A baby is recovering after it stopped breathing on a U.S. Airways flight from Tampa to Phoenix.
ABC News reported that flight 678 had to make an emergency landing in Houston Tuesday night when the baby started turning purple.
Two people on board the flight with medical training helped, and passengers cheered when the baby started crying again.
The baby was taken to a hospital in Houston for treatment, and the flight resumed to Phoenix.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:42:55 -0400
America, are you prepared for a cheese war?
U.S. and E.U. officials are meeting in Brussels to discuss the terms of the free trade agreement President Barack Obama proposed during his 2013 State of the Union Address.
But a report from the Associated Press says E.U. representatives are expected to put cheese on the negotiating table. Figuratively. (Via Wikimedia Commons / JJ Harrison, Dominik Hundhammer, Jon Sullivan)
"The E.U. wants to ban the use of names like parmesan, feta and Gruyere on cheeses that are made in America." (Via NECN)
"They argue that only cheese from Parma should be called parmesan. ... the E.U. claims American-made cheeses are mere imitations and they take market share away from the real McCoys." (Via Al Jazeera)
The E.U. wants the U.S. to honor its geographical indications. Those are kind of like trademarks for products that are named after a location.
In the E.U., feta cheese made outside Greece can't be marketed as feta. Other places can still make it and they can still sell it. They just have to call it something else.
A trade deal last year between the E.U. and Canada imposed the same restrictions. Any new feta product made in Canada has to be marketed as feta-style or feta-like, and can't use Greek columns or lettering on the package.
U.S. companies aren't happy about the restrictions, saying they'll confuse consumers. The head of theNational Milk Producers Federation said "The consequences ... would be higher costs, fewer choices and greater confusion. ... It is American food companies that have helped popularize many cheeses with old world origins, leading to increased sales for all."
The outrage goes all the way to Capitol Hill. A group of 55 U.S. senators sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging him to "push back" against the new restrictions. (Via U.S. Senate)
It's not clear yet how strongly European negotiators will push for the restrictions. A representative simply said that the issue is an important one for the E.U.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:35:41 -0400
(AP) Tests have confirmed an outbreak of the norovirus at an Asheville elementary school.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that city officials are worried the virus has spread to Asheville High School. Officials said more than 160 students were absent or left school early Tuesday.
School spokesman Charlie Glazener said typically fewer than 100 students would be sick.
Testing confirmed the sickness that affected students and staff last week at Isaac Dickson Elementary was norovirus. Officials say more than 140 students were sick last Friday. On a typical day, only about two dozen students are sick.
Glazener said it appears the virus is spreading.
Workers are wiping down surfaces in all city schools with a bleach-based solution.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:26:44 -0400
Volcanoes, known for violent explosions and toxic fumes, may have been responsible for saving some species during the ice ages. (Via U.S. Geological Survey)
A new study says volcanoes provided warm areas for things like mosses, lichens and bugs to thrive while the rest of the world was covered in glaciers. (Via National Geographic)
The study specifically looked at volcanoes in Antarctica. One researcher says: "The closer you get to volcanoes, the more species you find. This pattern supports our hypothesis that species have been expanding their ranges and gradually moving out from volcanic areas since the last ice age." (Via Nature World News)
The last ice age was 20,000 years ago, and since that time Antarctica has had at least 16 active volcanoes. (Via YouTube / Jiri VonDrak)
So how exactly did volcanoes make the world a more livable place? The study’s lead author explains.
"Volcanic steam can melt large ice caves under the glaciers, and it can be tens of degrees warmer in there than outside. Caves and warm steam fields would have been great places for species to hang out during Ice Ages." (Via Sci-News.com)
So I guess you can now also think of volcanoes as an prehistoric radiator. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:24:30 -0400
North Carolina Department of Transportation leaders said they'll look at the votes that led to noise walls being approved along Charlotte highways -- which could end up as a victory for home and business owners fighting against the construction of the walls.
The decision to review that voting process came after dozens of people said the process wasn't fair.
Those people said they don't want a noise wall built along Interstate 277 because they would block the view of the skyline.
NCDOT officials said they did ask anyone who would be affected by the walls to vote and voice their opinion. They said they used property and tax records to find those people and then sent them ballots so they could vote on the issue.
But some people Channel 9 spoke with said they never received ballots, and others said they received bad voting instructions.
And still others said it was unfair for DOT officials to count any ballot that wasn't mailed back as a vote supporting the wall.
DOT officials said they've now hired an outside group to take a look at their voting process.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:14:30 -0400
Investigators in Marshville have released more information about a woman found dead in her car over the weekend.
