Wednesday, October 23, 2013

BULLETIN ABOUT PET JERKY TREATS
Federal health officials are asking for the public's help in tracking down the jerky pet treats that have made more than three thousand pets sick, and killed nearly 600 of them. The treats are sold as jerky tenders or strips and are made with chicken, duck, sweet potato, dried fruit, and in combinations of these ingredients.
The FDA says the treats are mostly from China, but they haven't actually isolated the source of the sickness, yet. They're asking you, if you've experienced it with a sick pet, to call the comsumer complaint line.
READ MORE HERE
SEE THE FDA FACT SHEET HERE 

NEW PERSON BROUGHT IN TO OVERSEE HEALTH CARE WEBSITE
Veteran White House figure Jeffrey Zeints [[ ZYEnts ]] is being brought in to oversee efforts to fix technical glitches at healthcare.gov. It hasn't run smoothly since it went up the first of this month. (The website is key to the success of new healthcare exchanges in the healthcare reform law.  Since its launch, the site has been troubled by glitches.)

GAS PRICES GOING DOWN
When's the last time you saw gas prices under 2.80 a gallon? www.Nashvillegasprices.com is reporting gas prices in Antioch as low as 2.74 a gallon... other places around town are down to 3.01. That's www.Nashvillegasprices.com

ReCYCLE FOR KIDS COLLECTING BIKES
Before you bring in new toys this holiday season, how about getting rid of the old stuff, and helping local kids as you do? ReCYCLE for kids-- a non-profit local group-- is asking you to donate kids' bikes this Saturday. They can be new or used, just as long as they're in good enough shape that the group can refurbish them. You can find out where to drop off those old bikes at the Hands on Nashville website, www.hon.org

HEAD OFF A MIGRAINE WITH A BANANA?
If you're prone to getting migraines, a London study finds bananas may be part of your headache prevention plan. They help keep your blood sugar levels up, and may keep the migraine away.

VETERANS WANT BILL PASSED TO PROTECT THEIR BENEFITS
Some veterans say their service to the nation has been ignored during the political posturing of the government shutdown.  Now they want a bill passed to make sure all Veteran's Administrationfunding can't be disrupted.  Current policy applies only to hospitals.  

ANTIOCH MAN ON TBS'S MOST WANTED LIST
An Antioch man has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted List. Police say 19 year old Dequan Bertrand is one of two people who forced their  way into a Brentwood home on October 12th, held the owners at gunpoint, robbed them, then later used their credit cards.

NO MORE WII?
For awhile, it was THE hot, go-to item that EVERYBODY wanted and everybody was talking about. Now, Nintendo says it's going to stop making the Wii, and may stop selling the system entirely. The competition's getting tough. Nintendo sold 3.5 million systems in the Wii U's first year, but only 160,000 in the last quarter. Xbox and Playstation both have new item rollouts in less than a month. 

WORLD SERIES STARTS TONIGHT
The 109th World Series begins tonight at Fenway Park in Boston, where the American League champion Red Sox host the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.

FRANKLIN COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING AT TEENS WHO WERE TOILET PAPERING NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE
A prank ended with a shotgun blast in Franklin County this weekend. A group of teenagers was apparently throwing toilet paper on the home of a Franklin County principal, when a neighbor pulled out a shotgun and started shooting at the teens as they ran through a nearby field. One of them was hit by shell fragments but is going to be okay. The neighbor, Dale Farris, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY SATURDAY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
If you get RID of your prescription drugs, your teenagers and their friends who come to visit, won't be able to get their hands on them. You're not supposed to flush them or throw them away: they'll end up in our water supply. So, police have organized another drug take back day, this Saturday, with drop-off locations all around Middle Tennessee. www.tn.gov/mental

MAN FAKES BOMB THREAT RATHER THAN ADMIT HE FORGOT TO BOOK WEDDING VENUE:
Wow! This guy has had a TOUGH YEAR! A British guy was supposed to reserve the hall for his WEDDING. But, he forgot. Instead of telling his bride-to-be, he waited till the day of the ceremony, then called in a bomb threat. His wife was left standing out in the street in her wedding gown, as the building was evacuated and checked out. Police figured out right away where the threat came from, and the guy was arrested. He's just been sentenced to a year in prison for the crime. Surprisingly, he and his girlfriend are still together.

ROYAL BABY CHRISTENED TODAY
The newest member of the British royal family, three-month-old Prince George, will be Christened this afternoon. It'll be quite the affair, with his royal family members attending. (Those attending will include his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, his grandfather Prince Charles, and great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Second.)

THE BETTY WHITE WRECKING BALL PARODY
Betty White has taken a page from Miley Cyrus' playbook!
Betty's hidden camera show called "Off Their Rockers" is moving from NBC to the Lifetime Network, starting tonight, and the new promo features Betty White, fully clothed, riding a wrecking ball.

THIEF RETURNS BOY'S STOLEN PUMPKIN WITH APOLOGY NOTE
A thief had a change of heart in Pennsylvania. After stealing a little 9-year-old boy's giant pumpkin, then seeing the kid featured in the news all sad about it, the thief returned the pumpkin with a note that said, "I'm really sorry about taking your pumpkin, it was wrong... I didn't think my actions through nor realize who they were affecting. Sincerest apologies." The little boy is thrilled!

iPAD AIR ANNOUNCED. SHIPPING STARTS NOV 1ST
The lighter iPad Air will be making its way to consumers soon.  Apple rolled out its latest generation in its tablet line yesterday in San Francisco.  It's the lightest full size tablet in the world at just one pound.  It will begin shipping November 1st and will start at 499-dollars for the 16 gigabyte model.