Thursday, November 11, 2010 (Veterans Day)

Your WBFJ Forecast: Mostly sunny…High near 70

Veterans Day 2010...Don’t forget to fly your American flag today and more importantly give a big 'Thank You' to a US Veteran (or active duty soldier) for their service to our country. FYI: Most schools are out today. Banks are closed. NO mail service today. FYI: For a list of Veterans Day happenings (and restaurant deals for Vets) on the News Blog.

On today’s daily broadcast of Focus on the Family: Part two focusing on the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) on military families. More info: www.focusonthefamily.com/ You can catch Focus on the Family tonight at 9pm on WBFJ.

WASHINGTON STATE HAS PASSED A BAN ON ALCOHOLIC ENERGY DRINKS. The ban was passed on Wednesday. The attorney general in Washington State, Robert McKenna, said he was thrilled with the ban and hoped Federal action would follow. The November 18th Ban comes in response to the hospitalization of nine underage students who got alcohol poisoning from alcoholic energy drinks back in October. The drinks are heavily marketed to youth. (RnR)

That Crippled cruise ship stuck for days off the Pacific coast of Mexico is nearing San Diego this morning. Thousands of passengers on the Carnival Cruise ship ‘Splendor’ will disembark later today with many stories from their three-day ordeal that left them without air conditioning and hot showers…or a decent meal: Their diet became Spam and Pop Tarts rather than steak and chocolate mousse. The cruise ship has been getting supplies from the USS Ronald Reagan. Five tug boats are bringing the Splendor back to the US.

Chinese officials have sentenced a ‘parent – turned – consumer activist’ to 2 and a half years in jail. The man, whose child became sick after drinking tainted milk in 2008, organized a website to give support and information to other parents of children who were sickened by the tainted milk. His charge: "provoking trouble and picking quarrels." FYI: About three hundred thousand other children became sick from drinking the tainted milk in China.

Forsyth Technical Community College has been given the ‘go-ahead’ to start their expansion into Stokes County. Commissioners voting to give Forsyth Tech $6 million dollars to build its first permanent building in Walnut Cove. Construction will begin in 2013.

President Obama saying that ‘free trade’ with South Korea would be a win-win situation for all, but a deal is weeks away. The President is in Seoul for the G-20 summit. (CNN)

First major change to French fries at Wendy’s in over 40 years. The new Russett potato fries at Wendy’s will have the skins on and ‘sea salt’ added. The price remains the same but the nutritional content will change. (RnR)

Just a reminder: TobyMac, Casting Crowns and MercyMe are in the running for the ‘Contemporary / Inspirational Artist Category’ of the American Music Awards. Voting ends this Friday (NOV 12). Winners will be revealed live during the 2010 American Music Awards on SUNDAY (NOV 21) 8pm on ABC. You can vote at http://www.amavote.com/
BTW: YOU CAN NOW GET ALL TEN OF TOBYMAC'S MUSIC VIDEOS ON ONE DVD. The collection is called "Moving Pictures" in stores now.

(Traffic updates)
Kernersville (south main at Cherry): Crews will be finishing up road repair of the broken water main later this morning.
High Point: The new section of the 311-Bypass is almost complete; 6 months ahead of schedule. The new 311-Bypass, which will connect to I-85 in High Point, is scheduled to open Monday, November 22nd.