Mid-Day Headlines 11-29-16

Mid-Day Headlines 11-29-16


NOW AT 11… WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE FATAL PLANE CRASH IN COLUMBIA THAT WAS CARRYING MEMBERS OF A BRAZILIAN SOCCER TEAM. PLUS… RAGING WILDFIRES IN THE SOUTH FORCE THOUSAND TO EVACUATE. AND SEVERAL MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE IN THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION. ALSO… YOUR KIDS WILL THINK IT’S COOL… AND IT WILL GIVE YOU SOME PIECE OF MIND. THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. BUT FIRST… YOU’LL WANT TO AVOID HIGHWAY 81 NEAR BELOIT… AS IT’S SHUT DOWN BETWEEN MERLET AND OLSON ROAD… AS CREWS BATTLE A FATAL HOUSE FIRE. ROCK COUNTY DISPATCH SAYS ONE PERSON IS DEAD. THE FIRE STARTED JUST AFTER 6 THIS MORNING. CREWS ARE ON THE SCENE… AND DEPUTIES SAY THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR MOST OF THE DAY. SO AGAIN… BE SURE TO AVOID HIGHWAY 81…. BETWEEN MERLET AND OLSON ROAD. THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR A SUSPECT WHO ROBBED A MOBIL GAS STATION AT GUNPOINT THIS MORNING ON MADISON’S EAST SIDE. MADISON POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON SHOPKO DRIVE JUST BEFORE FOUR-THIRTY. THE CLERK FROM KELLY’S MARKET WAS OUTSIDE WHEN A MAN PULLED OUT A HANDGUN. HE TOOK CASH AND CIGARETTES… BEFORE RUNNING OFF. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MAN IN HIS 20’S, LAST SEEN WEARING A GREY OR WHITE SWEATSHIRT. AROUND THE WORLD, COLOMBIAN OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE SURVIVED A CRASH THAT KILLED 75 PEOPLE, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE BRAZILLIAN PROFESSIONAL SOCCER TEAM. AT LEAST THREE OF THE SURVIVORS ARE TEAM MEMBERS. INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE. POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH AND RESUCE OPERATIONS WERE SUSPENDED OVERNIGHT BECAUSE OF THE HEAVY RAIN. AUTHORITIES SAY THE AIRCRAFT MAY HAVE RUN OUT OF FUEL, OR BEEN EXPERIENCING AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM – JUST BEFORE IT CRASHED. IT SURE HAS BEEN NICE TO SEE THE SUN THIS MORNING. CHIEF METEOROLOGIST CHARLIE SHORTINO JOINS US WITH A LOOK AT YOUR WEATHER AUTHORITY FORECAST. CHARLIE WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR TODAY? TUESDAY SUNNY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 52. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 31. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 31. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. AROUND THE NATION, A FAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 31. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 31. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. AROUND THE NATION, A FAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 31. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. WIND 5 TO 15 MPH. TUESDAY NIGHT PARTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 31. SOUTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH. AROUND THE NATION, A FAST MOVING WILDFIRE IS THREATENING THE POPULAR EAST TENNESSEE RESORT TOWN… DOLLYWOOD. THE COMMUNITIES OF PIGEON FORGE AND GATLINBURG ARE ALSO UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS. MORE THAN 30-HOMES AND BUSINESSES BURNED TO THE GROUND OVERNIGHT — IN A FIRE OFFICIALS BELIEVE MAY BE A CASE OF ARSON. BRANDON BATES HAS MORE. NAT SOT GREAT VIDEO FIRE ON THE SIDE: CREDIT @CAINTREADWAY “OH MY GOD, IT’S SO HOT.. OVERNIGHT… DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO ESCAPE A MASSIVE WILDFIRE.. SWEEPING ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES OF GATLINBURG AND PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE… MOTORISTS DRIVING ALONG SMOKE-CHOKED ROADS…FLEEING INTENSE FLAMES LOOKING AND SPREADING LIKE MOLTEN LAVA … RESIDENTS.. THANKFUL TO MAKE IT OUT OF THEIR HOMES ALIVE… SOT – MOS BRENDA BRIGGS “THEY LET ME GO BACK IN JUST FOR A FEW MINUTES TO GET MY ANIMALS OUT, TO GET THEM SAFELY. WE ALL ARE SAFE NOW AT MY SON’S, SO WE’RE FINE.” .” WHILE TERRIFIED GUESTS .. WERE TRAPPED INSIDE A HILTON HOTEL — SURROUNDED BY FLAMES — THE FIRE TOO CLOSE — AND TOO DANGEROUS FOR THEM TO LEAVE. THESE PICTURES — TAKEN BY AN EMPLOYEE OF THE HOTEL — SHOWING THE FIRE BURRING RIGHT OUTSIDE. LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY 30-STRUCTURES WERE DEVOURED BY THE FLAMES — INCLUDING AN APARTMENT COMPLEX… MORE THAN 500 ACRES BURNING IN THE SMALL TOWNS… SEVERAL ROADS THROUGH GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK HAVE BEEN CLOSED… OFFICIALS SAY 70-MILE-AN-HOUR WIND GUSTS — FUELED THE OUT OF CONTROL FIRES NEAR SEVERAL POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS. …INCLUDING DOLLYWOOD – THE AREA’S LARGEST THEME PARK… JUST DAYS AGO — COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND DOLLY PARTON…RELEASING THIS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT — SOT DOLLY PARTON PSA “…PLEASE HELP FIREFIGHTERS AVOID WILDFIRES…” PARTON ASKING FANS TO HELP PROTECT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS… BY OBSERVING BURN BANS AND REPORTING FIRES WHEN THEY SEE THEM. A SPOKESPERSON FOR DOLLYWOOD SAID SO FAR, NO STRUCTURES INSIDE THE THEME PARK HAVE BEEN DAMAGED… BUT STAFF AND DOZENS OF GUESTS WERE EVACUATED FROM DOLLYWOOD’S DREAM-MORE RESORT — AS A PRECAUTION. NATIONAL PARK EMPLOYEES WERE EVACUATED FROM THE AREA TOO. SOT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK CASSIUS CASH I’VE BEEN IN FEDERAL SERVICE FOR 25 YEARS PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THAT HE WILL NOMINATE GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN TOM PRICE TO HEAD THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. PRICE, WHO IS AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, HAS BEEN ONE OF OBAMACARE’S MOST OUTSPOKEN CRITICS. IF APPROVED BY THE SENATE, HE IS EXPECTED TO DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT… AND HELP REPUBLICANS IMPLEMENT THEIR OWN BLUEPRINT FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM. HE’S ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE. GREEN PARTY CANIDATE… JILL STEIN SAYS SHE’S COMMITTED TO PAYING THE ESTIMATED $3 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR FOR THE RECOUNT IN WISCONSIN… ALTHOUGH SHE THINKS IT’S A BIT HIGH. STEIN SAYS THIS MEANS ASKING HER SUPPORTERS TO RAISE ANOTHER $2-POINT4 MILLION DOLLARS. SHE BELEIVES IRREGULARITIES WITH THE WISCONSIN VOTE INDICATE POTENTIAL TAMPERING… ALTHOUGH STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS SAY THERE’S NO EVIDIENCE TO SUPPORT IT. DONALD TRUMP BEAT HILARY CLINTON BY ABOUT 22-THOUSAND VOTES IN WISCONSIN. THE RECOUNT WILL START THURSDAY IF STEIN PAYS FOR IT BY TUESDAY. MEANTIME… A DANE COUNTY JUDGE WILL HOLD A LATE-AFTERNOON HEARING ON WHETHER OR NOT THE RECOUNT WILL BE DONE BY HAND. STEIN ASKED THAT THE COUNTING BE DONE BY HAND IN ALL OF WISCONSIN’S 72 COUNTIES TO VERIFY ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES WEREN’T HACKED. THE WISCONSIN ELECTIONS COMMISSION REFUSED TO GRANT THAT REQUEST, PROMPTING STEIN TO FILE A LAWSUIT LATE YESTERDAY.

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