The medical examiner's autopsy of 34-year-old Alicia Sligh found she died after being shot in the head.
A bystander found her dead in her car in the middle of White Street Sunday morning.
Police haven't made any arrests and don't have any suspect descriptions.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:09:54 -0400
(AP) A judge has issued a temporary injunction ordering the husband of the woman accused of trying to kill her three children by driving into the ocean to stay away from some family members.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that a circuit judge issued the injunction Monday against Lutful Ronjon, husband of Ebony Wilkerson of North Charleston, S.C.
In court documents, Wilkerson's sister Jessica Harrell says Ronjon threatened to kill her and her sister if she tried to help the woman escape his abuse.
Records show the injunction against Ronjon is in effect until March 20, when a hearing is scheduled.
The injunction orders Ronjon to stay away from Harrell, her house, her child's school and a residence where the family is staying.
Wilkerson is in jail in Florida on attempted murder and other charges.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:49:15 -0400
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested a second man in connection to a murder from last year.
Dequan Reid was taken into custody Tuesday, charged with killing Bob Pate, Jr. in northwest Charlotte last September
Police found Reid in jail Tuesday, where he was serving time for an unrelated charge.
Officers said Reid and another man, Marte Edwards, shot pate in the head on Stonehenge Lane in September.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:40:43 -0400
(AP) The York County sheriff will release the dashboard camera video of a traffic stop where one of his deputies shot a 70-year-old man as he reached for his cane.
Sheriff Bruce Bryant is also expected Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Feb. 25 incident.
Deputy Terrence Knox stopped Bobby Canipe of Lincolnton, N.C., for an expired license tag after dark on U.S. 321 north of Clover. Canipe got out of his truck, and the deputy shot at him several times as he reached in the back for his cane.
Canipe was hit once, but survived.
Knox was suspended with pay while the State Law Enforcement Division investigates. A prosecutor will decide if he faces charges.
The sheriff's office called the shooting appropriate the day after the traffic stop.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:15:55 -0400
What's better than a free cruise, a free $500 check and free gas money? How about $5,000 a month for the rest of your life?
A group of 33 passengers is suing Carnival Cruise Lines after they were stuck in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico last year. They were stranded with no engine power, air conditioning or working toilets, and food and water were scarce. (Via NBC)
Carnival Cruise's ship Triumph was returning from Mexico last February when a fire knocked out the ship's electricity, engine power and plumbing. CNN famously dubbed the ordeal the "Poop Cruise." (Via ABC)
Now, some of the passengers say they continue to experience medical problems and emotional distress, like PTSD and anxiety, and want $60,000 per year to cover their medical bills. (Via KTRK)
The media reported many of the cruise passengers' stories last year, and it's hard not to sympathize. But the media has also been pretty unified in declaring the $5,000-per-month demand just way off the mark.
"Can I do like you guys do and put my hands on my hips and say 'this is outrageous?' It's outrageous."
"I cannot believe they're asking for $5,000 a month for life ... These are opportunistic plaintiffs looking for a big payday." (Via KTTV)
And Fox News's Andrew Napolitano agrees, saying if he had been assigned a case like this when he was a judge, he'd have thrown it out.
"The test is what Carnival knew before the boat left. Not the harm that happened to these passengers. ... But they'll never get $5,000 a week or a month or anything like that for life. They courts just don't do that."
Carnival's lawyers say the passengers suing the company have not proved their problems were caused by the cruise and that they're not entitled to damages.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 04:52:11 -0400
Are you a slowpoke? Then get out of the fast lane – especially if you're in Georgia.
Left-lane lurkers on the state's highways and interstates are a pen-stroke away from trouble under legislation given final passage Tuesday by the Georgia Senate.
House Bill 459 would allow authorities to ticket those who lollygag in left lanes. The bill makes it a misdemeanor for any driver on a divided highway who does not move to the right when a car going faster approaches from behind.
With the state House already signing off on the measure, all it needs is Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature to become law.
Senators said they were not trying to encourage speeding. However, as Senate Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, said, “often times drivers travel through (the left lane) as if they’re in tourist mode.”
The Senate approved HB 459, by Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, on a 42-5 vote.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:32:28 -0400
George Zimmerman is making headlines again after he signed autographs and met fans at a Florida gun show.
According to the New York Daily News, about 20 people showed up to meet Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder last summer in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, at the New Orlando Gun Show on Sunday.
“It was pretty weird to meet him in person — and wow, he has gained a lot of weight!” fan Melissa, who did not provide a last name, told the Daily News.
Zimmerman's appearance also forced the gun show to change venues. The original, larger venue, the Majestic, backed out because of "community pressure" and backlash, the Daily News reported. The Arms Room gun store hosted the event instead.
