Monday, July 22, 2013

SIX FLAGS INVESTIGATING ITSELF AFTER ROLLER COASTER DEATH ON FRIDAY
The investigation continues today at Six Flags Over Texas, to see what caused a woman to fall off a roller coaster ride on Friday. Witnesses claim she was speaking up about the bar restraint not being completely engaged before the ride started. The Texas Giant is a 14-story high rollercoaster. 

THE CONTROVERSY, however, is who is investigating. Six Flags is investigating itself.
"There's absolutely no federal oversight, no state investigative oversight or any local investigative oversight," Ken Martin, an independent inspector and consultant on amusement park rides from Richmond, Va., told NBC News. "It sounds like the fox guarding the henhouse to me," Martin said.

 As of December, eight states required no permits or inspections for amusement park rides, according to a survey of state codes in all 50 states by NBC News. READ MORE

ROYAL BABY ON THE WAY
Brits will soon be welcoming the newest member of the British royal family.  Prince William's wife Kate -- the Duchess of Cambridge -- went into labor this morning.  Whether it's a boy or a girl, the couple's first child will officially be the third in line to the British throne. 

OHIO MURDERS
There's news of another horrible case coming out of Ohio. This time an East Cleveland man is accused of killing three women and dumping their bodies at abandoned houses. Michael Madison will be in court today to face charges. 

HEALTH: SCIENTISTS SAY THEY'VE FOUND MISERY MOLECULE
Scientists have found the brain's 'misery molecule' believed to be responsible for all of our feelings of stress and anxiety. 

Researchers say it's a protein. They call it CRF1 - and say it could also be linked to depression.
(I've heard if you look at it really, really closely under a super-powerful microscope, you can see little tiny markings that look like Kathy Bates' face. Not really. lol )
 
INVESTIGATION INTO ALZHEIMER'S PATIENT DEATHS

In Georgia, investigators are looking into the deaths of three Alzheimer's patients as possible homicides. All three died while in the care of an assisted living facility. The deaths were initially reported as the result of strokes, but will be reexamined as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of widespread neglect and abuse of residents at the Jackson County facility.The owner and 20 of her employees have been arrested, and charged in more than 70 counts of cruelty to patients.

FATAL HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER SOUGHT IN TENNESSEE
Tennessee State police have been looking for a man who was driving the wrong way on I-24 about 3am Saturday near Smyrna... and hit a car head-on, killing the other driver. Investigators say Ruben Prado-Pena just left the woman there, and ran off into the woods. Police were able to identify Pena because he left his car, and his cellphone behind.

PEANUT FREE NIGHT AT GREER STADIUM
Tonight is peanut-free night at Greer Stadium, so people with peanut allergies who normally skip the games to be safe, can enjoy a night out and a baseball game.

"Peanuts at a ball game is a ritual that most of us partake in without even batting an eyelash," said Sounds General Manager Brad Tammen. "However, to those with peanut allergies, eating nuts at a game is not an option. With Peanut Free Night, we hope to bring awareness about the struggle faced by those with peanut and food allergies." Some of the foods that will be taken off the shelves for the game are Cracker Jack, peanut M&Ms, Dippin' Dots ice cream and all shelled peanuts.

The game against the Albuquerque Isotopes begins at 7:05 p.m.

GLEE: LEA MICHELLE SAYS SHE'LL BE BACK FOR EPISODE THAT WRAPS UP MONTEITH'S ROLE
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has announced how the show will handle the loss of Cory Monteith. Murphy says he's pushed the season premiere back a week, till October 26th, and that he'll have Cory's character pass away. He also told Monteith's real-life girlfriend, Lea Michelle, that he would understand if she didn't want to return to Glee this fall. She said that was not an option, however, and will be back. Glee returns Thursday, October 26th.

