Wind chill advisory posted, caution urged when heading outside

The first wind chill advisory of the season is posted for the overnight and early morning hours. At Roanoke Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room, Medical Director Kevin Broyles says many hypothermia cases they see at such times often occur when people end up outside longer than they had planned:

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The National Weather Service says temperatures in the teens and strong winds may push wind chill levels down to single digits overnight.

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Goodlatte: Trump is right in calling for end to chain migration

Rep. Bob Goodlatte

Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he supports President Trump’s call to end what is called chain migration. It’s the procedure that permits relatives to follow other family immigrants granted legal status in the U.S. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee which oversees immigration law. He spoke this afternoon with Fox News:

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The man charged with yesterday’s pipe bomb attack in New York entered the U.S. legally through chain migration.

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Griffith: Taxpayers in all income brackets will benefit from tax reform

Rep. Morgan Griffith

9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith says critics of the proposed tax reform bill may be right in saying wealthy taxpayers will benefit from it — but only because every Americans will benefit. And barring a surprising conference committee report, he expects to vote for it. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Griffith’s comments came during a live conversation Monday morning on WFIR. Here is the full conversation:

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Morgan Griffith live on WFIR: tax reform, sexual harassment, MVP pipeline

Rep. Morgan Griffith

9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith appeared lived this morning on WFIR, discussing a wide range of topics that included proposed tax reform, sexual harassment and Congress, and his dissatisfaction with governmental review of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. Here is the full conversation:

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Hotel Roanoke prepares for major facelift to public areas

Hotel Roanoke Facebook

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center is planning a big interior facelift next year — along with a grab-and-go market called “Steam” that is also in the works. The lobby and all public areas will renovated, a project that includes new furniture, updating carpets and bringing new artwork to the lobby. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Winter Weather Advisory issued, accumulations expected

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Interstate 81 corridor through Saturday afternoon. Forecasters say the winter storm moving mainly to our south and east could bring one to three inches of snowfall to the Roanoke region — and higher amounts to Southside and central Virginia. VDOT urges caution on area roadways, especially in higher elevations and on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

From the National Weather Service: A storm system now developing in the Deep South will bring snow to areas primarily east of Interstate 81, with heavy snow likely along and just east of Blue Ridge and into the North Carolina and Virginia Piedmont. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4:00 pm Saturday.

* WHAT…Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with the heaviest amounts east of Interstate 81.

* WHERE…Portions of southwest and west central Virginia along the Interstate 81 corridor.

* WHEN…Until 4 PM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.

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Trash train appears headed for the end of the line

It has been considered a model way of transporting the Roanoke Valley’s trash to the landfill: a dedicated train. But it now seems very likely that the 25-year “Waste Line Express” may be nearing the end of the line. Norfolk Southern and the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority appear unable to agree on a price for a new contract to continue the service, so the authority is taking steps to haul it by truck instead as soon as next July. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:

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As of January, new state inspection stickers to change location

State Police photo

State Police say of as January, new state inspection stickers will be placed in the lower corner of the windshield in front of the driver, not the windshield’s center position. Officials say the move comes because automakers now offer crash avoidance technology in many vehicles that utilizes the center of a windshield. There is no need to move your current state inspection sticker – this will apply only to new ones that are put on.

From Virginia State Police: Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle’s windshield. Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle. This change in location will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers. There have been no changes made to the size or appearance of the existing vehicle inspection sticker.

The relocation stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles.  In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly.

“The core mission of the Virginia Safety Inspection Program is to promote highway safety and the crash avoidance technology is another tool provided by manufacturers to ensure vehicles operated on the roadways are safe at all times,” said Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr., Virginia State Police Safety Division Commander. “Therefore, we immediately began evaluating the situation and set forth to make the necessary changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Manual, which governs the placement of the safety inspection sticker on all vehicles.”

Existing Virginia vehicle inspection stickers are to remain in their current position – in the bottom center of the windshield. Once a vehicle is inspected and issued a 2019 sticker, the new inspection sticker must be placed in the lower left corner, which is consistent with other states across the nation.

The Virginia State Police Safety Division began Dec. 2, 2017, notifying all Virginia certified inspections stations of the placement change that is to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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UPDATE: State Police seek GM truck or SUV for hit-run accident

UPDATE FROM STATE POLICE: Evidence at the scene has identified the vehicle that fled the scene as a General Motors product; 2012-2014 truck or SUV. Virginia State Police are asking that the public, Insurance Companies and Body Shops notify the State Police if they service a vehicle with right side front and right side mirror damage.  The damage may include the headlight, marker light, right front fender and passenger mirror.

EARLIER: State Police are looking for a vehicle that struck and critically injured a woman in Botetourt County and continued on without stopping. Troopers say it happened before dawn Wednesday morning on US 11 near the Pepsi plant. 55-year-old Joyce Moxley of Roanoke remains hospitalized. State police say evidence suggests it was a General Motors truck or SUV that struck her, and it has right-side front and mirror damage.

From State Police: BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police (Salem) are investigating a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on Route 11 across from the Pepsi Plant in Botetourt County.  The crash occurred on November 29, 2017 at approximately 5:00 a.m. The Botetourt County 911 center received a call from a citizen that a female was on the ground and unresponsive.  State Police Troopers arrived at the scene at 5:07 a.m. and found a white female on the ground and determined she had been struck by a vehicle which was traveling southbound on Route 11, toward the City of Roanoke. The female was identified as Joyce Bandy Moxley, 55, of Roanoke, VA.  Ms. Moxley was walking to work the morning of the 29th when she was struck by the vehicle.  Ms. Moxley was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition. Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called to assist with the hit and run.

Evidence at the scene suggests the vehicle that fled the scene will be a General Motors product; truck or SUV.  Virginia State Police are asking that the public, Insurance Companies and Body Shops notify the State Police if they service a vehicle with right side front and right side mirror damage.  The damage may include the headlight, marker light, right front fender and passenger mirror.

Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to notify the Virginia State Police Salem Division at 1-800-542-5959 or by dialing #77 on a cell phone, or emailing questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

 

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Local grower: No major Christmas tree shortage here

One of the area’s better-known Christmas tree growers says they have fewer seven- and eight-foot trees this year than has usually been the case, but it’s not like many of those national stories you may have heard about drastic shortages or sharply higher prices. At Joe’s Trees in Craig County, Owner Sue Bostic says the industry planted fewer trees during the recession in 2008, and those are the ones now the size most people want. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:

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