Two polls show Clinton’s Virginia lead over Trump cut about half in last month

WFIR-campaign-2016Two new statewide polls — both released yesterday — show Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump cut by about a half in the last month. The Quinnipiac and Roanoke College polls find a Clinton lead of six to seven percentage points in our state. The polling suggests Donald Trump still faces some challenges — and opportunities — in his efforts to even the race in Virginia, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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As governor promotes more energy efficiency jobs, company with Roanoke presence is already providing some

trane-logoGovernor McAuliffe is among the people expected to attend a gathering in Roanoke today aimed at generating more area business — and jobs — in renewable energy and energy efficiency. One company with a Roanoke presence has already found a way to do so, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Gas Buddy: Virginia more likely to avoid worst impacts of gas pipeline shutdown

wfir-defaultExperts say Virginia is better situated than some nearby states to avoid the worst impacts of that gas pipeline shutdown, but we’ll still have to pay higher-than-normal prices until the pipeline is repaired. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Pipeline critics say federal draft environmental statement is “woefully inadequate”

Mountain Valley PipelineFederal regulators say the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline presents limited environmental risk, but critics say a preliminary report grossly underestimates the potential harmful impacts. Now comes the public comment period, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Roanoke-based company fined $1 million for environmental violations

wfir-defaultA Roanoke-based company was fined $1 million today in federal court for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste. ChemSolv entered guilty pleas last December that also call on the company to pay a $250,000 dollar civil penalty in an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

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FERC: Mountain Valley Pipeline would result in “limited environmental impacts”

Mountain Valley PipelineA Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concludes that construction and operation of the Mountain Valley Pipeline “would result in limited adverse environmental impacts.” FERC regulators found the pipeline would have some adverse effects, but that those effects could be reduced. The 781-page study, released today, covers areas that include water resources, forest lands, soil, and property owners. The statement will now be subject to a public comment period before FERC prepares a final Environmental Impact Statement. The proposed pipeline would carry natural gas from fields of West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania to customers in southeast states, and its proposed route includes portions of Montgomery, Craig, Roanoke and Franklin Counties.

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New parking area at Roanoke’s airport lets you await arrivals without paying

(Airport photo)

(Airport photo)

There’s a new parking area now open at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, one for use when you are waiting for a passenger to arrive.WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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As Roanoke schools demonstrate, “partial accreditation” has different meanings for different schools

Education-News1The latest accreditation standards for Virginia schools include some revisions to reflect differences among some that are not fully accredited. Designations for some Roanoke City schools reflect that change, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Denton: Chelsea visit signals some Clinton campaign concerns

Chelsea Clinton (AP photo)

Chelsea Clinton (AP photo)

Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to make two campaign appearances today in Roanoke in support of her mother’s presidential campaign. A main goal is to reach millennials, and our political analyst says the visit signals some concerns within the campaign about reaching voters 18 to 29. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Company cites opposition in decision to scrap plans for nursing home near Roanoke neighborhood

Roanoke-CountyThe company that had proposed building a 180-bed nursing home off Keagy Road in Roanoke County has withdrawn its rezoning request. The notice came in a letter delivered Friday to the Roanoke County Planning Commission. Roanoke-based Medical Facilities of America had planned to spend $25 million and employ 200 people, but the proposal would first require rezoning 23 acres, and people who live near Keagy and McVitty Roads expressed strong opposition. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, it was that opposition that was largely responsible for MFA’s decision.

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