News to Know for Jan. 8: D.C. riot updates; Capitol police officer dies; Northam, Fauci meeting

News to Know for Jan. 8: D.C. riot updates; Capitol police officer dies; Northam, Fauci meeting
A day after a mob attacked the Capitol, President Trump releases a video.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Take a look at our top headlines before you head out the door.

Rain/Snow Showers

Friday brings some light rain/snow mix in RVA, with up to 2″ along the NC state line. Plus, Clouds and cold temperatures.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Cloudy with a few early morning snow showers, transitioning to rain/snow showers, then scattered afternoon showers, mainly rain.

Be alert to slick spots. Highs near 40.

Friday Forecast: Light snow or a mix possible in Richmond

VDOT Preps Roads For Weather

The Virginia Department of Transportation Richmond District has been working to pretreat roads ahead of potential wintry weather on Friday.

From early Friday morning throughout the day, there is a mix of wintry weather in the forecasts. The highest chance for accumulation is south of Richmond.

Thursday morning, crews started preparing equipment and pretreating interstates, primary and high volume secondary routes in the southern part of the district with a saltwater brine to prevent ice from bonding with the pavement.

Crews will gather in the southern region by 4 a.m. Friday to work on clearing any accumulation and slick conditions.

Trump Concedes

With 13 days left in his term, President Donald Trump finally bent to reality on Thursday amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he’ll peacefully leave after Congress affirmed his defeat.

(Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/AP)

Trump led off a video from the White House by condemning the violence carried out in his name a day earlier at the Capitol. Then, for the first time, he admitted that his presidency would soon end.

FBI’s Award On Pipe Bomb Info

The FBI is looking for the person or persons responsible for placing pipe bombs outside the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices on Wednesday.

The FBI is offering up to $50,000 for information on the suspect.

The FBI is looking for the person or persons responsible for placing pipe bombs outside the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices on Wednesday.
The FBI is looking for the person or persons responsible for placing pipe bombs outside the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices on Wednesday. (Source: CNN Newsource)

It is unclear how the person in the bulletin is related to the pipe bomb incidents.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), or submit tips online at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

Trump Officials Resign

A steady stream of Trump administration officials is beating an early path to the exits as a protest against the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol this week even as others wrestling with the stay-or-go question conclude that they owe it to the public to see things through to the end.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has become the second Cabinet secretary to resign a day after a pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pauses as she testifies during a hearing of a House Appropriations Sub-Committee on the fiscal year 2021 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pauses as she testifies during a hearing of a House Appropriations Sub-Committee on the fiscal year 2021 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In a resignation letter Thursday, DeVos blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming tensions in the violent assault on the seat of the nation’s democracy. She says, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tendered her resignation earlier Thursday.

Capitol Police Officer Dies

A police officer has died from injuries sustained as President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol.

The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” during the Wednesday riot. He is the fifth person to die because of the melee.

President Trump's term officially ends on January 20-th, but some want him out before that date.
President Trump's term officially ends on January 20-th, but some want him out before that date.

The rampage that has shocked the world and left the country on edge forced the resignations of three top Capitol security officials over the failure to stop the breach.

Statewide Vaccinations

Virginia is still sometime away before the general public will be able to get ahold of the COVID-19 vaccine. Right now, planning is underway to determine what that will look like when the time comes.

“It’s a huge challenge, and it’s a huge logistical challenge,” said Richmond and Henrico’s Health Director Dr. Danny Avula.

The state is almost done with the first wave of vaccinations, which began with medical workers and nursing homes. Very soon, those in the next phase will be able to get their shots.

Dr. Fauci, Gov. Northam Vaccine Meeting

Dr. Anthony Fauci and Gov. Northam will be meeting with Virginia Interfaith Leaders and health and diversity experts to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine.

The meeting will take place on Jan. 8 in a virtual event co-sponsored by the governor’s office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), VCU Massey Cancer Center and faith leaders from the ‘Facts and Faith Fridays’ group.

Attendees must register to attend the event.

To register, click here.

Valentine’s Cards For Seniors

Help cheer up Henrico County’s long-term care residents by sending them a homemade Valentine’s Day cards this year.

The county is collecting the cards for the Spread the Love initiative sponsored by Henrico’s EngAGE program, which serves older county residents, their families and caregivers.

(Source: KAIT)

You can send completed cards to Henrico EngAGE; Attn: Sara Morris; P.O. Box 90775; Henrico, VA 23273-0775.

The cards need to arrive by Feb. 5 so they can be given out to the care facilities in time for Valentine’s Day.

Final Thought

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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