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7-year sentence imposed for theft from campaign, others

7-year sentence imposed for theft from campaign, others

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former lawyer has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for embezzling more than $1.6 million from groups including the campaign fund of Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw.David H. Miller, 71, of Fairfax, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria. A jury convicted Miller on fraud… ... Continue Reading
Man arrested for heroin possession in Franklin County

Man arrested for heroin possession in Franklin County

From Franklin County Sheriff’s Office:On January 18, 2020, while on routine patrol in Franklin County, a deputy from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Virgil H. Goode Hwy. in the Boones Mill community of Franklin County. The vehicle was stopped for a missing front license plate and the registration displayed did… ... Continue Reading
Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, that would update the Virginia Fair Housing act… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Arson confirmed in former Bedford Middle School fire

UPDATE: Arson confirmed in former Bedford Middle School fire

UPDATE: Investigators say there is no question that the fire at the former Bedford Middle School was the work of an arsonist – and they have discovered an accelerant in one of its rooms. Officials say it appears the fire was set in more than one part of the building. Police are using a specially-trained… ... Continue Reading
Vinton-area woman charged with embezzling from Christian school

Vinton-area woman charged with embezzling from Christian school

A Vinton-area woman is charged with stealing funds from the Christian school where she worked. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation started in December when Mineral Springs Christian School reported a possible embezzlement. That led to the arrest this week of 44-year-old Christi Gray on eight felony counts. There is no word on… ... Continue Reading
Gun law measures advance further in General Assembly

Gun law measures advance further in General Assembly

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Democratic-led House committee voted Friday for several pieces of gun legislation that a Republican majority has blocked for years. Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to once a month; universal background checks on gun purchases; allowing localities to ban guns in public buildings, parks and other areas; and a red… ... Continue Reading
North Cross hockey team off to a good start

North Cross hockey team off to a good start

The fledgling North Cross School ice hockey team went on the road and won a tournament in Pittsburgh last week. Players from other local high schools help fill out the roster for now. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
New candidate to announce run for Salem City Council

New candidate to announce run for Salem City Council

There are three seats up for grabs in May’s Salem City Council election. Tomorrow one candidate – Roland Braelith – makes his formal announcement about running. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 1-24 Braelith Wrap#1-WEB Hear an extended conversation with Roland Braelith about his run for Salem City Council below: 1-24 Braelith long form ... Continue Reading
Bill would give Virginia renters an alternative to security deposits

Bill would give Virginia renters an alternative to security deposits

A proposed bill aims to offer Virginia renters the option of waiving the standard ‘first and last month’s rent’ security deposit. Its sponsor hopes the idea also catches on in other states, as WFIR’s Ian Price reports:   01-24 Rental Security Deposits WLNI ... Continue Reading
Mast General Store coming this summer is hiring

Mast General Store coming this summer is hiring

The Mast General Store that will open later this year will be the 10th – and the first in Virginia. It will be the first major retailer in downtown Roanoke for decades – and they’re hiring, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 1-24 Mast General Wrap#1 ... Continue Reading
Bills advance to overturn Virginia abortion laws

Bills advance to overturn Virginia abortion laws

Bills that would undo several Virginia abortion laws have now advanced from both House and Senate committees Thursday, and full passage appears all but certain. Among other things, the bills would overturn past requirements that included an ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more: 01-24 Abortion Laws Wrap1-WEB RICHMOND,… ... Continue Reading
10th straight year of hotel revenue growth in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

10th straight year of hotel revenue growth in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Its quite the winning streak – 2019 was the 10th straight year of hotel room revenue growth in Virginia’s Blue Ridge: a 3.7% rise over 2018 and 116 million dollars in total revenue. There was an increase in hotel room demand of just over one percent. Catherine Fox is a Vice President for Visit Virginia’s… ... Continue Reading
Southwest Virginia Congressman speaks for medical marijuana, files bill

Southwest Virginia Congressman speaks for medical marijuana, files bill

A House committee that includes a Salem Congressman held a legislative hearing called “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade.” WFIR’s Ian Price has that story: 01-23 Griffith Marijuana WRAP Griffith ended his speech with this. 01-23 Griffith-Something About it Bite ... Continue Reading
Hokies win; Gruden lands with Jags

Hokies win; Gruden lands with Jags

The Virginia Tech Hokies men’s basketball trailed against reeling North Carolina last night but came back to win in double overtime. And former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has a new gig in Jacksonville. WPLY-MIN   ... Continue Reading
The FBRI explained

The FBRI explained

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion will expand later this spring, once a new wing is opened. The VT-C Assistant Vice President for Advancement is Kim Blair; she discusses the Fralin Institute on our new long-form “Virginia Technology Today” segment below: VTechnology Today Jan 23 Kim Blair ... Continue Reading
Winter Festival of New Works debuts tonight

Winter Festival of New Works debuts tonight

Some of the plays and playwrights at the annual Hollins-Mill Mountain Winter Festival of New Works have seen their award-winning work produced elsewhere. The two-week event returns tonight as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 1-23 New Works Wrap#1 ... Continue Reading
Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce names new executive director

Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce names new executive director

(from Chamber release) The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce has named Beth Bell as its new executive director.  Bell started work last week as the organization’s new executive leader. Bell will focus on providing support and resources to the Chamber’s growing membership base through recognition, strategic connections, relevant events and partnership opportunities.  Bell comes to… ... Continue Reading
I-81 project is first step to widen highway across the valley

I-81 project is first step to widen highway across the valley

Work to widen a busy two-mile stretch of I-81 to three lanes will begin this spring. VDOT says the contract was awarded this month to build a third lane between I-581 and Electric Road. It is the most heavily-traveled section of 81 in Virginia. The project should be complete by the summer of 2022. WFIR’s… ... Continue Reading
Accident blocks I-581; major highway and local road backups

Accident blocks I-581; major highway and local road backups

UPDATE: The accident has cleared and traffic on I-581 and 81 is returning to normal. PREVIOUS:  Major travel headaches at this hour on southbound Interstate 581 between between I-81 and Hershberger Road. There is an accident involving a large dump truck pulling a front loader just south of the Hershberger Road bridge that is blocking… ... Continue Reading
Va Senate passes “red flag” gun law over fierce opposition

Va Senate passes “red flag” gun law over fierce opposition

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others, as the state moves closer to joining a growing number of states enacting so-called “red flag” gun laws. The Democratic-led Senate voted for the bill despite fierce resistance from… ... Continue Reading

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