Broadcast Scripts (in all caps, of course)

1. ..AND FIRST UP, BREAKING NEWS. METRO POLICE ARE NOW CONFIRMING AN ARREST IN THE MURDER OF A TEENAGER ON A PLAYGROUND. I-M-P-D SAYS OFFICERS ARRESTED A 16-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT IN THE MURDER OF JAMES JOHNSON, WHO WAS ALSO 16. HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN THE PLAYGROUND OF THE HAWTHORNE APARTMENTS IN INDIANAPOLIS EARLIER THIS MONTH. POLICE HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT, BUT CONFIRM HE IS BEING HELD IN THE JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER ON A MURDER CHARGE.

2. FIRE IS STILL BREWING ON A WELL OFF THE LOUISIANA COAST. BUT OFFICIALS SAY NATURAL GAS HAS STOPPED LEAKING AND IS NO LONGER FLOWING FROM IT. THE BUREAU OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT SAYS THE LEAK WAS STOPPED UP NATURALLY WHEN SEDIMENT AND SAND FLOWED INTO IT. IT’S BEEN BURNING SINCE TUESDAY WHEN RIG WORKERS HIT AN UNEXPECTED POCKET OF GAS. 44 WORKERS WERE EVACUATED. NO ONE WAS HURT.

3. THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS COMING OUT OF THE NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION AT A WELL OFF THE COAST OF LOUISIANA. EXPERTS SAY THE BLOWOUT AND FIRE WON’T NECESSARILY CARRY MUCH OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL RISK. THAT’S BECAUSE THERE IS NO SIGHT OF 
SHEENS NEAR THE WELL DURING FLYOVERS OF THE AREA. THAT MEANS GAS IS BURNING OFF WITHOUT RELEASING OIL OR OTHER HYDRO-CARBONS INTO THE WATER. MANY SCIENTISTS SAY NATUTRAL GAS POSES MUCH LESS OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT THAN CRUDE OIL.

4. EARLY THIS MORNING A HANCOCK COUNTY FAMILY ESCAPED A FIRE THAT STARTED IN THEIR HOME. IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 3 THIS MORNING ON THE 39-HUNDRED BLOCK OF SOUTH-600 STREET, IN NEW PALESTINE. BY THE TIME FIRE CREWS GOT THERE, FLAMES HAD SPREAD AROUND THE ENTIRE HOME. DISPATHCHERS SAY IT CAUSED *EXTENSIVE* DAMAGE. FIRE INVESTIGATORS THINK THE FIRE MAY HAVE SPARKED ON THE DECK. NO ONE WAS HURT.

5. AT LEAST ONE COMPANY IS STICKING BY EMBATTLED CELEBRITY CHEF PAULA DEEN. UNIVERSAL FURNITURE INTERNATIONAL IN NORTH CAROLINA SAYS IT IS NOT JUMPING SHIP AND WILL CONTINUE TO MARKET THE PAULA DEEN HOME COLLECTION. DEEN HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE SINCE IT WAS REVEALED THAT SHE ADMITTED UNDER OATH TO HAVING USED THE N-WORD. MANY COMPANIES HAVE DROPPED HER SINCE THE DEPOSITION. A COMPANY SPOKESMAN SAYS HE ACCEPTS DEEN’S APOLOGY. HE ALSO SAID PART OF THE DECISION WAS BASED ON CUSTOMER FEEDBACK.

 

6. IT’S A PREVENTABLE TRAGEDY. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, KIDS ACCIDENTALLY BEING LEFT IN HOT CARS HAPPENS ALL TOO OFTEN. EXPERTS ARE URGING PARENTS TO *NEVER* LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN ALONE IN A VEHICLE… NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE. THAT’S BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE A CAR CAN RISE TWENTY DEGREES IN JUST TEN MINUTES. THAT CAN BE DEVASTATING FOR A CHILD. EXPERTS ARE OFFERING TIPS TO ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS TO PREVENT THIS TRAGEDY.

“a good reminder- visual reminder- might be to take that child’s stuffed animal and have it in the front seat next to you you may want to bring your purse or laptop computer and put it next to baby’s carseat”

THE ORGANIZATION KIDS-AND-CARS-DOT-ORG SAYS THAT, ON AVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS, THERE HAVE BEEN 38-SUCH DEATHS ANNUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE.

