Noon Nuggets, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Posted: February 12, 2013

with wire reports

Here's what's going on in the Winchester area and the world.

President Obama delivers the State of the Union at 9 tonight.  He's expected to focus on jobs and the troop withdrawal from the Afghan war.

It's currently 50 degrees in Winchester at noon. Sunny today with a high of 52. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Rain likely on Wednesday, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 44.  Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Rain and snow before 11 Wednesday night, then a chance of snow between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

STOCKS: Stocks are edging mostly higher in midday trading following mixed earnings reports from companies including Avon, Goodyear and Coca-Cola.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 31 points to 14,003 as of noon Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up one point at 1,518. The Nasdaq was down six at 3,185.

Matt Dunham/Associated Press
A English schoolgirl runs in the annual Shrove Tuesday women's trans-Atlantic pancake race in the town of Olney, in Buckinghamshire, England. Every year women clad in aprons and headscarves Olney and the city of Liberal in Kansas run their respective legs of the race with a pancake in their pan, flipping it at the beginning and end of the race. According to legend, the Olney race started in 1445 when a harried housewife arrived at church on Shrove Tuesday still clutching her frying pan with a pancake in it. Liberal challenged Olney in 1950 after seeing photos of the race in a magazine.

HEADLINES: More rain could complicate Miss. twister cleanup

Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

1,000s honor ex-Navy SEAL Kyle at Cowboys Stadium

Senate heads toward vote on anti-violence act

Obama pledges swift reaction to North Korea nuclear test

IN TODAY'S STAR City may install bus cameras to curb passing (STORY)

Winchester schools will start earlier, end earlier (STORY)

Area Catholics praise Pope Benedict XVI's tenure (STORY)

WEDNESDAY IN THE STAR: This year's Apple Blossom Festival pin is unveiled.

Berryville Police Department is the first in the area to get audio/video recording devices that attach to their badges.

Meals on Wheel is selling a cookbook to help raise money for the program.


Boys' basketball

SVCA at United, 6:30

Girls' basketball
SVCA at United, 5

Northwestern District girls' basketball semifinals at Handley

No. 1 Sherando takes on No. 5 Skyline at 6 p.m. and No. 2 Millbrook will face No. 3 James Wood at 7:45

Bull Run District girls' basketball semifinals at George Mason
Clarke County vs. Madison County, 6

Boys' basketball semifinals for the Northwestern District are Wednesday at Millbrook with No. 1 Sherando vs. No. 5 James Wood at 6 and No. 2 Handley vs. No. 3 Millbrook at 7:45