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Voters might notice changes at Botetourt County registrar’s office

Voters might notice changes at Botetourt County registrar’s office

The Botetourt County Registrar’s office has made some changes to accommodate more voters at a time – but these renovations have nothing to do with COVID-19. WFIR’s Ian Price has more:

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With dining halls closed to many, VT helps create campus lunch delivery app

With dining halls closed to many, VT helps create campus lunch delivery app

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Lunch options are limited this year at Virginia Tech for the thousands of students, faculty and staff who normally take advantage of campus dining halls — but cannot this year. So the university has joined forces with the Town of Blacksburg and some of its restaurants to create an app specifically for lunchtime deliveries to campus. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on “Blacksburg Delivers“:

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AMBER ALERT Canceled, Missing Stafford County Girl found safe

AMBER ALERT Canceled, Missing Stafford County Girl found safe

STATE POLICE UPDATE: Per the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, the missing juvenile has been safely located and Richards taken into custody. The Virginia AMBER Alert is CANCELLED.

PREVIOUS: The Virginia State Police has issued an AMBER Alert on behalf of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for a child abduction that occurred around 11 pm last night. The child is believed to be in extreme danger — Abducted is Selena Jah’nyrah Fernandez was abducted. The 17-year-old girl is described as Hispanic with black hair, brown eyes, 5-foot-1 inches tall, weighing 160 lbs. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. The girl is believed to have been abducted by Rodney Richards – a black man with black hair, brown eyes, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 230 lbs. wearing a blue hoodie and black jeans. He was last seen driving a white 4 door Honda sedan.

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NASCAR gets ready for Thunder Valley

NASCAR gets ready for Thunder Valley

The NASCAR chase is in full swing, and the next stop is  the half-mile track at Bristol Motor Speedway.  The president of Richmond Raceway has a prediction — along with that of his children, as Gene Marrano reports:

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Botetourt County voters will notice some changes at the registrar’s office

Botetourt County voters will notice some changes at the registrar’s office

The Botetourt County Registrar’s office has made some changes to accommodate more voters at a time – but these renovations have nothing to do with COVID-19. WFIR’s Ian Price has more:

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AMBER ALERT — Girl believed to be in extreme danger

AMBER ALERT — Girl believed to be in extreme danger

The Virginia State Police has issued an AMBER Alert on behalf of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for a child abduction that occurred around 11 pm last night. The child is believed to be in extreme danger — Abducted is Selena Jah’nyrah Fernandez was abducted. The 17-year-old girl is described as Hispanic with black hair, brown eyes, 5-foot-1 inches tall, weighing 160 lbs. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. The girl is believed to have been abducted by Rodney Richards – a black man with black hair, brown eyes, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 230 lbs. wearing a blue hoodie and black jeans. He was last seen driving a white 4 door Honda sedan.

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Northam: Virginia mail-in absentee ballots let you track them

Northam: Virginia mail-in absentee ballots let you track them

The November election will involve far more absentee ballots than ever before, and it all begins tomorrow. Four years ago, about 566,000 Virginians voted absentee, about half of that number by mail. Governor Northam says this year, close to 800,000 voters have already requested mail-in ballots. Northam says Virginians should not have concerns about whether or not their mail-in absentee ballots will be counted. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Salem native Adam Rutledge comes home for parking lot concert

Salem native Adam Rutledge comes home for parking lot concert

Its a live concert this Saturday night – not in a club, arena or an outdoor ampitheater – but in the Salem Civic Center parking lot with COVID-19 safety precautions in mind. It also features a favorite son. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Vinton shooting leaves victim with “critical” injuries

Vinton shooting leaves victim with “critical” injuries

NEWS RELEASE: Vinton, VA – On September 16, 2020, at approximately 2:15 PM, the Vinton Police Department was dispatched to a private residence in the 500 block of Chestnut St. in the Town of Vinton in reference to a malicious wounding. Additional 911 calls were also received reporting that someone had been shot. Upon arrival, responding officers located one male with critical injuries. Vinton Police officers are currently on scene investigating the incident. We do not believe there is any immediate threat to the community regarding this incident.

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Update on fire near Tanglewood Mall this morning

Update on fire near Tanglewood Mall this morning

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(Update 12:15pm) The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has concluded that the structure fire on Electric Road this morning was accidental in nature, with the cause due to a mechanical/maintenance issue with the AC/Heat pump furnace.  Estimated damages $15,000

A fire this morning at the Copper Croft apartments across from Tanglewood Mall. Roanoke County Fire and Rescue got the call just before 8:00. They found smoke coming from a second floor apartment and brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Two adults and a child were evacuated safely and were displaced. One person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about 7:50 a.m., on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to the 4300 block of Electric Road, which is located in the Cave Spring area, for the report of a commercial structure fire at Copper Croft Apartments.  First arriving crews from Station 3 (Cave Spring) found light smoke showing from the inside of a second-floor apartment. The fire was brought under control in about thirty minutes.One subject was treated on scene for smoke inhalation but refused transport to a local hospital. The apartment was occupied by two adults and one child who all evacuated safely. They will be displaced and assisted by Copper Croft management. No other apartments were displaced. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene to investigate a cause and estimate damages.

