Monday, March 4, 2013
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BUDGET?
Congress gets back to work this week with both Republicans and Democrats saying they want to avoid a government shutdown that could happen at the end of March. There's a bill up for vote in the U.S. House that would keep the government running through September.... and it would let the Pentagon to be flexible with the sequester-mandated cuts that hit every agency Friday, but would keep spending levels low.
Scientists say a two-year-old Mississippi child who was born with HIV appears to have been cured. The child was given a faster and stronger treatment than newborns are usually given, and now, about a year later, shows no signs of infection, even though her mother took her off treatment for 8 to 10 months.
Now doctors say they want to find a way to repeat the cure with other babies.
ONE LOCAL MUSICIAN HURT, ANOTHER KILLED, IN CAR CRASHES
A couple of local musicians were involved in serious accidents over the weekend: Kelly Pickler's drummer, 36 year old Gregory Lohman from Goodlettsville was slowing in traffic because of a wreck, and was allegedly rear-ended by a truck, and pushed into another car. He was reported in critical but stable condition.
TOBY KEITH’S BASS PLAYER KILLED IN CRASH
And Toby Keith’s bass player, 54-year-old Carl “Chuck” Goff, Jr., was killed in a crash in Oklahoma on February 27th. It’s still being investigated.
NASHVILLE’S FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER RETIRING
One of Nashville's first female firefighters is retiring. Shirley Gooch was one of two women hired at the Nashville Fire Department in 1978. She worked as a firefighter for more than seven-years before joining the fire marshal's office as an instructor.
MICROSOFT ENDING HOTMAIL, BEEFING UP OUTLOOK
Microsoft has announced it’s getting rid of Hotmail, which was once the most popular free emails in the world. They're replacing it with a revamped Outlook, that promises instead of advertising at the side of the page, like other emails, they'll show your friends' recent tweets and Facebook posts, instead. And, they say they’ll have features users were asking for like scheduling daily deals emails to delete themselves the next day.
FLORIDA SINKHOLE DEMOLISHED
Demolition work is expected to finish today on the Florida home that's sitting on top of a deadly sinkhole. Some items were salvaged from the property but firefighters say the scene was too dangerous to try and recover the body of Jeff Bush who was lost in the hole that opened late Thursday night.
NASHVILLE'S "THE VEIN GUYS" TO REOPEN TODAY
Two weeks after the plane crash that killed a Nashville surgeon, "The Vein Guys" will reopen today. Dr. Steven Roth was one of five company employees who died when their small plane crashed at an airport near Augusta, Georgia. The Vein Guys' office in Atlanta will reopen today too, but the Augusta facility will stay closed.
FIRST WOMAN TO TRY OUT FOR THE NFL
The first woman to try out for the NFL is going home with an injury and without success. Lauren Silberman attempted two kicks during yesterday's NFL Regional Scouting in New Jersey. Neither kick traveled more than 20 feet. Silberman told reporters she had aggravated a leg injury she got while training.
INSURANCE COMPANY SUING ARMSTRONG FOR FRAUD
A Nebraska insurance company is suing cyclist Lance Armstrong and his cycling team, saying it wants the 3 million dollars in performance bonuses back. They say he was never entitled to the money because he cheated to get it, which they say means he’s guilty of insurance fraud.
“NASHVILLE READS” KICKS OFF: READING “LIFE OF PI”
This is the week we're all supposed to start reading the book, "Life of Pi"... ALL of us: everybody in Nashville. The Nashville Library's “Nashville Reads” event kicked off Saturday. We're encouraged to all read the book together to have a citywide shared experience. You have until April 13th to read it and, if you can, join in on some of the related discussions or the showing of the movie April 13th at the Nashville Zoo.
BABY BORN AT CRASH SITE PASSES AWAY
This story is disheartening. Someone crashed into a couple on their way to the hospital in New York City to have their first child. Both parents were killed. Doctors were able to deliver the baby by C-section at the crash site, but he passed away just this morning.
Cops say the driver and passenger of the vehicle that crashed into the would-be new parents got out of their car and ran away.
ACTRESS BONNIE FRANKLIN DIES
Actress Bonnie Franklin, who played mom Ann Romano on the 70s and '80s TV show "One Day at a Time," has passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.
MICHELLE OBAMA HOLDS FIRST-EVER GOOGLE-PLUS HANGOUT
Americans got to chat with the first lady this morning. Michelle Obama held her first ever "Google+ Hangout" to promote her healthy kids campaign. She was to chat online with families around the country about "Let's Move!" her healthy kids initiative.