Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:51:34 GMT
A ban on posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while driving appears likely to hit Louisiana's law books. Both the House and Senate have easily approved the idea. The proposal has oneMore >>
Motorists in Louisiana will have to add tweets and Facebook updates to the list of activity banned while driving, in addition to texting.More >>
Parents kept a wary eye on the skies Tuesday as severe weather approached the ArkLaTex, with some picking their children up early from school to stay ahead of the threat. More >>
BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
The next pit stop you take may contain a public service announcement.
Transportation officials in Michigan are sending out talking urinal cakes to hundreds of bars in Wayne, Bay, Ottowa and Delta counties.
A message embedded inside the cake will play a quick bit reminding guys who step up to the urinal to call a cab or friend to get home safely.
Donnie Krzysiak, owner of Krzysiak's House in Bay City, said they just showed up at his front door.
"All of a sudden we got this package in the mail. Here's these two urinal blocks, which say they are talking, and a flyer that tells you what to do with them," Krzysiak said.
The talking cakes are motion activated. When a man goes to do his business, he'll hear a sultry recorded voice from the bottom of the urinal.
One recorded message uses humor to command attention:
"Hey there big guy! Having a few drinks? Then listen up! Think you've had one too many? Then it's time to call a cab or a sober friend for a ride home. It sure is safer and a hell of a lot cheaper than a DWI. Make the smart choice tonight, don't drink and drive. Remember, your future is in your hand."
Still another message paints a vivid picture of what could happen if you are arrested for driving drunk (This recorded message was taken from the Wizmark Website – Michigan State Police informed us Thursday that they are not using this recording):
"Here's a real friendly reminder. Don't drive drunk. If you do and you get arrested, the next urinal you pee in will be in jail, with a hairy guy named Bubba standing behind asking you to pick up the soap..."
When we asked guys what they thought of this idea, the recording about "Bubba" made an impression.
"That's a first. Wow. Yeah, Bubba's behind you," Gary Kluka said.
Others were surprised at the graphic nature of the recording.
"That mental picture will keep everyone sober tonight," Chris Anczarki told us.
One issue that might water down the urinal cakes message is reliability.
"One (cake) doesn't work already, one works, so we got it in the main bathroom," Krzysiak said. And some of the cakes that are working play a muffled or garbled recording.
The cakes cost $21 each and last about three months.
The messages are part of a statewide Fourth of July education and enforcement effort. A kickoff is planned Monday at Detroit pub, The Old Shillelagh.
The federally funded drunken driving crackdown runs through July 8. It also includes stepped up patrols in 26 counties involving local police, county deputies and state troopers.
Talking urinal cakes have been used in other states for similar efforts.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:04:33 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:28 AM EDT2013-05-21 07:28:53 GMT
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Now, they're bracing for more possible severe weather on Tuesday.More >>
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Some lost their homes, others lost their cars. Now, they are bracing for what future storms may bring.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
If you really want to focus on the weather, our KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android and iPhone has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. More >>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>