After a unanimous vote, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors this afternoon named the university’s next president.
55-year-old Timothy Sands, the provost of Purdue University will be the 16th president of Virginia Tech.
Sands holds an endowed chair in engineering at Purdue—and specializes in the growing field of nanotechnology, with applications for many high-tech uses. He’s published more than 250 refereed papers, and has been granted 16 patents in electronic materials. Last year he served as Purdue’s acting president.
Writer Alysia Abbott did not have the most ordinary of childhoods.
Her mother died when she was two years old, so she was raised by her father—a gay writer—in San Francisco’s bustling cultural scene of the 1970s. Then the 80s saw the plague of AIDS sweep through her father’s community of friends.
Now, Abbott has written a memoir about her childhood, called “Fairyland”—and she’s also planning speaking engagements this weekend in Roanoke. She hopes her story will spark more lead to more open minds and hearts about different lifestyles.
The Chesapeake Bay has been a repository for nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment loads to the point that its water quality is endangered. The Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is a report from the Chesapeake Bay Program that looks at ecological markers, like underwater grasses and fish, to measure progress in restoration goals.
A Richmond Court has heard preliminary arguments that set the stage for the recount in the Virginia Attorney General's race, which was decided by the closest statewide margin in modern Virginia history.
The proceedings took much of the day because attorneys for Senator Mark Obenshain, who called for the recount, asked the court to outline specific guidelines.
In Lynchburg, a woman's body was found this morning in the area where the search for 18-year old Jamisha Gilbert was taking place.
Lieutenant Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department addressed the media at a news conference just after 3 p.m.
Meantime, searchers continued combing the Pleasant Valley Road area between U.S. 460 and Concorde Turnpike. That's where Jamisha Gilbert's wrecked Honda Accord was found on Friday. She had last been seen at about 1 a.m. Friday.
Virginia Organizing is out with its annual Job Gap report. The report compares the number of job seekers to the number of jobs that pay a living wage.
Jill Reese, with “Alliance for a Just Society” says living wage jobs are few and far between.
“Over half of job openings in Virginia pay less than $18.59 an hour. That’s the living wage for a single adult. More than four out of five pay less than $34.27 an hour-the living wage for a single adult with two children.”
In the 1930s and 1940s, African-Americans in Roanoke were restricted to just a few neighborhoods. One was Gainsboro, just over the tracks from downtown. Among the many businesses started by black entrepreneurs in Gainsboro was "Dreamland," a swimming pool and dance hall. Dreamland is gone, but Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim spoke to a few Roanoke residents who still remember.
Virginia needs 30 new judges to keep up with the current caseload. That’s according to a new study.
Brian Ostrom with the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg helped conduct the study which was ordered by the General Assembly. It took 18 months, cost the Commonwealth 240 thousand dollars, and looked at the number of court cases plus the amount of work involved. Ostrom says judges are especially needed in juvenile court.
State Police continue their investigation of a crash that claimed the life of one Washington and Lee University student and injured seven others.
Three remain in the hospital, and the university held a vigil Tuesday evening.
The tragedy occurred on a rural road outside Lexington.
“Around 1:30 this morning, on Turkey Hill Road, which is in Rockbridge County, a 2006 Tahoe was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned," said Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.