Clark Palmer

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A community organizer in Roanoke believes future US aid to Israel should come with specific conditions tied to humanitarian concerns. During a protest in downtown Roanoke, Rafeeq McNamara with Occupy Roanoke for Palestinians, says the US is hurting its reputation on the world stage by helping Israel’s operation in Gaza. McNamara says in no way does he condone the Hamas militant group’s attack that killed more than 1,000 Israelis on October 7th. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has more:

From 7th District Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger Facebook Page

Northern Virginia US Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger announced she will run to be the Commonwealth’s next Governor in 2025.Spanberger said this in a video announcement posted this morning:

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is among other Democrats who could run for Governor.

Roanoke County Police officers responded   to 6842 Walrond Dr. (Walrond Park) today in reference to a wellbeing check. While on scene the incident changed to a death investigation and CID was called out to investigate. There is no danger to the community and officers are no longer on scene. Investigation is still active pending notification of next of kin.

Two people were arrested after disruptions during a Roanoke County School Board meeting that featured discussion regarding new rules about “curricular and noncurricular school and classroom displays.” WFIR’s Clark Palmer has details from last night’s meeting.


Roanoke County Public Schools issued  the following statement following last night’s school board meeting:

One of the core values of Roanoke County Public Schools that we teach our students is respect. This includes respect for other’s opinions, even if we do not agree with that opinion. At every school board meeting, the public has the opportunity to exercise their first amendment right to express their opinions. At tonight’s school board meeting, we heard from 27 students, staff, parents and Roanoke County residents who expressed their views and opinions and we thank each of these individuals for sharing their thoughts. Unfortunately, after the opportunity for public comment had ended, a handful of individuals chose to be disruptive and disrespectful during an informational presentation with outbursts using vulgar language. After two warnings, the school board chairman asked all visitors to leave. Sadly, some chose not to do so and had to be escorted out by police. This is not the kind of behavior we tolerate and these actions in no way are reflective of the many outstanding parents, students and staff that are part of the Roanoke County Public Schools community.