A morning fire damaged Action Auto Painting and Body works on Williamson Road, but the fire suppression system apparently prevented it from being a lot worse. As News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones reports, the person who spotted the fire has been through this before.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-15-Williamson-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=02-15 Williamson Wrap1-WEB]
As temperatures begin to rise, so do the chance of wildfires in Virginia. And starting Tuesday, Virginia’s annual restrictions on open outdoor fires take effect. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-14-Wildfires-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=02-14 Wildfires Wrap2-WEB]
Virginia Senator Mark Warner says the downfall of a long-time Middle East ally is something beyond our country’s control. His comments came during a visit to the WFIR studio. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-11-Warner-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=02-11 Warner Wrap2-WEB]
Roanoke Valley restaurants are preparing for a busy weekend, made even busier this year because Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-08-Restaurants-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=02-08 Restaurants Wrap1-WEB]
A new video posted on YouTube shows the male striptease by a city library employee in downtown Roanoke last weekend was very much a planned event, at least for the person who performed it. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-10-202-Market-Wrap1-WEB2.mp3|titles=02-10 202 Market Wrap1-WEB]
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The event emcees are employees of our sister station Q99, but the station itself was not a sponsor of the event.
The man dubbed the “Granddad Bandit” pleaded guilty in Richmond today to robbing 26 banks in 15 states, including the downtown Roanoke Valley Bank branch in May of 2009. As part of the plea agreement, federal prosecutors and attorneys for 53-year-old Michael Mara of Baton Rouge, Louisiana jointly recommend a 25-year prison term. A federal judge will pass sentence in May.
Now that Virginia Senator Jim Webb says he will not run for reelection in 2012, attention will turn to finding the Democrat party candidate. Former Congressman Rick Boucher’s name is already out there as one possibility — if former governor Tim Kaine declines. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-10-Webb-AM-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=02-10 Webb AM Wrap1-WEB]
Recently-elected Delegate Greg Habeeb plans to place about 20,000 calls to 8th District homes this evening, inviting everyone who answers to take part in a telephone town meeting. The calls will all go out right around 7:00 pm, and the meeting should begin shortly thereafter. Habeeb says it’s a chance to keep in touch with the Salem and Roanoke County residents he represents in Richmond. If you do not have a listed phone and would like to take part, you can call (877) 229-8493, then enter the access code 17487 when prompted.
As the abduction charge against Jeffrey Easley moves on, police and prosecutors are awaiting lab results from evidence gathered at the Tina Smith murder scene before deciding on whether to file homicide charges. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has the story.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-09-Easley-Case-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=02-09 Easley Case Wrap1-WEB]