Monday, May 3, 2013

FIRES OUT WEST 
Fire crews east of Santa Fe, New Mexico are fighting the Tres Lagunas blaze that's already scorched 74 hundred acres and forced 100 families to evacuate. Farther west, the so-called "Powerhouse Fire," 60 miles north of Los Angeles, now covers about 25-thousand acres.

OKLAHOMA TORNADOES, OTHER WEATHER
In Oklahoma City at least 13 people are dead from the tornadoes that swept through there on Friday, including two children, and three storm chasers. Six people are still missing.

SHELTON TELETHON FOR OKLAHOMA RAISES 6 MILLION
By the way, Blake Shelton's telethon the other night has raised $6 million dollars, so far, for tornado relief in Oklahoma.

STORMS AND FLOODING DEATHS ELSEWHERE
People in Vermont are cleaning up today after powerful thunderstorms yesterday. They had torrential rains, winds faster than 60 miles an hour and one-inch hail. Flooding killed three people in Missouri, and at least four people in Arkansas this weekend.

TEEN CLAIMS MAN GROPED HIM AT CENTENNIAL PARK
A 59-year-old local man is charged after he allegedly propositioned a minor for sex at Centennial Park Sunday afternoon. James McDonald says he was just flirting with the kid. He's been arrested.

CONGRESSWOMAN SAYS SHE OPPOSES LAWS FOR EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn says she'll continue to oppose equal pay laws for women.  The Tennessee Republican says it should be up to companies to pay women fairly.  A study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows women earned about 20 percent less than men in 2012. Part of the reason is that women still tend to be the primary caregivers for their families, and often choose to have careers that give them more time off or flexibility.

ONLY 1 IN 4 WOMEN ASKED FOR RAISE, BUT MOST GOT THEM
Only 1 in 4 women asked for a raise during the past year, but of those, 75% got one! So just WHAT is holding women back from asking? What has stopped you from asking for a raise?

BRUNO MARS' MOM DIES
Singer Bruno Mars has had a sad weekend. His mom passed away on Friday in Hawaii after a brain aneurism. She was just 55. Mars is one of pop's top acts with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, "When I Was Your Man." His mother, a hula dancer and a singer who immigrated from the Philippines, nurtured her son's interest in music at an early age.

FLORIDA TEACHER FAKES ILLNESS TO SKIP WORK
A Florida teacher has been fired after getting caught faking an illness to get out of work. Ashley Barker told the school that she and her father had a life-threatening disease that kept her from working fulltime, and after about a year she got caught. She admitted she'd been sitting at home when she told school officials she'd been in the hospital. Now that she's been fired, she's hired a lawyer to fight it.

CONFERENCE ON MENTAL HEALTH
President Obama hosts a national conference on mental health today.  The conference aims to increase understanding and awareness and reduce the stigma for millions of Americans who suffer from mental health problems. 

CMA MUSIC FEST THIS WEEK
The CMA Music Festival is this week. The biggest shows are this weekend, but there are smaller shows all over town all week long. See THE LINEUP.
There are also street closings all over downtown this week, so be ready for that if you're going downtown.

5TH AVENUE OF THE ARTS STREETSCAPE FINISHED
While you're downtown, make sure to check out the new 5th Avenue of the Arts area. It's 5th Avenue North, between Church and Union Streets, where there are about 20 art galleries. The sidewalks have been widened, and there's new canopy lighting, just in time for CMA events and the summer tourist season.

ACTING IRS COMMISSIONER GOES BEFORE HOUSE MEMBERS TODAY
The new acting IRS commissioner will be at a House hearing today.  Lawmakers in Washington are still investigating the agency targeting conservative groups. Groups that had applied for tax-exempt status and got the extra IRS scrutiny will testify tomorrow.

ADULT PRESCRIPTIONS AND CHILD POISONINGS
Your prescription drugs can easily become bad medicine for kids. A new study finds a high number of children being poisoned because they got their hands on their caregiver's medication. Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital say kids from birth to five-years-old are at greatest risk. If you haven't taken steps to make sure your cabinets are kid-safe, doctors say you should do it now. Results of the study are published in the journal "Pediatrics."

EXPLOSION, FIRE KILL 119 AT POULTRY PLANT IN CHINA
Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said.

'ALL IN THE FAMILY STAR' DIES
Jean Stapleton who played Edith Bunker on the breakthrough series, "All in the Family", passed away over the weeekend. She was 90.

TV VIEWERS HAVE SECOND SCREEN WORKING
New stats show that 40% of us have a second screen going, anytime we're watching TV, whether it's a smartphone, tablet or laptop, we're online while we're watching TV.

LADY VOLS SOFTBALL TEAM IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The Lady Vols softball team goes to the National Championship game after beating Texas yesterday. They'll play the winner of tonight's Oklahoma/Washington game.

ANGELINA JOLIE BACK ON THE RED CARPET
Angelina Jolie was back on the red carpet -- or actually the black carpet -- for her partner Brad Pitt's new zombie movie, "World War Z." This was her first public appearance since last month's news that she'd had a double mastectomy, and although she said the night was Brad's, she did take a moment to thank her friends and fans for the support she's received.

LAWMAKERS SAY U-S DIDN'T MAKE MISTAKE LEADING TO TERRORISM
A group of lawmakers says it did NOT find evidence that a U.S. intelligence error enabled the Boston Marathon bombings.  Six members of Congress visited Russia last week to learn more about how the April attacks could have been prevented. The meetings were lined up with help from action movie star Steven Seagal.    

ZIMMERMAN LAWYERS APOLOGIZE
Attorneys for George Zimmerman apologized Sunday for mischaracterizing evidence they said boosted their theory that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor in his fatal meeting with their client last year.  Lawyer Mark O’Mara said during a hearing last Tuesday that the defense had obtained video footage of three fights, including one in which he said two of Martin’s friends "were beating up a homeless guy."  But Zimmerman's defense team corrected that statement on  Sunday, saying O'Mara had unintentionally "misstated the nature" of the footage.

AMANDA BYNES EVICTED FROM NYC APARTMENT
Amanda Bynes is reportedly down an apartment address in New York City. The actress “was notified that she is no longer welcome as a tenant in the building in light of recent events,” a source told In Touch. “At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, movers showed up and removed Amanda’s belongings from her apartment. She is officially gone from the building.”  On May 23, building officials at 271 West 47th Street called the police to report Bynes was rolling a joint and smoking pot in the lobby, the Associated Press reported. When cops arrived at her home, the 27-year-old allegedly threw a bong out the window. She was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and taken for a psychiatric evaluation, but no bong was ever found. The former Nickelodeon star went on to accuse the NYPD of mistaken arrest and sexual harassment, an accusation the department has denied.

CELEBRITY TIDBITS
A 5th "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie is in the works.

Philip Seymour Hoffman quietly slipped into a 10-day rehab to recover from a drug problem and is already back out, and working on a new movie.

Katie Couric, talking about her dating past, said she did go out with Jeff Probst and Bob Saget, but turned down a dating offer from Michael Jackson.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a baby girl.  The sex of the couple's baby was revealed on the first episode of the new season of Kardashian's E! reality series "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" Sunday.  The baby is due in July.  On the show, Kim said her rapper boyfriend was hoping for a little girl.