VDOT dips into highway construction funds to help pay winter snow removal bill

VDOT-LogoVDOT officials says once all the bills are in, they expect their snow removal spending this winter to total $350 million dollars, well over twice what was budgeted. As a result, VDOT is cutting back on some other maintenance spending and re-allocating $65 million in federal construction funds. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for the full VDOT news release. It includes a list of all Salem District construction projects included in the plan.


Roanoke City Council candidates meet at forums

WRABA forumA lunchtime forum for Roanoke’s ten City Council candidates at the Sheraton Hotel today marks the third time they will get together this week. Three seats are being contested in the May 6th election. WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Man pleads guilty to NRV Mall shootings

Neil Allen MacInnis (Photo courtesy of Christiansburg Police)

Neil Allen MacInnis
(Photo courtesy of
Christiansburg Police)


CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) _ A man accused of shooting and wounding two women at a community college inside a Christiansburg mall has pleaded guilty to four felony charges. Neil Allan MacInnis, 19, of Christiansburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in a felony. Sentencing is set for July 10 in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Police have said the women were in the lobby when a gunman entered a satellite campus of New River Community College in the New River Valley Mall on April 12, 2013. The suspect was subdued by an off-duty security guard and Christiansburg police. MacInnis has been held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.


Virginia Tech pays federal fines in wake of mass shootings seven years ago

Virginia-Tech-Logo RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Tech has paid federal fines for its actions on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 people on the school’s campus.  The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday the university has paid two fines totaling $32,500 for violations of the Clery Act, which requires universities to issue timely warnings of campus threats.

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