It’s not exactly a groundbreaking, but it is still a ground-breaking moment today for a new Roanoke County Library branch in Vinton. Officials will give a ceremonial command today to begin tearing down the former Dunman Floral Supply building. The work itself will begin later this month, and plans call for construction of the new library likely to begin in late winter. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
A new law that takes effect in January first will save many Virginia residents money. The DMV reports the law allows the owners of seasonal vehicles and active duty military on deployment to deactivate their license plates for a portion of the year. The DMV reminds anyone that does this needs to reactivate the plates before using them. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.
There will be many changes to the 2014 Blue Ridge Marathon. Because of flooding on the Roanoke River in previous years, the course in that area will follow less of the greenway. In other changes,, the half marathon has been made tougher and a new 10K run has been added. Registration is open for the marathon that will run next April 26th. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.
The Roanoke Community Garden Association is teaming up with Local Roots restaurant today for a fundraising event. A portion of the proceeds from lunch and dinner sales at the farm-to-table bistro will go to the non-profit RCGA, which to date has constructed five public garden plots in the city of Roanoke.WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story.
A Washington and Lee student was killed overnight and several other students were injured when an SUV left a Rockbridge County roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned. 21-year-old Kelsey Durkin was a senior from New Canaan, Connecticut. State Police say the driver is charged with DUI. He is identified as 21-year-old Nicholas Hansel of New Orleans. The university says 10 students in all were inside the vehicle.
(Continue reading for the full Washington and Lee University statement and State Police news release.)
It’s Winter Preparedness Week, and the State Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation encourage you and your family to be prepared for winter weather. A VDOT spokesperson says the first thing you should do is create an emergency kit with plenty of food and water. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more.
The Dean of Liberty University’s Law School says legal challenges to President Obama’s health care law are far from over, despite yesterday’s Supreme Court decision. Liberty challenged the portion of the law requiring most employers to provide health insurance to their workers or pay a fine. The Supreme Court yesterday turned that challenge aside. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Many people are doing their holiday shopping online. The Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia reminds consumers to be aware this is a very active time for scammers. The BBB says to make sure your computer has the latest updates, protect your personal information and confirm that your online purchase is secure. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.