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good morning. it's tuesday, february 2nd. thanks for starting your day off with good day virginia. i'm kyle benjamin. and i'm january keaton. new this morning: a man is dead after an accident in southeast roanoke. roanoke city police say the accident happened around 8-30 last night on garden city boulevard near craig robertson road and thomason road. right now, it's not clear how the accident happened. we'll bring you any updates to this story on-air and online at virginia first dot-com. two people are expected to be okay after being shot during an attempted robbery in danville on monday night. officers say someone shot dr. randolph neal near mount vernon avenue as he walked home from the danville regional medical center.the shooter then attacked a neighbor who heard the gunfire and came outside to help dr. neal. police are still looking for the suspects, anyone with
danville police. wfxr news is your local election headquarters after months of campaigning, the iowa caucuses are in the books. it's the first presidential contest that counts... and already it's shaking up the race for the white house. fox's joel waldman is in des moines with the very latest. fox news is now projecting that texas senator ted cruz has won the 2016 republican iowa caucus. while the race on the democratic side in iowa remains too close to call. scenes like this...taking place in libraries and school gyms....all over iowa monday night....as the twenty-sixteen iowa caucuses play out. callaway says: "i feel like its my duty as an american to go out and put forth my opinion." heading into the caucuses... democrats hillary clinton and bernie sanders...neck and neck in the polls...and donald trump with a slight lead over ted cruz in the g-o-p race.fish says: "i think i'm definitely going to go republican." "i just think that trump is the one that's out here to say what he needs to say and he's going to get the job done." iowans turning out after plenty of campaign exposure... phone calls... door knocks... some sixty- thousand campaign ads airing on t-v in iowa... plus, some fifteen-hundred candidate rallies here...all leading up to this moment... with iowans finally getting to weigh in. frank snyder says: "the two people that are at the top of the polls - i actually don't see either one of them beating hillary." meantime, in the final moments before the caucuses... a number of candidates...including chris christie, jeb bush, and john kasich...already flying to new hampshire to campaign there. meantime, former governors martin o'malley and mike huckabee have decided to end their bids for president. in des moines, iowa, joel
death of 13-year-old nicole lovell.david eisenhauer is charged with first degree murder and felony abduction. natalie keepers is accused of helping eisenhauer dispose of the body. since lovell's disappearance, most developments in the case have taken place within the last few days.investigators learned that nicole was part of an internet dating group. that group is now shut down. wfxr's solina lewis in blacksburg, talking to the folks responsible for getting that site deactivated. nicole's friends and family are still reeling in the days after her body was discovered, those close to the case are trying to make sense of how a thirteen year old could have such a different life online than the one she shared with classmates and neighbors..."we cant believe facebook would allow these types of groups allowing a thirteen year old when it's just pornography"in the wake of 13 year old nicole lovell's abduction and murder, new details continue to emerge about her online activity,and participation in teen dating groups on facebook...kenny jarels, who's been close to lovell's family since the teen went missing, says some of the responses nicole was getting in those groups were nothing less than terrifying..."the guys that were sending her messages and talking to her were thirty and forty years old so we're trying to get facebook to shut them down"
share of missing, murdered, and exploited teens through his work with hstng, a non profit started by the parents of vt student who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered...jarels says social media continues to present new challenges to both parents and law enforcement..."there's so many apps out there today that i don't know how parents are supposed to reign them in"he's successfully battled with facebook to get one of these groups shut down but says the war, is far from over..."we can't have another child out
that was solina lewis reporting. one of the facebook teen dating groups that nicole belonged to had more than 18-thousand members. jarels says its important for parents to monitor their child's social media use.. and make sure no personal information like phone numbers or addresses is listed anywhere. the virginia tech community is dealing with the news that two students stand accused in the death of lovell. coming up a little later on good day virginia, we'll hear from what david eisenhauer's high school principal is saying about the case. roanoke county police are continuing to investigate a deadly accident involving an aep truck and a train. the accident happened on monday shortly before noon on the spring hollow access road near west river road. norfolk southern tells wfxr news that the crossing where the accident happened was private and does not require gates or signs. johnny collins of abingdon was seriously hurt. his co-worker, william lineberry of bluefield, west
worked for a-e-p. coming up on good day virginia: the investigation continues into the 2014 amtrak crash in philadelphia.what investigators ruled out as possible causes! and we'll tell you why the national transportation safety board is pushing to lower the legal blood alcohol limit. this is good day virginia. (vo) shop all makes, models and colors in your neighborhood... all with worry-free ownership. head to your neighborhood enterprise car sales and let the people who buy more vehicles than anyone...
