Wednesday, March 20, 2013

TONIGHT'S POWERBALL JACKPOT: 260-MILLION DOLLARS
You may want to stop by the convenience store on the way home, or pick up a Powerball ticket when you get groceries. The jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing is up to 260-million-dollars. Lottery-funded scholarships and grants helped over 100-thousand people  last year in Tennessee. If you already have your tickets, check for the WINNING NUMBERS HERE

ANNA MARIE'S PICK STORY OF THE DAY!
HOMELESS NASHVILLE NEWSPAPER SELLER RECEIVES GIFT OF $10,000
I LOVE this story so much! A homeless man who sells papers in Nashville to make a living got a surprise that's changed his life. Stephen Gilland was selling papers one day recently, when a stranger pulled up, handed him a check and said something like, "Here's a check for 200 dollars so you can start a bank account, and put your earnings into that account each day and get back on track." Stephen says when he got back to his wife, they opened the envelope and there was a ten thousand dollar check inside! He says, "He (the donor) took me and my wife off the streets. He helped us get a motor home so we have a place to live. I want to say thank you and God bless you."
Stephen says they're using part of the money to buy food for other people in need.
If YOU are the person who made that donation, I want to say, "Thank you," too. That's a WONDERFUL thing to do with your blessings. Anna Marie

SPRING BEGAN TODAY, BUT FREEZING TEMPS STILL IN FORECAST

Spring officially started this morning at 6:02, local time. The spring equinox signals the moment when the Earth's axis tilts neither away from nor toward the sun. It results in almost equal periods of daylight and darkness across the planet.
WEATHER: Here in the Nashville area we have a long stretch of chilly weather expected as we start the new season.
High temperatures will rebound to the low 50s while a northwest wind blows at 15 to 30 mph this afternoon. After a sunny morning look for some partial cloud cover to arrive late today, carrying the potential for an isolated rain shower. I can't rule out a wet snowflake in the mix toward evening, primarily in the higher terrain east of I-65 toward the Plateau, but with limited moisture and dry low-levels this system won't do much for the Mid-South. 
The clouds clear tonight and that allows us to fall to the middle 20s after midnight.
     Thursday starts with cold sunshine but increasing clouds will limit highs to the lower 40s. A winter storm will attempt to drop wet snow from southern Missouri through northern Arkansas. Far western and southern parts of Middle Tennessee will run the risk for a light winter mix late Thursday.
      Friday brings an increasing rain chance, especially during the evening and overnight time frame. Clouds and an east wind will keep highs in the upper 40s.

AUTISM UP, COUNTING IT DIFFERENTLY
A new government report suggests the rates of autism in the U.S. may be dramatically higher than previously thought: not one in 88, but one in FIFTY school kids who may have some form of autism. Health officials say the new number doesn’t mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

MARCH MADNESS: ODDS OF FILLING OUT PERFECT NCAA BRACKET
People at work are talking about their basketball brackets: someone's done the math, and says the odds of filling out a perfect NCAA bracket? 1 in 9.2 Quintillion. Of course, with numbers that high, who's going to take the time to check the math?

HENDERSONVILLE WOMAN GUILTY OF MURDER IN TWINS’ DEATHS
A jury has found Hendersonville woman Lindsey Lowe guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of her twin newborn sons.  The judge sentenced her to life in prison for the murder counts and will sentence her on the child abuse convictions next month. (Prosecutors had argued that Lowe's actions show she intended to go on with her life and not let children interfere.)

POLICE STILL LOOKING FOR MOTIVE IN PLANNED FLORIDA COLLEGE ATTACK 
Police are still trying to determine the motive behind a planned attack at the University of Central Florida by a former student. The man, instead, ended up killing himself on campus Sunday night. UCF Police Chief Richard Beary says the roommates and family members of James Seevakumaran [[ see-vuh-coo-MARR-in ]] described the 30-year-old as a "loner" who had few friends and little contact with others.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH COCAINE TRAFFICKING
A 35 year old Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and immediately fired, after getting caught trying to smuggle seven kilos of cocaine through the Nashville International Airport. Louis Parra-Flores' badge was also destroyed, and Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold says if the deputy is convicted, he'll  push to have Parra-Flores decommissioned so he can never be an officer again. Arnold says dirty cops make everyone in law enforcement look bad and he has no use for them. 

HEALTH: SUGARY DRINKS LINKED TO DEATHS
Researchers have linked sugary drinks to 180-thousand deaths a year worldwide. That includes sugar-sweetened sodas, juices and coffee drinks. Basically the sugar leads to obesity, which leads to the deaths.
(Research teams with the Harvard School of Public Health spent five years going over national health data and say they tied sugar-sweetened drinks to deaths from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in New Orleans yesterday.)

COCA COLA TO UNVEIL FRUIT WATER
Speaking of drinks, Coca Cola is unveiling its new Fruit Water soon. It contains no fruit, but also no sugar. It's sweetened with sucralose, or splenda. They're thinking people who usually go for bottled water may make the switch.

FISHERMEN CATCH SHARK, CATCH IT ON VIDEO
And did you hear about the two fishermen who hooked that really big fish off the Florida coast the other day? I mean REALLY big! The giant fish got close enough to the surface so they could see it, and it was a 3 thousand pound Great White Shark!
The fishermen eventually let the shark go, but not before they got a video of it. It was so large that they first thought they had hooked a submarine!
See the VIDEO HERE

KICK BUTTS DAY AIMED AT BIG TOBACCO MARKETING
Today is 'Kick Butts Day,' and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is using it to get the word out about how they say tobacco companies work to -- as they put it -- secure each new generation of addicts. The group says tobacco companies spend a million dollars every hour on marketing, including products that target young people, like cheap candy flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco.

TITANS KENNY BRITT FOUND NOT GUILTY IN DUI TRIAL
After a five-hour trial, a magistrate has cleared Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt of DUI charges from last year's incident at a security gate at Fort Campbell. At the scene, Britt failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer.

JUSTIN BIEBER KICKED OUT OF PARIS HOTEL
19 year-old Justin Bieber is still apparently 'going through something.' He just kicked off the European leg of his world tour, and now, Bieber has reportedly been kicked out of the most prestigious hotel in Paris because of bad behavior.