Still looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift?

VA gentlemenThe Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus is continuing its Valentine’s Day tradition of serenading lovers in the Roanoke Valley. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, telegrams will be delivered on February 12 and 13. The Virginia Gentlemen will travel to Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt and Blacksburg. If you’d like to order a Singing Valentine contact Ed Burke at 540-977-0472. For more about the Virginia Gentlemen click here. If you’d like a female quartet to serenade your loved one call Star City Sounds at 540-466-4640.

 

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First confirmed Zika patient in Virginia speaks

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ A Harrisonburg mother of three has been diagnosed with the first known case of the Zika virus in the state. Heather Baker tells media outlets that she received a letter dated Feb. 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirming that she has Zika virus. Baker thinks she contracted the virus in November while on a mission trip in Guatemala. She says the first symptom was a swollen lymph node on the side of her head. She then began experiencing joint pain, a rash and body aches. Zika is transmitted from infected mosquitoes to people, from infected pregnant mothers to babies and possibly through sexual activity. Babies born to mothers with the virus can have birth defects. Baker says she is managing her symptoms and trying to be cautious.

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Montgomery, Bedford Counties lead Roanoke area’s population growth

wfir-defaultThe Roanoke region’s population grew about 1.7% in the past five years according to estimates from a University of Virginia research center. That compares to a statewide growth of almost 5%. In our area, Montgomery County led the way, growing 4%, and Bedford County was not far behind at 3.6%. Click here to read the full report, which breaks down the numbers by city and county.

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No known lead in Roanoke Valley’s water system pipes, but precautions still prevail

Western Virginia Water AuthorityThe water authority that serves most of the Roanoke Valley knows of no pipes within its system that contain lead, but it takes steps nonetheless in efforts to ensure no customers are exposed to lead in their water — as has notably occurred in Flint, Michigan. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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9th District Congressional hopeful in town

WFIR Election 2016Sometime this spring a caucus will choose the 9th Congressional District Democratic candidate to take on incumbent Republican Morgan Griffith. One challenger is in Roanoke today as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Bail hearing for Virginia Tech student set today

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

A bail hearing is scheduled for a Virginia Tech student charged as being an accessory in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl. The Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk’s office says Natalie Keepers’ hearing is now set for 11 a.m. Thursday. It originally had been scheduled for Wednesday. The 19-year-old engineering student is charged with accessory before and after the fact, as well as with illegally disposing of Nicole Lovell’s body. Keepers’ classmate, 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Both defendants are being held without bond.

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Docs for Morgan raises money for scholarship through basketball game

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

Doctors and healthcare students from several local colleges square off for a fourth time tomorrow night during the annual “Docs for Morgan” fundraiser. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Roanoke County TRIAD shows documentary on heroin use

The Hardest HitIt’s was first unveiled by Attorney General Mark Herring in December, now a local organization is showing a documentary on how heroin is affecting the Commonwealth. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details:

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Nicole Lovell overcame many major health obstacles before her murder

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

We learned more yesterday about Nicole Lovell’s 13-year life, and more about the many health obstacles she had already overcome. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Hollins poly-sci professor weighs in on Iowa results

WFIR Election 2016The front runners most projected in Iowa either lost or just survived challenges during Monday’s presidential caucus in Iowa. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with a local political expert about the aftermath – and what’s next:

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