Thursday, January 30, 2014

ALABAMA SAYS ALL STRANDED KIDS RESCUED...
Alabama's school officials say all the 11 thousand students who were stranded at school buildings around the state because of that massive storm Tuesday night, are home and safe.

AMERICAN RED CROSS HELPING STRANDED TRAVELERS IN NASHVILLE
Here in Nashville, the Red Cross says there were dozens of people stranded at the Greyhound bus station, downtown... so the Red Cross opened an overnight shelter, and is giving the stranded travelers food, blankets and hygiene products.

FATAL CRASH ON VIETNAM VETS' BOULEVARD
Three people were reportedly killed in that crash that emergency officials are still working on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard near Exit 2 around 2:20 this morning. Eastbound lanes have been closed since then..

PRESIDENT TO VISIT MCGAVOCK HIGH SCHOOL TODAY : TRAFFIC SLOWDOWNS AT START OF RUSH HOUR
If you're out near the airport this afternoon, be ready for some traffic slowdowns as President Obama lands at the Nashville airport, and heads to McGavock High School to speak to the kids and staff.
The President's expected to talk about McGavock High School's "career academies" model, which groups students by their career interests. We're finding kids seem to stay in school longer if they're working toward something they LIKE to do, will be able to find a job in, and want to do when they graduate.

PRESIDENT'S VISIT STREAMING ONLINE
You can see the President's speech at McGavock this afternoon, at www.whitehouse.gov/live

BODIES FOUND IN WALMART PARKING LOT IN MURFREESBORO
There was a horrible discovery last night in a local Walmart parking lot. Police say someone found the bodies of two men at the Walmart in Murfreesboro. It's being investigated as a homicide. 

CHILD'S WEIGHT IN KINDERGARTEN INDICATES OBESITY LATER IN LIFE
Researchers have found that kids who are overweight by kindergarten are four times more likely to become obese teenagers. We already knew obese teens are more likely to become obese adults, and that obesity leads to early death through a HUGE variety of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer. The researchers say that means it's still within parents' ability to change that course, if they start early by not only TELLING their kids to eat right and get some exercise..but by leading by example.

POSSIBLE TREATMENT FOR PEANUT ALLERGIES
Peanut allergies in kids can be fatal, but doctors say a treatment may be available soon. They're working on one in a CLINICAL trial, that's shown marked improvement for 84% of the kids involved.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT: COMMUNITIES COULD RUN OUT OF WATER WITHIN MONTHS
The drought situation in California is getting so severe that state officials say some counties could run out of water completely, within a couple of months.  

WE HAVE OUR FIRST BREAK-OUT FAVORITE SUPERBOWL  AD
THE BUDWEISER PUPPY/HORSE COMMERCIAL.
The ad, a follow-up to last year's popular "Brotherhood" spot, focuses on the "special friendship" between a Clydesdale horse and a 10-week-old puppy.

WOMAN IN SOUTH KOREA MAKES A LIVING STREAMING HER DINNERTIME
If you've ever dreamed of a new career, but just don't know what you could do, a lady in South Korea says she earns 9 thousand dollars a month by  letting people watch her eat, online. No nudity, no sex, just her, cooking a delicious meal, eating it, and chatting with her adoring fans. She thinks they're living vicariously through her. Others think it's becuase there are so many one-person households in South Korea and they just want a dinner companion.

AMERICAN IDOL'S LAST WEEK OF AUDITIONS
There were a lot of "Yes" votes on last night's "American Idol" auditions, on FOX. Including Carmen, who walked in, and started her audition by telling the Idol judges that she has a famous father: Wonder Mike, from the old Sugar Hill Gang.
The judges are, like, "Hey, she should be GREAT, then! She'll have natural talent…"
Turns out, she was... okay... but, they did let her go on through to the Hollywood Round. Tonight's the final night of auditions, before the actual competition starts next week.

DON'T DEPORT JUSTIN BIEBER: A MESSAGE FROM CANADA
With all the trouble Justin Bieber has been getting into... DUI, assault. Some folks in America say, "Hmmmm, Bieber's Canadian, right...? Can we send him BACK?" There's even a petition with more than 100-thousand signatures, asking the President to deport Bieber.
But a comedian -- who claims to speak for Canada -- says, "No weeeeeei ..."

PROSECUTORS DECIDE THIS WEEK WHETHER TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMB SUSPECT
Federal prosecutors will decide this week whether to seek the death penalty for the suspected Boston Marathon bomber. 
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [[ joh-HAHR sar-NAY-ev ]] is accused, along with his brother, of setting off bombs that killed three people and injured hundreds more last April.

FCC LOOKS AT MOVING PHONE SERVICE FROM LAND-BASED TO INTERNET-BASED
The Federal Communications Commission steps into the future of telephone technology today.  The FCC will outline what it wants to see in trials for the so-called Internet Protocol Transition, allowing phone companies to move their services from traditional, land-based technologies to those based on the Internet.  

MAN USES ONE FIRST-CLASS TICKET TO GET FREE AIRLINE LOUNGE MEALS FOR A YEAR 
Here's how it worked. The man flashed his ticket (which was legit) to lounge staff before his trip, hung out and ate a meal just like any first class traveler would, and instead of getting on the flight... would just change his flight's departure to another day. The next day he would show up with his newly issued ticket for the revised date, stroll into the lounge, eat hang out, and change his ticket date again. He did this over and over again. According to the newspaper, staff members discovered that the itinerary for the one ticket had been postponed over 300 times in a year.  So did the unidentified customer ever take the trip? When China Eastern Airlines started investigating, the man simply cancelled his ticket before it expired and was able to get a full refund. A spokeswoman for the airline told the newspaper that the company has no way to stop such "rare act."

REMAINS OF 55 BODIES FOUND NEAR NOW-CLOSED REFORM SCHOOL IN FLORIDA
Excavations at a makeshift graveyard near a now-closed reform school in the Florida Panhandle have turned up remains of 55 bodies. The Dozier School for Boys, on a hillside in a tall-pine forest near the Alabama-Georgia border, was finally closed down in 2011, after years of reports of brutality to the former child inmates, and stories of boys, mostly black, who died or disappeared without explanation. Now, the 55 bodies found... and an investigation is underway.