Traffic pattern change for I-581 and Elm Avenue interchange project

VDOT-Elm-DesignAs part of Roanoke’s I-581 and Elm Avenue interchange project, crews will be putting a new traffic pattern in place. Beginning tomorrow morning, the eastbound lanes of Elm will be moved to the newly constructed portion of the bridge over I-581. Westbound lanes will remain the same. To achieve the new traffic pattern, left lane closures are planned for east and westbound Elm Avenue today and tomorrow from 8 p.m. each night until 6 a.m. the following morning. The southbound on-ramp to I-581 will be closed tonight from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

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I-581 lane closures for Valley View interchange project

Road-Work-AheadThere are day and night-time lane closures scheduled again this week and next for the Valley View Boulevard interchange project in Roanoke. The right southbound lane of I-581 will be closed between Hershberger Road and Valley View Boulevard from noon today through Saturday and next Monday through Friday. The right and center lanes will be closed each night from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning.

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Jury to begin deliberations in ex-governor trial

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. U.S. District Judge James Spencer is to read his instructions to the seven-man, five-woman jury Tuesday morning. Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up the five-week trial Friday. The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell testified he did nothing other than extend routine political courtesies to Williams. Maureen McDonnell did not testify. Williams testified under immunity that he spent freely on the McDonnells only to secure help promoting his company’s chief product, the anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.

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Salem High School students can now bring personal electronic devices to class

SalemPublic Schools open in the City of Salem today … and for the first time students at the high school can bring their phones and other personal electronic devices to class.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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