NAACP: police should release video of Kionte Spencer shooting death

Kionte SpencerThe NAACP’s Roanoke Chapter is calling on Roanoke County police to release patrol car video of last Friday’s officer-involved fatal shooting of 18-year-old Kionte Spencer. As as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, the NAACP questions whether police needed to use deadly force.

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Presidential primary day in Virginia, and there is one big difference at the polls

WFIR-campaign-2016It’s Super Tuesday, and voters in 10 states, including Virginia, are weighing in on who will make up both the Republican and Democratic presidential tickets.  There is one big difference from normal elections: today, precinct workers will ask you in which political party you will be casting your vote.  WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

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Political analyst: GOP candidates are smart to campaign here in the heart of VA GOP base

WFIR-campaign-2016Virginia Tech professor and political analyst Bob Denton says it makes sense for Marco Rubio and Donald Trump to campaign in our part of the state. He says the state’s Republican party base is found in Southside and southwest Virginia. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Lawmakers consider bill to add sex offender’s work address and college information to on-line registry

General-AssemblyThe General Assembly is considering a proposal that would add a sex offender’s work address — or the name of any college or community college he is attending — to the offender’s on-line registry. It easily passed the House of Delegates, but it is much closer in the Senate. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Stepped-up red light runner enforcement coming Friday to the Roanoke Valley

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Law enforcement agencies promise to be out in force across the Roanoke region this coming Friday, focusing on drivers who run red lights. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, it’s part of a valley-wide plan to focus on a different accident-related cause each month.

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Mayor Bowers: don’t count me out from another future run

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers

Roanoke Mayor
David Bowers

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says don’t count him out yet from future political aspirations — perhaps another run for mayor. This comes as he prepares to leave office later this year and after his decision not to challenge 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia eagles: from near-disappearance to likely saturation point

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Virginia’s eagle population has rebounded so much in recent decades that it may be reaching the saturation point.  As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, researchers are preparing to conduct their annual eagle count.

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Retired Lexington superintendent named interim Northside principal for rest of school year

Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons

A former Lexington Superintendent of Schools has been named interim principal at Northside High School for the rest of the school year. Dr. Dan Lyons was named to the position today. He is filling in after Principal Frank Dent resigned last week and Assistant Principal Amy Puckett requested re-assignment earlier this week. Lyons retired from Lexington schools last year.

(Continue reading for the full Roanoke County Public Schools news release.)

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Saturday SC primary sets stage for Virginia’s nine days later

WFIR-campaign-2016Tomorrow’s South Carolina primary is likely to determine how much campaign money flows into the next round of primaries — including Virginia’s — a week from Tuesday. Virginia Tech professor and political analyst Denton sees these states as favoring Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side and likely to demonstrate whether Donald Trump’s Republican campaign has staying power. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Liberty president defends Trump after Pope is critical

Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Junior came to the quick defense of presidential candidate Donald Trump after Pope Francis said anyone who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border isn’t Christian. Falwell appeared today on CNN, saying the statement will hurt the Pope more than Trump, and it is unlikely to affect informed voters:

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Falwell says Jesus never intended to tell political leaders how to run a country and always stayed out of politics:

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Falwell says voters should select candidates on issues, not those claiming to be the best Christian. He previously endorsed Trump’s presidential candidacy.

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