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Sean Warner in his Hyundai Veloster

A high school student from Lynchburg has won the RAYSAC car, donated by First Team Auto Mall.  Sean Warner is a rising senior at Heritage High School and the Central Virginia Governor’s School.  He was one of about 100 students who became finalists in Sunday’s After Prom Grand Finale sponsored by the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition.   

Participating high schools each selected four finalists from among students who stayed all the way through their  after-prom parties.  The finalists were given keys, and it was Warner’s key that unlocked a box that held the car keys.   

Rabies can be a serious threat to humans and other animals.  At this time of year when we’re spending more time outside, the chances for us to encounter wildlife and to possibly be exposed to rabies is increased.  WFIR’s Steve Mabry has the story.

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There’s a new way for children to learn how to deal with bullies, this according to Tom Ramsey, the owner of Wado-Ki Karate. Ramsey calls himself the “The Bully Expert”.  He started a “Bully Boot Camp” for kids ages 6 to 12 to show them how to protect themselves from bullies using a non-violent approach.  The next class is being held on June 2nd at Salem Fitness.  Spots are limited.

Click here for more information on “Bully Boot Camp.”

Heatstroke in cars is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14. In hopes of reducing the number, “Where’s Baby, Look Before You Lock” is a new campaign established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. WFIR’s Steve Mabry has more.
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Click here for more information on the “Where’s Baby, Look Before You Lock” campaign

A hot holiday weekend lies ahead, and Roanoke City is getting ready to open its public swimming pools, but they will not open quite yet. Washington Park’s pool opens in early June, but as a result of pool restoration, the Fallon Park pool will not open until July. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more.

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Click here for full Roanoke City public swimming pool information.

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: