Hollins University professor outlines importance of National Security Adviser

Ed Lynch

President Donald Trump spent the weekend interviewing finalists to be the next National Security Adviser after Michael Flynn’s resignation. WFIR’s Ian Price spoke with a local professor – who was a member of the Reagan administration – about the open position:

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Perriello wants free two year school for Virginians

Campaign 2017 WFIRIts one of the cornerstones of his campaign for Governor – Tom Perriello wants two years of community college or technical training to be free for Virginians – more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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DMV: we hear you, and that’s why we changed on-line info on office wait times

Virginia DMV officials say they took a look at what similar departments in other states were doing before changing real-time wait information on the department’s web site. You now get information on the waits for each particular transaction at each office, rather than an average wait for all transactions. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Click here to access the DMV’s wait time information page. Enter your zip code, select the office on the map, then click the prompt for estimated wait times.

 

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Former WDBJ7 news anchor raises $30,000 early in campaign

Chris Hurst

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 says he’s raised more than $30,000 during the first week of his campaign for the House of Delegates.The Roanoke Times reports that Chris Hurst announced the fundraising total during a campaign kickoff event on Saturday. He has yet to file a campaign finance report.Hurst quit his job as an anchor at WDBJ-TV to run as a Democrat in Virginia’s 12th District, which is currently represented by Republican Del. Joseph Yost.Hurst’s girlfriend and colleague, Allison Parker, was fatally shot while reporting for the station. Hurst said he considered running for office as he struggled emotionally to report on gun violence.Republicans have criticized him for his pro-gun control stance.

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GOP gubernatorial hopefuls play nice at first debate

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Virginia Republican hopefuls for governor have played nice during their first debate.The candidates avoided attacking each other Saturday at an event in Charlottesville and instead stuck largely to GOP talking points.Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia, has blasted former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie several times in interviews and social media accounts.But Stewart ignored Gillespie during the debate, which only featured a handful of questions and speaking opportunities.State Sen. Frank Wagner and distillery owner Denver Riggleman are also running.Virginia’s widely watched contest for governor is seen by many as a potential referendum on Trump’s first year in office and an early test of opposition groups aligned against him.

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Virginia State police investigating fatal Bedford County crash

From Virginia State Police: Virginia State Police A. B. Absher is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 8:26 p.m. February 17, 2017 on Route 501, seven tenths of a mile of a mile north of Route 122 in Bedford County.A 2004 Buick Rainer was traveling south on Route 501, when the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, striking a wall and a utility pole, overturning several times ejecting the occupants.The 2004 Buick was driven by Brian Edward Dabney, 24, Buena Vista, VA.  Mr. Dabney was not wearing his seatbelt and was transported for injuries received in the crash.55 year old Darlene Spinner was a passenger in the vehicle.  Ms. Spinner was not wearing her seatbelt and was transported for injuries received in the crash.25 year old Candice Paige Clark, of Nellysford, VA was not wearing her seatbelt and died at the scene.The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team was called to assist with the crash.Alcohol and speed were a factor in the crash, charges are pending.The crash remains under investigation.

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