Photos: Bedford Police seek women for using counterfeit $100 bills

Bedford Town Police are looking for two women believed to have used phony $100 bills to purchase merchandise at Bedford’s Walmart store. Police say it happened more than three weeks ago, and they hope surveillance photos of the pair and the car they used will help nab them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roanoke region’s beer tourism economy keeps growing

The Roanoke region’s growing reputation as a magnet for craft beer lovers shows no signs of slowing. Word over the weekend that Olde Salem Brewing would join the region’s  beer movement  is the just latest of several such announcements here in the last year. Craft beer breweries now extend beyond Roanoke Salem to places like Boones Mill, Callaway, Smith Mountain Lake and Vinton. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story:

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Mayor doubts city should spend $millions to upgrade sports facilities just for NCAA

Mayor Randy Foley

Salem Mayor Randy Foley says city leaders would probably have a hard time agreeing to the money needed in hopes of bring back college championship contests like the Stagg Bowl — not with major expenses like ahead like Salem High School renovations and not when the city’s overall sports tourism economy is  doing quite well. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Worker dies in Bonsack-area demolition accident

A Lynchburg-area company is mourning the loss of one of its workers in a workplace accident yesterday near Roanoke.  W.E.L. identifies him as Charles McFadden, a nine-year employee, and says he died during structure demolition in the Bonsack area.  The company says internal and external investigations into McFadden’s death are under way. At the moment, further details are not available.

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McAuliffe: guilt was not the question in commuting death sentence, justice system was

Governor Terry McAuliffe

Ivan Teleguz

In announcing yesterday that he was commuting the death sentence for a convicted murderer scheduled for execution next week, Governor McAuliffe says Ivan Teleguz’s guilt was not in question. But as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, the governor says the sentencing phase of the trial was deeply flawed:

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Contract awarded for US 220 improvements in Botetourt County

The Commonwealth Transportation Board today awarded a contract for nine miles of improvements along the two-lane stretch of US 220 between Eagle Rock and Iron Gate in Botetourt County. The project will cost more than $64 million, and it will include widening shoulders, adding turn lanes and straightening parts of the highway.

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GOP candidate for attorney general: Charlottesville cannot legally remove Lee statue

John Adams

The presumptive Republican nominee for Virginia attorney general says his reading of state law prevents Charlottesville from removing the statute of Robert E. Lee.  John Adams campaigned yesterday in the Roanoke Valley. We have more from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Here is his full live interview with WFIR:

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GOP candidate for Attorney General live on WFIR: Lee statue removal, other topics addressed

John Adams

The race for Virginia Attorney General appears to be set. Democrat Mark Herring is seeking a second term, and Richmond attorney John Adams is the only Republican on the June primary ballot, so he is the presumptive GOP candidate. Adams is campaigning today in Botetourt County, and he spoke live with us by telephone on the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News. Topics covered include Charlottesville’s plans to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and whether an attorney general is required to defend a state law or Constitutional provision which with he or she might disagree:

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Roanoke Valley home sales, home prices on the rise in 2017

If the first three months are any indication, 2017 is going to be a big year for Roanoke Valley home sales — probably the biggest in at least a decade. Average home prices are also on the rise, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Deschutes Brewery to open downtown Roanoke tasting room by late summer

Deschutes Brewery plans to open a downtown Roanoke tasting room by the end of the summer. The brewer promises to have 15 different varieties of its beers on tap along with retail space for Deschutes merchandise like hats and glassware. The Oregon brewer still plans to break ground for its east coast production facility here in 2019. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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