Gas prices will start heading up soon — but should again be lower than year before

Gas-Prices1Gas prices will soon be heading up, but experts predict that once again, average prices will be lower than the year before. The reason for the annual rise: higher demand in warmer months and the changeover to a federally-required and more expensive summer blend. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Evidence collected in thousands of Virginia sexual assaults to get first tests, some after waiting decades

wfir-defaultMore than 2,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits in Virginia will soon get lab tests, and the results may help find rapists who have sometimes avoided prosecution for years. Some of those kits go back as far as 1988. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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“Star Trek” star coming to Roanoke; was critical of Bowers’ Japanese internment statement

George Takei

George Takei

“Star Trek” star George Takei is coming to Roanoke in May at the city’s invitation. The City of Roanoke and Local Colors are hosting “An Evening with George Takei — “On Inclusion and Diversity” —  May 4th.  A free public event at a yet-to-be-determined venue will focus on the acceptance of immigrants and refugees and to warn against systemic racism. Chris Morrill is the Roanoke City manager:

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Takei was critical of Mayor David Bowers in November after Bowers released a statement citing the mass detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II in order to deny Syrian refugees the chance to resettle in the Roanoke Valley. Takei, who was one of 120,000 people of Asian descent put in internment camps in the wake of 1940s-era prejudice, took issue with  Bowers’ grasp of history. “There was no threat. We loved America. We were decent, honest, hard-working folks. Tens of thousands of lives were ruined, over nothing,” Takei wrote on his Facebook page.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Montgomery, Bedford Counties lead Roanoke area’s population growth

wfir-defaultThe Roanoke region’s population grew about 1.7% in the past five years according to estimates from a University of Virginia research center. That compares to a statewide growth of almost 5%. In our area, Montgomery County led the way, growing 4%, and Bedford County was not far behind at 3.6%. Click here to read the full report, which breaks down the numbers by city and county.

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No known lead in Roanoke Valley’s water system pipes, but precautions still prevail

Western Virginia Water AuthorityThe water authority that serves most of the Roanoke Valley knows of no pipes within its system that contain lead, but it takes steps nonetheless in efforts to ensure no customers are exposed to lead in their water — as has notably occurred in Flint, Michigan. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Nicole Lovell overcame many major health obstacles before her murder

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

We learned more yesterday about Nicole Lovell’s 13-year life, and more about the many health obstacles she had already overcome. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Radford prof: police may have suspects and victim’s body, but Lovell case will take a lot more work

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

Police may have suspects  in custody — and the victim’s body — in the Nicole Lovell case, but investigators still have plenty of work ahead to complete their work. Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Tod Burke says that includes gathering forensic evidence, examining social media and the medical examiner’s report. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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General Assembly report: debate turns, albeit briefly, to naming official state rock

General-AssemblyThe General Assembly is about two weeks away from reach this year’s session midpoint. Both houses much complete action on their bills by that time before taking up measures passed by the  other. And as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, one of the bills that will head to the House concerns rocks.

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Who should control state’s “Clean Power” plan? Debate moves to State Senate

General-AssemblyThe federal law requiring states to submit plans on regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants is generating spirited General Assembly debate. This time, it’s in the Senate, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Norfolk Southern to eliminate 1,200 jobs this year, 2,000 in all over next five years

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(AP photo)

Norfolk Southern hopes to fend off a buyout offer from Canadian Pacific, at least in part, by reducing costs — and that includes a projected system-wide loss of 2,000 jobs over the next five years. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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