GoCross 2019/ G Marrano photos
The “elite” women’s race on Sunday started with a crash at the start but otherwise there appeared to be smooth sailing this past weekend during the third GoCross cycling event at Fallon Park. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story.
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The scenario we told you about several weeks ago at Norfolk Southern is now a reality – more than 100 local NS employees are losing their jobs. An update from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
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NORFOLK SOUTHERN STATEMENT: “In today’s rapidly changing environment, Norfolk Southern continues to focus on ensuring that we have the optimal number of people and assets at every location across our system in order to operate safely and efficiently. As we execute our new strategic plan, we expect that targeted hiring and furloughing will remain components of our operating model. Today, that entailed the furlough of approximately 130 employees in Roanoke, Virginia. Furloughed employees will have the opportunity to apply for positions elsewhere at Norfolk Southern.
Consistent with our strategic plan and current business levels, our ability to streamline operations and use fewer locomotives has required the difficult but necessary decision to reduce our locomotive mechanical forces due to the decreased demand for locomotive repair. Norfolk Southern will continue to evaluate staffing needs as our business evolves.”
PREVIOUS: A source with input from union sources now says 80 were laid off from the East End shops and 50 from the Shaffer’s Crossings shops.
PREVIOUS: A Norfolk Southern employee says a scenario we told you about several weeks ago now appears to be a reality: saying the Shaffer’s Crossing NS facility and the east end shops laid off a number of employees today – reportedly at least 100. At full strength Shaffer’s Crossing has about 300 workers. We are attempting to get additional information from Norfolk Southern corporate on the reported layoffs.
UVA won, Virginia Tech lost in the road openers for both on Saturday. Bronco Mendenhall and Justin Fuente talk after their games.
Rick Morrison and Cheryl Cobbs – Community Solutions Center/FASWVA photo)
The former Roanoke City police captain credited with getting the Community Solutions Center on Melrose Avenue off the ground has officially moved on from overseeing that operation. Now he looks back as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
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Once again Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge is offering Hospitality Training to local businesses – with the hope of turning participants into ambassadors for the region when visitors come to town. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
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Beto O’Rourke – Clark Palmer photo
During a stop at Wine Gourmet in Roanoke County on his way to Virginia Tech this afternoon presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke called on fellow Democrats to deliver the majorities he said can help change gun laws. O’Rourke is holding a Town Hall-style campaign stop at Virginia Tech.
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Tonight is a big one at Glenvar High School. The new football field will be dedicated before the Highlanders play their home opener. And the first ever Power 5 conference school to play at Liberty University arrives tomorrow when Syracuse comes to town.
The Salem Museum is getting ready for two new sports-themed exhibitions. One is a permanent nod to the “City of Champions.” More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
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Good Samaritan Hospice will be holding its annual “Hike for Hospice” event at Explore Park in early September. WFIR’s Rob Ruthenberg reports.
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This morning Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea gave his state of the city address at a Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast – where economic development was at the top of the list. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
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