States across the U.S. have new laws going into effect on the first day of 2014. The one that affects everyone has to do with the Affordable Care Act. Insurance under Obamacare is due to start then, and if you do not have health insurance the deadline has been extended to March 31st. After that, the fine for not having it is $95 per adult, and 47.50 per child.
Bunch of new gadgets will be rolled out next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. One thing we’ll learn more about is collaboration between Google and Audi. Apple already is working with Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors that has one analyst saying your car may end up being your ultimate mobile device.
Nearly 70% of people surveyed say they will not make any New Year’s resolutions. But it stating that isn’t that their resolution?
The latest statistics from the Fed show airline delays and cancellations have dropped a bunch in the last few years. Those might be skewed a bit since the major airlines have increased their scheduled gate to gate times for almost every flight.
Have some knee pain and the doctor says it’s a torn meniscus and recommends surgery. Should you have it? Study in “The New England Journal of Medicine” says the surgery can benefit younger patients but it doesn’t do much good for older patients, who make up about 80% of those who have the surgery done.
Bigger is sometimes better and sometimes just bigger. Samsung has put on sale a 110 inch TV with four times the resolution of a standard high def TV. Hefty price tag of 150,000 dollars. They have already received 10 orders for the new unit.
There will be a special Music City Star train that will be running to the New Years Eve Bash on Broadway. Leaves from the Lebanon station at 6:40 tomorrow evening with stops in Martha, Mt Juliet and Donelson. There will also be earlier trips. Info at www.musiccitystar.org.
President Obama wants congress to extend unemployment benefits. Emergency benefits for those who have been out of work for six months or more expired Saturday.
There will be football this afternoon at LP Field. Among the 35 bowl games is the Music City Bowl between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. The two teams last met in ’71. Kickoff is at 2:15. Before that MTSU and Navy hook up in the Armed Forces Bowl. That one starts just before 11.
While we are seeing colder weather for the last couple of days of 2013, in the Northern Plains and Great Lakes it’s really cold. Parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan will see high temperatures today below zero.
One other part of the health care law is a requirement that vending machines Nationwide will have to have calorie information displayed. Companies that handle vending machines have a year to get the info posted.
It will be busy downtown over the next few days. The Music City Bowl at LP Field kicks off at 2:15 this afternoon. Then tomorrow night with the New Years Eve Bash on Broadway, officials expect about 75,000 on the streets to watch the music note drop at Midnight.