News to know for July 11: Severe storms ahead; La. under state of emergency as tropical storm forms; Free Slurpee Day

News to know for July 11

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - After a few days of clear weather, rain makes its way back to Central Virginia.

Severe storm threat

Thursday is a First Alert Weather Day for a late-day severe storm threat, with highs in the low 90s.

Today will be partly sunny with scattered showers and storms likely in the late afternoon and evening. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be possible.

Download the NBC12 Weather App for an hour-by-hour forecast.

First Alert Weather Day for late-day severe storm threat

Louisiana under state of emergency

Louisiana is now under a state of emergency, as a low pressure tropical storm forms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The system is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane, which will be named Tropical Storm Barry.

Meteorologists say the state could see up to 12 inches of rain by Monday.

(Source: Pixabay)

RPS, YMCA launches summer learning program

Richmond Public Schools is partnering with the YMCA of Greater Richmond for a summer program.

The Y’s Power Scholars Academy program aims to combat summer learning loss in high-risk students.

A special conference introducing the program will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Broad Rock Elementary School.

(Source: Richmond Public Schools)
(Source: Richmond Public Schools)

Fairfaix says eyewitness will testify against rape claims

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s attorney says there’s an eyewitness willing to testify that Fairfax did not sexually assault Meredith Watson.

The attorney says that the unidentified witness was at the fraternity house at Duke University where the alleged assault took place in 2000.

Attorney Barry Pollack wrote, “The eyewitness observed Ms. Watson initiate a sexual encounter with Mr. Fairfax in the eyewitness’ room. The eyewitness remained with Ms. Watson after Ms. Watson’s sexual encounter with Mr. Fairfax had concluded and Mr. Fairfax had left.”

Justin Fairfax
Justin Fairfax (Source: NBC12)

Loving’s Produce closed

Loving’s Produce is closed after more than 70 years in business.

The produce company opened in 1942, and has operated in various locations in Richmond.

The business closed June 15, because the Loving sons who run the business want to retire.

Lovings Produce is closing after more than 70 years in Richmond.
Lovings Produce is closing after more than 70 years in Richmond. (Source: Lovings Produce/Facebook)

Free Slurpee Day

7-Eleven stores across the country are offering free small slurpees on Thursday to celebrate the chain’s 92nd birthday.

Customers can claim their complimentary treat between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

7-Eleven will hand out free Slurpees on Thursday. (Source: NBC12)
7-Eleven will hand out free Slurpees on Thursday. (Source: NBC12)

Final thought

“The decision to make the present moment a friend is the end of the ego.” - Eckhart Tolle

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