Wednesday, May 8, 2013

OHIO SUSPECTS' FAMILIES SHOCKED
The cousin of the three men accused of holding three women and a child captive for more than a decade in Cleveland expressed her mixed emotions on TODAY Wednesday.
“This is an incredible thing to believe,’’ Maria Castro Montes told Savannah Guthrie. “We are elated, obviously that these girls have been found and that they are alive, and our hearts are filled with joy for that reason, and at the same time this family is suffering a great sadness to know that these girls have suffered at the hands of family members of ours.
“We would certainly like to say to those three young women that we are so sorry for everything that they had to endure. We want them to know that if they ever need anything, we are here for them. We certainly hope that an entire family is not judged over the actions of one person, that an entire community is not judged over the actions of one person, or that an entire race is not judged over the actions of one person.”
Montes’ cousins, Ariel Castro, 52; Onil Castro, 50; and Pedro Castro, 54, were arrested Monday after Amanda Berry kicked through the door at Ariel Castro’s home and escaped. Two other missing women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, as well as Berry's 6-year-old daughter, were also discovered by police at Ariel’s home.

OHIO POLICE SAY RUMORS THAT NEIGHBORS CALLED POLICE ABOUT KIDNAP HOUSE NOT TRUE
Police in Cleveland, Ohio are saying it's not true, that there were phone calls from neighbors about the suspected kidnappers. People who live near the home where three women and a little girl were rescued on Monday are now saying they called police several times about bizarre activities there, including women on leashes crawling around naked in the Castros' backyard and women desperately banging on windows. Cops say neighbors may have talked about it, but they didn't phone it in. 

ALLEGED THREAT AT BEECH HIGH SCHOOL NOT CREDIBLE
There are police officers patrolling the hallways at Beech High School today after someone said they found a threat written on a bathroom wall. Cops say the threat wasn't credible, but they sent extra security there today as a precaution. 

GIRL SCOUT TROOP LEADER ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM SCOUTS
A Rutherford County Girl Scout Troop Leader is being investigated for allegedly using more than 30-thousand dollars of girl scout money for her own personal expenses. No one's been named, yet... but there is an investigation underway.

GLITCH OVERCHARGES ATMOS ENERGY CUSTOMERS
How much was your electric bill? A couple hundred bucks? Now imagine it with an extra zero at the end, making it ten times that! 39-thousand customers of Atmos Energy, including some in Tennessee just got the shock of their lives when they say their online bill pay accounts had been charged ten times the usual amount. Atmos says a computer glitch added the extra zero, but they have it fixed now.

RESEARCHERS IN FINAL TEST OF FAT-DISSOLVING INJECTABLE
There's a drug being tested right now that's supposed to dissolve unwanted fat, with injections. It's specifically for chin fat, to make your double chin go away. If it's approved by the Food and Drug Administration it could be available in the next year or so, and would be the first fat-dissolving injectable on the market.

NASHVILLE DENTIST LOOKING FOR SMILE MAKEOVER PATIENT
A Nashville dentist is putting his money where your mouth is, and holding a contest for a free dental makeover. It's open for anyone. You have to enter online. If you don't have a computer, you can use one at the library for free. Dr. Michael Atchley started the contest last year to help people feel better about themselves. Last year's winner says her life has changed drastically, for the better, since her makeover. You have to enter by May 26th. 

HOLDING GUITAR HELPS YOU GET DATES
Guys, you want a date? Get a prop. Scientists find that carrying a guitar increases your chance of getting a date by a third. That's compared to approaching a woman empty-handed. However, the same didn't hold true with women. Carrying an instrument did not seem to make girls more attractive to guys.
Men carrying a sports bag were the least likely to score some digits. The guy with nothing in his hands got more phone numbers than the sporty guys.

FINAL HONOR FLIGHT LEAVES WED
The sixth and final Music City honor flight for World War II veterans is today. Volunteers, who each pay 300 bucks to take part, are escorting close to 100 World War Two vets on a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. so they can see the memorial dedicated to them. Many would never get to go on such a trip, otherwise. We were told by Mix 92.9 listener Virginia, whose dad is on the flight, that the vets should be getting home to the Nashville airport tonight around 8:30, in case you want to go be part of the welcoming group. 

SOUTHWEST ADDS TWO NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO PENSACOLA BEFORE THANKSGIVING
Starting in November, it'll be a little easier for you to slip away to Florida. Nashville International Airport is adding two daily nonstop flights to Pensacola, starting November 3rd. (www.flynashville.com)

GEORGE JONES CONCERT TO BE TRIBUTE
George Jones' final concert will now be a tribute concert, featuring all the artists who had been scheduled to part of his final show November 22nd. Jones' widow Nancy said that means Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, and more will be singing to honor George one last time, this November at Bridgestone. The concert has been sold out for a long time, though. 

IDOL'S HOMETOWN TOURS TONIGHT, INCLUDING NASHVILLE
"American Idol" does hometown tours for finalists tonight... and Nashville's Kree Harrison is one of them... so look for Nashville spotlighted in tonight's show.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY PICKS ITS FAVORITE TO WIN
 

SHOPPING WHEN HUNGRY?
Does it really make a difference if you're hungry or not when you shop? New study says, yes. 70% of people may not buy MORE groceries, but they buy higher-calorie foods when they're hungry.
 
WOMAN EMBEZZLES MONEY TO PAY RESTITUTION
Florida woman Kristina Melvin was on probation for stealing more than 100-thousand dollars from the company she worked for, and was ordered to pay back the money. So how did she get the cash? Hard work and great budgeting skills? No. Ms. Kristina promptly started embezzling cash from her new bosses ... more than a hundred grand funneled through a paypal account. She's back in jail.

DISNEY CRUISE PASSENGER ALLEGEDLY ROBS BANK TO PAY BILL
And a guy who robbed a bank in Florida, says he did it to pay off the bills from his dream vacation, a Disney Cruise.

ORECK FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION
Nashville-based Oreck Corporation is filing for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection. They say they'll consolidate, restructure and sell the business. About 70 people work in Oreck's Nashville office and 250 at the plant in Cookeville. 

FIRST DAY DEADLY ONE FOR ONE-MILLION BABIES
The first day of life is the last day of life for more than a million babies every year. In the 14th annual State of the World's Mothers, Save the Children says more than a million infants die within the first 24 hours of life. Among developed countries, 60-percent of all first-day deaths are in the United States.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO SING SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL THEME
Carrie Underwood is the new voice of the Sunday Night Football theme.  She'll sing a new version of "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" beginning September 8th when the Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys.  Underwood is replacing Faith Hill, who sang the theme song for six seasons.