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Fact or Fiction: What You Think You Know About Ticks and What You Don’t

It is tick season in the Tri-State and their populations are booming. Along with the growing number of ticks are an equal number of myths about how they affect people, where they live and how to get rid of the little diggers. It seems everyone has some method for dealing with ticks and it turns out that a lot of what we thought we knew is wrong.

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Phobias Are Very Real and More Than Half of Us Suffer From a Serious Phobia

My wife and I live in a four-story downtown condo building and when the weather is nice we like to spend time on the roof, which is equipped with couches, chairs and a gas BBQ grill. Recently, we were up there with some friends and one one of my friends got a little too close to me near the rail and I backed away. He asked why I backed away and I told him I had a fear of people being too close to me in high places where plunging to the ground was a real possibility. He was surprised and said that kind of fear is all in your head.

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CVS Pharmacy Wants to Know Employees’ Weight and Body Fat Or They Will Be Charged a Fine

CVS Pharmacy is requiring all employees to submit their weight, body fat, cholesterol and other vitals if they use the company's health plan. If they refuse to submit the information, they will be charged an additional $50 per month for their insurance. On one hand, with rising health insurance costs, I can understand why they want this, but on the other hand, it's very scary and brings up many privacy issues.

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Deaf Mom Hears Her Son’s Voice for the First Time

Amy is a 26-year-old mom who has been deaf since birth. Amy has never heard her own voice, let alone the voice of her parents or her six-year-old son, Blake. Thanks to some new technology, that is about to change for Amy.

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Nurse Who Refused to Administer CPR Was Following Company Policy

Over the weekend, a very disturbing and troubling news story broke in Bakersfield, California involving a nurse who refused to give CPR to a dying woman. The incident occurred at the Glenwood Gardens Independent Living Home when an 87-year-old woman, Lorraine Bayless, collapsed in the dining room of the home and later died.

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A Tribute to St Jude and it’s Founder Danny Thomas [VIDEO]

Today is our final day of the 2013 3rd Annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Radiothon. Many on our staff have traveled to St. Jude to see and experience the love, caring and magic that is St. Jude.

The hospital, located in Memphis TN is the result of Danny Thomas making a promise. As a struggling young actor, Danny prayed to the Patron Saint of Lost Causes - St. Jude. He promised that if the saint would take care of him and his family, he would build a shrine in his honor. The shrine would be a hospital for needy children, where they would be cared for regardless of race, religion or ability to pay, where no suffering child would EVER be turned away. Now, Danny's children continue to keep that promise.

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Danny Thomas, a Man of Laughter Before Hope

The man who started St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, was first a nightclub comedian who became a very successful television star and producer. His career spanned five decades. My grandparents and parents loved him.Take a look at the man who made millions laugh all over the world.

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Your Love of Energy Drinks Could Put You in the ER

It's about 3 o'clock...are you feeling a little sluggish and need a pick me up? Maybe an energy drink would come in handy right now...and maybe not. My 19-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter love to drink Monster and I have a friend who swears by his daily 5-Hour Energy drink. According to a new survey of U.S. hospitals, the number of trips to the emergency room that are tied to energy drink consumption has doubled over the last four years. Great, first no large sodas in New York City and now this - is there no end to the debauchery?

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Grayville, Illinois School District Closes Because of Flu Outbreak

The flu season is here and the Tri-State is being hit hard, as is the rest of the country. This is one of the largest flu outbreaks in years and all of us are being warned to take precautions. Schools in Grayville, IL have taken the unusual step of closing their schools for the next three days, starting today.

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New CDC Study Says 1 in 24 Drivers Admit to Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

We have all heard about the dangers of texting while driving and how those types of accidents are on the rise. There have also been reports about the dangers of eating while driving. A new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that drowsy driving could be the most dangerous habits for motorists and some don't even realize they are doing it, which is the really scary part of this.

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Should the NFL Eliminate the Kickoff?

The NFL season is in full swing and down to the last three weeks when the playoff picture is really starting to take shape. College football has been equally exciting this year, with one of the biggest stories of the year being Notre Dame returning to the National Championship game on January 7th against Alabama. There has also been a lot of talk about safety in football; the NFL in particular. Rumors are swirling that the kickoff could be eliminated in the name of player safety. What, are you kidding me?

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Take a Look at Jon’s Thumb Injury

Look at him! Pleeeeeese, someone bring him an ouchless band-aid!!!

Ok, now, YOU be the judge. Take a look and tell me, is he a big baby? ;-)

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