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Virginians says keep abortion laws as is; majority support recreational marijuana sales

Virginians says keep abortion laws as is; majority support recreational marijuana sales

(from Wason Center at Christopher Newport University poll released today) A plurality of Virginians think the Commonwealth is headed in the right direction (45% to 37%), while 50% approve of the job Governor Youngkin is doing. Still, Virginians prefer that the Governor not run for president (59% to 29%). Virginians are pessimistic about the direction… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke County GOP incumbents get ready to run again

Roanoke County GOP incumbents get ready to run again

Martha Hooker
( Courtesy of Roanoke Board of Supervisors)

Roanoke County Republicans are announcing their intentions to seek re-election. Members on the ticket will make it official on the Roanoke County Courthouse steps tomorrow. More from WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno:

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Roanoke Police arrest man for murder of juvenile female

Roanoke Police arrest man for murder of juvenile female

(from Roanoke PD) On January 21, 2023 at approximately 11:50 a.m., Roanoke Police were notified by the City of Roanoke E-911 of a call concerning an injured child at a residence in the 2100 block of Russell Avenue SW. Roanoke Fire-EMS had transported an unresponsive juvenile female to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of… ... Continue Reading
Fire early this morning in SW Roanoke

Fire early this morning in SW Roanoke

This morning at 12:12 a.m., Roanoke Fire-EMS was dispatched to the 1600 block of Rorer Ave SW for a reported structure fire. First arriving units found flames showing from the back of a vacant residence. The fire extended from the 1st to the 2nd floor on the exterior of the residence, with minimal extension to… ... Continue Reading
Virginia State Police investigating incident at Roanoke City Jail

Virginia State Police investigating incident at Roanoke City Jail

ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office has initiated an internal investigation into a deputies alleged misconduct. To prohibit bias and to ensure transparency, the Virginia State Police were contacted and asked to proceed with the investigation.  As this investigation is on-going, no additional information can be provided at this time. The Sheriff’s Office,… ... Continue Reading
Officer-involved shooting in Craig County involves Christiansburg man

Officer-involved shooting in Craig County involves Christiansburg man

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CRAIG COUNTY, Va. – On Wednesday, (Jan 25) the Craig County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to a residence in the 400 block of John’s Creek Road in Craig County for a domestic disturbance.  After Deputies and Troopers arrived a firearm was discharged in the residence.  Officers did not approach the residence and attempted to contact the individual inside the residence from a distance. Information was obtained that the subject inside the residence was armed, and officers requested negotiators to speak with the subject and a tactical team. At 8:57 p.m. an armed subject exited the residence onto the front porch.  Officers fired striking the suspect.

Emergency medical care was administered immediately and was continued until EMS arrived on the scene. Kyle Adam Mills, 22, of Christiansburg, Va., died from his injuries. No officers were injured. All the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, according to both Department’s policies. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Salem Field Office is conducting the investigation.  At the completion of the investigation, all the findings will be turned over to the Craig County Commonwealth’s Attorney for adjudication.

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At the Movies: The Whale

At the Movies: The Whale

Now here’s Brent Stevens from Hollins University “At the Movies” … with what’s new at the historic Grandin Theatre: “The Whale” 1-26 ATM-WEB The post At the Movies: The Whale first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3 WFIR. ... Continue Reading
Fatal shooting in NW Roanoke last night

Fatal shooting in NW Roanoke last night

On January 25, 2023 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Roanoke Police were notified by the City of Roanoke E-911 Center of a person with a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Hunt Avenue NW. Responding officers located an unresponsive adult male with what appeared to be a critical gunshot wound outside of a residence in… ... Continue Reading
Roanoker returns to keep business “growing” inside and out

Roanoker returns to keep business “growing” inside and out

A business that’s been in the Roanoke Valley since 2004 is sticking around after it was purchased by a former Roanoker who moved back to help locals garden outside and inside, as WFIR’s Ian Price reports. 1-19 BRH WRAP   The post Roanoker returns to keep business “growing” inside and out first appeared on News/Talk… ... Continue Reading
ABC store coming to downtown Roanoke

ABC store coming to downtown Roanoke

Virginia ABC officials will host a grand opening ceremony in downtown Roanoke on Campbell Avenue Monday at noon – in the same location that once housed a state-run liquor store for more than 30 years until the early 80’s. The new ABC store even features the original terrazzo flooring. The post ABC store coming to… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke man finds stardom online with an unusual hobby

Roanoke man finds stardom online with an unusual hobby

A Roanoke man has over 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel dedicated to his hobby of collecting elevator parts and leading elevator tours. His videos have found a greater purpose by catering to an audience of people with autism captivated by the movement, sights and sounds of the elevators. In conjunction with the online news… ... Continue Reading
State Police release details on Fentanyl arrest

State Police release details on Fentanyl arrest

On October 3, 2022, Special Agents with the Virginia State Police, members of the Special Investigations Program (Mass Transit Unit), and the Star City Drug and Violent Crime Task Force seize drugs, guns, and US Currency from a residence in the City of Roanoke. The package contained 2.3 pounds of Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid,… ... Continue Reading
Lawmakers discuss possible establishment of retail marijuana market in Virginia

Lawmakers discuss possible establishment of retail marijuana market in Virginia

A bill that lays the groundwork for a retail marijuana market in Virginia is advancing in the General Assembly. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has that details.   1-25 Weed BIll Wrap-WEB   The post Lawmakers discuss possible establishment of retail marijuana market in Virginia first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3 WFIR. ... Continue Reading
Update: more details on officer involved shooting in Roanoke

Update: more details on officer involved shooting in Roanoke

(from Roanoke PD 1:30pm) Roanoke Police Officer involved in officer-involved shooting on Stratford Park Drive SW, Virginia State Police handling investigation. On January 25, 2023 at approximately 7:19 a.m., Roanoke Police were notified by the City of Roanoke E-911 Dispatch Center of a disorder in the 3700 block of Stratford Park Drive SW. An officer responded… ... Continue Reading
One person hospitalized after officer involved shooting in Roanoke

One person hospitalized after officer involved shooting in Roanoke

UPDATE: One person is hospitalized following an officer involved shooting this morning at Leehy Manor apartments along Stratford Park drive in Southwest Roanoke. An officer was attempting to de-escalate the situation when the person pulled out a knife. The suspect’s injuries are not life threatening. Previous: There are reports of a heavy police presence this… ... Continue Reading
One person hospitalized after officer involved shooting at Roanoke apartment complex

One person hospitalized after officer involved shooting at Roanoke apartment complex

UPDATE: One person is hospitalized following an officer involved shooting this morning at Leehy Manor apartments along Stratford Park drive in Southwest Roanoke. An officer was attempting to de-escalate the situation when the person pulled out a knife. The suspect’s injuries are not life threatening. Previous: There are reports of a heavy police presence this… ... Continue Reading
Home and Garden exhibition back at the Berglund Center

Home and Garden exhibition back at the Berglund Center

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A Roanoke tradition is returning to the area for its 13th year. WFIR’s Emma Thomas with more:

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Virginia gets failing grades for tobacco prevention efforts

Virginia gets failing grades for tobacco prevention efforts

The American Lung Association’s 21st annual “State of Tobacco Control” gives Virginia mostly-failing marks in its efforts to prevent or reduce tobacco use. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 1-25 Tobacco Wrap#1 See full report here   The post Virginia gets failing grades for tobacco prevention efforts first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3 WFIR. ... Continue Reading
GOP-led tax cut bills now head to Democrat-majority State Senate

GOP-led tax cut bills now head to Democrat-majority State Senate

Richmond, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today hailed the passage of his tax relief proposals, HB 2138 and 2319, in the House of Delegates which will provide savings to Virginia families and local businesses. The legislation will now head to the Virginia Senate for consideration. “Virginians are still overtaxed, they deserve to keep more of their… ... Continue Reading
Goodwill to bring adult education to Roanoke

Goodwill to bring adult education to Roanoke

A local organization has been working with lawmakers to fill a gap in Virginian’s education. WFIR’s Emma Thomas has more: 01-24 AdultSchool WRAP2-WEB The post Goodwill to bring adult education to Roanoke first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3 WFIR. ... Continue Reading