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A school bus accident north of Fincastle this morning sent 13 students to the hospital with undetermined–but apparently minor–injuries. It happened about 8:20 a.m. on Zion Hill Road. A nearby resident who happened upon the accident says the students got out on their own and cared for each other until help arrived. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Heavy rains should help raise the water levels at Smith Mountain Lake. They may have been lower than normal to begin with, but a faulty downstream water gauge also led Appalachian Power to release too much water for a while. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more.

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A big food drive returns Saturday and local letter carriers will be busy. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more on the 20th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive:


Organizers of a community rabies clinic in Roanoke this coming weekend are urging people to register now if they want to bring their cat or dog for vaccination. Robert Parker with the Virginia Health Department says the clinic is Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Roanoke’s Washington Park. Parker says the shots are $5 and they have 300 doses available. They’re also asking interested dog and cat owners to pre-register on-line by Wednesday.

Pre-register here

Rabies information from the Virginia Department of Health

Porshia Atwell

Police in this region are on the alert for a missing eight-year-old girl believed kidnapped yesterday by her father in Mercer County, West Virginia.  She is Porshia Atwell. Police believe her father, Tracey Lee Atwell, may have killed his wife, tied up his parents and taken their SUV.  Police say the stolen vehicle is a 1999 white Jeep Cherokee Laredo with West Virginia plates 6C3202.

Virginia State Police have been informed Tracey Atwell may have ties to the Vinton and Bedford areas, but Sgt. Robert Carpentieri says West Virginia State Police have not specifically indicated what those ties may be.

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