Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Mix of sun and clouds. Breezy…High 75
Flood Advisories have been posted from Virginia to Maine. The upper east coast is experiencing what’s left of a weakened Tropical Depression Nicole. The American Red Cross will be setting up temporary shelters in the Northeast today. 5 deaths have been blamed on flooding so far.
On our coast: Three people were killed yesterday when the vehicle they were riding in skidded off a rain-slicked road and tumbled into a ditch filled with water. The accident happen on Highway 64 east of Creswell, which is approximately 145 miles east of Raleigh.
FYI: Emergency crews evacuated about 70 people from a mobile home community in Kinston. The National Weather Service said that Wilmington received nearly 21 inches of rain since Sunday…topping Hurricane Floyd's five-day mark of 19 inches set in 1999. www.wxii12.com/weather/25222460/detail.html
In Ecuador, government soldiers rescued President Rafael Correa late yesterday from a hospital where he was trapped for most of the day by protesting police unhappy over benefit cuts. The situation plunged Ecuador into chaos on Thursday. Schools were shut down in Quito and many businesses closed early due to the unrest. Looting was also reported in the capital city.
Peru and Colombia closed their countries' borders with Ecuador in support of the Ecuadorean President. The U.S. Embassy issued a message warning U.S. citizens to "stay in their homes or current location” until the unrest subsides. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130257524
FYI: Check out Wally’s blog about his recent mission trip to Ecuador with HCJB-global at wbfj.fm.
New Jersey prosecutors they are determining whether additional charges may be brought against two Rutgers University students accused of invading the privacy of fellow student Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his sexual encounter with another male was streamed online. Authorities said the 18-year-old freshman committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Clementi's wallet and cell phone were found on the bridge. His body was recovered a day later.
Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House Chief-of-Staff to make a run for Mayor in Chicago. A press conference has been set for today.
Life Chain 2010, a peaceful, pro-life annual gathering, is happening across the nation and in several cities in our listening area this Sunday. Details on the events page at wbfj.fm. Life Chain is open to all ages.
There’s no place like OZ??? The 17th anniversary of ‘Autumn at Oz’ happens this weekend at Beech Mountain. Take a stroll along the ‘yellow brick road’ at the old Land of Oz theme park on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket and tour information…1-800-468-5506.
If you are planning on going to King-Fest this Saturday at Central Park in King…take a moment to stop by the Veterans Memorial (at Central Park). That’s the site where a Christian Flag was removal by the King City Council on September 17th pending a lawsuit from the ACLU. Cheryl Penn with the Rolling Thunder chapter in Winston-Salem has seen this negative situation bring the community of King closer together… (VH #5)
***To participate in the ‘temporary’ Christian Flag watch at the Veterans Memorial in King, contact Rolling Thunder at 816-0502.
(Rolling Thunder website: www.rollingthunder-nc6.com)
-The King City Council removed the Christian Flag on Thursday (Sept 16) from the Veterans Memorial after the ACLU threatened a lawsuit . FYI: Rolling Thunder’s mission is to advocate the U.S. government to bring home American POWs and those still missing in action.
RECALL: Details about that Fisher-Price RECALL of more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs over safety concerns can be found on the News Blog at wbfj.fm. www.cpsc.gov
High School Football…
NASCAR: The chase for the Championship
(Winston-Salem) Important traffic information for Saturday…
If you are planning a trip to the Dixie Classic Fair or to the
Wake Forest - Georgia Tech Football game on Saturday (Oct. 2)…
a Shuttle Service will be available from First Assembly Church (Winston-Salem First) on University Parkway to a drop-off point in front of the Joel Coliseum.
Shuttles will run from 12:30 PM Saturday afternoon through 12:30am Sunday morning. BTW: Shuttle Parking is located on Long Drive off University Parkway behind First Assembly. You will have to pay $8 dollars to park. There is no additional charge to use the shuttle.
Important: Carpooling is advised on Saturday if possible. As always, please be safe when parking, store valuables in the trunk and lock your vehicle.