Goodlatte: controversy over Redskins’ name best left to team, not the feds

Redskins LogoThe Washington Redskins open their home season on Sunday — as controversy continues to surround the team’s name. Congressman Bob Goodlatte is among those who say the federal government should stay out of it, and the decision is best left to the team and its fans. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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VA health officials on the lookout for enterovirus strain causing respiratory problems in other states

Health-NewsThe state health department says there are no confirmed cases anywhere in Virginia of Enterovirus D-68, which has caused respiratory problems for children in several other states — but something seems to be going around. Lynchburg General Hospital has admitted at least eight children with respiratory problems in just the last week. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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BBB says it’s getting flooded with calls about IRS phone scam

BBB-LogoThe Better Business Bureau says it has been flooded with calls in recent days with complaints and questions about an IRS phone scam. The caller claims you owe taxes, and if you don’t pay up right away, they’re sending the authorities after you to put you in jail. It’s scaring a lot of people, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Mixed reaction to McAuliffe health care announcement — Dems: “bold”, GOP: “very little”

Republicans say Governor McAuliffe is now acknowledging he cannot legally expand Medicaid coverage in Virginia by himself. But Democrats are praising the governor’s new health care initiatives as “bold” and “innovative”. WFIR’s Evan Jones has reaction from both sides of the aisle.

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Changing SOL’s and student assessments: VA Board of Education head in Bedford tonight to listen

Education-News1Work is now under way to revise the way Virginia assesses student achievement, moving away from total reliance on state SOL’s. And the State Board of Education President is in Bedford tonight to hear suggestions as part of a statewide listening tour. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm at Bedford Elementary School.  WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Prosecutor: “Difficult day” for Virginia — McDonnell attorney: fight not over

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

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Prosecutors and investigators say the McDonnell verdicts make for a sad moment in Virginia — but a necessary one. The lead federal prosecutor in Richmond says public officials must often make financial sacrifices when in office, but when they turn to financial gain in exchange for public acts, that crosses the line and must be prosecuted. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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It’s now in a book: 150 years of Roanoke County Fire & Rescue history

RoCo Fire BookRoanoke County Fire and Rescue is publishing a hardcover book that documents 150 years of departmental history. The book is titled: “Roanoke County Fire and Rescue – “A Reflection of 150 Years”. The first copies go on sale Sunday at the North County Fire and Rescue Building on Hershberger Road near the Star City Skate Center. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Elm Avenue interchange project enters next phase, and drivers will notice a change

VDOT-LogoIf you take Elm Avenue over Interstate 581 this morning, you will notice a change — and a sign of progress. It’s all part of the project to improve traffic at one of the valley’s most congested intersections. Eastbound traffic is now being routed onto the new bridge section just constructed. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McDonnells’ corruption case goes to jury

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The public corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is in the hands of a federal jury. The seven-man, five-woman jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations Tuesday after hearing nearly two hours of instructions from U.S. District Judge James Spencer. The jury heard from dozens of witnesses over a five-week trial. The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell testified he did nothing other than extend routine political courtesies to Williams. Maureen McDonnell did not testify. Williams testified under immunity that he spent freely on the McDonnells only to secure help promoting his company’s chief product, the anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.

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Fire officials: child’s death in hot car shows it can happen anywhere — even Roanoke

Heat-DangerRoanoke Fire-EMS officials don’t want us to pass early judgment on a young child’s death in a hot van, but they say it demonstrates this can to happen to anyone if we are not constantly mindful — especially in an era of more frequent distractions. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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