Monday, April 15, 2013

TAX FILING DEADLINE IS TODAY
It's April 15th, Tax Day. You have to have your tax return or your extension request filed by today or face I.R.S. fines and penalties. The line at the post offices to get the stamp before midnight is not nearly as long as it used to be. The IRS estimates that at least 85% of Tennesseans have filed taxes online this year, either through their preparers or on their own computers.

TAX DAY FREEBIES AND DEALS
Some companies are offering tax day freebies, including McDonald's, giving away free small coffees, Maggie Moo's offering free scoops of ice cream at its Lebanon, Tennessee store, and many Office Depots offering free paper shredding.

TAX FREEDOM DAY IS THIS WEEK
If you figured up how much you pay in taxes, and then how many months of salary it'd take to pay that, you get so-called "Tax Freedom Day." This year it's April 18th. Americans will pay nearly three-trillion-dollars in federal taxes this year.  

VANDY DOCTOR STARTS PROGRAM ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR KIDS
A trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says he sees too many kids hurt from conflicts that turn violent. So rather than just talking about it, he's taken action and started a program at a local Middle School to teach conflict resolution. Dr. Manish Sethi says surgeons need to get on the front end of conflict that's been bringing them a steady stream of gun-wounded teenagers. 

SENATE DEBATES GUN CONTROL
The Senate debates gun control this week. The focus of the talks will be a bipartisan measure to expand federal gun background checks. 

LONG COMMUTES ARE FATAL
How much does traffic stress you out? A new study finds the longer your commute, the longer the stress, and the more likely it'll kill you. Researchers say commutes over 30 miles cause higher blood pressure, stress and heart disease, and say that people with longer commutes die younger than those who live closer to their work.

SURVEY SAYS DAYDREAMING MORE DANGEROUS THAN TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
You know what's even more dangerous than texting and driving-- and we ALL do it? Not paying attention. Daydreaming. A new poll done by Erie Insurance Group found one in ten fatal car crashes in the country were caused by people who were distracted. Daydreaming is the leading cause of fatal crashes. Drivers who said they were "lost in thought" were five times more likely to be involved a fatal crash than drivers who were texting.

NASHVILLE ATTORNEY'S LICENSE SUSPENDED OVER CHARGES TO DISABLED CLIENT
Nashville attorney John E. Clemmons' law license has been suspended. Court officials in Rutherford County found Clemmons had paid himself more than $50,000 in unauthorized legal fees from the account of one of his clients who's in a nursing home. Clemmons has been conservator for the disabled man.

BLUE ANGELS CANCELS 2013 SEASON
People seem to be divided over whether this is good or bad. The Navy's Blue Angels jets will not be flying over your head at sporting events this year. They've cancelled their 2013 season, because of federal budget cuts from the sequester. The Finance Department says the Navy spent $39 million dollars to have the Blue Angels do shows last year.

MIAMI MAN CONSTRUCTING REPLICA OF NOAH'S ARK
Four Miami men are working on building a replica of Noah's Ark, following measurements laid out in the Bible. They expect it to cost one-point-five million dollars. The builder who came up with the idea says he was inspired by images of animals in distress after Hurricane Katrina. When the project is complete, he hopes to put a museum and a petting zoo into the structure to raise environmental awareness.

FORMER TEXAS COURT OFFICIAL SUSPECT IN TEXAS KILLINGS
Police think they have the man in custody who shot a Texas District Attorney, his wife and the Assistant D.A. Turns out it's a former Texas court official... 46 year-old former justice of the peace Eric Williams. So far he's been charged with emailing "terroristic threats" to county employees.... and is held on a 3 million dollar bond.

DAD GETS FOUL BALL, KID THROWS IT BACK
If you've seen that heartbreaking video where a little boy throws back a foul ball at an Oakland ballgame and his parents and brother make him feel horrible -- he's hiding his face in his baseball glove -- you need to know there's a happy ending. After seeing the embarassed child, hiding his face, his dad angrily making the, "What the heck?" symbol, waving his arms at the little boy, an usher brought the foul ball back to the family. 

MASTERS WINNER
Adam Scott is the first Australian to win the Masters tournament.  (Scott made a 12-foot putt on the second playoff hole to beat Angel Cabrera. )

BOSTON MARATHON TODAY
The Boston Marathon is today. The 26.2-mile run is the oldest and one of the most prestigious foot races in the world. (Today's marathon forecast calls for perfect weather in the mid-50s.)

BIEBER CATCHING HEAT, PRAISE FOR ANNE FRANK COMMENT
Justin Bieber is catching some criticism for a comment he made after visiting the Anne Frank House.... He wrote in the guest register that he hoped Anne Frank might have been a fan. She died a teenager in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. Critics say the comment is very self-centered and in poor taste.

PRAISE FOR BIEBER'S VISIT TO ANNE FRANK HOUSE
Representatives of the Anne Frank house, however, say Bieber's visit was positive and may encourage more people to learn about the holocaust and about the little girl who wrote about its effects on her life.
Mr. Bieber has not yet commented on the visit but Annemarie Bekker, a spokeswoman for the Anne Frank House, told Reuters that she and her colleagues were “a bit overwhelmed” by the response that his comments drew. “He’s a 19-year-old boy taking the effort to come and see the museum,” Ms. Bekker said, “and we’d like to pointthat out, and I think it’s quite innocent what he put down.”

GEORGE W. BUSH GRANDPARENT
Former President George W. Bush is now a grandfather.  He released a statement saying his daughter Jenna gave birth to Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager Saturday night in New York City.  Mother and daughter are said to be doing well. 

NORTH KOREA CELEBRATES FOUNDER'S BIRTHDAY
Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is willing to reach out to North Korea if the communist state stops working to develop nuclear weapons.  With no sign of tension easing on the peninsula, North Koreans are celebrating their founder's birthday.  Today marks the 101st birthday of Kim Il Sung.  

PSY'S "GENTLEMAN" VIDEO HITS YouTube
Psy's Gangnam Style was seen more than 1.5 BILLION times on youtube. Now, he's released a new song, called Gentleman. His song-release viewing party had 50 thousand people in attendance, as he introduced what he hopes will be the latest dance craze, the "Arrogant Dance," and the latest fashion, a new version of M.C. Hammer pants.