what is affordable when looking at attending college. A great education can be found at all types of institutions (two-year, public, or community college). Apply for scholarships and consider to staying at home reducing cost. Mr. Mark described several college savings plans and explained how to investigate them for an individual’s needs. He concluded by advising students to seek the aid of their school’s guidance counselor for direction towards different scholarships and for help determining how much financial aid they might qualify for, helping the student to make smart decisions from the start to avoid huge college debts. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Economy Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/28/10 4:00 AM Town 12/31/10 12:00 PM #523 Cheri Duckworth introduced Marty Wieder, Director of Economic Development from the City of Colleyville, who discussed how local cities such as Colleyville can plan for economic prosperity. Mr. Wieder mentioned that his city is a secure community with a great public safety system. It features high home values that have held their value and continued to sell even in this economy. He told us that Colleyville is starting to focus more on medical development in the community and that there is a new dementia care center opening soon. The City Council is focusing on two new initiatives: stopping “leakage” which is when citizens go to eat in neighboring cities because they are not familiar with the places around them; and the “Keep It Colleyville” campaign which will promote a frequent buyer card providing discounts. Mr. Wieder discussed the Market Street area and the Colleyville IMAX dinner theater which are amazing places backing up to the newly renovated Colleyville Center. On the southeast of town is The Village (city hall, library, and wedding chapel) which is bringing many visitors to town. He concluded by highlighting events of the past year such as the Library Fun Run, and a new events policy which will help businesses meet local citizens. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club Economy CBN 1:00:00 5:00 REC PA/0/E 11/11/2010 2:00 PM NewsWatch #111110 Heather Sells, CBN News Reporter, says your local library may be quiet, but it's still one of the busiest places in town. For the past 10 years, Americans have steadily increased their use of these historic institutions. Now, in the midst of the toughest economy in a generation, Americans are coming in droves. In recent years libraries have transformed, easing many concerns about whether they can stay relevant and up-to-date in the midst of sweeping technological changes. They've embraced the online world and now many communities are rallying behind them as budget cuts threaten. The American Library Association said recent polls show most public libraries have faced a loss in funding in the last several years. That usually results in fewer librarians, fewer hours, and in some cases, closing the doors altogether. This fall, cities from San Diego to Boston are considering library shutdowns. That almost happened in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Charlotte. But it's too late for others in North Carolina and northern Michigan. The loss in hours has proved to be an inconvenience for many. But what concerns librarians more is those who directly depend on their library. Indeed, the ALA said two-thirds of libraries nationwide now help patrons with online job hunting. Seventy percent provide the only free access to computers and the Internet in some communities. There's also a growing recognition that libraries are critical to the next generation. In a changing world, library advocates say their commitment to the young remains unchanged. The end goal for now then is helping communities not just thrive in today's economic realities but thrive in a 21st-century world where change is the new normal. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/18/2010 10:30 AM Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/19/2010 3:30 AM Town 10/22/2010 12:00 PM #513 10/23/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Yasmin Bhatia from Uplift Education. For 15 years tuition-free charter schools have existed, giving parents a choice in education. Ms. Bhatia talked about the founding of Uplift Education and the desire to increase the quality of education in Irving. Often parents are not satisfied with the performance of public schools in the area and desire a more rigorous academic setting. Ms. Bhatia explained what a charter school student can expect, including the wearing of uniforms, AP classes, attendance on Saturdays for SAT test prep, an extended school day of 7:15 am to 4 pm, and the opportunity for students stay for tutoring afterwards until 6. School attendance on 1-2 Saturdays a month area a requirement and 1-2 weeks in the summer are spent in school as well. She also clarified the admission process which begins with an open enrollment lottery (application with name, address, age). Names are "pulled out of hat" and those students fill any open spots. Preferences can be given to siblings and residence in certain zip codes areas. However, gender is not a consideration as the charter school is true lottery based system. Ms. Bhata concluded by explaining that in order to smooth the transition from private or public schools into a charter school it is helpful to understand the culture of the school and its expectations and to be sure it's the right fit for your family. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 12/06/10 10:30 AM Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/07/10 3:30 AM Town 12/10/10 12:00 PM #520 12/11/10 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Betsy Holschuh, Executive Director from the HOPE Tutoring Center, who discussed tutoring opportunities for children in need. Ms. Holschuh informed us that HOPE was started in 1996 by small Methodist Church congregation who noticed their neighborhood was full of people who couldn't speak English and kids needed help with homework. She shared that tutoring is as important as education itself. The children start in the program wanting to learn and to please their tutors. Then as they go to school with completed homework, their grades and attitudes improve. Report cards are reviewed with them every 6-weeks to monitor how well the tutoring is going. Ms. Holschuh mentioned that during the summer, a 6-week reading program is offered that is free and one-on-one. For the first time last year they had a math camp and 100% of students improved their grades on a pre/post test. She noted that initially students may not be very keen on tutoring, but because it's one-on-one, they soon begin to look forward to the relationship with their tutor and begin to feel good about learning. Ms. Holschuh concluded her interview by sharing percentages on improvement scores and success achieved through tutoring one- on-one. She mentioned that volunteers were always needed. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/17/10 12:00 PM Town #521 Cheri Duckworth introduced Feyi Obamehinti, Educational Consultant from the Mensa Organization, who discussed educating the gifted child. Ms. Obamehinti described some traits of a gifted child which include being extremely expressive, reasons well, prefers to be with adults rather than peers, is passionate about things, and possesses extreme leadership capabilities. She encourages parents with gifted children to nurture the emotional aspects of the child and be aware that they need to be in the company of the other gifted kids. The best advocate for a gifted child is the parent. These students should be placed in various programs such as Awana (Bible memorization), National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate Program, etc., to give them the opportunity to hone their skills. Ms. Obamehinti promoted the organization Junior State of America (JSA) which welcomes kids that have extreme leadership capabilities. Students can debate various topics like adults and walk away friends. She ended her conversation by encouraging parents and educators to love the child unconditionally. They may become easily frustrated if something goes awry and may need help with a heavy work load. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/27/10 10:30 AM Town #522 Cheri Duckworth introduced Dolores Sosa Green, Executive Director from Trinity River Mission, who discussed parental involvement in education. Ms. Sosa Green shared that having parents involved in their child’s education is a immensely valuable. Helping with homework, being involved in the school, and volunteering makes a big difference in how children view their education. Positive responses include having older kids feel like their parent cares because they see that their parents are helping out, and younger kids love seeing their parents at school any time. Ms. Sosa Green encouraged parents to focus on the good things their children are doing, not just the negative things. Compliment them on their improvements and those kids will thrive on that and want to do even better. She also listed Dallas Afterschool Network as a wonderful resource (www.dasn.org) that seeks to advance the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs in our community. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Education Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/28/10 4:00 AM Town 12/31/10 12:00 PM #523 Cheri Duckworth introduced Tami Peterson, College Guidance Counselor from Covenant Christian Academy, who discussed how to prepare for college admission. Mrs. Peterson began by instructing parents on what to do to get an early start with the college process. Examples included early conversation with students regarding colleges; preparing a resume; sending transcripts early in the application process; and becoming a good student with good study habits. Mrs. Peterson informed the audience that colleges look at grades all the way back to 9th grade, including 8th grade courses if they count toward high school credits. She encouraged students to develop a passion to contribute to the society they live in and promoted volunteering at such activities as youth camp or coaching, etc. A student that does nothing outside of school will not look attractive to colleges. Mrs. Peterson talked about testing during the junior year in high school when the students need to take the ACT or SAT. Check websites for more information on various college requirement tests. College tuition has increased at a much higher rate than has the average income. Outside scholarships usually go to kids who won't have a chance to go without the money. We learned that talent in such activities such as fine arts and athletics can receive moneys from the schools. Scholarships.com and fastweb.com are great resources. Federal Work Study or general Work Study can provide money as well. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/11/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/12/2010 3:30 AM Town 10/15/2010 12:00 PM #512 10/16/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Belinda Williams, Occupational Therapist from Therapy 2000. Ms. Williams explained that Therapy 2000 is a pediatric home health-care agency that specializes in pediatric rehab, sometimes providing service in the home, day care or community center. The agency travels to the child wherever they need to receive care. Ms. Williams continued by defining the different rehabilitation needs which include occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy. This organization helps the child to either perform tasks they've never performed before or to regain the ability to do things they can't do because of an injury. Looking at geriatric therapy, she discussed some basic needs to make sure the home environment is safe, such as a bath seat, grab bars, etc., to ensure that an elderly person can return to the highest level of independence possible after a debilitating event. Providing these items can prevent the loss of independence and dignity in some cases, allowing therapy to recover all that was lost. Ms. Williams went on to say that insurance coverage can dictate what environment a person receives care in. Concluding the interview, she reminded the viewers that it is crucial that family members be involved and taught the exercises. Therapists can only treat a patient for a limited amount of time and the family should know how to continue treatment when the therapists leave. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/18/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/19/2010 3:30 AM Town 10/22/2010 12:00 PM #513 10/23/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Don Shisler and Rev. Stanley Maneikis from Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County. They informed the viewers that in Tarrant Country there are 227,000 people quality for services at the county hospital. Of that number, 54,000 have connected with services in the city and are scattered all over town. UGM has a collaborative agreement with all the hospitals in the city to provide health care services. Because of this ongoing need, the Healing Sheppard Clinic was started several years ago to address the problem of the homeless population’s healthcare being neglected in the community. This clinic is staffed with volunteer physicians and nurses to provide care for people who would not be able to get care otherwise. Mr. Shisler explained that word of mouth is the best way to spread information in the homeless community. UGM is part of the Homeless Coalition and this enables the organization to provide even more needed services to their clients. Our guests concluded by pointing out that they also have teams on the streets that reach out to mentally ill patients. Open communication and support is important and trained counselors are made available for these folks. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/25/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/26/2010 3:30 AM Town 10/28/2010 12:00 PM #514 10/29/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Lori Millner of the DFW Area Health Education Center who discussed concerns about visiting health providers. Ms. Milner explains that people need to be smart about health care in order to receive a better diagnosis and treatment plan. Also, those persons with better relationships between doctor and patient are healthier and get better results. She encouraged the audience to prepare for a doctor visit, to take notes and don't leave the office without asking any questions they might have. It is easy to be intimidated by the doctor who has a ton of schooling and wearing a white lab coat, especially when you are already not feeling well, but don’t be. She encouraged the viewers to be assertive during their doctor visits and reviewed a list of questions to ask during the appointment. Ms. Millner remarked that people need to be active members of their healthcare team along with the doctors and nurses, because the patient knows himself better than anyone else. She also addressed health literacy which she defined as the ability to understand and use health information. There is a lot of medical jargon out there and she recommended asking the doctor to use plain language. Ms. Millner concluded by reviewing websites on how to find the right doctor. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/08/2010 10:30 AM Health Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/09/2010 3:30 AM Town 11/12/2010 12:00 PM #515 11/13/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Dr. Naveena Allada, MD who discussed breast cancer awareness. Dr. Allada began by reminding the viewers that early screening and early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. He explained that a clinical breast exam is recommended for all women 20 or older every 3 years, and screening mammogram once a year once 40. Those women with a family history of breast cancer need to talk to their physicians about early screenings and can do MRI’s earlier than others. Genetic testing is available for those with family history to see if they have a greater cancer risk. The presence of either of two different genes can indicate a high risk for the disease. Dr. Allada discussed risk factors such as having children at older ages, too much alcohol, late menopause and being overweight. He also pointed out that in Texas there were about 30,000 cases of breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. This statistic shows how important it is to get screened for the disease. He concluded by sharing that there are many resources available and most health insurance will cover a yearly mammogram. Screening resources are available even for the uninsured. