Democrats took back the House in an outpouring of voter enthusiasm Tuesday. As of early Wednesday, two dozen races had yet to be decided. Meanwhile, Republicans kept control of the Senate. The outcome in the House could mean gridlock for Trump’s agenda on Capitol Hill — or, conversely, it could open a new era of deal-making.
Forsyth County voters delivered an overwhelming “no” Tuesday to a quarter-cent increase in the county sales-and-use tax rate to pay for new courthouse facilities and provide leftover money for the local school system. With the defeat of the proposal, property taxes are likely to rise to pay for the courthouse.
A group sent 8,000 pizzas to hungry voters as they waited in long lines that plagued polling places across the country Tuesday. The group – “Pizza to the Polls” – collects social media reports of long lines and doles out pizzas accordingly. The nonprofit enjoyed a boost in recent days because of tweets and donations from several celebrities, raising more than $300,000 over a 24-hour period. People that were crabby and quiet transformed into talkative, and were connecting with one another. Amazing how a little bit of pizza can shift a mood.
Step aside, teens, senior citizens are the hot new fast-food recruits. As Americans live longer and the job market stays competitive, “cheap eats chains” are increasingly recruiting from senior centers, churches and aging advocacy groups like AARP. The US Census Bureau reported this year that, by 2035, there will be more Americans over age 65 than there are those under age 18. So don’t be surprised to see more service with a smile – and silver hair – in the drive-thru lane.
Bojangles’ Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to be sold for $593.7 million to two private-equity groups. The company would operate as an independent, privately held company still based in Charlotte. The deal, which requires approval, is expected to close in the first quarter.
The 79 school children abducted from a school in Cameroon have been released, according to a Church Official. He went on to say, “They were brought last night to one of our churches … near Bamenda (the regional capital). They look tired and mentally distraught, but are now safe.” Prayers are still encouraged for the future safety of those in the area.
Frito-Lay announced a voluntary recall of select 1/2 oz. bags of Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Flavored popcorn because they were mistakably filled with cheese flavored tortilla chips that contain undeclared milk ingredients. People who have an allergy, or severe sensitivity to milk, run the greatest risk. Click the link on this story at our News Blog at WBFJ.FM for full details.
As we head into colder weather, it’s worth a reminder that Instant Soups and Noodles prepared in a microwave can also harm a child in an instant. The products, which many families turn to for a quick, convenient snack or meal, are responsible for burning almost 10,000 children ages 4 to 12 each year, causing at least 2 out of every 10 scald burns that send kids to emergency rooms.
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VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
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