VT professor weighs in on Trump’s tense cabinet

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A Virginia Tech political science professor is taking a look at how President Donald Trump has set up his cabinet as confirmation hearings for the nominees continue. WFIR’s Ian Price reports:

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RC poll highlights General Assembly issues

606 Virginians responding to a poll taken by The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College have weighed in on General Assembly issues. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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VTC Research Institute gets grant to keep studying “gap junctions”

WFIR Health NewsThe microscopic spaces between heart cells have an impact on cardiac arrest and heart disease – now the Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke has new funding for a continuing study as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Salem Museum’s new director; Salem history is important to entire valley

The Salem Museum’s newest executive director is hardly a stranger to the city, and she hopes more people can learn about area history that goes well back before Roanoke’s founding. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia House endorses armed school security guards bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow retired police officers to carry guns while working as school security guards.The House voted Monday to advance the legislation.Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill last year, saying he had concerns about whether the armed guards would have sufficient training.Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter said he added new training provisions to this year’s bill in an attempt to allay the governor’s concerns. He said the bill was needed because we live in “very dangerous times” and schools need to be protected against “the unthinkable.”House Democrats voted against the bill, saying it would lead to more exceptions about who can carry guns on schools.

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Flood warning in effect through afternoon in Roanoke Valley

From the National Weather Service:  A flood warning remains in effect until 5:00 pm EST for Roanoke, Salem and Roanoke County.  200 pm EST, runoff from heavy rain during the morning continues to collect in area rivers and creeks, and has pushed several out of their banks, resulting in minor flooding. Some rivers that are experiencing minor flooding in spots are the Roanoke River, Catawba Creek and Mason Creek. Rivers in the warned area are expected to crest during mid afternoon, with water levels receding thereafter. Some locations that will experience flooding include Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Catawba and Bent Mountain.

Obey all road closures and avoid driving in areas where water covers the road. Keep children away from storm drains, culverts, creeks and streams. The flow of water is extremely strong after heavy rain and can sweep children away. When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1-(8 6 6) 215-4324.

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