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Bear care: Roanoke-area wildlife center cares for three orphaned cubs

Not one, not two, but three orphaned black bear cubs are being cared for at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center in southwest Roanoke County. A Facebook post says it’s not the first time they’ve cared for bear cubs at the center, but it is the earliest in the year that the center has received cubs.… ... Continue Reading
Driver found dead in crashed pickup off Blue Ridge Parkway

Driver found dead in crashed pickup off Blue Ridge Parkway

NEWS RELEASE:  On February 17, 2020 at approximately 4:00 pm, National Park Service dispatchers received a report of a vehicle off the roadway and down an embankment near parkway milepost 23. Reports came from pedestrians near milepost 23 who spotted the pickup truck while jogging along the parkway.  Rangers responded and found the operator, James… ... Continue Reading
Richmond Catholic Diocese to offer settlements if victims do not sue

Richmond Catholic Diocese to offer settlements if victims do not sue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond says it will offer  monetary settlements to sexual abuse victims if they give up the right to sue. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the diocese announced the offer on Monday. Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout said in a press release that the offer is “the best course… ... Continue Reading
Crumbles aims to open in downtown Roanoke before March

Crumbles aims to open in downtown Roanoke before March

A new breakfast spot is set to open on Kirk Avenue in Downtown Roanoke – right across 2nd street from the City of Roanoke Municipal Building. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 02-18 Crumbles WRAP   ... Continue Reading
Tech, UVA both win over the weekend

Tech, UVA both win over the weekend

The Virginia and Virginia Tech men’s basketball teams both won on Saturday; both squads are back on the court at home tomorrow night. Head coaches Tony Bennett and Mike Young weighed in after the weekend wins. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
NS shutting Roanoke Distribution Center, jobs relocating or eliminated

NS shutting Roanoke Distribution Center, jobs relocating or eliminated

Norfolk Southern has announced the closure of its Roanoke Distribution Center, saying that work will move to Altoona, Pennsylvania. The company says all mechanical workers – about 85 — will be offered the opportunity to relocate to the Juniata Locomotive Shop and continue their employment with Norfolk Southern. 19 clerical positions are being eliminated. Norfolk… ... Continue Reading
“Mom Expo” leads to Huddle Up Moms and then to “Love Your Body” tonight

“Mom Expo” leads to Huddle Up Moms and then to “Love Your Body” tonight

First at a “Mom Expo” last summer and then at the first meeting of a new organization created after that event, the “Huddle Up Moms” organizers realized new mothers and women in general are looking for more support. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 2-18 Love Your Body Wrap#2 ... Continue Reading
Edwards plays big role in killing proposed assault-style weapon ban

Edwards plays big role in killing proposed assault-style weapon ban

It looks like a proposed statewide ban on the sale of assault-style weapons is dead for the year in Richmond. So is the proposed ban on possessing high-capacity magazines. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to hold off any possible further consideration until next year. Roanoke Democrat John Edwards was among among the four in… ... Continue Reading
Virginia Republican announces gubernatorial run

Virginia Republican announces gubernatorial run

UPDATE:A Richmond area Republican lawmaker has declared her intention to run for Governor in 2021. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has that story 2-18 Chase Gov Wrap-WEB     PREVIOUS: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Republican state senator says she’s running for governor next year as an unabashed conservative whose top priority will be to promote… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority to survey residents about high speed internet

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority to survey residents about high speed internet

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has installed about 100 miles of high-speed fiber underground, with a focus on connections to business and local government customers. Now it wants to target valley residents, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 2-17 RVBA Wrap#1 find the survey at rvba.online/FTTH or https://rvba.servicezones.net/home ... Continue Reading
Democrats descend on Virginia ahead of Super Tuesday — but not here

Democrats descend on Virginia ahead of Super Tuesday — but not here

Democratic Presidential candidates are descending on Virginia ahead of its primary in two weeks. More ahead of Super Tuesday, with WFIR’s Ian Price: 02-17 Dems Descend WRAP ... Continue Reading
Good weekend for men’s basketball teams

Good weekend for men’s basketball teams

UVA, Virginia Tech and Liberty all won on Saturday. Flames head coach Richie McKay had a comment after the win over NJIT at home. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
General Assembly considers 5-cent fee for grocery plastic bags

General Assembly considers 5-cent fee for grocery plastic bags

The General Assembly is now into the second half of considering new legislation, and among some of the proposals not yet receiving much public attention is one that would impact many trips you take to the supermarket or drug store. It would impose a 5-cent fee for any plastic bag you use for the first… ... Continue Reading
Search continues for missing Franklin County man

Search continues for missing Franklin County man

(from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office) Missing: Keith Bentford Perdue, Age 56, White Male. On February 14, 2020 at approximately 09:24 AM, a family member reported Keith Bentford Perdue missing to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office after she was unable to make contact with him for the past two weeks. A wellbeing check was done at… ... Continue Reading
State police investigate fatal crash on I-81

State police investigate fatal crash on I-81

(VSP release) Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred on the southbound side of Interstate 81, near the 131 mile marker in Roanoke County. The crash occurred at 4:31 a.m., when a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, traveling southbound at a high rate of speed, lost control and struck a tractor trailer in… ... Continue Reading
Salem fire displaces one person

Salem fire displaces one person

(from City of Salem) The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a residential structure fire at 1006 West Riverside Drive (Lot 68) at approximately 11:23 p.m.Saturday night. One person was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. The first units arrived within five minutes of receiving the call and found… ... Continue Reading
Virginia teen accused of killing mother, brother

Virginia teen accused of killing mother, brother

MIDLAND, Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting his mother and his 6-year-old brother in their Virginia home was arrested on Saturday in North Carolina, authorities said. Levi H. Norwood’s father found his wife and younger son dead from gunshot wounds when he returned to their Midland, Virginia, home on Friday evening,… ... Continue Reading
Bloomberg makes pitch to Virginia voters

Bloomberg makes pitch to Virginia voters

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia. By investing millions on state legislative races, Bloomberg helped Democrats take back the statehouse last fall. With full control of government in Virginia, Democrats have started pushing through progressive legislation on… ... Continue Reading
We have liftoff: Va-launched flight on way to space station

We have liftoff: Va-launched flight on way to space station

(From Governor’s office) RICHMOND—The 13th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station successfully launched today at 3:21 p.m. from Wallops Island. The mission will deliver 8,009 pounds of cargo to the space station. The “NG-13” mission is a partnership of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space), NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and Northrop… ... Continue Reading
Early morning fire extinguished quickly

Early morning fire extinguished quickly

(from Roanoke FIRE-EMS) UPDATE: Cause is accidental, electrical in nature. At 12:41am, Roanoke Fire-EMS was dispatched to the 1900 block of Valley View Blvd NW for a fire (reported as Shakers restaurant by WDBJ-7). When units arrived they found a small fire on the roof of a restaurant. The fire was quickly extinguished, fire damage… ... Continue Reading

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