Friday, September 03, 2010

Increased ‘Fire Danger’ across central NC including the Triad because of dry, breezy conditions and low humidity
Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Sunny and breezy. HOT…High 95

Hurricane Earl is now a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of just over 100 mph. The Governor and emergency management officials holding a news conference this morning on the impact of Hurricane Earl on our coast saying that we ‘dodged the bullet’ with Earl. Perdue says that the Category 2 storm caused minimal damage and no deaths reported. Earl is making its way northward toward New England. The latest on Hurricane Earl: www.nhc.noaa.gov/

THERE IS NO APPARENT OIL LEAK, FOLLOWING AN OIL PLATFORM FIRE OFF THE COAST OF LOUISIANA YESTERDAY. All 13 crewmembers were safely rescued by helicopter. The cause of Thursday's blast is under investigation. (RnR)

I-T services firm Bald Eagle Technologies is merging with Maryland-based OutsourceIT. The combined firm will operate under the OutsourceIT brand. The combined companies will continue to operate offices in both Maryland and in Winston-Salem. http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/stories/2010/08/30/daily25.html

Miami International Airport has re-opened after a passenger was detained and a suspicious item was spotted last night. Most of the airport was closed for hours as a bomb squad team dealt with the suspicious item, which inspectors found when screening a checked bag. A passenger travelling from Brazil was taken into custody. www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/09/03/miami.airport.evacuation/index.html?iref=NS1

Lisa Tew, of Greensboro, begins a 545-mile run to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Their journey begins this morning in Murphy. They plan to run 35 miles a day for the next 16 days, hopefully reaching Manteo, NC on the Coast on September 19. www.wxii12.com/news/24864244/detail.html

For the first time, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners met at Wake Forest -Baptist Medical Center because the deciding vote from Commissioner Beaufort Bailey on a library bill…was a patient in the hospital. Commissioner Bailey is recovering from surgery for colon cancer. Bailey couldn't go downtown to meet the rest of the commissioners on Thursday, so they went to him. The commissioners voted to approve a plan to put a $40 million dollar bond on the ballot in November that would pay to renovate or replace the Central Library in Winston-Salem and improve the libraries in Clemmons and Kernersville. There are seven commissioners on the board, and Bailey was the tie-breaking vote. www.wxii12.com/news/24862850/detail.html

The Greensboro Grasshoppers closed the 2010 season last night at Newbridge Bank Park with a major milestone. The 2.5 millionth fan walked through the turnstiles. Rhonda Butts of Greensboro was that 2.5 millionth fan. She was attending just her second Grasshoppers game…Rhonda receives a baseball autographed by the team, a Grasshoppers jersey with the number 2.5 million, and merch…oend at the ballpark. She’ll also have the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Hoppers’ 2011 home opener. www.gsograsshoppers.com

SPORTS: Big win last night: Wake Forest over Presbyterian…53 - 13
High School football tonight…
College Football on Saturday…
Duke vs Elon
NC State vs Western Carolina
ASU vs Chattanooga
WSSU vs A+T (6pm on Saturday)

Winston-Salem Dash at home tonight at 7pm. FYI: Baseballparks.com has named BB&T Ballpark where the Dash play their home games its 2010 ‘Ballpark of the Year’. An award will be presented to the Winston-Salem Dash before the team’s first playoff game September 8th. http://triad.bizjournals.com/triad/stories/2010/08/30/daily26.html?surround=lfn