VDOT reports no major incidents as of 8:30 am. Most roads and highways are listed in “minor” condition, which means they are generally wet but may have some slick spots. Click here for the latest VDOT traffic information.
As of 8:30 am, Roanoke Regional Airport reported 1 canceled flight and 1 delayed flight. If you have flight plans, you are urged to check with your airline before heading out. Click here for the latest airport information.
As 8:35 am, Appalachian Power reports about 7,371 power outages. Click here for the latest Apco information.
Several schools closed for the day or delayed.
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A Roanoke Police lieutenant is scheduled to join a White House Drug Control Policy meeting later this morning and talk about the Roanoke Police Drug Market Initiative, often called DMI. It’s a program to involve neighborhood residents in stopping drug dealing around their homes and give offenders without violent records a choice: education and job training or jail. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
The holiday season brings family members together and the Alzheimer’s Association says to be on the lookout for early signs of dementia. Some of the signs to be aware of include forgetting dates and appointments, having a challenge handling legal and financial matters and asking for the same information over and over. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.
Virginia Tech has named its next president, and he comes to Blacksburg from Purdue University. Timothy Sands has been Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Purdue. He succeeds Charles Steger, who announced last May he would step down when a successor was chosen. Steger has been Virginia Tech’s president since 2000. Before taking administrative positions, Sands was an engineering professor at Cal-Berkeley and at Purdue. As WFIR’s Evan Jones, Sands promises to “keep the momentum moving” in Blacksburg.
An ice storm is forecast for the immediate area this Sunday, and the Virginia Department of Forestry reminds homeowners to inspect their property for tree limbs that ice could bring down. John Campbell with the Forestry Department recommends using an Certified Arborist to make sure the job is done right. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.
The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection tried something new last weekend, and it led to a spike in adoption numbers. It’s normally closed Sundays, but the center held a special adoption event last Sunday, and that led to 33 pet adoptions in a four day period — way above normal. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.