Friday, December 20, 2013

ADMINISTRATION EASING REQUIREMENTS FOR HEALTHCARE LAW
The Obama administration is easing up on requirements of the federal healthcare law. The White House now says the millions of people whose insurance policies were canceled can buy minimum health coverage or completely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance.  The original deadline was December 23rd for people to pick coverage to start on New Year's Day.  

CALIF WOMAN SUES TARGET STORES FOR SECURITY BREACH
A California woman is suing Target stores, claiming the retailer's security breach may have put her at risk for identity theft. The suit, filed in San Francisco, is expected to become a class action suit, with possibly millions joining in. It comes after Target's announcement that as many as 40-million shoppers' credit and debit card information were compromised between November 27th and December 15th. If you were involved, you should monitor your card account very closely and get a copy of your credit report, which you're allowed to do once a year for free. Target, meanwhile, says it's resolved the threat so you can shop with confidence.

HUME-FOGG STUDENT HIT BY SEMI, KILLED, SERVICE SET
Counselors were on campus at Hume-Fogg High School today to talk to students who need it, after a 17 year old Hume-Fogg kid was hit and killed by a semi, while crossing the street yesterday afternoon. Elena Zamora was crossing Rosa L. Parks at Church street when the accident happened. School officials say counselors will be available for kids today and, if needed, after winter break. Elena's visitation will be held Monday at Saint Henry Church from 10 a.m. to Noon with the funeral immediately following.  It remains unclear if the crosswalk signal was working or indicated to Elena that it was safe to walk at the time of the accident.  The driver of the truck, Troy Devitt, 45, of Alabama, was attempting to turn right onto Church Street and had a green light. He told police he did not see the teen.  He was hauling electronic equipment from Memphis to a firm on Polk Avenue in south Nashville at the time of the crash. Charges against Devitt were not immediately filed.

LAST SAT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BUSIEST, THOUGH WE'RE SPENDING LESS
This last Saturday before Christmas has been, traditionally, one of the busiest shopping days of the year! Though you may see some really good sales AFTER Christmas, since so far shoppers are spending less this year than last. One poll found four in ten of us say we just don't have it to spend.

FORMER TITANS CHEERLEADER VIOLATES PROBATION 
A former cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy is in trouble again. This time Elizabeth Garner has been arrested for violating her probation, by failing a drug test.

FAMILY GETS NEW CAR AFTER MOM CRASHES INTO RAVINE
Wash your ears out with this story: remember that Ashland City family going through such a tough time? The husband had been injured and couldn't work, so the wife, Christina Reeves, was working more, and fell asleep driving home, and drove into a ravine. The mother of three survived, but has a broken leg, broken ribs and neck and spine injuries. So now who's going to bring in money? But, their luck may have started changing yesterday afternoon, when a man they didn't even know bought them an SUV. 
George Shinn, the founder of the Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets, saw the family's story and said he just had to do something. He teamed up with Darrell Waltrip Motors to buy the family a 2010 Buick. The family was overwhelmed by the generous gift.  Christina says, "My jaw dropped to the floor and I just cried and I was just so thankful and blessed that he had such a warm heart to want to do that for us." The Reeves are thankful for the help and promise to someday pay it forward.

WINTER STARTS TOMORROW  
Winter starts tomorrow, with a high near 70 here in Tennessee. Tomorrow is also the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year - by just a few seconds. After tomorrow, we start seeing more hours of sunlight each day.

POSSIBLE FLOODING IN KY
As well as extremely warm temperatures this weekend, we've got rain in the forecast, but not as much as our neighbors in Kentucky. In southern Kentucky, they've got flood warnings till Sunday morning.

TODAY'S LAST DAY OF WORK FOR MANY
The good news, many of us can sleep in! Today is, for a lot of people, the last day of work for awhile. Merry Christmas! 

CANADIAN PILOT HAD HISTORY WITH POLICE
Investigators say the Canadian that crashed his plane at Nashville International Airport, killing himself, had a history with police. Investigators still don't know why Michael Callan rented a small plane, deviated from his flight plan, flew here from Canada to end up crashed at the Nashville airport. He'd been arrested across the border for robberies, as part of a pornography sting and for disturbing the peace. (Perhaps the weirdest of all the details to come out about that story was that Callan had listed Taylor Swift as his next of kin. She knew NOTHING about the guy.)

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE TODAY
If you're going to be out running around and you'd like an excuse to get off your feet for a bit, the Red Cross is hoping you'll stop by and donate blood.  They're holding a blood drive, and will have the bloodmobile out all over Middle Tennessee to catch up with you wherever you are. Suppllies are especially low because we've had so much wintry weather this year, and some of their other blood drives had to be cancelled.  

NASHVILLE RANKS 12TH FOR VOLUNTEERING
If trends hold, they should get plenty of help. Nashville still ranks among the top in the NATION for volunteering. About one in three of us donate our time, and give millions of hours of service each year, putting us in 12th place. 

WASHINGTON, DALLAS GAME THIS WEEKEND
If you're living with a Cowboys or a Redskins fan or, heaven forbid, both in the same house, there'll be no talking to them this Sunday: Dallas plays Washington, and if the Cowboys win, they go to the playoffs.  

DWAYNE JOHNSON TOP-GROSSING ACTOR OF 2013
Who brought in the big bucks at the box office this year? Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been named 2013's top-grossing actor by Forbes magazine, with his work grossing a collective $1.3 billion at the global box office. Next was Robert Downey Jr. - $1.2 billion, and Steve Carrell - $964 million.