Monday, March 11, 2013

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
It is now Daylight Saving time. If you spent the weekend trying to take advantage of the nice weather, you may not have gotten around to something we're supposed to do each time we change the clocks: check your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
And something else fire experts say is a huge thing, but that most of us don't do as we should: change out your smoke alarms every 10 years. They may fail, and you'll never know about it till someone dies in a fire and you're wondering why the alarm didn't go off.

MORNINGS ARE DARKER, SO WATCH OUT FOR KIDS HEADED TO SCHOOL
And since it's darker later in the morning, now, school officials remind you to watch out for pedestrians on your ride in, and especially children who may be headed to school in the dark.

GAS PRICES GOING DOWN
Gas prices are going down again! They're down just over five-cents per gallon over the past two weeks.  The average price of self-serve regular gas was just over three-73 per gallon on March 8th.

6 TEENS KILLED, TWO INJURED IN OHIO CRASH
Investigators think speeding caused the crash of a sport utility vehicle carrying eight teenagers in northeast Ohio that slammed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond, killing five boys and the young woman driving. State Highway Patrol offficers say the SUV had been taken without permission.

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS MEETING
The College of Cardinals is meeting today, getting ready for a vote Tuesday to elect a new Pope. 

JAPAN TWO YEARS AFTER TSUNAMI
It was two years ago today that we woke up hearing about people in Japan being hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Nearly 19,000 people were dead or missing by the time it was all over. More 300-thousand are still displaced. As many held memorial services, and observed a moment of silence, others were filing lawsuits for their damages and suffering. 

CAPRIATI IN TROUBLE
Tennis champ Jennifer Capriati is in trouble for allegedly attacking her ex-boyfriend. Capriati has won 14 titles and earned a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. Her ex says after they broke up last year, she stalked and harassed him 7 times, called his workplace 50 times in one day, and showed up at his job.  In the latest incident, she allegedly attacked him at his gym, till a yoga instructor stopped her, and the boyfriend locked himself in a locker room and called 9-1-1. She claims he made up the story.

PET FROGS LINKED TO SALMONELLA
There's a salmonella outbreak in kids, that's been linked to pet frogs. Pediatricians say this is a good opportunity to remind children that they should wash their hands after playing with ANY pet, but especially when it's something like a frog or iguana, that can carry salmonella. Findings for the study are in the journal "Pediatrics."

ASHLEY JUDD RUNNING FOR OFFICE
Word is that actress Ashley Judd WILL run for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

GIRL SCOUTS HELP CATCH THIEF OUTSIDE WALMART
Four members of Girl Scouts Troop in Memphis helped police catch a crook.  As the four girls sold cookies outside a Walmart, a shoplifter ran out of the story and by the table. The girls were able to give police a full description and the cops caught the thief.

HENDERSONVILLE WOMAN TRIAL STARTS TODAY
The trial for the Hendersonville woman accused of murdering her newborn twins starts today. If Lindsey Lowe is convicted she could get life in prison. 

LAB TECHNICIAN SPEAKS ABOUT MENINGITIS OUTBREAK
A Massachusetts lab technician says he warned his supervisor before last year's deadly outbreak of meningitis. In an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" Joe Connolly said he was concerned that the company had gotten greedy, and was getting sloppy... and that his supervisor at New England Compounding Center shrugged off his warning. Eventually, 17-thousand vials of a contaminated steroid were shipped to clinics and hospitals in 23 states, killing close to 50 people, and causing more than 700 to get treated for infections.

IS HASSELBECK IN OR OUT ON 'THE VIEW'?
You probably heard that 70-year-old comedienne Joy Behar said she's leaving The View. Now there are rumors that Elizabeth Hasselbeck is being let go as well. The rumors claim it's because viewers find her too right wing and extremist and say they don't watch because of her. The View, however, says, "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of The View and has a long-term contract." 

MARK BURNETTE SAYS 'STRANGE THINGS' HAPPENED DURING FILMING OF 'THE BIBLE'
"The Bible" was a television ratings miracle when the History Channel miniseries premiered last Sunday.
With 13.1 million tuning in to the five-part docudrama's debut, "The Bible" smote the competition -- including the networks -- and became cable's most-watched program this year.
And, producer Mark Burnette says 'strange things'happened on the set during filming.
For example, just when the actor playing Jesus said, "The Holy Spirit is like the wind," Burnette says, "a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert. Everyone just looked at everyone like, 'What just happened?'"
    Burnett's most shiver-inducing story involves nearly 50 serpents crashing the crucifixion scene.
"We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we've got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can't afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. [But] on the day of the crucifixion, he found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross."
Miracles or good luck -- what do you believe? And are you watching "The Bible"?
It's on every Sunday night, for five weeks. Started March 3rd. Two hours a night.

TIMBERLAKE NOW A 5-TIMER ON SNL
When it comes to hosting Saturday Night Live, Justin Timberlake  feels right at home. The singer - who had hosted the show four times before Saturday - called on some of his famous friends to make his fifth stint extra special. During his opening monologue, Timberlake boasted that he now had membership to the "Five Timers Club," an exclusive New York organization reserved for repeat hosts. Upon arriving, Timberlake, 32, was greeted by Paul Simon, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Candice Bergen.

RICK SPRINGFIELD ARRESTED
The "Jessie's Girl" singer was arrested and nearly didn't make it to a concert. Turns out it had to do with a recent DUI. His wife brought the paperwork to jail to show he'd taken care of it, and police released him with no charges.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL AT BOX OFFICE 
"Oz the Great and Powerful" killed Jack the Giant Killer -- and all the other movies at the box office this weekend. "Oz" was the most watched movie, earning 80-million dollars in the U.S., 8 times more than "Jack's" second place 10 million dollars.

NASHVILLE BIKE SHARE PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE
Nashville's bike share program is up and running.  More than 150 bikes at 20 automated kiosks are available to rent.  Daily passes can be purchased, as well as seven-day, 30-day and annual memberships.

SUPPORTERS, OPPONENTS TO MEDICAID EXPANSION SPEAK OUT
The debate over expanding Medicaid in Tennessee continues.  On Saturday, supporters held a town hall meeting at Progressive Baptist Church, while those against expansion held a rally on Sunday on the steps of Capitol Hill in Nashville.  Governor Bill Haslam says he will make a decision on the issue by the end of the month.