Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Sunny skies…High 68
44 shopping days left until Christmas…

Happy 235th Birthday to the US Marine Corp created as part of the U.S. Navy on November 10, 1775. Oooo - Rahh.

On today’s daily broadcast of Focus on the Family:
The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on military families. (Part 1 of 2)
More info here: www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?LatestDaily=1

Rapper Kanye West now says he "didn't have the grounds" to call George W. Bush a racist in 2005, and the former president appreciates the rapper's regret and forgives Kanye for any ill will. In his memoir, "Decision Points," President Bush wrote that it was a low point in his presidency when Kanye West declared at a benefit fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005 that "George Bush didn’t care about black people." West said in a taped interview, "I didn't have the grounds to call him a racist. I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don't always choose the right words." President Bush’s memoir :Decision Points’ hit stores on Tuesday.

Cancer replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death in North Carolina in 2009. According to information released by the N.C. Division of Public Health, the most deadly cancers: lung and throat cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer making up 46% of the total cancer deaths. www.wxii12.com/health/25683489/detail.html

Roger Swisher, former Mayor of Kernersville, died yesterday. Swisher was 80 years old. Swisher also known as “Mr. Kernersville” served as Mayor of Kernersville continuously during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In 1997, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Swisher decided not to run for another term to the Kernersville Board of Aldermen. Funeral arrangements are still incomplete.

No one was injured in yesterday’s accident involving Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman…who failed to stop for a red light and hit a pickup truck. The wreck occurred around 3pm at Fifth and Main in Winston-Salem. No charges were filed in the incident. (FOX8)

US Airways will fill 500 crew-member positions next year by re-calling laid-off employees and hiring new personnel. The majority of the 80 pilots and 420 flight attendants should be working by July. www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2010/11/08/us-airways-to-fill-500-crew-positions.html

Update: Toys in ‘kids meals’ banned in San Francisco. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys, as they're now offered. The new Bay City ordinance requires McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants that serve food with toys to meet new nutritional standards. Public opinion seems to be strongly against such government intervention. www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/09/california.fast.food.ban/index.html?hpt=T2

A man who was harassing a woman at a drive-through to let him use her phone pulled out a gun and fired a shot at the woman. The shooting happened early Sunday morning at the Taco Bell restaurant at the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. The bullet whizzed by the young driver’s head and struck the headrest. Neither woman was injured, but police said the shooter was able to escape. Anyone with information is asked to call Winston-Salem police. www.wxii12.com/news/25686693/detail.html

It's a bird, It's a plane? Officials with the Pentagon are still ‘unsure’ about what created a vapor trail that crossed the skies off the Southern California coast early Monday evening. The images caught on tape by a CBS news affiliate resembled a missile launch. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, issued a statement saying no Department of Defense entities reported a missile launch - scheduled or inadvertent - at the time of the contrail, and no foreign military missile launch was detected. NORAD said it determined there was no threat to the U.S. homeland. One expert called it an optical illusion? www.globalsecurity.org

Outdoor ice skating is a week away in downtown Greensboro. The rink will open next Wednesday, November 17 and remain open through January 22, the day before the start of the U.S. Figure Skating Championship. The 40 x 85 foot outdoor ice skating rink at Festival Park will include public skating, exhibition figure skating and rental for private parties. http://www.piedmontwinterfest.com/

(Traffic update) The new section of the 311-Bypass in High Point 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.