Poll director: winter Virginia poll results mirror current partisan divide over felons’ rights executive action

State-NewsThe partisan divide over Governor McAuliffe’s recent executive action restoring felons’ rights comes as no surprise to the Director of Polling at Christopher Newport University. The question now is what do Virginians think of the way it was accomplished. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Bomb threat disrupts Roanoke County elementary school

Roonoke County SchoolsRoanoke County school officials say a bomb threat disrupted  classes today at Burlington Elementary School, but a police search turned up nothing suspicious. The latest message: Burlington Elementary has been cleared by the Roanoke County Police Department.  Students have returned to the building.  Dismissal will take place as scheduled with an increased police presence.  We thank the Roanoke Co. Police Dept. for their prompt response.  We continue to investigate this incident.

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Virginia Republicans to elect more than a quarter of state delegates Saturday to national convention

WFIR-campaign-2016The Republican Party of Virginia holds its state convention Saturday, and at stake are some of delegates who will help the GOP select its presidential nominee. The state party will elect 13 of Virginia’s 49 delegates. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Statewide survey shows teen tobacco, hard drug use declining

wfir-defaultA new statewide survey of Virginia middle and high school students shows significant decreases in those practicing risky behaviors — especially smoking. The survey results show  smoking among Virginia high school students is down to just about 8%, and student use of harder drugs like heroin cocaine and meth is down significantly. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Roanoke Valley home sales are off to strongest start since 2007-2008

wfir-default2016 appears ready to be the best year for home sales in the Roanoke Valley since the Great Recession. The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors reports 937 home sales for the first three months of the year — up 9% from last year and up almost 19% from two years ago.  WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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What’s new at the hardware store: how about baby chicks?

wfir-defaultPower saws, hammers, paint — and baby chicks. A Roanoke-based hardware chain is meeting a growing demand for a product that provides fresh eggs at home. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe veto stands; bill designed to keep localities from removing Confederate monuments is killed

General-AssemblyLegislation that would have prevented local governments from removing Confederate monuments did not survive Governor McAuliffe’s veto. It was one of the many vetoes that were upheld yesterday in Richmond. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Arsonists believed responsible for several large wildfires in SW counties

WildfiresWildfires are creating some big problems right in parts of southwest Virginia — and fire officials say arrests appear likely for some of them. One fire got close enough to Hurley High School in Buchanan County to keep it closed yesterday as a precaution. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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How a Roanoke ophthalmologist has held off effects of Parkinson’s

Dr. Carey Robinson

Dr. Carey Robinson

We told you earlier this week about the Roanoke ophthalmologist who must retire early because of Parkinson’s disease. Now we have learned that  Dr. Carey Robinson has been able to continue his practice to this point thanks in part to a medical procedure and speech therapy. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Thanks to DC-only holiday Friday, you have another weekend to prepare your taxes

IRS-LogoYou have an extra weekend to file your federal taxes, thanks to a holiday observed tomorrow in only one place. It’s Emancipation Day, and because it is celebrated tomorrow in Washington D.C., the national filing deadline has been moved back to Monday. More  from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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