The Old, The New: from Politics to Retail…Nov 7th News

The Old, The New:  from Politics to Retail…Nov 7th News

Sunshine today….high 52…

President Obama has won re-election. Electoral Vote count 303-206…however the margin in the popular vote is less than 1%. Things pretty much will remain unchanged on Capitol Hill as the Republicans maintain control of the House while the Democrats will rule the Senate…and Florida still remains in the balance…Early numbers show lower voter turnout nationwide than in 2008 – about 71% of Forsyth County voters turned out in comparison – down 5 percentage points from 4 years ago.

North Carolina has its first Republican Governor in 20 years. Charlotte’s Pat McCrory defeated Walter Dalton. Incumbent congressional representatives Mel Watt, Howard Coble and Virginia Foxx all won re-election.

VOTERS IN MAINE AND MARYLAND HAVE APPROVED SAME-GENDER MARRIAGE. With Tuesday’s election results, Maine and Maryland become the first two states to approve same-gender marriage through a popular vote. Washington state is considering a similar measure, but the votes are still being counted. And the votes are also still being counted in Minnesota, where voters were deciding on a measure that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

VOTERS IN TWO STATES HAVE APPROVED MEASURES THAT WOULD LEGALIZE THE RECREATIONAL USE OF MARIJUANA. The ballot initiatives were approved in Colorado and Washington state. While residents of those two states have given their approval to recreational use of marijuana the federal government still outlaws the drug.

PROPOSTION 37: A MEASURE THAT WOULD REQUIRE MOST FOODS MADE WITH GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS TO BE LABELED IN CALIFORNIA IS ON THE WAY TO BEING DEFEATED. Proposition 37 says consumers have a right to know whether food has been genetically altered, particularly when the long-term health impacts are unclear. Opponents argued that the labels would stigmatize foods that are scientifically proven to be safe. With more than 94 percent the precincts reporting, voters rejected the proposed labeling law. California would have been the first state in the nation to pass such an initiative.

One week after Superstorm Sandy clobbered parts of the Northeast seaboard, the worst-affected areas are still struggling to return to some sense of normalcy. As of yesterday, nearly a million people were still without power in the Northeast. Now, another coastal storm, or nor’ easter is set to bring yet more high winds, rain, coastal flooding, even snow to parts of the Northeast today and tomorrow.

Galicia Malone’s contractions were five minutes apart when she arrived at her polling place in Cook County, Illinois, but that didn’t stop her from studying the ballot carefully and making sure her vote counted. Pregnant with her first child, Malone went into labor four days early. Her water had already broken when she arrived at the aptly named New Life Celebration Church near Chicago around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. But even hard labor wasn’t enough to stop her from voting in her first presidential election. She went into labor around 3 a.m., she said, but refused to go to the hospital until after the polls opened. As she left her polling place, she was holding her lower back and smiling widely. She drove herself to South Suburban Hospital where she safely delivered a little girl.

A 40-year legacy on Reynolda Road is leaving. Roses – a fixture on Reynolda Road since 1972 will be closing at the end of the year. The store’s landlord is not renewing its lease.

MACAUTHORITY will be opening at Hanes Mall this weekend. It’s only the 6th store nationwide and the FIRST in NC. MACAUTHORITY is a regional computer retailer specializing in Apple products like the IPOD, IPAD and MACBOOK series. The store is on the Upper Level between Sears and JC Penneys.

MAC POWELL IS GOING TO DEBUT TWO NEW SONGS ON TV ON THURSDAY. Powell will perform two brand new songs from his solo album on Hallmark Channel on Thursday. The Third Day frontman will perform on the new talk show Marie, hosted by superstar Marie Osmond. The songs are titled “June Bug” and “Mississippi”.

Traffic Alert: Hwy 52 SB at the I-40 interchange in Winston-Salem Crews will close the RAMP from Hwy 52 South to I-40 East in Winston-Salem through 7:30pm this evening. Detour: If you need to go I-40 East from 52 SB go down to the Clemmonsville Road exit and back track back onto 52 NB to I-40 east ramp… Winston-Salem – Road Construction SB 52 at Liberty Street will be down to one lane through Nov 19 Expect delays from Akron Drive to 25th street.

Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast Today: SUNNY …High 52 Tonight: Mostly Cloudy…Low 34 Tomorrow: Mostly sunny…High 58

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About Wally Decker

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Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what's that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15...have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983.

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