Thur, February 23, 2012
WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN FATAL CRASH THOUGHT SHE WAS IN TAXI
The 22-year-old Antioch woman who was driving the wrong way on I 65 yesterday morning, crashed into another car and killed that person, told police she thought she was in a taxicab because she was too drunk to drive. Cops say Rebecca Benson of Antioch drove her Lexus the wrong way on the interstate for about a mile, before she hit the van driven by 29 year old Steffanie Leonard, of Franklin. Leonard, a route driver for Pepsi, died at the scene. Witnesses who rushed over to help say Benton cursed at them and seemed disoriented. She's in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt, and will be charged with vehicular homicide when she's released.
SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE LATE TODAY
Take your umbrella along today if you're not going to be home by 5. News 2 forecasts the chance of severe weather hitting us sometime between 5pm and midnight.
NEARLY HALF OF ALL AMERICANS DON'T PAY INCOME TAXES
This year’s Index of Dependence on Government has presented some surprising information about the sharp increase of Americans who rely on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance.... the fat that nearly half the American population doesn't pay income taxes, and most of that population receives generous federal benefits.
ARRIOLA RUMORED SAYING HE WON'T RESIGN
Davidson County Clerk John Arriola says he has no plans to resign despite the Metro Council's resolution Tuesday asking him to do so. Some think he was unethical in taking 40 dollar fees to marry people, then later saying it was a tip.. but unless the district attorney files charges against him, there's nothing that can be done about it.
PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY EXTENDED
You get another year of the payroll tax holiday... President Obama has officially signed it into law. It also extends federal unemployment benefits, and saves doctors who accept Medicare from taking a reimbursement cut.
FIRST NEW DIET DRUG IN 13 YEARS
The first NEW diet drug in 13 years could be on its way to the market. A Food and Drug Administration panel is recommending full FDA approval of the obesity drug Qnexa [[ CUE-nexa ]].
WARNING FROM NASHVILLE FIRE DEPT: TWO CHILDREN INJURED IN FIRES
The Nashville Fire Department is warning parents and caretakers to pay CLOSE attention to children, and keep fire-related items out of their reach.... after two small children were SERIOUSLY injured last week. a 4 year old in Madison, who caught his clothes on fire playing with a lighter and a 2 year old boy who took a lighter from his mother's purse and set his clothes on fire. Playing with matches or lighters is the leading cause of fire-related deaths in children ages five and younger.
ADVANCED MELANOMA DRUG NEARLY DOUBLES SURVIVAL TIME
There's one drug on the market that's doing BETTER than researchers expected. Zelboraf. It's used to treat advanced cases of the deadly skin cancer melanoma. A study found it nearly DOUBLES the length of patient's lives. They still die, because the melanoma is fatal, but they live twice as long as with other drugs... up to around 2 years.
NASHVILLE TENTH MOST FRUGAL CITY
Nashville has been ranked the tenth most frugal city in the country... by Coupons.com. They ranked cities by percentage of people who use digital coupons and coupons downloaded from Websites. Atlanta residents use the most anywhere.
DISTRICT 4 RESIDENTS EXPLORE BANKS' RECALL
Some of the people District Four Council member Brady Banks represents, say they don't want him to represent them now that he's been caught patronizing prostitution....and they're looking into options to recall him... to un-elect him.. since he doesn't look like he plans to willingly step down.
CENTENNIAL HIGH TEACHER SUSPENDED OPTS TO RESIGN
The Centennial High English teacher suspended last week for texting inappropriate messages to a student is resigning. David Noles was suspended without pay after police alerted school officials, but he says he regrets his behavior and that leaving is in the best interest of the student and school system. Noles taught at Centennial High for three years and coached football and is still under investigation.
PRESIDENT URGED TO RELEASE OIL TO LOWER GAS PRICES
Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey is urging President Obama to release oil from the nation's strategic reserve to help fight high prices. In a letter to the President, Markey says releasing oil from the reserve has historically helped push down oil prices.
MICHAEL JACKSON FORMER DOC WANTS FREE
The former personal physician to the late Michael Jackson wants his freedom while he works on his appeal. Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years behind bars for causing Jackson's death in 2009. Court papers filed Wednesday in Los Angeles state Murray should be let out of jail because he's not a flight risk, nor a danger to the community.
FAT CAT IN WISCONSIN SAVES WOMAN'S LIFE
And a cat in Wisconsin has saved his owner's life the day he was adopted from the pound. Amy Jung says she was having a diabetic episode, but was too weak to call her son. The cat ran into the boy's room, jumped onto the boy's CHEST, and woke him up so he could get help. The cat, Pudding, weighs 21 pounds; when a 21 pound cat jumps onto your chest, you wake up.
BIOLOGICAL ATTACK THREATENED
Several members of congress have received mail with a suspicious looking powder, and threats of a biological attack.
FORMER LACROSSE PLAYER CONVICTED OF MURDER
A Charlottesville jury has convicted former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely [[ HEW-glee ]] of second-degree murder and grand larceny in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love. The jury recommended a sentence of 26 years.
KORAN BURNING RETALIATION
The Taliban is calling on Afghans to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for the burning of copies of the Koran at the main NATO base in Afghanistan. At least five people were killed in violent protests Wednesday. NATO has already issued an apology for the book burning, calling it a "mistake."
It's been a deadly day in Iraq. At least 48 people are dead and dozens of others injured following a rash of shootings and bomb blasts. The attacks appear to have been targeting police forces in the Baghdad area. So far, no group has come forward to claim responsibility for the violence.
BEVERLY HILTON WORKERS FIRED FOR LEAKING HOUSTON INFO
Several people who worked at the Beverly Hilton Hotel are reportedly out of a job for talking about the Whitney Houston case. RadarOnline.com says the famed hotel pink-slipped a handful of employees who violated hotel policy by speaking to the media about the singer's death. The 48-year-old singer was found dead in her hotel room on February 11th. Houston was laid to rest last weekend in her homestate of New Jersey.