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Thursday, June 4

Greta Huber, marketing and administrative specialist for the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, films a pledge break for the Jackie Evancho PBS Special "Awakening - Live in Concert" with WVPT General Manager David Mullins. The special will air on WVPT at 9 tonight. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.

Jackie Evancho, a 15-year-old singer and former contestant on NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent,’ will perform at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs on July 25. Before she arrives in the valley, locals can get a taste of her talent when her PBS pledge show “Awakening – Live in Concert” airs on WVPT at 9 p.m. Friday.  Also on the show is Greta Huber, marketing and administrative assistant specialist for the music festival.  Huber played in the orchestra during the PBS show and also will be seen during the pledge breaks with WVPT General Manager David Mullins.


Wednesday, June 3

So you’re 18

Warren County High School students learned about legal issues they will face when they turn 18 years old during a “So you’re 18” program organized by the Warren County Bar this morning. Read the story and see more photos in Thursday’s Northern Virginia Daily.

Virginia news today

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is holding a news conference at noon today to discuss tourism’s economic impact on Virginia.

Defense attorney David Silek, right, gets into a friendly battle with Front Royal Police officer Robbie Seal on a discussion about talking to police during a traffic stop at the "So You're 18" program held this morning at Warren County High School. The program, designed to advise students 18 years and older about legal issues they now face, was organized by the Warren County Bar. Rich Cooley/Daily


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Video of the day

Herbert Wilburn, left, national board certified library media specialist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg, and Christine Jones, a school instructional coach, stand beside a bulletin board in the hall that recognizes Sidney Duckworth, pictured left, and Kiersten Wilson among 49 students chosen for the school's "I'm Gorgeous Inside" project, which started last November. Both 11-year-old fifth graders are from Strasburg. Josette Keelor/Daily

A fish that can live out of water for up to six days and crawl across dry land is being closely watched by James Cook University scientists as it moves south from PNG towards Australia.

The aggressive climbing perch has already overrun Australia’s two most northerly outposts – the Torres Strait islands of Boigu and Saibai – respectively just four and six kilometres south of the PNG mainland.
Story: http://ab.co/1I3dymx

Posted by James Cook University on Monday, June 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 2

‘I’m gorgeous inside’

Here’s one story you’ll find in tomorrow’s Northern Virginia Daily:

Google's new self-driving prototype car drives around a parking lot during a demonstration at Google campus on May 13, in Mountain View, Calif. The car may be soon spotted on Interstate 66 and other Northern Virginia Highways. AP

Sandy Hook Elementary School’s “I’m Gorgeous Inside” program celebrates the beauty inside its students and teachers. Staff at the Strasburg school nominated nearly 50 children they said radiated kindness, and program organizers honored them with photos to capture their character and a week in the spotlight on a school bulletin board.

K-9 Rex update

Foul play and negligence have been ruled out in the recent death of K-9 Rex, according to a news release issued today by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.  Read more in tomorrow’s Northern Virginia Daily


Google cars in Virginia

In this photo taken May 26, a small plane flies near Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas. The plane is among a fleet of surveillance aircraft by the FBI that are primarily used to target suspects under federal investigation. Such planes are capable of taking video of the ground, and some -- in rare occasions -- can sweep up certain identifying cellphone data. AP

The Associated Press is reporting today that Google’s self-driving cars will be tested on Virginia highways.  They may soon be spotted on Interstate 66 as well as Interstates 95 and 495 and U.S. 50 and U.S. 29.   We will have this story in tomorrow’s Northern Virginia Daily.

Big brother IS watching!

(AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.  The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.  Read more

Just carry an umbrella

Guess what the National Weather Service forecast is through Monday? Showers, showers and more showers!  Check  out our Weather section for details.



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