McDonnell proposes $2.2 billion increase to public employee pension fund

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing a $2.2 billion state infusion of cash into Virginia's critically underfunded public employee pension system.  Finance ...
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Get your skis and snowboards out — Wintergreen opens Saturday

Skiers will be able to hit the slopes in Nelson County this weekend when Wintergreen Resort opens its winter season. They made some snow earlier ...
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McDonnell: increase higher ed funding, reduce tuition burden

Governor McDonnell is asking lawmakers to boost funding for state-supported higher education by more than 220 million dollars within three years. As WFIR's Evan Jones ...
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Shenandoah Life policyholders vote today on proposed sale

Shenandoah Life policyholders vote today on the proposed sale of the insurer to a Texas-based company. It is the next step required to take the ...
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Parkway officials: no plans to restrict bicycles

Blue Ridge Parkway officials are trying to dispel rumors that bicycles will soon be restricted along the roadway. Officials say that simply is not true ...
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Police release store holdup surveillance video

Roanoke Police have released surveillance video of an armed robbery two nights ago at the 7-11 store on the 3600 block of Williamson Road. Police ...
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School project ends with sweet gift

A charity in the Southwest Virginia receives a sweet gift. Students at Fishburn Park Elementary School have chosen Ronald McDonald House Charities as the winner ...
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Big bridge beams to bring US 221 delays

Traffic is likely to come to standstill at times later today on a busy southwest Roanoke County road. It's part of that construction project on ...
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Elks National Home in Bedford is all lit up!

The Elks National Home's Christmas display is back in Bedford through the end of the year.  WFIR's Timothy Martin on what you'll see this holiday ...
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Still no motive in Virginia Tech shooting

State Police say despite working through the weekend, they still do not know what led to last week's shooting death of a Virginia Tech police ...
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LG unveils new maternity care center

LewisGale is unveiling its new Maternity Care Center today in Salem, adding to the changes mothers, newborns, and their families increasingly experience at hospitals. Moms ...
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Salem contractor pleads guilty in kickback scheme

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Salem contractor is facing up to 23 years in prison and $500,000 in fines after pleading guilty to participating in ...
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Service and sacrifice: police officers and families all share it

Thousands of law enforcement officers converged on Virginia Tech's campus for yesterday's services honoring fallen officer Deriek Crouse. Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said his ...
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With Christmas nearing, the Salvation Army needs your help

Those who run the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program are getting a bit nervous.  WFIR's Timothy Martin explains why. The Red Kettle Campaign is also ...
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Virginia Tech students raise funds for slain officer’s family

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A student movement called known as “Hokies for Crouse” is helping to raise money for the family of slain Virginia Tech ...
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Virginia Tech shooter had visited gun range

RADFORD, Va. (AP) _ A friend says the man who authorities say killed a Virginia Tech police officer had visited a shooting range this year ...
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Funeral today for fallen Virginia Tech officer

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ A big contingent of law enforcement officials is expected to honor a fallen brother when a funeral is held for a ...
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Family of Virginia Tech shooter offers condolences

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The family of a man who investigators say gunned down a Virginia Tech police officer offers its condolences and prayers to ...
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Virginia Tech tragedy renews political gun debate

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Thursday's point-blank assassination of a Virginia Tech campus policeman is sure to renew the gun control battle in all its fury ...
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Morrill: Roanoke should consider downtown parking meters

Roanoke removed downtown parking meters in 1999, and now, its city manager thinks bringing them back at least deserves consideration.  Chris Morrill says meters create ...
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