Monday, January 03, 2010

Mostly sunny and near ‘normal’ temperatures for most of the week…

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Sunny…High 45

On TODAY’s Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast:  Singer-songwriter Sara Groves and her husband, Troy, talk about the joys and challenges of parenting, and the importance of putting faith and family first before career. Catch Focus on the Family tonight at 9pm on WBFJ.
Listen NOW:  http://listen.family.org/daily/A000002567.cfm

A GROUP OF RESEARCHERS SAY THEY'VE DEVELOPED A BLOOD TEST THAT CAN DETECT A SINGLE CANCER CELL OUT OF BILLIONS OF HEALTHY CELLS. Health care giant Johnson and Johnson is joining forces with scientists from Boston to bring the blood test to market. According to the research, the test can detect tumor cells in patients with early stage cancer.   RnR

Thomasville City Manager William Kelly Craver was arrested in Davidson County late Saturday evening and charged with one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Craver has a court date slated for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, at the Davidson County Courthouse. http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-city-manager-drugs-110102,0,5751197.story

A TEXAS-BASED PLANNED PARENTHOOD AFFILIATE IS LEAVING THE NATIONAL FEDERATION BECAUSE IT DOESN'T WANT TO BE ‘FORCED” TO PERFORM ABORTIONS. The decision comes after local planned parenthood affiliates were told that leaders with the national organization are working to standardize their operations…including a requirement that ALL affiliates offer abortions. Corpus Christi chapter CEO Amanda Stukenberg said in a statement that her chapter focused solely on contraception and birth control…and refused to offer abortions.   RnR

Fasting for a great cause: One Tennessee organization is calling on American Christians to pray and fast for a spiritual awakening across the nation. The third annual "21 Days for a New Awakening" is hosted by the Awakening America Alliance. Organizers hope that thousands of Christian believers will pray and fast for a “new ‘Christ Awakening’ in every state, every county, and every heart."  http://cniworldnews.com/blog/2011/01/02/american-churches-begin-2011-with-prayer-fasting/

No deaths or major damage from a 7.1 earthquake that shook southern Chile on Sunday. Aftershocks have been felt overnight.   CNN

Envirnmental experts are trying to figure out what caused thousands of birds to 'fall' from the sky on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas, about 36 miles northeast of Little Rock.  Mayor Mike Robertson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that officials are still investigating the incident. Collected birds will be sent off today for testing…  RnR

The New Year ushered in several new arrivals. In Guilford County, a baby girl was born at approximately 1:45 a.m. at the Women's Hospital in Greensboro. In Forsyth County, Jasmine, a baby girl weighing 8 lbs and 7 oz, was born around 1:22am at the Sara Lee Center at Forsyth Medical Center. FYI: The Forsyth Medical Center is projected that approximately 7,000 babies will be delivered throughout the year at the Sara Lee Center, an average of one baby every 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Twin time: A Burlington couple delivered a set of twins, one in 2010 and the other in 2011 at Duke Hospital in Durham. The parents, Christy and Marlin Alston of Burlington, and babies are doing fine.

CANDIDATES FOR THE TOP JOB WITH THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE WILL FACE EACH OTHER IN A PUBLIC DEBATE TODAY. The current RNC Chairman, Michael Steele is hoping for a second term. Steele has been widely criticized within the GOP for his leadership of the party. The vote for the chairmanship of the GOP will be held later this month.

NFL: It’s over…The Carolina Panthers lose their final game with head coach John Fox yesterday. Play-off bound Atlanta over the Panthers…31 – 10.  The Panthers ending their season with a record of 2 and 14.

College basketball: The Duke Blue Devils still looking strong in their ACC opener with Miami…74 – 63.    Wake Forest falls to Gonzaga…73 – 63. Deacs play High Point on Wednesday.