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Northam wants more money for broadband access

Northam wants more money for broadband access

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants lawmakers to approve spending $50 million to make it easier for people to get faster internet service. Northam said Friday [at an event in Bedford County] that his forthcoming state budget plan will include adding $50 million to the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative. The program encourages… ... Continue Reading
Floor tiles pop out at East Salem Elementary; students dismissed early

Floor tiles pop out at East Salem Elementary; students dismissed early

An unusual day, to say the least, at East Salem Elementary. City officials say it was “thermal movement in the concrete floor” that caused floor tile pieces to pop out in the kitchen area. That created noises that caused concerns within the school. East Salem was evacuated as a precaution, and fire, gas and electric… ... Continue Reading
Environmental groups oppose “Clean Water Rule” change

Environmental groups oppose “Clean Water Rule” change

Conservation groups in Virginia say President Donald Trump’s rollback of protections for streams and wetlands will lead to more pollution in the nation’s drinking water. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 12-14 Water Protections Wrap ... Continue Reading
Hokies men’s team on the boardwalk – playing basketball in Atlantic City this weekend

Hokies men’s team on the boardwalk – playing basketball in Atlantic City this weekend

Buzz Williams and his Hokies are playing Washington in Atlantic City tomorrow. WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Dawgs head coach Dan Bremner on team’s “new attitude” last weekend:

Dawgs head coach Dan Bremner on team’s “new attitude” last weekend:

On the road at Knoxville tonight, then back at the Berglund Center tomorrow night against Fayetteville. The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs took two of three games last weekend against the two top teams in the SPHL standings – head coach Dan Bremner on what was different perhaps with his squad: 12-13 Dan Bremner-WEB ... Continue Reading
Coming soon: downtown Salem boutique hotel and upscale restaurant

Coming soon: downtown Salem boutique hotel and upscale restaurant

Work is quietly well under way in Salem to transform a former downtown theater building into a boutique hotel and upscale restaurant directly across the street from the former Roanoke County Courthouse. In more recent years, it became an office building. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, developers hope to begin its new use next spring.… ... Continue Reading
Kaine cautions against government shutdown over border wall

Kaine cautions against government shutdown over border wall

President Trump calls it a “matter of national security” – a 5 billion dollar investment in the border wall – even threatening a partial government shutdown if he doesn’t get it – but Virginia’s junior US Senator hopes he pumps the brakes. WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 12-14 Wall-Shutdown Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
State regulators to consider revoking Mountain Valley Pipeline permit

State regulators to consider revoking Mountain Valley Pipeline permit

NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND, VA. – At today’s State Water Control Board (Board) meeting in Richmond, the Board approved a motion to conduct a hearing to consider the revocation of Virginia’s Upland 401 Water Quality Certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project. The process and schedule will be formalized over the next few weeks. (Check… ... Continue Reading
Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court has invalidated a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” when… ... Continue Reading
Virginia Republicans ask Supreme Court to delay new map

Virginia Republicans ask Supreme Court to delay new map

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans want to block a federal court from approving a new legislative map until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on whether it’s even needed. Speaker Kirk Cox asked the high court Thursday to delay a lower court’s plans to approve a new map after a Jan. 10 hearing. The Supreme… ... Continue Reading
GOP wants McAuliffe gubernatorial records made available

GOP wants McAuliffe gubernatorial records made available

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Republicans are pushing to make sure former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s records from his time in office are available to the public if he runs for president. House Republican leaders are backing legislation that would require the Library of Virginia to catalog and make public gubernatorial records within a year of… ... Continue Reading
Feds: Salem man stole firearms from pawn shop by breaking into pizzeria

Feds: Salem man stole firearms from pawn shop by breaking into pizzeria

A Salem man faces federal charges of stealing semi-automatic rifles and shotguns from a Dublin gun store. Prosecutors say 19-year-old DeAngelo Ramsey broke into an adjacent pizza business in late November, then entered the gun shop by removing ceiling tiles in the building the two businesses shared. From the U.S. Attorney for the Western District… ... Continue Reading
Carilion seeking gift donations for a special group of patients

Carilion seeking gift donations for a special group of patients

Carilion Children’s and the Berglund Center are teaming up to collect Christmas gifts for a special group of patients this Sunday. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 12-13 Carilion Gifts Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
School safety: Northam wants to boost number of counselors

School safety: Northam wants to boost number of counselors

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to boost state spending on school counselors as a way to keep kids safer. The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he plans to ask the Republican-controlled General Assembly to approve $36 million in new spending to hire more school counselors and better address students’ emotional needs.… ... Continue Reading
Herring’s Governor run sends different messages across the aisle

Herring’s Governor run sends different messages across the aisle

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision to declare his intention to run for Governor in 2021 sends signals to both Democrats and Republicans. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 12-13 Governor Race Herring WRAP ... Continue Reading
Dawgs get attitude adjustment; racing returns to Motor Mile

Dawgs get attitude adjustment; racing returns to Motor Mile

After a year hiatus short-track racing will return to Motor Mile Speedway in Radford next April.  And the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs won 2 of 3 games last weekend against the top 2 teams in the SPHL: WPLY-MIN ... Continue Reading
Snowfall forces cancellation of popular annual live nativity

Snowfall forces cancellation of popular annual live nativity

One of the area’s more popular annual live nativities is cancelled this year — another result of last weekend’s big snowstorm. The Penn Forest Christian Church is perhaps best-known for the camels among the scenes depicting in live form the gospel accounts of Christ’s birth. Each of those scenes requires a lot of setup, and… ... Continue Reading
Susan Bro gets support at trial from Gil Harrington

Susan Bro gets support at trial from Gil Harrington

Susan Bro became a national figure after the death of daughter Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year. During the just-concluded murder trial for James Fields Jr., the mother of Morgan Harrington offered support in the courtroom. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with Gil Harrington about that: 12-13 Harrington-Bro Wrap#1-WEB ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Roanoke shooting victim, suspect named

UPDATE: Roanoke shooting victim, suspect named

UPDATE: Roanoke Police have identified the victim of a downtown shooting today – and the person charged with firing the gunshots. Officers say 28-year-old John Perdue of Roanoke was shot several times near Campbell Avenue and 3rd Street. He is now under hospital treatment. Police have charged 25-year-old Michael Armstead of Lynchburg with malicious wounding.… ... Continue Reading
Fire, water damage Roanoke County apartments

Fire, water damage Roanoke County apartments

News release: Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at 3:10 p.m., on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 to the 3500 block of Sunchase Lane, in the Sunscape Apartments, which is located in the Cave Spring area, for the report of a commercial structure fire. First arriving crews from Cave Spring found nothing showing from the exterior… ... Continue Reading