Friday, February 7, 2014

WINTER STORM
More than half a million of our friends and neighbors in the Northeast are without electricity this morning... in the freezing cold. The winter storm has pulled down power lines and knocked out transformers for people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, and Maryland.. ane they're expecting more snow and subfreezing temperatures this weekend.

LOCAL SNOW
Here, locally, we're expecting some snow, ourselves. We have a winter weather advisory in effect...with snow flurries today, more snow tonight... and maybe an inch of accumulation by tomorrow morning. If you'll be driving in the morning... some slick spots on the road as well. 

OLYMPICS BEGIN
The Olympic winter Games have started. And the Opening Ceremony is today...NBC will broadcast the event tonight at 7:30 Eastern. 

HOFFMAN FUNERAL
Family and friends of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman will say their final goodbyes today during a private funeral at a Manhattan church.  A larger memorial service for the Oscar winner will be held later this month.

CHILD LEUKEMIA NOT LINKED TO POWER LINES
For years, there's been this vague fear that power lines are giving kids cancer... A new study frim British researchers finds kids who live near overhead power lines do not have a higher risk of developing leukemia ( from the 1980s on. They say a higher risk did exist in the 1960s and 70s.  Researchers say the findings are "reassuring" but they're doing more work to understand reasons for the higher risk in the earlier decades of the study.)

BNA SAYS LEAVE EARLY, HEAVY TRAVEL EXPECTED TODAY
If you're going to the airport today, you DEFINITELY need to get there early. Airport officials say you should get there 2 hours ahead of your flight time to make sure you get through security and catch your flight. They're expecting extremely high volume at the airport because attendees at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association are all leaving town and heading home. Their special speaker was reportedly the real Captain Phillips... the subject of the hit Tom Hanks movie. www.FlyNashville.com

MICHAEL J FOX SHOW CANCELLED
The Michael J Fox show has been cancelled. Not enough people watching. Hollywood Game night moves to his Thurssday night slots.. starting Feb 27th.. Fox says he'll still do guest appearances on shows including The Good Wife.

TN. COUPLE CHARGED WITH MURDER IN GIRL'S DRINKING DEATH
A Tennessee couple goes to court today to face murder charges... in the death of a five year old girl. Doctors say little Alexa Linboom died two days after her father and his wife forced her to drink two gallons of grape soda and water as punishment. (Forty-one year old Randall Vaughn and 58-year old Mary Vaughn are charged with first degree murder, child abuse, and child neglect.)

STUDY FINDS YOGURT LOWERS DIABETES RISK
Every time you eat a yogurt... give yourself a little pat on the back! Eating yogurt has been found to help prevent diabetes. You can also get that effect by eating other fermented dairy products including low fat cheese. 

BABIES GO RED FRIDAY, TOO.
Today is GO RED DAY. We're supposed to wear red to bring attention to heart disease, which is still the number one killer of men and women. More than all cancers combined. Today the newborns in Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospitalwill wear custom-made red knit caps in honor of National Wear Red Day, to show support for their moms' heart health... and if you're out tonight, you'll notice a lot of buildings lit with red lights... it's quite a pretty sight. They include the Adventure Science Center, the Frist Center, Hard Rock Cafe, NES, the Parthenon, and the State Capitol.

LENO SAYS GOODBYE
A new chapter in "Tonight Show" history is set to begin soon.  On Thursday, Jay Leno ended his 22-year run as host of NBC's late night talk show. Leno tearfully thanked the audience for contributing to his consistent number one ratings. 

BAD LUNCH IDEA
A private girls' high school in northern California is being criticized for a Black History Month lunch menu that featured fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon. When school officials announced the special black history month special, students and parents were reportedly outraged.

MOST AMERICANS LIKE THE BEATLES, PAUL IS THE FAVORITE
Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in the U.S., and even a half-century later the group remains very popular on this side of the Atlantic.  Three-quarters of the respondents in a CBS News poll say they like the Fab Four "at least a little," while nearly 40-percent describe themselves as Beatle fans.  The numbers are even higher among people ages 55 to 64.  Ninety-percent of those who were five-to-14-years-old in 1964, when The Beatles made their historic debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," like the band.  Overall, just 15-percent say they don't like the group.