Northam declares statewide State of Emergency

Northam declares statewide State of Emergency
NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency and authorized assistance to localities in response to escalating violence across the Commonwealth. The ...
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Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments

Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer ...
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Northam authorizes Richmond curfew after violent protests

Northam authorizes Richmond curfew after violent protests
NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement about protests in the City of Richmond. “I acknowledge each of the voices crying out ...
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Sunday update: 6 new COVID cases reported in Roanoke Valley

Sunday update: 6 new COVID cases reported in Roanoke Valley
The Virginia Department of Health reports 331 confirmed or “probable” COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke Valley since the virus first arrived. That includes 160 in ...
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Roanoke City Manager commends police, most protesters

Roanoke City Manager commends police, most protesters
From Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell: I commend those that peacefully gathered today to exercise their right to assemble and vocalize their understandable anger with ...
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Protesters march day and night through downtown Roanoke

Protesters march day and night through downtown Roanoke
Protesters marched through Roanoke streets on two separate occasions Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Police ordered an end to ...
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Saturday update: Roanoke Valley COVID cases

Saturday update: Roanoke Valley COVID cases
The Virginia Department of Health reports a total of 325 COVID-19 cases in the Roanoke Valley since the virus first arrived. They include 155 in ...
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A year later, Virginia Beach mass shooting motive still unclear

A year later, Virginia Beach mass shooting motive still unclear
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The rampage at a Virginia Beach city government building was the latest in a string of high-profile mass shootings nationwide, ...
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Three shooting deaths ruled as double murder/suicide

Three shooting deaths ruled as double murder/suicide
UPDATED NEWS RELEASE: On May 28, 2020 at 7:47pm, the Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1 Center received a call for a well-being check at 221 Venna Ave., ...
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Airplane makes “hard landing”, leaves runway at Roanoke airport

Airplane makes "hard landing", leaves runway at Roanoke airport
NEWS RELEASE: At approximately 1:10pm this afternoon, a Diamond DA20 aircraft made a hard landing on runway 24 causing it to leave the runway and ...
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Census reporting on track or ahead in the valley

Census reporting on track or ahead in the valley
By law everyone in the United States is required to respond to the US Census by the due date of October 31st. WFIR's Gene Marrano ...
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Restaurant owner: “You have to adapt or you’re gonna die”

Restaurant owner: "You have to adapt or you're gonna die"
Many Virginia restaurants now have two weeks of experience adapting to new rules that allow them to serve meals again -- and some are finding ...
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New COVID-19 cases reported in the Roanoke Valley

New COVID-19 cases reported in the Roanoke Valley
12 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases have been added in the Roanoke Valley over the latest 24-hour reporting period. Five in Roanoke County, Five ...
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Face mask order takes effect today

Face mask order takes effect today
This is day one of Governor Northam’s face mask executive order. It requires face mask use inside public indoor areas, with limited exceptions. But there ...
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Yokohama’s Salem tire plant set to reopen

Yokohama's Salem tire plant set to reopen
From Yokohama: Yokohama Corporation of North America’s (YCNA) consumer tire plant in Salem, Virginia is set to reopen on June 1. Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia ...
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UPDATE: Police identify the victims killed in I-81 crash

UPDATE: Police identify the victims killed in I-81 crash
UPDATE: Virginia State Police Trooper L.R. Spencer is investigating a two vehicle crash which resulted in two fatalities.  The crash occurred Thursday (May 28) at ...
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Northam says next phase of reopening at least a week away

Northam says next phase of reopening at least a week away
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Looser restrictions on businesses and social gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic are still at least a week away in Virginia, the governor said ...
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Bedford County teacher advances in Jeopardy Teachers Tournament

Bedford County teacher advances in Jeopardy Teachers Tournament
A teacher from our area is advancing to the next round of a long running TV gameshow. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has that story. 5-28 Jeopardy ...
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American Red Cross needs donors during upcoming blood drive

American Red Cross needs donors during upcoming blood drive
The “Spring into Summer” blood drive is being kicked off by the American Red Cross next week, WFIR intern reporter Camden Lazenby has more. 5-28 ...
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Senator Kaine, wife Anne Holton test positive for coronavirus anitbodies

Senator Kaine, wife Anne Holton test positive for coronavirus anitbodies
US Senator Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton - the interim president of George Mason University - have tested positive for antibodies to the ...
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