Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MOORE TORNADO LATEST
The National Weather Service has given the twister that hit Moore, Oklahoma a rating of EF5 for wind speed and breadth, and severity of damage. EF5 tornadoes are the strongest tornadoes and have the most violent winds on Earth, more powerful than a hurricane. The Moore tornado's wind speeds were estimated at between 200 and 210 mph.
The death toll is not expected to rise any higher now than 24, including nine children.

YOUR TORNADO HELP MAY BE HURTING THE SURVIVORS
BEFORE YOU SEND ANYTHING to the tornado victims, remember, cash is king. On the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Recovery Facebook page, they say they're being overwhelmed with household items like towels, blankets, and toys, but they have nowhere to store the stuff, so it's causing problems for them. Please, don't make life harder for the tornado victims than it already is. What they do need, most of all, is money. Officials can give people gift cards to buy clothes that fit them, and to buy exactly what they need to rebuild. You can also help the groups who are there, feeding, giving shelter and helping the victims right now: text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to Red Cross, or text STORM to 80888 to send $10 to the Salvation Army.

OKLAHOMA HEROES: "TEACHER THREW HERSELF OVER US TO PROTECT US."
Out of the Oklahoma devastation, we're hearing stories that remind us how good people can be. A fourth-grade teacher at Plaza Towers, a school that took a direct hit, threw herself over some of her students as they huddled in the bathroom, and is credited with saving their lives.
She's fine: just a few minor injuries, and the kids got out without a scratch.

ELDERLY WOMAN DISCOVERS MISSING DOG WHILE ON-CAMERA
And several videos of the survivors have gone viral including this one: the elderly woman being asked questions by a reporter, as her little dog -- who she thought had been killed -- was seen, struggling to get out of the rubble, and rescued. The little dog was later seen walking along beside the lady as they took her to get checked out. You can see it HERE.

JOPLIN TORNADO ANNIVERSARY
And while you're thinking of the people in Oklahoma, please remember Joplin, Missouri. It was two years ago today that a tornado hit there, killing 162 people and injuring 1000 more. 

STORM SYSTEM HEADED TO TENNESSEE
By the way, that storm system that fueled the Oklahoma tornado is now weaker, but hitting the Tennessee Valley. What that could mean for you today is strong winds and maybe some hail for the places that get storms.

SCHOOLS GETTING OUT THIS WEEK:
Please drive especially carefully this week, there are a lot of kids SUPER-excited, running around and not paying attention to traffic this week, because school is out in Williamson County, Sumner county kids get out tomorrow, and Friday is the last day of school for Metro Nashville. 

WHAT'S GOING ON THIS SUNNY WEEKEND? FUN THINGS TO DO
This is the first weekend in -- what, a month? -- where it's not supposed to rain! So here's what's going on, in case you want to make plans. This is a flea market weekend at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, there's the big music festival at Radnor Lake, Nashville Shores opens this weekend, and the Tennessee Renaissance festival should be mud-free! WOO HOO!

ARIAS SENTENCING DELIBERATIONS
A jury in Phoenix, Arizona continues deliberations today over whether to sentence convicted murderer Jodi Arias to death. Now she says her trial wasn't fair and she doesn't want to die. 

STATE ROUTE 109 REOPENS IN GALLATIN
You may have wondered what on earth was going on yesterday morning on State Route 109 in Gallatin: there was a huge traffic backup. It was a construction crane that collapsed, falling onto the road, and onto the top of a passing car. The two people inside received mijor injuries.

MICROSOFT NEW XBOX
Uh-oh, the new Xbox One is not backwards-compatible with Xbox 360 discs. That means the old games won't work with the new box. Microsoft says it will make new games for the old Xbox. (Engadget)

PREDATORS FIRE ASSOCIATE COACH
Nashville Predators associate coach Peter Horachek got that, 'It's not you, it's me" letter. Team officials posted a message on their website thanking him for for his nine seasons with the Preds, saying they made the "difficult decision" to let Horachek, "pursue other opportunities."

GALIFIANAKIS TAKES FORMERLY HOMELESS WOMAN TO HANGOVER PREMIERE
Zach Galifianakis hasn't let fame go to his head. In fact, the 43-year-old actor invited his formerly homless friend, 87-year-old Elizabeth "Mimi" Haist, to be his date at The Hangover III premiere in L.A. this week.
The pair became friends in 1994 when Galifianakis was trying to launch his comedy career in L.A… and he frequented Fox Laundry, where Haist volunteered and survived off tips from customers.
    The two stayed in touch... and two years ago, Galifianakis put Haist in a one-bedroom apartment. He now pays her rent and utilities.
     Before Monday's Hangover III premiere, the 87 year old Haist said she was looking forward to catching up with her old friend. She said, "If he's in town, he takes me, if not, he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It's fun, not something I've ever dreamed I'd experience. The limo takes me home afterwards."

TOP IRS OFFICIAL WILL INVOKE THE FIRTH AMENDMENT IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Lois Lerner, who heads up the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt division, plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in a hearing Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs.
The Fifth Amendment provides that U.S. citizens may not be compelled to offer testimony if telling the truth would incriminate them.