Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Partly sunny and breezy. We have already reached our HIGH of 55. Temperatures will continue to fall into the lower 40s through early afternoon.
Power Outages (as of 9am): Duke Energy is reporting 5,500 power outages in the state with over 2,100 power outages in Forsyth County.
Today is “World AIDS Day”, a day set aside to bring attention to the worldwide devastation caused by this disease. While there has been much stigma attached to HIV and AIDS, this is truly a day Christians should use to pray for those affected by this deadly disease.
FYI: This silent killer has taken the lives of almost 30 million people since the early 1980’s, many of them innocent children.
According to Compassion International and the UN AIDS agency …
-Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS.
-Around 370,000 children were born with HIV in 2009, bringing to 2.5 million the total number of children under 15 years of age living with HIV.
More information: http://blog.compassion.com/world-aids-day-2010/
Thousands of people in the Piedmont could soon lose their unemployment benefits. Congress did not extend the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program. However, last March, Congress extended benefits weeks after the deadline passed. www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-unemployment-101130,0,1292359.story
Seven Greensboro churches in connection with Greensboro Urban Ministry will open their doors later today to provide emergency shelter to the homeless. This marks the third year of the Winter Emergency shelter program (or WE program), which was started as a result of the latest recession. The shelters will be open from 6:30pm to 7am through March 31st. Volunteers will provide meals and bedding to guests…as well as assisting the homeless on connecting to resources and finding jobs and housing.
Even though a law banning online sweepstakes businesses went into effect at midnight, don't expect the stores to disappear right away. According to the law, casino-like games that pay out cash prizes are banned…but arcade games that pay cash prizes are still legal. More new laws that go into effect Dec 1st: www.journalnow.com/news/2010/dec/01/in-effect-take-a-minute-to-check-license-plate-fra-ar-580081/ ‘Good bacteria’…is good for children. According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, probiotics (or "good" bacteria) may offer limited benefits for certain illnesses in children. Research showing that kids taking probiotics early during a bout with diarrhea from a viral infection may shorten the length of the illness in otherwise healthy children.In addition, taking probiotics helps in preventing diarrhea caused by antibiotics. The report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=646629
Officials with the city of King have released their proposal to govern the flying of flags with religious symbols at the Veteran’s Memorial in Central Park. The policy, posted on the city’s website, would allow residents to request permission to fly a flag recognizing a family member who served in the military. Residents would be able to make requests each December for the next year, and each flag would be flown for one week. The proposal still must be approved by the King City Council. The link to the City of King http://www.ci.king.nc.us/