Wednesday, April 23, 2013

MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT WAS ALREADY IN TERRORIST THREAT DATABASE
U.S. officials apparently already had their eyes on one of the Boston Marathon attack suspects before the bombings. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was added to a list of people viewed as potential terrorists by the federal government.... after Russian officials tipped off the FBI that he'd become a follower of radical Islamists.

BOSTON MARATHON SITE OPEN AGAIN
The site of the Boston Marathon bombings is open again. Boylston Street is open to foot traffic this morning. Half a world away, U.S. officials are making their way to Dagestan today to interview the parents of the suspected bombers.

COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON TO HAVE ADDED SECURITY
Police officers and security workers will be very visible during Saturday's Country Music Marathon.  Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson says there is no known threat to Nashville or the marathon and the added security is just a precaution.  Police say if you do see anything suspicious while at the race, you should call 615-880-1515.

SECURITY TIGHT AHEAD OF THURSDAY'S DEDICATION OF PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Security is tight on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas because every living president and all their wives, are expected to attend the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. That means President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara, and of course George W., who'll perform the dedication ceremony. This will be the first meeting of all the five living presidents since 2009. 

KIDS AS YOUNG AS 4 YEARS OLD BEING TREATED FOR IPAD ADDICTION
it's become the new babysitter... handing the tablet or iPad to the toddler. But experts are now warning that you may be creating a huge problem. In the United Kingdom, children as young as 4 are being treated in therapy for iPad addictions.
One in seven parents surveyed say they let their young children use the tablets for four or more hours a day.
 Experts warn you could be setting them up for addictions... and when you take away the iPad, withdrawal symptoms as bad as alcoholics or heroin addicts. (Psychiatrists estimate that the number of people who have become digitally dependent has risen by 30% over the past three years. )

NASHVILLE WEATHER
It's not just Nashville getting a cold front moving through today.... we've already dropped more than 15 degrees in the past half hour as the rain moves through... but more than a half-dozen cities have set record low temperatures today. 40 in Dallas -- and that's cold for them. It's a record low 33 for this date in Oklahoma City, and Goodland, Kansas is shivering at 20 degrees.  

ROBERTSON COUNTY ADMINS ARRESTED FOR NOT REPORTING CHILD SEX ABUSE
Three Robertson County administrators have been arrested for not reporting alleged cases of child sex abuse. The prinsipal, assistant principal and supervisor of student services and records for East Robertson elementary school were taken in just after 3:30 yesterday. The Communications Coordinator with Robertson County Schools says he has no doubt that the educators are innocent and will be cleared of all charges."

HACKERS GET INTO AP, SEND FALSE REPORT
The Associated Press tweeted shocking news yesterday, reporting that there had been explosions in the White House and that the President was injured. It was quickly revealed that the information was false....AP's Twitter account had been hacked. But it was too late... the stock market had already fallen 140 points. The Dow recovered, but experts say the whole thing is clear evidence that Twitter needs better security.  

THE LATEST EMAIL SPAM METHODS
Thieves are always coming up with new ways to rip you off. Some of the latest versions of spam emails use your friends' names to get through your spam filters. You get an email that says it's from someone you know, but if you open it, you'll notice it's not from your friend's address. Delete that.  And lately the emails have even been including little notes with them, telling you to click some link, they think you'll like it. NEVER do that. And if you HAVE clicked a link in an email, and found yourself looking at an ad, change your password immediately, you've probably just been hacked.

NEW SUSPECT IN RICIN LETTERS
Federal authorities are shifting their attention to a new suspect in the ricin-laced letters that went to President Obama and a U.S. Senator.  They've dropped charges against Elvis impersonator Paul Curtis, and have now searched the home of former Mississippi political candidate J. Everett Dutschke [[ Dutch-kee ]].  

OBAMA WILL ATTEND WACO MEMORIAL
President Obama is expected to travel to Waco, Texas for tomorrow's memorial service to honor the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West. ( Fourteen people died in last Wednesday's blast, and about 200 others were hurt. ) 

NEW YORK LOOKING TO CHANGE SMOKING AGE
New York lawmakers are trying to raise the age limit to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. Right now statistics show that 80-percent of smokers pick up the habit before the age of 21. 

NASHVILLE'S "DANCIN' IN THE DISTRICT" IS BACK, SORT OF
Back in 2005 a lot of people were upset that Dancin' in the District was going away after 9 years. But, it's coming back.  Nashville mayor Karl Dean says it'll now be called "Nashville Dancin'". It's a free concert every Thursday night starting June 13th at Riverfront Park. Continues through Aug. 1. It's expected to draw 10 to 15 thousand music fans to lower Broadway over the course of the summer, which will mean 5 million for our local economy. The original Dancin' in the District was held at Riverfront Park every summer from 1994 to 2005.)

MISSING ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND SAFE IN GREEN HILLS
An elderly woman with Alzheimer's missing from Green Hills is safe.  Police say staff at a nursing home reported 83-year-old Beverly Vincent missing yesterday afternoon.  She was found with a friend several hours later.

VIGIL PLANNED FOR THURSDAY FOR MURDERED BRENTWOOD ORTHODONTIST
A vigil will be held tomorrow for the Brentwood orthodontist murdered on Sunday.  Dr. Rachael Maidens was found shot to death inside her home and police have charged her husband.  Friends, family and law enforcement officials will gather in the Maidens' driveway at 7 p.m.

COKESBURY BOOKSTORE CLOSING
A Christian bookstore in downtown Nashville is closing its doors.  All 59 Cokesbury stores nationwide are being shut down.  The company say customers will still be able to shop online, through catalogs and through direct sales.

DANCING WITH THE STARS
Victor Ortiz will have to do his dancing in the ring, as the boxing champ's time on "Dancing With The Stars" came to an end Tuesday night. 

METRO MAYOR SAYS METRO SCHOOLS NEEDS TO CUT BUDGET
Mayor Karl Dean is sending Metro Schools back to the drawing board to work on its 2013-2014 budget. He says he won't be able to fully fund the new budget request and said they need to start thinking about appropriate cuts. Metro Schools asked for 44-million-dollars in addition to the 720-million they received this year.

CONSTRUCTION FINISHED ON MUSIC CITY CENTER
Construction on the Music City Center is officially done and a week ahead of schedule.  Crews will now work on arranging furniture, installing fixtures and training staff.  The Music City Center is scheduled to open next month.

And Brad Paisley will guest star on Nashville's season finale May 22nd .