Tuesday, May 6, 2014

THE BIG PAYBACK
https://thebigpayback.org
We tend to feel generous at the holidays and drop some change into kettles, or buy some toys, but those non-profits that come to our rescue when the flood comes, the tornado hits, our electric bills get too high or we need shelter for women and homes for kids, are spending that cash all year long to make those things happen.
That's why the Community Foundation is spearheading a push today called The Big Payback, where you can go to www.thebigpayback.org and give to a specific group, or a specific cause. The groups that collect the most today win extra cash, that's been donated by local businesses. If you can't give, they're hoping you'll help by spreading the word online. That's www.thebigpayback.org (You can also see on there which groups have raised the most money) or #thebigpayback
 

"ALL 4 THE HALL" CONCERT TONIGHT
There's a musical fundraiser tonight at Bridgestone. The annual All 4 the Hall, featuring Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood and more. The shows the past four years have raised more than 2 million dollars for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

WHITE HOUSE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The White House is releasing a new report today that says climate change is already having a significant impact on the U.S. environment.  The National Climate Assessment also warns of more global warming to come, raising new concerns about its potential impact on public health and the environment.

POLLS OPEN TILL 7 TONIGHT FOR PRIMARY ELECTION
It's primary election day in Tennessee.  Polls in Davidson County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Don't forget, all voters are now required to present a Tennessee or federal ID containing their name and photograph at the polls.

SKYDIVERS IN BELLEVUE MISTAKEN FOR PLANE CRASH
A publicity stunt for a child abuse awareness event got a little scary! People called in to report a plane crash in Bellevue last night, that turned out to be night skydivers wearing pyrotechnics to raise awareness for their cause. They had FAA permission, but it appears that no one told the public about it, and it caused some alarm.

GM OFFERS SPECIAL DEAL TO CUSTOMERS WHO'VE DEALT WITH RECALLS
General Motors is offering an olive branch. They're offering employee pricing to owners of more than two-million cars being recalled for faulty ignition switches.  A GM spokesman says the new cars will be sold under invoice at a savings of several hundred dollars.  A trade-in is not required.

U.S. OFFERS HELP IN RESCUING 200 KIDNAPPED GIRLS
The U.S. is offering to help after more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school by Islamist militants. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the state department is in touch with the Nigerian government to offer help with rescue efforts.  A militant leader claims the kidnappers intend to sell the girls, most of whom are 16 to 18 years old.

CRANE COLLAPSE IN JOELTON INJURES THREE
Three people are recovering from minor injuries after a crane collapsed at a construction site at a school in Joelton, Tennessee. Investigators say one of the crane's support legs was parked on an old tank that caved in, causing it to fall.

CIRCUS ACCIDENT UPDATE
The circus acrobats hurt in a fall in Rhode Island are all expected to recover. As of last night, eight of the nine were still hospitalized, four in serious condition, but none of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.

WOMAN ESCAPES AFTER ALLEGED RAPE ATTEMPT AT PERCY PRIEST
40-year-old local man Matthew Weise has been arrested and charged with trying to rape a woman at Percy Priest Lake this weekend. Police say Matthew walked to the lake with the victim, th,  got to the shore and got help.

NATIONAL UNINSURED RATE HITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2008
The percentage of Americans without health insurance is at a six-year low.  A new Gallup poll shows 14 million new people got signed up and dropped the rate of uninsured to 13 and-a-half percent...

CANCER COSTS RISE AS DOCTORS FORM GROUP PRACTICES 
The cost of treating cancer is going up as more doctors move from small practices and join hospital-based physicians' groups. The study says the higher costs are because hospital-based groups have more overhead to pay than doctors in small practices.

INDIANA MAN WITH MERS IMPROVING
The Indiana man who became the first in the country to get MERS - or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome- is improving and will be released from the hospital soon.  The patient picked up the illness in Saudi Arabia where he's a healthcare worker. 

NASHVILLE STAR'S LOVE LIFE AFFECTED BY SITUATION IN UKRAINE
One of the stars of the TV show Nashville is being affected by the situation in Ukraine. Hayden Panetierre is engaged to a man from Ukraine and says they're going to have to hold off on getting married, till things calm down and the wedding can include his relatives there.