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Danica Roem uses spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

Danica Roem uses spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners. This year, the GOP rushed to Roem’s defense after… ... Continue Reading
One dead after single-vehicle Floyd County crash

One dead after single-vehicle Floyd County crash

FLOYD, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper T. A. Mackian is investigating a single-vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred Friday (May 17) at 2:30 p.m. on Route 8, at its intersection with Route 773 in Floyd County. A 2001 Dodge Dakota was traveling south on Route 8 when the vehicle ran… ... Continue Reading
$30,000 damage after Back Creek area fire

$30,000 damage after Back Creek area fire

Updated: The fire at this address is still under investigation. However, there were working smoke alarms in the residence. Damage estimate is $30,000.00. From Roanoke County Fire and Rescue on May 17, 2019 — Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about 6:10 p.m., on Friday, May 17, 2019, to the 7400 block of Fernway… ... Continue Reading
Man charged after police stand-off in Roanoke County

Man charged after police stand-off in Roanoke County

From Roanoke County Police – (Roanoke County, VA—May 18, 2019) At approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Roanoke County Police officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Rutrough Road for a report of a domestic situation. Upon arrival, police came in contact with a female who had left the home and was walking down… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Police ID driver who fled traffic stop, died in later crash

UPDATE: Police ID driver who fled traffic stop, died in later crash

State Police have identified the driver who fled an early-morning traffic stop in Roanoke City, then crashed into a pole and died. Troopers say officers spotted 23-year-old Rashele Lee of Roanoke running a red light around Orange and Gainsboro, and after a traffic stop had begun, Lee sped away. She crashed into the light pole… ... Continue Reading
At the Movies: the Grandin Film Lab Festival

At the Movies: the Grandin Film Lab Festival

Now here’s Brent Stevens from Hollins University “At the Movies” with something a bit different at the historic Grandin Theatre – the Grandin Film Lab Festival next Tuesday: 5-16 At the Movies ... Continue Reading
Police chief says there are enough cops in downtown Roanoke on weekend

Police chief says there are enough cops in downtown Roanoke on weekend

The weekend is here again – prime time for activity in downtown Roanoke. One week after a shooting incident that left a man wounded and another under arrest the Police Chief says there is enough manpower on hand. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with him this week: 5-17 Jones-Wrap#2-WEB ... Continue Reading
Work on Route 11 to cause delays

Work on Route 11 to cause delays

FROM VDOT-Work to replace the two existing bridges on Route 11 over Tinker Creek is underway. The bridges are located near the intersections of Route 838 (Vista Drive) and Route 1039 (Gibson Lane).From May 21 starting at 6 p.m. until 12 noon on May 22, a bridge deck pour will be performed as part of… ... Continue Reading
Analyst: Politics possibly hurting FBI, Justice Department credibility

Analyst: Politics possibly hurting FBI, Justice Department credibility

Allegations from both sides of the aisle could be causing people to lose faith in American institutions like the FBI and Justice Department. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 05-17 DC Politics WRAP ... Continue Reading
Tech plays in NCAA softball tourney; Rosie’s expects big crowd on Preakness day

Tech plays in NCAA softball tourney; Rosie’s expects big crowd on Preakness day

The Virginia Tech softball team was bounced from the ACC postseason tourney despite coming in with the top ranking but the Hokies are in the NCAA championships anyway. And Rosie’s gaming Emporium in Vinton may be crowded with off-track horse racing bettors tomorrow as the Preakness leg of the Triple Crown takes place: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Kaine: Colleagues in both parties work on bill to lower prescription costs

Kaine: Colleagues in both parties work on bill to lower prescription costs

Senator Tim Kaine says a committee he sits on is working on legislation designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Kaine says it is a matter that he and his colleagues hear about all the time from constituents. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones: 05-17 Drug Costs Wrap1-WEB ... Continue Reading
LOA begins fundraiser to help pay for building renovations

LOA begins fundraiser to help pay for building renovations

The Local Area on Aging has begun a new fundraiser to help with renovations cost on their new Peters Creek Road location. Details on the Growing Forward Together program from WFIR’s Bob Clark: 5-17 LOA Wrap #1-WEB ... Continue Reading
New suspect sought in connection to Roanoke shooting

New suspect sought in connection to Roanoke shooting

Roanoke Police are asking for public assistance to locate a suspect who they believe was involved in the shooting in downtown Roanoke on May 12th. If you have information regarding his whereabouts you are encouraged to contact police. ... Continue Reading
Tanning bed malfunction cited for fire

Tanning bed malfunction cited for fire

A late-morning fire damaged a Vinton tanning business. Roanoke County fire officials say crews arrived found smoke and flames inside the building on the 100 block of Walnut Avenue. Investigators say electrical components in one of the tanning beds started the fire, one that caused an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in damages. News release: Roanoke… ... Continue Reading
Rocky Mount man charged with running from traffic stop, possessing meth

Rocky Mount man charged with running from traffic stop, possessing meth

A Rocky Mount man is charged with fleeing a traffic stop on foot – and possessing methamphetamines when he was caught. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says it happened last week when a deputy on patrol noticed 32-year-old Ricky Hughes, who was wanted on a grand larceny charge. Hughes is now jailed without bond. From… ... Continue Reading
Museum to feature program on Salem slaves who fought in civil war

Museum to feature program on Salem slaves who fought in civil war

The Salem Museum’s Speaker Series will feature stories of three Salem men who were slaves who fought in the Civil War. The free program will be held this Monday at 7:00 pm with Lee Haden, a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as guest speaker. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Man arrested for child porn in Blacksburg was Auburn U. professor

UPDATE: Man arrested for child porn in Blacksburg was Auburn U. professor

UPDATE: AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – An English instructor at Auburn University in Alabama has been arrested in Virginia on child porn charges. News outlets report 52-year-old William Matthew Carter, of Auburn, was held Monday at a Virginia jail awaiting extradition to Alabama, where he faces additional possession of child pornography charges. Blacksburg, Virginia, police say… ... Continue Reading
Downtown Roanoke comedy show for adults — who can take a joke

Downtown Roanoke comedy show for adults — who can take a joke

An adult only comedy show at Lux Lounge in downtown Roanoke this weekend is not for the easily offended. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 05-16 Uncensored WRAP Kristina Montuori is hoping to do about 45 minutes as the headliner, but on top of that Montuori says she is going to field questions when anyone can… ... Continue Reading
Delegate says full GOP control could lead to Virginia abortion ban

Delegate says full GOP control could lead to Virginia abortion ban

A Republican delegate believes Virginia could take actions similar to Alabama on abortion should the GOP make progress in the upcoming state elections. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has more 5-16 Virginia Abortion Debate Wrap-WEB ... Continue Reading
Local Colors Festival is this Saturday

Local Colors Festival is this Saturday

The Roanoke annual festival Local Colors is this Saturday at Elmwood Park. WFIR’s Eddie Smith has more. 05-16 Local Colors wrap #1-WEB ... Continue Reading