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thank you for choosing good day virginia. it's thursday february 11. i'm january keaton and i'm kyle benjamin. we start this morning in roanoke county-- still waiting for new information on a wreck that sent four people to the hospital. you're looking at the scene along route 220 and webb road wednesday night. roanoke county officials tell wfxr news a car being chased by virginia state police from franklin county crashed, flipped, and caught on fire.police used a canine unit and helicopter to look for the driver of the
was involved in an armed robbery.jov hall was charged yesterday after calling police was the victim of an armed robbery at the intersection of south main street and kemper road. police say the information hall told to police about the armed robbery was inconsistent and false. hall was taken before a judge and released on bond pending a court date. crews at the virginia museum of transportation are steaming up 611 this morning to take off for spencer, north carolina where the train will be stored until the spring excursions. wfxr's taylor kanost is live in downtown roanoke this morning with more on what's ahead for 611 over the next few months. good morning. as you mentioned, 611 is leaving the virginia museum of transportation this morning for north carolina. it will be taking the old virginian route through hurt, then switching to the southern route through danville, and greensboro later on today. 611 is slated for a number of passenger excursions this spring, the first of which will travel from spencer to lynchburg on april 9th. in may, the steam engine will head back up to roanoke for several half day excursions from roanoke to lynchburg and roanoke to walton. the excursions will then wrap up in manassas, virginia in early june. as many of you know, 611 was restored last year and is the only remaining train of
roanoke back in the 1950s. 611 is the last of the j class. j class was designed and built right here in roanoke at the roanoke shops. there were 13 of them. 611 is the only one that survived and the only one that's actually out on the tracks and pulling under steam. train lovers day here at the virginia museum of transportation has been moved from this saturday to saturday, february 20th from 10 am to 5 pm. unfortunately, 611 will not be at the museum for the event, but a y-class locomotive also built in roanoke will be on display for visitors to get an up-close look at. the museum will also offer train rides, a flea market, and other educational events for the whole family. museum officials chose to move train lovers day to february 20th because of the forecast cold conditions. reporting live in roanoke,
route 220 is one of the busiest and congested roads in our region. there have been plans to end the traffic headaches with the construction of a new interstate ... that would also run through several states. to the south, north carolina already wrapped up a big chunk of the project, south carolina has plans to begin construction next year. here in virginia -
started! in fact, plans interstate 73 have been stalled for the past two decades. we sent wfxr's kristen eskow in search of answers in this wfxr news special report -- 73 questions! 1:00-1:051:34-1:392:16-2:22 2:24-2:29 if you're driving one of the thousands of vehicles that cruise down interstate 581 and route 220 every day -you've probably seen the signs - but not much else when it comes to progress on i-73 in virginia. blaine lewis - co-owner, fleet feet sportslewis: "we've heard very little about it."blaine lewis says he moved his athletic wear shop - fleet feet sports - to route 220 in roanoke county three and a half years ago. running one of the many businesses along the road - lewis says he believes a new interstate - could benefit all businesses in the roanoke area. lewis: "it just gives another corridor that connects roanoke to other locations, which could be good, you know, for businesses in a lot of ways and good for the valley." goodlatte: "it would make this area more attractive for more businesses to locate here." u.s. congressman bob goodlatte says discussions about the creation of interstate 73 began in the early 1990's. the interstate would run between michigan and myrtle beach, south carolina. goodlatte says he wanted to bring this highway through the roanoke area - to better connect the star city to other destinations in north carolina. goodlatte: "people here in the roanoke valley and central virginia travel to north carolina a lot for a lot of different reasons, and the roads could be improved a lot." goodlatte says among those improvements - would be a safer highway. people who live in the area - and travel route 220 regularly - say right now the highway is windy and can get very congested. the highway as it is now - is windy and can get very congested.ronald rigney - franklin county resident rigney: "the road's overcrowded, and it's just holding too much traffic. we've had some near misses
