Who stole an outdoor xylophone? Bedford police ask for help

Police in Bedford are on the lookout for a stolen xylophone – and this one would be hard to miss. It’s a playground-sized xylophone, taken from the Bedford Town playground that opened just last year. Police ask anyone who has information to call them at (540) 587-6011.

Police say the xylophone is similar to this one

It was removed from its mount in the Bedford playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In face of Virginia epidemic, doctors prepare to implement new opioid prescription procedures

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Virginia is enacting new legislation designed to curb and address the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. Governor McAuliffe signed a series of bills yesterday with that intent. This comes as Virginia’s doctors are preparing to implement new procedures that regulate opioid prescriptions. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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USTA tennis tournament is coming to Roanoke, another sports event to boost region’s economy

The United States Tennis Association will bring a regional tournament to Roanoke in June, and local tourism officials say it is one more sign of the important role sports events play in the region’s tourism economy.WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Breweries, Amtrak, tennis, mountain biking and more: tourism officials say Roanoke outlook remains upbeat

The leaders of the Roanoke Valley’s tourism promotion efforts say the breweries that will open here will be big draws for visitors, as will the return of Amtrak service to Roanoke late this year. A USTA tennis tournament will come here for the first time later this year, and a “major” announcement regarding the region as a mountain biking destination is expected in 2017. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge President Landon Howard and Vice President of Public Affairs and Development Catherine Fox joined us live today on the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News:

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Council members praise Morrill for guiding Roanoke into new vision for city’s future

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Roanoke City Council members praised City Manager Chris Morrill for helping guide the city through a difficult financial period and finding a new identity for its future. Morrill arrived in the winter of 2010, when the effects of the recession were hitting Roanoke hard   WFIR’s Evan Jones has morOKe.

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Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill is leaving in April

Chris Morrill (Roanoke City photo)

Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill informed City Council members today he will leave in April to be come Executive Director for the Government Finance Officers Association. The association is based in Chicago, and it represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association’s web site says it helps more than 18,000 members in planning, financing, and implementing governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions. Here is Morrill’s full announcement:

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After Morrill announced his pending departure, City Council members praised him for his many accomplishments since arriving here seven years ago.

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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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Poll: Kaine holds very early big lead over Ingraham or Fiorina, even among women

It’s a really early poll, but Quinnipiac University says if either one of two well-known women would challenge Senator Kaine in 2018, both would start well behind – even among women. The poll shows Kaine holding close to 20% margins right now over talk show host Laura Ingraham and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, and among women, the margin is 23% in either race.

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Teachers urge state lawmakers to increase public education funding in next budget

It’s getting down to crunch time in Richmond as the General Assembly works on a budget for the coming year. Many public school teachers say state funding in recent years for K through 12 education is inadequate, and a rally toward that end is planned tomorrow in Roanoke. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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As further court action awaits, immigration debate continues

President Trump’s executive order on immigration now awaits further court action on several fronts — including one in Virginia. And as the legal process continues, the reasons behind that order remain debated. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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