Friday, July 19, 2013

ZIMMERMAN JURY GETS CASE
Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial are being told "don't connect the dots."  In his closing argument, defense attorney Mark O'Mara told the jury of six women to base their verdict only on the evidence that's been presented to them over the past three weeks.  Prosecutors started their opening statements yesterday by pointing out inconsistencies in Zimmerman's story about the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. 

HOMELAND SECURITY LEADER RESIGNS
Janet Napolitano will reportedly resign as Homeland Security Secretary today.  The former Arizona governor has held the post since 2009, at the start of the Obama administration.  There's no word on who may replace her.

GAS PRICES GOING BACK UP
Gas prices are up and oil industry analysts say they'll go up a lot more in the next few weeks. The average price across the country is 3.52 a gallon.

VANDERBILT RESPONDS TO ALERT CRITICISM
Vanderbilt University is responding to criticism that it didn't alert students and staff of an alleged sexual assault.  School officials say under the circumstances of this situation... they weren't required to send out a campus-wide alert.  Four football players are accused of sexually assaulting a female student in a dorm on campus last month. 

MAN GETS OUT OF JAIL, SHOT TO DEATH 15 MINUTES LATER
A Southeast Tennessee man got out of jail, and 15 minutes later was shot to death. Robert Vann Marshall had been arrested for threatening to kill his wife and children... and in spite of the fact that his wife had an order of protection against him, the MINUTE he posted bail, he headed to her house. His wife called 9-1-1.. but by the time cops got there, Mr. Marshall was lying dead where he'd been forcing his way into the house. no charges were filed.

TITANS TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY
Tennessee Titans single-game tickets go on sale today. They start at 36 dollars and you can buy them at LP Field or through www.ticketmaster.com

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS THIS WEEKEND
The Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival is this weekend in Murfreesboro. Starts today, runs through Sunday. Ricky Skaggs is the guest performer and Parade Grand Marshal. www.facebook.com/UncleDaveMaconDays  or www.uncledavemacondays.com

Tonight at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on broadway...  It's "Music at the frist"... featuring Jazz Guitarist John Richards... that's 6 to 8...the music is FREE. www.fristcenter.org

Tonight's (Fri) the night for the Harry Connick, Jr. concert at Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. www.woodsamphitheater.com

Beyonce is at Bridgestone Arena....tomorrow (Sat) night. The show is sold out but, if you're going, they want us to remind you to bring a donation for GOODWILL. They need things they can sell at the thrift stores, such as gently used clothing or household items.

Tomorrow night, (Sat) there's the free Big Band Dance at Centennial Park. It starts at 7:30.

TN COACH ARRESTED FOR INAPPROPRIATE TEXT TO STUDENT
A Mt. Pleasant youth softball coach has been charged with a sex crime involving a minor. Police say 37-year-old Patrick Johnson sent an inappropriate message to one of the girls on the softball team he coached... and she reported it to authorities. Johnson was finally busted when he showed up, thinking he was going to have sex with the girl. His court date is next Tuesday. 

TENNESSEE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM RANKED ONE OF BEST
For the fourth year in a row, Tennessee's transportation system ranks as one of the best in the nation. CNBC's 2013 study "America's Top States for Business," ranked Tennessee second best for "Transportation and Infrastructure." 

HEALTH: BATH SALTS MORE ADDICTIVE THAN METH 
If you think that teenager in your life is playing around with the drug called "bath salts" don't just assume he'll grow out of it. He may not live long enough to. A new study finds those synthetic "bath salts" are more potent and seem to be more addictive than methamphetamine.

MESSAGE FROM DECEASED DAUGHTER FINDS WAY BACK TO MOTHER
Here's a twist on the old 'message in a bottle' story. Mimi Fery's daughter died last year... at the age of 18, and Mimi was still having a hard time dealing with it. Just recently... Mimi gets a phone call from someone who says, Hey I found a bottle with a mesage in it, and your phone number."  Turns out that message had been written by Mimi's daughter when she was 8... ten years before she passed away... Mimi says she was crying, the guy who found the bottle was crying.. as he read her the note that said, 'Be excellent to yourself, dude!" Mom said that was exactly what she needed.... and considers it a mes quote from a movie the little girl loved. Mimi says she believes that message was from her daughter, to tell her she didn't need to hurt. just "be excellent to herself...' 

MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING WOMAN WITH BOAT SPEAKS OUT
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/22819829/suspect-in-vehicular-homicide-case-on-river-says-hes-innocent
A man arrested for a killing a woman with his boat on the Cumberland river is speaking out about the incident. Doug Jackson is charged with vehicular homicide... but he says it was just a horrible accident, when one of the passengers on the boat he was driving, fell out, and he ran over her, hitting her with the propeller.

AMERICANS ARE LIVING LONGER
A new study finds Americans are living longer than people just 20 years ago.... making the average life expectancy 78. Women still tend to live longer than men.

HEALTH: FDA LIMITS ARSENIC IN APPLE JUICE
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new limit on arsenic in apple juice. The proposal comes nearly two years after TV's "The Dr. Oz Show" claimed that arsenic levels in apple juice were too high.  (The new standard is ten parts per billion.)

ADOPTION FEES LOWERED FOR CATS
Metro Animal Care and Control has so many cats this time of year that they've GOT to find homes for, or put to sleep. So they've lowered the adoption fee right now for cats a year or older. You can adopt a cat for five bucks.That lower adoption rate will be good for the next 90 days. 

TODAY’S GAMERS DUMBER THAN PREVIOUS GENERATION?
The President of Nintendo says he thinks Gamers today are dumber than the previous generation. Someone asked him why Nintendo Games are getting easier. He said experiments show 90-percent of today's gamers can't get past the first level of Super Mario Brothers, a massively popular game from 1985. Many of them died to the very first enemy playing the game, he said. He said there were many other depressing examples, but he just couldn’t think of them at the time.

BOSTON STRANGLER
The body of the so-called Boston Strangler will be exhumed. Detectives think they've linked him to another murder, but they need more DNA to do their tests.