Tuesday, July 8, 2014

STRONG STORMS, DAMAGING WIND POSSIBLE
Some people can feel it when the weather changes, with aches and pains, with headaches, sinus pressure, and I'll bet today is a doozy for them. We have the chance for strong storms this afternoon and tonight, with potentially damaging winds and maybe some flooding from the heavy rainfall. Just be ready.

SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN LEAD TO SCHIZOPHRENIA SYMPTOMS 
Lack of sleep can lead to symptoms similar to schizophrenia, complete with auditory and visual hallucinations. And that's JUST after 24 hours without sleep. Researchers say sleep deprived people also have a harder time telling what information is important.
(They say the research could help develop new treatments for psychoses and schizophrenia.)

DUCK-RESCUING WOMAN COULD GET LIFE IN PRISON
The Canadian woman who stopped her car on a highway to let ducks cross the road is facing life in prison. A jury decided that because the 25 year old woman parked in the left lane of a highway to let the ducks cross, that the deaths of the motorcycle rider and his daughter who crashed into her and then both died, were due to her criminal negligence. She could get life in prison at her sentencing next month.

SEARCH STILL ON FOR DOGS MISSING AFTER I-65 CRASH
An Antioch, Tennessee teacher is still in the hospital, in a coma, and her dogs, who ran away after the crash that injured her, are still missing. Volunteers and professional trackers have been called in to help search for Molly and Claire, the two dogs who ran away when Olivia and Seth Hatfield crashed on their way back to Nashville from a family reunion in Alabama. The crash happened June 29th, near mile marker 299 in the Dodge City area. Olivia Hatfield, an algebra teacher at Antioch High school, is in a coma in a Birmingham hospital. If you want to help you can get the info and see what the missing dogs look like, on the "Help Find Molly and Claire" facebook page, or by calling 585-752-1700.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1438140796451197/

CROWDFUNDING WEBSITES HELPING COUPLES SAY 'I DO'
As weddings get more expensive, some couples are turning to friends, relatives and even strangers to basically beg for money. Many are starting up crowdfunding pages to let people donate cash instead of, or in addition to, the wedding gift.

HEALTH: NEW WIRELESS CONTRACEPTION
The brainiacs at MIT are working on a new WIRELESS contraceptive for women. NO, it does not have anything to do with electric shocks. It's a contraceptive implant, with a wireless remote control, that women could basically turn on and off at will, for up to 16 years of medicine.
 

FOOTPRINTS LEAD MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPUTIES TO STOLEN BEER
There are SO, so many things wrong with this situation. in Montgomery county, 58 year old Joseph Boileau has been arrested for selling pot to a minor, the minor has been arrested for stealing beer to pay for his drugs. Boileau is also charged with contributing to the delilnquency of a minor.

GOODLETSVILLE ESCORTS WANTED FOR BURGLARY, THEFT 
In Goodletsville, police are looking for a couple of female 'escorts' who allegedly stole  thousands of dollars worth of stuff and vandalized a car, writing, "PAY UP" in the paint job, after their customer got his product and then ran away instead of paying them. You can see the ladies' mugshots HERE. (Anyone with information is urged to contact the Goodlettsvile police at 615-859-3405.)

And these next to headlines are so good, they don't need any explanation, but I'll put the story beneath them, anyway. 
CDC SAYS WE NEED TO TIGHTEN CONTROLS ON PAINKILLER PRESCRIPTIONS 
Painkiller controls need tightening.  That's the opinion of the Centers for Disease Control, based on its latest painkiller-prescription survey.  Last year, doctors wrote 259-million opioid painkiller prescriptions.  That's one for every adult American.  The survey also shows there's a wide discrepancy in where the drugs are prescribed.  Alabama leads the nation in prescribing opioid pain pills, with Tennessee and West Virginia not far behind.

And... from public health officials: "LESS EXERCISE TO BLAME FOR NOT LOSING WEIGHT"
Not moving around may be the real reason obesity rates are rising.  Scientists say this finding could help public-health officials develop better anti-obesity interventions.  Obesity affects over 35-percent of American adults and is a risk factor in many serious health conditions.  Younger women showed the biggest decrease in physical activity. 

JUDGE GIVES PRELIMINARY OKAY TO NFL CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT 
A federal judge in Pennsylvania is giving her preliminary approval to a settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players... which could involve hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars. The players claim they're suffering from brain damage from their time in the league, and that the NFL hid the long-term dangers of head injuries from them. There's another court hearing on the matter in November. 

MORE THAN 400 MEMPHIS COPS COME DOWN WITH 'BLUE FLU' 
(Memphis, TN)  --  Hundreds of Memphis cops seem to be suffering from the "Blue Flu."  WHBQ Fox 13 in Memphis says more than 470 sick calls have been reported since June 30th.  The silent protest was sparked by a city council vote to reduce healthcare funding.  City officials confirmed the sick-out Sunday.