Friday, March 18, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Sunny and warm…High 82

The record HIGH temperature is currently 79 degrees set back in 1963

Food crisis in America? A new Gallop study finding that a record number of Triad residents are trying to put food on their tables for their families…but are coming up short. In the study, 25 percent of families in the Winston-Salem metro area say they did NOT have enough money to buy food for their families in the past year. Several metro areas in North Carolina (including Winston-Salem, Greensboro/High Point and Asheville) landing in the TOP 10 of the Gallop / hunger survey.  www.journalnow.com/news/2011/mar/17/3/winston-salem-area-ranks-third-in-us-for-food-hard-ar-871844/.
Wanna help? Contact Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. 
Phone: 784-5770    On the web: http://www.hungernwnc.org/

Save-a-Life Saturday: The Northwest North Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer FREE C-P-R and first aid training this Saturday (Mar 19) as part of Save-a-Life Saturday. Classes will be held at 690 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12noon. Training will last around an hour, and will include instruction in hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding and managing shock.  Red Cross chapters across the country will hold classes to honor Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and all those involved in the Tucson, Arizona tragedy.  To register: call 336 724 0511 (ext. 5744 or 5745)

Do you have expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs and OTC medications?  You can dispose of them properly this Sunday during Operation Medicine Drop…2 to 4pm in the parking lot at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.  Sponsored by the Winston-Salem Police Department and Safe Kids NC.  Info: 727-8000

UPDATE from Japan: Freezing temperatures and snow are compounding relief efforts in getting food and water to hundreds of thousands of people who remain in makeshift shelters one week after that 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami  
-Japan's death toll in the earthquake and tsunami has risen to 6,911 with over 10,000 people missing.
-Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency has raised the level for the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant from a 4 to 5 -- putting it on par with the 1979 incident at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island…deemed the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. Chernobyl, for example, rated a 7 on the scale.

**If you are looking for a way to help in the Relief efforts in Japan, check out links for Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision and the Salvation Army…on our website at wbfj.fm www.wbfj.fm/event6.html

Researchers at A&T State University in Greensboro have developed what they are calling a hypo-allergenic peanut. The breakthrough reduces the top two allergens in peanuts. The new hypo-allergenic peanut will not cure peanut allergies, but will lower the severity of it in some people. At least 75 percent of allergic reactions to peanuts come from accidental exposure.
More than 3 million people suffer from peanut allergies.

New name change and logo for one area hospital. The hospital will now be called Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The hospital has done away with the infinity logo and replaced it with a DNA strand.  The new branding will cost about $3.5 million dollars.

An explosive devise was discovered at the Randleman Dam yesterday afternoon. Greensboro Police issued a statement saying that the dam was not in danger of being damaged from the explosive. State and Federal agents are investigating. www.wxii12.com/news/27234789/detail.html

The UN Security Council has voted to impose a NO-Fly Zone over Libya to protect civilians from further attacks by government forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.  CNN

Men’s NCAA Tournament: March Madness.  Surprise winners from Thursday include: Richmond, Gonzaga, BYU and Morehead State (Morehead State beat #4 Louisville)
***Two ACC teams play their games today in Charlotte: Duke (3:10pm) and UNC (7:05pm)

"Operation Slow Down" continues along Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. Over the next week, expect to see more blue lights from 7am – 6:30pm. The goal: Driver safety by reducing and preventing crashes on Wendover.