Monday, November 11, 2013
WORLD: TYPHOON IN PHILLIPINES
Rescuers and aid organizations are struggling to get desperately needed help to parts of the Philippines hit by a monster typhoon. As many as ten thousand people may have been killed, but it's hard to get a clear picture, since communications are down. Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless, roaming the streets, looking for food and water. The U.S. military is on the ground in the worst-hit areas, helping with relief efforts, as forecasters keep an eye on another storm that looks like it's headed their way.
VETERANS' DAY PARADE TODAY
Today is Veterans Day. A day to honor all our living military members. There are some streets closed in downtown Nashville this morning... for the annual Veterans Day Parade. If you can make it, take your flag, dress in red, white and blue, and show your support for the men and women who've served our country. The parade starts at 11, and goes ten blocks down Broadway, from 13th, down to 3rd avenue.
Our parade will feature veterans from every branch of the military from World War Two, the Korean War, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The parade will also include military tanks, jeeps and trucks, a police department flyover and patriotic music from high school bands.
VET'S TRANSFORMATION VIDEO
Have you seen the video of a homeless veteran getting a makeover? It's U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf. He says he's ready for the help now, he wasn't before. He now has a roof over his head and he's been approved to get housing.
PRESIDENT OBAMA MEETS WITH OLDEST LIVING AMERICAN VETERAN
President Obama meets today with a man believed to be the oldest living American veteran of the second World War. Richard Overton is 107 years old and lives in Texas. He flew to Washington, DC on Sunday where he received a hero's welcome at Reagan National Airport.
ON VETERANS DAY, VETS ASK FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE
It's Veterans Day and the nation's largest veterans group is calling on the VA to improve the quality of care for service members suffering from the so-called "silent wounds" of war. American Legion spokesman Marty Callaghan says the organization is recommending a variety of new treatments to improve outcomes for veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
VETS' DAY FREEBIES
If you're a veteran or active military, some businesses are offering you a thank you free meal today. You'll want to double check to make sure YOUR nearby location is participating, but the list includes Applebees, Golden Corral, California Pizza Kitchen, Krispy Kreme, Red Robin, Chili's, Olive Garden and Starbucks. You just have to ask to make sure they're participating. We've got the list on the mix929.com NEWS page, and on the mix facebook page in case you want to share it.
AGREEMENT REACHED FOR NEW SOUNDS BALLPARK
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced on Friday an agreement has been reached with the state, the Nashville Sounds and a developer that will allow the city to build a new minor league ballpark at Sulphur Dell.
Details of the proposal and a financing plan will be presented to members of the Nashville Sports Authority and Metro Council during two information sessions on Monday.
"I've said all along that this proposal would need to make financial sense for the city and that the Sounds would need to have some skin in the game, and I'm proud this agreement meets those goals," Mayor Dean said.
The proposed ballpark located on Jackson Street, east of the Bicentennial Mall between Fourth and Fifth avenues, will hold 10,000 people, with 8,500 fixed seats.
A new 1,000 space parking area would also be constructed south of the stadium, as well as residential developments.
"The proposed ballpark's location in north Nashville would greatly enhance the Bicentennial Mall area and future plans for state projects there," Gov. Haslam said. "This state, local and private partnership is good news for our capital city."
GAS PRICES STILL FALLING
As we head into the holidays, and you have all that driving and visiting to do... I think this will make you happy: gas prices are still going down. The national average is at 3.22 a gallon.
WINTER BLAST HITS TONIGHT
And you'll wanna get the really warm clothes out tonight. This is the night that icy arctic blast is supposed to hit. It'll come in with gusty winds, then rain, and maybe even some snow flurries. Then by tomorrow, highs only in the 40s and overnight lows in the 20s. Just dress appropriately for it, and make sure your pets are taken care of.
TITANS LOSE TO JACKSONVILLE
Jaguars beat Titans 29-27
The Jacksonville Jaguars used the Tennessee Titans to snap a 13 game losing streak yesterday, beating the Titans 29 to 27. The Titans play again on Thursday, here at home against Indianapolis Colts.
And a big win for Vanderbilt! Vandy beat Florida for the first time in 25 years, and won in Gainesville for the first time since 1945. Saturday's final score was 34-17.
GMA REPORTER DOING STORY FINDS OUT SHE HAS BREAST CANCER
As we encouraged you to get a mammogram in October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, Amy Robach, a reporter on Good Morning America, chose to get a mammogram, live on the show. Now, she's announced on GMA that her test results came back, POSITIVE. She DOES have breast cancer. The 40-year-old will have a double mastectomy later this week.
DOWNTOWN ABBEY RENEWED FOR FIFTH SEASON
And in case you haven't already head through the DA Grapevine: Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fifth season... even though the fourth season doesn't start till January 5th on PBS. There's also a Downton Abbey Christmas special set for next month.
WHAT IS MOVEMBER, AND WHY ARE MORE MEN EVERY YEAR TAKING PART?
Just so you're in the know about WHAT is going on with the mustaches everywhere: It's MOVEMBER: Mustaches for November! Just like women wear pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, MEN are now growing mustaches to raise awareness of men's cancers and other health issues. Mo Bros start the month clean shaven, then grow and groom their moustache all month long. Men tend to ignore their health problems, often until it's too late. This is basically just a fun way to get everyone talking about it, and then getting checked.
TEXAS AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR MASS SHOOTING SUSPECTS
Texas lawmakers are searching for two suspects in connection with a mass shooting at a house party near Houston. Two high school students are dead and almost two dozen injured after the Saturday night incident.