BEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to attend the National D-Day Memorial’s events marking the invasion’s 70th anniversary. Today is the D-Day anniversary. Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation says event organizers have been working with local tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay. There are only two hotels in Bedford, where the memorial is located. Johnson says some visitors are staying in hotels as far away as Botetourt County. The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is holding a meeting in Richmond today to discuss rail safety. The conversation will focus on the status of proposed regulations and initiatives to improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail in Virginia. It comes in the wake of a train derailment and fire in downtown Lynchburg on April 30. Scheduled participants include representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Lynchburg Fire Department and CSX.
The governor is traveling to Lynchburg this morning to thank officials for their work and receive a briefing regarding ongoing cleanup efforts.
Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the 17-car derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota.
Three of the cars plunged into the James River and one caught fire, briefly causing parts of downtown to be evacuated.
The Department of Transportation issued an emergency order Wednesday requiring that railroads inform state officials about the movement of large shipments of crude oil through their states and urged shippers not to use older model tanks cars that are easily ruptured in accidents.
About 34,000 people are expected for tomorrow’s commencement ceremony at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium. More than 85% of Liberty’s newest graduating class took at least some courses online. The school’s director of online admissions, Steve Peterson, says its not just far-flung students who use distance learning. WLNI’s Gene Marrano has more:
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ Liberty University plans to open a new Center for Music & the Worship Arts in 2015. The 144,000-square-foot building will house a 1,600-seat fine arts auditorium, two student recital halls and classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios, and piano, songwriting and music computer labs.
Liberty officials broke ground for the project on Friday. It’s part of the Lynchburg school’s $500 million campus rebuilding phase.
Liberty says in a news release that the building’s educational wing is scheduled to be completed by the 2015 fall semester. The auditorium is expected to open later that semester.