A big award for a Roanoke small business, one that has grown from start-up to more than 40 employees in six years — much of that during a recession. The Small Business Administration’s District Director yesterday presented the Virginia Small Business Persons of the Year award to Interactive Achievement. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-07-Interactive-Achievement-Wrap_WEB.mp3|titles=06-07 Interactive Achievement Wrap_WEB]
Governor McDonnell takes issue with suggestions that campaign funds made the difference in yesterday’s Wisconsin recall election. And the Democrat considered most likely to run for governor next year has his own take on the outcome. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-06-Wisconsin-React-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-06 Wisconsin React Wrap1-WEB]
Click here to see Governor McDonnell’s appearance today on MSNBC. It begins about 7:35 into the video.
The National D-Day Memorial is set to honor a sailor today who died 68 years ago this day on Omaha Beach — but whose death was incorrectly listed for decades as coming two days later. In recent years, a descendant documented the actual date of death, and today, the National D-Day Memorial will add Amin Isbir’s name to the 4,400 other Allied soldiers killed in the invasion. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-06-DDay-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-06 DDay Wrap1-WEB]
The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office has seen cancer afflict both former and present staff members, and it is conducting a fund-raiser in high heels a week from Friday to help raise funds for cancer awareness and research. The “High Heel Diva Dash” is set for 6:00 pm June 15th near the former Victory Stadium, part of the annual Relay for Life. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-05-Diva-Dash-Wrap-WEB.mp3|titles=06-05 Diva Dash Wrap-WEB]
In case you need any more signs of Virginia’s importance in this year’s presidential election, both sides are providing more evidence — with jobs as the main issue. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-05-Prez-Campaigns-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-05 Prez Campaigns Wrap1-WEB]
A camera at Smith Mountain Lake that looks onto an osprey nest is up and running again, but while it was down, the crueler side of nature was apparently at work. There is no sign now of any of the three eggs or of any chicks expected by now. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the latest.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-04-SML-Ospreys-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=06-04 SML Ospreys Wrap2-WEB]
(Continue reading to see the Smith Mountain Lake osprey-cam.)
A groundbreaking ceremony this morning will mark the start of construction for a new South Salem Elementary School, set to open at the start of the 2013-14 school year. A $15 million bond issue will pay for the building, and the Salem school system has another $2 million already set aside for technology and furniture. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-04-Salem-School-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-04 Salem School Wrap1-WEB]
Virginia Democrats hold their state convention in Fairfax tonight and tomorrow, and it appears increasingly clear they will unite around one candidate for governor next year. 400 party leaders and insiders announced yesterday they are supporting Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee Chairman. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/06-01-Cranwell-McAuliffe-Wrap_WEB.mp3|titles=06-01 Cranwell-McAuliffe Wrap_WEB]
McAuliffe finished second to State Senate Creigh Deeds in the three-way 2009 Democrat party primary for governor. He has not yet announced his candidacy for 2013 but is widely expected to do so.
The Subway Commonwealth Games are preparing for their 23rd year, and this year, the games include a visit from the Washington Redskins’ 80th Anniversary Bus Tour. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/06-01-Comm-Games-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=06-01 Comm Games Wrap1-WEB]
Click here from full Subway Commonwealth Games information.
UPDATE: WSLS announced late this afternoon that is has agreed on a new retransmission contract with Cox Cable. That means WSLS will remain on the local Cox Cable lineup.
The deadline nears for WSLS-TV and Cox Cable. If their companies cannot agree on retransmission fees by midnight, Channel 10 will be dropped from the Cox lineup. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, such disputes are common across the country, although most are resolved without any service disruptions.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-31-Cox-WSLS-Wrap-WEB1.mp3|titles=05-31 Cox-WSLS Wrap-WEB]