high pressure wedges southward today into tonight. a strong coldfront will arrive on wednesday bringing widespread rain.seasonably colder air returns to close out the week. today...cloudy. patchy dense fog this morning. patchy drizzlethis morning...then a chance of rain this afternoon. much cooler.near steady temperature in the lower 40s. light and variable winds...becoming east around 10 mph this afternoon. chance ofrain 30 percent. likely...mainly after midnight. nearsteady temperature in the mid 40s. southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. chance of rain 70 percent. .wednesday...showers. not as cool with highs in the mid 60s. south winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. chance of rainnear 100 percent. .wednesday night...mostly cloudy in the evening...then becomingpartly cloudy. lows around 40. west winds 10 to 15 mph with gustsup to 25 mph. .thursday...mostly sunny. much cooler with highs in the mid 40s.northwest winds around 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. .thursday night through friday night...mostly clear. lows in theupper 20s. highs in the mid 40s..saturday through sunday night...partly cloudy. highs in theupper 40s. lows in the upper 20s..monday...partly
toward kennedy space center in florida. federal investigators releasing more than 2-thousand pages of documents surrounding the deadly 2014 train derailment in philadelphia. part of those doucuments include transcripts of interviews with the train's 32- year-old conductor. the train was going 106- miles-an-hour when it whipped around a sharp curve and flew off the tracks. eight people were killed, more than 2-hundred hurt. lawyers for the conductor say he doesn't remember the crash, and refused to give a formal one-on-one interview. n-t-s-b officials say there were no abnormalities with the track, brakes or the train itself. roanoke city police chief chris perkins held his final briefing before city council ahead of his retirement march 1st.and some good news to report... crime numbers across the valley continue a downward trend. there is a 64-percent drop in violent crime. a 39-point-9 percent drop in property crime and a 42-point-7-percent drop in total crime since 2005.
also down as a whole.to see more of the report, head to our website, virginia first dot-com. the legal blood alcohol level may drop.new this morning: that's what the national transportation safety board is recommending. it's asking states to lower their legal limit from point-zero-8 to point-zero-5.they say it's a way to reduce alcohol-related road accidents.in the last decade, one-third of all highway deaths involved alcohol. the centers for disease control and prevention is adding several countries to its list of active zika virus cases. those countries include: american samoa, costa rica, curacao, and nicarauga. the lack of a vaccine or population immunity spurred the world health organization into action. "members of the committee agree situation meets the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern. zika is a mild disease for most people, but the virus is bad for pregnant women.
defect that leads to babies being born with abnormally small heads. the zika virus us causing problems for an indian motor company.tata motors plans to unveil its latest hatchback this week.its name? the zica. that's z-i-c-a as opposed to the virus, which is spelled z-i-k-a.a company spokesperson says tata is considering changing the cars name.the zika virus is now in 24 countries, but not india. general motors is shifting its efforts to build self-driving cars into high gear.the company is assembled a team that will start working on those vehicles later today.the goal is to figure out a strategy to make g-m the leader in self-driving car technology.the move also shows self-driving cars are not just a concept for g-m anymore -- but the company sees them as something that can work in the real-world. good news this morning for chipotle lovers! it appears the restaurant chain's
over! dozens of customers in several states reported getting sick after eating at the fast food chain. to win back customers, the restaurant is planning some deep discounts for the upcoming big game. next monday, chipotle will briefly close all of its restaurants for a health and safety meeting with employees. next in our ag life report: what should you do to get ready for the next big snow storm?experts explain how you
the last 10 days or so brought us a rollercoaster of weather - from a foot of snow - to temps in the sixties! those drastic changes can take a toll on farm buildings and livestock. w-f-x-r's bill wadell shows us what farmers should do now - before the next big storm. 00:00 - 00:0500:08 - 00:13 last weeks forecast - left many farm insurance agents - a bit nervous. stacy simmons "when you start talking about snow in feet, that's when you start worrying about barn structures collapsing due to the weight of the snow. " luckily - stacy simmons says - there were no claims from any of his farmers - after the storm that dumped a foot of snow across our region. now that most of the snow has melted - simmons says - now is the time to inspect barns and other buildings. stacy simmons "see if there's any damage, any rafters sagging, or any damage like that, even if the building didn't collapse, it could do damage to it."just like home or car insurance - not everything is covered for most farmers. collapse coverage often costs extra - along with added winter perils - which insures livestock lost during weather weather. stacy simmons "you're selling livestock, buying new equipment, you need to sit down at your renewal and go over your policy."that way -
