Top Headlines on WHSV.com May 30

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on WHSV.com for May 30. Stories with available video will have link in the headline.

Obama To Nominate Ex-Bush Aide To Head FBI

Reporter: National AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is prepared to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey as FBI director, but in a possible warning sign, the top Republican on the Senate committee that would review the nomination said Comey would face questions about his Wall Street connections.

Three people with knowledge of the selection said Wednesday Obama planned to nominate Comey, who was the No. 2 at the Justice Department under President George W. Bush. Comey was general counsel to Connecticut-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates from 2010 until earlier this year.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley indicated Comey's confirmation hearing would raise questions about the Obama administration's investigations of Wall Street. 

The three people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss Comey's selection. Comey would replace Robert Mueller.

Local Kmart Still Not Complying with Sales Tax Holiday

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

HARRISONBURG, Va.---Stores in Virginia participate in the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. However, customers at one store did not receive exemption on some items for several days.

According to Kmart, bottled water and batteries were coded wrong so customers did not get a discount when they purchased them.

"We had a systems issue regarding a few items that were a part of the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. We have taken steps to correct the matter by alerting our store associates to override the tax...We apologize for the inconvenience," according to a statement from Kmart.

Jeff Zacharko who bought some batteries at another store did receive the tax exemption.

"Anytime I can save money it's worth doing," said Zacharko. "I'll try to get more batteries for what I need and I will catch them while they are on sale, tax free."

However, he said he does not think customers who shopped at Kmart were happy about not getting a deal.

"I wouldn't like it too much if everybody else was offering tax exempt and they weren't, I would probably go some place else and buy it where I can get it cheaper," said Zacharcho.

According to Kmart the problem was fixed on Tuesday. However, the store in Harrisonburg had not fixed the issue on Wednesday.

A WHSV reporter bought bottled water and batteries and paid 20 cents in sales tax.

The reporter told the cashier about the exemption. However, the employee did not know about the holiday until she contacted the manager.

Zacahrko hopes the problem gets fixed before the holiday ends.

"That's not right. If everybody else is supposed to do. They should have to do it too," said Zacharko.

The manager said the problem will be fixed on Thursday. If customers shopped for water or batteries at Kmart since Saturday, they can receive a refund when you present a receipt.

The sales tax holiday will end on May 31.

 

Harrisonburg Approves Roundabout on Carlton and Reservoir Streets

Reporter: David Coy

HARRISONBURG -- The City of Harrisonburg approved a plan to put in a roundabout at Carlton and Reservoir Streets.

The picture of what it will look like when it's finished was revealed during the Tuesday night city council meeting. Currently the intersection can be a nightmare for some traveling on Carlton Street, especially during peak driving times. Once construction starts, all the sidewalks will be redone and all the utilities will be relocated.

"I think that it will help. At least provide some order and allow those who are currently stuck at the stop sign to have an opportunity to get out on the primary road. It seems that it would provide some additional safety to help move traffic along," said Craig Westwood, a driver who uses Carlton often.

Construction on the roundabout is set to begin in spring of 2014. 

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