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Joy In Our 11/30/2010 3:30 AM Health Town 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/03/2010 12:00 PM #519 12/04/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Martha Blaine and Vicki Yeatts RN, to discuss immunizations and childhood obesity. The viewers were informed that the lack of insurance and an insufficient income are the biggest problems with health care as well as immunizations. 60% of children seen in clinic last year were uninsured. Ms. Blaine described the increase in the number of obesity cases observed in children coming to the clinic. She shared that answer to this problem could be found in education for the parents, as well as the need for families to understand the value of fruits and vegetables in their diets. Limiting the number of sugary snacks and beverages for the whole family can make a big difference in the health of children. Some obesity problems are caused by genetics, but kids need to move more and eat healthy. Other tips suggested included taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing exercises during commercials on TV, and not always eating everything on one’s plate. Ms. Yeatts mentioned that many parents are concerned about vaccines and their side effects. A number of studies have shown that vaccination links to autism are not legitimate and children's immune systems can handle what we give them. She mentioned that parents have two options: they can vaccinate or can choose to opt out of vaccinations. Opting out is not recommended because a child could go to a foreign country and be exposed to a disease and bring it back here. Ms. Yeatts concluded her interview by stating that vaccines are the safest we have ever seen them and she listed links for more information on immunizations and childhood obesity. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club Health / CBN 1:00:00 5:00 REC PA/0/E 11/17/2010 2:00 PM Mental NewsWatch Health #111710 Lori Johnson, CBN News Reporter, says imagine sweating so much you're afraid to be around other people. Close to 10 million Americans suffer from this medical condition, known as hyperhidrosis. But there are now ways to help them keep it a secret. Unfortunately, many people with hyperhidrosis -- and even some doctors and insurance companies -- don't understand excessive sweating is a medical condition. There are now treatments for varying degrees of hyperhidrosis. The first step is to get a good antiperspirant, not just a deodorant. Deodorants only treat odor, which comes from bacteria on the apocrine sweat gland. A deodorant's antiseptic or fragrance takes care of the bad smell. But wetness comes primarily from the eccrine sweat gland, and is generally odor-free. Antiperspirants use an aluminum compound to shut the gland, blocking the release of all that water. Some consumers are afraid that using antiperspirants containing aluminum may cause breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease. But most doctors agree antiperspirants containing aluminum are safe. The Alzheimer's scare can be linked back to a 1960s-era study which found abnormally high concentrations of aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer's victims. Since then, new evidence has led various health organizations and the Alzheimer's association to conclude, "Aluminum is not a key factor in developing Alzheimer's disease." Updated research also found no conclusive link between antiperspirant use and breast cancer, according to the Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute. Stronger antiperspirants containing more aluminum are sold with a "clinical" strength label. Doctors can also prescribe a powerful antiperspirant. Hyperhidrosis doesn't just affect the underarms. Some people suffer from excessive sweating on their feet and hands, which can also be dangerous. Treatments for excessive sweaty hands include prescription medication, immersing the hands in water with a very low electrical current, and botox injections. The injections last about six months, and work for nearly 80 percent of patients who try them. For those who don't respond to that treatment, there is surgery. But it's an option that should only be viewed as a last resort. People with hyperhidrosis often feel trapped by their condition. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 700 Club Health / CBN 1:00:00 5:00 REC PA/0/E 12/08/2010 2:00 PM Mental NewsWatch Health #120810 Lori Johnson, CBN News Reporter, says each year about 750,000 Americans develop sepsis because of an infection, and nearly a third will die from the blood illness. Those with decreased immune systems stand the greatest chance for getting sepsis, but even the healthy are at risk. Nearly three-fourths of Americans are also unaware. Sepsis is the body's negative reaction to an infection. Half of all cases stem from fairly regular infections, such as pneumonia or those in the urinary tract. The other half come from infections contracted in the hospital, like staph. The best defense against developing sepsis is to wash your hands often. Also, avoid people with infections and strengthen your immune system by getting lots of rest, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and keeping stress down. When infections do occur and develop into sepsis, the treatment is immediate antibiotics and fluids. Every hour without antibiotics, the chance of a patient’s survival drops 8 percent. