Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WEATHER/TRAFFIC
It was very foggy this morning, so some people had a slow ride in.
A Mix 92-9 listener called in a tip that some of us hadn't heard before. She said if you're having a hard time seeing through the glare of the fog, that using polarized sunglasses might help.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Metro Davidson county schools are closed again today, so are schools in Cheatham, Clarksville, Montgomery county, Dickson, Robertson and Sumner counties... all closed.

METRO COUNCIL OPPOSES ALCOHOL IN TO-GO CUPS
Well that didn't last long! The Nashville Metro Council has already shot down a state bill that would have let downtown bars sell alcohol, in to-go cups. Even though it’s a state issue, if it passes, the Metro Council could still block it by refusing to pass a city ordinance.  Opponents say it would hurt Nashville’s reputation as a family destination.

LENT: MOST GIVE UP BOOZE, CANDY OR SODA
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. for many Christians, that means 40 days of sacrificing something they love. One pastor said he most often sees his parishioners give up soda, candy, bread or drinking.

HIGH-PROTEIN DIET AS DEADLY AS SMOKING
A new study claims ALL of us should give up meat and cheese ... or at least cut down ... A LOT. Researchers claim that eating meat and cheese increases your chances of death by cancer ... by 20 percent... that eating a bunch of meat and cheese when you're middle aged, is as dangerous as smoking, (esearchers found that decreasing protein intake from moderate levels to low levels reduced the likelihood of early death by 21 percent.)

EARLY BIRDS OR NIGHT OWLS ARE BORN THAT WAY
You can't help it, you really were just BORN THIS WAY. A team from the University of Alberta says whether you're an early bird or a night owl, may not be a choice. MRI scans show people's brains naturally spring into action at different times of the day.

COLUMBIA TEEN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING NEIGHBOR'S DOGS
A 17 year old Columbia, Tennessee man is charged with reckless endangerment after shooting his neighbor's two pit bulldogs. Right now it's a he said/she said situation. The teen says the dogs were on HIS porch, attacking HIS dog. The owner of the dogs that were killed, claims she saw her dog fighting with the teen's but had broken them up and was not on the teenager's property any longer when he came after her and shot her dogs.

STUDY FINDS DOCTORS COMMON SOURCE FOR PAINKILLER ABUSERS
Who are painpill addicts getting their dope from? A new study finds a third of them, from their doctors. The study author says that shows we need to focus on getting doctors to use better judgment when prescribing painkillers.

WILL FINDERS GET TO KEEP 10M GOLD COIN STASH?
That California couple who found 10 million dollars worth of gold coins buried in tin cans... had a little scare. First, they were told they probably would not get to keep the money, because it might have been stolen from the US Mint in 1900. However, the mint says there's no proof at all the found coins are the stolen ones.

BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT BUY NASHVILLE HOUSE
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have bought a home in Brentwood. Forbes Magazine says it's a little two-million-dollar love nest on the golf course.

TRAVOLTIFIED MEME
Have you been Travoltified, yet? After John Travolta messed up Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars this weekend, someone created a 'name generator' where you plug in your name, and it turns out a flubbed up one. Anna Marie, Travoltified is Albert Moozure! We've got the Travoltifier link on the mix Facebook Page so you can do yours.

UKRAINE
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's foreign minister are expected to meet today to talk about the Ukraine crisis - that we may end up being pulled into if it worsens. Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that  he reserved the right to protect 'ethnic' Russians there by any means necessary. 

ANOTHER STUDY FINDS TVS IN KIDS' ROOMS TIED TO WEIGHT GAIN
Yet another study finds kids with TVs in their rooms weigh more than kids without TVs in their bedrooms. About a pound a year more than kids without. That translates into a sizeable overall gain, and definite health problems because of it. One in three children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

FACEBOOK THE NEW 'FIRST IMPRESSION'
This is how the world is turning. Facebook is becoming the new 'first impression.'  A new study out of Scotland suggests that Facebook profiles with fewer friends are "perceived" as less socially and physically attractive, less approachable, and less extroverted than profiles with more friends. Some experts even say that learning how to be likable on Facebook could help you find a job.

MAN SAYS HE'S HEALTHY AFTER 25 YEARS OF PIZZA
A man in Maryland is just blowing people's minds, claiming he's lived on nearly nothing but a cheese pizza a day, for the past 25 years! 
Dan Janssen admits he eats a bowl of raisin bran once a week, and he tasted a peach once, but says he just prefers cheese pizza. Oh, and he's not overweight. He's slim, trim, full of energy and healthy. He says '(People) either want to kill me, or they think I'm a hero.' 

