NOON NUGGETS: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Posted: April 10, 2013

With Wire Reports

WEATHER:  It's 84 degrees with scattered clouds over downtown Winchester at noon. Today should be the hottest day, so far, with a high of 86 this afternoon under clear to partly cloudy skies. Partly cloudy and 63 for a low tonight.

Hot again on Thursday, a high of 84, but a 30 percent chance of precipitation. A greater chance of rain on Friday, with highs back in the lower 70s. Dry with highs in the lower to mid-60s this weekend. 

Celebration and Farewell

Amish girls play softball after class during an end of the school year celebration on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Bergholz, Ohio. The celebration was also part of a farewell picnic for four women and one man from this tight-knit group in rural eastern Ohio who will enter prison on Friday, joining nine already behind bars on hate crimes convictions for hair- and beard-cutting attacks against fellow Amish. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)



MIDDAY STOCKS: The Standard & Poor's 500 index is pushing through its previous all-time high set in October 2007 as stocks climb in midday trading on Wall Street.

The benchmark index is up 16 points, or 1 percent, at 1,585, breaking its high of 1,576 set before the financial crisis.

Other indexes also rose Wednesday, led by technology stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 125 points, or 0.9 percent, to 14,799. The Dow was on its way to another record high close, having set its latest one the day before. Intel was the biggest gainer in the Dow, up 3 percent.

The Nasdaq composite index, which is heavily weighted toward technology stocks, rose even more than the Dow and S&P. The Nasdaq rose 1.6 percent, or 52 points, to 3,290.

HEADLINES: Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion spending plan. One new tax proposal is a 94 cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax.

Senators unveil deal on gun sales background check

No panic in NKorea despite talk of missile test

Syrian rebel group pledges allegiance to al-Qaida

Students describe bloody scene at Texas college

Postal Service backs down on cutting Saturday mail

Judge fines Costa $1.3M for Concordia wreck

US couple in jail after fleeing to Cuba with kids

Feelin' queasy: More air turbulence over Atlantic

Nobel prizewinner, IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dead

SOMETHING STRANGE: Montana pet owner to feds: The dog ate my money

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government.

Wayne Klinkel said that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter.

Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog's droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted.

He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened.

The bureau's website says an "experienced mutilated currency examiner" will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. The process can take up to two years.

TODAY IN THE STAR: A Winchester woman who owned a local grocery store has been found guilty of 142 counts of trafficking contraband cigarettes and has been required to give up her business. STORY

Area apple growers predict proposed FDA rules would harm orchardists. STORY

Frederick County approved its budget for 2014. It does not include a real estate tax rate increase. STORY

What happened to spring? The calendar says spring, but the thermometer has gone from winter to summer.

Four chalkboards installed along the Loudoun Street Mall invite people to finish this sentence: “Before I die I want to...” SU, the Shenandoah Arts Council, and the City of Winchester teamed up for the project.

LOCAL MEETING OF NOTE: Clarke County Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing on FY 14 Budget, 7:30 at the Joint Government Center.


Handley at Clarke County, 5

Sherando at Millbrook, 5
Handley at Clarke County, 5

Boys' Tennis
Sherando at James Wood, 4:30
Clarke County at Jefferson (W.Va.), 4

Girls' Tennis
Jefferson (W. Va.) at Clarke County, 4

Track and Field
Skyline at Handley, 5
James Wood, Clarke County at Central quad, 5
Millbrook at Sherando, 5:30