Friday, June 24, 2011

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Partly sunny skies through the weekend…High 88

You will be paying more at the gas pumps next week. The state excise tax will go up 2.5 cents per gallon to 35 cents starting July 1st…the same day that the state retail sales tax goes down by a penny.  FYI: The current average for regular unleaded here in the Triad is around $3.50 a gallon.

A veteran from King who had planned to fly 3 different religious flags as well as an atheist flag at the Veteran's Memorial in King now says he will fly NO flags at all.  The Winston-Salem Journal reporting that Steven Hewett had originally intended to fly the Christian flag at the monument, which has been the focus of controversy over that past year. http://www.journalnow.com/news/2011/jun/24/1/king-man-reverses-course-again-and-plans-to-fly-no-ar-1148785/

The old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts is hosting an Open House Saturday afternoon at Camp Raven Knob in Mt Airy.  All Eagle scouts, former camp staff and their families are welcome. Camp Raven Knob will be open for tours and scout activities starting at 2pm to show the latest improvements, followed by a cook-out at 6pm. All events tomorrow are FREE. Another Open House is planned for July 23.  More info: Phone: 760-2900 http://www.oldhickorycouncil.org/

Winston-Salem is getting its first IMAX theater. The Grand 18 on University Parkway will open the IMAX theater next Tuesday with a special showing of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in IMAX 3D. The average ticket prices at IMAX theaters will run between $15 to 20 dollars per person.

A new wrinkle therapy that uses a person's own skin cells to create an injectable substance to smooth out ‘laugh lines’ has been approved by the FDA. In one study, patients using ‘laViv’ showing that 57 percent of patients who received laViv saw an improvement compared to 30 percent of those in the placebo group. Redness, pain, and swelling or bruising at the injection site were the most common side effects, according to Fibrocell the maker of laviv.

The Governor has vetoed the state’s Voter Photo ID Bill saying it was ‘unfair’. Under the Bill, voters in North Carolina would have had to show a ‘valid photo ID’ such as a drivers license. The idea of requiring a photo ID to vote is popular with most voters in the state. An Elon University poll back in April found that 75 percent of adults in North Carolina ‘support or strongly support’ a voter ID requirement.

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook Northern Japan earlier this morning.  The epicenter of the quake was about 100 miles south of the devastating March 11th quake.