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Posted: 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Obama expands student loan relief; Doc sexting during surgery; Mariah's new interactive drink 


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Jacquelyn Martin
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 9, 2014, before signing a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt. The president said the rising costs of college have left America's middle class feeling trapped. He says no hard-working youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education. Obama signed a presidential memorandum he says could help an additional 5 million borrowers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Veronica Waters

Police look for suspects after two hit-and-runs injure three people.  In Chamblee, a mom and her 9-year-old daughter were hit by a black Ford Explorer on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Monday; the SUV was later found abandoned.  In the Morningside area of Atlanta, a cyclist was hit in what may have been a case of road rage near Flagler and Rock Springs.  Police are looking for a red SUV, possibly a Dodge Nitro, likely with front-end damage.

More than one in five employers plan to keep hiring in the third quarter.  Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 hiring managers, finding job growth is strong all over, especially in the south.  While every sector was up, for the fifth year in a row, skilled trade jobs remain the hardest positions to find enough people to fill.

President Obama signs an executive memorandum to extend student loan payment relief.  He says higher education has never been more important--nor more expensive.  The action makes more student loan borrowers eligible to pay no more than 10% of their income in payments, making it retroactive for loans before 2007.

How would you like it if the doctor responsible for keeping you sedated during surgery was sexting the whole time?  Seattle anesthesiologist Dr. Arthur Zilberstein has had his license suspended for sexting--during 23 different surgeries, even telling one woman once that he was "hella busy with C-sections."  He also allegedly had sex at the hospital with a patient for whom he'd been prescribing medicine.

Retrial is set for September 22 in the so-called "loud music murder" of a Cobb County teen.  Earlier this year, a Florida jury deadlocked on a first-degree murder count against Michael Dunn, in the shooting death of Jordan Davis.  He was convicted of lesser counts of attempted murder.  The judge ruled Dunn won't be sentenced on those until after his retrial on the murder charge.

A new investigation is underway into the swap of an American POW for five Taliban members.  Last night, officials from the White House, State and Defense Departments, held a closed door briefing for House lawmakers from both parties. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now speaking English and answering questions, saying when he did try to escape he was tortured and sometimes kept in a cage. Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating threats against Bergdahl's family in Idaho.  

Lack of sleep may have been a factor in the deadly wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that left comedian Tracy Morgan critically injured. A criminal complaint says Wal-Mart trucker Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident. Roper apparently failed to slow down for traffic, then swerved to avoid a crash.  His rig smashed into the back of Morgan's Mercedes limo bus, injuring several and killing one man.

Meanwhile, the cast of "Think Like a Man Too" is thinking of Morgan.

A top Veterans Affairs administrator says there is a "systemic and totally unacceptable lack of integrity" in some VA medical facilities.  Philip Makovsky spoke after their internal investigation found tens of thousands of newly-returning veterans wait at least 90 days for medical care. Criminal charges are possible after agency officials found that staffers in many facilities were doctoring paperwork to make it look as if patients were getting in to see doctors much faster than they were.  The audit flags the Atlanta VA and others in the state for an investigation into long wait times.  New patients in Atlanta wait an average of 64 days for primary care; it takes nearly a month for a mental health appointment. 

Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill describes the gun-toting couple blamed in Sunday's murder-suicide shooting spree as "very radical."  He says there is no doubt that Jerad and Amanda Miller ambushed two officers eating lunch, then killed an armed shopper who confronted them at a Wal-Mart. The couple reportedly draped a swastika over one officer's body.

A new streetcar arrives in downtown Atlanta today.  The car will be delivered on Fort Street, between Auburn and Edgewood Avenues, around 10:00.

Mariah Carey launches her new Butterfly beverage--which is also a doorway to her own social network. Scan the Butterfly bottle after downloading the Go N'Syde app, and you are taken to content which Carey says is "my own forum to showcase anything that I feel like showing that day."  

The KISS 104 weather forecast:  partly sunny; 40% chance of  afternoon showers and thunderstorms; highs near 87.  Wednesday: showers and thunderstorms 70% likely; highs near 84.  Thursday: showers and thunderstorms--40% chance; highs near 78.

Veronica Waters

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Veronica Waters is the morning news anchor on KISS 104.1 and B-98.5FM. She is also an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB.

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