News to know: 2020 candidate to visit; school groundbreaking; remembering Virginia Tech victims

Wake-up roundup for April 16, 2019

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia will have one of its first visit from a 2020 presidential hopeful on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Among the stops for Democrat Beto O’Rourke is one the Hilton in Short Pump from 4:25 to 6:25 p.m. Tuesday.

2020 candidate visiting Virginia

Another groundbreaking in Chesterfield

Construction on another new elementary school will begin on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Harrowgate Elementary School.

The new school is part of the school district’s capital improvements plan that includes the renovation or replacement of seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. It also includes the construction of a new elementary school.

Chesterfield to break ground on another school

Virginia Tech remembers

Tuesday marks 12 years since a shooter killed 32 people at Virginia Tech.

The American Red Cross is holding two blood drives to honor the victims. They’ll be held at the Riverfront Plaza on East Byrd Street in Richmond and another on the third floor of the Richmond Virginia Tech Center on North Parham Road in Henrico.

Today is a time for reflection, remembrance, and community. 🧡 #VTWeRemember

Posted by Virginia Tech on Monday, April 15, 2019

Sunny skies continue

It’s a bit chilly on Tuesday morning, but it’ll be a nice day and week. A storm chance returns Friday.

FORECAST: Sunny until Friday

Notre Dame fire

Experts are assessing the blackened shell of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the almost 900-year-old building.

With the fire that broke out Monday evening and quickly consumed the cathedral now extinguished, attention is turning to ensuring the structural integrity of the remaining building.

Stoney named ‘OUTstanding Virginian’

Equality Virginia named Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney an “OUTstanding Virginian” on Saturday for his advocacy, outreach and progressive policies to champion equality for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The mayor was among eight honorees who were recognized at Equality Virginia’s 2019 annual dinner

Mayor Stoney (Source: NBC12)
Mayor Stoney (Source: NBC12)

Controlled burn at Colonial Downs

Don’t worry if you see smoke in the sky along I-64 in New Kent County on Tuesday.

To prepare for the return of thoroughbred horse racing in Virginia, Colonial Downs will facilitate a controlled burn of its 1 1/8 mile turf track at 4 p.m.

New Kent County is celebrating the return of racing at Colonial Downs. (Source: NBC12)
New Kent County is celebrating the return of racing at Colonial Downs. (Source: NBC12)

Final thought

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.” - Thomas Jefferson

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