McAuliffe: Virginia could lose $300M if Congress replaces Obamacare funding with block grants to states
Governor McAuliffe says Virginia could lose up to $300 million in federal funding if Congress would replace the Affordable Care Act with block grants to states. McAuliffe has been meeting with legislators this week at the Capitol. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
Roanoke Fire-EMS officials say smoking materials started today’s apartment building fire on the 500-block of Walnut Avenue Southeast. One person was inside at the time and got out safely; six people in all were evacuated. Fire damage was contained to one apartment. The loss is estimated at $50,000.
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Updated Wednesday: State Police have identified the Amherst County pickup truck driver who died in yesterday’s crash on US 460 east of Bedford. Troopers say 62-year-old William Peters, Junior of Monroe died at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Police say his pickup slammed into the rear of a dump truck carry gravel that had slowed to make a turn off the highway.The dump truck driver is identified as 55-yeear-old Mark Williams of Vinton. State Police say charges are pending.
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The Salem Museum’s newest executive director is hardly a stranger to the city, and she hopes more people can learn about area history that goes well back before Roanoke’s founding. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
As President Trump begins his first year in office, Governor McAuliffe is in his last. But the governor is already sounding hints that he may challenge the president for years from now. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
At noon today, Donald Trump delivers a much-anticipated Presidential inauguration address after being sworn in. A Radford University Communications professor talks about its significance, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
When President-elect Trump takes the oath of office at noon today, his first act as president will be to deliver the inaugural address. Our political analyst Bob Denton looks at the political setting in which it will occur. He spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.
Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea went to Washington Wednesday, asking mayors from hundreds of other cities to support collection of sales taxes from on-line purchases. Lea says the reception at the U.S. Conference of Mayors was broadly positive and bi-partisan. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
If you have plans to attend Friday’s presidential inauguration, police, AAA and others urge you to do some major advance planning, because a lot of your normal Washington, D.C. options won’t work this time. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.