Huckabee talks about presidential run

Huckabee bookHe was in Roanoke signing copies of his new book yesterday … you hear him every morning on the “Huckabee Report” … former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also spoke to WFIR’s Gene Marrano yesterday:

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Leaders say Roanoke is well-positioned to recover from coming NS job losses

Norfolk Southern NS LogoThe Norfolk Southern announcement that it will move hundreds of jobs from Roanoke to Atlanta and Norfolk is both an economic and psychological setback to the city founded by railroading. But city leaders say the region’s economy is now much more diverse, offering hope that the region can rebound from the coming loss. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia’s jobless rate falls to lowest since October 2008

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in December, marking the state’s lowest unemployment rate since October 2008. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5 percent in November and down from 5.2 percent a year ago. The Virginia Employment Commission says job gains were seen in six major industries, including leisure and hospitality and total government. Job losses were recorded in five other industries, including construction. Virginia has seen jobless rates of 4.9 percent during several months over the last year. But the last time the rate went below that was in October 2008 when it was 4.5 percent. The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 42 states in December, rose in four states and were unchanged in four. The national unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.

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Va. Senate rejects proposal for voter registration by party

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a proposal to allow voter registration by political party. The measure was rejected Tuesday on a largely party-line 21-19 vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, with Republicans backing the bill and Democrats opposing it.¬†Two moderate Republicans, Sens. Walter Stosch of Henrico County and John Watkins of Powhatan County, broke ranks and voted “no.” Both have announced they’ll retire at the end of this session. The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Mark Obenshain of Rockingham County, said it would bring Virginia into conformity with most other states, which ask people registering to vote if they’d like to state a party preference. He said the bill would give parties more control over their nominating process.¬†Opponents said it would discourage voter participation and increase partisanship.

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