Salem Police are investigating after a motorcycle hit an ambulance

salempoliceshieldFrom Salem Police Department: This afternoon at 2:24 p.m., Salem Police Officers and Salem Fire and EMS members responded to the 1800 block of West Main Street in reference to a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. The call indicated that a motorcyclist had collided with a Roanoke County ambulance that was traveling east on West Main Street. The ambulance, from Ft. Lewis Station Number 9, was transporting a patient to LewisGale Medical Center at the time of the accident. The two vehicles were traveling in the same direction and the rescue vehicle’s emergency lights and siren were being used at the time of the accident. The 50-year-old male driver of the motorcycle, who is a Salem resident, was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in stable condition. No one in the ambulance was hurt. The investigation into the collision is ongoing are charges are pending.

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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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McAuliffe on $1.5B shortfall: ‘Tough decisions ahead’

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning Virginia lawmakers to brace for “tough decisions ahead” to address a roughly $1.5 billion budget shortfall. The Democratic governor told the General Assembly’s money committees Friday that budget woes are being driven by lower income and sales tax revenue collections than anticipated. The projected shortfall for the current-two year budget is $1.2 billion. That’s in addition to shortfall of about $280 million carried over from the budget year that ended June 30. McAuliffe said the state will fill some of the gap in the current fiscal first year with about $125 million that was supposed to cover raises for state employees, teachers and other state-supported workers. He proposed using another roughly $378 million from the state’s rainy-day fund; lawmakers would have to approve that.

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Streetpub features Deschutes and local craft brewers

Deschutes BreweryDeschutes Brewery and local craft beer makers including Soaring Ridge and Parkway Brewing will pour for a good cause tomorrow afternoon. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano

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All are invited to downtown Roanoke for Soul Momentum

wfir-defaultAn event in downtown Roanoke tomorrow tonight is designed to be a place for locals to gather and share positive stories, songs and poems about diversity. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details about Soul Momentum.

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VWCC unveils president portraits

VWCC portraitsAs part of its 50th anniversary celebration Virginia Western Community College unveiled photo portraits of the four presidents that have been at the helm since it became the state’s first community college. Current president Dr. Bobby Sandel spoke before the unveiling this morning. Also on hand outside the Whitman Theater was Charles Downs, who ran the school for 20 years before Sandel came aboard in 2001. Sandel also mentioned a 60 million dollar expansion plan that will start this fall

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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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Radford professor discusses presidential campaign imaging issues

WFIR Election 2016Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have run into some “image” issues with the Presidential election less than three months away. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with a local political communication expert:

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McAuliffe to update Virginia lawmakers on state budget

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to update Virginia lawmakers on the state budget. The Democratic governor will address a joint session of the House and Senate money committees at the Capitol on Friday. McAuliffe’s budget update comes nearly two months after his administration said that it would have to hold off on giving planned raises to state employees and others because the state ended last fiscal year in June with roughly $266 million less revenue than expected. McAuliffe’s administration said that total general fund revenues grew just 1.7 percent over the fiscal year, which was far short of the 3.2 percent that officials had projected.

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WDBJ7 plans moment of silence 1 year after colleagues’ fatal shooting

VT Helmet DecalROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia television station is marking a year since two journalists were fatally shot during a live broadcast watched by thousands of viewers. The Roanoke Times reports the television station, WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, plans a moment of silence during Friday’s “Mornin” newscast. Friday marks one year since 24-year-old Alison Parker and 27-year-old Adam Ward were killed. Parker was a reporter and Ward a cameraman. They were killed by a former co-worker who later turned the weapon on himself.

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