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Roanoke City Council looks to move municipal elections to May

Roanoke City Council looks to move municipal elections to May

Supporters of changing the date of Roanoke’s municipal elections say it will make it easier for residents to get to the polls. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has the latest 10-22 Roanoke Election Changes Wrap-WEB     ... Continue Reading
Senator says withdrawing troops from Syria could lead to ISIS resurgence

Senator says withdrawing troops from Syria could lead to ISIS resurgence

Virginia’s Junior Senator says U.S. military action in Northern Syria is sending the wrong message to the world. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 10-22 Kaine-Syria WRAP ... Continue Reading
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown endorses candidate to succeed him

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown endorses candidate to succeed him

From Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown: I am, at this time, officially endorsing Captain Mike Miller for Sheriff of Bedford County. Prior to the June Republican Primary, in which there were three candidates vying for the GOP endorsement, I took a position shared by loyal members of the Republican Party of remaining neutral during this… ... Continue Reading
Perkins reflects on UVA win; Carter on TV sports career

Perkins reflects on UVA win; Carter on TV sports career

Dennis Carter from WSET is about to retire as sports director – he looks back; and Bryce Perkins on UVA’s big win over Duke on Saturday. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Morgan Harrington’s life and legacy illustrated on timeline banner

Morgan Harrington’s life and legacy illustrated on timeline banner

Morgan Harrington’s life – and her legacy – are cataloged on a timeline banner of her life that was displayed last Thursday in Charlottesville – at the last place the Virginia Tech student and Roanoke resident was seen alive 10 years ago: WFIR-AMNE ... Continue Reading
Christiansburg couple part of first drone deliveries in the county

Christiansburg couple part of first drone deliveries in the county

In case you missed it history was made here in the region on Friday – the first-ever deliveries of commercial products by drones to end users after an order was placed via a phone app. We spoke to one of those customers. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 10-22 Drone Delivery Folo Wrap#1 Click below to… ... Continue Reading
Suspect sought for stealing merchandise from SML-area store

Suspect sought for stealing merchandise from SML-area store

Someone broke into a Smith Mountain Lake-area business overnight, and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is asking for helping identifying and locating the suspect. Officials say it happened at the Red Rock Store near the Halesford Bridge in Moneta. The suspect forced entry to break in and steal merchandise before taking off. NEWS RELEASE: This… ... Continue Reading
Charges pending after passenger is trapped, dies when pickup strikes tree

Charges pending after passenger is trapped, dies when pickup strikes tree

A Radford Man died today after the pickup truck he was riding in left State Route 8 between Christiansburg and Floyd and struck a tree. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Jason Paul was a passenger in pickup, and he was trapped in the vehicle until rescue personnel could free him. Paul died later… ... Continue Reading
WRABA’s Restaurant Week through this Saturday has an international flair

WRABA’s Restaurant Week through this Saturday has an international flair

The latest version of Restaurant Week through this Saturday on Williamson Road has a definite international flair, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 10-21 WRABA Wrap#1 ... Continue Reading
Juicy After Dark expands to monthly Monday night block party

Juicy After Dark expands to monthly Monday night block party

What started as an occasional Monday night event for adults has turned into a monthly block party beginning tonight in downtown Roanoke. Tonight’s event is the Halloween themed Saints and Sinners event. WFIR’s Ian Price has details on why the event needed more room: 10-21 Juicy After Dark Expands WRAP ... Continue Reading
Paul Mahoney live: Tanglewood, “Coolness factor” and more

Paul Mahoney live: Tanglewood, “Coolness factor” and more

Three people are running to represent the Cave Spring District on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. We will hear from all three in the next two weeks, and we started with former long-time Roanoke County Attorney and Republican candidate Paul Mahoney. The conversation touched on issues that included the future of the Tanglewood area,… ... Continue Reading
A good weekend for college football teams in the Commonwealth

A good weekend for college football teams in the Commonwealth

Starting with that crazy 6 overtime game when Virginia Tech beat UNC on Saturday in an historic game with a new overtime format. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Windows 7 alert: PC owners using it face important decision

Windows 7 alert: PC owners using it face important decision

A deadline is less than three months away for all PC’s that use the Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft will stop supporting it in mid-January, leaving users with three choices — upgrade, purchase a new computer, or face security risks. Experts say if f you keep running your computer with Windows7 after January 14, it… ... Continue Reading
Historic flights in the New River Valley on Friday

Historic flights in the New River Valley on Friday

A partnership between Google affiliate Wing and Virginia Tech led to a first in the nation on Friday – deliveries by drone from a local Walgreen’s, FedEx and from the Sugar Magnolia retail sweet shop to several homeowners. WFIR’s Gene Marrano was an eyewitness: 10-21 Wing Delivery Wrap#2 ... Continue Reading
Bedford County school district: Deal ends federal investigation

Bedford County school district: Deal ends federal investigation

BEDFORD, Va. (AP)  Officials with the Bedford County School district say they recently reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education after the agency opened an investigation into allegations of a racially hostile environment at one of its high schools. The News & Advance reports the investigation stemmed from a February incident in which… ... Continue Reading
VSP investigates fatal Botetourt crash

VSP investigates fatal Botetourt crash

(from Virginia State Police) BOTETOURT, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper A.S. Cummings is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred Saturday (Oct 19) at 9:59 p.m. on Roanoke Road, one tenth of a mile south of Ashley Way in Botetourt County. A 2008 Ford Ranger was traveling north on… ... Continue Reading
GoFest is a no-go today: cancelled due to weather

GoFest is a no-go today: cancelled due to weather

The rainy weather and muddy grounds has forced cancellation of today’s (Sunday) Go Outside Festival at River’s Edge South in Roanoke after two days of good weather and sizable crowds. ... Continue Reading
VSP looking for tips on hit and run from yesterday

VSP looking for tips on hit and run from yesterday

(from  State Police) Virginia State Police are asking for any information from the public regarding a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian. The hit and run occurred Friday (Oct 18) on Route 11, in front of the Dodge’s gas station, just south of Route 220 in Botetourt County. Virginia State Police are looking for… ... Continue Reading
Trump will not hold next G7 summit at his resort

Trump will not hold next G7 summit at his resort

(from  ABC News) President Donald Trump announced Saturday night that his administration would no longer consider his personal resort in Doral, Florida to host the 2020 G7 summit in Miami, and suggested he might consider Camp David. “Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral,… ... Continue Reading
Hokies win historic game vs UNC in 6 overtimes

Hokies win historic game vs UNC in 6 overtimes

BLACKSBURG – Quincy Patterson’s two-point conversion run in the sixth overtime lifted Virginia Tech a wild 43-41 victory over North Carolina on Saturday at Lane Stadium in the longest game in ACC history. With the victory, the Hokies moved to 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the ACC, and they beat North Carolina for the fourth consecutive… ... Continue Reading

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