Roanoke-Blacksburg airport unveils Roanoke-based flight search engine

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There is a new way to search for flights out of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport — and it is right on the airport’s web site. It works like many air travel search engines, but it is preset to give you Roanoke-based options and prices. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, airport officials say the idea is to make searching for air travel out of Roanoke easier:

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Click here for the airport’s Book a Flight search engine. It is preset to search flights out of Roanoke, but you can enter any starting and destination location you wish.

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Poll: despite all those primary ads, almost 40% of Virginians say they don’t know much about the winners

Ed Gillespie

Despite the barrage of political ads that led up to last week’s primary, a new statewide poll finds close to 40% of likely Virginia voters say they haven’t heard enough about the primary winners to form an opinion on either party nominee. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Roanoke man is $1 million scratch-off winner

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A Roanoke man is a million-dollar Virginia Lottery winner. Lottery officials say Jeffrey Mullen didn’t realize at first that his Golden Spades scratch-off ticket was one of the game’s three top winners. But it is, and he chose the cash option worth more than $560,000 before taxes.

From the Virginia Lottery: Jeffrey Mullen knew as soon as he scratched his Golden Spades ticket from the Virginia Lottery that he’d won something. However, the Roanoke man said he didn’t realize just how much he’d won. It turns out he’d won the $1 million top prize. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1701 Ninth Street in Roanoke. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $561,798 before taxes. He chose the cash option. In addition, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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Poll: With primaries now past us, Northam holds 8% edge over Gillespie

Campaign 2017 WFIRThe first post-primary statewide poll shows Democrat Ralph Northam holding an 8% lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in race for governor, 47-39%. But the Quinnipiac University Poll finds wide disparities by gender, with Northam showing a 21% among women and Gillespie leading among men by 8%.

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Ballast Point Daleville GM talks production, tasting room and more

Ballast Point’s General Manager for the newly-opened Botetourt County production and distribution facility joined WFIR live on the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News for a wide-ranging conversation. Mike Alvarado talked about the tasting room and restaurant, the beer production that is set to begin later this year, public response to the newly-opened facility and more. Here is the entire conversation:

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Griffith: Alexandria shooting may lead to increased Congressional security under certain circumstances

Rep. Morgan Griffith

We have more  with Congressman Morgan Griffith, who confirmed yesterday that his name was among those on a list that Alexandria gunman James Hodgkinson had with him. Griffith says the shootings may lead to stepped-up security when elected officials are in public together. He spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Griffith: “A little unsettling” to learn his name was on Alexandria gunman’s list

Rep. Morgan Griffith

Congressman Morgan Griffith confirms a report by Fox News that his name was one of six on a list that the Alexandria gunman had with him. It is not clear why his name was on it, but as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, Griffith says it is unsettling:

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Goodlatte live on WFIR: congressional security, political rhetoric and more

Rep. Bob Goodlatte

Congressman Bob Goodlatte appeared live on The Roanoke Valley’s Morning News to discuss topics that include security for members of Congress and their staffs, the state of political rhetoric in this country, and accusations that he has ducked the public by not holding in-person town hall meetings. Here is the full conversation:

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Traffic alert: extended lane closures on I-81 through next Friday

VDOT says anyone using Interstate 81 between the Salem and Buchanan areas may encounter lane closures or detours in the next week, the result of repaving work and bridge deck repairs. Most of the work will occur during evening and overnight hours and on weekends, but some of it will spill over into weekday morning commutes. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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AAA: Summer season is most dangerous time for younger teen drivers

New research from AAA shows that new drivers aged 16 and 17 are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a fatal accident.  The report comes at the time of year when new teen drivers are most likely to become victims of fatal accidents. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, AAA calls this time the “100 Deadliest Days”:

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