Wednesday, June 5,2014

SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT HERE
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When you get home this afternoon, make sure you put down the patio umbrella, take in the pillows, and get things ready for storms. Justin Bruce from our News 2 weather center says you should expect possible severe storms late tonight and overnight.

MIDWEST HIT WITH SEVERE WEATHER, FACES MORE TODAY
People in the Midwest are bracing for another helping of really mean weather today.  Forecasters say today's storms could do a lot more damage.  Baseball-sized hail pounded parts of Nebraska on Tuesday.  Iowa, Wyoming and Kansas are now dealing with the aftermath of possible tornadoes. 

GOOD NEWS STORY!
PARALYZED TEEN WALKS ACROSS STAGE TO RECEIVE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA 
Here's your good news story for the day! A California teenager who was paralyzed in a swimming accident two years ago, when he was 16, just stunned his classmates and stood up from his chair and WALKED across the stage to receive his high school diploma. Zachary Pickett says he's been working hard to go from a walker to a cane, and surprise his classmates.
The 18 year old was thrilled to hear his classmates just erupt into cheers as he walked.
 Zachary says he's going to continue his therapy and see what OTHER obstacles he can overcome. He's already heading off to college in the fall.

GOVERNOR LAUNCHES PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE INITIATIVE
Tennessee is launching a statewide effort to fight prescription drug abuse. It's called "Prescription for Success." It's serious business though. The state Department of Mental Health says more than 69-thousand people in Tennessee are addicted to prescription drugs. 
The new drug initiative includes increasing access to places to get rid of old prescription drugs (instead of leaving them in cabinets and drawers for your teenagers and their friends to get their hands on), adding resources for early intervention and decreasing the number of controlled substances dispensed.

STUDY: 1 IN 6 TEACHERS ABSENT 18 DAYS OF SCHOOL YEAR. NASHVILLE AMONG WORST
A new study found about 1 in 6 teachers were "chronically absent" during the 2012-13 school year, and that Nashville teachers have some of the worst attendance rates in the nation. The study by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds Nashville teachers missed more than 14 days a year... while the national rate is about 11 days. The researchers pointed out that one way to boost education quality could be to find out what's causing the teacher absences and help resolve that. 

GEORGIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE DRUG RAID THAT INJURED BABY
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a drug raid that injured a baby. The police there say they didn't know there was a 19 month old in the house when they threw in a flash-bang grenade that landed in the baby's playpen. 

NEW GODZILLA PLANET
Scientists in Massachusetts say they've discovered a huge planet outside our solar system.  It weighs 17 times as much as Earth. AND  researchers are calling it the "Godzilla of Earths."  

FREE WI-FI OFFERED AT NASHVILLE AIRPORT
Free Wi-Fi is now available at Nashville International Airport, so you don't have to pay that extra four or five dollars just to get online for a few minutes while you wait for your plane. They'll still offer paid internet for streaming videos, but the free service will let you do email and social media. 

MALEFICENT BIG, SETH MACFARLANE'S MOVIE, NOT SO MUCH
A little interesting tidbit: "Maleficent" is already Angelina Jolie's biggest movie ever.
Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" ... not doing so well for him. It only pulled in $17 million this weekend. That's a third of what "Ted" got opening weekend two years ago.

TOLERANCE GROWING
Americans are becoming increasingly tolerant of many issues that were once not even TALKED about, much less tolerated. A new Gallup poll shows 90 percent of us are now okay with using birth control. And divorce, same sex relationships, premarital sex, stem cell research, gambling, and having a baby outside of marriage were all found to be largely acceptable.

WHAT JAPAN DOES TO FIGHT OBESITY, INCLUDING SIZING IN 'Skinny,' 'Fat' & 'Jumbo'
We talk a lot about the obesity problem: how it costs billions in healthcare, kills multiple thousands of people, disables others, causes productivity losses... 
In Japan, they're actually taking some measures to stop it. Japanese lawmakers have reportedly set a MAXIMUM waistline size for people over 40... 35-and-a-half inches for women and 33-and-a-half for men... and there's at least one store there that sells clothing in sizes "Skinny, Fat, and Jumbo."
Japan's health care coverage requires, employees undergo yearly checkups and those who don’t meet the waistline requirements are sent to health counseling. 

CMA MUSIC FEST CLOSURES
The CMA Music Festival 'officially' starts tomorrow (Thursday), but there are already thousands of people in town for the pre-Festival stuff. There are already street closings and detours downtown and lots of parking issues. Check street closings at the link, above, before you leave if you're going downtown, and you can look for parking places ahead of time at www.parkitdowntown.com  (www.cmaworld.com)
 
BEWARE: MAN, WOMAN IMPERSONATE METRO NASHVILLE POLICE TO ROB VICTIM
There's been another victim of police impersonation here in Nashville. This time a man who pulled over near the Days Inn on Murfreesboro Road Monday night, for a black Jeep Cherokee flashing a blue light, and was robbed by two people. The male suspect is described as blonde, thin, with tattoos and the female as heavy set, blonde, about 6 feet tall. If you have information about them, you may be able to get a reward... if you call Crimestoppers, at 74-CRIME.

METRO POLICE TASER A MAN
When Metro police tell you to back off so they can investigate a domestic violence situation involving shooting... they mean it. Police had to taser a man who they say kept interfering with their investigation early, early this morning on Cedarview Drive in Antioch. They then took him to the hospital to be checked out as police procedure requires. The whole situation is still being investigated.

HOW SAFE IS SHAPEWEAR?
With everybody wearing thinner, more sheer summertime clothing this time of year... how are we gonna hide those little muffin tops? Well, many of us turn to spanx and other shapewear. But, a study reported in Women's Health says shapewear that's too small can restrict your lung function and cause acid reflux. Women's Health says if you find that happening, you should buy the next size up, and wait a week before wearing it again. 

SEATTLE WOMAN THROWS ITEMS AT CANCER CURE WALKERS/RUNNERS
A Seattle woman was arrested this weekend for throwing trash out her window onto people below who were taking part in the Seattle Race for the Cure. She says she threw the frozen chicken breast and trash bag full of cat litter down on the crowd below because she'd had a long night and the runners woke her up. She got some time in jail to catch up on her rest.