Thursday, September 5, 2013

G20 SUMMIT EXPECTED TO FOCUS ON SYRIA
The G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia is underway, and is filled with talk of Syria.  President Obama has been lobbying the U.S. Congress to support limited strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [[ ba-SHAR ahl-AH-sahd ]].  He wants military action WITHOUT ground troops, and lasting no longer than 90 days.
The G-20 - or Group of 20 - is a meeting of the most powerful people in the world: heads of government or heads of state from around the globe... who collectively, control and represent about 80 percent of the gross world product, 80% of all world trade and two thirds of the world population.

SENATE PANEL APPROVES MILITARY FORCE AGAINST SYRIA
A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.  The vote Wednesday was 10-7. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.
If it's passed, the resolution would let Obama order a "limited: military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
The vote was the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER HASN'T MADE UP MIND ON SYRIA
Here at home, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he hasn't made up his mind yet about whether he'll support the military attack. The Republican Senator says he's disgusted that the Syrian president is using poison gas on his own people, but says we need clarity on what the consequences of military action will be.

FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON PROMOTES HEALTHCARE LAW
Former President Bill Clinton is speaking out in favor of the Affordable Care Act. In an address yesterday at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Clinton said the new healthcare law gives Americans "the best chance we've had to achieve nearly universal coverage, provide higher quality health care and lower the rate of cost increases."  He said millions of seniors are already paying less for drugs because of the Affordable Care Act. Next month the public can start signing up for health care exchanges to try and get their best deals. President Obama once referred to Bill Clinton as the "Secretary of Explaining Stuff."

JOB FAIR IN HENDERSONVILLE
There's a job fair today at the Goodwill Career Center in Rivergate. This one is for Goodwill to hire up to 40 employees for its new location in Hendersonville. Jobs range from donation attendants to store manager. (10am - 2pm. )
Here's another great JOB SEARCH SITE 

SMYRNA PASTOR ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT STEALING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR 2ND TIME
Two years ago, 56 year old Smyrna pastor Ricky Reed was caught on video trying to break into a church member's home to steal prescription drugs. Now, he's been arrested for doing it again. The first time, he escaped a four year prison sentence by begging a judge for time to treat his addiction. Instead, a homewner in Antioch, and a member of Reed's former church, says she caught Reed red-handed, coming in to steal her prescription pills. 

NFL REGULAR SEASON STARTS TONIGHT
The NFL kicks off its regular season tonight with the Denver Broncos hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. 

FUN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Fun things to do this weekend include the Home Decorating and Remodeling show.. it's Friday through Sunday at the new Music City Center, downtown. That'd be a great excuse to check out the new center if you haven't, yet.

TENNESSEE STATE FAIR STARTS TOMORROW  
And the Tennessee State Fair starts tomorrow (Friday) at the State Fairgrounds, Wedgewood and Raines... with rides, music, food and performances. You can get info about the fair before you go at www.tnstatefair.org

4-YEAR-OLD DIES IN ATV ACCIDENT
A 4-year-old Kingsport, Tennessee boy has been killed in an ATV accident. Police say the child was playing around the parked all-terrain vehicle and somehow dislodged it, it rolled, and pinned him against a home nearby.

ACLU WANTS TO KNOW HOW AN INMATE DIES IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY
The ACLU wants to know how an inmate in protective custody could take his own life.  They're calling for an independent investigation into the deathj of Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro this week.,They're accusing state prison officials of shirking their responsibility to ensure Castro's safety.

FREQUENT FLYER PRE-CHECK PROGRAM EXPANDING
Frequent flyers will soon be allowed to go through more airports without removing their shoes, and belts and leave their laptops in carry-on luggage.  The TSA says it's expanding its expedited screening program called "Pre-check" to 60 new airports by the end of the year.

FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUE NCAA OVER CONCUSSIONS
Three former college football players, two of whom are from Tennessee (Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played from 2007-2011), are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries. The class-action suit, filed in federal court in Chattanooga, asks the NCAA to fund a medical-monitoring program for former football players.