Friday, January 17, 2014

NASHVILLE AMONG TOP CITIES FOR BED BUGS
Let's get the icky story out of the way, first. There's a new list out... of the top 25 cities in the country for bedbugs. Nashville made the list. We're at number 23 for the most bed bugs in the country.  Orkin put the list together, based on the number of bed bug treatments they have to do in each city. Chicago was number one.

SNOW, SLEET, BLACK ICE REPORTED THIS MORNING IN NASHVILLE
We really got some intense snow, sleet and wind this morning in the Nashville area. And, since temps were below freezing, there were reports of black ice on some roads. Especially on less traveled, secondary roads. Drivers in Hermitage and Mt. Juliet both reported slick, dangerous spots. One woman says she hit black ice on Saundersville Road in Hermitage just before 6 this morning, and slid into a utility pole, breaking it in half, and police say several other vehicles slid off that same road a few miles away in Wilson county.

AMP MEETING
There's another AMP meeting tonight so you can be in on the planning process for the proposed new Rapid Bus Transit system in Nashville. Tonight's meeting is at West End Middle School. And while the public helps put together the plan, the Mayor and city leaders are working on getting a federal grant to make it all happen.

BUDGET GOES TO WHITE HOUSE
Our lawmakers have approved a more than one-trillion-dollar budget that'll prevent another government shutdown and all the posturing that came with it. The compromise budget fully funds the federal government through the current fiscal year. 

HEALTH: GOOGLE'S NEW SMART CONTACT LENS
The International Diabetes Foundation estimates one in ten people WORLDWIDE could have diabetes within the next 20 years... and Google has found a way to tap into that market. The company is showing off a prototype of a smart contact lens. You wear it, it measures the glucose level in your TEARS and flashes a little light if it gets out of whack. Google says it's working on apps now, so the smart contact lens can send the glucose measurement info to you and to your doctor. 

"PROFESSOR" FROM "GILLIGAN'S ISLAND" CLASSIC TV SHOW DIES
Veteran character actor Russell Johnson, best known for playing the scientific know-it-all... The Professor, on the 1960s TV comedy "Gilligan's Island" has passed away. He was 89. 

FACEBOOK ADDS TRENDING TOPICS
And Facebook says it's adding one more new thing... a trending topics feed on the right side of the page. 

OBAMA TO SPELL OUT GOV'T. SURVEILLANCE REFORMS TODAY
A senior White House administration official is saying that President Obama will announce today that he's ending the controversial National Security Agency phone data surveillance program "as it currently exists."  Obama is expected to order the intelligence-gathering program to transition into one that addresses concerns about privacy and civil liberties. 

MADONNA INJURY
And this story is going to make you feel pretty out of shape for hurting yourself brushing your teeth.... Madonna has hurt herself ... but it's because the 55-year-old was DANCING IN HIGH HEELS. She has a bone bruise in her foot. But, hasn't let it slow her down much. She instagrammed a photo of her workout... swinging that injured leg... as she stood on crutches....And the hashtag: nothingcanstopme. ( You GO, girl!)

TEXTING PLAYING BIG ROLE IN FIRST DATES
If you're trying to get back into the dating world, there's something you need to know: how to text. Texting has become a prominent part of dating, especially at the start of a relationship. 3 in 4 women in a recent dating poll said they'd like men they'd just met to make the initial contact via text. And many of the single ladies say they've turned down men for a first date, if he waited too long to text. The rule seems to be... you need to make first contact within 48 hours. 

NASHVILLE FILMING IN SPRINGFIELD, TN NEXT WEEK
We have some BEAUTIFUL places here in Middle Tennessee! That fact has not escaped the attention of producers for the TV show Nashville. They've reportedly picked out some places in Springfield, Tennessee where they want to film next week.

APPARENT BURGLAR THWARTED BY PULLING A PUSH DOOR
Nobody said crooks are smart! In Chicago, a would be robber... trying to break into a bar.... managed to get the lock off the door, but then struggled and struggled... pulling and tugging on the door, trying to get it open...he finally gave up and left. The wanna-be thief apparently did not see that big sign right in front of him that said, "PUSH" to open.

FLU SEASON PEAKS ACROSS UNITED STATES, CDC SAYS DEATH TOLL NEARS EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS
This is the time of year when SO many offices have someone out sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the Flu season is reaching its peak in the U.S.  The percentage of deaths from the flu is just shy of the epidemic threshold, with widespread flu activity in 35 states, and most of the cases involving the H1N1 strain of influenza.

STUDY: DIET SODA DRINKERS CONSUME MORE CALORIES
People who drink diet soda may find they're not hitting their mark when it comes to weight loss.  Researchers at Johns Hopkins say overweight and obese adults who drink diet sodas actually increase their intake of food calories, and end up weighing more.