What's News Today: December 22, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


The Franklin Road exit on Highway 220 northbound is expected to reopen this morning.  It was closed in October as crews work to rebuild the bridge.  Construction started in January and is expected to wrap up next December.

The final phase of Operation Christmas Tree takes place today in Franklin County.  The Sheriff's Office cut and sold Christmas trees to raise money to help those less fortunate in the community.  With the money, they bought food, clothes and toys for 40 families in the county.  Those items will be given out this afternoon.

Four cadets will graduate today from the Roanoke Police Department's Growth Through Opportunity program.  GTO teams up local first responders and young adults with special needs.  The program started in Roanoke and has expanded to other localities.

VDOT will suspend most work zone on interstates and major roads for Christmas.  The work zones will be lifted starting at noon today and last through noon on Tuesday.

As you're preparing your feast for the Christmas, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a few ways to make sure you and your family don't get sick.  It recommends washing your hands, but not your turkey.  Doing that spreads bacteria throughout the kitchen.  Use a meat thermometer to make sure the bird is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  Using a slow cooker is good for keeping food warm and destroying bacteria.  Use the two hour rule.  If food stays at room temperature for more than two hours, you'll want to throw it out.

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