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Pedal Up teaches biking skills and life lessons

Pedal Up teaches biking skills and life lessons

For the past several years Family Service of Roanoke Valley and the West End Center for Youth have teamed for the “Pedal Up” program: WFIR-WDNE ... Continue Reading
Another loaded gun confiscated at airport

Another loaded gun confiscated at airport

A West Virginia woman was stopped by the Transportation Security Administration with a loaded handgun at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport yesterday. A TSA officer at the x-ray monitor detected the .38 caliber handgun inside a carry-on bag. The gun was loaded with six bullets. Airport police responded, confiscated the handgun and cited the woman on a… ... Continue Reading
Warner, Kaine seek info about Virginia facility after abuse claims

Warner, Kaine seek info about Virginia facility after abuse claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia’s two Democratic senators asked the Trump administration Friday for answers about operations at a juvenile detention facility in the state where immigrant children said they were bound, beaten and isolated in solitary confinement. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent to the head of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement questions… ... Continue Reading
No room at the shelter for more stray dogs

No room at the shelter for more stray dogs

The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection is bursting at the seams with a recent influx of stray dogs brought in – and the clock is ticking as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 6-22 Shelter Full Wrap#1-WEB   ... Continue Reading
Multi law enforcement agencies involved in high-speed chase last night

Multi law enforcement agencies involved in high-speed chase last night

Around 11 last night Blacksburg Police observed  a vehicle nearly striking another on South Main Street. An attempted stop on the 460 bypass failed – and that led to a high speed pursuit on Interstate 81 northbound that reached in excess of 100 miles per hour. Christiansburg and Virginia State Police assisted in the pursuit. … ... Continue Reading
VT researchers find oldest known footprint

VT researchers find oldest known footprint

Researchers at Virginia Tech have found the oldest footprints. They date back more than 540-million years as WFIR’s Ian Price reports: 06-22 Oldest Footprints WEB-WRAP ... Continue Reading
Hillcats pitcher goes from Tommy John to All Star; Trotz on new gig in NY

Hillcats pitcher goes from Tommy John to All Star; Trotz on new gig in NY

Sam Hentges talks about his comeback from elbow surgery; former caps coach Barry Trotz excited for new job with Islanders: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
39 new troopers join ranks of Virginia State Police

39 new troopers join ranks of Virginia State Police

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Thirty-nine new troopers are set to join the ranks of the Virginia State Police. The Commonwealth’s 128th generation of Virginia State Troopers will graduate Friday. The 39 new troopers will be presented with diplomas during commencement exercises at the State Police Training Academy in Chesterfield County. State police said in a… ... Continue Reading
School Board member aims to get CSHS project back on track

School Board member aims to get CSHS project back on track

Its back to square one for the Roanoke County School Board when it comes to remodeling Cave Spring High School. One board member and school alum is determined to get the project back on track as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 6-22 CSHS-Wrap Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
First Miss Virginia pageant in Lynchburg is last one with swimsuits

First Miss Virginia pageant in Lynchburg is last one with swimsuits

The next Miss Virginia will be crowned this weekend, and for the first time in the pageant’s 55-year history, it will not occur in Roanoke. Lynchburg and Liberty University serve as its new home. At the same time, this will also be the final time for a pageant mainstay, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports. 06-22… ... Continue Reading
Kaine has questions on Trump’s executive order

Kaine has questions on Trump’s executive order

The furor over the separation of children from their parents at the southern border may abate with the President’s decision to end that policy but Virginia’s junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine said today he still has questions. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 6-21 Kaine-Immigration Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Appeals court grants new sentencing hearings for DC sniper

Appeals court grants new sentencing hearings for DC sniper

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A sniper serving life in prison for terrorizing the Washington, D.C., region as a teenager must get new sentencing hearings in Virginia, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.  The 3-0 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denies an appeal by prosecutors who said they already complied with the… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Northam orders probe into juvenile facility housing immigrant teens

UPDATE: Northam orders probe into juvenile facility housing immigrant teens

UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered state officials to investigate claims made by immigrant teens of severe physical abuse at a juvenile detention facility. Northam announced the probe in a tweet on Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported on a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens held at the Shenandoah… ... Continue Reading
United Way’s “Day of Action” has local impact

United Way’s “Day of Action” has local impact

United Way’s “Day of Action” is taking place nationwide today. Locally, volunteers are spending time with children at Head Start centers, sorting donated food at Feeding America and fixing youth bicycles at the West End Center. That’s for a joint program with Family Service of Roanoke Valley called “Pedal Up.” Jeff Collignon is a United… ... Continue Reading
Local community theater looking for more dancers and singers

Local community theater looking for more dancers and singers

“Nice Work if You Can Get It,” is a stage musical set just before Prohibition took hold in the Roaring Twenties. Attic Productions in Fincastle is gearing up for a production that opens in late July – and they’ve got the “help wanted” sign out. Most of the casting is done, but director James Honnaker… ... Continue Reading
Honduran woman fearing deportation given sanctuary in Va church

Honduran woman fearing deportation given sanctuary in Va church

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Honduran woman who says she’s facing deportation has taken sanctuary in a Virginia church. Abbie Arevalo-Herrera came to the U.S. in 2014 and has sought asylum based on what she says are death threats against her by the father of her oldest child. She reported receiving a call earlier this… ... Continue Reading
Vinton company to spend $1.5 million to increase capacity

Vinton company to spend $1.5 million to increase capacity

A Vinton company is investing $1.5 million to expand and upgrade its manufacturing capabilities. Governor Northam’s office says the state will provide funding to help Magnets USA retrain its workers for the new systems. The company makes magnetic and paper promotional products. It employs 70 people. From Governor Northam’s Office: RICHMOND-Governor Ralph Northam today announced… ... Continue Reading
Fossil demonstration tonight ahead of “Fallen Kingdom” premiere

Fossil demonstration tonight ahead of “Fallen Kingdom” premiere

If you’re braving the crowds tonight for the premiere of the newest Jurassic World movie you might see a demonstration from actual paleontologists. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 06-21 Jurasic Kingdom WEB-WRAP ... Continue Reading
Laid-off Northrop workers could be rehired by new contractor

Laid-off Northrop workers could be rehired by new contractor

CHESTER, Va. (AP) – More than 300 Northrop Grumman employees at a Chester data center will be losing their jobs after the state ended its information technology services contract with the company. But The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports those workers could have the chance to work for the new contractor. Science Applications International Corp. says it… ... Continue Reading
Troy Daniels basketball camp; Hillcats outfielder is a bright spot

Troy Daniels basketball camp; Hillcats outfielder is a bright spot

After finishing as the Carolina League co-champions in 2017 the Lynchburg Hillcats finished the first half of this season with the worst record in the league. One bright spot has been outfielder Mitch Longo – hitting in the leadoff spot: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading