Poplar Forest is the private retreat that Thomas Jefferson built in Bedford County, and it will mark Independence Day with activities reflecting life in Jefferson’s time. It includes music and performances that might be seen and heard in the late 1700’s and plenty of activities for children. The event at Poplar Forest begins at 11:00 this morning. A reading of the Declaration of Independence is scheduled for 1:30. Click here for directions and more information.
As of today, you can bring your own bottle to many Virginia restaurants — but don’t expect to bring it in for free. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/07-01-BYOB-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=07-01 BYOB Wrap1-WEB]
Click here for more information on the new law from Virginia ABC.
Three days of bicycle racing return to Roanoke this weekend. It’s part of the Coventry Commonwealth Games, with races in Roanoke City and up Mill Mountain. News/Talk 960′ Bob Clark has more.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/7-1-Bike-Races-Wrap-1-WEB.mp3|titles=7-1 Bike Races Wrap #1-WEB]
Governor McDonnell will hold a ceremonial bill signing this morning in Richmond, marking a new law providing stronger penalties for underage drinking and driving. The law takes effect Friday. More from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-30-Teen-DUI-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-30 Teen DUI Wrap1-WEB]
Electronic phone answering systems may become a campaign issue this fall in the race for Roanoke County Commissioner of the Revenue. It was certainly issue number one as a potential challenger announced her candidacy. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has more.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-29-CommRevenue-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-29 CommRevenue Wrap1-WEB]
Anyone used to traveling along a busy Vinton street will have to wait at least four more days before a main intersection re-opens — and perhaps another week. The latest from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-28-Vinton-Pipe-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-28 Vinton Pipe Wrap1-WEB]
A new state law takes effect later this week permitting motorcycles to proceed through red lights — but only under some very specific circumstances. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-27-Red-Lights-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-27 Red Lights Wrap1-WEB]
The ribbon is cut — now The Patrick Henry has about three weeks to get ready for the first tenants to move in. The person charged with finding tenants for the restored historic building is about to undertake an entirely new and virtually unique responsibility when it opens next month. More from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-24-PH-AM-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-24 PH AM Wrap1-WEB]
The ribbon is cut — now The Patrick Henry has about three weeks to get ready for the first move-in days. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones reports from the downtown Roanoke landmark.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/06-23-The-PH-Ceremony-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-23 The PH Ceremony Wrap1-WEB]