Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RAINY DAY MEANS MORE CRASHES
This is a weather day where you want to give yourself extra time for any trip you need to make. We have rain in the forecast, with some severe storms possible this afternoon and tonight, and there will be crashes to get around. Better to leave a few minutes early, instead of getting in a hurry.
Keep in mind, if you're running late and trying to speed on a day like today, that if you crash, you'll certainly be more than 5 or 10 minutes late. The good news: the rain is bringing us cooler temperatures: highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s, through Saturday!

TV CO-ANCHOR GOES 'OFF' ON VIEWERS WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT STORM COVERAGE
IF THE WEATHER gets bad enough today that we have tornado warnings, we will stream the news 2 weather center team live here on Mix 929.
We HAVE to make keeping our listeners safe our top priority.
The co-anchor of a TV station in South Dakota got VERY passionate on the air about viewers who complained that the TV stations storm coverage (which did apparently save a life) interrupted their season finale of Once Upon a Time.Here she is, defending the weather guy.
 
MINER DEATHS IN WEST VIRGINIA
This has been a rough week for families who depend on coal mining for a living. Two workers died Monday in a West Virgina mine that already has such a long history of safety violations that it's under special scrutiny by federal officials.

MINERS KILLED, TRAPPED IN TURKEY
And in Turkey, the Prime Minister has declared three days of National Mourning for a mine tragedy there. At least 200 miners were killed when a transformer exploded, and there are more than 100 more, still trapped, trapped, nearly a mile down the shaft, into the ground. They're not expected to be pulled out alive.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PUSHING FOR MORE ROAD MONEY
The Obama administration is warning that the Federal Highway Trust Fund is about to run out of money and if we don't throw more money into that pot, that cash won't be spent on the 112 thousand roadway projects and 5600 transit projects next year, and could cost as many as 700 thousand construction jobs next year. The Trust fund came from taxes on fuel, but as we use more fuel-efficient vehicles, we may need to look at another way to fund our road projects.  

CHILDREN HURT IN BOUNCY HOUSE
And three children are injured, two seriously, after a gust of wind sent a bouncy house sailing through the air in upstate New York. The wind picked up the bouncy house, then the boys fell out, while it still was 20 feet in the air. 

PRINCIPAL IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY REASSIGNED TO CENTRAL OFFICE UNTIL INVESTIGATION OVER
The longtime principal of Longview Elementary in Williamson County is being reassigned. School officials say it's in the "best interest of the district" if Jonathan Ullrich finishes the rest of the academic year at the central office... since he's under investigation for allegedly making inappropriate comments to at least one female staff member.

THREE IN FOUR YOUNG WOMEN ENROLL IN LOYALTY PROGRAMS
What's the new way to save? Enrolling in loyalty programs at stores. In fact, it's become so popular, 3 in 4 women 18 to 34 are signed up to get discounts with their favorite fashion retailers, and half of men that age have. The most popular store for young women to invest in a loyalty program is Kohl's, then Target, Gap, Sears, Macy's and J.C. Penney. (Many also follow brands and stores on Twitter for the latest news, and also post product reviews of purchases they make.)

OWNING HOME IS BEYOND REACH OF MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS, BUT NOT IN NASHVILLE
You know that Living in Nashville has its perks, we have four seasons, great food, music, lots of natural beauty, and now, one more reminder of how nice we have it here... a new study that finds while buying a home is getting out of reach for middle income families in many cities, that's NOT the case in Nashville. Right now, the report says about 58% of homes for sale here ARE affordable to middle income buyers... or people with incomes of about 52 thousand a year.

DIVERS TRYING TO RECOVER BODY OF LOCAL TEENAGER IN PERCY PRIEST
A team of divers has been working to recover the body of a 16-year-old boy who drowned in Percy Priest Lake yesterday afternoon.... in the Smith Springs Recreation Area. The kid apparently dove in, and never resurfaced.

TSA WARNING OF MRZ SYMPTOMS
The TSA is posting signs at more than 20 major airports warning travelers about the warning signs of MERS [[ MURZ ]].  It's a deadly respiratory virus that people are bringing in from Saudi Arabia. So far there have been two confirmed cases here in the U.S. 

FORMER LIPSCOMB COACH IN HOSPICE CARE
Legendary Lipscomb basketball coach Don Meyer is nearing the end of his battle with cancer.  The 69-year-old has been placed in hospice care at his home in South Dakota.  Meyer coached Lipscomb from 1975 to 1999.

GROUP WANTS SMYRNA FITNESS CENTER TO STAY OPEN
A group of people in Smyrna is fighting to keep the town's fitness center open.  They gathered at the town hall yesterday and wanted to know why they didn't have more of a say in the decision. The facility is set to close at the end of June, because even with membership fees, the fitness center still costs Smyrna taxpayers 200-thousand dollars a year. 

AIRPORT SECURITY QUESTIONS OBESE MAN'S IDENTITY AFTER EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS 
A British man's extreme weight loss almost left him stranded at an airport in Thailand.  Ross Connor says he weighed nearly 300-pounds when he went to Thailand to a boxing boot camp, and lost more than 100 pounds. When he tried to go back hom to britain, he was detained. Guards said, "That's not you," until he pulled out photos to show them his progress through the past 12 months.

JUSTIN BIEBER BEING INVESTIGATED FOR ROBBERY
Justin Bieber finds himself on the wrong side of the law again in Southern California.  Multiple reports say the pop superstar is being investigated by the LAPD for robbery.  According to TMZ, Bieber is accused of snatching a cell phone away from a woman who may have snapped some photos of the singer and his entourage at a miniature golf course. 

DAILY KISSES KEEP MARRIAGES STRONG
How do you really tell when the magic is gone from your relationship? When the kisses go away. A recent poll finds nearly 8 in 10 women say they do NOT get enough kisses from their mate. Nearly 8 in 10! And about one in four say they know the only way their husband is going to kiss them, is if he wants sex.
Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, who wrote the book,  "What Your Mother Never Told You About S-E-X." says for most women, kissing IS more important than sex, so if a man stops the kisses, the woman won't feel close enough to get closer to him. 

GOVERNMENT RESEARCHERS THINK THEY'VE FOUND CIVIL WAR STEAMER REMAINS
Government researchers believe they've found the wreckage of a Civil War-era steamer that carried a small group of enslaved African American men and their families to freedom.  The National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration says instrument readings strongly suggest wreckage of the "Planter" lies beneath the ocean floor off Cape Romain, between Charleston and Georgetown, South Carolina. 

KITTY LITTER POSSIBLE CAUSE OF NEW MEXICO RADIATION LEAK 
 Kitty litter might have caused a radiation leak at a nuclear waste storage site in New Mexico.  A state environmental official said yesterday that it's possible kitty litter used to soak up liquid in radioactive debris set off a chemical reaction in the below-ground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.  The chemical reaction might have generated enough heat to melt seals on drums and boxes of contaminated sludge from the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory.  More than 20 workers were exposed to a small amount of radiation that escaped to the surface. 

NFL COULD RELAX RULES ON POT USE
The NFL could be preparing to lessen its penalty for the use of marijuana and other drugs.  ESPN reports the league is preparing to finalize a new policy which would increase the threshold for a positive test for pot and reduce punishments for such violations.  The renegotiated policy would also include testing for human growth hormone.