Polls vary wisely in race for governor: our political analyst believes more in the closer ones

Campaign 2017 WFIRSome polls this week in the race for governor show widely different results. A Quinnipiac University Poll released yesterday shows Ralph Northam with more than 50% support and a 10-point lead for Gillespie — 51%-41%. But Suffolk University and Mason Dixon Polls this week show something close to a dead heat, and our political analyst is more inclined at this point to believe the ones showing a closer race. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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“Shine” looks at legacy of creative firms in Roanoke

A new home-grown documentary puts the focus on creative firms that shaped corporate images and helped sell products in the valley. It has a public showing tonight as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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click below to hear a full length interview with Todd Marcum and Dave Perry about their documentary, “Shine”

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Roanoke County police investigating credit card fraud

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From a Roanoke County Police Department News Release: Roanoke County Police Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a felony credit card fraud, in which the suspect utilized a cloned credit card at a convenience store in the 4000 block of Electric Rd. The incident occurred on 8/17/2017. The suspect is described as a tall, slender, medium-complected male with a beard. He arrived and left in a light colored compact sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla or Toyota Camry. The suspect may also be related to other credit card fraud incidents that have occurred in Roanoke County. Photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle are attached. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call Roanoke County Police, 540-562-3265.

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Exit 150 project to cut a ribbon

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting tomorrow for an upgraded traffic configuration that should make life easier for many. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Research could lead to new ways to combat type 2 diabetes

Researchers from Virginia Tech are learning more about why olive products can help prevent type 2 diabetes. WFIR’s Ian Price has more:
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DMV faces $16 million shortfall, fees could rise

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles is facing an estimated operating shortfall of more than $16 million. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that Virginians could see an increase in fees as a result.  DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb told the House Appropriations Committee that one solution is to raise prices on vehicle titles, registration and driver’s licenses. Another idea is to allow the DMV to keep more of the money it collects for the departments of transportation and health. Holcomb also told the commission that the DMV lacks sufficient funds to operate even though it collects billions of dollars for the state. The DMV is a high-profile customer-service agency with wide-ranging responsibilities. They include the impending implementation of the federal Real ID law for enhanced security of driver’s licenses and other identification.

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