Two 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.
Click here for full Roanoke College Poll results
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Federal 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.
Click here to see the full FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(Continue reading to see the public comment schedule)
A 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.
A 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.
Click here for full FERC Mountain Valley Pipeline DEIS information.
As Roanoke schools demonstrate, “partial accreditation” has different meanings for different schools
The 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.
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.
The 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.