the signs along route 220, the virginia department of transportation says interstate 73 may not necessarily overlap with route 220. the idea of an interstate next to 220 makes a lot of sense for some of the business owners we talked to. some local businesses we spoke with - say the idea of a new highway does not worry them. some business owners say they hope a new interstate - could lessen through traffic to north carolina.susan ober - owner, southern lamp & shade"i think it would take a lot of the congestion of the bigger trucks, campers, people that are traveling that are really not going to stop at a little local store like this. our people come in - they're coming for a reason."kristen eskow - keskow@virginiafi rst.comstandup: "but so far interstate 73 has not been designed in virginia due to a lack of funding. the virginia department of transportation says a location study was completed years ago to help select a corridor between roanoke and the north carolina state line. but vdot says that study - is all that the commonwealth has chosen to fund. vdot estimates the cost to design and build interstate 73 - just between roanoke and the north carolina line - is roughly four billion dollars." according to vdot, only 11 million dollars has been raised so far for the project. vdot says it does not make decisions about how the interstate 73 project is funded. lawmakers say those decisions for funding transportation projects like this one - are made by state governments.goodlatte: "there are a lot of other competing priorities in virginia and so far, the increased funds there and increased funds that the state has managed to work out in the last few years have not gone to this project." congressman bob goodlatte and other federal lawmakers recently joined with congressman robert hurt of virginia's fifth district - to propose legislation encouraging all states along the corridor - to work together under an interstate compact to build i-73.eskow: "will we ever see this come to fruition in virginia?" goodlatte: "i think we will.
initiative has been taken to try to improve transportation here."rigney: "i don't think i'll see it as long as i live. i think it'll be after i'm gone. i think at some point they'll fix it, but, you know, when? i don't know." kristen tag: "there is a committee in the state legislature here in virginia focused on interstate 73. that committee is run by state senator bill stanley - he told us his group is working on ways to build and fund i-73 in virginia - we won't see any consruction any time soon. in franklin county,
in tonight's ag life, good news for shoppers and farmers in bedford. the chamber of commerce has announced some changes. the market will now be open tuesdays in addition to the normal friday markets...they are also continuing a monthly event on saturday aimed to get the whole community involved downtown "the first saturday of each month april to october we'll do a large event that will also include artisans and live entertainment from 9 to 1 so people can enjoy the activities, shop locally and enjoy the farmers market"the chamber of commerce made the changes because of an
for local food.that is good for farmers in bedford, which is a large and diverse agricultural community... changes are coming to an iconic roanoke valley landmark. hilton officials have announced that starting february 28th, hotel roanoke will be re-branded. curio, a collection by hilton is expanding to over 30 hotels in many different countries. our cameras also got a a first look at the newly renovated executive rooms and lounge. officials say they are excited because the curio brand still let's the hotel show off it's unique and iconic qualities. gary walton/ hotel roanoke general manager: "we think, you know there is a great interest out there by travelers to want to be in unique and distinct properties and event he millennials that are coming these days, really are looking for more unique and distinctive properties and not necessarily those cookie cutter brands." the hotel roanoke is the first hotel in
curio brand. you'll also want to get your hands on those double tree cookies as well. a new guest treat will debut when the hotel re-branding becomes official on the 28th. and hotel roanoke is hosting the american heart association annual heart ball this saturday.there are still seats available.it's a black tie optional event, february 13th. we have full details on our website- including how to get some tickets- on virginia first dot com. chef jeff bland cooks on this morning show quite often, but he also volunteers to cook as a labor of love. last night, jeff cooked for parents and the families of the neonatal intensive care unit at carilion roanoke memorial hospital. the dinner was sponsored by the march of dimes to help parents in this stressful time. elliot broyles/ nicu parent advisory board: "something like this that's on site and parents don't have to leave their children, for very long. they can come down for a 15 minute dinner and really get a relaxation break. volunteers of the nicu parents
have been in the nicu before, helped volunteer at the event and host many dinners like this one throughout the year. welcome aboard my starship. ahoy, mateys! it's full of things i love... like me brave crew... and my fellow space adventures and free of things i don't. like aliens. just like eye patches. and when it's time to refuel, i eat chex cereal. 's full ofoftuff weweirates need. no artificial flavors, and it's gluten-free. excelsior! eat up, me hearties! keep it down! i'm exploring the galaxy.
