Virginia invests in driver safety

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Virginia received $1.9 million in federal funding that will be invested in increasing safety for the state’s motorists.

The main focus will be on commercial motor vehicles which were involved in 5000 crashes and 100 fatalities last year.

$1 million will go towards the Department of Motor Vehicles to enhance crash data analysis as well as improving and increasing the reporting of data.

This will help identify trends, problems, and help target spending.

Other funding will go to high risk areas of Chesterfield County and Virginia Tech who will begin driver education programs at high schools around the state and sessions in partnership with the AARP.

The money to fund these programs comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s High Priority Grant program.

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Youngkin asks colleges to flatten tuition

Ten Commonwealth colleges have answered Governor Glenn Youngkin’s request to flatten tuition costs this fall.

This effort attempts to help students, parents, and families impacted by inflation.

So far, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and a few others have frozen their rates.

Some schools like Virginia Tech and the College of William and Mary were not planning a tuition increase this fall.

The University of Virginia is the lone institution that refused the request citing a potential loss of $7.5 million to which Youngkin pointed out the school’s $2 billion budget.

Some schools are already planning to raise fees and cost of room and board next year.

Another plan includes a one time scholarship for in-state students to cover increases for next year while out-of-state and graduate students will pay an increased rate.

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VT and Red Cross Remember April 16, 2007

It was 15 years ago Saturday Apr. 16 a gunman opened fire on the Virginia Tech campus killing 32 people.

Virginia Tech (VT) documented their annual Day of Remembrance on their website.

The lives lost on April 16, 2007 were remembered with the ceremonial candle lighting starting at midnight on the 16 and lasting for 24 hours.

There was a wreath laying ceremony at the April 16 memorial and a 3.2 mile Run in Remembrance as well.

People would then gather in the chapel for an interfaith service of remembrance at 2 p.m..

This is the first time people were able to attend the remembrance in person since the pandemic.

All the activities were arranged and organized by the students of VT.

Today Apr. 18 the 15 annual Virginia Tech blood drive is being held until 6:30 at the  Fellowship Bible Church on Middle Road.

There were 9 open appointments at by using the zip code 22601 you can fill those appointments.

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Gov. Youngkin orders flags at half staff for Virginia Tech

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that he is exercising his right as Governor to lower United States and Virginia Flags.

The Governor has ordered all U.S. and VA. Flags to half staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow April 16.

The order is to commemorate and honor those who lost their lives in the Virginia Tech tragedy 15 years ago.

The flags are to be at half staff at all government buildings and grounds in the state.

32 people lost their lives at Virginia Tech in what was at the time the deadliest shooting in history on Apr. 16, 2007.

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News Maker Lisa Wilt on the VT blood drive Mon. 4/18

Monday Apr. 18 is the date of this year’s annual Virginia Tech (VT) Memorial Blood Drive.

We spoke to the Donor Recruiter Manager for the Red Cross Lisa Wilt about the opportunity in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Lisa tells us the drive is almost full but she reminds us to check the website daily before the event to see if any appointments have reopened.

By using the zip code 22601 at you can check on appointment opportunities.

Lisa also reminds us that we need to be sure to cancel our appointments if you can’t make it.

Canceling the appointment opens the opportunity for someone else to give.

Lisa also tells us of the incentives to give at a blood drive if saving a life isn’t enough incentive.

Click here for Lisa’s interview.

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Shooting in Blacksburg leaves 1 dead 4 injured

Before midnight last night, Blacksburg Police responded to a shots fired report at a hookah lounge.

One person was killed and four others were injured including one Virginia Tech student.

The injured individuals were transported to the hospital and the extent of their injuries is unknown.

The names of the victims have not been released and the investigation is still ongoing.

No arrests have been announced at the moment but authorities were pursuing up to four suspects.

The campus ended lock-down orders at 3:18 AM but urged students to avoid downtown.

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VA. Cooperative Extension offers natural waters testing in each county

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Testing of well, spring and cistern water systems is being offered by Virginia Tech’s Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices.

The test are low cost with sample kits available from your local county extension office.

There is a discount available if you qualify.

Samples will be analyzed at Virginia Tech with in person confidential meetings scheduled to explain your results.

Registration and payment is required by Oct. 11 at the Shenandoah Well Test 2021 website.

Registration can also be done at your county Virginia Cooperative Extension Office with each county offering a different test time.

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VT Research Center Open House

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Virginia Tech’s Alson Smith Agricultural Research Center is having an open house today.

Visitors are welcome from 1 pm to 5 pm in at their facility in Winchester off Middle Road.

This is a great opportunity to meet the scientists and staff and learn about the important work they do there.

They will be featuring their research on a variety of topics including- stink bug management, novel disease management for wine grapes, reducing spring frost damage risk for fruit trees, and much more.

The center will also have tours of the farm, live demonstrations and hands-on activities.

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Boeing gives $50M to help launch new Virginia Tech campus

By Associated Press | Published May 5, 2021 7:00 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Boeing is giving Virginia Tech $50 million to help launch the school’s graduate technology campus in northern Virginia.

Virginia Tech announced the multi-year donation to the Alexandria campus Tuesday, noting it will provide scholarships, foster faculty and researcher recruitment and fund programs for underserved K-12 students who want to pursue high-tech degrees and careers. The gift matches the largest ever made to the Blacksburg-based university.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in a statement that the donation “will propel our work to help establish the greater Washington, D.C., area as the world’s next major tech hub.”

The Washington Post reports that David Calhoun, Boeing’s chief executive, said in an interview Monday that the company wants to be “one of the early players on the campus.” and the gift is meant to promote a skilled and diverse workforce.

Construction of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus is expected to begin in the fall and the first building is set to open in 2024. The effort aims to grow to about 750 master’s degree students and 200 doctoral students.

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