Thursday, August 29, 2013

OBAMA MEETS TO DISCUSS SYRIA
President Obama will meet with top Congressional leaders this afternoon on Syria.  They'll be briefed on intelligence and plans for a possible military strike against the country.  Obama is supporting a so-called "shot across the bow" for Syria in the interest of U.S. national security. 

SOME MEMORY LOSS MAY BE REVERSIBLE
A new study is suggesting that age related memory loss may be reversible. The memory loss may be about a deficiency in a brain protein that's involved in forming memories.  Researchers at Columbia University in New York showed that mice became forgetful when too little of the protein was present, while increasing it boosted their memories.  They say the results suggest that age-related memory loss may be reversible. Study author Scott Small says the findings also confirm that age-related memory loss differs from problems associated with Alzheimer's disease.  The study can be found in the journal "Science Translational Medicine."

UBS ADDING 1,000 JOBS IN NASHVILLE
A global banking giant is adding one-thousand jobs in Nashville.  Officials with UBS have announced a new shared-services center that will need the thousand new workers over the next few years. As they hire, we'll let you know about it.  In the meantime, we'll put the link for you to check for local job fairs... on our mix929.com NEWS page.

FORT HOOD SHOOTER SENTENCED TO DEATH
Nidal Hasan, the man who went on a shooting rampage that left 13 people dead at Fort Hood in 2009, has been sentenced to die by lethal injection.  

EIGHT YEARS SINCE KATRINA
Eight years ago this week people in New Orleans and other coastal communities were slammed by Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is still recovering and, as of just last year, the population was only 76-percent of what it was in 2000. 

COMMUNITY DEMANDS MONTANA JUDGE RESIGN
Mre than 22,000 people have signed a petition so far, demanding that Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh resign for the safety of the community. He's the judge who sentenced a former high school teacher who had sex with a 14 year old student to 30 days in jail, saying the 14 year old was just as responsible. In most states children under 16 can NOT, legally, consent to sex with an adult. It's just rape. The girl in this case later committed suicide, and community members are outraged. They want the 71 year-old to resign.

NASHVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE FOR DRUNK DRIVING CRASH
A Nashville woman’s apparent choice to let a drunk man with a revoked license drive, was a fatal decision for her. 42 year-old Suzanne Moran was killed around 9 Tuesday night when 25 year-old Caleb Thomas of Nashville, slammed her car into a telephone pole on Elm Hill Pike. Moran was a passenger, and Thomas admitted he had done shots before taking the wheel. He’s charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, and driving on a revoked license. Again. He'd already gotten caught driving on a revoked license in June. No word on what he did to have his license revoked.

TENNESSEE REDUCES ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUGS FOR DEMENTIA PATIENTS
You may think this doesn’t affect you, but the standards of care we set now for people in nursing homes will affect you when you get there. And one big change made here recently in Tennessee, is a reduction of antipsychotic drugs being given to dementia patients. Tennessee led the nation in 2011 for doping old people, but THIS year, after statewide training sessions for nursing home staff, we're down to 48th lowest use of the drugs on dementia patients. (It's part of a nationwide initiative to improve dementia care.)

WE'RE ALL MARTIANS?
A geochemist has put forth the theory that we're all basically MARTIANS! Professor Steven Benner says the "seeds" of life on Earth actually began on Mars and got here in meteorites, blasted off the Red Planet by volcanic eruptions. 

RIM FIRE CLOSES SECOND YOSEMITE ENTRANCE
Are you planning a trip this Labor Day weekend? You may want to scratch Yosemite off your list. California's Rim Fire has just closed down a SECOND, key route intot he National Park.

WOMAN WHO STOLE FROM PTA AND SICK KID, SENT BACK TO JAIL
Julie Buchanan, the woman who served two years in prison for stealing from Granberry Elementary's PTA fund, including money meant for a kid dying from cancer, is going back to jail. A judge says Buchanan violated her probation by having a bank account and taking out at least two loans.

"THE CONTRIBUTOR" NEEDS PRIVATE DONATIONS
"The Contributor," the paper that people who are experiencing homelessness sell to help them get off the streets, may be going out of business. The newspaper's executive director says they noticed three weeks ago that they're nearly out of money, and is hoping private donors will step up with some cash.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS AND CATHERINE ZETA-JONES SPLIT
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones say they've decided to separate, at least for awhile. They've both had health problems, she with bipolar disorder, him with throat cancer.... and they've been vacationing separately and appearing solo on red carpets since early this year.

VANDY AND MTSU PLAY TONIGHT
Vandy and MTSU both play tonight: MTSU at 6:30, Vandy at 8:15. Both are home games.

TITANS PLAY TONIGHT
The Tennessee TITANS close out their preseason tonight on the road at Minnesota...

TSU TO ENFORCE NFL BAG POLICY
And when Tennessee State University opens its season on Sunday, the team says it will follow the NFL's new bag policy. TSU plays home games at LP field, and says only small clutch-style purses or clear plastic bags will be allowed into the stadium.

MICHAEL JACKSON 55TH BIRTHDAY
Today would have been Michael Jackson's 55th birthday.

MAN MAKES TELEMARKETERS PAY HIM FOR CALLS
A British man has come up with a GENIUS way to make telemarketers pay HIM. He's set up a PAY phone-line, so it costs telemarketers 16 cents a minute to talk to him. Surprisingly, many keep trying to sell their goods, KNOWING it's a pay number. The guy says he's earned nearly 500 dollars so far. (He used a service called Phone Pay Plus.) 

RED WORMS FOUND IN DRINKING WATER SUPPLY TO OKLAHOMA TOWN
People  in one northeast Oklahoma town are being told not to drink tap water, because -- brace yourself, this is ooky -- water officials found red worms in the water filtering system. Officials SAY it's safe to BATHE in it, but I'll bet you a million dollars there are a lot of hot, stinky Oklahomans walking around trying to bathe with wet wipes rather than wormy water.

WOMAN ROLLS CAR TRYING TO AVOID DEER
A woman escaped injury after the car she was driving rolled over when she tried to avoid hitting a deer in the Joelton area.
The woman was reportedly partially ejected from the minivan on Clarksville Highway after she swerved to avoid the deer. The woman refused treatment.  The accident occurred near the intersection of Clarksville Highway and Old Clarksville Highway.

SKYPE TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Skype is celebrating its tenth anniversary today by confirming that it has developed 3D video calls. They do say it'll probably be a couple more years before that hits the market.

FAST FOOD STRIKE TODAY
Fast food workers in cities across the country are planning to strike today... for higher pay. Workers at McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King in Dallas, Houston, Austin and Memphis are expected to take part in the walk-off. So far, none in Nashville that we know of. Many workers in fast food, called "quick serve" in the trade, earn minimum wage.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTS MORE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO CARRY OVERDOSE DRUG
The Obama administration wants more paramedics, police officers, and other first responders to carry a medicine that reverses the effects of drug overdose.  Administration official say the drug, called naloxone [[ na-LOCK-sone ]], can save lives of people who overdose on heroin and other opioids.