PR Newswire Broadcast Minute for Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008 General News J E 4
Triple-A Forecasts Small Decrease in Labor Day Holiday Travel

Triple-A projects a slight decrease in the number of Americans travelingduring the Labor Day holiday weekend. Nearly 34.38 million Americans willtravel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day holiday weekend, down 0.9percent, or almost 320,000 Americans, from the 34.7 million who traveled lastyear. This year marks the first decline in Labor Day holiday travel since2006.

Overlooked Driving Dangers Take Toll on the Roads

With more than 30 million Americans expected to hit the roads this LaborDay weekend, there's much more for drivers to worry about than high gas pricesand congested highways, warn The Vision Council and the National SleepFoundation. The organizations are joining forces to educate the nation abouttwo under-recognized driving hazards, poor vision and drowsy driving, that arejust as deadly as poor road conditions and drunk driving, especially at night.

Most U.S. Measles Cases Reported Since 1996

More measles cases have been reported in the United States since Januaryfirst than during the same period in any year since 1996, according to areport released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'sMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Between January first and July thirty-first, 131 cases were reported toCDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. At leastfifteen patients, including four children younger than 15 months of age, werehospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

U.S. Wine Consumption Still Climbing With No End in Sight

Overall wine consumption in the United States rose three percent in 2007to over 292 million 9-liter cases, according the Beverage Information Group'srecently released 2008 Wine Handbook. This marks the fourteenth consecutiveyear of case gains. According to Eric Schmidt, manager of informationservices for the Beverage Information Group, "If wine continues to grow atthese levels, the U.S. will surpass both Italy and France to become both thelargest wine market and biggest wine importer in the world by the end of thedecade."

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