THE TWO HAPPIEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE ARE... (Do you agree?)
New research claims that most people are never happier in their lives than at the ages of 23 and 69. A study from London says those are the peak years for feeling content and satisfied. The scientists claim when you're in your early twenties, you're hopeful about the future, then expectations and satisfaction drop in middle age. But, they say by the time you hit your late 60s, you get past the regret of what might have been, and just enjoy life. (They say that means happiness is all our mindset. We can get there earlier, if we can get over being frustrated with our unmet expectations. )

CATHOLICS FLOCKING TO BRAZIL TO SEE POPE FRANCIS
Thousands of Catholics from throughout Latin America have been flocking to Brazil to welcome Pope Francis when he gets there today. The region is home to nearly 40-percent of the world's Catholics.... who are even more excited about his visit since Francis is the first Latin American Pope, from neighboring Argentina.  

TOPS AT THE BOX OFFICE
At movie theaters this weekend, "The Conjuring" was the most-watched movie in the U.S. and Canada, bumping down last week's number one, "Despicable Me 2."

HEAVY RAINS SLOWED MOUNTAIN WILDFIRE
Heavy rains gave firefighters a hand this weekend near Los Angeles, by knocking down the so-called 'Mountain Wildfire.' As of late Sunday night it was about 70% contained. It was a big one: it had already blazed across more than 27-thousand acres. 

JOB EQUALITY RALLY MARCHES THROUGH NASHVILLE
A rally to call attention to unemployment and poverty in Nashville started yesterday and is supposed to wrap up today, ending at the Hickerson Motel Court on Nolensville Pike.

THREE MTSU FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUSPENDED
Three MTSU football players are suspended from the team, one arrested for aggravated assault, the others for aiding and abetting. Officials say details about the arrests will be released today.

TWO AND A HALF MEN STAR GONE
It wasn't that long ago he was the cute kid on "Two and a Half Men." Then, last year, Angus T Jones publicly called the show "filth" and it was all over YouTube.  Now, for the next season of the show, Jones is no longer listed in the credits, and is not part of the opening song feature. Now it just has Jon Cryer (Alan) and Ashton Kutcher (Walden). The next season of Two and a Half Men starts Sept. 26th.

WHAT’S NEXT WITH IPHONE 5S
The big talk about the iPhone 5S is that it will have a fingerprint sensor, so no one else can use your phone. It's most likely that the iPhone 5S will hit stores in the latter part of 2013, following the trend set by the iPhone 5 and 4S.

ARETHA CHEERS ON BANKRUPT DETROIT
Aretha Franklin says she still believes in Detroit, the city she calls home. The Queen of Soul issued a statement over the weekend calling the city --  which filed for bankruptcy on Thursday -- "a winner."  Aretha said while Detroit might be "bankrupt momentarily," residents are, "well funded in spirit and what it takes to come back."  

SUPERMAN AND BATMAN TEAM UP
It was revealed at Comic-Con this weekend that Henry Cavill will reprise the role of Superman in a new movie, that'll also feature Batman. No word yet on who'll play the caped crusader.

'GRANDMA DRUMMER' IDENTIFIED
Have you seen the "Grandma Drummer" yet? She was all over Facebook: a 63-year old, white-haired lady going to town on the drums. Turns out it's a Wisconsin lady, Mary Hvizda, who's played drums since she was 16, but had to sell her drum set to make ends meet. She was playing in a music shop when the video was recorded. Now that the video has had MILLIONS of views, the music shop has given Mary a new set of drums.
If you missed the video you can see it on our mix 92-9 Facebook Page.

STUDY SHOWS FREE BIRTH CONTROL CUTS ABORTION RATE 62%
A study published last fall in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that providing free birth control to women and teenaged girls does, in fact, have a dramatic impact on the rate of unintended pregnancy, which, in turn, impacts the abortion rate.

COAST GUARD CATCHES $35 MILLION IN COCAINE
A high-speed chase played out like a movie scene in the Caribbean Sea this week and the load of cocaine was brought to Miami Saturday morning. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hunted down a boat carrying the massive load and was forced to use weapons.

BODY OF MISSING LEBANON TEEN FOUND
The search for the Lebanon teenager missing in the Cumberland River is over.  The body of 14-year-old James Davis Jr. was found Saturday about four-miles from where he went into the water.  Police say it's not yet known what killed him.