Thursday, February 28, 2013

SNOWSTORM
People in the Midwest and Central Plains are digging out from a huge snowstorm that's now moved into New England.  The storm already dumped as much as a foot of snow on parts of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas.  

STORM EFFECTS HERE
The effects of the storm here will be our colder temperatures and a chance of snow through Saturday morning. We could have an inch of accumulation by the weekend

LOCAL TEACHER INVESTIGATED BY SEX CRIMES UNIT
A school teacher is being investigated by Metro Nashville's Sex Crimes Unit. Officials at Donelson Christian Academy say David Turner is on indefinite leave.... though they're not saying whether the allegations against Turner involve current students or are about something that happened on the DCA campus. Turner teaches elementary Spanish and computers at the private school.

METRO DETECTIVE UNDER INVESTIGATION
A Metro Nashville Police officer is under investigation. Detective Jacob Pilarski was decommissioned after an officer said he saw Pilarski meet a woman in his cruiser at Shelby Park. The District Attorney's Office says the police department's review will determine if any action is taken.

POPE RETIRING
Pope Benedict the 16th is now just hours away from becoming the first Pope in nearly 600 years to resign.
He officially becomes a Pope emeritus at 1:00 this afternoon, our time. Emeritus means retired or honorably discharged from active professional duty, but retaining the title of one's office or position.

NASHVILLE UPDATING, EXPANDING TORNADO SIRENS
Nashville is changing its tornado warning siren system, adding 20 new sirens, and changing the sound. You'll need to recognize the new sirens, so listen to them HERE when you get a second.
Officials say it'll cost about 2 million dollars to make the improvements and add the new sirens in Davidson county.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, TOP LAWMAKERS MEET FRIDAY ON BUDGET CUTS  
President Obama says the across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect tomorrow will cause the economy to "tumble downward," but not fall off a cliff. President Obama will meet with congressional leaders Friday, the day that $85 billion in automatic budget cuts are set to take effect.

U.S. WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL 60 MILLION TO SYRIAN REBELS
The U.S. will increase its help to Syrian rebels, fighting to oust their President. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Syrian opposition leaders today, and says Washington will more than double its aid to the Syrian civilian opposition, giving it an extra $60 million for food, sanitation and medical care in devastated communities. More than 70,000 Syrians have been killed in a fierce conflict that began with peaceful anti-Assad protests  two years ago. Several million are out of their homes because of the fighting, and need help. The U.S. stopped short of providing other forms of non-lethal assistance such as bullet-proof vests, armored personnel vehicles and military training.

BEER MAKER ACCUSED OF WATERING DOWN PRODUCT
Lawsuits filed in four states are accusing Anheuser Bush of falsely representing the alcohol content of its products, by watering down their beers by as much as 8%.
More than a dozen former anheuser-busch employees say they saw it happen or were involved in the process of watering down the beer, though they haven't come out publicly, and no tests have been performed. Anheuser-busch says the claims are completely false.

TENNESSEE RANKS 47TH IN WELL-BEING
How is our quality of life here in Tennessee? We're almost dead last in an annual survey by Gallup-Healthways. They surveyed a thousand people every day for a year, about their emotional health, physical health, lifestyle behaviors, work environment and access to basic necessities, like health care and food. We ranked 47th worst in the country for overall quality of life.

METRO POLICE OFFICER CLEARED OF CHARGES
A Metro police officer accused of domestic assault has been cleared.  Andre Johnson was charged last month after his wife said he struck her during an argument.  Johnson, who was an officer for 24-years, has since resigned.

CHICKEN LEADS THE WAY AS MOST PEOPLE'S 'GO TO' DISH
What are you having for dinner tonight? A survey by the food network finds about half of us rely on chicken as our go-to meat. Next, 1 in 4 of us say beef is our go-to meat, and the least popular go-to meals tie; fish or a vegetarian dish. 

FIVE UNHEALTHIEST CHICKEN DISHES
‘Eat This, Not That! 2010’ authors call foul on atrocious meals.

AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR KILLED IN SHARK ATTACK
An award-winning TV and film director was killed in a gruesome shark attack off the coast of New Zealand Wednesday, as authorities grabbed guns and opened fire on the animals. 46-year-old Adam Strange -- who's directed a whole bunch of international commercials for companies like Pepsi and Firestone -- was swimming at a popular NZ beach when a Great White pulled him underwater. According to local reports, at least 3 other sharks were drawn to the attack. Local police jumped in a small boat and raced over to the scene joined by a helicopter. The cops fired at least 20 shots at the sharks, but it was too late. One shark was reportedly killed in the gunfire and its body -- measuring 14-feet long -- washed up on shore a short time later. As for Strange -- authorities were able to recover his body after the attack. Strange didn't just direct commercials -- he also won Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009. He leaves behind a wife and small child. The Herald said that up to three sharks, most likely great whites, had been feeding on fish and birds, and that the victim swam into the middle of them.

COMPANY WILL READ YOUR MAIL FOR YOU
This company has an interesting business model: they collect the mail out of your box, digitize it, and send it to you. They actually come to your house, physically take the envelopes, scan them, and save you the trouble of looking through the mail. It could be especially useful for people who have mobility problems or are away from home and don't want their mail piling up. 

HONESTY PAYS FOR HOMELESS MAN
Did you hear about the homeless guy who returned an expensive diamond ring that a lady accidentally dropped into his cup as she gave him some change? Well, that honest act is coming back to him in a big way. Billy Harris' action so impressed the woman's fiancee, that he started a GiveForward.com website donation page for the homeless guy. So far people have contributed over $100,000 to a reward fund to give Harris.    

PANDA LOVE
What's romantic for you? Candlelight? Soft music?  At the Edinburgh, Scotland zoo, they've got a pair of Pandas, and they're trying to get them to breed. So far, nothing. So they're trying something new: sexy music in the Panda enclosure. If the romantic songs work, this will be the first Panda born in the United Kingdom.