Evan Jones

The Roanoke Valley’s newest state legislator says he learned a lot about the ways of Richmond this winter, and Greg Habeeb says all in all, Virginia residents should feel pretty good about their General Assembly.  Among his greatest frustrations — not being able to fully ready every bill he votes on.  But Habeeb was pleased with a general lack of partisanship, and the combined efforts of Roanoke Valley legislators to pass a bill permitting Roanoke City Schools to open earlier.

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A tornado watch is in effect for the entire Roanoke Valley until 4:00 pm. Monday. A watch means conditions are favorable for formation of such storms. And a line of severe weather is expected to roll across Virginia Monday afternoon. As News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones reports, these storms are arriving right on schedule.

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A Botetourt County plant is preparing to expand, and that will mean almost 100 new jobs over the next three years. The expansion work will begin later this year, and the new jobs are expected to pay more than $34,000 a year.  News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Governor McDonnell is just over one year into office, but he’s already getting peppered with questions regarding a possible Vice-Presidential nomination in 2012. McDonnell appeared on Washington radio station WTOP Wednesday morning, where host Mark Segraves quickly asked if the governor would be interested in the Republican V.P. nomination next year.

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Efforts are now underway in Virginia and many other states to change how electoral votes will be cast in future presidential elections. Supporters of change want Virginia to assign its electoral votes to the candidate with the highest popular vote nationwide. They say it makes every vote equal. But the plan’s critics say the current system assures that states maintain an important role in the federal system. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.

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