Monday, June 10, 2013

ANDREA STILL SOAKING THE EAST COAST, TN. GETS CHANCE RAIN
While we have only about a 50/50 chance of rain in our forecast, people along the east coast are getting soaked today with as much as 6 inches of rain, a final parting gift from Tropical Storm Andrea. There are still flash flood watches in effect in more than a dozen states from Georgia to Maine.

CALIF BABY DIES IN HOT CAR
It's already happening: babies dying in hot cars. Fresno authorities say a baby boy died of heat exposure after he was unintentionally left in a car for an hour as the temperature reached 101 degrees. The Fresno Fire Department said Saturday the 15-month-old was left inside the vehicle outside his family's home in southwest Fresno on Friday evening. The rest of the family had taken groceries out of the car and went into the house, believing the boy was with his father. A female bystander performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the baby before paramedics arrived. The boy was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say no wrongdoing was found in the incident, calling it a tragic accident. 

WHAT TO DO TO KEEP THIEVES FROM STEALING YOUR LICENSE PLATE TAGS
Remember when thieves were stealing people's car tags? Well, now they've come up with a new way to rip you off: they just steal the date tags from your license plate, so you don't even notice they're missing, and you don't report them stolen.
Metro police say you can prevent that by taking a razor or box cutter and slicing an X across your expiration tags on your license plate, that way if a crook tries to peel it off and steal it, it comes apart. You, even with a partial sticker, are still legal.

FINAL VOTE ON PROPOSED BUDGET TUESDAY
Metro Nashville's proposed spending budget will be decided this week. The final vote is set for tomorrow. It then goes to  Metro Council for approval. Mayor Karl Dean is asking for one-point-eight-billion-dollars to spend on education and public safety.

HEAVY PASSENGER VOLUME EXPECTED ALL THIS WEEK AT AIRPORT
If you're headed to the airport today, leave early! Nashville International Airport officials say you should get there two hours before your flight time, because today and tomorrow are the busiest travel days for CMA Music Festival attendees headed back home.
They also said those who use curbside check-in could see some delays. The ticketing level passenger drop-off is also under construction from 8 p.m.- 4 a.m. One lane is maintained at all times.
Airport traffic will not slow down over the next few days as Bonnaroo kicks off Thursday in Manchester, Tn. Officials expect congestion at the airport through June 18.

FREE FISHING WEEK FOR KIDS
It's free fishing week for kids. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says children up to age 15 can legally fish without a license through Friday. www.tnwildlife.org The free fishing applies to all public waters in Tennessee, and all state park system lakes where fishing is normally allowed.

CRAIG MORGAN HELPS AT CRASH SCENE

Country singer Craig Morgan got to use his Emergency Medical Technician training to help people at an accident in Humphrey's county yesterday. Morgan was on his way back from a show in Texas when his tour bus came upon a crash involving three tractor trailers. He ran to the scene to help put out fires and care for the drivers.  He looks like a SUPERHERO.

CMA MUSIC FEST ATTENDANCE UP
This year's CMA Music Festival set a new record. Officials say 80-thousand people attended the four-day festival, the biggest crowd ever, and that tickets for next year's event are already about half sold-out.

430 PEOPLE TREATED AT CMA MUSIC FEST
Cooler weather for this year's event kept the number of heat injuries down. Vanderbilt University Medical Center says 430 people were treated at the triage center downtown, but medics say they treated more people for blisters from new boots than for heat-related illnesses.

GAS PRICES DOWN A LITTLE
Gas prices are down about two cents, nationwide, to an average of $3.63 a gallon. 

SENATOR WANTS SUPREME COURT TO RULE BEFORE NSA COLLECTS PERSONAL INFORMATION
Senator Rand Paul says the Supreme Court should decide if the National Security Agency can legally collect Americans' phone and email data.  The Kentucky Republican says the government should have to establish probable cause before, "trolling through a billion phone records." 

WASHINGTON POST SAYS FEDS ARE TAPPING INTO INTERNET SERVERS
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the federal government is secretly tapping directly into the central servers of numerous Internet companies to get information on citizens that potentially could be investigated.

TALIBAN INSURGENTS ATTACK US-LED COALITION'S BASE
Keep our military members in Afghanistan in your thoughts and prayers today. They're dealing with an attack by Taliban insurgents at the U.S.-led coalition's base at the Kabul, Afghanistan airport. (Reports say the militants were wearing police uniforms when they took over a building under construction near the airport, and two suicide bombers blew themselves up.)

CAPE COD BEACH OPEN AGAIN AFTER GREAT WHITE SIGHTING
This is NOT the thing you want to see on your beach vacation. About 150 feet off shore at a Cape Cod beach this weekend, someone sighted a great white shark. Nauset Beach was closed for awhile, till "Jaws" swam away. 

COMMENCEMENT BECOMES MEMORIAL AT SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
Tomorrow's commencement exercises at Santa Monica College will also be a memorial service for the five people killed by a 23 year old man who went on a shooting rampage Friday. The gunman, now identified as John Zawahri is believed to have killed his father and brother first. He was then killed by police. He reportedly had mental issues.

AMERICAN FAMILIES WEALTHIER THAN EVER
The Federal Reserve says American families are wealthier than ever. The agency says our personal wealth grew by three-trillion dollars in the first quarter of this year, to an all-time high of 70-point-four trillion dollars. The previous high was back in 2007.

UPPER INCOME GETS MORE WEALTHY, LOWER INCOME GETS LESS WEALTHY?                                                                                                        During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28%, while the mean net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released Census Bureau data.

