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VT freshman orientation begins today; university prepares transition to fall

For the second summer in a row, freshman orientation at Virginia Tech that begins today will be on-line only, but the university is preparing to resume full on-campus operations come move-in day. It may seem like a long time away, but those same freshman students begin arriving on campus two months and two days from today. The university is using that time to prepare the transition back to a normal campus life, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports:

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Roanoke City Libraries reopen branches tomorrow

If you are one of those who like to frequent Roanoke City Public Libraries – and have missed browsing the bookshelves, doing some research or perhaps accessing a computer at one of the branches – that all returns tomorrow at 10am. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story: 6-14 LIbrary Wrap#2 The post Roanoke City Libraries…Continue Reading

Virginia tax coffers continue to overflow; surplus expected

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state government continues to bring in more revenue than expected, with a new report showing the state has brought in more than 98 percent of its anticipated annual revenue with a full month remaining in the fiscal year. The monthly revenue report issued Friday by Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey…Continue Reading

Dallas Baptist rallies past Virginia 6-5 in super regional

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Andrew Benefield homered in the seventh inning on Saturday and Dallas Baptist rallied for a 6-5 win over Virginia in Game 1 of the Columbia Super Regional that was delayed almost four hours due to weather. It was the Patriots’ first win in a super-regional game and puts them one win…Continue Reading

Virginia county plans to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia county near the nation’s capital is paving the way to rename a major highway that currently shares a name with Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Arlington County Board said at its Saturday meeting that it plans to vote next month to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John…Continue Reading

Man mistaken for intruder fatally shot by best friend

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — A man mistook his best friend for an intruder outside his Virginia home and fatally shot him, authorities said. Matthew Sharpf and his family were asleep in their home Tuesday night when Jonathan Hankins showed up unexpectedly, Sheriff’s Maj. William Knott told The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Hankins “came banging around to the door…Continue Reading

2 women vie to make history as Virginia lieutenant governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It’s been nearly three decades since Virginia’s only woman to win a statewide race held political office. That drought will end in November when voters decide whether Democratic Del. Hala Ayala or former Republican legislator Winsome Sears will be their next lieutenant governor. Either will make history as the first woman…Continue Reading

Goodwill YouthBuild program gets major funding boost

Almost $2.7 million in federal “YouthBuild” grant funding to provide job training and education for at-risk youth is headed to this region. That includes $1.2 million for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys in Roanoke. Mary Ann Gilmer with Goodwill says YouthBuild will focus on academic training, life skills and construction training in conjunction with several…Continue Reading

Va woman gets 9 years for $500k COVID unemployment fraud

A southwest Virginia woman has been sentenced to nine years for  defrauding the government of almost 500-thousand dollars in unemployment compensation, funds  intended to help those coping with COVID-19 job losses. Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Leelynn Chytka of Russell County conspired with dozens of others, including prisoners, to fraudulently  obtain pandemic unemployment assistance. She was…Continue Reading

Virginia tax revenues spike upwards sharply in May

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 66.2 percent in May, the largest monthly revenue increase in more than 50 years. Over 85 percent of the growth in May can be attributed to a return to normal tax filing dates for estimated payments and a shorter extension this year for individual…Continue Reading

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