Man who found critical Morgan Harrington evidence hopes its leads now to successful prosecutions

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

The man who discovered a key piece of evidence that links Morgan Harrington’s murder to a 2005 rape in Fairfax hopes it leads to successful prosecutions. That evidence is Harrington’s t-shirt. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Goodlatte: non-citizens should be denied U.S. entry for 30 days after leaving Ebola-stricken countries

EbolaCongressman Bob Goodlatte wants the Obama administration to implement a 30-day waiting period before a non-citizen can enter the U.S. after leaving one of three Ebola-stricken countries.  Goodlatte calls it a common-sense precaution in efforts to help limit the deadly disease from spreading in our country. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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VA agreement with other states highlights growing role on distance learning in higher education

Education-News1The growing role of on-line learning in higher education is reflected in a new agreement between Virginia and close to a dozen other states, one designed to help both students taking distance learning courses and the Virginia colleges that offer them. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Postal employees hope public pressure delays or blocks USPS plans to move Roanoke processing to Greensboro

US Postal ServiceRoanoke area postal employees hope public pressure will forestall or block Postal Service plans to close Roanoke’s mail processing center next year, a move that would lengthen delivery times for most of the mail you send. The Postal Service says it is one part of nationwide cutbacks designed to reduce its costs. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Natural gas pipeline debate likely to intensify in Roanoke County

WFIR-LOGO-1The debate over  a new natural gas pipeline is likely to intensify in Roanoke County now that the Bent Mountain area is in the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposed path. The industry says pipelines are the safest way to transport energy sources, but opponents say they can be disruptive to homeowners and the environment. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on the debate.

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New Virginia Tech president installed today, believes VT can expand geographic reach and prominence

Timothy Sands

Timothy Sands

Virginia Tech formally installs President Timothy Sands into office this afternoon, a president who believes the university can expand its geographic reach and prominence. Sands says one way to achieve that it by better getting  the word out on what Tech has to offer both on campus and in the workplace beyond. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Experts: gas “price war” possible among OPEC countries

Gas-Prices1Gas prices at some Roanoke Valley stations have fallen 15 cents a gallon or more in recent days, and experts say there’s more room left to go even lower — including the possibility of something not seen in decades: a “price war” among OPEC countries. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Staunton River High School

Bedford CountyUPDATED 2:00 pm — The lockdown is now lifted.

EARLIER: Bedford County Public Schools officials say Staunton River High School was placed on lockdown this morning after a “threatening message” was found inside. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office says the message was written on a bathroom wall.  Major Ricky Gardner says School Resource Officers “are working with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Virginia State Police are on the scene.”

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Senate committee seeks to jump start design, construction of I-73

I-73-LogoThe long-proposed Interstate 73 may not have any funding for design or construction, but supporters are not giving up. A State Senate Committee will hold its first meeting next month in efforts to build the highway within a decade. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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New telescope lets Liberty students see the heavens as never before

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Liberty University students now have a new way to discover the heavens, thanks to a new telescope that Liberty says is the largest in the region.  It can automatically track objects across the night sky and is equipped with cameras to take digital images with enhanced detail that the human eye cannot see. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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