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Former Hokie looks to get back on baseball field; Salem Sox open ballpark for fans

Former Hokie looks to get back on baseball field; Salem Sox open ballpark for fans

Former Virginia Tech Hokie Chad Pinder played every position except catcher and pitcher for the Oakland A’s last season; he’s keeping in baseball shape at his home in Charlotte. And eat – and drink – at the Salem Red Sox ballpark: WPLY-MIN   ... Continue Reading
Griffith: latest pandemic relief bill doesn’t look out for the little guy

Griffith: latest pandemic relief bill doesn’t look out for the little guy

A Congressman from our area says he opposed the latest coronavirus stimulus bill because it doesn’t help the little guy.WFIR’s Clark Palmer reports. 5-27 Griffith Tax Wrap-WEB ... Continue Reading
Liberty president suggests design for Northam blackface face mask

Liberty president suggests design for Northam blackface face mask

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Junior has repeatedly criticized Governor Ralph Northam’s actions that required the school to close all in-person instruction after Spring Break in March. Today, Falwell combined that with his disapproval of Northam’s recently-announced mandate to wear face masks in indoor public areas with a face mask he says is of his… ... Continue Reading
Northam: More Virginia ocean beaches will reopen

Northam: More Virginia ocean beaches will reopen

More of the commonwealth’s oceanside beaches are likely to re-open soon, based in large part on what happened over the holiday weekend in Virginia Beach. Governor Northam says while Virginia Beach was busy, most people were adhering to his social distancing directive,and he he didn’t see anything that would lead him to consider reclosing the… ... Continue Reading
Now you can order and pick up the hard stuff curbside

Now you can order and pick up the hard stuff curbside

NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND – The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) now offers the convenience of curbside pickup for online orders at 370 stores across the commonwealth. After placing an online order, customers can opt for contactless pickup of spirits, Virginia wines and mixers from ABC stores the same day the order is placed, as… ... Continue Reading
Virginia COVID-19 cases surpass 40,000 — no change in Roanoke Valley

Virginia COVID-19 cases surpass 40,000 — no change in Roanoke Valley

The total number of confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia has surpassed 40,000 — 40,249 to be exact. There are also 45 additional deaths statewide over the latest 24-hour reporting period. The latest data released by the Virginia Department of Health this morning shows no new cases or deaths in the Roanoke Valley. ... Continue Reading
Mill Mountain Theatre summer camps going virtual this year

Mill Mountain Theatre summer camps going virtual this year

The stage at Mill Mountain Theatre may have gone dark at least until late fall but the popular summer camp series is back – with a nod to this year’s “new normal,” as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 5-27 MMT Camps Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Baltimore educator named to lead Roanoke City Public Schools

Baltimore educator named to lead Roanoke City Public Schools

Roanoke City Schools have announced a new superintendent who comes to the area from the 25th largest school district in the country. WFIR’s Ian Price has more on Verletta White: 5-27 Verletta White revised In between all-day meetings with city officials after being announced as the new Roanoke City Public Schools superintendent – as of… ... Continue Reading
Northam orders mask use in stores, other public spaces

Northam orders mask use in stores, other public spaces

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam is ordering that Virginians wear masks while in public indoor spaces, saying the measure is needed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that he’s ordering masks be worn starting Friday inside all retail stores, while using public transportation, and in… ... Continue Reading
Radford University to hold tuition steady in next school year

Radford University to hold tuition steady in next school year

NEWS RELEASE: Today, Radford University announced that it would not increase tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year. President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. said, “During a time in which many of our new and returning students and their families are experiencing financial challenges due to the global health pandemic and related economic downturn, Radford University is… ... Continue Reading
Northam explains lack of facemask while ordering statewide use

Northam explains lack of facemask while ordering statewide use

Governor Northam says he takes full responsibility for not wearing a face mask over the weekend while visiting Virginia Beach. Northam said at today’s briefing he was not planning to meet with well-wishers as he arrived to monitor social distancing and meeting reporters, and he left his mask in the car – something he promises… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke City council candidate aims to help low income residents

Roanoke City council candidate aims to help low income residents

A Libertarian candidate running for a seat on Roanoke City Council says he wants to make life easier for small business owners and low income residents. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has that story. 5-26 Alberto Candidacy Wrap-WEB ... Continue Reading
DMV: Finding plexiglass is the challenge in reopening offices

DMV: Finding plexiglass is the challenge in reopening offices

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reopened five more customer service centers today – including Lynchburg. This comes eight days after it reopened the first nine offices, including the one in Roanoke. The DMV plans to have all up and running again by late July, but for now, it is by appointment only and for… ... Continue Reading
World Team Tennis to play entire season at The Greenbrier

World Team Tennis to play entire season at The Greenbrier

NEWS RELEASE: RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (May 26, 2020) – World TeamTennis announced it has committed to play the entirety of its 45th season at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort” in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This will be the first major professional tennis league to resume operations since the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. All told, the… ... Continue Reading
Tech pitcher hopes to be drafted by MLB club

Tech pitcher hopes to be drafted by MLB club

Virginia Tech junior lefthanded pitcher Ian Seymour is still hoping to hear his name called in the Major League baseball draft – even though its been reduced from 40 to just 5 rounds when its held in two weeks. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Roanoke Valley COVID-19 case count increases over holiday

Roanoke Valley COVID-19 case count increases over holiday

The latest data from the Virginia Department of Health shows eight new cases in the Roanoke Valley. Six new cases in Roanoke City and two in Roanoke County since the previous VDH update on Memorial Day morning. ... Continue Reading
How do you plan summer travel when restrictions vary so much?

How do you plan summer travel when restrictions vary so much?

Even with low gas prices, it is unclear when and to what extent more Americans are likely to venture out for summer travel. AAA Mid-Atlantic reports seeing a small rise in travel bookings in the last month or so, mostly within the U.S., but making plans may be tricky because restrictions vary so much between… ... Continue Reading
Fralin BRI studies another virus – this one zeroes in on the heart

Fralin BRI studies another virus – this one zeroes in on the heart

COVID-19 is not the only virus being studied at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke – another that attacks the heart under the microscope as well. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 5-26 Adenovirus Wrap#1 ... Continue Reading
South Boston native and Cubs pitcher feeds front line workers in AZ

South Boston native and Cubs pitcher feeds front line workers in AZ

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeremy Jeffress started a food truck business while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, where he was an all-star. JJ’s Bread and Butter leaned on his South Boston Roots- lots of fried seafood. Now living in Arizona, Jeffress has been feeding healthcare workers battling COVID-19 at a Phoenix Hospital: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Gas prices are the lowest this time of year since 2003

Gas prices are the lowest this time of year since 2003

Gas prices have proved to as unpredictable as just about everything else in this COVID-19 era. The question now is where to prices – and traffic – go through the summer travel season. Gas Buddy says Memorial Day prices are the lowest at this time of year since 2003, and they are likely to slowly… ... Continue Reading
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