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 10/05/2010 11:30 AM Health Doctor #277 10/12/2010 Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about headaches. They can be caused by tension, toxins, medications, elevated estrogen levels, stress and sugar. It’s important to exercise, drink plenty of water, get enough vitamin B and get plenty of sleep. Dr. Ace Anglin talked about toning shoes. The midsole is round and creates rocking motion. It’s not recommended for those with a gait instability, limp or arthritis. It can put people at a risk for slips and falls. Try a regular pair of walking shoes instead. Dr. Gerard Guillory talked about Vitamin D. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D and wouldn’t know unless tested. It is linked to 16 types of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and heart attacks. It is synthesized from cholesterol and can be taken as a supplement. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 10/19/2010 11:30 AM Health Doctor #278 Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle talked about being a real man. It’s important that society has appropriate roles for men and that men understand them. It’s more than having the right car, job and income. It’s about leading and loving others. Dr. Christopher Chen talked about heart health. Avoid animal fat, soda, salt and white foods. It’s important to eat fruits and vegetables with lots of deep color. Fish oil which contains Omega 3 which are beneficial to reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr. Shalaunda Grey talked about Breast Cancer. It the most common form of cancer found in women. It’s a result of abnormal cells in any part of the breast. Risk factors are being a women, age, genetics, race and family history. It’s important to exercise, don’t drink or use tobacco and regular screenings. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 10/26/2010 11:30 AM Health Doctor #279 Dr. Eric Braverman talked about aging. We go through different stage as our body ages. It’s important to take care of our body and do preventative care. Dr. Kay Spears talked about quality supplements. No FDA regulations. Use cheap products to bind together and add additives like sugar, starch, dyes, glues and binders. It’s important to check that they are GMP certified. Dr. Carl Schmidt talked about sleep deprivation. Pituitary Gland can cause us to stay awake. A lack of potassium, magnesium and B-vitamin can do the same. It’s important to watch what we eat and get plenty of water during the day. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 11/23/2010 11:30 AM Health Doctor #281 Dr. Scott Vanlue talked about our genes. Our genetic makeup is impacted by outside factors and can influence the way they are expressed. It’s important to have a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition and be careful what we are exposed to in the environment. Dr. Dale Peterson talked about medical studies that conflict with each other. Most studies are conducted over months and it’s hard to analyze. It takes decades for patterns to develop. It’s important to look at the design and mechanism of the body and compare it to each study. Dr. Edward Lyne talked about healthy eating. It’s important to preserve our health buy eating lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and complex carbohydrates. Drink alkaline water 1-2 hours after you eat. Take supplements such as a multivitamin or mineral supplement. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 11/30/2010 11:30 AM Health Doctor #282 Dr. Bob DeMaria talked about optimal health. It’s important to pay attention to your body and what’s going into it. The Adrenal gland can cause fatigue and the liver acts as a filter. It’s important to get vitamin A, D, E and K. Avoid too much sugar and transfats. Dr. Dino Prato talked about Adult Stem Cells. They turn into the area they are placed in the body. They can provide new growth for an area that has been damaged, which includes rejuvenating organs. Dr. Glen Steele talked about visual development. Focusing ability starts at around 3 months of age. Next is eye coordination, tracing, depth perception, color and object face recognition. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Health / Mental Doctor to 28:30 28:30 REC PA/0/E 12/7/2010 11:30 AM Health Doctor #283 Bettye Alston talked about eating healthy during the holidays. It’s important to eat thermic vegetables such as green beans, squash and cabbage. It’s important to eat foods not high on the glycemic index and limit salt. Dr. Craig Travis talked about holiday stress. Economic difficulties, death of a loved one, family and overeating can cause stress. It’s important to come up with a plan, get plenty of rest, water and exercise. Dr. Martin Finkelstein talked about the dangers of holiday food. People need to eat sensible during the holidays. We need healthy carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables, lean protein, lipids such as coconut and olive oil Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Joy In Our 11/30/2010 3:30 AM Housing Town 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/03/2010 12:00 PM #519 12/04/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Desiree Miles, NID-HCA Certified HUD Counselor, who shared foreclosure prevention tips