Martin's fatal shooting sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling Martin and said he shot the teen to protect himself.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:08:03 -0400
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night to address an unpopular teacher tenure law known as the "25 Percent Law" passed by North Carolina lawmakers.
The law requires districts to select which 25 percent of eligible teachers will get four-year contracts.
The resolution asks for a one-year delay in implementing the law.
Several longtime CMS teachers spoke out asking the Board to challenge the law all together.
"Now is the time to show all of your teachers that you value them and stand behind them in this vicious attack on public school teachers,” said Charles Smith, president of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators.
The resolution also includes requests to increase teacher salaries and reinstate the advanced-degree salary schedule.
Twenty-three other North Carolina school districts have passed similar resolutions against the law, including Cleveland, Rowan and Watauga County schools.
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Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:28:43 -0400
The family of a 92-year-old pastor is accusing a Salisbury police officer of slamming him into the ground at an assisted living center, breaking bones in his pelvis.
The family filed a lawsuit against that officer and the city of Salisbury.
Shari Keller is heartbroken by what she said happened to her 92-year-old father when he was a resident at the Salisbury Gardens Assisted Living facility.
She said her father, J.W. Loy, is a minister and spent his life serving his community.
But when he became belligerent in the home last year and started waving his cane at staff members she said two Salisbury police officers arrived minutes later.
Officer Chris Hamm was one of them.
“Officer Hamm started backing my daddy up and yelling at him,” Keller said.
As Hamm got closer to her father, the officer turned violent, she said.
“He grabbed him behind the collar. Grabbed him by the left arm, spun him and slammed him into the floor,” she said. “My daddy laid there in that floor.”
Keller said her father suffered broken bones in his pelvis and spent four days in the hospital.
She said Loy should never have been handled so violently.
“My daddy could've died right there that night at the hands of someone that we pay to protect and serve,” she said.
Hamm’s attorney said in an email Tuesday Loy was trying to hit the other officer with his cane and Hamm grabbed the elderly man by the shoulder.
The email stated Hamm attempted to break the fall, and, "This was not the officer's intent to injure Loy."
Channel 9 dug into Hamm's record; this is not the first report accusing him of violence on duty.
Last October, Hamm was one of the police officers accused of crushing a man's windpipe during an arrest.
Salisbury police said the suspect, 30-year-old Graham Hosch, didn't listen to the officers. He was charged with a misdemeanor.
Channel 9 looked and could find no record against Hosch with the Department of Corrections.
And the allegations don't end with Hamm. The NAACP told Channel 9 it has been looking into claims of brutality within the Salisbury Police Department since 2009.
It wants a federal review of the department.
The city has also promised a thorough investigation of Salisbury police.
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Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:05:32 -0400
Prosecutors just filed a motion asking for any evidence compiled by the defense team for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer charged with killing an unarmed man.
Channel 9 obtained the request from the state asking for any reports, photos and video obtained by Randall Kerrick's attorney.
Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.
The defense now has 10 days to fulfill that request.
For months, Ferrell's family has been pushing to get the dashcam video from the night of his death.
In January, they filed a civil suit against the police chief, Kerrick, the city and the county.
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Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:35:57 -0400
In a matter of weeks, people will see construction on the light rail extension in north Charlotte go into full swing which means traffic delays and changes to business entrances.
Eyewitness News reporter Jenna Deery went to city leaders Tuesday and asked how they are trying to help businesses avoid losing customers.
The city has spent thousands of dollars on signs for business owners to use.
Officials don't want businesses losing money because if they do, the city does too.
Each vehicle that comes into Nicoya Tires on North Tryon Street is an opportunity for Elman Secqueira to build his business.
“We have strong loyal customers,” Secqueira said.
But construction on the light rail's Blue Line extension has created challenges mainly because he is losing parts of his shop -- the front parking lot will be taken out and signage has to be moved.
“We actually have pushed our signs to the limit as far as where the city will allow us to go.” Secqueira said.
The Charlotte Area Transit System has spent about $14,000 on signs for businesses.
They've printed 500 of them to be posted to signal people in, past the dirt so businesses don't get lost in the construction.
“These businesses are open,” said John Merzygod, project manager. “They continue to stay open and we're going to provide access.”
Project managers updated business owners and residents Tuesday night on construction plans that could start in a few weeks from the Seventh street stop to Old Concord Road.
Closures include the Eastway Bridge and 36th Street to build the line where drivers will have to make adjustments and business owners like Secqueira will have to make sure people know he's open for business.
The extension goes to University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Construction from Old Concord Road to the university could start in early summer.
