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Hospice gave professor good year longer to live

Hospice gave professor good year longer to live

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — For nearly two decades, Charles “Jack” Dudley shepherded the brightest scholars through Virginia Tech’s honors program, but he didn’t know until he fell under the tutelage of a Carilion Clinic hospice team how to live while he was dying. In November 2017, Dudley’s dueling diseases had the better of him. Medication… ... Continue Reading
Search underway after Bluefield, VA officer shot

Search underway after Bluefield, VA officer shot

UPDATE — NEW INFORMATION: SUSPECT MAY NOW BE ON FOOT WITH A LAST KNOWN LOCATION OF AUGUSTA STREET IN BLUEFIELD, WEST VIRGINIA. VEHICLE RECOVERED ON WEST VIRGINIA SIDE OF BLUEFIELD. Original Post From Virginia State Police — THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE HAVE ISSUED A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ALERT ON BEHALF OF THE BLUEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT ON… ... Continue Reading
Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The natural gas pipeline’s parent company said in recent corporate filings with the SEC that it has been informed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia of a criminal investigation. EQM Midstream Partners… ... Continue Reading
Police: Woman hid mom’s body with blankets, air fresheners

Police: Woman hid mom’s body with blankets, air fresheners

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a woman hid her mother’s decomposing body inside their Virginia home for weeks, covering it with dozens of blankets and surrounding it with air fresheners to mask the smell. News outlets report that 55-year-old Jo-Whitney Outland was charged with felony concealment of a body. Bristol police detective Sgt. Steve… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Vehicle sought after woman killed in hit and run

UPDATE: Vehicle sought after woman killed in hit and run

From Roanoke Police 02/15/18 — UPDATE – Roanoke Police are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating the suspect vehicle involved in the incident below. We are looking for a white, Chevrolet or GMC, Dually pickup truck. The vehicle will have recent front-end damage. If you have seen a vehicle like this or have… ... Continue Reading
Suspects sought after trying to take young girl in Bedford County

Suspects sought after trying to take young girl in Bedford County

From Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on 02/15/19 — At 5:00 p.m. today, Bedford County 911 received a call from Hales Ford Road. The caller reported that two white males had attempted to kidnap his 11 year old daughter. The caller stated that his daughter was riding her bike when two men in a white two door… ... Continue Reading
Black History Month at Booker T Washington Monument

Black History Month at Booker T Washington Monument

The Booker T. Washington National Monument is offering special programs in honor of Black History Month. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on tomorrow’s event. 02-15 BH Wrap 1-WEB   ... Continue Reading
Tech, UVA playoff hockey; Dawgs all-stars

Tech, UVA playoff hockey; Dawgs all-stars

Virginia Tech and UVA are in the playoffs this weekend – at the club-level hockey post season tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference Hockey League in Winston-Salem.  And a busy weekend for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Pipeline being built for energy that may no longer needed

Pipeline being built for energy that may no longer needed

Utility filings in Virginia show that much of the need for a proposed natural gas pipeline in our region has disappeared and that could cost it’s stakeholders significantly. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 02-15 ACP WRAP ... Continue Reading
Virginia shelter says the dog set on fire last weekend has died

Virginia shelter says the dog set on fire last weekend has died

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Officials at a Virginia shelter say a dog set on fire at a Richmond park has succumbed to his wounds.News outlets report Richmond Animal Care and Control announced Friday morning that the male brindle pit bull named Tommie died surrounded by caregivers. The shelter says Tommie was tied to a pole… ... Continue Reading
Cold temps drive up gas prices

Cold temps drive up gas prices

The frigid cold continues to affect much of the nation as recent oil prices have increased; however, AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia is doing well. WFIR’s Eddie Smith reports. 2-15 VA Gas Prices Warps#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Local delegate Chris Head recaps General Assembly session to date

Local delegate Chris Head recaps General Assembly session to date

17th District Republican delegate Chris Head is looking forward to heading home next week when the General Assembly session ends. Meanwhile there’s still some heavy lifting to do as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 2-15 Head Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Peak flu season is here

Peak flu season is here

If you planned on getting shot by Cupid’s arrow on Valentine’s Day instead a Carilion Clinic Doctor says getting a flu shot is a smarter move. WFIR’s Eddie Smith reports. 2-14 Flu Season Wrap#2-WEB ... Continue Reading
Tech professor says Northam must work for forgiveness

Tech professor says Northam must work for forgiveness

Governor Northam has vowed to remain in office despite the notorious blackface yearbook incident and calls for his resignation. Virginia Tech professor Brandy Faulkner says people often deserve a second chance – but: WFIR-WDNE   ... Continue Reading
Local comedian draws from time in NYC for Sunday show in Roanoke

Local comedian draws from time in NYC for Sunday show in Roanoke

Both the national headliner and host of a stand-up comedy show this weekend in downtown Roanoke have local roots but didn’t meet each other until they were performing in New York City. WFIR’s Ian Price has the story: 02-14 Comedy Serendipity WRAP You can hear our full interview with local comedians Johnny Camacho and Alicia… ... Continue Reading
Virginia Tech teams busy this weekend

Virginia Tech teams busy this weekend

Basketball, baseball. The Hokies are busy this weekend, including the baseball team’s season opener in Florida on Friday night. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Dawgs on road for a month after this weekend’s homestand

Dawgs on road for a month after this weekend’s homestand

Rail Yard Dawgs head coach Dan Bremner on this weekend’s last home stand at the Berglund Center before a long road stretch, having home ice for the playoffs and more – our latest conversation. 2-13 Dan Bremner for Web ... Continue Reading
General Assembly balks at state greenhouse gas plans

General Assembly balks at state greenhouse gas plans

State lawmakers have passed a bill that would bar Virginia from entering into a regional greenhouse gas initiative without a two-thirds vote by both houses of the General Assembly. It comes as the Northam administration prepares to do just that, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports. 02-14 Greenhouse gases Wrap1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Roanoke County state senator helps craft tax relief bill

Roanoke County state senator helps craft tax relief bill

Roanoke County’s freshman Republican state senator was in the mix as the General Assembly crafted and then passed a tax relief bill earlier this week. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story: 2-14 Suetterlein Tax Bill Wrap#2-WEB   ... Continue Reading
Former St. Andrew’s priest on list of sexual abusers

Former St. Andrew’s priest on list of sexual abusers

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has released a list of 42 priests accused of sexually abusing children over the last half century. One of the priests named once led St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke, although there is no evidence presented that the allegations pertain to his time here. Father Steven “Randy” Rule had previously… ... Continue Reading