Noon Nuggets: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Posted: January 16, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's what's happening at noon today.

WEATHER: 
It's currently 36 degrees and overcast in Winchester. Rain is expected to continue through the afternoon with a high near 45.  Partly cloudy and a low of 30 tonight. A chance of snow and a high of 41 on Thursday.

STOCKS:
More problems for Boeing's 787 are sending the company's stock down sharply, leading the Dow Jones industrial average lower. Japan's two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787s for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing.

The Dow fell 24 points to 13,510 shortly before midday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was flat at 1,472. The Nasdaq composite was up eight points at 3,118.
 

                        NOON NUGGET

Robert Gleason Jr. is scheduled to die by electrocution at 9 tonight at Greensville Correctional Center. Virginia inmates get to choose between electrocution and lethal injection. He will be the first to choose electrocution since 2010.
 

IN THE NEWS AT NOON: WASHINGTON (AP) — Without waiting for Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping $500 million program to curb gun violence, setting up a fight over universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Obama also used his presidential powers to issue 23 orders that don't require congressional approval. The largely incremental executive steps include requiring federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a fulltime director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence.

ALSO IN THE NEWS:

Decision on charges expected in St. Louis shooting

Episcopal priest chosen for inaugural benediction

Stormy issue of Sandy aid settles down in House

Newtown mom dreams about son, urges gun law reform

School bus drivers go on strike in New York City

Ex-SC Gov. Sanford announces run for Congress

Rescuers free woman wedged between 2 buildings

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaving Cabinet



FROM TODAY'S STAR: A Frederick County high school is in mourning for the second consecutive day. Today, it's James Wood High School. Hunter Crane, an 18-year-old senior at the school and a driver at Winchester Speedway, died in a single-vehicle crash in West Virginia Tuesday afternoon. His death comes one day after Sherando High School teacher and alum Roy McKenzie died unexpectedly on Monday. STORY

Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget would improve the existing salary scale for staff to make the division more competitive with others in the state. STORY

In Valley Pike, Adrian O'Connor continues his discussion with Denny Price, who retired this year after 40 years as Musselman High School's head football coach. STORY

Cold weather is a great time for a hot bowl of chili. People's choice winners for a chili cookoff fundraiser for the United Way give you some ideas on recipes for the winter. STORY / RECIPES

Sherando took control of its battle of unbeaten Northwestern District boys basketball teams in the second half and defeated Handley 75-60. STORY 

THURSDAY IN THE STAR:
Expecting a check from the state government for a Virginia income tax refund this year? Times are changing. Instead, you'll get a debit card.

SPORTS SCHEDULE:
Boys' Basketball
Central at Clarke County, 7:45

Wrestling
Clarke County at Strasburg, 6
Handley at Sherando, 7
Skyline at James Wood, 7