a strong upper low centered over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across themountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our region on friday with some light snow accumulations...especially in
and don't forget you can get your latest weather and news on virginia first.com .... 24 hours a day. wfxr news is your local election headquarters- and this morning the republican presidential campain has two fewer candidates. carly fiorina has suspended her bid for president.the former hewlett-packard c-e-o made the announcement on facebook today. she finished 7-th in last night's primary- and failed to
republican debate in new hampshire. and new jersey governor chris christie has suspended his presidential bid.christie reportedly made the announcement on a call with his campaign.the move comes after christie's sixth place finish in the new hampshire primary. at the same time some candidates are getting the shot in the arm their campaigns desperately need. and from hollywood, the oscars are at the end of the month... and while not every star gets an academy award, no one goes home empty handed.up after the break we will tell you what is in their very expensive gift
the gift bags for the oscar nominees are setting a record on swag...they will contain about 200-thousand- dollars worth of stuff. on the high-end, items such as a 10-day, first-class trip to israel and unlimited audi car rentals from silvercar...but the most interesting item might be the voucher for the "vampire breast lift"--a new hollywood must have. it is said to use "blood-derived growth factors to revive rounder cleavage without implants." also on the long list of high-priced items... toilet
thank you for choosing good day virginia. it's thursday february 11. i'm kyle benjamin. and i'm january keaton. in franklin county-rocky mount police need your help finding a pharmacy robbery suspect. joshua cundiff from boones mill is wanted for the robbery of the family pharmacy tuesday night.police believe after the robbery- he left the area. police say cundiff went into the pharmacy with a gun, and demanded narcotics.after the robbery- police received tips that his vehicle had been abandoned in the 3800 block of old forge road in franklin county. with wind chill values expected in the single digits, danville utilities is asking its customers to conserve power during peak periods.
today, friday, and monday between 7-am and 10-am. power officials say there is plenty of power available and the grid is in good shape right now, but urge residents to conserve if possible due those low temperatures! january and jason at wx posa strong upper low centered over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across the mountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our
.. ... with crews say the safest decision was to allow the fire to burn itself out. the fire was so large ... people could see it from miles away. there's no word yet on a cause. shoppers inside the jc penny's store at roanoke's valley view mall got a surprise yesterday.the sprinkler system malfunctioned- soaking the entire store.the fire department showed up to help clean up. carpet cleaners were also called in to try help dry things out. over one third of adults in the u-s are obese, and as people recognize the cost of being overweight ---either to their pockets or to their overall health--they try to lost weight. but that is not easy, especially when you have to do it by yourself. but there is support out there. wfxr's paris holmes is at fleet feet sports where owners have challenged the community to come together and support
of weight. owners at fleet feet sports have come up with "ton of fun"--a year long community challenge where participants are supported in losing weight together toward a community goal of 2000 pounds which equals a ton. the program provides tools needed to live a healthy lifestyle. it's a a year long program, but participants sign up for 12 week sessions. the program can be used to lose weight and as a weight maintenance program. there is no deadline, so participants can signup throughout the year. during the program there will be weekly group meeting and weekly weigh-ins on saturday at 9:30am. there will be weekly enewletters with recipes, tips, stories, and other methods of support.the cost of "ton of fun" is $50 dollars, but you can earn the money back in store credit by meeting 2 different weight lost goals: receive a $25 voucher once you complete 8 weekly weigh-in and lose 2% of your body weight and receive another $25 if you lose 5% of of your body weight by the end
walgreens locations across the country, including right here in the commonwealth will soon start selling the life-saving overdose antidote, nah-lock-sewn. attorney general mark herring says more than 7-hundred virginians died in 2015 from heroin or prescription drug overdoses. officials say selling the drug is a huge step towards helping reduce drug overdoses. we have a scam alert to tell you about this morning.the better business bureau of western virginia says callers are pretending to be with the u-s treasury department.a pre-recorded messages says
