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Democrats’ 2020 nominating fight turns in the GOP-run South

Democrats’ 2020 nominating fight turns in the GOP-run South

ATLANTA (AP) — When the top lieutenant to a presidential contender phoned Georgia Democratic Party Chairwoman Nikema Williams recently to ask for a one-on-one meeting, Williams declined. “I’m sorry, but I talk to candidates; I don’t talk to surrogates,” she said, recalling the conversation in an interview. Williams got what she wanted. By her count,… ... Continue Reading
Judge dismisses water researcher’s defamation lawsuit

Judge dismisses water researcher’s defamation lawsuit

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a Virginia Tech researcher who helped expose the Flint, Michigan, water crisis can’t silence critics with a federal defamation lawsuit. The Roanoke Times reports that U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski dismissed Marc Edwards’ $3 million lawsuit against three critics Wednesday. The engineering professor and a team of… ... Continue Reading
No. 1 Virginia avoids 2nd straight huge NCAA tourney upset

No. 1 Virginia avoids 2nd straight huge NCAA tourney upset

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — This time, Virginia was not one-and-done against a 16 seed. It looked possible, at least through the first half, as the Cavaliers were tested in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Down 14 points in the first half Friday against Gardner-Webb, another early exit was quite possible. Shades of UMBC… ... Continue Reading
Former Cave Spring football standout charged with burglarizing HS construction site

Former Cave Spring football standout charged with burglarizing HS construction site

Two people –- including a former Cave Spring High School football standout who now plays for Liberty University – are charged with breaking into the school’s construction site two weekends ago. Roanoke County Police say 22-year-old Zachary Foutz is charged with burglary, obstruction of justice and larceny. A second person — from central Virginia —… ... Continue Reading
Dawgs back in town, Martinsville race weekend

Dawgs back in town, Martinsville race weekend

After more than a month away from the Berglund Center the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are home tonight and tomorrow. And its race weekend in Martinsville with the STP 500 on Sunday: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
High winds bring increased fire danger along Blue Ridge

High winds bring increased fire danger along Blue Ridge

From the National Weather Service: Special Weather Statement For Increased Fire Danger.  Carroll-Floyd-Roanoke-Patrick-Franklin Counties, including the cities of Galax, Floyd, Roanoke, Strong winds, coupled with low humidity, will pose an increased risk of brush fires this afternoon and evening. The driest conditions are expected along and just east of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke… ... Continue Reading
Ribbon cutting for Franklin Road Bridge this morning

Ribbon cutting for Franklin Road Bridge this morning

Bad weather and the need to coordinate demolition and then construction with Norfolk Southern helped stretch the Franklin Road Bridge project to 26 months – but its finally open again as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 3-22 Franklin Bridge Wrap-WEB ... Continue Reading
NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

CROZET, Va. (AP) – Federal investigators say a trash truck driver was likely under the influence of marijuana and anti-seizure medication when his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers in Virginia last year.The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the accident Thursday. The crash killed a passenger in… ... Continue Reading
Dawgs coach on coming home again and prepping for playoffs

Dawgs coach on coming home again and prepping for playoffs

After more than a month away from the Berglund Center the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are home tonight and tomorrow. Head coach Dan Bremner says his team is ready for a break from the road. The Dawgs have clinched an SPHL playoff spot but Bremner says they would like to move up a notch or… ... Continue Reading
VMT to dedicate historic Roanoke-built fire vehicle

VMT to dedicate historic Roanoke-built fire vehicle

The Virginia Museum of Transportation will dedicate a Roanoke-built, one-of-a-kind vehicle tomorrow. It is a 1952 Oren Custom Squad Wagon, a fire truck built in Roanoke for the city’s own fire department and part of the the museum’s goal to present all kinds of transportation with roots in Virginia.WFIR’s Evan Jones has more: 03-22 VMT… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke Valley Gives hands out awards

Roanoke Valley Gives hands out awards

164 non-profits took part in the 4th Annual Roanoke Valley Gives Day and yesterday the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia saluted those who raised the most money over that 24 hour period. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story: 3-22 RVG Awards Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Report: Virginia pension fund in trouble if market meltdown hits

Report: Virginia pension fund in trouble if market meltdown hits

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A recent state report has found that Virginia’s pension fund is in a worse position to handle a market meltdown than it was before the Great Recession. That’s despite a 10-year bull market and pension reform efforts by lawmakers to make the fund more resilient. The Virginia Retirement System’s recent “stress… ... Continue Reading
Heading north? Snow, fog today in Wintergreen/Afton area

Heading north? Snow, fog today in Wintergreen/Afton area

If you are heading north this afternoon from Roanoke or Lynchburg toward Charlottesville, be advised it has been snowing in some higher elevations, including those around Wintergreen Resort and Afton Mountain.   There is accumulating snow in places, and visibility is quite limited as well.   From the National Weather Service: Winter Storm Warning Areas… ... Continue Reading
Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

 CROZET, Va. (AP) – Federal investigators say a trash truck driver was likely under the influence of marijuana and anti-seizure medication when his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers in Virginia last year. The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the accident Thursday. The crash killed a passenger… ... Continue Reading
School bus that ran into truck was carrying Giles Co. band members

School bus that ran into truck was carrying Giles Co. band members

A Giles County school bus carrying Narrows High School students to a band competition ran into the back of a tractor-trailer this morning on Interstate 81 near Bristol. State Police say three students were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment as a precaution – no serious injuries reported. State Police have charged the bus… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke Valley Gives celebrates record-breaking event

Roanoke Valley Gives celebrates record-breaking event

The Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia announced its biggest fundraisers during last week’s “Roanoke Valley Gives Day,” at a luncheon today. Roanoke Catholic, Lake Christian Ministries and the Prevention Council of Roanoke County took home the top honors in the large, medium and small organization categories, respectively. Despite Facebook and Instagram going down that same… ... Continue Reading
The bridge is back on Franklin Road

The bridge is back on Franklin Road

After being out of commission for more than two years the Franklin Road Bridge into Roanoke’s Old Southwest neighborhood that was torn down and rebuilt will reopen tomorrow morning. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 3019 Franklin Bridge Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Mill Mountain Theatre 2019 preview

Mill Mountain Theatre 2019 preview

The Mill Mountain Theatre season on the main stage opens next week with Mamma Mia! Meanwhile the Waldron “Fringe Series” that presents edgier, lesser known works in that more intimate space is looking for feedback from the public on what they want the Fringe Series to become. Ginger Poole is the Producing Artistic Director at… ... Continue Reading
Math prof looks at 12 seed Liberty University’s chances

Math prof looks at 12 seed Liberty University’s chances

We already took a look at trying to make a perfect bracket but what does Liberty Mathematics Professor Tim Van Voohris think of his own school’s chances in the big dance? WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 03-21 LU Round of 64 WRAP ... Continue Reading
Tech readies for rematch with St Louis

Tech readies for rematch with St Louis

Virginia Tech senior Ahmed Hill says revenge is on the Hokies minds as they get set to face the Billikens in the NCAA tourney tomorrow night. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading