Wednesday, July 23 - More from GMR8 - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

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Wednesday, July 23 - More from GMR8

Here are some of your Local Headlines and More from Wednesday's Good Morning Region 8.

Chained Dogs- Animal Advocates like Wanda Turner believe chaining your dog up is one of the worst things you can do and she wants to put a stop to it.

Pit Bulls, Born or Raised Mean? - In the last week there were two seperate incidents involving pit bull dogs. Read More...

Drug Bust in Ravenden-  Authorities in Ravenden, along with the Third Judicial Drug Task Force, make a huge marijuanna bust from a residence and shop along HWY 90.

Stuff the Bus - The annual school supply drive with KAIT, United Way, CRDC and Triple FM benefits disadvantaged children in region 8 by getting them much-needed school supplies. Click for your application for supplies before Friday, July 25.

Health Watch - 

Organic food offers many healthy benefits. "It's grown without any chemical pesticides or fertilizers." But when it comes to cost, registered dietitian Cynthia Sass maintains organic food may be too expensive for some shoppers. "The only cons of organic in my mind are the cost barriers. Organic foods can be 50 percent more depending on what the food is." Experts say it costs more to produce organic food in part because regulations are tighter and harvests are often smaller. Sass has some tips on fitting organic food into your diet despite the premium prices. "Nearly every supermarket chain nowadays has an organic line of foods or within their store brand that carry organics. Also, join a Price Club, Costco, BJS, Sam's Club, all of those have organic foods. Buying in bulk is another great idea. You can buy nearly every kind of grain in bulk. Organic brown rice is only about 99 cents a pound." A real savings if you're on a low cost budget.

Tech Bytes

A boost in the race to develop wireless HD technology. Sony, Samsung and other electronics companies are forming a consortium to back technology that could eliminate all those video cables connected to HDTVs. They are looking to develop an industry standard around "wireless home digital interface." That technology can send high- definition video from a single set-top box to TVs all around a house. Some elements of this wireless technology could reach stores by next year.  Some cryptic comments from Apple have the internet buzzing. When announcing its earnings, the company's chief financial officer mentioned "a future product transition, which I can't discuss today." So what new product might Apple add to its line of i-pods, i-phones and computers? Apple is widely expected to update its line of laptops... And that has some speculating the company will add a touch screen laptop to the mix. Others are predicting a device somewhere between a laptop and the i-phone-- perhaps a tablet computer.  A new GPS system takes the device off your windshield and puts it right in your rear view mirror. The smart mirror replaces your conventional rear view mirror and has a 4-inch touch screen and integrated speakers. It uses rear view camera so you can actually see what's behind you. The Smart Mirror goes on sale next month for about $800.  Finally, have you ever wanted to leave a message for someone but didn't want to risk actually getting them on the phone? A new service can do just that. "Sly Dial" lets you connect directly with another person's cell phone voice mail without their phone ringing. Here's how it works: First you call 267- SLY-DIAL (267-759-3425) Then you're prompted to enter the other person's phone number. After listening to a quick advertisement, you leave your message directly in the other person's voice mail.

Money Scope Report

Billions of dollars in relief for troubled homeowners could soon be available. The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would help refinance up to 300 billion dollars in mortgages and rehabilitate 4 billion dollars in foreclosed properties. The measure would also allow the government to bailout mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in an emergency.  Concern about the future of Fannie and Freddie has been driving mortgage rates higher. The average rate for a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 6.71% on Tuesday, the highest level in almost 5 years. Higher rates make it more expensive to buy a home or refinance a mortgage and that could stall any potential recovery in real estate.  There's growing hope on Wall Street that the worst may be over for badly battered bank stocks. Five of the largest US banks, including Wachovia and Washington Mutual, reported combined quarterly losses of more than 11 billion dollars Tuesday. Yet their shares rose an average of 14 percent. These results come after surprisingly upbeat reports from giants such as Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase.  Shares of Yahoo are set to rise today after posting earnings that analysts said could have been a lot worse. There was concern Yahoo's bottom line would plummet after Google set off alarms about the online advertising business last week. But experts say the results won't improve Yahoo's negotiating position with microsoft, which has tried to buy the company.

Mr Food -  Sizing Up a Serving and a Portion

In The Fox Hole

While Jim Frigo hit up the Cracker Barrel for the Community Breakfast, Trey Stafford showed off some of his cards and gifts for his birthday. Making the headlines in entertainment news this morning... Christian Bale, the actor who plays the role of Batman, was arrested and released. His mother and sister say he assaulted them in a hotel room in London. Bale denies all accusations. Estelle Getty, who played the sassy Sophia Patrilo on Golden Girls, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84. Getty had been battling dementia for a few years now.



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