Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MALAYSIAN PLANE LATEST
Officials still haven't found that Malaysia Airlines plane, that's been missing since March 8th, with 227 passengers and 12 crewmembers on board. Malaysian officials do say the plane was intentionally diverted, and U.S. investigators say someone in the cockpit was responsible for turning the airliner.

HOUSE LAWMAKERS PASS CURSIVE WRITING MEASURE
Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives have approved a measure that'll add handwriting instruction to the things kids must be taught in Tennessee schools. The Senate Education Committee could take up the bill as soon as tomorrow. The lawmaker who brought it, also encourages older people to learn how to text, though she’s not trying to require that by law. 

RECALLS FOR GM
General Motors is recalling more cars. Earlier this year, 1.6 million recalled for air bag and ignition switch problems. This time, 1.5 million more for air bag and fire risk. You're supposed to get a notice from your dealer if yours is involved. you can also look it up online.

ROLLING STONES PUSHING BACK TOUR
The Rolling Stones are pushing back the start of their Australian tour after Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, was found dead in her New York City apartment yesterday. Police say it appears that Scott, a prominent fashion designer, committed suicide, but autopsy results are pending. She was 49.

INFOMERCIAL KING SENTENCED TO PRISON
That guy you've probably seen on informercials a million times - Kevin Trudeau [[ TROO-doe ]] - is going to prison for ten years. He was convicted in federal court for cheating customers with his book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About."  Prosecutors had argued that Trudeau is so corrupt they expect him to try and cheat his prison cellmates.

THOUSANDS TO TAKE PART IN CHOCOLATE TEST
The great chocolate test is underway. 18-thousand people taking chocolate pills or placebos every day for five years. We'll find out how good those flavanols in chocolate really are for our health. In the meantime, many of us will continue to do our own research by eating some chocolate every day. 

CENTENNIAL PARK LAKE DRAINED
The lake at Centennial Park, Lake Watauga, has been drained. The artificial lake near the Parthenon is just a stinky, muddy shell. The ducks like it, because they can get to food easier.. but it doesn't look great, right now. Workers are dredging out a century's worth of sediment and mud at the bottom, to install new circulation and aeration systems that are supposed to keep the water from getting stagnant and algae-covered like it's been doing in the summertime. The $300,000 dollar project should be finished later this spring.

PRESIDENT OBAMA AWARDS BELATED MEDALS
President Obama will award two dozen Medals of Honor for combat valor to minority veterans from three wars today... that a Pentagon review determined had deserved the honors, but had never received them. Recipients include Jewish, Hispanic and African-American Army veterans from World War Two, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 

WALMART TO TAKE VIDEO GAME TRADE-INS
Starting next week, Wal-Mart says it'll start letting customers trade in used video games for store credit. The big official announcement is expected today, and the used game trade-in starts next week, on Wednesday.

MURFREESBORO WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER REPORTING DRUG MONEY STOLEN
35 year-old Murfreesboro woman Chrissie Solis has been charged with a felony. She got herself in trouble though. She's the one who called police to tell them a woman had stolen cash from her. Turns out it was 140 dollars she was paying her DRUG dealer, Tiffany Waller, for some illegal prescription Lortabs. Instead her dealer took the cash and left. Both women have been arrested.

FORMER AMERICAN IDOL RUNNER-UP KATHARINE MCPHEE BACK AS LEAD ON CBS SHOW
Former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is coming back to TV. She's landed the female lead in a new CBS pilot called "Scorpion," the story of an eccentric super-genius who leads an international team fighting against cyber threats. 

BREAKFAST FOR BABIES A SUCCESS, NEXT, MARCH FOR BABIES: APRIL 13TH, AT LP FIELD
The March of Dimes is saying, "Thank you!" this morning, to the Mix listeners who helped make the 10th annual "Breakfast for Babies" a big success yesterday. Now, they're turning the focus to their largest fundraiser of the year, March for Babies. It'll be Sunday, April 13th at LP Field, and if the ten thousand people they're expecting turn up, it'll be the largest gathering yet. You can get the info if you want to come join Mix 92.9 there: www.marchofdimes.com/tennessee

TENNESSEE WOMAN STABS HUSBAND, SAYS HE WAS WORSHIPPING NASHCAR
A Church Hill, Tennessee woman is in jail for allegedly crashing her car into a church and then stabbing her husband in the chest, saying he was worshipping Nascar. Stepanie Hamman is charged with attempted murder, her husband Steven is hospitalized, but in fair condition.

AT&T BOOSTS WIRELESS SERVICE AT MUSIC CITY CENTER.
ALSO, SOUTHER WOMEN'S SHOW DATES
Next time you're at the new Music City Center, downtown, perhaps for the Southern Women's Show at the end of this month (March 27th through 30th), you should be able to use your phone or tablet.  AT&T has just added more than 300 antennas and lots of fiber line so you can get good cellphone reception anywhere you go through the center.

SERVERS SOUND OFF ABOUT CHURCH CUSTOMERS ONLINE
If you go to a restaurant after church, there's a new website that may feature a story about you. An East Tennessee pastor has created a website called www.SundaysAreTheWorst.com where food servers are asked to share their stories about church people who come in and act anything but Christian-like. Like leaving bible tracts instead of tips, or being really rude. The pastor says he wants his parishioners to know their attitude matters everywhere, not just in church. There are some really interesting stories already on the site.

MAN FALLS TO DEATH AT GRAND CANYON
A 53 year old North Texas man fell more than 300 feet to his death this weekend, at the Grand Canyon. He was on vacation with his family when he fell near El Tovar Lodge, and was killed.

NCAA TOURNAMENT STARTS TONIGHT
The NCAA Tournament begins tonight in Dayton, Ohio with the First Four.  Albany and Mount Saint Mary's square off in the first game from Dayton Arena.  Albany won the American East Tournament on Saturday to secure its berth while Mount Saint Mary's locked up the auto-bid with the Northeast Tournament title. 

G.E. CREDIT CARD BUSINESS BEING INVESTIGATED
General Electric is facing two investigations into its credit card business.  The investigations of GE's debt cancellation products and related marketing practices could lead to millions of dollars in refunds to customers. 

CHOLESTEROL DRUG SHOWING PROMISE
 A California drug maker says its new cholesterol drug could work wonders in people genetically predisposed to high cholesterol. Amgen Inc. says patients injected with AMG-145 once a month showed real improvement as opposed to taking statin drugs alone.  The trial lasted for 12 weeks.  It's not clear when the company will bring the drug to market.