On air and at outside memorial, WDBJ7 remembers Alison and Adam one year later

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Flowers outside the WDBJ7 studios, and inside, on-air remembrances today — one year after Reporter Alison Parker and Photojournalist Adam Ward were fatally shot during a live broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Garage fire shows it’s a good idea to let lawn mower cool down before bringing it inside

wfir-defaultRoanoke County fire officials say a lawn mower brought into a garage just after use sparked a costly fire earlier this week, and officials say it serves as a good example to let your lawn mower cool down before bringing it in. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Remembering Lewis and Clark’s Virginia travels — and there were many

William Clark (NPS photo)

William Clark (NPS photo)

Meriwether Lewis (NPS photo)

Meriwether Lewis (NPS photo)

Efforts to create a Virginia Lewis and Clark historic trail in Virginia are changing direction — away from the National Park Service toward a state-supported version. The goal is create a marked route that remembers the Virginia travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark before and after their historic expedition to the Pacific. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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UVA expert: FBI faces tough challenge in finding domestic terrorists and preventing their attacks

wfir-defaultAs the FBI investigates whether the weekend stabbing attack in Roanoke County is terrorism-related, experts say finding U.S. residents who might commit acts of terrorism is a difficult process — especially when there are no previous signs of violence. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe: a few mistakes are worth the greater goal of restoring former felons’ rights

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe says there be some mistakes along the way, but he is committed to restoring the rights of 200,000 former felons — in a way that meets a recent court order. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Backyard chickens: a Salmonella risk no matter how clean you keep the coop

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(AP photo)

As the popularity of backyard chickens grows in Virginia, so does the number of Salmonella cases associated with it. Experts say taking just a few steps greatly reduces the chances of contracting it. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Pipeline builders, critics disagree on proposed projects’ very need

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As federal regulators continue the process of reviewing two proposed natural gas pipelines across Virginia, builders and critics disagree on whether there will be any need for the pipelines should they be built. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Salem leaders hope downtown improvement project can begin by spring

SalemSalem officials will update interested citizens and businesses owners later today on plans to improve the city’s downtown appearance. The hope is to begin the major parts of the work by spring, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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There is an open house scheduled today from 4:00 until 7:00 at the Salem Museum to inform interested citizens and business owners about the plan’s status.

 

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SOL pass rates improve again, but “achievement gap” remains between whites, other students

Education-News1The percentage of Virginia public school students meeting reading, math and science Standards of Learning inched upward in the most recent school year. But state education officials say one continuing concern is the gap in SOL pass rates between white students and other groups. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here to see SOL results by school system

Click here to see SOL results by school

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More than 20 dogs rescued from NC home to be helped recover in Roanoke

Angels of AssisiRoanoke-based Angels of Assisi is taking part in another large-scale rescue operation, this one involving dozens of dogs from North Carolina. 32 dogs were rescued in all, and Angels of Assisi is caring for more than 20 of them. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for the Angels of Assisi web site.

 

 

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