Friday, February 28, 2014

EARNED INCOME CREDIT EXPANSION ON THE TABLE
A bill that would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit is now before the House of Representatives. The measure introduced Thursday by New York Democrat Charles Rangel would raise Tax Credit aid to single people and raise income limits for those without children. 

METEOR REPORTS
Twitter has been buzzing with reports about a colorful meteor, and the American Meteor Society is getting lots of calls about the sighting. Hundreds of reports started last night, about a fireball dropping vertically out of the sky, and seen by people in several Mid-Atlantic states.  

HEALTH: STETHOSCOPES MAY SPREAD GERMS
Okay, next time your doctor comes at you with a stethoscope, tell her, "Wait a minute," and ask her if she minds wiping off the stethoscope. Blame it on me, if you need to, lol. Tell her Mix 929 told me about a new study from the Mayo Clinic that says stethoscopes should be sanitized, just like doctors make sure their hands are clean." Instead, they're often used on sick patients, put back into a coat pocket, THEN the doctor cleans her hands and moves to the next patient, pulling out the dirty stethoscope. (The study's findings push for sanitation of stethoscopes to become a standard, not just a recommendation.) 

HOMELESS MAN KILLED BY RED LIGHT RUNNER IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE
The 23 year old man who ran a redlight downtown, jumped a curb and hit and killed a homeless man yesterday, may face charges. 56-year-old Philip Radican was sitting on a park bench at 7th and Church when the car hit him. So far the red-light-driver has just been ticketed for driving without proof of insurance.

ENGAGEMENT FOR KUTCHER AND KUNIS
It looks like there's another celebrity couple you need to be making up a catchy name for. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may be engaged. She's reportedly been seen with a diamond on her 'engagement ring finger' and sources say they play to be married. They've known each other since they played high school sweethearts on "That '70s Show” that ran from 98 to 2006.  

CHEATHAM CO.STUDENT CHARGED WITH RAPE OF ANOTHER STUDENT
A Cheatham County high school teen faces charges for allegedly raping a female classmate earlier this week... and police say the attack was caught on school surveillance video Tuesday at Cheatham County Central High School. The teen was taken into custody that day.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY WOULD YOU HATE TO LOSE?
Smartphones are becoming more a part of our necessities list, than ever. A new Pew Research poll found 87% of us now use the internet, 85% of us can do without landlines, and we'd rather have the internet than TV if forced to choose.

OLDER DADS COULD CONTRIBUTE TO KIDS' MENTAL HEALTH RISKS
The average age for having kids has been going up steadily over the past 40 years, but new research finds fathers over 45 have a significantly higher risk of having children with problems including ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and low IQ scores. The older the dad, the more likely the children will have problems. BUT, doctors say that doesn't mean you should freak out if you're over 40 and having a baby. Just weigh the information, if you're making a decision to get pregnant.

HEALTH: YOGA MAT CHEMICAL IN MORE THAN 500 FOODS
A chemical used to make yoga mats is being found in hundreds of foods, not just the Subway sandwiches you heard about. The Environmental Working Group released a list Thursday of nearly 500 products that contain the chemical... most of which are bread, pre-made sandwiches and snacks. 

NASHVILLE LAWN AND GARDEN SHOW
Heads-up, gardeners... the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is underway at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds... runs through Sunday...

ACADEMY AWARDS STREAMING ONLINE THIS WEEKEND
Now that we know people are choosing internet over TV, ABC is coming onboard that bus by streaming the Academy Awards, online,  for the first time ever. You can watch at acb.com or on Oscar.com... and we'll post the link at mix929.com as well.
(60% of us haven't seen ANY of the Movies nominated for Best Picture.)

ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION IN FRANKLIN
This may be a good teachable moment for parents with kids: two nine-year-old girls in Franklin say a man tried to get them into his car Wednesday morning, offering them a ride to school, as they rode their bikes in the Fieldstone Farms subdivision. The girls say they went in the opposite direction and the man drove away, but police want you to look out for him. He's caucasian, 40 to 50 years old, bald, with a grey goatee and a mole on his face... and he was driving a green or gold cube-shaped vehicle with dark black bumpers and side mirrors. Franklin police have extra patrols in and around schools when children are getting there and leaving, just in case.

HEALTH: STETHOSCOPES MAY SPREAD GERMS
A new study from the Mayo Clinic finds stethoscopes are often forgotten, as doctors wash their hands, going from patient to patient. The study's findings push for sanitation of stethoscopes to become a standard, not just a recommendation.

EXPANDED HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION FOR VETERANS BLOCKED BY TACKED-ON BILL
Legislation aimed at expanding healthcare and education programs for veterans is being blocked by Republicans in the Senate.  The bill got bogged down when Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell tried to attach legislation calling for possible new sanctions against Iran. 

KERRY KENNEDY DRUGGED TRIAL
The jury will continue deliberating later on this morning in the Kerry Kennedy drugged driving trial.  In closing arguments Thursday, the defense presented a medical journal article supporting the argument that users of the drug Ambien or zolpidem often don't recognize their impaired state. 

CAN GIANT WALLS PROTECT THE U.S. FROM TORNADOES?
If we could save the millions in damage and dozens of deaths each year, would it be worth it to build some giant WALLS to stop the airflow that causes tornadoes? One scientist will be presenting his idea to a group of scientists next week. He claims if we built some giant walls, 1,000 feet high, 150 wide, across North Dakota, one along the border between Kansas and Oklahoma to the east, and the third one in south Texas and Louisiana, we will diminish the tornado threats in the Tornado Alley forever. He says major tornadoes in Tornado Alley are created from the violent clashes between the northbound warm air flow and southbound cold air flow, and no mountains to stop them. 

GALLATIN'S BEN BRILEY GOES ON, KRISTIN O'CONNOR VOTED OFF, "IDOL"
Gallatin's Ben Briley is safe, on "American Idol" but 24 year old pop singer Kristen O'Connor is not. She was the first of the top 13 to be sent home last night. The competition will carry on next Wednesday on Fox with the theme of "Home."

FORMER NFL STAR FACES RAPE CHARGES
Former NFL star Darren Sharper is now facing rape charges in two states, and more could be on the way.  Sharper turned himself in to police in Los Angeles Thursday evening.  Earlier in the day, the district attorney's office in New Orleans said Shaper and another man, Erik Nunez, each face two counts of rape.