A bill to further restrict texting while driving is now dead for the year in Richmond, but backers say they’ll keep on trying. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-17-Texting-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=02-17 Texting Wrap1-WEB]
A now-familiar pest is making its way inside many homes this time of year, and there’s not much you can do about it. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-17-Stink-Bugs-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=02-17 Stink Bugs Wrap2-WEB]
An atheist and agnostic group appears ready to file suit against Giles County schools for posting the Ten Commandments inside school buildings. The Freedom from Religion Foundation says it has two families with children in the school system ready to act as plaintiffs. The word came out during the foundation’s recent “Freethought Radio” program. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones has more on the the broadcast and the group behind it.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-17-Commandments-Wrap2-WEB.mp3|titles=02-17 Commandments Wrap2-WEB]
The Roanoke City Council member who proposed the “Eat for Education” meals tax increase is happy to see it helping Roanoke Schools as intended, but Court Rosen isn’t voicing support for anything beyond its scheduled expiration. The story from News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/02-16-Rosen-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=02-16 Rosen Wrap1-WEB]
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.