Thursday, February 27, 2014

ARIZONA BILL VETOED
An Arizona bill that would allow the state's businesses to refuse service to gay patrons and others based on religious belief is dead.  The Governor says she vetoed the bill because she thinks it'll cause more problems than it will solve....She says the wording is too broad. 

DELTA AIRLINES COMMUTER JET EVACUATES PASSENGERS
Technicians are inspecting a Delta Airlines commuter jet after an emergency evacuation of passengers in California due to smoke in the cabin.  The plane landed at Oakland International Airport last night after reporting the mysterious problem and passengers rushed out of the main cabin as soon as the jet reached the gate.  None of the 75 passengers or four flight crew members were injured.  

PAULA DEEN'S FIRST RESTAURANT OPENING SINCE SCANDAL, WILL BE HERE IN TENNESSEE 
Paula Deen is getting ready to open her first restaurant since all that scandalous stuff came out. Her $20 million dollar Paula Deen's Family Kitchen will oepn next to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. You should It'll open late this summer.

LONE STAR TICKS CAUSING SEVERE RED MEAT ALLERGY 
Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say lone star ticks are to blame for an increasing number of people are being diagnosed with a severe food allergy which leaves them unable to eat red meat.

DOGS DON'T REALLY FEEL GUILT, ESPECIALLY HOURS AFTER EVENT
The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting, "Bad dog!" because your dog misbehaves, just remember that no matter how guilty your pet looks, he doesn't know what you're shouting about. People SWEAR, "My dog knows he did something wrong," but experts say the dogs' response is just a reaction to your negative voice and nasty body language. Animal behaviorists say you should chalk it up as a learning experience, and don't leave your pets alone where they can do the damage, or make environmental changes to keep your pet out of trouble.  

BILL COULD INCREASE PENALTY TO 1000 DOLLARS FOR TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
There's a new push for stiffer penalties for people caught texting while driving.  A House subcommittee has been looking at a bill that would increase the fine for the SECOND offense of texting while driving, to as much as $1,000. Right now it's just $50 for each offense. It'll go to our lawmakers .. IF the subcommittee signs off on it, first.
 
OBAMA WORKING ON NEW JOBS PLAN
President Obama is taking the wraps off a plan to bring down the extremely high unemployment rate in the African-American and Hispanic communities.  Today Obama will outline an initiative he's calling "My Brother's Keeper."  The announcement at the White House is expected to include a gathering of young men Obama met last year in his adopted hometown of Chicago.  

ARIZONA BILL SHOT DOWN
A bill that would have allowed Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay patrons and others based on religious belief is not going to become law. The Governor says the wording is not right, and that she vetoed the bill because she believed it would cause more problems than it purports to solve.  

NUTRITION LABELS MAY CHANGE TO REFLECT HOW WE REALLY CONSUME FOOD
Nutrition labels are due for their first makeover in 20 years. The Food and Drug Administration is proposing some changes to the labels, including making the total calorie count easier to see and emphasizing added sugars and certain nutrients such as Vitamin D and potassium.
          The FDA is also proposing changes to serving size requirements in an effort to more accurately reflect what people usually eat or drink. For example, a 20-ounce soda would be counted as a single serving, instead of two, like current labels show.

NASA FINDS NEW PLANETS
NASA says it's identified more than 700 new planets outside of our solar system.  Four of the 715 newly-discovered planets appear to be in what is apparently called the "Goldilocks Zone" which could make it possible for them to sustain life.  

MT.JULIET CRACKING DOWN ON SHOPLIFTERS
The Mt. Juliet Police Department says if you shoplift, you will go to jail. They're adopting a zero tolerance policy for shoplifting, and say instead of writing up  misdemeanor citations if you shoplift, you just go to jail. Mt. Juliet, with its popular Providence shopping area, had a 37-percent increase in shoplifting cases last year. 

WEST END OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE CLOSES
In case you hadn't heard, the Outback Steakhouse on West End has shut down. It was one of 22 under-performing locations, nationwide. 

SEX OFFENDER PHOTO ON DRIVER LICENSE?
Should sex offenders have the words 'sex offender' stamped on their driver license? In red? Three times? There's a bill proposing that, and our lawmakers have been discussing it. The sponsor of the House bill says he got the idea from a daycare where people have to show identification to be able to pick up children. Critics say the stamp would open offenders to ridicule. Proponents say it's not intended to protect sex offenders, just potential victims. 

BEN BRILEY ON AMERICAN IDOL
Gallatin's Ben Briley just rocked it with "Folsom Prison Blues" on American Idol last night. Harry Connick, Jr. called it the performance of the night.

NASHVILLE LAWN AND GARDEN SHOW THIS WEEKEND
www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com
Heads up to gardeners, the Nashville Lawn and Garden show starts today at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

ELDERLY WOMAN WAVES AT STUDENTS EVERY DAY, THEN GETS A HUGE SURPRISE
Never underestimate the power of an act of kindness. There's an elderly widow woman who lives near a school, and who sits at her window and waves at the kids, every day. She's done it for years. On Valentine's Day, she got a HUGE surprise: the kids invited her to the school and held a ceremony for her, giving her flowers and candy, cards, playing a special video and thanking her, personally, for making their lives better.  She was in TEARS, and said she was just overwhelmed. It is the SWEETEST video you will see all week.

FOUR ARRESTED FOR BREAK-IN, PURSUIT
Four people accused of breaking into a home in Franklin and then leading police on a chase are behind bars.  Investigators say Wednesday's pursuit ended in south Nashville when the suspects crashed their van into a fence at the Prestige Pointe Apartments near Paragon Mills Elementary School.  Police are still looking for a fifth person that managed to flee.

GMA HOSTS EPIC 'LET IT GO' SING-ALONG ON BROADWAY