If you thank a teacher this week, he or she might win a nice reward

Education-News1This is “National Teacher Appreciation Week”, and here in Virginia, a first-time effort is underway to to thank public school teachers — and help a few of them win some nice rewards. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November. GOP leaders announced Monday that they have hired an attorney and will contest the governor’s executive order, which restored the rights of felons to vote, run for office and sit on a jury. Republicans have called the governor’s action a political ploy designed to help his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win votes in November. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said they cannot let McAuliffe’s “flagrant disregard” for the Virginia Constitution to go unchecked. The lawmakers didn’t say when they would file their lawsuit. McAuliffe has said people who have served their time should be given a second chance.

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University of Virginia announces plan to be greener

UVA-LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The University of Virginia has released a new plan to roll back energy use, emissions and waste. The Daily Progress reports that over the next five years, the university will try to eliminate the use of coal as an energy source, increase the use of renewable energy and install building retrofits that reduce the use of lighting and the need for climate control. The university’s Office for Sustainability Director Andrea Trimble says her office hopes to roll back energy use at the school to pre-2010 levels by 2020, despite the fact that the university’s undergraduate enrollment has grown by about 2,000 students since 2010. Trimble says the Committee on Sustainability, which has worked on the plan for the past year, will be analyzing the expected costs over the summer.

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Write-in candidates hoping for support in Roanoke tomorrow

WFIR Election 2016Besides the six candidates for Roanoke City Council and one for mayor on the printed ballot tomorrow there are two names that can be written in. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Williamson Road celebrates Restaurant Week

WRABAThere are more than 40 restaurants along Williamson Road and many will be serving up deals this week. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details:

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Bedford County man charged after human remains are found in barrel

Robert Wozniak

Robert Wozniak

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a home owner on Trapper Lane in the Stewartsville area  who reported finding a barrel at their residence containing possible human remains. Bedford County sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded and determined the remains were human. The caller told the investigators that the barrel belonged to Robert Wozniak. Wozniak had rented a room from the caller since January 2016. Prior to moving to Bedford County, Wozniak resided in the City Of Roanoke. Investigators processed the scene and suspect the remains are several months old. The remains were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for identification and to determine possible cause of death. On Saturday Robert A. Wozniak, age 47, was arrested and charged with Disposing of a Body with Malicious Intent to Avoid Detection and four counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretense.  He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

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Six candidates running for three open seats in Roanoke

WFIR Election 2016Six candidates are vying for three open seats on Roanoke City Council during tomorrow’s municipal election. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

(hear about the three Democrats running below)

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Salem and Vinton hold municipal elections tomorrow

WFIR Election 2016While most of the attention in tomorrow’s local municipal elections is focused on Roanoke City Council, residents in the City of Salem and the Town of Vinton also go to the polls. More from WFIR’s Ian Price:

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State approves changes to voter registration form

wfir-defaultThe State Board of Elections has approved changes to the voter registration form, making it easier for voters register to vote by cutting down on confusion. The Board used feedback from registered voters and election officials in making the changes. More from WFIR Intern Reporter Clark Palmer:

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Ted Cruz wins the most delegates at Virginia GOP convention

Ted Cruz at Liberty (Getty Images)Tomorrow’s presidential primary in Indiana is widely viewed as a must win for Senator Ted Cruz, but he scored some much needed support Saturday at Virginia’s statewide convention. WFIR’s Ian Price has details:

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