Top Five Things You Need to Know on August 12th

Today's Top Five

COLUMBIA (WACH)-- Here are the Top Five Things You Need to Know:

New details from the Medical University of South Carolina. The hospital received a $3.4 Million grant from the National Cancer Institute. MUSC releasing a statement saying the grant will fund projects over the next 5 years. The money will be used for both clinical and research purposes. The hospital is looking to improve cancer care for minority patients.

This morning many are mourning the death of Oscar winning actor/comedian Robin Williams. Authorities say Williams was found unconscious and not breathing inside his California home around noon. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Right now authorities believe he committed suicide. Williams got his breakout role in the hit sitcom Mork and Mindy.

This morning 280 trucks left Russia for Ukraine. Russian television said the trucks were loaded with everything from baby food to sleeping bags. The international Red Cross said it hadn't received information about what was on the trucks or where they were heading. Western leaders worry that the aid could be used as a pretext for sending Russian troop in rebel controlled territory.

NASCAR is looking to discuss rules that would keep drivers safe. The talks are prompted by Sundayâ??s death of Sprint race car driver, Kevin Ward Jr. A spokesperson for NASCAR says "NASCAR has a history of looking at situations, and we're not afraid to react to them.â??

The Perseids meteor shower is peaking between august 10 and august 13. It competed with the supermoon Sunday night for attention. This yearâ??s show will be muted by the moon as it wanes, but some of the brighter meteors should be visible.To find them look in the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky.