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By United Press International  |  March 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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LAUREN SCRUGGS: Lauren Scruggs, a fashion model struck by a spinning airplane propeller in Texas, has rejected a settlement offer and sued the plane's insurer.

Scruggs, 23, lost a hand and an eye in the incident, and is suing Aggressive Insurance Services, the insurer of pilot Curt Richmond, her complaint in Dallas County Court states.

Scruggs had departed from the plane after taking an airborne tour of Christmas light displays in the Dallas area, and was on the airport's tarmac when struck. Richmond had stopped the aircraft but the propellers were still spinning when the incident occurred, court documents state.

Although the pilot's passengers were insured, and the insurers offered her a $200,000 settlement, Scruggs contended in court she was not a passenger at the moment the propeller struck her, Courthouse News Service reported Tuesday.

Her suit claims "she had completed her exit from the aircraft prior to the time of the incident and was physically located on the tarmac when the incident happened. Until struck by the propeller she was not in physical contact with the aircraft after her exit."

TAYLOR SWIFT: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is to present Taylor Swift with a prize at the 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards show in Los Angeles, Nickelodeon said Tuesday.

Obama will give the country music star the Big Help Award at the March 31 ceremony. Swift is being honored for her work with tornado and flood survivors.

"Taylor's dedication to helping others has encouraged her fan base to do the same, and this is the very core of what the 'Big Help' is, inspiring others through action," Marva Smalls, executive vice president of public affairs and chief of staff for Nickelodeon Group, said in a statement. "We are honored that first lady Michelle Obama, a past recipient of the Big Help Award, will be presenting this formidable and inspiring artist with this much deserved honor."

Obama received the Big Help Award at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards in recognition of her leadership in championing healthier lifestyles for children through her Let's Move! campaign.

Actor, musician and producer Will Smith is to serve as host of this year's Kids' Choice telecast at USC's Galen Center.

SCOTT BAIO: U.S. cable network Nickelodeon says it has ordered 20 episodes of "Daddy's Home," a scripted comedy starring Scott Baio as a stay-at-home father.

Production is to begin this year in Los Angeles, it was announced Tuesday by Marjorie Cohn, president of original programming and development for Nickelodeon Group.

Baio famously played a male nanny in the 1980s sitcom "Charles in Charge." His other acting credits include "Happy Days," "Diagnosis Murder" and "Arrested Development."

In his latest small-screen project, he plays David Hobbs, an actor who, after 10 years of starring as America's favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father to honor the deal he made with his soap-star wife so she may return to the limelight.

Among the producers on "Daddy's Home" are Patrick Labyorteaux, who co-starred on "Little House on the Prairie," and Jason Hervey, a cast member of "The Wonder Years."

MARTINA McBRIDE: Martina McBride and Pat Monahan are to perform "Marry Me" during a live wedding at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, CBS said.

Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci, a couple from New Jersey, were selected to exchange vows on the prize presentation.

"To celebrate the message of the song, McBride and Monahan will perform the duet during a very special moment in the show, when a couple will get married live onstage," the network said in a news release.

The song was written by Monahan and originally released in 2010 on his rock band Train's fifth studio album, "Save Me, San Francisco."

McBride, a country music star, covered the song on her latest album, "Eleven."

The ACM Awards show is to take place Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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