Monday, January 13, 2014

GAS PRICES STILL BELOW THREE DOLLARS A GALLON IN SOME AREAS
Just in case you haven't noticed, gas prices are shooting back up. They're up at least 8 cents over the past few weeks to a nationwide average of 3.35 a gallon. They're not expected to go down anytime soon, either. There ARE some gas prices down below 2.90 a gallon in some areas, including Thompson's station. You can find them at www.nashvillegasprices.com

FLU ACROSS 35 STATES
The flu continues to spread. We now have 12 people who've died from the flu, just this season, and just here in Middle Tennessee. 35 states are now reporting flu cases within the past week, and hospitalizations related to the flu are on the rise.  The CDC says it's NOT too late to get a flu shot. Doctors say it's not clear whether the flu season has peaked. The predominant flu virus in circulation this year is H1N1, which first emerged in 2009.

NEW GROUP TAKES OVER OPERATION OF HEALTHCARE.GOV
www.Healthcare.gov is going to be managed by a different group. Since CGI Federal, the main IT contractor responsible for creating and operating the site, hasn't done too well fixing the problems that've been going on since the site went live, the account is going to Accenture, one of the world's largest consulting firms. They oversaw California's health insurance exchange, which has been working relatively smoothly since its launch.

NO TAP WATER IN 9 COUNTIES IN WEST VIRGINIA
People in nine counties in West Virginia still can't use the tap water, after a chemical spill poisoned the water supply. The chemical levels seem to be going down, but it's still not safe. In the meantime, businesses that need water to run are shutting down, and people are struggling to find enough bottled water for themselves and their pets to drink, and to do dishes and bathe with.

MICHIGAN STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER LOW FUEL
People in Michigan are having a hard time, too. They're running low on heating oil and propane and the Michigan Governor has declared a state of Energy Emergency.  

TARGET PROMISES CHANGES
The CEO of Target is promising "significant changes" after the latest report that as many as 110-million customers were caught in a sweeping security breach.  CEO Gregg Steinhafel [[ Styn-hoff-el ]] told CNBC in an exclusive interview that company officials won't rest until they know how the credit and debit card information was stolen during the holiday shopping season. 

NEIMAN MARCUS SHOPPERS ALSO AT RISK
And now word that NEIMAN MARCUS shoppers are at risk as well. Upscale department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month. The Neiman Marcus hack follows news from Target that its investigation into its recent hack found that thieves made off with the personal and credit card data of up to 110 million Target customers, 70 million more than previously thought.
The Neiman Marcus breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. Another similarity to the Target attack is that online Neiman Marcus shoppers do not appear to be affected so far, only retail shoppers. So far, these appear to be coincidences.

JANITOR AT BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAUGHT IN CEILING OVER GIRLS’ BATHROOM
This is just horrifying to hear. A janitor at Scales Elementary in Brentwood, was caught hiding in the ceiling over a little girls' bathroom. 48 year old Victor Alvarado of Antioch, has been charged with ‘observation without consent.’ He was found when a maintenance worker climbed up to fix a ceiling tile that somehow kept getting dislodged. Victor was arrested.

ON YOUR TV: SHOWS COMING BACK
Some of the hot TV shows are back after winter break: .Blacklist is back tonight. On Wednesday, Nashville is back, Kelly Clarkson guest-stars, and we may find out who died! And the new season of American Idol starts Wednesday, with Harry Connick Jr, Keith Urban and J-Lo as judges.

BELLEVUE LOTTERY WINNER COMES FORWARD
Did you see, over the weekend that 61 million dollar lottery winner from Bellevue came forward and claimed her cash! 69 year old retired state worker Tina Still and her son Jonathan say they waited to claim the money so they could consider their options and get a financial advisor. They decided to take the cash payout. Tina says they've played the lottery for years, and that she tells her friends, you can't win if you don't play.

TYSON FOODS RECALLING SALMONELLA-TAINTED CHICKEN, SHIPPED ONLY TO INSTITUTIONS
Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34-thousand pounds of chicken pieces because if may be contaminated with salmonella. The chicken was shipped nationwide for use by institutions only and was not sold through retail stores.... so it's probably not in your fridge, but food safety inspectors have determined there's a link between the recalled chicken and seven people at a Tennessee correctional facility having to be hospitalized.  

FORMER NYC MAYOR SAYS CHRISTIE'S BRIDGE SCANDAL WILL BLOW OVER
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn't expect the George Washington Bridge scandal to derail Chris Christie's political future.  Giuliani told ABC's "This Week" he's pretty sure the trouble over the lane closures ... now linked to former top aides of the Republican New Jersey governor...  "will go away." 

GOLDEN GLOBES WINNERS
The movies "12 Years A Slave" and American Hustle were both winners at the Golden Globes last night in the movies category. On the TV side:  
Bryan Cranston was named best actor in a TV drama for "Breaking Bad," which also won the best TV drama award.  Robin Wright won best actress in a TV drama for "House of Cards."

NASHVILLE MAN HIT IN HEAD WITH BASEBALL BAT OVER FOOTBALL GAME
Come on, guys! Play nicely! A Nashville man was arrested last night for hitting an acquaintance in the head with a baseball bat, over a football game. Police say it happened at the Whispering Oaks Apartments in south Nashville. Both men are okay today, though one was arrested for aggravated assault. Yes, alcohol was involved.

MOST ADMIRED PERSON IN THE WORLD
Bill Gates ranks as the "most admired" person in the world in a new survey.  The Microsoft founder and philanthropist was the top choice in a survey done by YouGov for "The Times."  Gates narrowly beat out President Barack Obama. 

DAVID CASSIDY ARRESTED FOR DUI, THIRD TIME
Former Partridge Family teen idol David Cassidy has been arrested, for the third time, for DUI. He's 63. He blew a .19 on a breathalyzer.
And current teen idol Justin Bieber could face criminal charges for throwing raw eggs at his neighbor's house. After the egg attack on his house, Justin Bieber's neighbor told police he and his family live in constant fear of what the 19-year-old will do.

MAN CRASHES INTO STORE, EATS ONE BANANA, LEAVES
Police in Connecticut are on the hunt for a man who drove a station wagon into a convenience store and stole a single banana.  According to the "Hartford Courant," the suspect's vehicular breaking-and-entering was caught on the security camera at the Citgo Gas Station in Newington early Wednesday morning.  The man can be seen repeatedly backing his car into the store's glass doors.  Once he got in, police say he took a banana off the shelf, peeled it, and slowly ate it.  He then got back in the car and drove away without taking anything else.

CONVICTED PIMP SUES NIKE OVER ASSAULT
I'll bet this will be the most outrageous thing you've seen all day.
A pimp convicted of assault is looking for a payday from his crime.  According to the "Oregonian," Portland pimp Sirgiogiro Clardy is suing Nike for 100-million-dollars for not warning him that his Nike Jordan shoes could be considered a dangerous weapon. 
He was wearing the shoes when he brutally kicked and stomped on the face of a man who tried to skip out on paying one of Clardy's prostitutes in 2012.  Clardy was given a 100-year sentence for the crime.  In his lawsuit, Clardy explains that Nike should be liable for not providing an adequate warning about the potential of injuries the kicks could cause.  In addition to the money, Clardy wants the company to provide warning labels for all their "potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise."