STORY IDEAS - April 2015

With perhaps a few pockets left on your spring planning calendars, our team at SmithGeiger offers a dozen potential story ideas headed into May...

FRONT-LOADED CONCERNS

Front-load washing machines use less energy, less water, and less detergent.  But a class action lawsuit claims the appliances may be creating a big mold problem for people who own them.

 

9-1-1 POSTAL DELAYS

An outdated policy advises postal service employees not to call 911 first when they witness a medical emergency. An investigation has helped prompt change at the local level, but other postal centers may still be vulnerable to these delays.

 

POT HOLE ROAD WARRIOR

In its ongoing advocacy push for better roads in Detroit, WXYZ is now helping drivers replace their tires, deflated by endless potholes.

RUSTED ROAD RAGE

There appears to be a nationwide problem lurking under hundreds, if not thousands, of cars your viewers drive.

 

APP FOR RECALLS

This station tests a free app for your phone or tablet that will automatically notify you if your car gets recalled or has an existing recall on it that hasn't yet been fixed.

 

 

 

TRESPASSING ON THE TRACKS

This I-Team uses hidden cameras to expose just how easy it is for people to access train tracks that are supposed to be off-limits.

TRAFFIC APP ENDANGERING POLICE?

Millions of drivers use it.  But now the Waze App may have police officers in your market concerned that it's giving away too much information.

SMARTPHONE KEY COPIER

What if a stranger simply walked into your home? An service now makes it easy for anyone with access to your key to make a copy of it.

MIRACLE SKIN CREAM MESS

It’s an offer many find hard to resist: a trial sample of the "fountain of youth" in a bottle.  Whether or not it works, one thing is for certain: many are reminded again that nothing is free.

LITTLE KNOWN DOG DANGER

It's a disease impacting 75% of dogs that can easily be prevented by something we - as humans - do every day.

BUI ARRESTS SINKING

With boating season almost here, a recent report shows BUI arrests are down 20% in the last few years.  But MADD says not because people are drinking less.

ARTIFICIAL TURF CONCERNS

They are durable and easy to maintain, but some now wonder if artificial turf fields are contributing to cancer in our youngest athletes.

And if you missed them, check out our Story Ideas from January and February.