Fatal accident on US 460; pickup, loaded dump truck collide

From State Police: We are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on Route 460, east of the Town of Bedford at 11:52 a.m. The crash involved a dump truck loaded with gravel and a pickup truck, both of which were traveling east on Route 460.  The dump truck was slowing or stopping in the right lane and was struck by the pickup truck in the rear. The road was blocked eastbound for several hours while the vehicles were removed and the crash was investigated, and reopened at 2:21 p.m. State Police are working to make notification to the next of kin at this time and will release more information after that notification has been made. Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction was called to assist with the investigation.

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House passes ‘Tebow Bill’ on home-school sports; McAuliffe has vetoed similar versions in past years

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a perennial bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public high school sports. The chamber on Tuesday passed the measure widely known as the “Tebow Bill” after former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled and allowed to play football for his local high school. The Virginia High School League currently prohibits home-schoolers from participating after eighth grade. Governor McAuliffe has vetoed similar bills passed in each of the last two years.

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Northside student now charged after threat made this morning

Roanoke County Police have now charged a juvenile student at Northside High School with one felony count of “threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property,” after a threatening message was discovered on a social media account this morning. That led to a shelter-in-place for several hours. No legitimate threat was discovered.

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VT professor weighs in on Trump’s tense cabinet

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A Virginia Tech political science professor is taking a look at how President Donald Trump has set up his cabinet as confirmation hearings for the nominees continue. WFIR’s Ian Price reports:

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RC poll highlights General Assembly issues

606 Virginians responding to a poll taken by The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College have weighed in on General Assembly issues. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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VTC Research Institute gets grant to keep studying “gap junctions”

WFIR Health NewsThe microscopic spaces between heart cells have an impact on cardiac arrest and heart disease – now the Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke has new funding for a continuing study as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Salem Museum’s new director; Salem history is important to entire valley

The Salem Museum’s newest executive director is hardly a stranger to the city, and she hopes more people can learn about area history that goes well back before Roanoke’s founding. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia House endorses armed school security guards bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow retired police officers to carry guns while working as school security guards.The House voted Monday to advance the legislation.Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill last year, saying he had concerns about whether the armed guards would have sufficient training.Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter said he added new training provisions to this year’s bill in an attempt to allay the governor’s concerns. He said the bill was needed because we live in “very dangerous times” and schools need to be protected against “the unthinkable.”House Democrats voted against the bill, saying it would lead to more exceptions about who can carry guns on schools.

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Flood warning in effect through afternoon in Roanoke Valley

From the National Weather Service:  A flood warning remains in effect until 5:00 pm EST for Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke County.  200 pm EST, runoff from heavy rain during the morning continues to collect in area rivers and creeks, and has pushed several out of their banks, resulting in minor flooding. Some rivers that are experiencing minor flooding in spots are the Roanoke River, Catawba Creek and Mason Creek. Rivers in the warned area are expected to crest during mid afternoon, with water levels receding thereafter. Some locations that will experience flooding include Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Catawba and Bent Mountain.

Obey all road closures and avoid driving in areas where water covers the road. Keep children away from storm drains, culverts, creeks and streams. The flow of water is extremely strong after heavy rain and can sweep children away. When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1-(8 6 6) 215-4324.

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Missing Botetourt Co. girl found, Charlottesville-area man charged

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Update from the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office: The missing juvenile reported to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office on January 21, 2017 has been located and returned home safe. The Botetourt County Sheriff’s office was able to develop a lead on a possible location of the juvenile on Sunday January 22, 2017. This led Botetourt Deputies to contact Albemarle County Police Department who assisted in identifying a suspect who Botetourt Deputies believe assisted juvenile in disappearing. At approximately 8:00 pm on Sunday the juvenile was located at a home in Albemarle County. A suspect was placed in custody by Albemarle County Police on a Botetourt County warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The suspect is identified as Garret Fitzgerald Coffman of Charlottesville VA. He is currently being held in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Previously: The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing teen. Melanie Pritts, 15, of Troutville, was last seen Friday night. She’s 5’5” and about 115 lbs. Deputies say she told friends she was heading south. Pritts may have a long-haired black and white cat with her as well. If you know Melanie Pritts’ whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at (540) 473-8631.

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