for homeowners. The NID has been HUD-certified since 1995 and has counselors with experience in the industry, such as in real estate or as loan officers, and well-informed, knowing many “tricks of the trade.” Ms. Miles informed us that many people contact NID who are facing foreclosure or are delinquent in mortgage payments. Job loss is a major reason for people being no longer financially secure. Excessive financial obligations which include large debts and car payments make it difficult to budget. Ms. Miles’ organization counsels on all aspects of fiscal responsibility such as how to avoid losing the house by juggling bills and getting back on track. Home purchasing help is also available. Ms. Miles points out that it is not necessary to be behind in house payments before asking for help. Delaying will only result in more problems in the long run. She shared us that mortgage companies are creating different departments because so many people are contacting them with the same problems. Anyone anywhere can be affected by foreclosure. Ms. Miles talked about potential scams and warned the viewers to not be taken advantage of while in a vulnerable situation. Be aware of people asking for fees for the process of foreclosure prevention. This is illegal in the state of Texas. She also talked about not making loan payments to anyone other than your lender and do not sign any documents you don't understand. Ms. Miles concluded by saying that the upside to foreclosure is that it has caused several houses to be sold for less than their worth and this promotes a good buyer's market. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 12/06/10 10:30 AM Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/07/10 3:30 AM Town 12/10/10 12:00 PM #520 12/11/10 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Jesse Banda, Director of Marketing from the East Dallas Community Organization, who discussed homebuyer counseling. Mrs. Banda commented that when in the market to buy a home, look for a free, first-time home buyer education course in the area. Harvard-educated or not, the process is so complicated help will be needed. She alerted us that Dallas Home Connection or Dallas County Home Loan Center both offer housing counseling, financial management, credit counseling, and repair and other classes. Attorney services are also offered for free through the county for credit repair. Mrs. Banda discusses the importance of high credit scores and how to improve your score if needed. Mrs. Banda encouraged the viewer to always pay your bills on or before time. She discussed the use of credit cards, how to manage them and how they can bring credit scores up. Mrs. Banda reviewed various loans options to choose from when buying a home and how to qualify to receive help with a down payment and closing costs. She mentioned DallasMAP.org and other informative websites to research for more information. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/17/10 12:00 PM Town #521 Cheri Duckworth introduced Dorothy LaSalle from the Shared Housing Center who discussed low income housing options. The Shared Housing Center has been around for 25 years and offers three programs to assist people at risk of being homeless and those who already are. Ms. LaSalle reviewed the three programs listing the qualifications and requirements for each. She encouraged our viewers to enroll in a GED program if they never graduated from high school and enter training programs to increase job skills as applicable. The Shared Housing Center offers mental health counseling if needed as well. Even after a client completes the program, there is a clothing donation room and food pantry available to them for life. Although the program is designed for clients to recover within a year, Shared Housing will not put you out on the street if you haven't found a solution after being in the program for that period of time. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time Housing Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 12/27/10 10:30 AM Town #522 Cheri Duckworth introduced Albert Martin and Lawanda Strhan from the North Texas Housing Coalition who discussed DFW’s local housing market and foreclosures. They informed us that families are still struggling and losing their jobs, but help is available. The Office of Attorney General has become very effective at combating scam operations and in encouraging people to seek assistance from HUD approved agencies. They shared that HUD services are free and that if anyone asks for money for a service our viewers should see a red flag. Approved counselors through HUD services help people develop plans for getting out of a mortgage as inexpensively as possible. They described many hardships such as a reduction in income; people losing their jobs; or an increase in medical expenses. In the past, a person could always try to refinance their home, but currently home values have dropped very low, so many people do not qualify for refinancing anymore. Mr. Martin and Ms. Strhan concluded by listing the website, www.MakeHomeAffordable.gov. New programs are coming out, hopefully in the next year, to help those who can't be helped now. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/11/2010 10:30 AM Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/12/2010 3:30 AM Town 10/15/2010 12:00 PM #512 10/16/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Don Shisler and Betty McIlroy from the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County to discuss issues regarding youth and homelessness. They stated that often their facilities are the first place displaced children have stayed that is not hectic and a crazy environment. They have changed schools numerous times and frequently have been exposed to many forms of abuse including drugs. These youth need instruction on how to treat people respectfully and how to learn and gain self esteem by going to school. The Union Gospel Mission desires to address both the physical and emotional needs of these homeless young people. Don Shisler and Betty McIlroy wanted to inform the public that the Fort Worth ISD has a homeless youth liaison whereby once a student is identified as homeless, appropriate officials can become involved and get help for them. They concluded their interview by mentioning other programs and agencies in the area that serves the homeless children and the care they provide. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/08/2010 10:30 AM Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/09/2010 3:30 AM Town 11/12/2010 12:00 PM #515 11/13/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Noble Crawford, Program Director from Hope Farm, who discussed the effects of absent fathers on our youth. Mr. Noble explains that his organization tries to help young boys who are fatherless due to abandonment, imprisonment, or even death. Many of those young men become a part of the system and develop into a burden on the government. The likelihood of a young boy becoming a statistic is higher when he has an absentee father. Mr. Crawford continued the interview by pointing out that being fatherless affects the school system because students without fathers tend to have behavioral problems. Then he pointed out ways to find a male role model for those boys. Start the search within the youth’s own family, then expand the search to schools and coaches and continue the search in the church. If a role model isn’t found there, look to an organization like Hope Farm. Mr. Noble then shared several facts regarding the fatherless such as fatherless sons are 300% more likely to be incarcerated in juvenile detention centers, and fatherless daughters are 160% more likely to have an illegitimate child. He also mentioned that many mothers don't understand the long-term ramifications of the absence of fathers on children because they are so focused on paying bills and getting by in the short term. Those women need to be convinced to be part of a team to help their sons have a future. Mr. Noble concluded the program by encouraging mothers to begin early on to teach discipline and responsibility and why children should obey her leadership. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/15/2010 10:30 AM Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/16/2010 3:30 AM Town 11/19/2010 12:00 PM #516 Cheri Duckworth introduced Tacia Torres, Executive Director from the Tarrant County Youth Collaboration. Mrs. Torres informed the viewers of several areas where social development is vital for young people including the need for youth to see the connection of school work and life in the real world; and, a need for male-to-male mentoring. Teens need to have adults in their lives that care about them and give them a vision of the person they want to be when they grow up. School is a great resource for many community resources and activities where parents can be involved. Mrs. Torres explained that TCYC has many social development programs to help with kids, especially those youngsters with child abuse and neglect issues in their homes. These programs keep families accountable, thereby decreasing the chances of neglect and abuse. She then discussed various emotional issues which can affect grades and behavior issues in children. Mrs. Torres encouraged the viewers to reach out to schools, local agencies or faith organizations if their child has development issues. She concluded by pointing out that participating in sports is an excellent way to get everyone in the family socializing. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/19/2010 12:00 PM Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/20/2010 3:30 AM Town 11/22/2010 10:30 AM #517 Cheri Duckworth introduced Julie Evans, Associate Director from the Alliance for Children, who discussed awareness and prevention of childhood sexual abuse. Ms. Evans provided a definition of sexual abuse and mentioned statistically that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. She then reviewed some signs that are typically displayed by victims of sexual abuse. Ms. Evans pointed out that in over 90% of the cases, the child is victimized by someone they know, love and care about. This activity is a betrayal, and many emotional struggles occur. This is why intervention and healing services are extremely important and helpful. Unfortunately, only 1 in 4 child victims will ever come forward and tell someone. Ms. Evans explained that communication is key and parents should educate their children on what is acceptable body touching. She encouraged parents to trust that your child is telling the truth should they make a comment regarding being abused and she reviewed behavioral changes to watch for. She concluded the program by encouraging parents to seek professional help should their child become a victim. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/23/2010 3:30 AM Youth Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/26/2010 12:00 PM Town 11/27/2010 3:30 AM #518 11/29/2010 10:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Frances Martinez , Director of the United Community Centers of Fort Worth, who discussed issues surrounding local youth. She informed the audience that United Community Centers provides food and clothing for clients, referrals for help paying utilities, and after school programs for children. Ms. Martinez reported that today’s youngsters are facing many issues including problems with relationships, self-identity, and understanding what they want to do in their life. She pointed out that when elementary students graduate into middle school, it is like they are entering a whole new world. It’s an awkward time of their lives with self-identity being a major struggle, as well as the adjustment to a academic level. Ms. Martinez informed us that United Community Centers serve as "the other parents" on whom these young people can count on. Many parents can't go to school or counselor meetings, so the UCC staff steps in to attend these appointments and help out. UCC helps teens understand that finding jobs and working aren't easy, but the staff will assist with writing resumes; mentoring; giving tips on how to dress for work, the proper way to answer phones, and how to be interviewed; and also helping the youth get clothing they need once they have been hired. She mentioned that UCC also teaches the youth that even though there are consequences to every action, the staff loves the kids unconditionally. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 10/04/2010 10:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 10/05/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 10/08/2010 12:00 PM #511 10/09/2010 3:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner. Commissioner Fickes explained that transportation is the number one issue to his constituents. The DFW area includes 19 cities and has some of the most congested roads in the state of Texas. Commissioner Fickes then outlined various road projects that were already underway as well as those planned in the future for our area. He also discussed the desire for a coordinated transit system in the northeast part of Tarrant County like Fort Worth and other larger cities have in place. Funding is the first question addressed as county commissioners proceed with projects of this nature. The biggest problem for senior citizens is the lack of transportation for those who can't drive. The Senior Task Force will provide services to take those seniors to appointments, bank, etc. Also, volunteer-base groups offer transit for healthcare and other errands or appointments. Commissioner Fickes concluded by saying that although measures are being investigated to increase funding for volunteer base groups, financial support of these groups is not a long term solution for transportation issues. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/19/2010 12:00 PM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/20/2010 3:30 AM Affairs Town 11/22/2010 10:30 AM #517 Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor Bill Lanford from Haltom City and invited him to discuss civic affairs involving his city. The Mayor explained that Haltom City is surrounded by Fort Worth and only minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The city is attractive to folks because many of its schools are recognized by the state as exemplary and the city’s property values are a little lower than the rest of DFW since it is an older suburb. Mayor Lanford reported that Haltom City has weathered the storm of recession fairly well because city government always watches carefully what it is spending. He pointed out that transportation is a top priority for the city and work on the Loop 820 corridor should begin within a few months. Mayor Lanford remarked how many other cities look at Haltom City as an example of becoming an urban community, not just a suburb. While Haltom City residents enjoy their older cozy neighborhoods, the city endeavors to keep areas nice and updated. He concluded by saying that the residents are surrounded by history and a good education is available for all who live in the city. Program Program Segment Issues Title Durations Durations Source Type Airdate Time 11/23/2010 3:30 AM Civic Joy In Our 29:30 14:00 REC PA/0 11/26/2010 12:00 PM Affairs Town 11/27/2010 3:30 AM #518 11/29/2010 10:30 AM Cheri Duckworth introduced Mayor Joe Chow from the City of Addison to discuss the civic affairs of his city. Mayor Chow updated the viewer on various developments within the city including a large multi-use facility and a special surgery hospital which will be the first hospital in Addison. He commented that Addison is doing well and is competitive in today’s market. Mayor Chow spoke about other large businesses who have moved to Addison recently. He also mentioned that the city is reinventing the Addison streets so they are always vibrant thus becoming prettier and more pedestrian-friendly. You know you are in Addison as soon as you turn onto its streets. Mayor Chow pointed out that Addison has the 4th lowest tax rate in the region. Addison has many “Class A” office buildings and it welcomes all businesses moving into town. Many companies along the LBJ freeway consider moving to Addison because of the construction that has started. He concluded by asking, “Why Addison?”, and then answered his question by saying that it is such a wonderful city with a lower tax rate; friendly government customer service; and, a free athletic club for its residents.