A retired Vinton couple can give thanks today for their good fortune. Don and Sandra Smith are $10,000 sweepstakes winners, and they will use the money to improve their home. WFIR’s Evan Jones has their story.
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The University of Virginia Board of Visitors meets today to discuss university policies and procedures regarding sexual assault. As they do, student leaders say it’s time for everyone on campus to say “enough”. All this comes in response to a Rolling Stone article in which a female student describes a gang rape at a UVA frat house. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
This is a very busy week at all U.S. airports, and if you have air travel plans this week, expect slower going than normal. At Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, there are more passengers passing through than usual, many of them not used to the ticketing and screening routines. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
The deadline for runners to register on-line for this year’s “Drumstick Dash” in downtown Roanoke is midnight tonight. After that, runners may still register in person at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. The Thanksgiving morning event helps the mission feed its residents throughout the year. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte is likely to take on an increasing national role at the forefront of the immigration debate, now that President Obama plans to announce executive action tonight expected to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration laws. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Roanoke County Schools Superintendent Lorraine Lange heads for the White House today as one of 100 school leaders selected for a national summit. The “National Connected Superintendents Summit” will recognize the school heads for helping their systems move toward digital learning. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
There’s a new way for Bedford County residents to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications any time of the day or week. It’s a red and white collection box in the front lobby of the sheriff’s office. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
For the first time in many decades, the former Boones Mill rail depot is getting a fresh paint job. For now, it’s just one end of the building, but it is an early sign of much greater efforts to fully restore the structure — and the Franklin County history it represents. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here for the Boones Mill Depot Restoration Facebook page.
Customers at six Roanoke-area banks are in for big changes over the weekend as their Bank of America branches become HomeTrust Bank of Virginia. HomeTrust is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and its CEO says Roanoke customers should find their transition is a smooth one. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
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