Evan Jones

An Austrian-based company will establish its first US operations in the Roanoke Valley, and it’s more good economic news for Botetourt County. FCTech will manufacture specialty optical fiber at a new plant just north of Daleville. It’s the fifth big economic development announcement this year in the county, and this one means 25 prized high-tech jobs paying an average of $70,000 to $80,000 a year. The president of FCTech says there are several reasons they chose the Roanoke Valley from all the US possibilities. He spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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The U.S. Postal Service is considering whether to close more than half of its mail-processing facilities across the country — including the ones in Roanoke and Lynchburg.  It could impact 357 employees in Roanoke, another 155 in Lynchburg if those sorting centers are among those closed. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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It’s happened for the fifth time this year in Botetourt County: a company expanding in or coming to the county and bringing more jobs. And this time, the jobs are prized high-tech, high-paying ones. WFIR’s Evan Jones was at today’s announcement.

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The coming legal battle over The Ten Commandments in Giles County Schools appears to hinge on one key word: “intent”.  The commandments are now posted alongside some other historic documents, not on their own, as was once the case. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Roanoke County Supervisors are set to give first consideration today to  an ordinance that would expand a county code provision covering disposal of a dead animal. Right now, it basically covers pets like cats and dogs, but the change would add  farm animals like livestock and poultry. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, it’s brought about by suburban encroachment into traditionally agricultural areas.

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It sounded scary at first: an explosion at a nuclear site in France. While not a nuclear plant, it is a facility similar to some found the United States. WFIR’s Evan Jones spoke with a nuclear energy expert at Virginia Tech to learn more.

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The recent decision by a Roanoke pediatric practice reflects a decision doctors must increasingly make: what to do with patients and parents who do not trust or believe their advice. Physicians to Children says it will no longer see children who parents refuse to permit government-recommended vaccinations. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
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