Researchers at Virginia Tech are conducting a comprehensive study on truck drivers, one expected to provide mountains of information on the unique challenges truckers face and how they handle those challenges. The findings are expected to be be of national significance in efforts to make all vehicles and drivers safer, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.
Sweet Briar alum: naming college as “endangered historic place” important whether or not it remains open
The Sweet Briar College alumna who nominated her Alma mater as an “endangered historic place” says its designation is important even if efforts to keep the college open do not succeed. Charlotte Bonini, class of ’92, says the campus has significant architectural, historic and natural resources that should be protected no matter what Sweet Briar’s future may be. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring took a prominent role in a nationwide charity fraud announcement yesterday in Washington on sham cancer charities that allegedly served mainly to enrich those who ran them. The Federal Trade Commission says a Tennessee family used much of the $187 million it raised in four sham cancer charities to pay for things like cars, luxury cruises and six-figure salaries. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
A prominent aviation consultant says once American Airlines completes its merger with US Airways, direct air service between Roanoke and Dallas is likely within 18 months. American plans to absorb all US Airways operations by October. Michael Boyd, President of Boyd Group International, says it should be “all positive for Roanoke in all respects.” WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
State Police say three people face drug-related charges after a package with “at least 200 pounds” of marijuana worth at least $1 million was delivered to the 5959 Music Studio on Williamson Road. Police say they were tipped off to the shipment by Pennsylvania State Police, a shipment that originated in Arizona. Virginia State Police say Ronald Crenshaw and Leonard English, both of Roanoke, are in custody, as is a third suspect who has not cooperated in identifying himself.
Tomorrow’s commencement speaker at Sweet Briar College faces an enormous and highly unusual challenge. The college plans to close down this summer — but Teresa Pike Hamilton, class of ’87, supports the legal challenges aimed to preventing the closure. She says tomorrow’s commencement address will be respectful but candid, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.
Here is an extended-length version of our telephone interview with her: