6 people killed in shooting at Virginia Walmart; Student credit break extended; How to Get Free Thanksgiving Meals

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Here’s a look at our top headlines for Wednesday!

6 people believed to have died in mass shooting at Chesapeake Walmart

At least half a dozen people have been killed and several others injured after a shooting at a Chesapeake Walmart.

Chesapeake Police said the call came in just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night when the store was still open and just minutes after the evening crew arrived for work.

Officials say the suspect acted alone and was an employee or former employee of the store.

They say he went into the break room and started shooting other employees.

Police confirm the shooter is now dead and believe he turned the gun on himself.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital also confirmed it is treating five patients. There is no word on their terms.

A family reunion area has been established at the Chesapeake Convention Center for the immediate family of individuals who may have stayed at the Walmart.

Two teenage girls, one man killed in Powhatan crash

Two teenage girls and a man are dead after the car they were in was crushed by another vehicle in an accident.

State police say a car pulled in front of a pickup truck at the intersection of Anderson Highway and Judes Ferry Road around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The car overturned and the truck landed on top.

All three of the deceased were occupants of the car.

The driver is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The man driving the pickup should recover.

Pres. Biden extends federal student loan repayment pause

Biden extends a moratorium on student loan payments as challenges to his broader relief plan move through the courts. (CNN, SENATE TV, WHITE HOUSE)

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his administration would extend payments on federal student loans while the White House fights a lawsuit to salvage his plan to cancel portions of the debt.

“It’s not fair to ask tens of millions of borrowers eligible for relief to resume their student debt payments while the courts review the lawsuit,” Biden said in a video posted to Twitter.

The moratorium was scheduled to expire on Jan. 1, a date Biden set before his debt relief plan stalled amid legal challenges from conservative opponents.

Now it is extended to 60 days after the dispute is settled. If the lawsuit is not resolved by June 30, payments would resume 60 days after that.

AAA forecasts 1.4 million travelers from Virginia ahead of the holiday weekend

AAA expects nearly 1.5 million Virginians to travel for Thanksgiving as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“This year has been much more of an open book. We’ve seen the cruise industry come back. We’ve seen many countries that have been closed for two years, reopening their borders and welcoming tourists again,” said AAA’s Morgan Dean.

Dean said if you’re leaving on a Wednesday or Thursday, try to leave before 8am or after 8pm to avoid most of the traffic.

They say you can also expect to see the most cars on the road on Sunday.

What if you’re looking for a free meal?

Now for a Richmond tradition of providing Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.

A Richmond tradition of feeding families on Thanksgiving is returning to its pre-pandemic form this year.

Giving Heart volunteers are working hard to prepare for the community festival.

Every year, the non-profit organization provides thousands of people in need with food and essential goods.

On Thanksgiving Day, you can eat for free from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers say it’s one way to ensure people don’t feel alone on vacation.

What’s the weather like?

The cold spell will ease for the rest of the week, with dry weather forecast for Thanksgiving.

Today will be a mostly sunny day with highs around 60 and lows around 30.

thought of the day

“You can suffer many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to face defeat so that you know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still get out.” – Maya Angelou


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