Active shooter workshop next week

Local businesses and other organizations have the opportunity to work with safety experts and law enforcement agencies next week on how to respond to an active shooter. WFIR’s Lillian Boyd has more.

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Senior Services Expo returns to Vinton War Memorial

More than 70 vendors will be on hand to help seniors or their families with information and giveaways Tuesday at Vinton’s Senior Services Expo as WFIR’s Ian Price reports:

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Now that spring is here, allergy season nears as well

Spring is here, and that means for many people with allergies, itching and sneezing season is just about to arrive as well. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Roanoke County schools address cybersecurity in classrooms

The need for improved cyber-security to prevent “hacking” is major news these days – and the next wave of cyber professionals could be in training locally as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Judge rules Dominion’s coal ash pit polluted Virginia water

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal judge has found Virginia’s largest utility violated the Clean Water Act because arsenic is flowing from a coal ash storage site in Chesapeake, polluting ground and surface water.U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. issued the ruling yesterday in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club against Dominion Virginia Power. But the judge also found that the arsenic discharge poses no health or environmental threat. He didn’t order the ash removed to a lined landfill, as the Sierra Club wanted.Instead, Dominion must conduct testing and the two sides must submit a remediation plan.Dominion says it’s pleased the court found no threat resulting from the ash at the former Chesapeake Energy Center.An attorney representing the Sierra Club expressed disappointment the court didn’t order a “full cleanup.”

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McAuliffe pledges to protect drivers from 5-figure toll debt

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s governor has pledged to protect drivers from skyrocketing toll debts owed to a private company.Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in Portsmouth yesterday that a proposed budget amendment would cap debt at $2,200 for first-time offenders. Some drivers currently owe as much as $18,000 for crossing the Elizabeth River.The plan would essentially close a loophole. Currently, the Macquarie-Skanska partnership can charge unlimited fees to violators while the DMV withholds their registration. The proposal would require the firm to offer a settlement capped at $2,200 before the DMV can take action.McAuliffe said the skyrocketing debts stem from bad deal struck in 2012 under the previous administration. It was between the state and private firms Skanska and the Macquarie Group, which built and financed crossings of the Elizabeth River.

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