is retiring after 29 years of service-- so he celebrated with some moves in the elevator.that is, until the ranking officer shows up... hey c'mon, let the man dance! if 29-years of community service doesn't deserve an awkward dance party, i don't know what does.a miami cop had to do a little fancy footwork of his own when a civilian pulled him over for speeding... in a role-reversal caught on camera.claudia castillo says she witnessed the cop speeding, so she gave chase. she folllowed until he pulled over, thinking she had an emergency, then he got grilled. "you were speeding." "well i apologize and i'll be sure to slow down."miami police say they will investigate and take the appropriate action.file this viral vid under "extreeeeme!"watch this surfer bail out and freefall from a monster 40-foot wave in hawaii. the surfer is ok, but the instagram wipeout video has been dubbed by the world surfing league...as one of the
the investigation into the murder of a 13 year old girl from blacksburg is far from over. virginia tech freshmen david eisenhauer and natalie keepers made their first court appearances in the death of nicole lovell. w-f-x-r's charlie cooper spoke to students who are still shaken from the weekend's discovery. virginia tech freshmen, david eisenhauer and natalie keepers headed to court today for the first time ... facing charges in the abduction and murder of 13-year-old nicole lovell meantime, classmates on tech's campus were still in disbelief. rachel lowery-senior, virginia tech"no one really knows what to think or do, everyone's just coming together and supporting each other." eisenhauer is charged with first degree murder and abductionkeepers is charged with helping to get rid of the body."to think that it could have been somebody i sat next to when i was eating lunch. " as police continue to search for clues the school is taking extra precaution.niko milosevic- freshmen, virginia tech"in my dorm they put signs up just reinforcing the fact that it's residence, specific guests only, dont just let anybody in that's waiting outside. "hannah flavin- freshmen, virginia tech"i'm going to be a little skeptical and look out for my friends a lot more."this has rocked the blacksburg community to it's
memory of a young girl gone way too soon in their thoughts and prayers. in blacksburg, charlie cooper w-f-x-r news. the man charged with lovell's murder graduated from wilde lake high school in maryland. david eisenhauer's former high school principal told reporters---- that eisenhauer was an outstanding athlete and he's having a hard time believing he could be involved in a crime like this! ""he was an excellent student. very focused. very goal driven." cut to "you know what, anyone in that situation, when you know a student to have those allegations to come up would be shocked. disbelief. you know, i don't know the details about the situation and i don't really want to say too
eisenhauer and nicole lovell elaborated on their relationship. police also arrested natalie keepers-- also a student at virginia tech-- in connection with the 13 year old's murder. keepers is charged with helping dispose of the body. in franklin county: a woman has been indicted on second degree murder and child abuse charges- after the death of a child in her care. there is new information now in the death of a 3-year-old. indictment for what's being called a "suspicious death" police say they found callen mullins dead in perdue's home back in may.according to search warrants filed in roanoke county, perdue's husband told investigators hope was the last person holding callen the morning he died.perdue should make her next court appearance at the end of april. she is still in jail awaiting trial. detained militia leader ammon bundy's *father* ordered protesters monday to keep occupying the malhaur wildlife refuge in oregonlast week ammon bundy urged urged the remaining four protesters to turn themselves in after police arrested him and others
traffic stop. protesters took over the refuge on january 2nd, denouncing federal land policies.ammon bundy will be back in court today he is seeking to be released with a g-p-s ankle bracelet until his trial. high pressure wedges southward today into tonight. a strong coldfront will arrive on wednesday bringing widespread rain.seasonably colder air
a virginia high school teacher wakes up from a coma- and meets the man behind the music- her family believes saved her life! kelly hennessa got the chance to meet david cassidy! but the story behind how she got to meet him is remarkable. last summer, hennessa and her son were in a car reck in northern virginia- and she went into a coma. her husband decided to sing and play cassidy's music during the two months she was hospitalized. then one day- she woke up. friends helped spread the word of her recovery- and eventually one of david cassidy's managers her about it. they made her dream of meeting him- come true. "the doctors said that, you know, talk to her reach out it might help pull her out. it might cause her to react to something she hears. because he says it's very important because the longer your the in the coma the less likely you are to come out of the coma." cut to cassidy says: "you made
made mine too." now while hennessa has made a lot progress she still has a long recovery road ahead. a go fund me page has been set up, for anyone willing to donate to help her recover. a boston marathon bombing survivor is taking on a new mission.adrianne haslet lost a leg in the bombing, and now she's ready to reclaim the finish line.todd kazakiewich reports ...reports ...todd kazakiewich finish line.todd kazakiewich reports ... "i used to say, 'if i were running, people should be running too, because clearly something is terribly wrong!'" boston marathon bombing survivor amputee adrianne haslet is running with a purpose, despite the pain. "it's a muscle memory in order to learn how use a blade, and i never want to give off the impression that you just put it on and go."adrianne has started training to run the marathon this year, and she took advantage of today's beautiful weather to get some miles in."when adrianne runs the boston marathon this year, she will be the first of the boston marathon bombing survivor amputees to do so. she says her motivation is