and if you don't comply with the request, you could face legal troubleseveral reports say the calls came from the 202 washington d-c area code, making the scam even more believable. germany's largest automaker is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars because of airbag problems. volkswagen is recalling 680- thousand vehicles of different models in the united states. the company says the vehicles hold driver's side airbags that may have defective inflators from takata. according to takata-- the inflator may rupture and metal fragments could pass through the air bag and hurt or kill the driver.the recall includes several models made between 2006 and 2014.volkswagen plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles about the recall. the 2015 radford highlanders baseball team had a story book season which ended in the ncaa tournament... but the departure of several seniors
their conference... but as kevaney martin reports, this team is not concerned with the forecast. :21:511:011:11 the radford baseball team is coming off their best season in programs history. the highlanders finished the season 45-16 and 20-4 in the big south capturing the conference regualr season and tournament champions earning their first bid to the ncaa tournament you know it was a great season and obviously it is one to look back on and learn a lot of things from. how the team was built. what arethe things we need to take from last year and continue from a recruiting standpoint? and our players inside the program how to take the next jump again.to make that next jump the highlanders will the have the challenge of filling the six starting positions, but they are confident there is plenty of talent in their freshman class to help fill the void. our talent this year is great. our freshman coming in should be fine. colby higgerson and kyle butler comign in they are ready to go and i dont think we are missing much but experience.with our staff being a little slim with injurioes a few of the freshman are going to have to step and play big roles this yearstand up: the freshman arent the only new addition to campus this year. the highlanders also welcome their brand new 8,200 square foot indoor facitliy it's a big advantage. any time you can get away from the cold and break a sweat. you can do a bunch of things at once in here its just a big advantage we have never really had this so it will be interesting to see how this pays off in the seasonthe highlanders kick off their 2016 season febuary 19th with three game series in macon georgia against mercer. reporting in radford kevaney
you might want to start calling it the hot dog king. burger king's newest menu item takes a bit of a left turn. the fast food franchise will start serving hot dogs later this month. one executive called it the biggest launch since 1970s, when the company introduced its first chicken sandwich. burger king will serve two versions: a classic grilled dog and a chili-cheese dog. the franchise started experimenting with hot dogs in five cities last year and has decided to take the menu item nationwide. it's been 15 years since we've seen crime fighting supermodel derrick zoolander on the screen.that will change this weekend... will he still be ridiculously beautiful?the
it's going to be bitterly cold this weekend, so it might be a good weekend to sit in a nice warm theater. one is the new offering is a sequel to a popular comedy.zoolander is ready for the catwalk and some of the world's most beautiful people are along for the stride. julie banderas has this inside look at zoolander two. :23-:28:33-:38:53-1:00 ridiculously good looking male models derek zoolander and 'hanzel' return 15 years later with their comedic sequel "zoolander 2"... stars ben stiller and owen wilson have certainly heard about the fan demand for this film...wilson says: "when it came out it just sorta did okay and usually a movie kinda gets one chance but this movie over the years developed this cult following and people were almost demanding a sequel." stiller says: "i thought we never were going to do it because it didn't seem like everyone was going to come together. we wrote a script back in 2005 and 2010 again and then it didn't come together. but somehow in the last couple of years it started to gain some momentum." co-star and co- writer justin theroux says the writing process was all about cracking each other up.theroux says: "once we struck on the ideas that we wanted to, the core idea of what the movie was, that we were going to move it to rome and that we were going to do it bigger, and this whole fantastical storyline about the fountain of youth. once we got that kind of clicked in then it became about a bunch of guys sitting in a room laughing a lot because then we got to sort of decorate the christmas tree. this time around they're joined by a number of
icons... stiller says: "the first time around nobody really knew what we were doing and we were just kinda on our own. though, we were fortunate enough to have david bowie say yes to being in the movie, which was just on it and i don't even understand why he did it. but, he was nice enough to do it. so this time around it was great to be able to incorporate the real fashion icons and those people from the world to kinda legitimized the world that we're in now." theroux says: "we couldn't get anyone to be in the movie, we got trump in the movie. that was our big celebrity get in the first movie which was great, thanks donald. but on this one we were slipping on celebrities everyone wanted to be involved, there were a lot of incoming calls for those practicing their 'blue steel' in preparation here's a tutorial...stiller says: "it's really all about the energy that comes from the back of your skull, through your eyes and just really searing" stiller has been working to perfect this look, but hesitates to always break it out on red carpets.stiller says: "it's derek's look and i feel like derek might be upset." in new york, julie banderas, fox news.