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Latest update: Tropical Storm Cristobal strengthens and moving slowly

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Your First Alert Weather Team is tracking Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Atlantic Ocean.

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McCrory appoints lawyer to NC Appeals Court

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a Winston-Salem lawyer to a vacant seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

McCrory’s office announced Monday the governor appointed Richard Dietz to the appeals court bench.

Dietz will fill the seat vacated by Judge Bob Hunter Jr., whom McCrory appointed last week to the state Supreme Court. Dietz will serve the remainder of Hunter’s term, which expires in 2016.

The 37-year-old Dietz is a partner with Kilpatrick Townsend in Winston-Salem specializing in state and federal appeals cases. He is a 2002 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.

McCrory appointed Dietz last year to the North Carolina Courts Commission, which studies the court system and recommends changes and improvements.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Concerns mount for Panthers as season approaches

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The concerns are mounting for the Carolina Panthers with the regular season opener less than two weeks away.

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Minnesota-based cereal maker to open center in NC

Monday, August 25th, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — A Minnesota-based cereal maker says it’s opening a distribution center in Winston-Salem next month.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports MOM Brands Inc., formerly known as Malt-O-Meal, will open the center at Union Cross Business Park on the city’s southeastern side.

MOM spokeswoman Lisa Fisher said the company plans to provide more details about the Winston-Salem center once operations begin.

MOM Brands, based in Lakeville, Minnesota, also has production operations in Asheboro where it has about 250 employees. The company added production in Asheboro in 2012 as part of a $140 million expansion there.

Fisher said the distribution center won’t impact Asheboro, except to allow the company to ship products from Asheboro to Winston-Salem rather than to the current distribution center in Tennessee, which will close when the Winston-Salem center opens.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Experts recommended delaying start times for middle and high schools

Monday, August 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – We’ve all been there, tired, dreading to wake up for school.

“I mean i obviously went to school as a kid and liked to sleep in as a teenager” parent Celeste Anderson says.

Studies have shown that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep have a decline in performance at school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a recommendation to delay start times of middle and high schools students.

Wilmington Pediatrician David Hill says the amount of sleep is crucial.

“The recommendation for teens is 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep at night,” Dr. Hill explained.

With teens whose natural sleep cycles make it difficult to fall asleep before 11 pm AAP recommends schools start classes at 8:30 am or later.

A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of 6th through 8th graders and 87 percent of high school students in the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep on school nights.

But it’s not just the school nights.

Dr. Hill says, “the more consistent a kid’s sleep cycle is the easier it will be to handle the week.”

And for kids who get enough sleep at night, it’s not only going to put them in a better mood, but also could help them later in life.

“Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to other health conditions for lifelong like high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Dr. Hill.

Hill says other benefits include better school attendance and fewer car accidents.

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