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Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:04:53 -0400
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health insurance consumers continued to enroll at a steady clip for private coverage sold on a federally run marketplace, a new report released Tuesday said.
With a deadline looming at the end of March to buy coverage or face a penalty, North Carolina trailed only four other states in enrollment. Just over 200,000 people had selected a health insurance policy by March 1, more than half the nearly 391,000 eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, the report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.
More than 4.2 million Americans had signed up for government-subsidized private insurance in new federal and state markets.
Chuck Brodsky, 53, of Asheville, signed up for a policy last month through the Healthcare.gov website with the help of a couple of friends who'd already been through the process. He said Tuesday his low income allowed him to qualify for subsidies. More than 90 percent of North Carolina policy buyers qualified for government subsidies in the first five months of policy open enrollment, outstripping the national average of 83 percent of buyers.
Brodsky's policy beginning April 1 will cost $7.43 a month for what he considers better coverage than the previous plan costing him $266.84 a month. Online discussions with peers, who like Brodsky, are making a living as acoustic singer-songwriters led him to shop for himself, he said.
"I'm well aware of other people that have saved a lot of money," Brodsky said. "I have to be very honest — the options are limited and I can't say that there was an ideal plan. I don't love the plan offered and I do have very definite feelings politically about Obamacare overall, but regardless, I do think that in the context of getting a plan under Obamacare I did quite well."
The numbers released Tuesday do not describe how many of those signing up were previously uninsured or how many have followed through and paid their premiums.
North Carolina's reported enrollment so far has outstripped federal projections from last September, before the start of the open enrollment period ending in less than three weeks. Those projections were for almost 153,000 North Carolina residents to sign up for health insurance on the federally run exchange by the end of February and 191,000 people to enroll by March 31.
The projections pegged North Carolina just outside the top 10 in enrollment, in line with its population ranking among states.
More than half the health insurance policies sold on North Carolina's exchange were to people who were 45 and older. One out of four North Carolina policies were purchased by young adults from 18 to 34.
Enrolling young and healthy people is important because they generally pay more into the system than they take out, helping offset the health care costs of older adults. Independent experts say young adults should make up about 40 percent of enrollments to help keep premiums down.
Only California, Florida, Texas and New York signed up more people than North Carolina. All of those states have larger populations than North Carolina. California and New York run their own health insurance marketplaces, while North Carolina was among about three dozen states that opted to leave that task to the federal government.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:31:03 -0400
The donations in cash, credit cards, and checks were reported missing from a safe at Osteen’s Lakewood Church sometime Sunday afternoon.
'We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend," the church said in a release to its congregation.
Otherwise, the organization is staying tight-lipped.
Church worker Donald Lloff Jr. told the Houston Chronicle, “Lakewood Church is working in conjunction with the Houston Police Department to investigate this matter. We do not want to compromise the investigation by commenting at this time.”
While disappointed, the church made it clear the donations from their followers won’t be lost.
“The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church," they pointed out.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:00:20 -0400
Investigators still have questions on what caused a man to fall while climbing Crowders Mountain in Gaston County Monday.
He died after hitting his head multiple times.
Rangers said the man was an experienced climber and they are not sure what went wrong.
Climbers were out at the mountain Tuesday morning.
"It's a little shocking that somebody died here last night,” said Cassie Vincent. "It's not going to stop me at all, but I will definitely be a little more cautious."
Chopper 9 Skyzoom captured witnesses looking on during the attempted rescue.
He slipped and hit his head on the rock wall several times as he tumbled roughly 60 feet.
The rope stopped him and left him hanging about 15 feet off the ground.
A witness said the climber's lines didn't catch him.
"We are trying to understand the entire situation,” said Larry Hyde, Crowders State Park supervisor. “We are not sure exactly how he was tied into the anchors
Rangers are inspecting the gear the climber was wearing.
They said we're getting close to peak climbing season and they want all climbers to be careful.
"It just reminds us to stay vigilant," said Monica Browne, a climber.
Rangers are asking climbers not to climb alone.
They want climbers to go up in pairs or in a group so there's always someone to call for help if a climber gets hurt.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:34:20 -0400
A North Carolina lawmaker is pushing to legalize a form of medical marijuana.
Representative Pat McElraft is filing a bill that would legalize an oil extracted from a strain of marijuana that she says would help families with children who suffer from seizures.
In January, Eyewitness News shared that some local families are moving to Colorado to take advantage of the oil.
On Monday, Colorado’s Department of Revenue reported the state made roughly $2 million in taxes on marijuana, and that consumers spent more than $14 million buying it.
Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, but commercial sales did not begin until January. Marijuana sales in Washington State start later this year.
Published: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:06:00 -0400