It’s spring commencement day at Virginia Tech, always a busy day and even more so than usual today. First Lady Michelle Obama is one of the graduation speakers, and that means more people, more traffic, and more security. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-11-VT-Commencement-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=05-11 VT Commencement Wrap1-WEB]
The commencement ceremonies at Lane Stadium begin at noon. Click here for full Virginia Tech commencement information.
The Roanoke City Market Building may still be working on the best use for its main floor, but it is a different story two floors up. Interest in and bookings for the updated and renovated Charter Hall are running well ahead of expectations. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-10-Charter-Hall-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=05-10 Charter Hall Wrap1-WEB]
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Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling says he’s not really thinking about the chance of being elevated to Governor if Bob McDonnell becomes a winning Vice-Presidential candidate. If that would occur, Bolling would become Governor in the year he seeks his party’s nomination for the office. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-10-Bollng-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=05-10 Bollng Wrap2-WEB]
A Franklin County company is expanding, and that will mean more jobs. McAirlaid’s makes absorptive materials found in hyigenic products and food packaging. The company today unveiled its 75,000 square foot expansion near Rocky Mount and says it expects to hire about 40 more workers in the near future. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-09-McAirlaids-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=05-09 McAirlaids Wrap1-WEB]
The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding Virginia Tech a $450,000 grant to establish a laboratory in Blacksburg for nuclear energy research and education. Federal energy officials say with no new U.S. nuclear plants coming on line in recent decades, the workforce running them has aged, and with new nuclear plants now on the way, the need for trained engineers to safely run them increases even more. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-09-Tech-Grant-Wrap_WEB.mp3|titles=05-09 Tech Grant Wrap_WEB]
It’s a new day in more ways the one for Shenandoah Life Insurance. After three years and three months under state receivership, the company has resumed normal operations under new owners. What isn’t changing is the company name or its Roanoke headquarters. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-09-Shenandoah-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=05-09 Shenandoah Wrap2-WEB]
Four years after closing down amid financial difficulties, Explore Park is gradually coming back, with many activities now open every day. More are coming this summer, including covered wagon rides starting Memorial Day weekend. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-08-Explore-Park_WEB.mp3|titles=05-08 Explore Park_WEB]
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Abbott Laboratories will pay $1.5 billion in penalties to settle a health care fraud case prosecuted in western Virginia. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, the region’s top federal prosecutor played a central role in the case.[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-08-Abbott-Labs-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=05-08 Abbott Labs Wrap1-WEB]
Roanoke Police are looking for a man they say shot a woman several times early Sunday morning. Police say 38-year-old Joseph Via should be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen in a black Ford Explorer with Virginia license plate XDB-9570. Police want him in connection with shooting of a woman outside a home on the 5600 block of Green Ridge Road.
Construction work to renovate the Shenandoah Building should begin by Labor Day. A Richmond developer took ownership of the century-old downtown building last week, and as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, he appears to be wasting little time preparing to make changes.
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