The Virginia Senate race is now set: Republican Ed Gillespie and incumbent Democrat Mark Warner. Gillespie captured the GOP nomination over the weekend at the party’s state convention in Roanoke. Political experts say Gillespie faces an uphill battle, but they expect him to run a strong campaign, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.
Republicans from across Virginia are converging on Roanoke this weekend to select their U.S. Senate candidate. Four people are seeking the nomination, and former GOP National Chairman Ed Gillespie is widely considered the favorite to prevail. Whoever wins will take on incumbent Democrat Mark Warner this fall. WFIR’s Evan Jones looks ahead to Saturday’s convention.
Hundreds of D-Day veterans are converging on the region today in advance of tomorrow’s 70th anniversary observance in Bedford. National D-Day Memorial officials say it is likely to be the last time so many D-Day vets are assembled together and able to tell of their experiences on that day. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here for full 70th anniversary observance information from the National D-Day Memorial.
Less than four weeks remain now before Virginia’s July 1st budget deadline. Political experts say both parties have a lot at stake in breaking the impasse, but Governor McAuliffe may have most — for reasons that have nothing to do with Medicaid expansion or saving political face. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Roanoke TV meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner returned to the air today for the first time since October 20th, when he came down with vertigo. Hirsbrunner went through months of rehabilitation; and he went back to work several weeks ago, but this was the first day he returned to his normal morning weathercasts. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
The Roanoke region will soon have a “blueway” to go along with its greenways — a way to develop and promote the Roanoke River from eastern Montgomery County to Smith Mountain Lake. Planners have identified and mapped amenities already in place, and now it’s on to phase two: determining what is needed next and how to fund it. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here for the Roanoke River Blueway web page
Roanoke Gas Company says it will refund about $700,000 to its customers, starting with bills sent out in June. The average residential customer will see a credit of about $8.60. The utility says its rate structure provides for customer refunds if winter temperatures are significantly lower — and its resulting revenues noticeably higher — than anticipated. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
With June just around the corner, experts say gas prices are likely to head lower in the coming month, just as many people hit the road for vacations. Pump prices have been gradually declining in the Roanoke region since their high point in late April. At GasBuddy.com, which tracks prices across the country, analysts say prices are likely to reach their low point as we approach July 4th. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will honor Bob Slaughter at its Memorial Day observance, unveiling a bronze bust. It will be distinguished company — alongside others there that include Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. Slaughter is credited as the driving force behind the Memorial’s creation. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Click here for full National D-Day Memorial information.