If you are hitting the highways for the holiday weekend or have a summer road trip planned, gas prices are about 90 cents a gallon a lower than last year. Experts expect them to start falling shortly, but any sharp declines are not likely until fall. WFIR’s Evan Jones has our summer outlook.
Among nearby bordering states, West Virginia has the highest average prices and Tennessee the lowest.
Congressman Morgan Griffith — a persistent critic of the Environmental Protection Agency — says a Supreme Court ruling yesterday is “good news” that sends an important message to federal regulators. The court blocked an Obama administrative initiative meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Griffith spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.
A local cat adoption agency is conducting a free sterilization and rabies vaccination — just for cats living in Roanoke-area mobile home parks. Barn Cat Buddies is doing so under a grant awarded by the Petco Foundation. Barncat Spokesperson Diane Novak says the idea came from a visit to a mobile home park, where she was told there were one or two stray cats:
Novak says cats living in mobile home parks are more likely to be left behind when residents move out:
The vaccination and sterilization program is free. Click here for the Barn Cat Buddies web site.
UPDATED 7:40 AM — From Roanoke Fire-EMS: On Thursday, June 18, 2015, crews responded to a fire at 5008 Airport Rd.-Advance Auto Parts. The call was received in the E-911 Center at approximately 10:35pm and was under control at 1:08am. 46 personnel responded to the scene. When crews arrived they found a fire that appeared
to be electrical in nature. Crews worked with AEP and building maintenance to shut off the power and generators to the building. One firefighter sustained a minor leg injury due to a fall. The building sustained significant damages including heat, smoke and water. The cause is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office and preliminary damage estimates are approximately $750,000.
EARLIER: Roanoke City fire officials say several businesses will be impacted by a late-night fire at Crossroads Mall where the damage is reported to be extensive. Fire officials believe it started late last night in an electrical room near the Advance Auto offices at the Virginia Workforce Connection. There is fire, smoke and water damage in much of Crossroads, and anyone who works there is urged to contact their employer to learn whether they should report. Fire inspectors hope to determine the cause today, and Roanoke building inspectors are expected to determine the extent of structural damage. Dozens of firefighters from Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Botetourt County responded.
Today is the last day to submit comments to federal regulators about the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The proposed natural gas pipeline would cross parts of Roanoke County on its way from West Virginia to North Carolina. Click here for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions on-line comment site. The commission will ultimately decide whether or not to approved the pipline.
Time is running out in Congress to act on a measure that’s been the subject of frequently-heard radio ads in recent months urging you to call your Congressman. At issue is the Export-Import Bank, and the ads heard here have named 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith more than any other. But as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, Griffith says can’t decide on the issue until he sees the specifics of any bill that might reach the House floor:
Paper ballots were OK for a primary, but elections officials hope new machines are in place for November
Election officials in many localities hope the use of paper ballots in yesterday’s primary will be a one-time affair. It follows a state decision in April that barred further use of machines many cities and counties had used for years. That was too little time for many localities to have new machines in place for the primary. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.