Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to make two campaign appearances today in Roanoke in support of her mother’s presidential campaign. A main goal is to reach millennials, and our political analyst says the visit signals some concerns within the campaign about reaching voters 18 to 29. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
From the Hillary Clinton campaign: On Wednesday, September 14, Chelsea Clinton will campaign for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in Roanoke, Virginia. During a tour of a pre-kindergarten facility, Clinton will emphasize her mom’s plans to expand early childhood education before visiting Roanoke College to lay out the stakes of November’s election for millennial voters and discuss her mom’s plans to make free community college and debt-free college available to all Americans. Clinton and Kaine’s plan, the New College Compact, would ensure that costs won’t be a barrier to attending college and that debt will not hold individuals back from achieving their goals upon completing their education.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A University of Richmond fraternity has been suspended over what the school called a “grossly offensive” email sent to some students. The university said in a statement that it has suspended operations, activities and events of Richmond’s Kappa Alpha chapter, pending an investigation. The fraternity’s national headquarters said in a statement that it has also suspended the chapter while it performs its own review. The email was obtained by the school newspaper, The Collegian. It contains an invitation to a fraternity party and says the night will be one “that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school.” The suspension comes as the university faces scrutiny over its handling of alleged sexual assaults. Two female students recently wrote essays on The Huffington Post criticizing the school’s handling of their cases.
From the Virginia Department of Education: Eight teachers today learned of their selection as 2017 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise classroom visits, school assemblies and announcements by their division superintendents — and in the case of a Spotsylvania County Spanish teacher — Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples. “Today we recognize eight teachers in Virginia who exhibit integrity in their profession and inspire their students to high achievement.”
The finalists in our area are: Crystal DeLong, a social studies teacher at Liberty High School (Region 7), Jason Ince, an agricultural education teacher at Chatham High in Pittsylvania County (Region 6) and Katie McCann, a language arts and reading teacher at Appomattox Elementary in Appomattox County (Region 8).
The teachers were selected from among candidates nominated by school divisions in each of the state’s eight superintendents’ regions. The candidates submitted portfolios highlighting their accomplishments, educational philosophies and community activities.
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From Liberty University: LYNCHBURG, VA — On July 13, 2016, Liberty University received a report of sexual assault alleged to have occurred off-campus in August 2015. Liberty University is committed to student safety and has a process in place for handling reports of sexual harassment, discrimination and assault involving members of the university community, regardless of whether those cases occur on- or off-campus. Liberty University has followed that process in this case, which included convening its Threat Assessment Team, notifying and cooperating with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Lynchburg Police Department pursuant to Virginia law and university policy, and conducting a Title IX investigation and Conduct Review Committee hearing concerning the reported allegations. As a result of the investigation and a hearing held on September 8, 2016, two current students, Cameron Jackson and Kyle Carrington, and one former student, Avery James, were found responsible for violating the Student Honor Code and Liberty University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Assault.
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From Lynchburg Police Department: On September 8, 2016 at approximately 9:32 p.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the intersection of 8th Street and Park Avenue to investigative a Malicious Wounding incident involving a firearm. A 23-year-old male victim, who was located in the area, reported to officers that he was walking along Park Avenue when he heard a gunshot. He then discovered that a bullet had struck him in the hand. The victim was transported from the scene to the Lynchburg General Hospital Emergency Room with non-life-threatening injuries.
Virginia Tech Police say threatening e-mails sent to many campus addresses in late August originated from a South American country, although police do not name which one. Similar e-mails were sent to many others colleges as well. Officials say federal and foreign authorities have taken primary roles in the investigation.
From Virginia Tech Police: Working with state and federal partners, the Virginia Tech Police Department has been able to identify that the threatening emails originated from a South American country. Both federal and foreign authorities have been involved in the investigation and have now assumed primary roles. The Virginia Tech Police Department continues to provide assistance to those agencies, as needed.
The Town of Hurt reports on its web site that its water system is back on line and working property, but the boil advisory will remain in effect until state Health Department testing shows that all readings return to and remain in proper ranges. Town officials say once they receive word that the notice is lifted, they will put out the word as quickly as possible.
From the Town of Hurt: Happy Friday to all, and a huge thank-you to everyone for their hard work and patience. At this time, the water system is back online and working properly. The Virginia Health Department (VDH) is maintaining the boil advisory until testing shows that all readings are back in the proper ranges, and are staying there consistently. Please remember that the boil notice applies to water being consumed (drinking, food preparation, etc.) – most other uses may proceed as usual. Users may notice a moderate chlorine odor and/or discoloration of the water for a few days. That is actually fairly common following procedures like those we’ve gone through the last few days, but it should be gone within a week or less. Going forward from this point… we will only issue further announcements on an as-needed basis, and once we receive word from VDH that the boil notice is lifted, we will publish it as quickly as possible. A more detailed statement has been posted on our homepage at www.townofhurtva.gov. Again, thanks to everyone for their help and for bearing with us.
Bedford County Deputies are calling a situation last week a “Chiller” after they encountered an adult male, threatening suicide, with a gun in his hand. Authorities say the male suddenly turned and advanced toward deputies with the weapon still in his hand, appearing to elevate it at them. Deputies then tased the suspect only to discover the subject’s weapon was a BB gun.
Police say this near tragedy underscored the need to clamp down on the sale of replica and pellet guns that often look nearly indistinguishable from actual weapons.