Tuesday, May 13, 2014

U.S. TO DO FLYOVERS TO FIND KIDNAPPED GIRLS
The United States is now flying manned surveillance missions over Nigeria in hopes of finding more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, taken nearly a month ago by a militant Islamist group. The group's leader now says the girls will be freed in exchange for the release of jailed militant fighters.

WHITE HOUSE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT VA PROBLEMS
Presidential spokesman Jay Carney says the White House remains very concerned about problems at the Veterans Administration and takes the problems very seriously.  Carney noted that a comprehensive review is ongoing at VA health clinics across the U.S..  The review includes an investigation into scheduling problems that may have led to the deaths of at least 40 veterans at the VA's clinic in Phoenix.  Carney said President Obama maintains confidence in VA Secretary Eric Shinseki [[ shin-SECK-ee ]].  Carney argued that many of the VA's longstanding problems are related to a growing backlog after a decade of war. 

NASHVILLE: FUNERAL THURSDAY FOR FALLEN POLICE OFFICER
Here, locally, the funeral is set for tomorrow for Michael Petrina, the 25-year-old Metro police officer killed while directing traffic on I-65 this weekend.

DAVIDSON COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS QUESTIONABLE
This is gonna open a can of worms. A Davidson County election worker is being fired for allegedly letting at least six people vote twice during the primary last week. The election Commissioner says the mistake is serious enough that she may not certify the election results. She's also concerned about other potential problems, including the possibility that some people weren't allowed to vote and that thousands of early votes were not counted at all.

WHO WENT HOME ON DANCING WITH THE STARS?
Spoiler alert. After nine weeks of performances, here's your Dancing with the Stars update:  The latest celebrity to go home is Charlie White. 

AMERICAN IDOL
American Idol ratings are still going down. The most recent episode had an all-time low ... for Idol... only 7 million viewers, compared to 30 million when it was the hottest new show going.  That 7 million, however, is still a LOT more than many other primetime shows.

CANDIDATE WHO RAN AGAINST FORMER IDOL CONTESTANT CLAY AIKEN DIES
The U.S. congressional candidate who ran against American Idol runner up Clay Aiken for a Democratic seat in North Carolina, has died. 71 year old Keith Crisco, reportedly fell at his house and died. 

UNION OF THE UNSUNG BACONS
Kevin Bacon's brother, Michael Bacon, has joined Oscar Mayer in ads to promote turkey bacon. The campaign is called, 'The unsung Bacon.' 

RESCUED DOGS GETTING BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENTS
Here's where we see how bad the damage is to those dogs who were rescued from a dog-fighting operation in Nashville recently. The more than three-dozen dogs are going through behavioral assessments this week, and Metro Animal Care and Control says the results will help them determine which dogs can be adopted or which ones will need shelter and rehab. 

TENNESSEE CORRECTIONS OFFICER CHARGED WITH FELONY
A Tennessee Correctional Officer has been arrested and charged with a felony ... after she admitted she slept with an inmate a couple of times. 28-year-old Kenyetta Foxe worked for Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, and admitted she had a relationship with a 28-year-old convicted murderer.

ROBERTSON COUNTY BUS DRIVERS NEEDED
Whether kids will get to school or home on time is still a little iffy in Robertson County right now, because the school system just can't seem to find people who want to work driving school buses, there. Robertson County Schools say they're continuously recruiting, but a couple more quit just recently, leaving some kids stranded at school for two hours last week. Some potential or former drivers complain about the pay, others about how rude and ill-behaved kids can be these days. 

NO WINE, CHOCOLATE FOR BETTER HEALTH? SAY IT ISN'T SO!
This story may make you a little sad. It's possible that wine and chocolate don't lead to improved health as once thought. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that the compound resveratrol, found in wine and chocolate (in their study), was not associated with longevity or a decrease in heart disease or cancer. 

SUMNER PARENTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SCHOOLS/POLITICS
You can make a difference! One parent in Sumner County says she was STUNNED in 2012 when schools there didn't start school on time because of a funding dispute with the Sumner County Commission. So Sibyl Reagan started a little Facebook Page called Strong Schools. That little page spun into a nonprofit group, more than 3000 members strong, that's gotten involved in electing school-friendly candidates, boosted the voting rates, and attending all the county commission and school board meetings. Their goal is to make sure kids didn't suffer because grownups are playing politics with school money.

GOO GOO SHOP OPENING DOWNTOWN
We're about to get a new business downtown that many of us will finally visit when we have visitors from out of state. A new Goo Goo Cluster retail outlet on Third Avenue.. where you can shop, eat the candy and even see the famous Goo Goo clusters being made. There's already one of the candy stores at Fontanel on Whites Creek Pike.

NASA PREPPING TO LAND ASTRONAUTS ON ASTEROID
NASA is preparing for an ambitious mission to land astronauts on the surface of an asteroid sometime in the 2020s. They're already practicing at the  Space Center in Houston.

WHERE IS CASEY KASEM?
This has turned into such a weird story! Former DJ and then American Top 40 Countdown host Casey Kasem has advanced Parkinson's disease. And his wife, Jean, has had him hidden from his family members for months. Now, a judge has ordered adult protective services to find out where the 82 year-old is, and report back to the court, and has given Kasem's daughter conservatorship and access to her father's medical records.
The family believes Kasem has been taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state.

NO WAY! AD FOR STUMP REMOVAL APPEARS ABOVE AMPUTEE STORY
This has got to be one of the worst ad placements ever! A tree service ad, in a Sunday paper in Alaska, was a sticky note-type ad. All workers had to do was slap that thing on the top, front of the Sunday paper. Someone probably should have read the paper the ads were being slapped onto. The ad that read, "Got Stumps?" was placed RIGHT above a photo of a triathlete who lost the lower half of a leg in a car accident. 

SOLANGE ATTACKS JAY Z: VIDEO
It's not just your family who's a little bit crazy. A video has gone viral showing elevator surveillance camera footage that appears to show Beyonce's sister Solange attacking Beyonce's husband Jay Z on the elevator, screaming, hitting, kicking, and having to be forcibly detained by a body guard. There are already memes about it: photos of the celebrities with weird captions, including one of Beyonce and Jay Z's baby, Blue Ivy, saying, "Come at me , Solange..."

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS OWNER APOLOGIZES
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is apologizing for the racist comments that got him banned for life from the NBA. Sterling also said he was as "baited" into making the remarks because he was jealous of the African American men his girlfriend was bringing to the game. 

PENTAGON BEING ASKED TO PROVIDE CHAPLAINS FOR ATHEIST MEMBERS
A military group says it's asking the Pentagon to appoint a chaplain for atheist service members.  The Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers says current chaplains don't provide enough outreach for military personnel who don't believe in God. 

SEARCHERS THINK THEY'VE FOUND CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS' SHIP
Searchers think the wreck of a very famous ship may be resting off the northern coast of Haiti.  It could be what remains of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, which ran aground more than five centuries ago.  The sunken ship might be the largest of the three vessels Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492.

WIFE OF DRIVER KILLED WITH PAUL WALKER SUES CAR MAKER
The wife of the driver killed in a fiery car crash along with "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker is suing Porsche Cars North America.  Kristine Rodas filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles.  She claims the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT her husband Roger Rodas was driving at the time of the 2013 crash had faulty mechanics that caused the fatal accident.