Noon Nuggets, Tuesday, February26, 2013

Posted: February 26, 2013

with wire reports

WEATHER: It's 34 degrees in the Winchester area at noon. Rain today. High near 40. Rain tonight with patchy fog before 10 p.m.. Low around 35. A chance of showers Wednesday before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. A chance of rain and snow showers Wednesday night. Cloudy, with a low around 35.  A chance of rain and snow showers Thursday. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

BREAKING NEWS:  Bradley Scott Gregory’s murder trial was to begin in Frederick County Circuit Court today, but a mistrial has been declared. He is charged in the New Year’s Day 2012 shooting death of Michael Scott Shirley.   STORY

STOCKS:
Good news from Home Depot is helping to send the Dow Jones industrial average higher in midday trading, but other stock market indexes are mixed.

The Dow was up 59 points at 13,846 at midday Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was flat at 1,487 and the Nasdaq was down seven points at 3,108.

Home Depot jumped 5 percent after reporting that its income rose 32 percent in the latest quarter thanks to strong U.S. sales and the cleanup that followed Superstorm Sandy. Macy's also beat analysts' profit forecasts.



Midwest gets hit again


Orlin Wagner/Associated Press
 
An unidentified man carries coffee to his vehicle across an unplowed street in Lawrence, Kan., on Tuesday. The second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation's midsection Tuesday, dropping a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri and Kansas and cutting power to thousands. Gusting winds blew drifts more than 2 feet high and created treacherous driving conditions for those who dared the morning commute.
 
HEADLINES: Egypt hot air balloon crash death toll rises to 19

2nd winter storm in days blasts central U.S.

Senate to vote on moving ahead on Hagel nod

AP Newsbreak: Drop in Taliban attacks incorrect

Pope to be called 'emeritus pope,' will wear white

Group: Syrian missiles kill at least 141 in Aleppo



IN TODAY'S WINCHESTER STAR: Winchester's July 3 fireworks moving out of park to downtown (STORY)

Old Jake weathervane on top of Rouss Fire Hall removed for repairs (STORY
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Business owner hit with tax fine (STORY)

IN WEDNESDAY'S STAR: The state’s new sweeping $3.5 million transportation plan changes how Virginians pay for roads and mass transit. But how much more will you pay at the gas pump?

Gas prices are soaring again — the price per gallon has jumped about 40 cents in the last month to about $3.75. Are we headed toward the $4 mark again?  

SPORTS:

Friday

Girls' basketball

Group A, Division 2 State Quarterfinal at Old Dominion University

Clarke County vs. Lancaster, 5:30

Saturday

Boys' basketball
Group AA, Division 4 State Quarterfinal at Old Dominion University at Old Dominion University

Millbrook vs. Grafton, 12:30

Group AA, Division 3 State Quarterfinal at Old Dominion University at James Madision University
Bruton vs. Handley, 2:45