Breaking News: The Washington Post is reporting that Governor Bev Perdue will not run for re-election in November. Expect a press conference later this afternoon. Possible Democratic replacements include: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, Attorney General Roy Cooper and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles. Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) will officially launch his gubernatorial bid with an Internet announcement next Tuesday morning. Perdue edged McCrory in the 2008 election. http://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/2012/01/26/perdue-to-say-no-to-second-term/
Your child’s college tuition will likely go up next year. The Greensboro News and Record reporting that in-state tuition for undergraduates attending colleges or universities in the UNC System will see an increase of 8.8%…or $450 to $500 dollars more a year.
Students could see the interest rates on their student loans double (from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent) this summer if Congress doesn’t step in. FYI: Students who graduated from college in 2010 with student loans…owed around $25,000 on average. That’s up 5% from the year before. CNN
New Federal guidelines for school lunches means ‘healthier changes’ next year. The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and less sodium. But, will students accept the changes? (Join the conversation on facebook/wbfj) http://news.yahoo.com/school-lunches-more-veggies-whole-grains-074952471.html
Eating fried foods may not be as bad for your heart, as long as you use olive oil or sunflower oil. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16691754 Not all olive oil is created equal. http://olivebranchstores.com/not-all-olive-oil-is-made-equal/archives/58
During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama is proposing that “every state—every state—requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.” According to Michael Farris with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, “Under our US Constitution, education matters are left to the states. Our Founders wanted decisions about education and a host of other matters left to the states and local government…to be influenced by the real decision makers: parents and the family. www.hslda.org/docs/media/2011/201111290.asp
Tell President Obama to withdraw his compulsory attendance mandate: www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Contact your U.S. representative and two U.S. senators: (Capitol Switchboard) 202-224-3121 or use HSLDA’s to find their names and contact info. http://action.hslda.org/congress/
DudleyHigh School in Greensboro is the first school in the U.S. to become ‘L-E-V-A’-certified…allowing students to gain industry-recognized certification to work on electric cars and their batteries through its Automotive Technology classes. FYI:Dudley students are also working on an electric tricycle to enter in the upcoming Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge, which is set to begin in the last week of March. http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-dudley-high-school-first-in-us-to-become-leva-certified-20120125,0,2066898.story
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board has approved a plan to merge Philo and Hill middle schools this fall. The new school will meet at Philo’s current location and be called “Philo-Hill Magnet Academies.” The plan will save over $300,000 dollars a year, mostly in utility and administrative costs.
Fox 8 reporting that the merger will go into effect when school starts back in August.
The four remaining GOP presidential candidates will participate in a CNN debate TONIGHT in Jacksonville, Florida, just ahead of the Florida primary next week.
Congratulations to Wibur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, Nevada…they are the winners of the “Longest Married Couple” based on nominations to the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Project. Wilbur and Theresa have been married 77 years (with their anniversary coming up on Feb. 11th ). TheNevadacouple was married April 14, 1933. They met at a roller skating rink inCentralia,ILin 1930. Mr. Faiss said it was “love at first sight.” The individual state winners will be announced on Monday, January 30. http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2235818764.html
ACC College Hoops: (Tonight): NC State at Carolina (7pm)
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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