 

7. AFTER NEARLY 5 YEARS IN A NEVADA PRISON, O-J SIMPSON COULD SOON BE A FREE MAN. HE’S SERVING TIME FOR WHAT PROSECUTORS CALL AN ARMED ROBBERY AND KIDNAPPING OVER SPORTS MEMORABILIA. BUT HIS LAWYERS ARGUE THAT CASE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT.THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC THAT THE EVIDENCE THEY OFFERED DURING A WEEK LONG HEARING THIS SPRING WILL WARRANT A NEW TRIAL.

“I have a really good feeling. I will be so disappointed if we don’t get relief because I think he deserves it.”

SIMPSON IS CURRENTLY SERVING A 33 YEAR SENTENCE. ATTORNEY’S ARGUE THAT O.J.’S LAWYER AT TRIAL HAD A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. THEY ALSO THINK THE MURDERS OF HIS WIFE NICOLE AND RON GOLDMAN INFLUENCED THE TRIAL IN LAS VEGAS.

 

8. A SHOCKING NEW REPORT BY THE CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA SAYS MAJOR AUTO INSURERS ARE CHARGING HIGHER RATES TO DRIVERS WITH LESS EDUCATION AND LOWER-STATUS JOBS. THE GROUP LOOKED AT HOW 10 INSURERS IN 10 CITIES MIGHT CHARGE A 30 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH A GOOD DRIVING RECORD WHO HAD BEEN WITHOUT INSURANCE. THEY THEN VARIED THE JOB AND EDUCATION LEVEL OF THE IMAGINARY WOMAN AND SOUGHT OUT QUOTES. THEY FOUND THAT COMPANIES LIKE PROGRESSIVE, GEICO, AND FARMERS TYPICALLY CHARGED MORE TO BLUE-COLLAR DRIVERS. THE C-F-A ESTIMATES THAT NEARLY A THIRD OF DRIVERS WITH INCOMES UNDER 36 THOUSAND DOLLARS ARE UNINSURED.

 

9. NEW TONIGHT…
A SOBERING FINDING ON RACE AND BREAST CANCER.
MORE WOMEN ARE SURVIVING… YET, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, BLACK WOMEN STILL FACE A HIGHER RISK OF DYING FROM IT THAN WHITE WOMEN. RESEARCHERS AT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA FOUND BLACK WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER HAVE A 13 PERCENT LOWER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL AFTER 5 YEARS THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. THEY SAY IT ISN’T A DIFFERENCE IN THE CANCER ITSELF, OR IN TREATMENT. THE BLAME GOES TO DELAYS IN DETECTION. EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER CAN SAVE LIVES. AND DOCTORS ALSO ENCOURAGE REGULARLY SCHEDULED DOCTOR’S VISITS, COMPLETE WITH A BREAST CANCER SCREENING EVERY ONE TO TWO YEARS.

 

10. TACO BELL SAYS IT IS DONE WITH KIDS MEALS. THE FAST FOOD CHAIN IS DOING AWAY WITH KIDS OPTIONS ON THE MENU AND TOYS. IN A STATEMENT, TACO BELL’S C-E-O SAYS IT NO LONGER MAKES SENSE TO SPEND RESOURCES ON KIDS MEALS AND THAT THE CHANGE WON’T MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON SALES. IT IS THE FIRST NATIONAL FAST FOOD CHAIN TO DO SO. THE MOVE COMES AMID PRESSURE FROM HEALTH GROUPS FOR THE FAST FOOD INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE THE NUTRITION OF KID’S MEALS.

 

11. HEART HEALTH MAY BE THE LATEST REASON TO *NOT* START YOUR DAY ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. ACCORDING TO A NEW HARVARD STUDY — HAVING BREAKFAST MAY KEEP YOU FROM HAVING A HEART ATTACK. RESEARCHERS STUDIED 45-TO-82 YEARD OLD MEN WHO WORK.THEY FOUND THOSE WHO SKIPPED BREAKFAST SHOWED A 27-PERCENT INCREASE IN HEART ATTACKS AND CORONARY HEART DISEASE RISK. EVEN THOUGH THE STUDY WAS DONE ON OLDER MEN, RESEARCHERS SAY THE RESULTS WILL LIKELY APPLY TO THE BROADER POPULATION.THE MEN WHO SKIPPED BREAKFAST WERE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO SMOKE, BE LESS PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, AND DRINK MORE.

 

12. A DANGEROUS TIME IN IRAQ RIGHT NOW.
HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS, INCLUDING SENIOR MEMBERS OF AL-QAEDA ARE ON THE RUN AFTER A MASS BREAK OUT FROM IRAQ’S NOTORIOUS ABU GHRAIB JAIL. THEY WERE SET FREE DURING A LATE NIGHT ATTACK ON SUNDAY. INSURGENTS FIRED DOZENS OF MORTAR ROUNDS, SET OFF SUICIDE AND CAR BOMBS. 21 PRISONERS AND 8 GUARDS WERE KILLED DURING A FIRE FIGHT WHICH LASTED MORE THAN AN HOUR.

 

13. MORE FALLOUT FROM THE ZIMMERMAN VERDICT. STEVIE WONDER IS SO OUTRAGED THAT HE ANNOUNCED DURING A PERFORMANCE IN CANADA ON SUNDAY, THAT HE WILL NOT PERFORM IN FLORIDA AGAIN, UNTIL THE CONTROVERSIAL “STAND YOUR GROUND” LAW IS ABOLISHED. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ALSO SAID HE WOULD NOT PERFORM IN ANY OTHER STATE OR PART OF THE WORLD THAT RECOGNIZES THE LAW.

14. NEW DEVELOPMENTS THIS MIDDAY.. IN THE CASE OF N-S-A LEAKER EDWARD SNOWDEN.
RUSSIA NOW CONFIRMS THE FORMER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR HAS REQUESTED TEMPORARY ASYLUM IN THE COUNTRY. THE AGENCY SAYS THEY’LL REVIEW THE REQUEST WITHIN THREE MONTHS. HIS LAWYER SAYS SNOWDEN FEARS HE COULD FACE TORTURE OR EVEN DEATH IN THE U-S FOR LEAKING GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE SECRETS. IT’S BELIEVED HE’S BEEN IN MOSCOW’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SINCE JUNE 23RD. HE WANTS TO BE IN RUSSIA FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE GOING TO VENEZUELA, BOLIVIA, OR NICARAGUA. ALL THREE COUNTRIES HAVE OFFERED HIM REFUGE.

 

15. HAPPENING TODAY IN LESS THAN 90 MINUTES–
CONVICTED KILLER JODI ARIAS HEADS BACK TO COURT IN PHOENIX. HER ATTORNEYS COULD ASK A JUDGE TO TOSS OUT THE JURY’S DECISION THAT THE 2008 KILLING OF HER EX-BOYFRIEND, TRAVIS ALEXANDER, WAS “ESPECIALLY CRUEL.” THAT FINDING ALLOWED THE JURY TO CONSIDER THE DEATH PENALTY. ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER ARIAS WAS CONVICTED, THE SAME JURY FAILED TO REACH A UNANIMOUS DECISION ON WHETHER TO SENTENCE HER TO LIFE IN PRISON — OR DEATH.

 

 16. NEW AT NOON: A BIZARRE RESCUE IN CHINA. LISTEN TO HOW THIS PLAYED OUT. A WOMAN APPARENTLY TRYING TO TAKE A SHORTCUT, GOT STUCK IN SOME DRYWALL. THIS HAPPENED LATE SATURDAY NOT FAR FROM SHANGHAI. NOW THE OWNERS OF THE HOUSE THOUGHT HER CRIES FOR HELP WERE FROM A GHOST … REALLY! AND IGNORED THEM FOR 7 HOURS! THEY DIDN’T LOOK INTO IT MORE, UNTIL SUNDAY MORNING. ONCE FIRE CREWS ARRIVED WITH HAMMERS AND CHISELS IN HAND, THEY WERE ABLE TO FREE HER IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

 

