PRAYERS ANSWERED: TORNADO DEATH TOLL REVISED, FEWER DIED THAN THOUGHT
MOORE, Okla. - The state medical examiner’s office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.
Before you criticize, there was EXTREME chaos, phone lines were down, power was out, and they were all going by word of mouth when the first death estimates came out.
The ferocious storm – less than 1 per cent of all tornadoes reach such wind speed – ripped through the town of Moore in a central region of the U.S. known as Tornado Alley.
Teams are continuing to search the rubble in Moore after the Monday afternoon tornado.
A lot of people have turned to Facebook to find loved ones, pets, documents and irreplaceable photos.
HOW TO HELP
If you want to help, the Red Cross and Salvation Army are both on the scene, and both taking text donations.
THE TORNADO, IN PHOTOS
SEE SOME OF THE AFTERMATH PHOTOS
RAINBOW GIVES MIX LISTENER HOPE
A Mix 92-9 listener called us this morning and said after all the hearbreak from the Oklahoma tornado, she saw what she considered a sign of hope: a huge, shining rainbow streaming across the sky in Franklin.
IRS SCANDAL GOES TO SENATE
The IRS scandal falls into the Senate's lap today. The Senate Finance Committee will hear from former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman. Shulman was a Bush administration appointee .. who was at the helm when the IRS started targeting conservative groups.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU RECOGNIZES COMPANIES FOR ETHICAL COMMERCE
You often hear about the scammers and the cheaters, but the Better Business Bureau has awarded some local businesses the Torch Award for being especially ethical. They include Coleman Taylor Transmissions, Harris heating and Air, Don Kennedy Roofing and First Community Mortgage. You can see the entire list of nominees HERE.
LOCAL SCHOOLS GETTING OUT THIS WEEK
Don't forget that lots of kids are getting out of school this week. Today's the last day of school in Williamson county, Thursday is the last day of school for Sumner County kids, and Friday is Metro Nashville's last day.
MICROSOFT NEW XBOX TODAY
Microsoft is rolling out its new Xbox today. The successor to the Xbox 360 could feature unprecedented mixes of video experiences and game experiences, like having a video Skype call with your friends while you're playing a game.
WAS THIS MOM RIGHT OR WRONG TO DO THIS TO HER KID?
And did this mom go too far? A mother in Utah got a call from her 4th grade daughter's teacher, telling her the girl had been bullying a classmate about the way she dressed. So mom made her bully-daughter wear 'uncool, unflattering' clothes to school for two days, to let her see what it felt like. The photos have gone viral, and so far nearly 2 million people are onboard, saying mom did the absolute right thing! You can see the photos and read the story HERE.
RIBBON CUTTING HELD AT MUSIC CITY CENTER
The new Music City Center is officially open. Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon to the convention center on Monday saying the project was "an investment in ourselves."
MN TEEN WHOSE SONG TOUCHED THE WORLD DIES OF CANCER
The 18 year-old who wrote an amazing goodbye song when he found out he had terminal cancer, has passed away.
Zach Sobiech wrote the song "Clouds" which became an internet hit, and raised money and awareness about the cancer that eventually took his life.
His family's message on www.Caringbridge.org said, "Because of Zach and the donations of thousands in his name, kids with osteosarcoma will have better outcomes. This was a source of comfort to Zach in his last days, and will comfort his family."
See the CELEBRITY TRIBUTE to Zach: celebrities lip-synching to his song, in support of his fight. It could easily be the most moving celebrity shout-out of all time.
CHICAGO MAN WINS LOTTERY IN TIME TO STOP EVICTION
A Chicago area man, facing eviction, found some old lottery tickets he had bought months before in a cookie jar, took them in and won $4.85 million!
NEW YORK MAYOR TELLS STUDENTS TO SKIP COLLEGE AND BECOME PLUMBERS
New York's billionaire Mayor has advised 'so-so' students to avoid expensive college fees and learn a practical skill like plumbing. He added that plumbing is good because it can't be outsourced or done by computer. Bloomberg said, "The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren't rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class."