Thursday, May 16, 2013

TORNADOES IN TEXAS
There are people in Texas whose lives will never be the same. Tornadoes ripped through Granbury, Texas last night, killing at least 6 people, injuring more than 100. As of this morning, they were still looking for 14 who are missing. If you're a praying person, you may want to add Granbury to your list today.

SUBARU WINS CRASH TESTS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has done its crash tests and says the 2014 Subaru Forester is the clear winner, getting the best possible rating.  The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport got an acceptable rating. Rated marginal were the Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Jeep Wrangler and Volkswagen Tiguan. Five small crossovers were rated poor included the Ford Escape, Jeep Patriot, Buick Encore, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. The small overlap test is meant to replicate what happens when a vehicle runs into a pole or other narrow thin object at the left or right edge.

FOODS FOR HEALTHY SKIN
As you move into shorts and short sleeve shirts this summer, nutritionists remind you to eat the foods that'll make the most impact on your skin. They say try sweet potatoes for vitamin C which helps your body produce collagen for healthy, elastic skin, carrots, for the lycopene, which helps make your skin smooth, green tea to help fight off skin cancer, and salmon for its Omega-3 fatty acids, that give you a younger, dewey look.

POWERBALL JACKPOT HITS RECORD
No big winner in last night's Powerball lottery drawing, so the jackpot goes to an estimated record 475-million dollars for Saturday night's drawing.

TOP MEMORIAL DAY VACATION SPOTS
Where are you going for Memorial Day? It's Monday, May 27th, and most people will have the day off, making it a long weekend. Travelocity.com says the most popular destination for a flyaway weekend is New York City. They say, though, if you can be flexible with your departure and return dates, and especially about which airport you fly in to, you can save a lot of money. Other top destinations for Memorial Day weekend include Orlando, Florida, Washington, DC, South Florida and Denver.

NEW MUSIC CITY CENTER OPENS ON SUNDAY
The new Music City Center opens this weekend in downtown Nashville! You're invited to a free open house, a concert or the big street party. Phil Vassar headlines on Sunday and Cheryl Crow, Vince Gill and fireworks are the stars on Monday. Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean thinks the convention center will be a "big success" and says they're already ahead of schedule on the events booked at the new Center.

UVM NEUROLOGIST LEADS TEAM FINDING MIGRAINE GENE
University researchers may have determined a new type of gene mutation that leads to migraines. The painful neurological disorder tends to run in families, which means that there's a good chance that its cause is genetic — but so far only three genetic mutations, each with a small impact on patients, have been linked to migraines. By discovering a new link, researchers could broaden their limited understanding of how genes relate to migraines.

VANDY DOCTOR SAYS YOU NEED TO LEARN TO RECOGNIZE POISON IVY
This is the time of year you and the kids get out into the yard... which means you're also at risk of getting into the poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac we have so much of here in the south. Dr. John Benitez from Vanderbilt Medical Center says it sometimes takes hours between the exposure, and the horrible itchy blisters. He says you may also want to take an antihistamine to lower your allergic response. And the old saying, "Leaves of three, let it be," works only for poison ivy, not poison oak or poison sumac. Check out the photo on the mix929.com front page or on the Mix Facebook Page, so you can identify them and stay away.

ON YOUR TV TONIGHT
On your TV tonight, we'll find out whether Nashville's Kree Harrison wins American Idol, tonight is the series finale of The Office, the season finale of Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
At the box office today, the new Star Trek movie opens. You'll hear a review tomorrow morning at 8:13, on Mix 92.9 with Clint's Mix Movie Review. 
In honor of the Star Trek movie opening, the search engine Bing is letting you translate sentences into Klingon."Star Trek Into the Darkness" stars Chris Pine, John Cho, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto. 

PIEDMONT CLEANING UP OTTER CREEK SPILL
Piedmonth Natural Gas is cleaning up a clay-and-water spill at Radnor Lake State Park.  The utility company says about 300 gallons of the slurry spilled into Otter Creek on Saturday while crews were installing a controversial pipeline.  The new pipeline will run from Shire Drive in Antioch to a Piedmonth facility near Chickering Road in Belle Meade. 

SMYRNA PROPERTY TAXES COULD GO UP 46 PERCENT
Property taxes in Smyrna could be going up by 46-percent.  According to "The Tennessean," the town council unanimously approved the tax hike Tuesday night in an effort to avoid depleting reserves or cutting more government jobs.  Tuesday's vote was the first of two required votes to make the proposal official for the fiscal year 2014.

NASHVILLE SOUNDS AGREE TO LEASE EXTENSION
he Nashville Sounds will continue to call Greer Stadium home.  On Wednesday, the team agreed to a three-year lease extension that would keep them at the ballpark through the end of 2016.  The Metro Council will vote on the deal next week.

METRO INDUSTRIAL HOLDING JOB FAIR TODAY
Metro Industrial is holding a job fair today.  Applications for industrial automotive-machine operators, quality control engineers and electro-mechanics will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Career Solutions Center in Spring Hill.  All of the available positions are temp to hire.

FIGHT OVER WHETHER STAR WARS OR DR. WHO IS BEST
There's been trouble at a sci-fi convention in the United Kingdom, after fans of two different, hugely-popular science fiction shows got into a physical fight. There were the Whovians against the Star Wars fans. They had to be pulled apart, and the two rival groups have been told to stay away from each other.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
Imagine about two thousand geeky people all gathered together in one spot.  There are 1600 young scientists and engineers, kind of like a herd of brainiacs, in Phoenix, Arizona right now for an International Science and Engineering Fair. No doubt they're coming up with some amazing ideas for our future, and, you just KNOW they've already had a sing-along of The Elements song! 

BANK ORDERED TO PAY LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT
If you've ever been frustrated by the skyhigh fees your bank charges, you may relate to this: customers of Wells Fargo Bank claimed their overdraft fees were excessive, they filed a class action lawsuit and won. Now a federal judge has ordered Wells Fargo to pay 203-million dollars to settle the suit.

OBAMA SAYS IRS CHIEF IS OUT
President Obama says acting IRS chief Steven Miller is out following the recent scandal. The IRS is under fire for targeting conservative groups for audits. (On Wednesday, two employees at the IRS office in Cincinatti were disciplined for their role in the scandal.)