New Virginia Tech president installed today, believes VT can expand geographic reach and prominence

Timothy Sands

Timothy Sands

Virginia Tech formally installs President Timothy Sands into office this afternoon, a president who believes the university can expand its geographic reach and prominence. Sands says one way to achieve that it by better getting  the word out on what Tech has to offer both on campus and in the workplace beyond. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Goodlatte asks President to ban travel from Ebola-ravaged countries to the U.S.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

House Judiciary Committee Chairman and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, of Roanoke County, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he use his authority to temporarily ban individuals traveling to the U.S. from affected West African countries.

(Continue reading for news release from Congressman Goodlatte, including letter to President Obama)

Click HERE to read story on the letter sent to several federal government agencies and that news release from Congressman Goodlatte.

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VDOT says I-81 paving passed test of time, tires

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Transportation says an environmentally friendly pavement used to rebuild a section of Interstate 81 is holding up to the test of time and tires. VDOT says the $10.2 million project was conducted in Augusta County three years ago. The department used three pavement recycling processes to rehabilitate a 3.6-mile portion of the southbound lane of the interstate. VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick says the I-81 project demonstrates that pavement recycling is viable on high-volume, high-priority routes. VDOT says the process also saved millions of dollars by recycling existing road material. A report says VDOT should use the pavement recycling method “where it is most suitable.”

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Va. gov urges energy savings by state government

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe is stressing energy efficiency throughout Virginia state government. The Democrat signed an executive order on Thursday to reduce the energy footprint of state government, and named a chief energy officer to oversee the effort. McAuliffe has made energy efficiency a cornerstone of his four-year energy plan released this month. The executive order instructs executive branch agencies, authorities and departments to actively pursue energy efficiencies. The order extends to higher education, as well. In issuing the order, McAuliffe singled out the Department of Motor Vehicles as an example. He said the DMV has achieved annual energy savings of $284,000 through a program that partners state agencies with private sector vendors to reduce energy use.

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McDonnell legal fund raises $78,000 last quarter

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Newly filed tax documents show the legal fund for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell raised $78,000 during the last quarter. Tax records posted Wednesday show that the legal defense fund also spent more than $100,000 on legal fees. The fund’s quarterly report includes donations from July through the end of September. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on multiple corruption charges after a six-week trial that ended Sept. 4. Their legal defense fund has raised more than $300,000 since its inception last year, though McDonnell’s supporters have said their legal fees are likely much higher. Recent donors include Virginia state Dels. Glenn R. Davis, John M. O’Bannon III, and Bill DeSteph, and Virginia Beach Councilmember Rosemary Wilson.

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Additional charges against accused fence jumper, who also faces charges in Va.

Omar Gonzalez (Source: LA Times)

Omar Gonzalez
(Source: LA Times)

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The man accused of jumping a White House fence and running into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife now faces a new weapons charge. A federal grand jury on Thursday returned the charge of possession of illegal ammunition magazines against Omar Gonzalez in an updated indictment. Gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds were recovered from Gonzalez’s car after his Sept. 19 arrest. Such magazines are illegal under District of Columbia law. The new indictment also includes two federal counts that Gonzalez allegedly assaulted, resisted or impeded two U.S. Secret Service officers who apprehended him. The case is the latest in an embarrassing string of Secret Service security failures that led to the resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson.

The 42-year-old Army veteran from Texas also faces unrelated charges in Wythe County, after being stopped for reckless driving. When State Police pulled over Gonzalez on Interstate-81, he had a sawed off shotgun, two powerful rifles, four handguns, other guns and ammo with him. He also had a map with the White House circled. Gonzalez faces charges for eluding police and carrying possessing a sawed-off shotgun. Online records show he is scheduled to enter a plea on those charges December 1st.

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Next Month’s Election First Since New ID Law


Next month’s election will be the first since a new ID law took effect figures released this week show how many voters are without photo identification. Election officials say as of Monday statewide, a total of 1,862 residents have requested a free voter ID, 75 of them, did so regionally. Based on a cross-reference of the voter rolls and DMV records, an estimated 4% are still without ID. But state officials say it doesn’t take into account other eligible forms of ID, including passports, college student IDs or employer-issued IDs. Election Day is Nov. 4th; Free IDs can be obtained by contacting your local registrar’s office.

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Campbell County 4-H Program Recruiting for 2015

campbell county 4-hThe Campbell County 4-H Program is currently recruiting for the 2015 4-H Summer Camp. The Program is in need of teen camp counselors and adult volunteers for Summer Camp. An Open House is scheduled for Sunday, October 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the benefits and responsibilities of supporting youth leadership and community service through 4-H volunteerism. The forum will be held in the Extension Office meeting room in Rustburg. Applications and enrollment information will be available. Teens interested in volunteering must be 14 on or before January 1, 2015 to serve.

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Campbell County Board of Supervisors Have Meeting Next Week

Campbell CountyAn update of the schools’ long-range facilities plan is one of the priorities slated for discussion during a Campbell County Board of Supervisors’ planning session next week. The two main options being considered next Tuesday, are to consolidate the county’s high schools and middle schools into two each or to renovate the current buildings. The supervisors and members of the Campbell County School Board met in June, but were unable to reach a consensus. The Oct. 21st session will ded

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Average gas price in Va. drops below $3 a gallon

Gas-Prices1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Virginia has dropped below $3 a gallon. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average statewide price on Thursday was $2.98, compared to $3.14 in September and $3.16 a year ago. The national average price was $3.16 per gallon. In Richmond, the average price dropped from $3.05 in September to $2.86. Roanoke’s average price fell from $3.08 in September to $2.95. The average price in Charlottesville was $2.98, down from $3.11 in September. The Norfolk area’s average price was $3.02 a gallon, down from $3.16 in September. AAA Mid-Atlantic attributes the decline to several factors, including lower demand and uninterrupted refinery production.

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