who can't.""this is a way for me to give back, not only to physically run the marathon - to say a giant 'thank you' to everybody - but also to remember those who are sitting on the couch, who don't have legs because of insurance coverage, who are on the waiting list for limbs for life."adrianne's run will be more than just another inspiring act.she will be running the marathon to raise money, and awareness for limbs for life.an organization that provides prosthetics for a lifetime to amputees who cannot afford them.adrianne is a professional dancer, and the last time we saw her at the finish line was when she returned to the scene of so much pain, to dance away the nightmare.the healing is an ongoing process, and running the 120th boston marathon will be yet another step ...a 26-point-two mile victory lap. "i think the second i turn onto boylston street, i may - i'm hoping to have enough
on the course right now. good morning! running a race... normally it's pretty simple, right? you start at point a-- run to point b and that's it. and -- it's probably on the street or on a trail. but this weekend roanoke city parks and rec have put a new spin on racing with their wuz-up-wi- dis urban race and stair challenge. wfxr's paris with what makes this race different. the wuzupwidis urban run and stair challenge is considered roanoke's breathtaking race. runners get to race 3.25 miles plus 1000 steps through office buildings, parking garages,
objective of the race is to run through several downtown roanoke landmarks, traversing surprisingly difficult elevation in three of the city's parking garages and finishing with a breathtaking climb and decent in the wells farfgo tower. last year 370 people participated and that number is expected to grow this year. registration is happening now. you can got to wazupwidis.com to register. the race starts is february 9th at 9 a.m. it's $40 now, $45 on race day. you can get more details on our website virginiafirst.com .
punxsutawney phil is back today to give us his weather prediction for the next several weeks, but as it turns out phil isn't all the great at forecasting the weather virginia. we'll take a closer look after the break. look at this sweet face. so sweet. ok, we're going to need a napkin gooey, flaky, happy. toaster strudel. i would kill for something sweet.
high pressure wedges southward today into tonight. a strong coldfront will arrive on wednesday bringing widespread rain.seasonably colder air returns to close out the week. today...cloudy. patchy dense fog this morning. patchy drizzlethis morning...then a chance of rain this afternoon. much cooler.near steady temperature in the lower 40s. light and variable winds...becoming east around 10 mph this afternoon. chance ofrain 30 percent. likely...mainly after midnight. nearsteady temperature in the mid 40s. southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. chance of rain 70 percent. .wednesday...showers. not as cool with highs in the mid 60s. south winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. chance of rainnear 100 percent. .wednesday night...mostly cloudy in the evening...then becomingpartly cloudy. lows around 40. west winds 10 to 15 mph with gustsup to 25 mph. .thursday...mostly sunny. much cooler with highs in the mid 40s.northwest winds around 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. .thursday night through friday night...mostly clear. lows in theupper 20s. highs in the mid 40s..saturday through sunday night...partly cloudy. highs in theupper 40s. lows in the
with it being groundhog day, thousands are gathering in punxsutawney, pennsylvania this morning to see if we will have to endure six more weeks of winter or if we can expect an early start to spring. however, as meteorologist taylor kanost found out, punsutawney phil isn't nearly as accurate as you might think. that's right. you would think with all of the fanfare surrounding groundhog day that there would be something to phil's forecating skills. it turns out that's not the case
since this tradition began back in 1887, phil has seen his shadow 102 times and has not seen his shadow only 17 times. that means we would usually expect winter weather to extend well into the month of march. in reality, the split between an extended winter and an early spring is close to 50/50. so let's look at how phil's predictions compare to virginia's weather in february and march. determining if the weather is "winter-like" or not is kind of subjective, but for the sake of argument let's say the threshold for winter weather in virginia is around 40 degrees. since records have been kept, phil has correctly forecast virginia's weather 55 times while guessing incorrectly 61 times. that means phil is only accurate 47 percent of the time. that percentage will put you in the hall of fame in baseball, but in regards to forecasting the weather, that is not very good. to phil's credit, he has correctly guessed six more weeks of winter for virginia the past two years. historically speaking though, you have a better chance of guessing correctly with a coin flip than following phil's lead. reporting live in the
"quasimoto" has a shortened torso that formed when soft vertebrae compressed- causing his spine to shrink.he still requires some surgeries- but not for his rare condition- but from living life on the streets.he was living as a stray in kentucky until last week.the shelter has already heard from dozens of people