The Heat Wave continues. Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Sunny skies…High 95
McDonald's announcing some healthier changes in your kid’s Happy Meals starting this Fall. Apple slices will be added (minus the caramel dipping sauce) while the portion of the French fries will be reduced in Happy Meals. The changes will reduce calories in Happy Meals by as much as 20%. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110727/D9ONPK500.html
After 29 years, Dockside Seafood in Clemmons is closing, but will re-open as part of the O’so Restaurant group. The Winston-Salem Journal reporting that no new name for the soon to be re-modeled restaurant has been chosen yet. Dockside employees will be temporarily laid-off but can re-apply to work for the new restaurant in October.
The Women’s Right to Know Act (HB 854), the bill requiring that women seeking an abortion wait 24-hours before making a decision and receive an ultrasound of their unborn baby, has passed the state House after a Governor veto last month. This bill now moves to the Senate.
You will still not have to show an ID to vote in North Carolina. The Governor’s veto of the Voter ID Bill will stand for now. Just not enough support in the state house for an over-ride.
A ‘contested’ play at the plate, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4 - 3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates early this morning. The Braves – Pirates game ended at 1:50am going 19 innings…the longest game at Turner Field.
Outdoor ice skating will be back in downtown Greensboro. The ice rink at Piedmont WinterFest will be larger (to accommodate more people) and the event will last longer than last year. The temporary ice rink will open on November 16.
Apple to invade the Big Apple. Apple will be opening its largest retail store in the world…at New York's Grand Central Terminal. Over a 10 year deal, Apple will be paying $800,000 dollars per year to rent the 23,000 square-foot space.
More than 10 million people are being affected in the Horn of Africa by the worst drought in 60 years. The U.N. is now calling the drought situation a famine. Worldserve Ministries reporting that millions of people face an ‘emergency food situation’ in Ethiopia and Somalia. http://mnnonline.org/article/16006 Ways to help: http://ca.worldserve.org/
Steve Wile, with WorldServe Ministries, telling Mission Network News, "While the areas experiencing the famine are primarily Muslim, they are not the radical Islam fundamentalists…so the people are open to spiritual conversation and are interested in talking about the God of the Christians." The goal is to make the church the main contact point between the people in need and the food they need. This in turn will give Christians in Ethiopia and Somalia a platform to share the hope of Christ.