Monday, April 29, 2013

HEAVY WEEKEND RAIN FLOODS SOME HOMES
Thank goodness for the sunshine today! We need to dry out. We got more than 3 inches of rain this weekend in the Nashville area, people in other parts of the state, including Clarksville, got a lot more, and had some serious flooding problems because of it. At least one family in La Vergne had to evacuate their home Saturday because the water was knee-deep in the yard. There are people affected in Williamson, Davidson and Montgomery Counties, and a Mix 92.9 listener reminded us this morning that Old Harding Pike at the golf course in Bellevue was still flooded this morning, and drivers couldn't get through. SEE FLOODING PHOTOS.

MAURY COUNTY SCHOOLS USING MORE TECHNOLOGY
Some Maury County school officials have decided not to fight technology, they're incorporating it into the classroom. Instead of telling kids not to bring their smartphones and tablets to class, a couple of schools are encouraging them to bring the devices to school twice a week to help with assignments. School officials say they're doing it in just a couple of schools right now, trying to work out any kinks with the plan before they implement it in all of Maury County next year. 

MCCAIN: PREPARE AN INTERNATIONAL FORCE TO INTERVENE IN SYRIA
Senator John McCain is apparently leaning towards getting the United States involved in the conflict in Syria. The Arizona Republican says an international force should be ready to go into Syria, and provide arms to the rebel forces, if evidence confirms the use of chemical weapons. 
Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) used appearances this weekend to  push for an intervention in Syria now that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is believed to have used chemical weapons on a small scale.
Syria is “going to become a failed state by the end of the year” if we don’t intervene, Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He warned that “we’re going to start a war with Iran because Iran’s going to take our inaction in Syria as meaning we’re not serious about their nuclear weapons program…. The whole region is going to fall into chaos.”
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, however, said there is no conclusive chain of evidence of the use of chemical weapons. 

SERVICES SET FOR GEORGE JONES
George Jones' funeral will be open to the public. His publicist says that's how George would have wanted it. The service is Thursday morning at 10 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Jones was 81 when he passed away last Friday. (Eight days after going in for fever and irregular blood pressure. He was just two months into his year-long farewell tour when he died. His family is asking fans to make donations to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund instead of sending flowers.)

9-11 LANDING GEAR FOUND, NEW YORK OFFICIALS WILL LOOK FOR MORE REMAINS
Medical examiners start searching for human remains today near where more 9-11 wreckage was found just last week, wedged between two buildings in New York City.

FREEDOM TOWER TO REACH NEW HEIGHT TODAY
The Freedom Tower will reach its full height today as the final pieces of One World Trade Center's spire are put into place. If you count the height of the spire, the skyscraper at One World Trade Center will be the tallest in the country, and third tallest in the world, at 17-hundred, 76-feet. It'll open to the public next year.

SOAPS ONLINE TODAY
After being cancelled on TV, "All My Children"
and "One Life To Live"
are coming back today, but online, on WWW.hulu.com. There'll be new episodes Mondays through Thursdays, with 30-minute recaps of the week on Friday mornings. That means, as times change, soap operas have moved from radio to TV and now to the internet.

ON YOUR TV TONIGHT
Tonight is the season finale of "How I Met Your Mother," "Bones," and "The Following", it's the first part of the knock-out rounds tonight on "The Voice," and on "Dancing With the Stars," it's Latin Night, with a performance by Juanes.

MICHAEL JORDAN MARRIES
Basketball legend Michael Jordan got married over the weekend. Would you believe he married a short, stocky woman who's not famous for anything? Nah. Didn't think you would. He married a super-gorgeous model at a celebrity filled wedding in Palm Beach. 

REPORT CLAIMS CIA SENT MILLIONS TO AFGHAN, EMPOWERING WARLORDS
A new report claims America's CIA delivered tens of millions of dollars to the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for over a decade in the hope of gaining influence, but claims that instead of gaining a foothold in Afghanistan, the CIA money helped feed corruption and empowered Afghan warlords.

KENTUCKY DERBY WEEK
And it's Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs. Owners, trainers and jockeys are getting ready for the 139th "Run for the Roses" on Saturday.  Among the favorites this year are Wood Memorial winner Verrazano and Florida Derby champion Orb.

NIGHTLY TICKETS FOR CMA FESTIVAL ARE SOLD OUT, SETS RECORD
If you've waited to buy tickets for the nightly CMA Music Festival shows, you've waited too late. The nighttime shows are sold out. The festival is June 6th through 9th.

ON YOUR TV TONIGHT
On your TV, some of the shows that have been renewed include: "Revolution," "Parenthood," "Grimm" and "Law & Order: SVU." 
Season finales tonight include "Bones," and "The Following."
Tonight "The Big C" starts its final season, so think of Kim Leslie at about 9:20 because she will be sobbing into her crying towel in front of the TV.
And tonight is the first part of the knock-out rounds on "The Voice," and on "Dancing With the Stars," it's Latin Night, with a performance by Juanes.

U.S. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS BACK ON JOB
Hey, you shouldn't be stuck with delays at the airport because of air traffic controllers anymore, Congress has passed a workaround measure to let the Federal Aviation Administration fully fund air traffic controllers, rather than put them on furlough once every couple of weeks.
The Federal Aviation Administration had been furloughing air traffic controllers, saying the mandated cuts were necessary and part of agency-wide furloughs.
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the FAA could have averted the flight delays on its own by cutting costs elsewhere and adjusting work schedules.

CLINT EASTWOOD'S WIFE GOES TO JAIL
Dina Eastwood, Clint Eastwood's wife, has checked into rehab to tackle personal issues. She's been married to Clint since 1996, and is being treated for depression and anxiety, according to www.TMZ.com.

CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER
Every year the White House hosts a dinner for the journalists who cover the White House and news about the President. At this weekend's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, President Barack Obama joined Conan O'Brien as they both poked fun at the media, other politicians and the President, himself.

"GLEE'S" CORY MONTEITH OUT OF REHAB
"Glee" star Cory Monteith is out of rehab after admitting himself in March for treatment for substance abuse. This was the 30 year-old's second time in rehab, so his friends, fans and girlfriend -- "Glee" star Lea Michele- are hoping he can stay clean this time.

FOUR PEOPLE STABBED AT NEW MEXICO CHURCH
Police are still trying to figure out what caused a man to attack four people at a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico during Sunday services. He suddenly leapt over pews and started stabbing the lead singer in the choir. Four people are injured, two in critical condition, but are expected to recover. The guy was tackled by members of the congregation and held until police got there.

TN. 13 YEAR-OLD GETS RESULTS FROM LETTER TO POLITICIAN
Fiona Murphey, 13, from Nashville wanted to do something to improve the environment, so she wrote her congressman.   The student at West End Middle School wrote a five-page letter to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper to support a renewable energy bill as part of an English assignment and didn't actually expect a reply.   But the Nashville Democrat instead showed up at her school to surprise her in front of all of her classmates.  He presented Murphey with a certificate and announced he would co-sponsor bill that would allow the federal government to lease public land for wind and solar   evelopment.  Fiona was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, often called brittle bone disease, and uses a wheelchair, but she has not allowed her health challenges to suppress her goals.

TIM TEBOW LET GO
Tim Tebow couldn't get any playing time last season when the New York Jets had three quarterbacks on the roster. Following the selection of Geno Smith last week, they had six.
Well, now they have five.
Tebow was informed Monday morning when he arrived at the team's facility he'll be waived, and the team put out a statement: "We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason (losing weight). We wish him the best moving forward."

SECOND ANNIVERSARY FOR WILL AND KATE