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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McAuliffe: “No, I’m not done”, hints at 2020 run for president

Governor Terry McAuliffe

As President Trump begins his first year in office, Governor McAuliffe is in his last. But the governor is already sounding hints that he may challenge the president for years from now. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Radford prof: Trump address will be closely watched for signs of White House direction

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At noon today, Donald Trump delivers a much-anticipated Presidential inauguration address after being sworn in. A Radford University Communications professor talks about its significance, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Denton: Trump must remember he will address divided nation after bitter campaign

When President-elect Trump takes the oath of office at noon today, his first act as president will be to deliver the inaugural address. Our political analyst Bob Denton looks at the political setting in which it will occur. He spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Mayor Lea, in Washington, urges colleagues to support collection of on-line sales taxes

Sherman Lea

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea went to Washington Wednesday, asking mayors from hundreds of other cities to support collection of sales taxes from on-line purchases. Lea says the reception at the U.S. Conference of Mayors was broadly positive and bi-partisan. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Attending Trump inauguration? Do some big-time advance planning

If you have plans to attend Friday’s presidential inauguration, police, AAA and others urge you to do some major advance planning, because a lot of your normal Washington, D.C. options won’t work this time. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Presidential election divisions arise during delegate’s Martin Luther King speech

The deep divisions that developed during last year’s presidential campaign were on display yesterday in Virginia’s House of Delegates on a day when they would normally seem less likely. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Gas Buddy: prices for 2017 will be higher than last year but much lower than five years ago

If you’re planning a long road trip any time this year, the analysts at Gas Buddy say you should be prepared for noticeably higher prices than in 2016  — but still well below those of five years ago. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Taking a vacation this year? Expect more company

If our recent snow days and chilly temperatures have you thinking about a vacation this year, you have plenty of company. AAA says it looks like a busy year for the travel industry. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Helping sexual assault victims statewide: new grant to assist Virginia

Virginia will use a $2 million federal grant to improve the way Virginia handles sexual assault cases statewide. Attorney General Mark Herring says for starters, the grant will help completely eliminate any remaining backlog of sexual assault evidence kits. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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