Friday, November 15, 2013

OBAMA PROPOSES A FIX FOR LOST INSURANCE PLANS
President Obama says he wants to let people with canceled health insurance policies keep those policies for another year.... even if the plans don't meet the minimum standards under the new healthcare reform. He's proposing that insurers be allowed to extend plans.
 
U.S. KEEPING PLEDGE TO HELP WIPE OUT ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE
The U.S. is keeping a pledge to help wipeout the multi-billion-dollar illicit global trade in wildlife.  Yesterday, authorities crushed six tons of seized ivory from thousands of elephants slaughtered by poachers for their prized tusks.  The work was done at a special storehouse in Colorado. 

MIAMI POLICE INVESTIGATING HOW MAN FELL FROM PLANE
Miami police are investigating how a man fell from a plane as it flew two-thousand feet above the ocean.  The pilot of the private plane said his passenger opened the door and either fell or jumped around 1:30 yesterday afternoon. 

VANDY TARGET OF COMPLAINT ABOUT HOW IT HANDLES SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Vanderbilt University is being criticized for how it responds to reports of sexual assaults. A group of current and former female students have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.. claiming that women are, "dissuaded from going forward with reports of sexual violence" and that there is a "lack of follow-through by staff and administrators in some cases." The women also claim Vandy has "inadequate sexual assault education efforts." 

PLAYSTATION 4 LAUNCHES TODAY
The geeks are geeking, the nerds are herding, the players are whipping out the cards to get the new, highly-anticipated PlayStation 4. PS4 hits stores today, and there were reports yesterday of lines already forming at some stores to get it. The 400-dollar device is said to be the first truly next-generation gaming unit to hit the market in several years. Games are supposed to look better, graphics and controllers are getting rave early reviews, and the PS4's user interface adds a social feed that broadcasts updates from friends. 

LIGHTING CEREMONY TODAY AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND
This is that fun time of year when we get the benefits of two holidays at once: Thanksgiving, just under two weeks away... and Christmas stuff is gearing up as well. The annual tree lighting ceremony at Gaylord Opryland Resort is tonight, 5:45, kicking off the 30th season of "A Country Christmas."

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IS THIS WEEKEND, NOV 15TH THROUGH 17TH
And Christmas Village is this weekend at the State Fairgrounds, in Nashville. (Tickets at www.ChristmasVillage.org or www.ticketsnashville.com)

ACME FEED AT CORNER OF FIRST AND BROADWAY TO BECOME MUSIC VENUE
Anyone who's been downtown in a long time has probably seen that old Acme Feed on the corner of Broadway and First. It's been empty for 14 years, but there are some new plans to turn it into a restaurant and music venue.

HOTEL GOING UP BY MUSIC CENTER
Another hotel is going up downtown. Developers announced yesterday they're going to build a 30-story Westin Hotel on the land across from the Music City Center.

HAPPY TALES HUMANE
And Happy Tales Humane says it's going to have to move from its place at the Factory in Franklin. They're been there for 14 years, and say they've been told the Factory is making some changes, and going in, 'a different direction,' so Happy Tales is looking for a new place. Because of that, they're only doing dog doptions through tomorrow, then they're holding off on those till they get into their new locaiton. 

TITANS LOSE TO THE COLTS
The Tennessee Titans lost last night to the Indianapolis Colts, 30-27. (The Titans play the Raiders on November 24th.)

POP WARNER PARTICIPATION DOWN NEARLY TEN PERCENT 
Fewer kids are playing Pop Warner football.  ESPN's "Outside The Lines" reports a drop of nearly ten-percent from 2010 to 2012 in a sign the NFL concussion controversy may be taking its toll.  Organizers say concerns over head injuries are the number one reason for the drop off.  There's also a current trend for kids to focus on just one sport.  The drop in participation is the biggest since the organization started keeping track.

BABY ILLNESS TIED TO PARENTS NIXING NEWBORN SHOT
There's so much information out there, how do you know what to believe when it comes to keeping your children safe? Apparently some Tennessee parents got bad information and their newborn babies got sick, possibly because of it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Tennessee had four cases this year of a rare infant illness, and that it was  linked to parents refusing a routine shot of vitamin K for newborns. The parents said they thought the shots weren't necessary, or could cause leukemia. Health officials say that's not true, and instead, the infants had  brain or stomach bleeding. They were treated with K and recovered. 

NHTSA: ROAD DEATHS UP 3% LAST YEAR
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says road deaths are up 3% from a year ago, and most of that increase involved pedestrians and motorcyclists. And, get this, ten times as many motorcycle riders died in states without helmet laws, as those with helmet laws.

CHINA RELAXAING ITS ONE CHILD POLICY
China is easing its longstanding policy on one child per family, saying that Chinese couples will be allowed to have two children, as long as one of the parents was an only child. China also says as a way to improve human rights, it will abolish labor camps. Tens of thousands of people are imprisoned in China without trial, right now.

TEN THOUSAND STRANGERS SIGN UP TO MAKE A LITTLE KIDS MAKE A WISH COME TRUE
Do you remember me telling you about the little five-year-old boy with cancer, whose Make a Wish was to be BATKID, and help catch some bad guys?
Well, this is happening TODAY, and it's turned into something AMAZING! Make a wish is not only making parts of San Francisco look like Gotham City, they're staging some rescues for little Batkid to help with, like a damsel tied to trolley tracks, and a criminal breaking into a bank vault, but they're having a big ceremony on the steps of City Hall to give BATKID the key to the city,  and they needed a crowd. So Make a Wish put out an ask for people to show up and cheer on the little boy. More than TEN THOUSAND people said they'd be there, including some who bought plane tickets and flew in from other states to be there. It's Make A Wish's biggest event ever. Now, everybody's just praying he's cured, so he can talk about it for a long time, afterwards. You can see his sweet little face on our mix facebook page. 

WORLD'S LARGEST CARTOON MUSEUM OPENS THIS WEEKEND IN OHIO
The world's largest cartoon museum opens this weekend at Ohio State University in Columbus.  The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is home to millions of newspaper comic strips, books and cartoons dating back to 1798.