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Liberty headed to bowl game in first FBS season

Liberty headed to bowl game in first FBS season

In their first season as a full-fledged FBS college football team Liberty University is going to a bowl game – on December 21st vs Georgia Southern in Orlando Florida. Head coach Hugh Freeze is taking the Flames bowling: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Northam explains reasons for proposing $22M for maternal health spending

Northam explains reasons for proposing $22M for maternal health spending

Governor Northam is proposing about $22 million in new state spending for efforts to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies — and reduce the racial disparity in the state’s maternal mortality rate. He unveiled his proposal yesterday, one that includes funding to expand Medicaid coverage for new moms and increase home visits from care… ... Continue Reading
Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership. The “God. Family. Guns” rally was held just a month before the General Assembly is… ... Continue Reading
NAACP Chief: more work to be done

NAACP Chief: more work to be done

The 69th Life Membership Luncheon and “Freedom Fundraiser” for the Roanoke NAACP chapter on Saturday was also unique – as the national NAACP chair spoke at that event for the first time. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 12-9 NAACP Chair Wrap#2 ... Continue Reading
Northam proposes $22M to improve maternal health outcomes

Northam proposes $22M to improve maternal health outcomes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing about $22 million for efforts to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies and reduce the racial disparity in the state’s maternal mortality rate. Northam announced Monday that his budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session includes funding to expand Medicaid coverage for new moms… ... Continue Reading
Report: Virginia newlyweds badly burned in New Zealand volcano

Report: Virginia newlyweds badly burned in New Zealand volcano

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Relatives of a newlywed American couple are desperately seeking information after learning that the husband and wife were severely burned from a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Barbara Barham told The Washington Post on Monday that daughter Lauren Urey, 32, and husband Matthew Urey, 36, were on their honeymoon. Barham said… ... Continue Reading
JMU rolls to quarterfinals; UVA coach reflects on loss to Clemson

JMU rolls to quarterfinals; UVA coach reflects on loss to Clemson

Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall says Clemson’s big plays on Saturday night helped do them in; meanwhile James Madison advances to the FCS quarterfinals: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Rep. speaks in support of resolutions ahead of Bedford County vote

Rep. speaks in support of resolutions ahead of Bedford County vote

A Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution vote in Bedford County today has the approval of a local congressman. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 12-09 SAS in D.C. WRAP ... Continue Reading
Public can meet the two finalists for Salem City Manager tonight

Public can meet the two finalists for Salem City Manager tonight

It is down to the final two candidates to be Salem’s next City Manager, and both will be present at a public “meet and greet” session tonight. Jay Taliafierro is Salem’s Interim City Manager and very well known in the city. Lowell Crow has managed two Illinois cities after a 30-year Navy career. Both Taliaferro… ... Continue Reading
James Madison rolls past Monmouth 66-21 in FCS playoffs

James Madison rolls past Monmouth 66-21 in FCS playoffs

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Ben DiNucci accounted for four touchdowns, Percy Agyei-Obese ran for three and James Madison took a 66-21 victory Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The second-seeded Dukes (12-1), whose only loss came in a 20-13 loss at West Virginia in their opener, rolled up 623 yards offense and… ... Continue Reading
No. 3 Clemson tops No. 22 Virginia 62-17 for ACC title

No. 3 Clemson tops No. 22 Virginia 62-17 for ACC title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence believes No. 3 Clemson is better than it was a year ago. He and the Tigers will get the chance to prove it in the College Football Playoffs. Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, three to Tee Higgins, and the defending national champions dismantled No. 22 Virginia 62-17 for its… ... Continue Reading
Governor halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl

Governor halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he’s suspended a policy that allowed prison officials to strip search an 8-year-old girl who was visiting her father. “I am deeply disturbed by these reports — not just as governor but as a pediatrician and a dad,” Northam told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in… ... Continue Reading
Two fires responded to within 10 minutes in Roanoke

Two fires responded to within 10 minutes in Roanoke

From Roanoke City: At 10:01pm, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a working fire in the 3400 block of Bennett Dr NW. The fire was contained to the hallway. No injuries were reported and no one displaced. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  At 10:09pm, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a working fire in the 700 block… ... Continue Reading
Tre Jones, No. 10 Duke rally past Virginia Tech 77-63

Tre Jones, No. 10 Duke rally past Virginia Tech 77-63

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Tre Jones was pleased that when No. 10 Duke fell behind early at Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils showed composure and gradually worked their way back. Coach Mike Krzyzewski was glad he had Jones to lead the way. “They follow his lead,” Krzyzewski said after Jones scored 10 of his 15… ... Continue Reading
Virginia lieutenant governor in court seeking vindication

Virginia lieutenant governor in court seeking vindication

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he’s done everything he can to clear his name after two women accused him of sexual assault: he’s requested police investigations, taken a lie-detector test and begged the media to report on evidence he says exonerates him. On Friday, he tried another approach as he… ... Continue Reading
Murder arrest after victim’s vehicle is found at suspect’s home

Murder arrest after victim’s vehicle is found at suspect’s home

A Martinsville man is charged with the strangulation death last Friday of a Rocky Mount resident. Police say they were able to develop a suspect after finding the victim’s car at the suspect’s residence about 30 miles from the murder scene. 35-year-old Derry Finney faces a murder charge for the death of James Kirby —… ... Continue Reading
Live in studio: Roanoke City manager Bob Cowell

Live in studio: Roanoke City manager Bob Cowell

Tonight is the kickoff for “Dickens of a Christmas” which runs on Friday nights through the 20th.  The City of Roanoke Christmas tree lighting is tonight at 6:15 at the Wells Fargo Plaza. Live in studio this morning Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell was also thinking of the bottom line.  Hear the complete conversation on… ... Continue Reading
Governor halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl

Governor halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he’s suspended a policy that allowed prison officials to strip search an 8-year-old girl who was visiting her father. “I am deeply disturbed by these reports — not just as governor but as a pediatrician and a dad,” Northam told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in… ... Continue Reading
New “Breathe America” organization wants to plant more trees

New “Breathe America” organization wants to plant more trees

A fledgling organization dedicated to a greener world and reduced carbon levels is co-hosting a tree planting event tomorrow in northeast Roanoke. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 12-6 Breathe America Wrap#1 ... Continue Reading
At the Movies: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood and Knives Out

At the Movies: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood and Knives Out

Now here’s Brent Stevens from Hollins University “At the Movies” … with what’s new at the historic Grandin Theatre: “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood” and “Knives Out”: Knives Out – click below 12-5 At the Movies-WEB A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood – click below 12-6 At the Movies-WEB ... Continue Reading

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