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Northam administration still projects $2 billion+ budget shortfall

Northam administration still projects $2 billion+ budget shortfall

The Northam administration is still projecting a shortfall of more than $2 billion in the current two-year state budget. It comes as lawmakers consider revisions in special session. Finance Secretary Aubrey Layne told the Senate Finance Committee this week that Virginia should not expect consumers to feel more confident any time soon. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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The General Assembly also has the option of raising taxes in efforts to increase revenue, but so far, there has been indication that such an option is being considered.

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You can cast your vote for president as early as Friday in Virginia

You can cast your vote for president as early as Friday in Virginia

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Already made of your mind which Presidential candidate you’ll vote for? Now that early voting is legal in Virginia you can cast that vote Friday. WFIR’s Ian Price has details:

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Advice on finding the right balance when virtual teaching

Advice on finding the right balance when virtual teaching

Brooks Michael, Carilion Clinic adolescent health educator, offers some advice on balancing virtual school lessons at home with the rest of your life – while many are still remote working as well right now. She spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano earlier this week … and here is a Longer Listen:

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Liberty gets ready to open on Saturday

Liberty gets ready to open on Saturday

The first FBS team in Virginia to open the college football season will be the Liberty Flames, when they play Western Kentucky on the road Saturday. Flames head coach Hugh Freeze:

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Fire near Tanglewood Mall this morning

Fire near Tanglewood Mall this morning

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A fire this morning at the Copper Croft apartments across from Tanglewood Mall. Roanoke County Fire and Rescue got the call just before 8:00. They found smoke coming from a second floor apartment and brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Two adults and a child were evacuated safely and were displaced. One person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

NEWS RELEASE: Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about 7:50 a.m., on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to the 4300 block of Electric Road, which is located in the Cave Spring area, for the report of a commercial structure fire at Copper Croft Apartments.  First arriving crews from Station 3 (Cave Spring) found light smoke showing from the inside of a second-floor apartment. The fire was brought under control in about thirty minutes.One subject was treated on scene for smoke inhalation but refused transport to a local hospital. The apartment was occupied by two adults and one child who all evacuated safely. They will be displaced and assisted by Copper Croft management. No other apartments were displaced. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene to investigate a cause and estimate damages.

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Roanoke Valley sees double digit increase in new coronavirus cases

Roanoke Valley sees double digit increase in new coronavirus cases

According to the latest numbers released this morning by The Virginia Department of Health there are 33 new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases being attributed to the Roanoke Valley. State health officials report 19 new cases in Roanoke City, 10 new cases in Roanoke County, 2 new cases in Botetourt County and 2 new cases in Salem. No new hospitalizations are being reported in the Roanoke Valley.

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Northam: SW Virginia region has highest number of new COVID cases

Northam: SW Virginia region has highest number of new COVID cases

Governor Northam today announced that southwest Virginia is the state’s primary area of concern when it comes to the number of new COVID-19 cases — and rate of COVID tests that return positive. Northam says the southwest region currently shows the highest number of new cases in the state, even though its population is far less than some other regions. The governor says it is not his intention at this time to consider tighter restrictions on businesses and activities in the southwest region. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on the governor’s Tuesday briefing:

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UPDATE: Weekend Roanoke shooting victim dies

UPDATE: Weekend Roanoke shooting victim dies

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: The victim of this incident has passed away from his injuries. He has been identified as Derrick Bostick, 35 of Roanoke. This incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

PREVIOUS: Roanoke Police have made an arrest regarding this incident. During the course of the investigation, the suspect was identified as Ahmad Mudbi, 51 of Roanoke. Mudbi was taken into custody overnight without incident. He is charged with malicious wounding. No other updates are available at this time. This remains an ongoing investigation.

PREVIOUS: On September 12, 2020 at about 2:00am, Roanoke Police responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Bridge Street SW. Arriving officers located an adult male with multiple gunshot wounds. The man was transported by Roanoke Fire-EMS to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of his wounds. An adult female was also transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The female appears to have been injured during a physical altercation involving numerous individuals prior to the male being shot. She was not struck by gunfire. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

 

 

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Northam: SW Virginia has highest number of new COVID cases

Northam: SW Virginia has highest number of new COVID cases

Governor Northam today announced that southwest Virginia is the state’s primary area of concern when it comes to the number of new COVID-19 cases — and rate of COVID tests that return positive. Northam says the southwest region currently shows the highest number of new cases in the state, even though its population is far less than some other regions. The governor says it is not his intention at this time to consider tighter restrictions on businesses and activities in the southwest region.

 

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ABC sees unusually high number of liquor shortages for this time of year

ABC sees unusually high number of liquor shortages for this time of year

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We’ve dealt with all kinds of product shortages in recent months, and you might just find that happens when you visit a state liquor store. ABC CEO Travis Hill spoke today to a State Senate Committee considering budget revisions. Hill said while warehouse shortages are not widespread at the moment, they are well above normal for this time of year, with  imports like tequila and brandy currently the most affected. But glass shortages, he says, may impact other liquors as well. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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