Mill Mountain Zoo plans free Sunday

Mill Mountain ZooIt’s a way to thank the community for their support.  The Mill Mountain Zoo announced a “Renew the Zoo” campaign earlier this year, and on Sunday, the zoo is waiving admission fees from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  to give back.  Details from WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters:

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Virginia holiday travel forecast shows big increase

AAA-LogoChristmas is next week,  which means a lot of Virginians will be hitting the road for holiday travel. WFIR’s Kelsea Pieters has the latest on AAA’s travel forecast:

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As depot restoration continues, Boones Mill looks to Richmond to help attract more railfan visitors

Depot restoration Facebook photo

Depot restoration Facebook photo

Boones Mill officials hope the General Assembly will add their town to Virginia’s Rail Heritage Region in the upcoming session as work continues to restore the former rail depot.  Boones Mill officials say including the town would help attract some of the region’s railfan visitors to their depot once it is restored. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Top Virginia House Republican to seek university athletic fee cap

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia state House Republican Majority Leader Kirk Cox says he wants to limit the amount of mandatory fees public universities can collect from students to pay for athletic programs. Cox said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation limiting fees during the 2015 legislative session. The lawmaker says legislation is needed to make higher education more affordable. He says students who don’t participate in athletics are paying too high a cost to help subsidize the 3 percent of students who play intercollegiate athletics. Cox says his proposal is based on a report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the General Assembly’s watchdog agency. The report found that costs for auxiliary programs like athletics have been the biggest driver of increased college costs in Virginia.

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