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Porshia Atwell

Police in this region are on the alert for a missing eight-year-old girl believed kidnapped yesterday by her father in Mercer County, West Virginia.  She is Porshia Atwell. Police believe her father, Tracey Lee Atwell, may have killed his wife, tied up his parents and taken their SUV.  Police say the stolen vehicle is a 1999 white Jeep Cherokee Laredo with West Virginia plates 6C3202.

Virginia State Police have been informed Tracey Atwell may have ties to the Vinton and Bedford areas, but Sgt. Robert Carpentieri says West Virginia State Police have not specifically indicated what those ties may be.

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It’s a common myth that senior drivers are dangerous drivers. But, a AAA survey indicates that motorists age 65 and older often “self-police” their driving or avoid driving situations that put them at greater risk of a crash. WFIR intern reporter Starr Anderson has more about the survey:

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Roanoke Fire/EMS Photo

Fire destroyed a home on Hanover Avenue, NW yesterday and injured two people, including a firefighter.  The story from WFIR’s Velvet Hall:


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Weather conditions and increased outdoor activity are raising concerns for wildfires in our area. Recent warm temperatures, low humidity, and wind have come together to create conditions ripe for wildfires like the one on Poor Mountain earlier this month. WFIR’s Steve Mabry has the story.

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Open burning is banned statewide until after 4:00 pm now through April 30.

With Wall Street numbers recently rising come questions about what to do next. WFIR’s Steve Mabry spoke with a local investment advisor.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

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The 469 mile-long ribbon of asphalt we call the Blue Ridge Parkway is gearing up for an influx of spring and summer visitors. WFIR’s Steve Mabry explains what’s awaiting those who come to visit.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Mitt Romney easily won a Virginia Republican presidential primary in which only two candidates were on Tuesday’s ballot and just 5 percent of the state’s voters participated.

Complete but unofficial totals showed former Massachusetts governor with 59 percent of the vote and Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 41 percent. Continue reading