Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine says he is running for the U.S. Senate. The former Virginia governor said in an online video on Tuesday that he is running for Senate because “America has big challenges and I’m convinced that Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation.” Kaine would enter the race to succeed Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who announced he was retiring from office after just one term.
There’s not much for rural Virginia to like about this week’s upcoming special General Assembly session on redistricting. Any way lawmakers slice it, there will be fewer legislative seats downstate and more seats concentrated in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. News/Talk 960’s Velvet Hall has more…
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A single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning sent a Roanoke teen to the hospital with what police described as “severe injuries.” Roanoke County police say 19-year-old Daniel Maloney was injured at about 3:00 a.m. in the 7500 block of Countrywood Drive, just off Bent Mountain Road/ Route 221. Police say the car left the road, struck some mailboxes and hit a tree. Roanoke County Fire and EMS took Maloney to the hospital. Police say alcohol or drugs may have been involved, and they say weather may have been a factor in the crash.
A grand jury has indicted Jeffrey Easley for kidnapping Brittany Smith. News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones says this charge is stronger than the one he faced before.[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/04-01-Easley-Voicer-WEB.mp3|titles=04-01 Easley Voicer-WEB]
Roanoke County police have arrested a Vinton man and charged him with grand larceny for the theft of a $2,500 pair of binoculars from the Gander Mountain store off Plantation Road. Police say Brandon Nicholas Flowers turned himself in Friday and is being held without bond pending arraignment, probably on Monday.
Virginia health officials are taking precautions due to Japan’s nuclear crisis, even though the state has not detected radiation levels that pose a threat to public safety. News/Talk 960’s Velvet Hall has more…[audio:https://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/03-28-VA-RADIATION-2-WEB1.mp3|titles=03-28 VA RADIATION 2-WEB]
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jamie Skeen scored 26 points and 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four after the upset of the NCAA tournament, shocking No. 1 seed Kansas 71-61 on Sunday.
So doubtful were the Rams of even making the tournament that they didn’t watch the selection show. Two weeks later, they’re Houston-bound after an incredible takedown of the last No. 1 seed.
It’s George Mason all over again, and VCU had an even tougher Final Four path than their tiny conference brethren in 2006.
The Rams needed five wins to go from First Four to Final Four. Along the way, they toppled teams from the Pac-10, Big East, Big 10, ACC and now the Big 12.
They’ll pick on someone their own size next: Butler.
A non-partisan group is urging Virginia lawmakers to consider some alternative redistricting plans devised by college students. The Virginia Redistricting Coalition points to the winners of a college map-drawing competition. The Virginia General Assembly will return to Richmond to redraw state and Congressional district boundaries next month.
Roanoke Police have made an arrest in a series of purse snatches at the Valley View Wal-Mart. Police have charged 62-year-old Dickie Joe Anderson of Roanoke with two counts of petit larceny. Police say Anderson confessed to stealing shoppers’ purses. Police recovered three purses and say more charges are pending. The victims told police their purses were stolen when they stepped away from their shopping carts.
Roanoke police say a lockdown, evacuation and extensive search of Valley View Mall turned up nothing unusual. SWAT teams stormed the shopping center Monday evening, after two people called 911 to report seeing a man with a gun in Macy’s department store. Authorities received the first call around 5:00 p.m. Officers watched surveillance video of a man wearing a tan jacket and carrying a long, black object. They saw him enter the mall, but did not see him leave. Police wrapped up their search around 3:00 a.m. and say they found nothing out of the ordinary. Normal hours resume today at Valley View.