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This is the 30th year that the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Coalition has sponsored the “After Prom Grand Finale” – where area high school students who attend their school’s official after prom party have a shot at winning a brand new car.  Long-time partner First Team Subaru will give away a 2018 Impreza on June 3 at Elmwood Park. Last year more than 4800 students from 36 high schools in Southwest Virginia attended the after prom parties – and stayed safe. Becky Parr is with RAYSAC:

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(from Liberty release) Liberty University is proud to announce that former President Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address at Commencement on Saturday, May 19. It will be Liberty’s 45th Commencement and will include the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s inaugural graduating class.

The university has previously hosted two other U.S. presidents for Commencement, both while still in office. George H. W. Bush spoke at the May 13, 1990, graduation. President Donald J. Trump spoke at the school during an event last year. President Falwell said, “I did not meet President and Mrs. Carter until early last year.  I was so impressed with the president’s warmth, kind demeanor, and humility. It is one of the greatest honors of my life to welcome President Carter to our Commencement stage. I have tremendous respect for him as a statesman and a true Christian”

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Dr. Pareena Lawrence became the president at Hollins University last July, succeeding Nancy Gray, who had retired. Lawrence came to Hollins from Augustana College; she earned an undergraduate degree in her native India and then moved to the United States in 1989 to pursue a ph.D. This Saturday, Pareena G. Lawrence will be formally inaugurated at Hollins University. WFIR’s Gene Marrano sat down with President Lawrence recently to talk about her tenure so far, and what’s ahead – here is a “Longer Listen”:

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UVA remains atop the AP top 25 poll in men’s basketball for a second straight week. The Cavaliers haven’t played since a road win at Miami last Tuesday but its back to work tonight with a home game vs Georgia Tech:

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