TEENAGER SUING PARENTS TOLD NO, SO FAR
That New Jersey teenager who's suing her parents... to make them pay her living expenses, her private school fees, and for her future college expenses, has had her first day in court. The parents claim the 18 year old moved out because she didn't want to follow their rules. Rachel Canning claims they kicked her out and wants them to keep supporting her. The judge's verdict on the living expenses: No. There will be another hearing next month to determine whether Rachel was forced to leave home and what her options might be.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend.  We're supposed to find the few clocks that don't reset themselves, and set them forward an hour  before bed Saturday night.

MORE MOVES TOWARD INTERNET TV:THIS TIME BY DISH AND DISNEY
With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are showing they're accepting the truth that panies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms - rather than being tied to the TV, and high cable or satellite bills, to watch. They're called cord-cutters, and they're becoming a larger and larger audience. The latest big deal is Dish Network making a deal with Disney, to live-stream Disney-owned channels like ESPN and ABC over the Internet to customers' smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and other devices.
With the new service, you wouldn't have to have the satellite system, just stream online, like Netflix and Hulu. 

HERE'S WHAT METH WILL DO TO YOU. FLORIDA PARENTS ABANDON CHILDREN IN WOODS 
A Florida couple was arrested for abandoning their three young children in the woods. Michael and Sarah Butcher, both 30, were  arrested for illegally parking their truck in a private RV park, but then cops found crystal meth in their car's glove compartment, and in Michael's pocket, along with a syringe and a burnt spoon. Though the couple kept claiming they were brother and sister, reports soon came in of three children found cold, hungry and wandering in the woods. Police charged the Butchers with abandoning the children at a campsite, without even shoes for two of them, and no food. The children, ages 10, 8 and 6, had walked nearly two miles before they were found, police said. 

LENT/ ASH WEDNESDAY
Millions of Christians are marking the start of Lent today, Ash Wednesday.  The ashes placed on the forehead are seen as a celebration of faith and reminder of mortality.  Pope Francis is scheduled to lead his first Ash Wednesday Mass in the Vatican this evening.  

VANDY ASSISTANT COACH CHARGED WITH DUI
One of Vandy's newly-hired assistant football coaches has already gotten himself suspended and is due in court today. 37 year old Vavae Tata, is charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Police say he hit two parked cars on West End last month, then left the scene on foot. They caught him nearby and he blew a .18 on a breathalyzer, more than twice the .08 legal limit in Tennessee. He's been suspended from Vandy for the time being.  

STONEHENGE IS LIKE A SACRED PREHISTORIC GLOCKENSPIEL
The pillars that form Stonehenge may have been chosen because they were like sacred "prehistoric glockenspiels", according to researchers.  The sonorous quality of some of the bluestones used for the monument built between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC may explain why they were transported 200 miles from Pembrokeshire, Wales, when there were plenty of local rocks to use nearby.
 
ARMY SUICIDES NOT JUST TIED TO COMBAT DUTY
A new study reveals that even U.S. Army soldiers who never served in combat have taken their own lives in recent years. The National Institute of Mental Health analyzed records for nearly a-million Army soldiers to better understand the suicide trend in America's military. Researchers think the Army's fast pace since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began has put a strain on soldiers that contributed to the suicide rate. While the suicide rate among veterans of the two wars more than doubled from 2004 to 2009, it nearly tripled among those who never deployed. A finding indicating the Army could do a better job of screening recruits is that about a third of soldiers who attempted suicide already had a mental disorder when they joined the service.
 
TAMMY WYNETTE'S DAUGHTERS GO TO COURT TO ASK FOR TOMB NAME CHANGE
The daughters of late country singer Tammy Wynette say they're asking for a court order this week to change their mother's name on her crypt in Nashville. The name on the grave is Virginia W. Richardson, Tammy's real, legal name. But her two daughters have collected more than 12 hundred fan signatures on a change.org petition ... to change the name to the stage name of Tammy Wynette. The step-daughter, who owns the tomb, has not agreed to the change.

OBAMA'S BUDGET CALLS FOR MORE SPACE MONEY
The Obama administration is trying to send more people to space.  A budget plan released Tuesday includes more money for human exploration of space.  NASA would get 2.8-billion-dollars to build the rocket and crew capsule that could eventually take humans as far as Mars. 

ANOTHER BUSH GOING INTO TEXAS POLITICS. ANOTHER GEORGE BUSH
There's another Bush getting into Texas politics.  George P. Bush easily won the GOP nod for Land Commissioner during Tuesday's primary over David Watts.  Bush is the son of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of former President George W. Bush. 

ARMY RESERVIST RETURNS TO SURPRISE PARTY IN HENDERSONVILLE
In this military homecoming, it was the soldier who got the surprise.  Coach Daniel Sanders, an army reservist, said he planned to greet his students as normal at Hendersonville Christian Academy yesterday after he'd been deployed in Qatar for the past 10 months.  But his students found out early that he was returning and had a surprise party waiting for him.  He said the students were like a second family to him.