Your WBFJ Family Station Forecast: Cloudy with showers through Thursday…Highs in the 40s.
Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, has promised new jobs to veterans leaving the military. The plan is to hire more than 100,000 honorably discharged military veterans in need of a job over the next five years. The program will officially begin on Memorial Day, May 27. Most of the jobs will be in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores plus the company’s distribution centers. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/January/Walmart-Commits-to-Hiring-100000-Veterans/
A new national study finding that parents who are footing more of the college tuition bill for their children give them a better chance of graduating…BUT, generous financial support could lead to lower grades? According to the University of California (Merced) study, students who financially pour into their
college work harder vs students with parents picking up more of the tab are free to take on a more active social and extracurricular activities…that could lead to a lower GPA. Students who get a blank check from their parents for college may
not take their education as seriously as others. Financial help can also have a positive effect: The study finding that students ‘earning’ grants, scholarships, work-study, student employment and veterans benefits do NOT have similar negative effects on GPA. What about the ‘psychological effect’: The report says that with
grants, “students feel like they’ve earned them in some way” and want
to justify them.” www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pay-kid-college-gpa-study-article-1.1240487#ixzz2I8sszzdY
Lawmakers in New York voting for tougher new gun control laws overnight, making New York the first state to take such action since the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy last month. President Obama will announce his plan for tighter gun control laws later today. The President has vowed to take action with or without congressional approval including a ban on assault weapons and extending background checks for people who purchase firearms at gun shows. The National
Rifle Association and strong supporters of the Second Amendment are anxiously
waiting to see what the President proposes. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2013/January/Obama-Warned-against-Executive-Action-on-Gun-Control/
Oprah Winfrey has decided to ‘extend’ her interview with Lance Armstrong over two nights starting on Thursday. In the interview, the former cycling
champion does admit to reportedly using ‘performance enhancing drugs’ over
several years. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report accusing him of doping. http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=672511
Volunteers Needed: Wake Forest Baptist Health is needed volunteers at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, the coronary care unit, the cancer center, the gift shop, and with transportation. The next volunteer orientation meetings will be held this Thursday JAN 17 and JAN 23 (WED) held at 5:30pm. Contact Susan at 713-3516 www.wakehealth.edu/volunteer
A recent United Van Lines study listing Washington, DC, Oregon, Nevada and North Carolina as the top ‘move in’ states in the country. Seems that families are trading New York, New Jersey and Illinois for North Carolina, because of the weather, lower cost of living and better job opportunities. http://myfox8.com/2013/01/14/survey-more-moving-to-north-carolina/
‘Give the Gift of Life’: Blood supplies are critically LOW across the state. Hospitals are NOT having to cancel surgeries, yet…but Red Cross officials are hoping that YOU will roll up your sleeves and donate. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Find a local donation site: www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter
January is Sanctity of Human Life Month Check out the list of Pregnancy Care centers in our area at www.wbfj.fm. BTW: January 22 – marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the landmark US Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the US.
Road to the Super Bowl: Conference Championships this Sunday. San Fran at Atlanta…Baltimore at New England. Super Bowl Sunday – February 3 in New Orleans.
Mystery along the South Carolina coast: Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the beach at the south end of Pawleys Island as of Tuesday afternoon. The SC Department of Natural Resources have identified the fish as ‘menhaden’ – small, oily fish that are used for fish oil and it’s oil is also an ingredient in lipstick and they are also used for livestock feed. http://www.wltx.com/news/article/216791/2/Thousands-of-Dead-Fish-Wash-Up-On-Pawleys-Island-