17. WOULD YOU TRY THIS NEW BEAUTY TREATMENT? MAYBE IT’S O-K IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO WATCH IT BEING DONE. IT’S A NEW JAPANESE FACIAL THAT USES SNAILS! THE CLINICAL SALON IN TOKYO INVENTED THE SNAIL FACIAL – IN WHICH CUSTOMERS LET SNAILS CRAWL AROUND ON THEIR FACE, SECRETING MUCUS. IT’S CALLED THE “CELEBRITY ESCARGOT COURSE”. SALON EMPLOYEES CLAIM THE SNAILS’ MUCUS CONTAINS PROTEINS AND ACIDS – WHICH HELPS SKIN RETAIN MOSITURE, REDUCE INFLAMMATION AND EVEN REMOVE DEAD FLAKES. DERMATOLOGISTS HERE ARE SKEPTICAL. THEY SAY IT PROBABLY WON’T WORK.

 

18. IT WAS A FULL HOUSE THIS MORNING AT THE INDIANAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER FOR A SUMMER CELEBRATION EVENT. LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHERED FOR THE INDIANA BLACK EXPO MAYOR’S BREAKFAST. RTV-6’S VERY OWN ERICKA FLYE AND RAFAEL SANCHEZ HOSTED THE EVENT. THEY HANDED OUT AWARDS TO LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS WHO ARE MAKING A SIGNIFANT IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY. IN HIS REMARKS, MAYOR GREG BALLARD URGED EVERYONE WHO SHOWED UP TO DO THE SAME, ESPECIALLY WITH INDY’S BLACK YOUTH.

I’m asking you to reach out just a bit more. If you can spend an extra hour mentoring in our community i’m asking you to do so. your story of great success is an inspiration to them.

THE SUMMER CELEBRATION RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY WITH MANY EVENTS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.

 

19. BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT FROM ARIZONA. 19 FIREFIGHTERS ARE MISSING. THEY’RE UNACCOUNTED FOR WHILE BATTLING THE YARNELL HILL FIRE IN A CENTRAL ARIZONA COMMUNITY. FIRE AUTHORITIES SAY THAT 20 FIREFIGHTERS WERE INVOLVED IN A “SERIOUS INCIDENT.” ONLY ONE FIREFIGHTER HAS BEEN LOCATED. THIS FAST MOVING FIRE HAS PROMPTED EVACUATIONS IN TOWNS JUST OUTSIDE OF PHOENIX. THE FIRE STARTED FRIDAY BUT PICKED UP MOMENTUM SUNDAY AS THE AREA EXPERIENCED HIGH TEMPERATURES, LOW HUMIDITY AND WINDY CONDITIONS.

 

20. A MAN ACCUSED OF MISTREATING HUNDREDS OF RABBITS WILL BE IN COURT NEXT WEEK. A JUDGE WILL DECIDE WEDNESDAY HOW MUCH RICK CARTHEUSER WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THE CARE OF HIS CONFISCATED RABBITS. ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL TOOK 375 RABBITS ON TUESDAY, CITING CARE AND TREATMENT VIOLATIONS. RTV6 HAS LEARNED THE OWNER HAS SURRENDERED *SOME* OF THE RABBITS TO ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL..THEY ALL STILL REMAIN AT THE CITY SHELTER ON SOUTH HARDING. CARTHEUSER WAS ABLE TO GET 3 OF HIS DOGS BACK TODAY. HE FACES A $2500 FINE PER CARE AND TREATMENT VIOLATION.

 

21. A LOUISVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A CARMEL COLLEGE STUDENT WILL FACE 25 YEARS BEHIND BARS.

43-YEAR-OLD GREGORY O’BRYAN DID *NOT* PLEAD GUILTY OF KILLING 18-YEAR-OLD ANDREW COMPTON…BUT HE DID ADMIT TO ABUSING HIS CORPSE. COMPTON WAS JUST STARTING HIS FRESHMEN YEAR AT SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN OCTOBER 20-10. OFFICIALS SAY O’BRYAN SODOMIZED COMPTON AND LATER HAD SEX WITH HIS CORPSE. HE THEN PUT THE BODY IN A BOX AND DISPOSED OF IT IN A DUMPSTER. THE BODY HAS NOT BEEN RECOVERED. THE 974 DAYS O’BRYAN ALREADY HAS SERVED WILL BE CREDITED FROM HIS SENTENCE.

22. NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ON A SOUTH BEND MAN WHOSE CAR VEERED OFF AN OVERPASS LAST NIGHT AND PLUNGED ONTO RAILROAD TRACKS. AUTHORITIES SAY 59-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL STRANTZ MAY HAVE SUFFERED A HEALTH EMERGENCY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. HE DIED IN THE CRASH. INVESTIGATORS SAY HIS CAR WAS HEADING SOUTH ON A CITY STREET WHEN IT TOOK OUT A FENCE ON TOP OF THE BRIDGE AND PLUMMETED ONTO THE TRACKS BELOW. A TRAIN WAS COMING AT THE TIME, BUT THE CONDUCTOR WAS ABLE TO HALT IT AND CALL FOR HELP.

 

23. HAPPENING NOW…CREWS ARE DESPERATELY SEARCHING FOR SURVIVORS AT THE SCENE OF A DEADLY HOTEL COLLAPSE. AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE ARE DEAD. 18 OTHERS INJURED. BUT AUTHORITIES FEAR MORE PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED IN THE DEBRIS. THE HOTEL IS LOCATED NEAR THE CITY OF HYDERABAD. THE BUILDING IS ABOUT 80 YEARS OLD.

 

24. WE HAVE NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ON LAST NIGHT’S HOMICIDE IN MARION. POLICE NOW HAVE A MAN IN CUSTODY. 29-YEAR-OLD FRANCISCO ANGEL AMARO IS BEING HELD IN GRANT COUNTY JAIL FOR MURDER. MARION POLICE WERE GIVEN A TIP TO HIS LOCATION. AS OF NOW, INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT LEAD TO THE SHOOTING. THEY SAY IT COULD HAVE RESULTED FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE THAT BOILED OVER.

 

25. NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ON THE YOUNG BOY MULLED BY A PITBULL ON THE CITY’S EASTSIDE. HE IS NOW LISTED IN GOOD CONDITION AT RILEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.THE ATTACK HAPPENED JUST AFTER FOUR ON FRIDAY IN THE 200 BLOCK OF TACOMA AVENUE. WITNESSES SAY SOME NEIGHBORS HAD TO PULL THE DOG OFF OF THE CHILD. OTHERS TRIED STABBLNG IT. ANOTHER NEIGHBOR SHOT AND KILLED THE DOG AFTER THE ATTACK. POLICE SAY THE PIT BULL BELONGS TO THE BOYFRIEND OF THE VICTIM’S MOTHER. HE HAS BEEN CITED BY ANIMAL CONTROL.

 

 

26. NEW DETAILS TONIGHT IN THE OHIO AIR SHOW CRASH THAT KILLED A WING WALKER AND PILOT. A PRELIMINARY REPORT FROM INVESTIGATORS SHOWS THAT THE DUO PRACTICED THEIR AERO-BATIC ROUTINE THE PREVIOUS DAY AND REPORTED NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY BOARD SAYS THE PLANE WAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AND POSITIONED TO CROSS IN FRONT OF THE CROWD. BUT THE NOSE PITCHED SLIGHTLY, CAUSING THE PLANE TO ROLL AND STRIKE GROUND. BOTH THE PILOT AND PERFORMER HAD CLEAN SAFETY RECORDS.

 

27. RUNNERS FROM ACROSS CENTRAL INDIANA WERE ON FIRE THIS MORNING, GETTING THEIR HOLIDAY STARTED BY WORKING UP A SWEAT. THEY PUT THEIR RUNING SHOES TO WORK FOR THE ‘FIRECRACKER-6″ MILE RUN AND WALK. THEY WERE ALSO SUPPORTING HOOSIERS HELPING HEROES…A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PREPARES CARE PACKAGES FOR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. THE 6-MILE COURSE WEAVED IN AND OUT OF DOWNTOWN INDY. IT’S THE FOURTH TIME THE CITY HAS HOSTED IT.

 

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