On-line disruptions impact SOL testing; some students may qualify for retests as a result

Education-News1Computer problems have disrupted Virginia’s SOL tests three times in the last ten days. School officials say the impacts have been minimal, but some students may become eligible to take them again. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Sweet Briar alum: naming college as “endangered historic place” important whether or not it remains open

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300The Sweet Briar College alumna who nominated her Alma mater as an “endangered historic place” says its designation is important even if efforts to keep the college open do not succeed. Charlotte Bonini, class of ’92, says the campus has significant architectural, historic and natural resources that should be protected no matter what Sweet Briar’s future may be. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia Attorney General takes prominent role in nationwide charity scam announcement

WFIR-LOGO-1Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring took a prominent role in a nationwide charity fraud announcement yesterday in Washington on sham cancer charities that allegedly served mainly to enrich those who ran them. The Federal Trade Commission says a Tennessee family used much of the $187 million it raised in four sham cancer charities to pay for things like cars, luxury cruises and six-figure salaries.  WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Preservationists: Sweet Briar buildings, land should be protected whether college closes or stays open

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300Preservationists say they are not attempting to enter the debate on whether Sweet Briar should close, but they do want its buildings and land to be protected no matter how thinks work out at the college. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Aviation expert: Roanoke-Dallas air service likely within 18 months

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A prominent aviation consultant says once American Airlines completes its merger with US Airways, direct air service between Roanoke and Dallas is likely within 18 months. American plans to absorb all US Airways operations by October. Michael Boyd, President of Boyd Group International, says it should be “all positive for Roanoke in all respects.” WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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State Police: three face charges after 200+ pounds of marijuana delivered to Roanoke area business

State-PoliceState Police say three people face drug-related charges after a package with “at least 200 pounds” of marijuana worth at least $1 million was delivered to the 5959 Music Studio on Williamson Road. Police say they were tipped off to the shipment by Pennsylvania State Police, a shipment that originated in Arizona. Virginia State Police say Ronald Crenshaw and Leonard English, both of Roanoke, are in custody, as is a third suspect who has not cooperated in identifying himself.

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Sweet Briar commencement speaker: alum who opposes its closing

Teresa Pike Tomlinson

Teresa Pike Tomlinson

Tomorrow’s commencement speaker at Sweet Briar College faces an enormous and highly unusual challenge. The college plans to close down this summer — but Teresa Pike Hamilton, class of ’87, supports the legal challenges aimed to preventing the closure. She says tomorrow’s commencement address will be respectful but candid, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Here is an extended-length version of our telephone interview with her:

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Virginia Beach tourism industry opposes planned offshore drilling; petroleum industry says fears are unfounded

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With the summer season just about to begin in Virginia Beach, the tourism industry there is lining up in opposition to planned offshore oil drilling. But the petroleum industry says the reasons given are unfounded. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McDonnell: faith in the justice system and the Lord as he awaits appeals court ruling

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Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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Former Governor Bob McDonnell says he has faith in the US judicial system — and in the Lord — as he awaits an appeals court ruling. McDonnell wants the court to either order a retrial or throw out his corruption convictions altogether. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Oral arguments today in McDonnell appeal; definition of “official acts” appears to be the big question

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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Federal prosecutors and attorneys for former Governor Bob McDonnell will present oral arguments today before a federal appeals court. McDonnell wants his corruption convictions overturned or, at the very least, a new trial. The central issue appears to be what are “official acts” that a governor — or any public official — performs. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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