COSTCO CUTS SELF-CHECKOUTS AS OTHER STORES ADD
Costco says it's tried self-checking registers, but they've decided their employees can do a better job, so the self-serve checkouts are out. This as competitor Wal-Mart is adding 10,000 of them. (Those self-service checkouts have traditionally been seen as a threat to retail cashiers because they're cheaper than manpower...) it's not clear whether Wal-Mart's machines will put people out of jobs. 

DESIGNATED DRIVERS DRINK
There's a new study out showing more than a third of designated drivers go ahead and drink alcohol, before getting behind the wheel to drive the drunker people home. (Only 65-percent of the so-called designated drivers surveyed...actually took the job seriously enough to not drink. )

GAME OF THRONES ENDS THIRD SEASON AS MOST POPULAR SERIES EVER
"Game of Thrones" has ended its third season as HBO's second most popular series EVER... right behind Sopranos. (13.6 million people watched the season finale. The episodes are often very violent in telling the story of several medieval noble families waging a civil war.  The "Thrones" series is adapted from George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels "A Song of Ice and Fire.")

TODAY'S GOOGLE DOODLE
And today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 85th birthday of children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. He's the one who wrote, "Where the Wild Things Are," which was made into a movie a few years ago. “And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”

INVESTIGATION ORDERED FOR JACKSON FAMILY
The judge who made Katherine Jackson guardian for Paris Jackson has ordered an investigation into Paris' attempted suicide, to determine if her welfare has been compromised reports TMZ.

JIM CARREY’S REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT DOESN’T PAN OUT
Three years ago, Jim Carrey bought a home in Malibu, California, for $18 million, hoping to turn a nice profit after a few years. He sold it last week for $13.4 million.

ERIN BROCKOVICH ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich issued a public apology Sunday after she was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at Lake Mead near Las Vegas.
Brockovich, whose battle against Pacific Gas & Electric for polluting the water supply of a small California town was portrayed by Julia Roberts in 2000 film Erin Brockovich, was arrested late Friday night after breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal limit of .08%

JURY SELECTION STARTS TODAY FOR ZIMMERMAN TRIAL IN FLORIDA
Jury selection starts today for Florida man George Zimmerman, accused of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Zimmerman claims Martin was acting suspiciously and that he shot the teen while the two were wrestling for control of his gun. 

JOHN MCCAIN SAYS HE'S READY TO CLEAR DETAINEES OUT OF GUANTANAMO
Senator John McCain says he's ready to clear detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The Arizona Republican said his conservative colleagues may be more inclined to close the prison once they learn it costs more than a million dollars a year to keep each inmate detained.

NELSON MANDELA IN ICU
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is ailing again.  The 94-year-old is entering the third day of his hospital stay for treatment of a recurring lung infection.  Government officials said yesterday the aging leader's condition was serious. 

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOL CHEATING SCANDAL COURT HEARING STARTS TODAY
A three-day court hearing begins today in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.  Thirty-five educators are trying to get their criminal charges thrown out, which may be more difficult for some defendants.  That's because today's proceedings come just days after prosecutors handed up new indictments against four of the 35. 

ANOTHER CHILD PATIENT FILING LAWSUIT TO BE PLACED ON TRANSPLANT LIST
Another patient is filing a lawsuit to be placed on an adult transplant list.  The suit comes after the Pennsylvania family of a dying ten-year-old girl was successful in their lawsuit.  Yesterday, the mother of eleven-year-old fellow cystic fibrosis patient Javier Acosta [[ HAHV-ee-air uh-COAST-uh ]] also filed suit, hoping for the same chance to save her son's life.

NBA FINALS
LeBron James sparked a big second half run that gave the Heat a 103-84 win over the Spurs in Game Two of the NBA Finals from Miami.  The win evens up the series at one game apiece.  The series now shifts to San Antonio for the next three games, starting with Game Three on Tuesday.

ON YOUR TV TONIGHT
Check out the top five contestants taking the stage on a new episode of NBC's "The Voice." 
Then check out the series premiere of "The Winner Is..." with host Nick Lachey. Another singing reality show.... with a million dollar grand prize.

The CW is showing an all new "Oh Sit!" tonight, followed by a rerun of the "Carrie Diaries."

NIGEL LYTHGOE, FOX CONFIRM PRODUCER'S 'AMERICAN IDOL' FIRING
Longtime "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe has confirmed his departure from the Fox singing competition.  He tweeted Saturday that after a rainy vacation in the Bahamas, he returned to the States only to learn he had been fired.  Lythgoe called it "sad," but he explained in a later tweet that the termination was "not a personal thing."  He says Fox just felt "Idol" needed "new leadership" after 12 seasons.  Lythgoe also points out that the network still loves him since he's still got his spot at the judges' table on "So You Think You Can Dance."  The Fox dancing competition is set to select its top 20 this week, which Lythgoe says should help him "smile again."
          Fox later sent out its own statement confirming Lythgoe's exit, as well as that of his fellow executive producer Ken Warwick.  They say their grateful for Lythgoe and Warwick's efforts in making "American Idol" a "true cultural phenomenon," and add that they look forward to working with them on additional projects in the future.

SIMON COWELL EGGED AT "BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT" FINALE
Simon Cowell is ending the season of "Britain's Got Talent" with a little egg on his face. The producer and talent show judge was the target of an embarrassing yolking after a woman ran on stage and pelted him with eggs during the show's finale Saturday night.  "Us Magazine" says the woman was quickly rushed off the stage by security.  She was later identified as Natalie Holt, a viola player who was onstage performing with the orchestra backing Welsh opera singers Richard and Adam Johnson.  She later apologized for overshadowing the brothers' performance, adding that in hindsight she realizes it was a "silly thing to do."  The Johnson brothers finished third in the competition.
          Cowell, meantime seemed to have brushed the yolk off with a little humor, tweeting after the show, "I really don't like eggs."  He added, "I don't think eggs should be allowed on talent shows."