Gone: Gingrich & Yard Signs….

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Today: Sunny & Hot, slight chance of a late day shower…High 88               Tonight:  Partly cloudy with a shower possible…Low 62
Tomorrow:  SUNSHINE & 90…

NEWT GINGRICH WILL SUSPEND HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TODAY. The Former Speaker of the House is expected to give a speech detailing his exit plans and endorsing Mitt Romney.

 More than 8-thousand people filled the parking lot at the Greensboro Coliseum yesterday – hoping for a shot at stardom.  AND a $5 million recording contract on season two of THE X FACTOR. Greensboro is the fourth of five cities across the country where auditions are being held for next seasons show.  The turnout here was the largest so far according to X-Factor producers.

 A school bus accident in Wilkes County yesterday afternoon provided parents and students with quite a scare as 12 children and the bus driver were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.  The accident happened around 3:30PM and the bus was taking students home from Millers Creek Elementary.

 Opponents of Amendment One have outraised supporters of the amendment by a nearly 2-to-1 margin heading into the final days of the referendum campaign … that coming from10 times the number of donors contributing from the opposition.  Combined – a whopping 3.5 million dollars has been raised on what has become a high-profile vote.

 If your yard sign has disappeared you are in good company… Roughly half of the yard signs aroundNorth Carolina supporting amendment one  have been stolen or damaged. Meanwhile, a new poll shows the amendment maintaining the 14-point lead heading into next week’s vote.

 “One-Stop Early Voting” in North Carolina continues through Saturday, Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 8th

IF YOU SUFFER FROM ASTHMA, YOU’RE NOT ALONE:  THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA IN THE UNITED STATES HAS HIT A RECORD HIGH.  The CDC reports that the percentage of people with asthma rose from seven-point-three percent in 2001 to eight-point-four percent in 2010. That amounts to 25-point-seven million people with asthma in 2010. Of that number, seven million were younger than 18.

Existing Home Sales in the Triad are on the rise…to the extent of a 24% increase from February to March….this nearly matches the 25% jump statewide for the same period.

In 2 weeks, Greensboro officials will join representatives from 15 other cities in Colorado Springs for the official start of the chase to land the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials to be awarded next Spring…here’s hoping.

Like it or not, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association finalized it’s realignment plan yesterday that will go into effect in the 2013-2014 school year:   everything is pretty much as proposed with conference moves for Western Guilford, Parkland, H-P Andrews, East Surry, Mt Airy among others…all appeals on the table were turned down… and will decide tomorrow whether non-boarding parochial schools will retain membership in the association.

 The National Day of Prayer is Tomorrow…Dr. David Jeremiah serves as the Honorary Chairman for the national campaign which includes events across the country highlighted by a morning prayer rally in Washington DC.  For a complete listing of Triad observations and events:  https://www.wbfj.fm/2012/05/national-day-of-prayer-2012/

 Attention all area Middle Schoolers: Winston-Salem/Forsyth students (in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades) are encouraged to enter the ‘Young Authors Contest’ sponsored by Brenner Children’s Hospital and ‘Books by Kids Foundation’.  Topic to write about:  “Winston-Salem from A to Z” The winning author will win a Kindle Fire and the winning student’s class also will receive a pizza party their honor. The deadline for submissions is May 7.   Contest applications are available online: www.booksbykids.com/winston-salem.
-Patients from Brenner Children’s Hospital will illustrate the book.                            -The book will be released in late fall 2012 and sold throughout theWinston-Salemarea. All net proceeds of book sales will benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital.

 COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS IN THE TRIAD:                              High PointUniversity, Sat @ 9AM – former first lady Laura Bush
North Carolina A&T, Sat @ 10AM – first lady Michelle Obama              GreensboroCollege, Sat May 12 @ 10AM – gold medalist Joey Cheek
WakeForest, Mon May 21  – Charlie Ergen, a Wake Alum who was the founder & CEO of Dish Network…one of the 50 wealthiest men inAmerica

Avoiding Loan Debt is Crucial – but for some college students, it may be inevitable.  While there has been much political speculation about the expected doubling of student loan interest rates effective July 1st, here are some things you need to know:  (1) The increase would only affect interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans for undergrad students issued after July 1, 2012. Interest rates for existing loans won’t change. (2)  Rates for unsubsidized Stafford loans won’t change.  (3) Even if rates rise on July 1, subsidized Stafford loans are generally less costly than private student loans.

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