Thursday, December 5, 2013


WEATHER STUFF
People are getting ready today for another winter storm that's moving across the country. It'll bring us much colder temperatures by tonight, and possibly icy conditions by tomorrow night. In fact, there's a winter storm watch for parts of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky for tomorrow (Friday) because Cheatham, Dickson and some other counties are expected to have accumulations of ice and sleet, with hazardous travel conditions. 

44 PERCENT OF DRIVERS MORE AGGRESSIVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Even without rain or sleet on the ground, it can be more challenging to drive safely this time of year: a new State Farm survey finds nearly HALF of drivers in America say they drive more aggressively during the holiday season. They blame it on the stress that comes with the season, and year-end. And what sets them off? Many say it's getting stuck in traffic jams and running late. 

PROTESTS TODAY FOR HIGHER WAGES FOR FAST FOOD WORKERS
Some people will be protesting today for higher wages for fast food employees. The median wage for food workers nationwide is eight-94 an hour.  

LAWMAKERS WORKING ON BUDGET DEAL
Speaking of money, our lawmakers may actually get their acts together and get a budget done before the deadline December 13th. Both political sides are reportedly optimistic they can do it. There are talks underway for a possible two-year budget agreement.  

PRESIDENT CAN'T HAVE IPHONE
He may be the leader of the free world, but President Obama is not allowed to have one, little, thing that millions of other Americans can .... an iPhone. The President told a group of young people meeting at the White House that he can't have Apple's popular smart phone because of "security reasons." 

9-1-1 RECORDINGS FROM SANDY HOOK
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says he has listened to the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack.... and says the recordings show how people stepped up to protect others during the shooting. The calls were released yesterday after a judge ordered them to be unsealed.

NSA INFORMATION-GATHERING
We're learning more about just how extensive the National Security Agency's information gathering really is.  The "Washington Post" reports that close to five billion records of the locations of cell phones are gathered each day. The program is in use worldwide.

MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICANS HAVE TECH ADDICTION
Even knowing we may be monitored... we CAN NOT do without those phones! A new survey finds more than half of gadget owners say they have anxiety as bad as going to the dentist when they're without their phones. And experts say as many as 1 in 8 people now show signs of gadget addiction.

AMERICANS MORE INCLINED TO BUY AMERICAN-MADE
Do we really CARE if it's "Made in the U.S.A.?" A new survey says, yes. Older adults consistently want American-made, but now it's a growing trend among younger people to look for the USA label. ...Most of us believe goods manufactured in the U.S. are of a higher quality -- and are SOMETIMES willing to pay more for them. BUT... when it comes to clothing, price -- not durability -- tends to determine purchasing decisions... no matter where the stuff wa smade.

ON YOUR TV:
YAY! NBC has renewed "The Blacklist" for a second season. Good, we need to find out what's going on with her husband!
Tonight is that live version of "The Sound of Music" starring Carrie Underwood...

TIRED OF MISSING YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY SHOW? HERE'S THE LINEUP FROM TVGUIDE
http://www.tvguide.com/special/holiday-guide/calendar.aspx

LOCAL SONGWRITER SUES BRAD PAISLEY AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD 
A local songwriter is suing Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, among others, because she feels her song "Remind Me" was stolen for their No. 1 hit called "Remind Me." Turns out she wrote it during a songwriting workshop, and it was critiqued by two of the people who went on to write the Underwood/Paisley hit.   The next step is for a judge to determine whether Bowen's song has elements that are substantially similar to the country stars' duet.

ERIN ANDREWS LAWSUIT GOES BEFORE NATIONAL JUDGE TODAY
Former ESPN reporter Erin Andrews gets a hearing this morning in her lawsuit against the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. She claims the hotel was negligent.... in allowing a stalker to videotape her through a peephole from the next room at the hotel. The issue today is whether Michael David Barrett, who is resisting extradition, can be transferred to Tennessee and compelled to testify in the case. 

GREAT SERVICE FOR YOUR NEXT NEW FURNITURE BUY! LOVE IT!
If you've EVER bought some of that flat-packed furniture that you have to PUT TOGETHER once you get it home, this is going to sound like a lifesaver! 
There's a 27 year old San Francisco guy who LOVES putting that furniture together, and does, for a fee -- and a drinkie or two. He says he just makes it fun. He adds, "I think we all want more than just a transaction. We want something that helps remind us that we're all in this thing together."

ENTERTAINMENT TIDBITS
HGTV STAR KILLED
38-year-old Bill Beckwith, one of the three co-hosts on HGTV's "Curb Appeal," has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.