Wednesday, February 5, 2014

FLOOD ADVISORIES. TEMPS FALLING INTO LOW 20S TONIGHT
As you stand there deciding whether to take the heavy coat and the gloves or not, the answer is, YES. Temperatures will keep falling all day, north winds will get more gusty, so it'll feel a lot colder by the time you leave work today.
We also have a flood advisory for Davidson county, so be aware that low-lying areas may be flooding, or may start to flood today.

WINTER STORM HITS MUCH OF THE COUNTRY
It's not just you, waking up to yucky weather. About one in three people in the country are dealing with it today. A winter storm is hitting more than 120 million people in about two dozen states, bringing them heavy snow, ice accumulations, and rain and flooding. We just have the last part, right now: some flooding issues have already developed on the ride in, and temperatures are dropping through the day as the gusty North winds hit us.  

CLIMATE HUBS OPEN TODAY
The Obama administration is rolling out something it calls "climate hubs" today.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating seven centers to provide scientific information to help farmers, ranchers, and landowners cope with risks associated with climate change. 

GOODWILL DONATIONS DOWN IN EXTREME COLD, EXTENDS HOURS
Goodwill says the cold temperatures drastically hurt their donations, so they're extending store hours so you have more time to stop by and drop off items, or do a little shopping. Goodwill says donations provide 98% of their income, money they use to give training and employment to people who have trouble finding and keeping jobs.   You can get the info  at www.giveit2goodwill.org
 (Goodwill says last year they were able to give help to more than 17 thousand people in their search for work, and more than 5000 of those ended up in the work force.)
 
FDA CHANGES ITS TACTIC TO BETTER TARGET TEEN USERS
In its latest battle against under-aged tobacco use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banking on two things that are important to teens - having control of their lives and looking good. The FDA's new ads focus on showing kids how tobacco causes wrinkles, tooth loss and controls lives by becoming a habit that takes over.

SCOUT LEADERS WHO TOPPLED ANCIENT ROCK FINALLY CHARGED
Remember those two former Boy Scouts of America leaders who touched off worldwide outrage after filming themselves getting giddy about toppling a 170-million-year-old rock formation at a Utah state park last year? Well they've finally been officially charged. Both face felony mischief charges, which can carry 5 years in prison and fines of 5000 dollars. The guys are also no longer Scout leaders.

NEW FACEBOOK APP CALLED 'LOOKBACK'
Facebook is ten years old, and to celebrate, they've come out with a new app called "LOOKBACK." You click the link and it pulls togehter your history on facebook into a 60-second movie. Here's the link. https://facebook.com/lookback

HAS 'TAX TIME' GONE FROM A NEGATIVE TO A POSITIVE?
Has tax filing time turned into a good thing? A recent article pointed out that many people, especially those in their 20s, think of tax filing time as a GOOD thing because it means they're getting a refund check to spend, and it's like a bonus. They've paid taxes all year, this is the good part, getting it back.  What about you? Are you smiling or crying about tax filing time?

SUPERBOWL WAS NUMBER ONE MOST-WATCHED, WHAT WAS NUMBER TWO?
The Super Bowl had a record number of viewers, the most-watched TV program in history: 111.5-million people. But what was number 2 that night? "Downton Abbey."

UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
And if you're having a hard time paying your heating bills, the Metro Action Commission has asked us to remind you that they offer help for Davidson County residents through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. And if you're NOT eligible for that, or if you live outside Davidson County, you can call 2-1-1 to find out what's available in your area. (MAC Applications are available at the Nashville public libraries, at NES or at the agency's office on 2nd Avenue North.)

CVS STOPS TOBACCO SALES
The biggest pharmacy chain in the U.S. is going to give up two-billion dollars in sales when it stops selling cigarettes later this year.  CVS announced this morning it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all 76-hundred of its stores by October 1st.  The announcement drew praise from President Obama.

POLL SAYS AMERICANS THINK OLYMPIC GAMES IN RUSSIA A BAD IDEA
A new poll finds 44 percent of us think the International Olympic Committee made a bad call when it awarded the Winter Olympics to Russia. The latest: concerns about ski slopes that are too dangerous, hotel rooms lacking paint, light bulbs and doorknobs, and water in hotels that's brown and barely usable.

HOFFMAN DRUG DEALERS CAUGHT?
New York police have arrested four people they say sold the drugs found in late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment. Three men and a woman, arrested late last night. Hoffman was found dead Sunday.

PARENTS CHARGED AFTER 2 YEAR OLD REPEATEDLY DIALS 9-1-1 
Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman's 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to keep dialing 9-1-1. The 23-year-old mother and her 33-year-old boyfriend said they tried to keep their phones away from the toddler, but the two year old kept outsmarting them and managed to call the emergency number 15 times. Cops finally got tired of it and charged the parents with obstructing governmental administration. Basically Not letting 9-1-1 workers do their jobs of helping people in life-threatening situations. 

THAT POT TAX IS ROLLING IN!|
Colorado has already pulled in $1.2 million in taxes from the sale of legal weed.

PUPPY BOWL A HOT TICKET ON SUPERBOWL SUNDAY AS WELL
Oh, and Puppy Bowl X hit a ratings high, as well, with 13 million viewers checking in to say..

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Sherlock Holmes) ON SESAME STREET
He calls in some help from the Count to detect which fruits there are more of on the table.