Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is shutting down a NC plant that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. The manufacturing plant about 25 miles east of Raleigh, was closed Tuesday after testing found the bacteria in cooling towers. The same bacteria was found in water tanks in New York City that caused 12 Legionnaires’ disease deaths this summer. The CDC says about 8,000 to 18,000 Americans are hospitalized with the illness annually. http://m.wxii12.com/news/Drugmaker-Glaxo-shuts-down-plant-over-Legionnaires-bacteria/34658960
Ever ask ‘Where’s the bus?’ In just a couple weeks, hundreds of school buses will hit the road with new technology on board. 244 buses in Guilford County will be outfitted with GPS tracking, so school staff will know exactly where each vehicle is at all times. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools already have a similar system in place on all their school buses. http://myfox8.com/2015/08/11/local-school-buses-now-equipped-with-gps/
A severe thunderstorm Monday night caused a sinkhole to open near an apartment building on Holly Ave in downtown Winston-Salem. It adjoins the property of the former AIDS Care Service house, which was damaged by water flowing from a severe thunderstorm in 2000. The house was eventually torn down. A utility pole was in danger of falling Tuesday morning after most of the ground around it was washed out. Crews from Duke Energy, AT&T and Time Warner Cable were on the scene to evaluate the situation.
Heavy Traffic Alert
The first major soccer tournament of the season at the BB&T Soccer Park in Bermuda Run, could mean heavy traffic on U.S. 158. About 2,500 players from 169 teams are expected to play in the annual Texas Pete Twin City Classic. The first matches will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and end around 6 p.m. Sunday. 3 Law enforcement officers have been hired to help with traffic. Avoid the area if you can. http://www.journalnow.com/journal_west/news/heavy-traffic-a-possbility-near-soccer-park/article_55bfdd14-f297-5149-bebe-fcb727e9517c.html
Bridge Opening Delayed
The long-awaited reopening of the Williams Road bridge over U.S. 421 has been delayed for a few days but should open sometime next week. The bridge was scheduled to open Friday, a date that many Lewisville residents and business owners had been awaiting with much anticipation. Southbound lanes are expected to be closed at 9 p.m. today and reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday. Travelers can detour on the exit ramps. Work may need to stretch into Friday night as well. With School starting back soon I hope they get it open in time. http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/opening-of-williams-road-bridge-over-u-s-delayed-in/article_56d22d23-5933-5309-bf47-b757f1329360.html
Novant Health and Duke
Novant Health and Duke University Health System said Tuesday that they are discussing possible clinical collaborations. The health care systems stated they have shared interests in “advancing the delivery of high-quality patient care, maximizing the efficient and effective use of medical and information technology, reducing costs of care, and initiating approaches to population health.” http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/novant-health-and-duke-in-discussions-about-possible-collaborations/article_82d3d144-e435-5d98-8dd4-16d37bd69ccb.html
Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Tuesday a bill that will give people with disabilities a chance to lead more financially independent lives. House Bill 556 is known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act. With the signing, North Carolina becomes the 30th state to enact ABLE legislation. “The ABLE act will allow countless North Carolinians with disabilities reach their full potential by providing services as well as educational opportunities so they can help build a stronger and more compassionate North Carolina for us all.