Fire officials: child’s death in hot car shows it can happen anywhere — even Roanoke

Heat-DangerRoanoke Fire-EMS officials don’t want us to pass early judgment on a young child’s death in a hot van, but they say it demonstrates this can to happen to anyone if we are not constantly mindful — especially in an era of more frequent distractions. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Police: two-year-old dies in Roanoke after parent leaves her in hot car

Roanoke-PoliceROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Roanoke police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time. Police spokesman Scott Leamon says in a news release that authorities received a report of an unresponsive child at 4:27 p.m. Sunday. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene. Leamon says a preliminary investigation indicates that a parent accidentally left the girl in a car seat in the van. The van was parked in the driveway of a residence. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees Sunday afternoon. Leamon says the investigation is continuing.

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Yesterday was “International Overdose Awareness Day”

Health-NewsYesterday was “International Overdose Awareness Day” and people that have been impacted by drug use met at a local park. Garst Mill Park in Roanoke County was the gathering spot … there was a candlelight vigil for those lost to a drug overdose. WFIR’s Gene Marrano was there:

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Tobacco commission grants go to family connections

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A review by The Associated Press has found that a Virginia commission that invests money from a national tobacco settlement gave $21 million to an economic development group and a telephone cooperative run by family members of the commission’s powerful chairman. The grants are not illegal, but they are part of a rocky history of questionable spending of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. The commission controls about $600 million in cash and investments. The commission’s chairman is Terry Kilgore, a Republican state legislator from a powerful political family. He says his family relationships have not influenced the commission’s spending. The commission has long been under scrutiny from various state officials and is part of an FBI investigation into the resignation of a Democratic state senator.

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