Deadline nears for business licenses

The law requires businesses to have a license in order to operate, and the deadline for applying for that license is just ahead. March 1st ...

Pet ID tags can help reunite lost pet with anxious owner

Animal control officers say purchasing pet ID tags is more than just the law -- in many cases, they can help reunite pet and owner ...

Budget time in Richmond; all eyes on Senate

The General Assembly takes up Virginia's next budget this week -- and all eyes are likely to be focused on the State Senate, where the ...

Registrars work to keep the dead off voting rolls

A Pew Center study has reported that over 20 million US voter registrations have significant errors, ranging from wrong addresses to out-of-state moves to a ...

Popular Salem restaurant still closed after early February fire

The Pizza Pasta Pit in Salem is still closed after a basement fire back on February 1st.  WFIR's Timothy Martin spoke with one of the owners ...

VA teachers wear black in “Statewide day of mourning”

Many public school teachers across the state say they are wearing black today in what the Virginia Education Association calls a "statewide day of mourning."  ...

Police hope surveillance photos help nab ATM holdup suspects

Roanoke Police hope these surveillance photos will help them find the people wanted for robbing a man outside an ATM.  Police say it happened in ...

Consumer Reports CEO: digital age helps consumers fight back

The CEO of Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, says the digital age is empowering consumers to more effectively battle well-funded corporate interests. Jim Guest ...

VA Catholics urged to contact DC on mandated birth control coverage

Virginia Catholics will receive a letter from their Bishop when they attend services this weekend, part of the Chuch's ongoing battle over federally-mandated birth control ...

Black Student Leadership Conference starts tomorrow at Virginia Western

High school and college students from around the state will gather this weekend at Virginia Western for the 5th annual Black Student Leadership Conference.  WFIR's ...

House GOP hopes teacher tenure bill gets second chance in Senate

House Republicans in Richmond are still holding out hope that the Senate will approve a bill to end tenure job protection for Virginia public school  ...

“Personhood” bill advances to State Senate

The House of Delegates has given final approval to what's been called the "Personhood" bill, despite dire predictions from its opponents. The bill's real test ...

Urban Professional League growing in Roanoke

A newly formed league in the area is gaining members and celebrating Black History Month with a concert this Friday.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...

Warm winter means early start for spring allergies

If you suffer from springtime allergies, be prepared for an earlier start this year -- perhaps in the next few weeks. Our warm winter means ...

Another Senate tie on proposed changes to VA election law

The State Senate remains split down the middle on changes to state election law. First was the bill requiring voters to show ID at the ...

Free eye care for the homeless in Roanoke

Vision help for the homeless is on the way!  The Rescue Mission's Free Clinic for the Homeless is launching its first on-site eye clinic tomorrow ...

Proposed plate would help fund domestic violence prevention

Virginia lawmakers are considering a specialty license plate designed to help prevent domestic and sexual violence. It would say "Peace Begins at Home" , and ...

New library already plans a change: creating space for “tweens”

Roanoke County's new South County Library appears to be an immediate success. It is certainly so if you measure it by the jump in visitors ...

Roanoke Police: Facebook page is paying off

Roanoke Police say the use of Facebook has been a success so far.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has more on how the page is being used to solve crimes ...

Apco: more lines, facilities needed to meet region’s power demand

Appalachian Power's application to build a new transmission line in Montgomery County is the latest of several area projects the company says are needed to ...