Area lawmakers await budget compromise – and expect passage

The final shape of Virginia's next budget is now in the hands of a dozen senior delegates and state senators. Area legislators from both parties ...

New exhibit at the Salem Museum may surprise you

The Salem Museum is touting a new exhibit.  Museum Director John Long says primitive art from across the globe is on display now.  Long says ...

Cuccinelli: Individual mandate “in serious trouble”

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is is an upbeat mood after listening to this week's Supreme Court’s arguments, especially the ones centering on the key ...

ACLU challenges State Police over background checks and Facebook

The American Civil Liberties Union wants Virginia State Police to stop requiring applicants to share their social media accounts with background investigators.  State Police started ...

Roanoke Prevention Planning Team gets big grant to prevent DUI crashes

The Roanoke Prevention Planning Team received a $121,000 grant yesterday from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.  WFIR's Timothy Martin reports ...

No takers for Market Building kiosk space, new uses to be considered

The Roanoke City Market Building is just a few weeks away from having all eight restaurants and hot food vendors up and running. The renovated ...

Live “Eagle cam” shows life can be rough for newborns

It's a first-hand look at nature -- and not always a pretty one. The "eagle cam" in Richmond is showing newborn chicks compete for available ...

“Ultimate hiker” in Lexington this week

One of the country's best-known outdoor adventurers will visit the region this week. Andrew Skurka was named Outside Magazine's "Adventurer of the Year" in 2010 ...

DEQ releases 2012 water quality report

Virginia's 2012 water quality report has both positive and negative news.  WFIR's Timothy Martin reports. Click here to read the full report ...

New information to be released in VT students’ murders

Investigators promise to release new information this week  in the unsolved murders of two Virginia Tech students two and a half years ago. David Metzler ...

Fruit growers fret over possible overnight frost

Fruit growers are concerned about a possible frost tonight.  Growers say the warm weather of the past few weeks has caused fruit trees to blossom ...

State Senate is expected to approve new budget today

Virginia state Senators return to Richmond for a special session today, and they are expected to pass a two-year, $85 billion state budget. But the ...

Consumer Reports calls for more disclosure of hospital infection rates

As the Supreme Court begins hearings on the health care overhaul law today, Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, wants the federal government to pay ...

Scammers target smartphone users

The Better Business Bureau says scammers are sending text messages to smartphones with some bogus good news.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...

Warm weather = more termites

The unusally mild and wet weather of the last few months is expected to bring more of a termite problem in the area. The story ...

Botetourt Co. hires new County Administrator

Botetourt County Supervisors have selected a new county administrator, and she will not have to move very far. Kathleen Guzi was Bedford County's Administrator for ...

Angels of Assisi: employee misled them on “found” puppies

Angels of Assisi says one of its own employees misled them about five puppies brought in earlier this week, and the animal rescue organization has ...

State approves tougher math SOL’s for grades 3-8

The Virginia Board of Education has approved tougher pass rates for the new Standards of Learning math assessments for grades three through eight. The decision ...

More employers ask job-seekers to show their Facebook page

If you are looking for a job, make sure your Facebook page will pass muster with a prospective employer. More and more of them ask ...

Tuberculosis cases drop in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health has come out with some positive news one day ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.  WFIR's Timothy Martin reports. Click here ...